Places Worth to Visit in India and Few Tips to Enjoy Your Trip

India is a diverse country with a rich history and beautiful landscapes. It has mountains, rivers, deserts and everything a man can imagine. It is bordered by Nepal, Pakistan, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and China. It exhibits great diversity with more than 15 languages spoken and a wide diversification in cuisines in each state we go.

Well, spending holidays in India could be a time taking thing so it is suggested to carry a bit extra things with you. There isn’t any need to take stress about the weight of your luggage because now there are many cargo companies who take great care of your this problem by sending excess luggage to India by air cargo and sea cargo as well.

One can visit a wide variety of possible destinations in India. From the chaos of cities to the relaxing scenery of the hills, this country has all one wants to see. Following are the best places to visit in India.
Places in India

1. Ladakh

Ladakh is located in the north-most areas of India with beautiful snow-capped hills, jaw-dropping beautiful valleys and several monasteries that belong to the Buddhists It is located in Kashmir, which holds great significance due to it being a disputed territory. The town of Leh is the ideal place to visit in Ladakh, which is situated at a high elevation from sea level. Ladakh is full of Buddhist monasteries and temples, which are centuries old and hold great significance in Buddhism. The best natural places to visit in Ladakh are Pangong Lake, Nubra Valley and Zanskar River. The Hemis Festival held in Leh is also something a lot of tourists must experience when coming to Ladakh.
Ladhak India

2. Jaisalmer

Jaisalmer is a beautiful city located in Rajasthan, which is also known as the ‘Land of Golden Sand’. It is located in the Thar Desert, which never disappoints you with its golden sand and enchanting beauty. There are many places to visit in Jaisalmer like ‘Salim Ji Ki Haveli’ and ‘Patwon ki Haveli’ which shed a great deal of light on the wealthy grandeur of Rajput Merchants. The desert festival held annually in Jaisalmer makes it a great occasion, and one which makes it a worthwhile holiday trip. Jaisalmer is one of the most vibrant places in India, and surely one of the most striking ones. Apart from Jaisalmer there is Udaipur which is a royal place to visit.
Jaisalmer Rajasthan

3. Sikkim

Sikkim is a beautiful city located in North-East Himalayas. It has beautiful snow-capped hills, immaculate lakes and wonderful monasteries belonging to the Buddhists. If someone wants to find peace and be alone for some time, Sikkim is one of the best spots to do so. Sikkim is famous for its Yak, so it is great to experience the ‘Yak Safari’. You’ll get hypnotized in the enchanting enchantress of the Lake Tsomgo, Gurudongmar Lake and Khecheopalri Lake. Overall, Sikkim is one of the best places to visit in India being a tourist, and if you’re looking for an ideal holiday destination, Sikkim is going to be one of your top priorities.
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4. Goa

Goa is a holiday destination famous for late-night festivities and its beautiful beaches. It is a former colony of Portugal which attracts both national and international tourism. If you’re seeking a romantic place to spend your holidays, Goa should be the best place that comes to your mind.Candolim Beach and Anjuna Beach are one of the best sites to visit in Goa. To have a look at the beautiful coastline of Goa, you can always go to the Chapora Fort to have a look at the beauty of the Goa beaches from a new angle. If you’re still not satisfied, Palolem beach will make sure to satisfy you by all means.
Goa Places To Visit In India




5. Varanasi

Varanasi is also called the Spiritual Capital of India. It is situated on the bank of River Ganges. The city is more than 3100 years old, which also makes it one of the oldest occupied cities in the world.The biggest attraction in Varanasi is religious buildings. From Temples to Mosques, you’ll be amazed by the antiquity of the city. The main attraction is the Alamgir Mosque and the Sankat Mochan Temple. This temple is famous because it is full of monkeys. More than 65000 people go every day to take a bath in the Ganges River.
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6. Agra

Agra is a city in Uttar Pradesh, located approximately 200km from Delhi. Generally, you can reach Agra from Delhi in under 3 hours by road. By train, you can take a train and reach Agra Cantt, the main station of Agra. The best time to visit Agra is from November to February with some great discounts as well due to November being the off-season. Agra is known for the Taj Mahal. It is located on the bank of Yamuna River. It was built by Shah Jahan who did it to house his wife’s tomb Mumtaz. It was built in between 1631 and 1648. It is a great attraction and is currently part of UNESCO World Heritage.
Taj Mahal Agra

7. Dharamsala

Dharamsala is known as the residence of the Tibetan monk Dalai Lama. It is located at a distance of 18km from Kangra City in Himachal Pradesh. The city is comprised of two parts; the upper-division and the lower division. The upper area is Mcleodganj while the lower town is known as Dharamsala.

The best time to visit Dharamsala is in dry and sunny days as this city is also one of the wettest cities of India. The winter in Dharamsala is very cold while the summer is very rainy in the end.
Dharamshala

Things to keep in mind while travelling to India

There are a few tips that will help tourists when they visit India. They are explained as follows:

 1. Plan your trip

After you have finally decided to visit India, the next thing that should be in your mind is to plan your trip. India is a very big country so you should prepare a plan for yourself which contains the places which you will visit during your stay in India. If you’re not coming with a travel agency or a tourist group, then you need to plan your trip accordingly.
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2.  Learn how to bargain

India is one of those places where people adjust the rates of certain products by just looking at tourists. So, one needs to learn how to bargain with the Indian shopkeepers, which can save a lot of money for tourists. Visiting people can ask locals about the actual prices of products to know the difference and then bargain accordingly.




3. Go outside cities

The main beauty of India is not in its hustling and bustling cities. Its real beauty can be felt and seen by visiting villages outside the cities. Villages are much calmer than cities and their air is fresh. You get to feel the love and hospitality of the villagers, which gives a real sense of belongingness and importance.
Indian City

4. Be a traditionalist

When you go to tour different places in India, try to blend in with the locals. This can only happen by wearing local clothes. Wearing skirts or other dress that doesn’t cover your body is not recommended at all because this can attract unwanted attention. Try to be as conservative as you can and be communicative to the locals.

5. Beware of pickpockets and scammers

India, like many tourist destinations in the world, is a place where pickpockets thrive especially in congested areas full of tourists. Beware of all kinds of pickpockets and keep everything you have in check. Make sure that your surroundings are safe.

Another issue that sometimes demotivates a lot of people from travelling is scams. Scams in tourist destinations are very common and tourists must keep their eyes open when touring places in India.

Handy Resources:

Below are the few resources you should check before making an itinerary.

Cheap Internation Flights: Best place to find cheap international flight tickets.

Best Deals On Hotels: Places to find best deals on hotels.

Amazon: Best place for all your needs. Also, find best travel accessories.

Agoda: Best place to book hotels of your liking. Agoda provides the best solution & great offer while booking a hotel.

Skyscanner: Skyscanner compares various sites & sort the flights based on the rates. A great way to check flight cost. Although the only drawback is that rates are flexible. Hence, the cost might change while you are making the payment.

Jetradar: Jetradar is a comparing site which is just like Skyscanner. But, is much more accurate & much more handy in use.

Booking: Best place to book hostel rooms. There are plenty of options available & with so many properties booking becomes much easier.

Couchsurfing: Best place to find free accommodation. It is as easy as filtering people & messaging. If you will get lucky you will find free accommodation in local resident house.

Travel Insurance: There are numerous options available to get one. So, you can choose anything which suits your requirement. Make sure you read the terms & conditions before buying one.



This guest post is from Isla Oliver.

World of India

1. Hundreds of cuisines In India

Maybe no other nation can offer you more cuisines than india. There’s nothing of the sort as normal Indian food ; from Kerala to Kolkata there’s a buffet of impressive territorial dishes to be found, past the well-known top picks of chicken tikka masala, rogan josh, malai kofta and baked margarine naan, which can regularly be more earnestly to discover in India than in the UK. Food is a feature of any Indian outing.


Food World of India

2. It’s low-cost

As per the biennial World Economic Forum (WEF) Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report, India positions is 10th best for “value intensity”. Luxurious accomodation is generally reasonable, and you can get around the nation via train for very low cost. An ongoing drop in the value of the rupee implies that trip to India is even more cheaper than usual. The pound as of now purchases around six percent more Indian cash than it completed a year prior.


3. The world’s most popular structure

“The Taj Mahal is the most popular structure on the planet and seemingly the most lovely” it is widely considered one of the most beautiful buildings ever created in history. “The design is grand yet the story the stones encapsulate that draws 7,000,000 guests every year.”


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4. Also, the craziness of Delhi

India’s capital is a throbbing megalopolis that smothers and invigorates in equivalent measure (the same number of India’s urban communities do). In any case, hold on for this fuming settlement and it will gradually uncover a side you might not have expected; find verdant parks with their initial morning yoga classes, lose all sense of direction in its dusty bookshops, meander around its extravagant Hindu sanctuaries, tune in to the call to petition reverberation from timeworn mosques, shop at awesome markets, go to a satire club and take in a Bollywood appear.


5. You can observe the Wagah border function

Since 1959, at the wilderness among India and Pakistan, outskirt protects from the two countries have occupied with a strange fringe service that, as indicated by Jack Palfrey, an ongoing guest, summons “the balance and style of artful dance and the dramatic skill and hostility of expert wrestling.” Expect goose-venturing, yelling and much fervor from the groups that accumulate to observe each day.


6. And, stay in a royal castles

Live like a Mughal ruler in one of India’s previous castles, a large number of which have since been changed over into luxurious lodgings. There are such a significant number of to browse and discover some motivation further beneath.


7. The natural life is inconceivable

Experience Rudyard Kipling’s India with a natural life watching outing to one of the nation’s numerous national parks, where guests can see everything from tigers and elephants to rhinos and rufous-bellied bird of prey falcons. Eminent parks incorporate Ranthambore, Pench, Kanha and Bandhavgarh. This is not all India also has rivers which holds deity like position in India. Click here for 10 Longest river in India.


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8. Indian craftsmanship is resurgent

As per the Spirit Bohemian Art manager, Alastair Smart, these are energizing occasions for Indian workmanship, which is experiencing something of a renaissance, driven by creatives in Mumbai. Peruse about it in his dispatch from the hot Indian city.


9. There are magnificent railroad ventures

Nothing very contrasts and going around India via train, an encounter that causes wonder, anxious expectation and exciting invigoration in equivalent measure. The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, a Unesco World Heritage site that breezes through the tight avenues of Darjeeling, is a conspicuous feature, yet there are numerous others.


10. You can do a boat trip on Kerala’s backwaters

Kerala’s backwaters are a labyrinth of winding streams, trenches and lakes extending about 50 miles, and they are best investigated on one of the old rice freight boats, which were earlier utilized for moving grain yet have since been changed over to ship vacationers around.


House Boat Kerala India

11. Or on the other hand observe Varanasi

“Varanasi is India for the accomplished,” composes Gill Charlton. “Its packed limited back streets can incite claustrophobia even in prepared voyagers: grievers convey their dead on caskets to the consuming patios over the waterway; sacred men and explorers wash in the honestly dingy waters upstream and counsel stargazers and palm perusers; and dairy animals, goats and worn out kids search for scraps on the ghats – the flights of ventures down to the Ganges.” Not for the cowardly at that point, yet a serious display.


12. There’s a Golden Triangle

The urban communities of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur are known as the Golden Triangle due to their social quality. These urban areas structure the premise of the great voyage through northern India, which incorporates the notable Taj Mahal and Ranthambore National Park.


13. You can climb the Himalayas

Despite the fact that the star fascination of the Himalayas, Mount Everest, lies a huge number of kilometers from India, on the boondocks among Nepal and China, the Indian part of this epic mountain range offers numerous eye catching vistas and fine climbing. Or on the other hand invest a little energy in the lower regions. Rishikesh, the north Indian town on the Ganges regularly called “the yoga capital of the world” ended up world-renowned gratitude to the Beatles, who came to remain 50 years back, and (with no undue surge) it’s currently benefiting as much as possible from its VIP association. The center is an intriguingly elective vacation destination – the remaining parts of the ashram kept running by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, a man with a triumphant line in moxy and a truly straggling whiskers.


Himalaya India

14. It’s little bit French

At any rate it is in Pondicherry, a pocket-sized previous state which France administered somewhere in the range of 1672 and 1954. “They left an inheritance that uncovers itself in amazing ways,” composed Mick Brown after a visit.

“The long, clearing promenade – the Rue de la Marine – that fringes the Bay of Bengal conveys echoes of Deauville or Biarritz. The road signs would be at home in any French common town; and this is the main spot in India where the police wear red képis.”


15. There’s a cut of heaven

Goa is flawless, yet in the event that you need influencing palms, brilliant sand and turquoise waters, at that point head to the Havelock Islands. Coasting in the Bay of Bengal, this tropical archipelago offers maybe the best making a plunge India and is, by most meanings of the word, heaven.


Sunsets In India
This is a guest post by Spirit Bohemian. I am posting this on his behalf & all the content & photos is owned by Spirit Bohemian.

Handy Resources:

Below are the few resources you should check before making an itinerary.

Cheap Internation Flights: Best place to find cheap international flight tickets.

Best Deals On Hotels: Places to find best deals on hotels.

Amazon: Best place for all your needs. Also, find best travel accessories.

Agoda: Best place to book hotels of your liking. Agoda provides the best solution & great offer while booking a hotel.

Skyscanner: Skyscanner compares various sites & sort the flights based on the rates. A great way to check flight cost. Although the only drawback is that rates are flexible. Hence, the cost might change while you are making the payment.

Jetradar: Jetradar is a comparing site which is just like Skyscanner. But, is much more accurate & much more handy in use.

Booking: Best place to book hostel rooms. There are plenty of options available & with so many properties booking becomes much easier.

Couchsurfing: Best place to find free accommodation. It is as easy as filtering people & messaging. If you will get lucky you will find free accommodation in local resident house.

Travel Insurance: There are numerous options available to get one. So, you can choose anything which suits your requirement. Make sure you read the terms & conditions before buying one.

Rishikesh Budget Trip

Rishikesh in Uttrakhand is a popular touristic destination in India. It has many essences apart from being a holy place, yoga, river rafting, riverside camping is some of the city newer attractions. Being touristic means it will be pricey. But, is it so? Here is a post on how to plan Rishikesh Budget Trip in a shoestring budget.

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Steps For Rishikesh Budget Trip

Reaching Rishikesh:

First thing while planning Rishikesh budget trip is finding the cheapest way to reach Rishikesh. So, the best way to reach Rishikesh is through Haridwar. Board a train to Haridwar & from there take a bus to Rishikesh which will be Rs 30 per seat. Haridwar is another major town near Rishikesh which is famous for holy reasons.

How To Find Cheap Flight Tickets

Accommodation In Rishikesh:

Accommodation is one of the prime aspects of any place, which eats up your budget. Although there are many luxurious options like Ganga Aloha available for the wealthy ones. However, if you are traveling on a shoestring budget there are still many options to choose from. Hostel culture is slowly but surely picking up in the town. I stayed at Live Free Hostel near Lakshman Jhula which was a great place to stay. The price of one dorm bed for a night is somewhere around 500 Rs. You can also check the article on How To Find Cheap Hotels.

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Commutation:

The best way to travel inside the city is by using a scooty. It is easily available for Rs 400 per day. Just fill up your tank & roam freely around the city. It is the cheapest & easiest way to roam across the city.

Rishikesh Attractions

The most precious things to do in Rishikesh is its river banks which are free to access. However, for an attraction like the Beatles Ashram, you will have to spend some minor amount of Rs 150 (for Indians) & Rs 600 for other nationals which is very affordable.

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I spent less than 10,000 Rs on my trip. The expense hugely depends on the spending nature of a person. But, this is the minimum you have to pay during your trip. This is a broader expense for you to get some hint about the place & its budget. So, this is how you plan Rishikesh Budget Trip all by yourself.



Handy Resources:

Below are the few resources you should check before making an itinerary.

Cheap Internation Flights: Best place to find cheap international flight tickets.

Best Deals On Hotels: Places to find best deals on hotels.

Amazon: Best place for all your needs. Also, find best travel accessories.

Agoda: Best place to book hotels of your liking. Agoda provides the best solution & great offer while booking a hotel.

Skyscanner: Skyscanner compares various sites & sort the flights based on the rates. A great way to check flight cost. Although the only drawback is that rates are flexible. Hence, the cost might change while you are making the payment.

Jetradar: Jetradar is a comparing site which is just like Skyscanner. But, is much more accurate & much more handy in use.

Booking: Best place to book hostel rooms. There are plenty of options available & with so many properties booking becomes much easier.

Couchsurfing: Best place to find free accommodation. It is as easy as filtering people & messaging. If you will get lucky you will find free accommodation in local resident house.

Travel Insurance: There are numerous options available to get one. So, you can choose anything which suits your requirement. Make sure you read the terms & conditions before buying one.

Best Fun Things To Do In Rishikesh

Rishikesh has a lot to offer to travelers. There are numerous activities which one can try here. It has some of the unique experiences like river rafting, bungee jumping, camping, etc. So as a first timer what all should you try. Here is a post on the Fun Things To Do In Rishikesh.


1. River Rafting:

Without any second thought, this is the best activity to do in Rishikesh. Riding a raft in volatile waves is a thrilling experience. It has some danger attached, which is also the reason for trying this activity. A thrill of the unknown will always be a surprising factor. No matter how many times you will try this, you will encounter some unique experiences each time you start. The waves, the water & the thrill of water splashing on your face is a rare gem.


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2. Beatles Ashram:

Beatles with their music were a calming factor for so many people. But, they also wanted to calm their mind. For that, they visited an Ashram in Rishikesh. An ashram operated by the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. They spend some quality time while practicing the Transcendental Meditation technique. After their visit, the ashram soon got famous & people started recognizing it as Beatles Ashram. Visiting the ruins is great to get some insights of the past. The halls, the rooms, the views each one has its story to share.


Beatles Ashram Rishikesh Mark My Adventure


3. Selfie At Lakshman Jhula:

Lakshman Jhula is a prime location in Rishikesh which is probably one of the most visited places in the city or most clicked attraction. A selfie at this bridge is a must. This bridge has some stories as well. As per the mythological text, Lord Lakshman built a jute bridge at this place. Now a suspended bridge this is a great place to click some really nice pics.


View From Ram Jhula Rishikesh


4. Witness The Magic of Ganga Arti:

Ganga has a special position in India culture & it is one belief that Ganga washes all your sins. None of the rivers in the world has the same following or celebration. In Rishikesh, you can witness devotees praying the river. It’s kinda small fare & it attracts lots of crowds. Witnessing it once will surely a pleasant experience.


5. Yoga:

Rishikesh is also known as Yoga Capital of the world & there are many ashrams which will teach you this master art. An art which will balance your life & thoughts. Yoga is an art to know your body through motions. Many people come here to learn this fantastic art & nothing can beat learning yoga on the banks of Ganga.


6. Bungee Jumping:

Bungee jumping is slowly picking up the pace in India. At this place, one can try bungee jumping. Not many people try this activity due to fear & the fear is real. It is hard to jump into the unknown. I have previously tried bungee jumping in Spain & it was very scary for sure.


7. River Side Camping:

A more relaxing activity to do is camping. You can camp on the banks of Ganga & relax. There are many activities like beach volleyball, bonfire, music, etc all come complimentary with camping. A great way to relax & think about life. Nowadays, it is hard to find time for yourself. But, with this activity, you might be able to do this. It is essential to think about life now & then. As this will help you to find your happiness & satisfaction.


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Handy Resources:

Below are the few resources you should check before making an itinerary.

Cheap Internation Flights: Best place to find cheap international flight tickets.

Best Deals On Hotels: Places to find best deals on hotels.

Amazon: Best place for all your needs. Also, find best travel accessories.

Agoda: Best place to book hotels of your liking. Agoda provides the best solution & great offer while booking a hotel.

Skyscanner: Skyscanner compares various sites & sort the flights based on the rates. A great way to check flight cost. Although the only drawback is that rates are flexible. Hence, the cost might change while you are making the payment.

Jetradar: Jetradar is a comparing site which is just like Skyscanner. But, is much more accurate & much more handy in use.

Booking: Best place to book hostel rooms. There are plenty of options available & with so many properties booking becomes much easier.

Couchsurfing: Best place to find free accommodation. It is as easy as filtering people & messaging. If you will get lucky you will find free accommodation in local resident house.

Travel Insurance: There are numerous options available to get one. So, you can choose anything which suits your requirement. Make sure you read the terms & conditions before buying one.

Top Luxury Hotels In India

India has a long history of tourism, Hinduism & culture. It is the center of two civilization of the world one is Indus valley civilization and the other one is Aryan civilization. Tourism in India started in the early sixties. The best prominent way to introduce India to foreigners and to the tourists is that India is a country of all seasons and all reasons. The geographical structure is so diverse, colorful and varied that it will take many visits to cover it completely. Safety is one aspect that everyone should be aware of one should take his or her safety in priority to avoid any personal injury.

So with great structures and historic places every tourist country need a different type of hotels where the tourist could come along and have a peaceful and luxury stay. In India, there are hotels counted as one of the best in the business in this regard. There are palaces of Mughal period which are now turned into hotels and are eventually a tourist place too where they can enjoy the stay along with history.


Some of the famous top hotels where you should definitely check in without thinking twice are as follow:


Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur:

Maharana Jagat Singh II of Udaipur built a pleasure palace on the lake of Pichola in 1746, which Maharana called as the Jag Niwas. And it is today the majestic and magnificent Taj Lack Palace of Udaipur. It got world-renowned when the James Bond Film “Octopussy” was filmed. You can meet the palace’s phenomenal structure in the middle of the lake. It is the most romantic of hotels in India, it is an ideal venue for tourists to stay at least for a night mainly to enjoy a gorgeous view of surroundings from dawn to dusk. It also provides you package where they especially give you a tour of the city on their vintage cars.
Taj Lake Palace Udaipur


Samode Haveli, Jaipur:

It is an urban oasis situated in the historic walled city of Jaipur, Samonde haveli is full of Indian tradition, culture and reflecting it colors set in a lush green garden with apartments arranged around of warm courtyards. It is a magnificent structure built about 175 years ago as a residence of the rulers of Samode, which still occupied by their descendants, who converted this prestigious home into luxury and tourist hotel.
Samode Haveli Jaipur


Rambagh Palace, Jaipur:

It was built in 1835 and the palace has gone through many royal transitions like from the house of the favorite handmaiden of Queen, to the royal guest house and the hunting lodges. It is now a jewel that now offers a breathtaking 78 stunningly decorated grand luxury rooms and suites which were the chambers of the former Maharaja. It has extravagantly designed hand craved ‘jalis’ or latticework, cenotaphs and elaborate Mughal Gardens.
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The Oberoi Grand, Kolkata:

Situated in India’s most toured and beautiful city. The rooms here are specially designed and suited for business and leisure travelers. It has the finest heritage style, superb furnishings & modern technology. The Dining Restaurant here serves food from all over the world along with Bar of all variety wines etc. they also offers city tour, swimming and fitness facilities.
The Oberoi Grand Mark My Adventure


Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur:

This historic palace was built in between 1928-1943, it is a masterpiece of Rajasthan’s heritage and a sign of new Jodhpur. It is the world’s 6th largest private residence. Set within the 26 acres of lush green gardens where beautiful peacocks dance. It offers 70 absolutely breathtaking Art Deco-style rooms and suits. Tempt your taste buds at Risala with original Rajasthani and Indian Cuisine.
Umaid Bhavan Luxury Hotel In India


Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai:

It was opened in 1903, it is said to be the first harbor landmark. It has hosted many big personalities, kings, dignitaries and eminent politician around the globe. It has 285 elegant rooms, rich in history and modern facilities. It hosts 9 of the city’s most reputed restaurants and bars.
Taj Mahal Palace Mark My Adventure


Ratan Villas,Jodhpur:

Ratan Villa is one of the most famous hotels in Jodhpur, it has won people’s choice award for straight five years from 2009-2013. It has a building constructed keeping in view the culture and heritage of the area and India. Situated around the lush green trees and with the red building, it gives a charming and warm look that no every eye catches.
Ratan Vilas Luxury Hotel In India


The Imperial, Delhi:

It is an oasis of peace and charm that sums up the understanding of what masterpiece it is. It has won the prestigious title of ‘Best Heritage Hotel’ by the Jury-outlook Travelers awards 2018. It is among the only 7 hotels in India which have been listed in the Conde Nast Gold List for 2018. The royal palms decoded alongside the halls that lead to the porch are an essential part of and portrays the very creation of Delhi. Including the imperial looks the rooms and the building has is one finest thing in the whole of India.
The Imperial Delhi


The Coconut Lagoon, Kerala:

The interaction of the coconut woods and backwater canals, with the old traditional wooden Keralan homes, restored, conserved and cherished. The coconut lagoon is located in a sheltered and charming bay in Kumarakom, this resort reflects the variety and splendor of Vemband Lake. The old agricultural homes are rebuilt to propose you an entry into a lively and delightful world following the gentle pulse of backwaters.
The Coconut Lagoon Luxury Hotel In India


Palais De Mahe, Pondicherry:

One of the peaceful and elegantly built hotels of India. It lies close to the seaside walkway, hardly 50m from the beauty of the sea and to feel the coolness in the breeze of Bay of Bengal. This symbolic hotel with its grand courtyard, deep porches, attractive decent pillars & period furniture mix the south Indian fire and flavor with the French strength and passion to bring you to an experience that is in every way remarkable and unforgettable.
Palais De Mahe Pondicherry


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Rishikesh River Rafting

Rishikesh is one of the few places in India which sports River Rafting; an adventure sport. Since its operation started many years back, this activity has become a crowd puller. Rishikesh on the outset is considered as a holy place & sporting an adventure activity at this city was always a far fetched dream. But, not anymore. There are many vendors which are providing this facility to the customers. During my trip to Rishikesh in the summers of 2019. I tried this activity & here is my experience along with some essential information for you. /div>
River Rafting

Rafting Experience

I tried 16 Km river rafting cost of which was Rs 1000. The vendor will offer pick-up & drop services. Thus, there is no worry to reach the starting point. The starting point of 16 Km river rafting is at Shivpuri which also has a camping site.


The vendor picked 6 of us from our hostels & head towards Shivpuri. The journey of 16 Km from Rishikesh is not tedious but the construction work at some part of the road made it too uncomfortable. It took us 35 to 40 mins to reach the starting point. After reaching the point, safety gears were handed to us & were directed to reach banks of the river. Standing on the banks of the river, I touched the water which was very cold quiet contrast to the temperature which was soaring at 30 odd degrees.

The captain of our raft was a Nepalese born guy who knew his craft. There was a session of 10 mins regarding what can go wrong & how to overcome if anything goes wrong. During those minutes, he will ensure that our safety is up to mark & there are no loose points & once we get the green light we boarded our raft for a memorable & probably one in a lifetime experience of river rafting. I am saying one time as there is nothing as special as experiencing something for the first time. /div>
So, by saying our prayers we started out for an adventure. By talking with our captain we realized we have to cross 6 rapids out of which 2 are the best. Soon, we witnessed our first rapid which was just a glimpse of what is in the store. Few shaky moments were the only we witnessed. Soon, we reached another one which was far better than the first one. The water was smashing the rock & then flowing through its regular path. At one point of time, it seems that the raft will smash the rock. But, as soon as the raft reaches the rock, reversing waves come to our savior & maneuvered us to the correct path.

After crossing second rapid, the flow was stable & captain allowed us to jump into the cold water which we did. After floating for few minutes, it was time for the third rapid; which is one of the scariest ones. The water was smashing each other forming few low moments where the raft can submerge. But, there are other waves to rescue us from the depth of the water. It was a rare gem adventure. After crossing this there was one more rapid with such difficulty. After crossing 4th rapid the journey was pretty smooth.

While rafting from Shivpuri to Rishikesh. A resting point is dedicated where one can also do cliff jumping. The height of the cliff is approx 3 to 4 Mts. It is fun to jump in the water from such height. If you are done with all the activities you can also have snacks at this point.


Once we crossed cliff jumping point there was one more rapid. But, our body was too tired for the last one. So, we took it easy & reached the final point.

Is River Rafting Worth It?

After experiencing this activity, it was a mixed feeling, at the start the thrill of trying new activity was confining the mind; during those dangerous manoeuvers took the breath away & then the peace of river flowing to its destination. The activity lasts for 2.5 to 3 hours. But, it was full of different emotions. I would recommend trying this activity for sure & by far one of the best activities to do in Rishikesh.

Hostel Review “Live Free Hostel Rishikesh”

Rishikesh is a yoga capital of World & even if you are not interested in this age-old art, there are plenty of other reasons why one should visit this place?. Some of these are river rafting, camping, etc. Rishikesh is not a costly place as many pilgrims visit this place on a tight budget.


Youth hostels are slowly but surely crawling in the hotel industry. Few years back people were handicapped of the choices. But, now there is no such worry. Nowadays, one can find plenty of options in different ranges to choose from. Rishikesh also has plenty of options to choose from & if you are on a budget, then this option can just be perfect for you.

Live Free Hostel

This hostel is located near the famous attraction, Lakshman Jhula. The hostel is located near the prime location; all the famous cafes like German Bakery, Beatles cafe, Ganga Beach Cafe, etc are at a walkable distance. Further, the location is perfect to catch a vehicle to the city.

Why Choose This Hostel?

Location: Located approx 600 Mts from Lakshman Jhula, it makes this hostel place to stay. Further, there are many ashrams near the place which can further help you to rejuvenate & chill.

Hospitality: There is a reception & a common area where one will find helpers. All of the crew is nice & will help you in the best possible way.

Activities: You can book most of the activities from the reception & the rates will be as per the market. So, why to go around the market & bargaining for activities. They have collaboration with good companies which provide the best services. Also, they can help you get scooters with a meager rate of Rs 400.

Price: The cost of a dorm bed in an 8-bed room is Rs 300 which is slightly costly compared to more touristic destinations. But, looking at the place & room condition. The price seems to be appropriate.

Room Facilities: The room has bedsheet, bed curtains, bed light, AC & bathroom. The room condition is pretty good at the present time.

I stayed at this place during my trip to Rishikesh in Apr 2019. It was a decent place to stay & relax. You can book your stay from here Live Free Hostel


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Is Manali Worth A Trip?

Manali is a town in Himachal Pradesh. An overnight journey from Delhi, it is a great place to enjoy some peaceful time away from the bustling city. The hill station is a famous getaway for newly wed couples & young blood who are looking for some breathtaking experiences. This was my first trip to Manali & based on my experience I would like to conclude if Manali trip is worth?

The Town:

Manali town is divided into two parts old & new. Old Manali is perfect small hill station town. The narrow roads, cedar trees, fewer vehicles & peaceful environment. On the other hand, New Manali is far more commercialized, lot more vehicles & way more traffic. The main commercial hub of the place is Mall Road & most of the people visit this road for shopping & eating purposes.

There is not much to shop around & also not lots of options, but whatever options are there those are good. For city aspects, there is not much to see apart from temples. However, the real fun starts when one travel to nearby places. There are lots of places which are worth a visit. The diversity in the places is freshening & enjoyable.

Manali

Safety:

Safety is one of the major concerns before visiting a place. No body wants to have some bad memory about the place. Specially if one is traveling. Manali I felt is safe to travel. I boarded an auto during the late hours & he dropped me without any hassel or argument. Ofcourse nobody charges you by meter but that is expected from the touristic places. On a broader aspect. I feel the place is safe.

The place is decent for few days. It’s a typical small town not much advanced. However, offers alot. During summer if one is looking to check out some cool place. This could be a great getaway. I would recommend visiting the place once. City has its fun points & giveaways.

Manali

Feel free to share your thoughts in comments.

 

 

Prashar Lake: So Deep, It Touches Your Soul

Prashar lake is one of the most unexplored lakes near Mandi, Himachal Pradesh. Prashar lake trek starts from the Baggi village which is around 20 km from Mandi. I’ve been wanting to visit this lake for a year and suddenly in the first week of March, I decided to trek solo.

It was solo travel, but in reality, I wasn’t traveling or trekking solo. There were lots of people I met which never made me feel alone. I thought it was up to me to go down which path, whether to make friends during my journey or choose my own path and enjoy my own moments.

Delhi to Mandi(Prashar Lake)

I took a bus from Kashmiri gate at 6:30 PM on 9 March 2018 which left me at Mandi around 6 AM the next day. The first bus from Mandi to Baggi village leaves at around 8 AM. I took a bus to Shegli immediately which is 4 km from Baggi village. I met a group which was also going to the trek. I walked and hitchhiked to Baggi village.

There were a few cafes at Baggi village where I did my breakfast. Prices were nominal, not so costly. I had a few parathas there and filled up my water bottles.

Prashar Lake Mark My Adventure

Prashar Lake trek from Baggi village:

I started my trek at 10 AM from Baggi village with the group I met on the bus. The trek started from crossing a naala and then walking straight for around a km on the rocky path. Thereafter, I entered the thick dense pine forests. It was so beautiful in between those pine trees and I didn’t meet any other person on the trek except the group which I met on the bus. I found only one source of water in the whole trek. So, it was good that I carried enough water with me. Before one km from the lake, I reached this open area and found some mud houses. It was an amazing feeling to not find a single soul in the range of a km.

After trekking for around 4 hours, I reached this beautiful peaceful lake and it was all worth it. Prashar temple also lies just near the lake and its architecture was awe-inspiring.

Prashar Lake

The lake is surrounded by the snow-capped peaks of some large mountains. There is a 360-degree view of mountain ranges from the top area of the lake. Peaks of Triund, Indrahar Pass, Chamba, Hanuman Tibba, Spiti, Kinnaur and some other mountain ranges are visible from the top. There is no other two-day trek which gives such pleasant views within such a short distance.

Camp Site

I had my own sleeping bag with me and I knew that there were dorm rooms available in the temple. I went to the temple and talked to the Pandit Ji about the room and he told me to talk to the caretaker. Caretaker bhaiya showed me the room and gave me a mattress. And man, I swear that was one of the best nights of my life. I could see the lake from my window and it was amazing. After putting my backpack in my room, I went outside and ate some Maggi. I spent my entire evening watching the beautiful sunset and then ate Rajma Chawal and slept.

A local guy told me that there is a beautiful site 2 km from the Parashar lake. I followed the road, took a wrong turn and reached this place and enjoyed this stunning sunset alone.

Random place

Prashar lake to Mandi:

I wanted to go down by bus as I trekked while coming up here. So, I enquired about the bus from the people and took it to reach Mandi at 4:30 PM. Drive from Prashar Lake to Mandi was a treat. The bus went through some muddy path in between the lush green valley which was breathtaking for me. I ate some food at Mandi Bus Stand and took the bus to Delhi which reached at 5 AM.

Some amazing stories about this place

  • Till now, various attempts have been made to find the depth of this lake but no one was successful. Isn’t it astonishing in the 21st century?
  • It is believed that Prashar temple is built in the era of Mahabharata and the lake was created by Bhim’s elbow push.
  • No one is allowed to enter the fencing around the lake except the local people who use this lake as a source of water.
  • It is said that the small island which is in the middle of the lake changes its location with respect to the time of the year.
  • The water of this lake is used for drinking by the local people and it tastes amazing.

Useful Information:

  • Tents are available itself near the Prashar lake at the cost of Rs. 300-500
  • Bus from Mandi to Baggi village leaves at around 8 AM and costs around 50/-
  • There are a few cafes in Baggi village where you can eat and pack your lunch for the trek as there are no shops during the trek.
  • Direct buses also run from Mandi to Prashar lake which is the same bus that goes via Baggi village and reaches Prashar lake at 11 AM. The same bus leaves for Mandi at 1:15 PM and reaches Mandi at 4:30 PM.
  • Temple may also be closed in the month of January and February.
  • Various buses run from Delhi to Mandi in the evening and take around 11-12 hours to reach. The prices of Roadways HRTC bus is 530/-, Himmani Deluxe non-AC is 730/- and Himsuta AC Bus is around 1100/-. Prefer HRTC buses over the private ones.
  • This trek can be done within the budget of 1400-2000 depending on which bus you take and where you stay. I did this trek in 1400/-
  • You can take your tent if you want and camp near the lake.
  • Cost of food is nominal near the lake. Maggi costs 30/- and Rajma Chawal cost 60/-
  • Only Jio and Airtel networks are available at the lake.

Best season to visit:

This trek can be done at any time of the year. In winters, the lake freezes, so for the people who love snow, this lake is a blessing.

In summers, the area around the lake is fully green. This trek should be avoided in the Monsoon season as the trail gets slippery.

Prashar Lake

Prashar Lake temperature:

Temperature goes below -4 degree Celsius in the months of January and February. While in the other seasons, it’s between 10-15 degree Celsius.

Whenever you visit this lake, use water of the lake for drinking over plastic bottles. If you purchase some bottles then please take them to Mandi with you because it’s very hard to transfer all the plastics. Let’s make this beautiful lake pollution free.

This post is written by Mayank Gupta & one can follow his work at www.travelfortranquility.com.

Della & Pavana Lake: A weekend Well Spent

There are lots of places near Mumbai where one can spend a quality time. Mumbai has a space constraints so finding an open space is a tough thing to do.Della adventure is answer for such constraints, Della has established a park in Lonavala (some 2.5 or 3 hours drive from Mumbai & 1.5 hours drive from Pune). An adventure park which offers variety of outdoor activities & surely is good place to visit.

Della Adventures:

Della Adventures is located in Lonavala. The place has many activities like paintball, wall climbing, zip line,  archery, shooting, swings, obstacle, dirt bike racing etc. The prices of the activities vary. However, there is a basic plan which allows one to play games like snooker, table tennis, chess, carrom, net practice (cricket), archery. But, to play games like paintball, dirtbike racing one need to shed extra rupees. Other than this they also provide staying option if one is willing to spend another day. Click here to book a room in Della.

Della Mark My Adventure

The basic package starts from approx 2000 excluding taxes.  However, there are many offers available on online booking which can be cheaper than this price. The same can be looked by clicking here.

Dirt biking Della Adventure

I went to this park with my friends, I felt the basic package was overpriced. However, it is a good place for kids, as they can ride cycles, pet a dog & enjoy some time away from honking of vehicles. But, for adults, it might be disappointing because of the rush & the price.

Carrying out all the activities in a single day is difficult. The best would be to shortlist the activities one wants to do & only perform those. Although, it is possible to cover all the activities in 2 day.

A food court is available in the park. So, there is no need to worry about the food. The cost of food in restaurant is on a higher side, but that is expected if traveling to some adventure club.

We spent one afternoon there & for us it was a decent one time visit. We enjoyed our time over there. But, will think to visit the place again. After spending an afternoon, we moved to Pavana Lake for the evening. Lake is some 1.5 to 2 hours journey from Della Adventures.

Pavana Lake:

Pavana lake is a wonderful site for camping. Located at some distance from the city. The sites near a lake are owned by local villagers. Hence, it is logical to take a camping package from them. The charges are not high, so one can afford it easily. The package includes a tent, a camp fire, bonfire (if lucky enough to get one), food & morning snacks & the cost of the package was approx 1000 per head.

Pavana Lake Mark My Adventure

The best part of camping is its view, so choose the view accordingly. Luckily, we got good location. You can search camping site by clicking on this link.

The night here was more about sitting near the campfire & chit chatting about different phases of the life or different experiences.

Morning View Pavana Lake

The morning views were mesmerizing, the never-ending landscapes & peace all around the camp is the experience which one can only dream of. I particularly enjoyed the morning scene because of the freshness in the air & nature.

Lake View Mark My Adventure

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