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6 Ways To Immerse Yourself In The Indian Culture

India is quickly becoming the must-visit destination for travelers all over the world, what with its rich history and abundance of culture to be experienced. Here are six ways to get involved with the Indian culture during your holidays.

Visit historical landmark

Indian Culture - Taj Mahal

You can’t visit India without seeing some of its most famous landmarks. The Taj Mahal is an essential trip, sitting majestically on the south bank of the Yamuna river. Although it does understandably get busy during the day, it’s a must-visit site for its cultural value – arrive as soon as the sun starts to rise for the quietest crowds.

For a sight that not many tourists have yet discovered, head to the Great Wall of India. The second longest wall in the world (only behind its Chinese counterpart), it protects an ancient complex of ruins and temples in the depths of Kumbhalgarh. It’s relatively uncharted, so you’ll have to watch out for traps and dangerous terrain, but it’s one of the most intriguing – and unspoiled – landmarks in the country.



Stay in Kolkata

Indian Culture - Kolkata - Victoria Memorial

Being one of India’s biggest cities, it’s understandable that Kolkata would have an abundance in the way of cultural value. But pay a visit to the city and you’ll still manage to be surprised – for a city, it’s surprisingly laidback and drifting. Visit at the right time and you may be able to experience its renowned book and film festivals, attracting people from across the entire world.

There’s a wealth of history to be discovered here in Kolkata, too. Head to the Marble Palace, where the family of its architect still resides. Constructed with 26 different types of Italian marble, it’s understandably magnificent.

Try the street food

Indian Culture - Street Food

Travelling through India will likely bring you at least one encounter with street food. Don’t shy away from a quick dish – street food is often some of the most delectable in the world. Everything from fiery Indian curries to a quick bite of paneer is available to try, giving you an authentic insight into the country’s cuisine.

Even vegetarians will be spoilt for choice when it comes to Indian street food – consider trying a quick bite of paratha with a side of fragrant chutney, or a unique breakfast in the form of the rice-based chura matar.



Experience Holi festival

Indian Culture - Holi Festival

Perhaps the best and most exciting way to experience Indian culture is to participate in one of its many renditions of Holi. Delhi is arguably home to the best of the bunch, including the spirited and massive Holi Cow Festival on the city’s outskirts. It’s here you’ll be able to watch the country’s biggest musical acts in the midst of coloured powders and celebrations.

Head into smaller towns and communities, however, and Holi festival will feel very different – albeit still as fun. The sense of friendship and togetherness is inclusive of locals and tourists, and you’ll be welcomed with gifts, smiles and plenty of colour.

RELATED POSTS: Best Places To Celebrate Holi With Utmost Ardour In India

Walk upon the Himalayas

Indian Culture - Himalayas

Visit Darjeeling for the chance to traverse some of the highest points of the Himalayas. Situated near the towering peak of Kanchenjunga, itself reaching heights of over 8500m, the hill station provides countless trails and hiking opportunities that will take you through the mountain range with spectacular panoramas of the surrounding landscape – one of the highlights being the small, cliff-top plateau of Tiger Hill.

To get to Darjeeling, there’s really only one way to do it – the toy train, one of the highlights of the Himalaya. The Himalayan Railway ascends the mountains through tunnels and hill stations, passing right through Darjeeling’s centre once you arrive. For a chance to see the views without the hiking, this is the way to do it.

Consider a homestay

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And for perhaps the most authentic way to experience Indian culture, consider a homestay. Head to Kerala and you’ll be able to stay with local families, who will include you in everything from cooking to storytelling in the evenings. It’s a fantastic way to get involved with the culture, providing a unique and unforgettable experience.

The town of Kerala itself is one of the best in the country, with rustic architecture giving way to some of the most beautiful natural sights in the entirety of India. If you stay here, be sure to explore its every corner.

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10 Reasons Why You Need to Travel To India

India is one nation that is known for offering varied experiences to its visitors. Along with several layers of history, there are a very few countries like India that has diversity in culture, religion, landscape, wildlife etc. Vacations in this country are worth-cherishing for a lifetime. Here are 10 reasons why you need to travel to India:

1. TAJ MAHAL

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Words fall short to describe the magnificence of the World Wonder of Taj Mahal. An epitome of love, this white-marble mausoleum is an Indo-Saracenic architecture. It was commissioned in 1653 by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in the memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. The construction of this colossal structure took 22 years with a cost of around 32 million Indian rupees. Do not miss out on noticing the amazing lattice (jail) work, calligraphy writing, shining marble, and the use of precious stones. Also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Taj is known to change colors with the changing position of the Sun.



2. RELIGION AND SPIRITUALITY

Why You Need to Travel To India Banaras
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India has always been known as the ‘Land of Religion’. It has been the birthplace of religions like Hinduism, Sikhism, Jainism, and Buddhism. The innumerable places of worship and several religious festivals commemorate people’s believe in their almighty.  Spirituality too has been a very important part of everyday lives of people. Rishikesh, Bodhgaya, Haridwar, and Varanasi are few of the places that have a spiritual connection. Yoga and meditation session in ashrams and centers is a way of life for many. Both flourish hand-in-hand.

ALSO READ: This Man Beautifully Captures Some Unwritten Stories Of Banaras

3. AYURVEDA AND SPA

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The world-renowned Ayurveda was founded in India, more than 5000 years ago and thus it is one of the 10 reasons why need to travel to India. It is an ancient system of traditional healing that focuses on eradicating the root cause of an ailment, sans any side effects. There is a plethora of therapies, treatments, and massages, which aim towards bringing a harmony between mind, body, and soul. It actually is the ‘way of life’. There are various Ayurveda resorts and centers all across the country’s landscape including Kerala, Shimla, Rishikesh etc. The age-old concepts of Ayurveda are clubbed with modern spa therapies.

4. BEACHES

Why You Need to Travel To India

With a coastline of over 7500 km, India is known to be one of the world’s most popular beach destinations. Beaches in India are picturesque, known for their serenity, scenic beauty as well as a range of beach activities. There are over 200 beaches, the country receives a huge footfall of tourists from all across the globe. While the beaches of Goa are world-renowned for all kinds of interesting activities, the beaches of south India are popular for their relaxed atmosphere. Andaman and Nicobar Islands have picturesque beaches with plethora of water sports. Soak-in the tranquility, savor local seafood delicacies, indulge in merry-making and so on.

5. ARCHITECTURAL HERITAGE

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During the course of its history, India has been under the rule of several dynasties. Various popular rules constructed innumerable architectures in the form of forts, palaces, mosques, temples, step wells, and other monuments. Architectural heritage of India is worth-exploring. The country is home to around 32 UNESCO World Heritage Sites and each of them is wonderful. These structure are piece of craftsmanship of the artists of ancient times. Some of such wonders are Khajuraho temples, Hampi Group of monuments, palaces and forts in Rajasthan, Ajanta and Ellora caves etc.

6. ADVENTURE

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From past few years, India has emerged as a popular adventure destination as it offers a variety of adventure sports activity. The rivers, the mountains, the forests, the deserts and the sea waters all are ideal for partaking in adventure activities. Popular adventure destinations include trekking, mountain biking, skiing, river rafting, scuba diving, snorkeling, heli skiing, paragliding, zip-lining, para-sailing, bunjee jumping, hot air ballooning etc. Uttarakhand, Jammu & Kashmir, Andaman Islands, Goa, Manali, and Rishikesh are the place for such activities. Adventure holidays in India are one of the most sought-after.

READ MORE: The Ultimate List Of Adventure Activities In India

7. WILDLIFE

Wildlife India
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The exotic wildlife of India is protected in its national parks and wildlife sanctuaries, sprinkled all around the country.  There are various rare, endangered as well as endemic animal as well as bird species. A visit to the wildlife reserves includes of a number of experiences such as wildlife safari (jeep/elephant safari), boat rides, trekking, bamboo rafting, guided nature walks and so on. Some of the animal species that can be spotted here include Royal Bengal Tiger, Snow leopard, Yaks, Nilgiri Tahr, Indian Wild Ass, Striped hyenas, Nilgai, one-horned rhinoceros, Asiatic lion, blackbuck, various kinds of deer, the mighty elephants etc. The avifaunal wealth is wonderful too. Some of the popular wildlife reserves are Bandhavgarh, Kaziranga, Periyar, Ranthambore, Jim Corbett, and so on.



8. WONDERFUL RAILWAY JOURNEYS

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Not many know that Indian Railways is one of the largest employers in the world. The train tracks are spread across the length and breadth of the country, connecting all the cities, towns and villages with each other. The trains offer wonderful railway journeys at affordable rates. There are three main classes of rails including first, second and third. Shatabdis and Rajdhanis are fastest trains. There is nothing as compared to the Indian Railways, the experience is exclusive. Luxury Trains and Toy Trains are worth-experiencing too.

9. SHOPPING

With a vast variety of goods and products, India can rightly be called a shopper’s paradise. The markets of India have both modern and traditional products for all pocket-sizes. The variety of stuff available here includes various accessories, drinks like fenni, hand-embroidery pieces like phulkari, various kinds of fabrics like bandhani, puppets, mojaris, lehenga-choli, kurta pajama, saris, Pooja samagri, nuts, home décor pieces, spices, wall hangings, incense sticks, precious and semi-precious jewelry, leather items, handicrafts items and so on. Learn the art of bargaining and visit popular markets of Delhi, Agra, Punjab, Gujarat, Goa, Lucknow, Srinagar etc. Shopping is one of the best things to do in India.

ALSO READ: Street Style: A Guide To Delhi’s Vibrant Street Markets

10. FESTIVALS AND FAIRS

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Fairs and festivals of India feature in the list of 10 reasons why you need to travel to India. Indian calendar is always full with such wonderful events, which are celebrated with zeal and enthusiasm. As people of all religions reside with complete harmony, festivals of all religions are celebrated here. From time to time, cattle fairs, kite fairs, music festival, dance festival etc. are also organized. Attending these celebrations offers a sneak-peek into the ancient culture of the country. Some of the popular festivals and fairs are Diwali, Holi, Kumbh Mela, Pushkar fair, Hemis Festival, kite Festival, Onam, Dusshera, Pongal and many more.

ALSO READ: Best Places To Celebrate Holi With Utmost Ardour In India

 

Author Bio: A soul bred in the mountains, Akansha Negi doles out travel inspiration from solo wandering, exploring heritage and culture, tasting local cuisine, adventures and experiences of her travels.

 

 


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Street Style: A Guide To Delhi’s Vibrant Street Markets

‘Delhi’- the word often brings to mind the image of a vibrant, buzzing city; a cornucopia of culture and experience. Perhaps one more thing that Delhi is remembered by is its bustling shopping streets serving to every fancy of its frenzied shoppers. If you are lusting over a pair of rainbow-coloured jutti, or a pair of peacock jhumkis, or just want a wardrobe makeover, look no further than these shopping havens in the city. Check out the list of Delhi’s street markets and go shopping without burning a hole in your pocket.

Janpath

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The central shopping hub for Delhiites, this market boasts of a wide array of tops, dresses, palazzos, as well as funky accessories and junk jewellery. But yes, do not forget to bargain!

While you are here: check out some of the drool-worthy restaurants and cafes in nearby Connaught Place.



Sarojini Nagar Market

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A big favorite among the seasoned shoppers for the impeccable variety of outfits in cheap prices that you can find here, head out to this one, for your shopping fix, but be armed with pro bargaining skills!

While you are here: refill your energy with the famous pakoras and moong dal laddu nearby.

Lajpat Nagar Market

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Your answer for ethnic trousseau and materials- if you have a wedding to attend in the near future, this is the best place for all your shopping needs. Spoil yourself with the extensive collection of readymade clothes and exquisite fabrics for that perfect desi avatar.

While you are here: Try the famous Dolma Aunty Momos or the Tandoori Vodka Momos at Amar Colony.

Karol Bagh

Delhi's Street Markets Karol Bagh
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One of the oldest markets of Delhi, this is the one stop shop for all your shopping needs-from ethnic wear to jewellery to electronics to books; you will be spoilt for choice here!

While you are here: from Aloo Tikkis to corn-on-the-cobs, there is a variety of food options to satisfy every taste bud!

Chandni Chowk

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How can one be on a shopping spree and miss Chandni Chowk? This gem in old Delhi is your perfect choice for grand lehengas, sarees and other bridal wear.

The nearby Khari Baoli market (Asia’s largest wholesale spice market)  is a treat for the all the senses, with the vibrant colours of dry fruits and spices stacked in heaps forming a backdrop against the crowd, and the aroma of the spices filled in the air. Do visit for spices, dry fruits and other foodstuffs at wholesale rates.

For electronics and electrical items at wholesale rates, head to Bhagirath Palace.

While you are here: do sample the street food here, from the tikkis of Natraj Bhalle Wala to the Chhole Kulche to the Rabdi and the piping hot Jalebi. You might even ditch your shopping for this! 😛



Tilak Nagar

The oldest shopping destination for west-Delhi patrons for budget-friendly clothes and shoes, you will also find a great deal of shops selling bags and luggage. Perhaps consider this place to buy one trolley for your epic trip!

While you are here: you have plenty of eating options, from chaat to kulfi to roadside dhabas serving north Indian food.

ALSO READ: Best Book Cafes To Explore In Delhi

-Written By Vinita Srinivasan


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Argentinean woman's guide

An Argentinean Woman’s Guide To India

An experience full of excitement, love, and senses. This is life! People has so many pre-conceptions about India as they can also have about every culture that’s different from its culture.

My advice… make your own way and enjoy India, it has a lot of things to offer you!

5 cities: The Golden Triangle + Udaipur + McLeodGanj. 5 senses: smell, hearing, taste, touch and sight.

Smell. Delhi and Udaipur.

Since I was in the airplane to Delhi, I started to experience the Indian culture. The guy who was beside me was sweating with a very strong smell. Then, we got food and the smell was very similar. And when I arrived, it was even stronger.

I found this smell in every place: in the airplane, in the train to Udaipur, on the streets, in the hostels, in the kitchen, in the bathroom. Everywhere.

At first I was shocked but then I got used to and I started to like it.




Here was the main reason of that, their wonderful spices! I realized in Shashi’s Cooking Class.

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Hearing. Delhi, Jaipur and McLeodGanj.

Noisy horns, wonderful stories, amazing music, the 6am prayer…

Noisy horns.
Surely, you know what I’m talking about. I won’t say a lot about that. You know.. traffic jam, many horns sounding at the same time, people shouting “Tuc tuc. Do you need a tuc tuc?” and so many cars using their horn “Boom, boing, boing, boing, bam”.

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Wonderful stories.
Stories about marriage, religion and our mission in this life, among others.
They’re very talkative and hospitable. In all of them, I found a friend. I felt at home.
Every time I felt lost in the middle of the night, I didn´t have data to use my cellphone or when I was sad/happy, someone helped me.

Marriage.
Something very important for their culture. I learnt something new! Sometimes, their parents upload their profiles in a website and then they take into account the following points in order to find a wife or husband for their children:
⦁ The horoscope.
⦁ The caste.
⦁ If their parents like the woman or the man.
⦁ If they (the couple) like each other respectively.

Religion.
They have so many: Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, Jainism, Islam and Christianity. The first four originated in India and the rest came from outside.
I realized that every culture, every person needs to believe in something, it doesn’t matter if it’s called Buddha, God, Energy… At the end we all need to believe in something, we have more things in common than we expect and we should learn from our few differences.

Our mission in this life.
I hear this story from a woman from Spain who came back from the death. She told us she was in India because she found her mission, she had to talk to the monks and share a formula.
She told us we’re energy, we’re holograms and that we’re here to learn and achieve a mission.

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Amazing music.
I loved it! They shout, jump or simple relax. You can find all the types of music.

The 6 am prayer.
The Indian alarm clock for me during my trip in India haha.
In every city, you will hear that at 6am someone starts to pray. I didn’t ask about it but I think it’s a tradition before to meditate because I hear it also in my meditation retreat.



Taste. Delhi and Udaipur.

This is India! Spicy, colorful and tasty.

You can love India or simple don’t like it. For people from Occident is a big cultural shock at first because everything is very different: the customs, the clothes, the smells, the temples, the streets, the people.

And, it’s the same with their food. At the begging for me it was hard, it was very very very spicy.
In my case, I had stomachache. But then, I started to enjoy every different taste of each spice.
You get used to eating their food and you start to like it. And this is also life, when you’re trying or exploring something different. It takes time.

My favorites: chicken curry, their bread (I don’t remember its name) to eat with different toppings, the masala tea and the omelet with a wonderful cheese (I’ve never tried such good omelet with a cheese like this one before)

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Touch. Delhi.

They eat with their hands. They cook with their hands. When you are leaving a Temple, they give something to eat to you also with their hands.

I don’t know how to explain it… at first is a shock and some people thinks that is disgusting but on the opposite I think that everything is tastier. Just, try and then, tell me 😉

Sight. Every place.

How can I pick just some pictures?! It was hard only pick the following ones.

I was amazed by:
⦁ Its temple, the architecture, the colors, every day full of people praying.
⦁ Seeing cows, motorbikes, tuc tucs, elephants and monkeys at the same time on the street or on the route.
⦁ Butcher Shops on the middle of the street.
⦁ Its amazing mountains.

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⦁ Women dressing colorful saris, doing rituals at home, working.

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As a woman from Occident, for sure I felt that everyone was looking at me because of my clothes, my skin, my features, etc. It was crazy and funny that people wanted to take photos with me.

If someone asks me if I felt unsafe there? My answer would be No, only once and it was because I didn’t follow the advice that some Indian friends gave it to me. You just have to visit most of the places during the morning and try to avoid be alone during the night. But I think that’s like in every city or country, nothing very different as the caution that you should have to take when you’re travelling.

Forget your fears, try new things, trust people you don’t know and enjoy every simple moment. This is not just in India, THIS IS LIFE!

A BIG THANK YOU TO INDIA AND ITS PEOPLE!  FOR SURE, I’LL VISIT YOU AGAIN.

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Best Book Cafes To Explore In Delhi

An indolent and calm day, a riveting book and a cup of Latte is what a perfect day could be for bookworm!! Engaged in a good book along with a cup of hot tea or coffee in hand at an altogether different world can give a feel of romanticism. Need some suggestions for making out this plan? Trippindian finds for you the list of best book cafes in Delhi that offers hidden and composed space when one can lose in words.

CHA BAR

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Being a part of Oxford Book Store, CHA BAR is one of the most sought after place by the bookworms. With a wide ranging variety of teas and beverages, this place offers a retreat from the chaotic life of Central Delhi.

Location: N 81, Oxford Bookstore, Connaught Place

Timings: 10:00 A.M. – 9:30 P.M.

Cost:  INR 500 for two.

KUNZUM TRAVEL CAFE

kunzum travel cafe

If you carry both travel bug and a bookworm inside you, then this place could be your dream destination. The library features a range of travel books, magazines, travelogues, and many more. The unique thing about this cafe is that you can enjoy unlimited tea without any load on your pockets.

Location: T-49 Ground Floor, Hauz Khas Village

Timing: 11:00 A.M. – 7:30 P.M.

Cost: INR 200 for two.



IVY & BEAN

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With a quirky and quaint ambience, this place offers a suitable atmosphere to get lost in words. Inspired by Australian culture, Ivy & Bean offers some of the authentic Australian cuisines making it unique in its own way. Together with delicious food and well lit interiors, this café gives a homely feeling for the book lovers.

Location: 119, Sishan House, Shahpur Jat, Siri Fort

Timing: 11:00 A.M. – 11:00 P.M.

Cost: INR 1200 for two.

CAFÉ TURTLE

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Need an escape from chaos? This cute little place is a perfect option to get away from the hustle of Delhi. With an eclectic menu offering Cheese cakes, hot chocolates, desserts and many more, this café attracts the readers most.

Location: Shop No. 23, 2nd Floor, Middle Lane, Khan Market

Timing: 9:30 A.M. – 9:30 P.M.

Cost: INR 1000 for two.

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ANOTHER FINE DAY

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Located on outskirts of Delhi, this book café offers a calm and cosy ambience where one can enjoy a collection of reading material with light music in the background and some great food. With retro interiors, homely décor and bookshelves full of best sellers, the restaurant offers book readers a place of rest and relaxation.

Location: MPD Tower, DLF Phase V, Golf Course Road, DLF Phase 5, Sector 43, Gurugram

Timing: 11:00 A.M. – 11:00 P.M.

Cost: INR 800 for two.



T’POT CAFÉ

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A simple café with decent ambience near Sri Aurobindo College serves a wide variety of Teas, snacks, and reading stuffs. Not only just books and snacks, the café offers board games too for those who want to spend some fun time with their folks.

Location: Plot no 7, Opposite Kotak Mahindra Bank, Malviya Nagar

Timing: 11:00 A.M. – 11:00 P.M.

Cost: INR 800 for two.

CAFÉ WANDERLUST

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A perfect place for all the wanderers out there in the capital to relax over a drink and some books. Breakfast platter and Hammock being the famous, the café serves specialized foods from different regions of India over a tab which is offered to the customers. One can enjoy on board games while taking a sip of drinking at this place.

Location: SF 53-54, First Floor, DLF Galleria, DLF Phase 4, Gurgaon

Timing: 9:30 A.M. – 11:00 P.M.

Cost: INR 900 for two.

Happy Reading Folks!! Pin the best book cafes in Delhi for later 😀

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An Extraordinary Nature Expedition – Top Hiking Places In Malaysia

Malaysia is a potpourri of wondrous cultures, innovative cities, and gorgeous nature wonderlands. Talking about its magnificent nature landscapes, Malaysia is packed with lush rain forests and dramatic mountain terrains that make it a favorable destination for outdoor enthusiasts. Hiking and trekking along the nature trails through thick woodlands and rugged mountains is a great way to blend adventure with nature admiration. Being blessed with a diverse range of topography, Malaysia is one of the destinations in the world with the finest hiking trails.  If you are looking for some hiking adventure on your Malaysia trip, here are some of the best spots to check out:

Cameron Highlands

Cameron Highlands

Among the tourist places in Malaysia, Cameron Highlands are quite famous among travellers as a cool and breezy hill station filled with varied shades of green landscapes. Apart from a leisure attraction, being on an elevated plateau makes Cameron Highlands a hot favourite among trek lovers. Filled with forests and tea plantation, there are countless nature trails to explore. The stunning sceneries of rolling tea plantations and strawberry farms are an added reason on why this hiking place is famous among nature and adventure lovers. The climb is moderately strenuous as you need to climb uphill on rugged and disheveled trails but the pleasant climate and the refreshing greenery soothes the tiredness into an invigorated mindset. The months of December and January are the best time for a trekking journey on Cameron Highlands and the hike approximately takes two hours.




Bukit Tabur

Bukit Tabur

A section of Klang Gates Quartz Ridge is famously known as Bukit Tabur which is also a happening spot for mountain adventures. Divided into two hiking zones – the East side trail and west side trail, Bukit Tabur offers its guests a splendid sight of Kuala Lumpur city and Klang Gates Dam. These nature trails provide an adventurous nature relief to city dwellers and tourists looking for hiking in Kuala Lumpur besides visiting tourist attractions and city sightseeings.

Penang Hill Loop

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Another popular hiking route is the Penang Hill Loop – an 11-kilometer hiking stretch that winds up all the way to the summit of Penang Hill. The trek takes about 5 hours to complete and travellers need to be geared up for a toilsome climb in some sections as the paths are not marked properly and the route is mostly a jungle hike. However, the Penang Hill Loop is one of the oldest and sturdiest routes of Malaysia and guarantees some immensely beautiful nature panoramas dotted with shrines, bird watching spots, and waterfalls. The best time for a hiking tour is from December to February.




Mount Kinabalu

Mount Kinabalu

The highest mountain in Malaysia and the third highest in South East Asia – Mount Kinabalu is a trekking expedition most adventurous hikers dream to complete. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Mount Kinabalu ranks among the top hiking destinations in the world.  The ascent is quite challenging and visitors definitely need prior trekking experiences and proper mountaineering gear. Those who are up for this momentous expedition are sure to get rewarded with the ultimate vistas of rare flora and fauna and astounding splendor of Borneo Island.  The trek takes about two days to complete.

Bukit Keluang, Terengganu

Bukit Keluang, Terengganu

Located around an hour’s drive from Terengganu’s main city, Bukit Keluang is surrounded by a beautiful stretch of seaside and sandy beaches.  Among the hiking places in Malaysia, this hiking trail is moderately challenging and the duration to reach all the way up to the summit takes around 45 minutes. Once you reach the top you will be spellbound by the incredible coastline and sea views, not to mention the fascinating sunsets you can experience here.

Broga Hill

Broga Hill Malaysia

A short and easy hiking trail for those who would want to enjoy nature with a hint of adventure on a casual hiking trip, Broga Hill offers you sprightly nature surroundings and breathtaking vistas of Selangor and Negeri Sembilan. Broga Hill – a protruding segment of Titiwangsa Range has abundant green shrubbery and woodlands, and the peak is a popular spot to catch amazing sunrise and sunset. The total stretch takes about 45 minutes to complete.

Taman Negara Hiking Trails

Hiking Places In Malaysia

One of Malaysia’s treasured Greenland reserve, Taman Negara is home to a sprawling, centuries old tropical rainforests. Teemed with a diverse and undulated terrain, Taman Negara offers a different adventure in its numerous hiking trails – right from short hour treks to journeys spanning over days and from moderate to challenging levels.  This fascinating journey takes you on a journey through mushy woodlands all the way to the peak. Some famous jungle trails are Keniam Trail, Bukit Teresek, Tenor Trail and Gunung Tahan trail.

Bukit Chenuang

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Set in Selangor on the edge of Ampat Hills, Chenuang is just 45 minutes from Kuala Lumpur and serves as an ideal choice for travellers who wish to club city sightseeing with outdoor adventures. The forested mountains feature several nature trails which ascend to the peak. The most popular route is the one that begins at Sungai Congkak Recreational Forest.  The total duration takes about four hours.




Apek Hill

Hiking Places In Malaysia

Another hill excursion just on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur is Apek Hill. Located in Cheras, Apek hill is a serene deep forested highland that has winding trails divided into 6 segments, each varying in its adventure level. However, Apek Hill is not a difficult mountain to trek, but there are certain sections which have steep slopes. Nevertheless, the sight of beautiful lush green vistas, gushing streams, cascading waterfalls and unspoiled foliage on the way are worth the climb and the scenery from the summit is a definite not to miss attraction.

Gunung Semangkok

Hiking Places In Malaysia

Not for the fragile hearted travellers, Gunung Semangkok is not an easy feat for hikers. Although this mountain is not the highest in Malaysia, a climb to its summit can prove quite arduous as the terrain has variation in altitude and the trail is often rugged and grueling. If you are an ardent mountain hiker and love to undertake challenging climbs, then hiking to the top of Gunung Semangkok can be one of your adventure triumphs. The hiking journey is recommended to advance trekkers who have good practice and experience in mountain trekking as the trek can stretch for days.

When you visit Malaysia, you witness the splendor of nature first hand and this experience is raised two folds when you journey through its virgin forestlands on foot all the way to a place where nature’s beauty is exceedingly personified. With some of the finest hiking trails in store for you, Malaysia travel is a remarkable experience that clubs together the finest elements of leisure and adventure elements. So get set for an invigorating Malaysian holiday, check for Malaysia visit visa supplier for details on visa requirements and chalk out a holiday plan with some of these exhilarating hiking trails for an adventurous Malaysian vacation.

Contributed by Priya Ghatol


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Kohima: Home Away From Home

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As said, a good traveller has no fixed plans, and I thank my god that I did not make any plan for my visit to Kohima in October 2016.

After a long day of ridding a motorcycle with one of my friends from Delhi, whose heart and soul stays in North East, we reached to a place called “MORUNG LODGE” – My second home now.

This place belongs to a lady named Nino who believes in positivity and is a wonderful host. Her home is very close to Kohima War Cemetery  (a tribute to the heroes who fought for their land during WWII) and surrounded by magical hills of Nagaland. I was super excited to see the view while having a cup of tea and listening to Mark Knopfler.

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Kohima War Cemetery

 

The breath of fresh wind can be felt from the balcony, our evening were spent sipping warm rice beer (a local brew) under stunning stary night sky.

We at Morung Lodge were served the dishes that were freshly prepared using farm vegetables. Personal care & affluent hospitality is provided to all the visitors to make their stay pleasant (will be cherished always). The whole staff put a great deal of effort to make our stay comfortable and relaxing.

Owner of the house has a vast knowledge about the local places which is extremely helpful in getting the most from your visit.




ALSO READ: Sikkim, Rhapsody Of The Soul.

We spent our evenings listening to the stories/experiences of people from different part of the world staying together at the lodge. I am glad that I met people, connected with them & got to know their experiences. A couple from Germany, a single woman’s travel story from Israel, a guy travelling alone from Jaipur and motorcycle rider’s from Australia. We were all connected to each other through love for travel!

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Would like to share a wonderful quote by Ibn Battuta before I end my little story of happiness that sums it up beautifully – “Travelling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller”.

-Written By Nishant Rodey






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Best Places To Celebrate Holi With Utmost Ardour In India

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Holi – “The Festival of Color” is a religious Hindi festival that marks the victory of good over evil. Holi is celebrated all over India with zeal and enthusiasm. The celebration varies from city to city ranging from traditional temple prayers to modern parties with music, water, bhang, and a lot of colors. Every year this festival is celebrated on Phalgun Purnima which occurs in the month of March and is the second most widely celebrated festival in India.




Holi is celebrated all across India but there are some places where this festival is celebrated with spectacular way and rituals. Trippindian takes a great pleasure to bring you the list of best places that are known for their Holi celebration, so that you can travel there to make your Holi a little more festive this year.

Mathura and Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh

Mathura – Place where Lord Krishna was born, and Vrindavan, where he spent his childhood, are the most popular places for their Holi Celebration. Bothe places come alive with music, holy prayers, bhang, colors and zeal for a whole week during Holi. One can experience the most colorful sights and tourists from all around the world. A weeklong celebration is organized at Banke – Bihari temple in Vrindavan.

All those who want to experience the culture of Uttar Pradesh and want know the history of Ancient India, this is the best time to do so.


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Flowergasm in Delhi: Mughal Gardens

Fancy witnessing the colors of spring in full bloom but unable to book your tickets to faraway lands? If you live in Delhi, or are visiting Delhi during February/March, and want a quick detour to a fantasy land, head out to our very own Mughal Gardens at Rashtrapati Bhavan, home to an awe-inspiring variety of flowers in every color of the spectrum, and feast your senses as you revel in the refreshing spring air.




The astounding varieties of flowers on display here can perhaps be distinguished by a botanist only, but then, the sheer smorgasbord of the flora here, does give us laymen a glimpse of the vast and vibrant Mother Nature. Another reason for you to visit is the recent addition to the garden-tulips, in hues of red, yellow and orange, which means that now you do not have to go all the way to Netherlands to see the tulips in full bloom! And these dainty tulips just merge in perfect harmony to the rare and exquisite varieties of rose on display, including the rare green rose. The other highlights of this year’s ‘Udyanotsav’ (the Garden Exhibition) include special theme-based exhibition of vertical garden forms and air purifying plants*. The premises are replete with many themed gardens, such as- the main Mughal Garden, as well as the Herb Garden, Bonsai Garden, Cactus Area, and the Circular Garden.




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Now, drawing from my personal experience, I would suggest anyone who likes witnessing the various colors of nature, and the many hues of flowers, to give this place a visit. There will be a lot of walking involved, so do wear comfortable shoes. That, and a keen eye to see the many types of flora on exhibit, shall make your trip a pleasant one. Do note that belongings other than mobile phone would not be allowed inside and need to be deposited at the entry, so it’s best to not carry much. So hop onto a metro train, get down at Central Secretariat Metro Station, and make your trip towards this paradise in the heart of Delhi! And hurry, ‘cos the gardens are open to public from 5th February to 12 March, 2017.

Pro tip: Check out some of the roses which have rather unusual, err, funny names.

So you thought a rose can’t be macho enough? Think again.

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 And the first prize goes to… (No prizes for guessing!)




 Go high on colors and the sweet fragrance of the flowers on display!

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 The fountains lend an extra magical touch to this paradise!

 -Written By Vinita Srinivasan

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10 Destinations In India To Visit Before You Turn Thirty

Have you ever thought that you spend most of your life at same place? First 22 years going to school and college, and next 30 years working in a cubical or if by chance you get free time you squander it by watching TV series or making plans which never succeed. But the matter of fact is that the 20s is the time when you are independent and are free to dream. This is the age when you can make some of the life time memories and experience crazy things in life.

A dialogue from Bollywood blockbuster Zindagi Milegi Na Dobara says “Insaan Ko Dibbe Mein Sirf Tab Hona Chahiye Jab Wo Mar Chuka Ho”, stands a good impulse for the youngsters because the present condition of youth is making them isolated from the outer world due to which they never live the life that exist outside the virtual world. And by the time you leave your college and move into corporate world, you realize that you didn’t made enough memories to satiate yourself, and one fine day you regret of not having had enough experiences during your college life. The thing which is Bitter but is true is that you all are Aging and yet have not discovered the most splendid destinations.




Folks, we suggest you that before you turn 30 explore as much as you can. Travel, while you’re still young, get out of your comfort zone and live as if there is no tomorrow because anything which you explore today will last life time and if you let this time pass, the energy and zeal inside you will die away and you’ll just end up making regrets. So, here is a list of 10 spectacular destinations in India for a life changing experience before moving into your 30s:

1. Get mad in Goa

Undoubtedly, Goa is one of those destinations which one must go during his/her 20s. With aura, full of energy, amazing nightlife, majestic beaches, Goa has much more to make your trip memorable.

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ALSO READ: 10 Offbeat Things To Do In Goa

2. Trip to spectacular lands beyond Himalaya: Manali – Leh Bike Rally

Unarguably, Manali – Leh highway road trip is on every travel freak’s bucket list. Get a feel of crazy winding roads, eye pleasing scenic views that this place has to offer you, this road trip stands a paradise for bike lovers.




3. Ride through Mystical water of Ganges – Rishikesh Water Rafting

With the bursting of energy and enthusiasm, 20s is the best time to experience adventure sports. The only time when your body has enough energy to match the spirit of adventures like Cliff Jumping, Kayaking, and the main “Rafting” in Rishikesh.

4. Explore Coorg – Picturesque and Charming

Also, known as the Scotland of India, Coorg simply cannot be missed from the list of best places to visit. It is at this spectacular hill station that you get the feel of ramping greenery and calmness of this place.

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ALSO READ: Going Offbeat: Delhi To Coorg Under 10k

5. Experience the Cold of Arid deserts in Rajasthan

A place known for its Royalty and World Class Heritage, Rajasthan is the best destination to experience the luxury along with Culture of India. Being in your 20s allows you to get out of your comfort zone and experience new things. Challenge yourself by staying overnight under the shade of stars in the never-ending stretches of sands.

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ALSO READ: Jodhpur Itinerary

6. Go Wild in Jim Corbett National Park

Silence, Nature Walks, Wildlife. Home to endangered tigers, Jim Corbett National Park is a good option for wildlife enthusiasts. Trip to this Wildlife Sanctuary is a perfect thing for nature enthusiast and wildlife lovers.

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7. Feel the divine beauty of Valley of Flowers, Uttarakhand

Want to experience the heaven on earth? Well, a Trek to Valley of Flowers is a place to offer you the feel of a fairy tale. With unique landscapes, vibrant stretches of colorful flowers, and villages which add to the pristine charm of this heavenly destination, this is the best trip option to beat the fear of heights.

8. Enjoy the night life of Mumbai at Marine Drive

Also, known as “Sapnon ki Nagri”, Mumbai, the commercial capital of India lets you live the carefree life. Famous for its people, sleepless night life, and of course Bollywood, this place is a must visit, and if you think that you can poke your way across a sea of people the, visiting Mumbai is a must experience at least once in your twenties.

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9. Volunteer with the priests at holy city of Banaras

One of the holiest cities of India, known for its beautiful ghats, the prayers, boat rides on the banks of river offers a peace of mind.

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ALSO READ: This Man Beautifully Captures Unwritten Stories Of Banaras

10. Enchant your soul in North East.

The majestic mountains of North East can call enthusiast to experience the best of what nature has to offer. Revive your childhood by getting on a toy train or get closer to the pristine nature while you ride away on your bikes in Darjeeling.

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 -Written By Gaurav Nirman


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