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10 Fancy Cafes In Jaipur You Should Not Miss

I am not much of a food lover but I am undoubtedly fond of eating at fancy cafes. No matter which city travel takes me, I’m always in search of quirky and unusual cafes that satiate not only my taste buds but my eternal love for exclusive décor. If you too consider yourself a flashpacker and have plans to visit Jaipur anytime soon, check out this list of my favorite cafes in Jaipur. Also, I am grateful to have a friend of mine who is a local in Jaipur. He took me out on such wonderful dates and hence, this list.

BAR PALLADIO JAIPUR – the one with the essence of luxury

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This place beams of blue and white hues with a tinge of yellow. This palatial café makes for a great romantic dinner with both indoor and outdoor sitting. Be it a romantic date, spending time with family or peaceful chit chat with friends over a glass of wine, the elegant décor and the soothing vibes are sure to make you fall in love with this place.

THE STAG CAFE – the one surrounded by history

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I didn’t know such shady entrance would lead to such adorable café. It is located opposite to the massive Amer Fort so it’s not hard to find. The menu is quite basic and the fact that there’s no chicken and alcohol served wasn’t a big deal because this café is all about the phenomenal view and amazing hookah. Sheesha, Iced-Tea and White Sauce Pasta was a good treat after a tiring tour of the fort.



JAIPUR ADDA – the one with 90s melodies

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Open till 2 AM this place is like treasure to me because of its music collection. This rooftop bar has casual and vibrant décor which makes it an ideal place to hang out with friends. I’d suggest you to go there for good food, thandi beer, superb ambiance and old Bollywood songs. 😀

ON THE HOUSE – the one with a European touch

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With both indoor and outdoor sitting, this café has a vintage feel. I tend to associate vintage with European I don’t know why? But like really, should I? Of course not. It’s a joke!! Not that funny tho. But anyway! It has blue colored old-style wooden tables and chairs. I call that European? Well, partially. It is divided into three areas – two of them on the outside will give you pleasant vibes. The one on the inside has a typical restaurant feel and personally I didn’t like it much because of its conventional setting. Coming on the secondary part i.e. food ( 😀 ) check out their menu. It is by far the best menu I’ve seen in Jaipur.

TAPRI – the one for the chai lovers

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Could there be any place better than Tapri to have chai? Yaaas, hills. But café? I doubt! There are three Tapris in Jaipur but I’ve only been to two. Extra points for Tapri Central in C-Scheme for a lovely appearance and its rooftop. Menu remains the same at all the places. Expect waiting time for at least 15-20 mins but I (wish I could guarantee :P) am sure this place will not disappoint. Much recommended for chai lovers and do not forget to have corn shots. (incase you’re a cheese lover!!)

NIBS – the one where it rains chocolate

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The interior is so unique, so creative and so noteworthy. The funky scooters, wall paintings, the giant bird cage, and the overall décor is quite fun to look at. Why should you not miss this? They serve some heavenly desserts in town!!! Needless to say my blood sugar level was through the roof, if you’re in Jaipur give Nibs a try, you won’t be disappointed.

WIND VIEW CAFE – the one with a royal view

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Tbh, nothing is exclusive about this café except its view. Menu is very basic, almost everything is ready made or packed. Be here at the time of sunset and enjoy maggi, brownie and freshly made watermelon juice with a majestic view of Hawa Mahal in front. Weird combo!? Not for me!

ASTERIA – the one with the rooftop

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The number of rooftop cafes in Jaipur is unlooked for. The small city is filled with such innovative surprises. This newly opened place is on everyone’s check-out list. Grab a couple of beers or a bottle of wine, hang loose and adore the delightful view of the city. On a weekend you might find yourself flaunting some moves as Asteria is becoming quite popular and therefore, DJs, Bands, etc. 😀

JAI’POUR – the one with Santorini feels

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White curved staircase leading to blue tables and chairs will surely (for a second though) give you a Santorini vibe. The layout is beautifully done. The riot of colors along with lush green cover and soothing lights is a sure shot mood upliftment therapy.



FORRESTA – the one amidst the nature

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Adjoining Jai’Pour, lies this romantic kitchen and bar which again has both indoor and outdoor seating. And like always I’d suggest you to sit outside to avoid the regular setting. 😛 The bar in the middle of the lawn is the most attractive part of Forresta. Go there when it’s dark as the lights add a charm to its interiors.

 

Everything listed above is tried and tested. GO! The bustle of food, unique décor and creativity awaits you.

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Catching The Dazzling Sunset At Nandi Hills 60km From Bangalore

I have seen a lot of articles saying ‘ditch the old Nandi Hills and head to these amazing XYZ places in Karnataka’. I ask why? Why ditch a place just because it’s touristy? It is old for some but new for many.

After spending three delightful days in Pondicherry, we had planned to party and wander in Bangalore for the next three days. Our plan was to take a tour of small towns and waterfalls near this major IT hub as Karnataka is known to have such spectacular sights.

We had our lunch, booked a Zoom Car through the App (which btw is extremely easy to use), got our car from a nearby mall’s parking lot on time and left to spot the well-known sunset at Nandi Hills. 😀

Bangalore to Nandi Hills is around 60km including 9-10 km drive on the hills. The price for the Zoom Car was INR 900 which was inclusive of the petrol. Zoom Car will charge you upto INR 5000 as security but that is credited to your account within a day or two. (obviously if you don’t make any damage 😛 )

We reached Nandi Hills by 05:15 pm and since it was my first drive on the hills I was both excited and nervous. 😛 But yay, the whole journey went perfectly fine and I am so proud of myself. (a little self praising is a must at times)




This makes me want to highlight how the drive was. The route from Bangalore to Nandi Hills is clear, devoid of traffic, safe, smooth and insanely beautiful.

Stopped en route to click this.

Related Post: Hogenakkal Falls – The Niagara Falls Of India – A Day Trip From Bangalore

 SUNSET AT NANDI HILLS ON A RAINY DAY

You might think we are fools to even think of catching a sunset on a rainy day BUT WE ONLY WANTED TO GO ON A DRIVE. A good long drive! We knew there would be no sun or sunset but as usual mother nature never ceases to amaze us. We had NO idea such beautiful sight was awaiting us!

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Yes, there was no sun but there was definitely a sunset.

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Parfait!

There are three-four dhaba type restaurants where you can quench your hunger pangs. However, they shut at 06:00pm. Everybody usually heads their way back by 07:00pm as there is not a thing to do or see post sun drop.




BOTTOM LINE

Not denying the fact that it is way too touristy BUT that doesn’t make it any less beautiful. I envy people of Bangalore who have so many getaway options within 100km radius.

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NANDI HILLS SUNSET MINI ALBUM

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Rays acting like a spotlight to the mountains.

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Sometimes all we girls need is a wide open space to bitch about boys. Haha!



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The other side of the hills.

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The Ultimate List Of Adventure Activities In India

Experience something new or something unique during your holiday with friends. If you and your friends consider yourselves as avid lovers of adventure and are in search of different ideas to plan your trip, then here are some unique adventure activities in India to make your holiday more exciting.

Paragliding in Bir Billing

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Type Bir Billing on Google and you’ll find nothing but posts about Paragliding. Yes! It is THAT famous. Known as one of the finest aero sports sites in the world, it is a small village surrounded by huge mountains offering stunning landscape for all the adventures.

The man who flies a paraglider must believe in the unseen.

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Bungy Jumping in Rishikesh

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That is my friend who lent me this picture for the article. 😀

Experience the most extreme sports of New Zealand in the adventure capital of India: Rishikesh. Jump, dive and fly through the sky from a height of 83 meters. Excellent crew, super safe. It will be the most thrilling 30 seconds of your life for sure!

More information on Jumpin Heights.

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Motor Biking Trip: Lahaul – Spiti – Chandratal

Great Indian Outdoors in Uttrakhand offers some of the best outdoor adventures in India. Feed your wanderlust by renting a Royal Enfield, riding on high passes of Baralacha La and Kunzum La and seeing one of the most beautiful lakes in the Himalayas – Chandra Tal. Take a look over the itinerary here.




Caving in Meghalaya

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In addition to the panoramic landscapes, beautiful hills and magnificent waterfalls, Meghalaya has the largest network of caves found on the Indian sub-continent and to explore them is an out-of-the-world experience. Navigate the cave passages by either walking through waist deep water or swimming inside the caves. Sounds quite an adventure for a bunch of friends. Check Pioneer Adventure Tour to know more.

Also Read : The Less Travelled Trails Of Magic Valley/Weichin

Underwater Sea Walk in Goa

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A once in a life time experience for all the non-divers out there, seabed walking. Discover the mysteries of underwater world, experience the soothing sensation where time stops and throw away all your worries. Got another reason to visit Goa? Pack your bags and head to Goa for some beer, party and adventure. Check out Go Bananas for more information.

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Hogenakkal Falls – The Niagara Falls Of India – A Day Trip From Bangalore

While I was looking for one day trips from Bangalore, a friend of mine (a Bangalorean) suggested to visit Nandi Hills and Hogenakkal Falls. It was in the month of June and I had read in a lot of blogs that June/July is not the ideal time to visit Hogenakkal. After seeing its photos on Google I was sure that I can’t miss it even if it’s June.



WHERE IS IT LOCATED?

Hogenakkal Falls is a major attraction placed on the Kaveri river in a district called Dharmapuri in Tamil Nadu. This wonder of nature lies on the border of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. As you are boating amidst the falls, you will be in between Tamil Nadu on the right and Karnataka on the left.

DISTANCE FROM BANGALORE TO HOGENAKKAL

Approximately 170 km

BEST WAY TO REACH HOGENAKKAL FALLS

The best way to reach Hogenakkal Falls is only by car/taxi. Either you rent a car or hire a taxi. There are no direct buses or trains. We preferred to hire a taxi. A night before, we called around 4-5 transporters to get a rough estimate of the rates. Everyone quoted almost the same price i.e. INR 9/km + INR 500 for Inter State Road Tax + INR 200 for the driver = INR 3500 (after negotiating) for a Non-AC car though. 🙁 The route from Bangalore to Hogenakkal goes through some of the greener parts of Tamil Nadu and old-style villages. The route filled me with awe! I clicked around 250-300 photos exclusively of the route. The journey usually takes 4-5 hours but we reached in 2.5 hours as we left early in the morning. Also, thanks to our super efficient and co-operative driver.

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The moment when I couldn’t take my eyes and camera lense off the view.

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The photo did no justice to how beautiful it was.

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Look at the clouds so dense!




 

CORACLE RIDE

The best part of this excursion was the coracle ride. Coracle is basically a circular local fishing crafts made of bamboo and tar (to make it waterproof). The cost for the ride varies season to season. In June, we paid INR 750 for one boat that includes maximum of 4 people.

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After rains the water falls off these rocks which is why I want to visit it again. :'(

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Like this but in large quantities. 😛 🙁

Again, I read it in a lot of blogs that to reach the boat you have to descend (and obviously ascend to go back) few steps which is not suitable for older people. But this cute old couple certainly proved them wrong.

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The boat man will stop at a small island along the riverside. You can chill along the river, take bath in the river and click photos to make the most of it. However we didn’t do a thing because of the unbearable heat. Also, the water wasn’t clean at all. But yes, some people were taking bath. So up to you 😛 😀

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The island thingy.

BEST TIME TO VISIT HOGENAKKAL FALLS

Anytime after August till March is the perfect time to witness the falls in its pristine self. I realized the photos that are shown on the internet is taken after the monsoons. From April-Mid July the river has less water, there are hardly 2-3 falls and the summer heat will kill you. I recommend not to travel during this period as you will not anything you see on the internet and it is sheer waste of money and effort.

After monsoons the coracle ride is closed when the water level is high but to witness the falls will be an experience in itself.

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Update your bucketlist people!

BATHING SCENES IN HOGENAKKAL

Ok so, there’s a difference between bathing in waterfall and bathing in waterfall with soap and shampoo. The bathing area is separate for men and women. Speaking of ladies bathing area, you really don’t bathe under the waterfall. You stand below a tap of water, bring all your toiletries and litter the place making it hard to even stand in shoes.

The bathing area for ladies was secluded and obviously I couldn’t click pictures of naked aunties. On the contrary the area for men, which was open and visible, was MUCH better than that of ladies. Mother of discrimination! :O

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What’s up Unkil?

FISH FRY

There is no decent restaurant or food joint nearby but the fresh fish cooked by the locals is known to be delicious and a must try. Tbh, that was not hygienic at all and considering the immunity of my stomach I opted not to have it. So .. If you go there and try it, please let me know how it was in the comments below. 😀

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LOVE HER, BUT LEAVE HER WILD – ATTICUS

The photos shown above are beautiful, right? Right. But let’s take a look at the darker side of it. 😛

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Hi! I am Crap Bag.

If you can refrain yourself from making your home a mess, why can’t you refrain yourself from making a planet so beautiful a mess? I believe it has given you much more than your home has. 🙂

BOTTOM LINE

Visiting Hogenakkal in June was indeed a waste of money. I will definitely visit again BUT only after monsoons.

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A Perfect 3-Day Pondicherry Itinerary – Top Things To Do

On our school farewell party, we promised to always keep in touch and go on a trip once we are in college. Four years passed and everybody got busy with their lives. We did meet once in a year or sometimes twice. But that was it.

We have a WhatsApp group named ‘Mouse In Blouse’ (being lame and cheap as always) where we gossip about random stuff once in a month. One day, one of us randomly messaged “Let’s go on a trip girls!!!” and finally everybody replied with a YES.

Considering the budget we had a lot of options to go. After endless discussions, our flight landed in Chennai. No, this is not our destination.




Since there are no direct flights from Delhi to Pondicherry, we booked our flight till Chennai. Landed at 11:30 am, had our lunch at Sangeeta, a South Indian Restaurant right outside the airport, and left for Pondicherry. By what means? Now, that’s interesting. From Chennai airport we booked Ola to CMBT (Chennai Mofussil Bus Terminal) which is 13km away. We reached CMBT by 12:40 pm but the AC bus to Pondicherry had left at 12:30 and we had no option but to take the local bus to Pondy. The price for the ticket was only INR 90 but oh my god, it took us 5 hours to reach Pondicherry. 5 hours without AC in an over crowded bus, just imagine?

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Local bus from Chennai to Pondicherry @ INR 90

Consequently, we reached Pondicherry late i.e at 5:30 pm and our day got wasted. So, I’ll not be mentioning this day in the itinerary. However, to compensate the day and the money we saved on travelling from Chennai to Pondicherry, we went to this beautiful place called Villa Shanti for dinner.

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A delightful evening at Villa Shanti, Pondicherry.

Located in the French Quarters, this place has a minimalist décor and a relaxed and warm ambience. It is a perfect place to spend your evening.

My personal favorites remain Rose Wine and Chef’s Crumble.

DAY 1

We were staying at a 4-star hotel called Shenbaga which has a great location and hence, everything was just a few miles away. We woke up, had our breakfast-buffet, took a dip in the pool and left for the city. Many people told us before going that Pondicherry does not have Ola or Uber. But in fact, it does. Yes, Pondicherry has Ola, not Uber though.

First, we went to Sri Aurobindo Ashram. If you wish to escape the ruckus of the outside world, want a calm and peaceful place to sit and meditate, then you must go there. You have to remove your shoes outside the Ashram and walk quietly around the Samadhi.

Second, the Basilica of the Sacred Heart. Beautiful Gothic architecture, colorful stained glass panels, pleasant atmosphere .. what else could you ask for?

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The Basilica Of The Sacred Heart Of Jesus.

Third, Immaculate Conception Cathedral. Get in touch with the divine in this magnificent piece of architecture located on the Church Street.

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The best part is that everything is located within 2-3 km radius. I’d advice you to walk or rent a bicycle and cover all these places in one day.

We got free by 5 pm and were craving to see the beaches of Pondicherry. Fourth in our Day 1 itinerary was the Paradise Beach. Certainly, Pondy is not a beach destination. And now I shouldn’t compare it with beaches in Goa. So, the beach was quite peaceful, little dirty, no shacks or places where you can buy food or drinks, but then that is the charm, right?

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The mandate beach jump.

Ended the day at Le café situated next to Promenade/Rock beach. The location is great but the food was pathetic. My personal favorite would be grilled chicken and marinated fish.

P.S. Do not even dare to have the Lasagna at Le Café. IT SUCKS!!!




We could not have ended the day without having dessert. 😛 We went to Cream Affair which is walking distance from the Promenade. They serve ice-cream in two ways. 1) In a bubble waffle 2) In a wafer bowl. Obviously, I tried both. 😛 Bubble waffle was super tasty and a must try but the wafer bowl was not that impressive.

DAY 2

We headed to a very peaceful and beautiful French town of Auroville which was 15 kms away from our hotel, Shenbaga. First stop was Matri Mandir situated at the center of Auroville. Unfortunately, the mandir was under construction and we could only take a look at it from outside.

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The soul of the city, Matri Mandir.

The walk till the mandir is through 12 lovely parks/gardens named separately based on the principles of life such as power, harmony, wealth, youth, etc. The walk is tiring but engaging. Make sure to keep yourself hydrated!

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Walk towards Matri Mandir.

Next stop was the most popular Cafe Xtasi. I am pretty sure I saw two branches of Cafe Xtasi, one in Pondy and one in Auroville. So I am only going to talk to about the one in Auroville. It was an open café with an inviting ambience. Wood fired pizza is a MUST try.

My personal favorite would be Sausezz Pizza (Non-veg) and Vegetate Pizza (Veg)

Next, it’s sunset time and where could you think of going? To the beach! 😀 Serenity Beach is much cleaner than Paradise Beach but sunset is not the time to go there. It is perfect to witness sunrise, sit back and watch the local fishermen do their job.
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Serenity Beach, Pondicherry.Ended this day having dinner at a local restaurant since we were too broke for a fancy dinner. But I don’t know what is with girls and desserts, we saved up some money and went to Ibaco. Ibaco is HEAVEN! Rose wine and Ibaco are my new love after this trip. However, it is when I travelled to Bangalore I realized that Ibacco has many branches in South India.

DAY 3

We checked out of our hotel at 8 am and left for Pichavaram Mangrove Forest located 75 km from Pondicherry. We hired a taxi from our hotel for INR 2200 and since we were four, the amount got split. (win-win!)

Pichavaram Mangrove Forest is the second largest mangrove forest in the world and going there is like watching nature in its pristine beauty.

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Into the nature’s lap.

A 4-person row boat costs INR 280 for 1 hour and 1 km. However, we gave the boatman INR 300 more and he took us 3 km deep inside the forest. Even the scorching heat couldn’t stop us from marveling at the nature’s wonder.

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Deep inside the Mangrove Forest.

As this was our last lunch of Pondicherry, we wanted it to be lavish. 😀 So instead of eating at a local restaurant in Pichavaram, we came back to Pondy and had our lunch at Rendezvous Café Restaurant. Please do yourself a favor and don’t leave Pondicherry without having a meal at Rendezvous. If you are going for lunch make sure you place your order before 3:30 pm as it is their closing time. They reopen at 6:30 pm.

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Rendezvous Café Restaurant.

Ambience? Perfect. Service? Quick. Staff? Friendly. Food? Delicious.

My personal favorites – Ratatouille and Bruschetta.

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Bruschetta @ Café Rendezvous

Our bus was scheduled at 10:30 pm from Pondy to Bangalore. We had 4-5 hours of free time. Guess what we did? CYCLING!!!! No google maps, no specific destination to go, just ride around the city. Omg, that was bliss!! You MUST rent a cycle and explore this French town. And yay, there are cheap af. You can rent a cycle for just INR 70 per day and save up on your commuting. Plus, riding a bicycle in a completely different town than your own is in itself a next level experience.

Pro tip: Do not forget your Id proof back at your hotel like I did. Nobody will rent you a bicycle without an Id proof.

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In case you are looking for a nice yellow wall to get clicked, Lycée Français is the place to go.

Bottom Line

Pondicherry does not have a list of ‘things to do’ or ‘things to see’. It’s hard to understand the real essence of this town in just 3-4 days. Those seeking for peace and solitude should stay in Auroville for at least a week. It is a quiet town with no nightlife. So if you’re going there in search of happening parties then don’t. Go there to taste a little bit of France in India. Stroll past the French styled streets and villas, discover the gothic churches on well-laid streets and enjoy both French and local delicacies. Pondicherry will surely not disappoint you!

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10 Photos That Will Make You Explore The Unexplored In Coorg

1) Life’s a journey, not a race.

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2) How does it feel to be without a home, like a complete unknown, like a rolling stone?

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3) No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow.

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4) What we see depends on what we are looking for.

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5) Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.

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6) The driver of nature, water!

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7) Most of the best memories come from old dirt road.

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8) Love her, but leave her wild.

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9) Omkareshwar Temple

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10) Humans are the only creatures in this world who cut trees, make paper from it and write ‘save trees’ on it.

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Going Offbeat: Delhi To Coorg Under 10K

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Just while I was sipping a cup of coffee, editing images and listening to Coldplay, my friend called asking me to choose between Banaras and Coorg for a weekend. My urge for letting the clouds brush across my skin took me to the Scotland of India.

I had planned to write an article on ‘Things to do in Coorg’ but I now intend to incorporate the break-up of my expenses too. For obvious reasons- Delhi to Coorg under 10K, are you kidding me!?

Flight: INR 4200

The best way to reach Coorg is to take a flight from Delhi to Bangalore and then travel by road from Bangalore to Coorg which is around 250 km away. The original fare for the flight was INR 5400 but thanks to MakeMyTrip we got a cashback of INR 1200 on AMEX Gold Card. I suggest you keep looking for such deals on MMT Offer Page.

Accommodation: INR 1500




We stayed in a beautiful homestay on a walking distance from coffee plantations called CopperVilla. Until we checked in our rooms, our soul purpose for booking this villa was the view it offered but eventually it gave us a lot more than just the view. The rooms were spacious and attractive with a huge washroom.

Land Transport: INR 2100

Before commencing the trip, we did a lot of research about the local transportation. Our friends who have been there told us that finding local transportation in Coorg is hard and people usually travel by car. Consequently, we booked a Toyota Etios for 3 days which picked us from Bangalore Airport. It charged us INR 9/km and INR 300 for the driver each day. We reached Bangalore, went to Coorg, visited most off-beat places there (which is quite far from the main attractions) and came back to Bangalore Airport covering 810 kms. This sums up to INR 8190 which was further divided between the four of us = INR 2100

Food & Miscellaneous: INR 1800

Food in Coorg is very cheap. Average price for a meal is INR 400 for four. Yes, it is THAT cheap and yummy too. Even if you go to a good restaurant, your bill will be max INR 1300. (everything is in context of four people)

The best thing about having your own car is that you can go as far as you can and explore all the unspoiled places. Voila, we ditched mainstream places like Abbey Falls and Raja’s Seat and made our way to these beautiful places.

Mallalli Falls

Mallali Falls Coorg

 

On our way to Coorg from Bangalore, we took a little detour to this splendid waterfalls which is around 60 kms before Madikeri (Coorg). It is highly recommended that you visit the falls in the morning/daylight as reaching there requires a short trek. Believe me, coming up is no piece of cake because the climb is too steep. But it is totally worth the efforts. Sink into the nature, enjoy the beauty, take a dip and have 2-3 hours well-spent.

Mandalpatti

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Situated 18 kms from Madikeri, this place cannot be avoided if you are a nature enthusiast. To go there you have to stop 3 kms before. Don’t even think of taking your own vehicle as the roads are bumpy and rough. You can hire a jeep for INR 1500 which will double the adventure. I’d suggest to visit Mandalpatti in the evening to enjoy the mesmerizing sunset with a spectacular view.



Entry is not allowed after 6pm, so make sure you plan accordingly.

Coffee Plantations

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Into the wild!

You can’t miss a coffee plantation tour in Coorg. This hill-station is home to one of the biggest manufacturers of coffee in India. Many estate owners provide a guided tour around their property to witness the verdant coffee fields. The tour includes the complete journey of coffee i.e. from a seed to packed powder. You can avoid to opt for a tour and choose to stay in a resort or a homestay situated in the middle of coffee plantations. Wake up early in the morning, walk down the hills, spend time with the coffee pickers and absorb the information yourself.

Homestay in Coorg

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To explore the natural charm of Coorg, homestays are best for a delightful vacation. Escape the hectic city life and experience the essence of Coorgi lifestyle and culture. Taste the traditional cuisine have a unique dose of local culture.

Chelavara Falls

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Around 45 kms away from Madikeri lies the magnificent Chelavara falls. At the time we went, just 2 kms before, the road was under construction. So, we had to trek it down but thank god we did, because that walk was so damn beautiful! I am sure the roads will be open by now and you will only be left with 200-300 mtrs trek on a dense forest trail. There are two points to visit: One is above the waterfall which has a stream of water where you can spend time chilling with friends. Other one is the place beneath from where you can actually see the falling water.

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Beautiful path leading to the falls.

As we were not aware of this, we kept walking in the same direction landing above the falls to this beautiful stream.




In Coorg, beauty of nature is not only enjoyed, but is worshipped as a way of life. This perfectly sums up my 3 days of ‘exploring the unexplored India’ in Coorg.

ALSO READ: 10 Photos That Will Make You Explore The Unexplored In Coorg

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5 Extremely Awesome Unexplored Places In India For New Years.

Bored of spending New Year’s Eve in a club dancing and drinking like every year? Why not take your wanderlust to a next level and explore something unique this year? Head to these extremely awesome unexplored and unspoilt places in India and start 2017 with a bang.

ZIRO VALLEY, ARUNACHAL PRADESH

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Photograph By The Hindu

Take a break from your bustling life and immerse yourself in this culturally rich village having undoubtedly beautiful scenery. It is not a place where you would find specific ‘places to visit’ but a place where you could experience the Apatanis ( Ziro’s tribe ) and their ‘far away from technology’ culture.



KAUSANI – “Switzerland of India”

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Set amidst the beautiful slopes Uttrakhand, Kausani is a quiet hill-station offering ridiculously awesome views of Himalayan range. If you feel your New Year’s Eve is incomplete without alcohol, then let me remind you of an unbeatable combination of rum and winters. What’s more exciting than sippin’ on Old Monk whilst witnessing snowfall?

VARKALA, KERALA

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Photograph By GoTravelaz

December-January is the best time to visit Varkala. This place is no less than Goa. Trust me when I say this. Nightlife here is AMAZING. All the shops, restaurants and cafes are open till midnight. You’ll hardly spot any Indian as this place is full of foreigners chilling along the beach. Enjoy the views of Varkala cliff whilst sipping a cocktail and guzzling delicious sea food along with amazing live bands performing all night.



BUTTERFLY BEACH, SOUTH GOA

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Photograph By Welcome NRI

I totally agree that it’s VERY hard to get enough of North Goa but and there is a but, for once make your way to South Goa to explore this unspoilt beauty – the beach of butterflies – to make yourself feel in heaven. You are going to witness the most spectacular sunset and if lucky, you can also spot dolphins playing around the sea. Like LITERALLY!

PONMUDI- ‘A TREKKER’S PARADISE’

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Photograph By Wild Planet

A perfect getaway for a peaceful weekend! A small (not so famous) hill-station in Kerala but a MUST GO. Not many people are aware of Ponmudi, famous for its wilderness, making it completely untouched. Escape the hustle and bustle of the city and relax amidst the undisturbed lap of nature.
Stop waiting, start travelling. 



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This Man Beautifully Captures Some Unwritten Stories Of Banaras.

Radha Swami, a native of Varanasi, loves his city so much that he quit his job and chose to stay in the mystical city all his life. Marvel at his ridiculously inspiring photos which will make you fall in love with the city of gods.

Sawan Aaya Hai..

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Har Har Gange!

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Tere jaisa yaar kahan?

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When life is rough, pray. When life is great, pray.

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Love is in the air.

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Endless faith..

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When you light a candle, you also cast a shadow.

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The most beautiful of all life’s seasons, childhood.

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Waiting to be green again.

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A mysterious morning at Sarnath.

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Awestruck? Follow radha.swami on Instagram for more.




For more information ( how to reach, where to stay, what to do ) read more: Banaras, where the supreme light shines.

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The Less Travelled Trails of Magic Valley/Weichin

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This trek will introduce you to the less traveled trails of the beautiful and peaceful valley in the Himalayas. Magic Valley as the name suggests is known for its mesmerizing beauty that it offers throughout its trail. The view is truly fascinating and the purity of the environment will keep you awestruck throughout your journey.




About Weichin

Weichin is a village approximately 4 kms above Malana. The village’s population is  very low because of its location. There are no motorable roads that go to Weichin. The only way to reach is the one mentioned above.  In winters even the villagers shift down to Jari because it is impossible to survive there. Most of the spices that they use in their food are grown there only. Best time to visit this village is the month of September.

This trek is amongst the difficult ones so be well equipped:-

  1. Carry a support stick.
  2. Do not carry unnecessary weight.
  3. Temperature is low throughout the year so carry warm clothes.
  4. Carry your first aid box and other necessary medicines.

How to reach?

The route is a bit tricky I’ll advice you to save it in your phones/ tabs
beforehand.

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Malana Gate

First, reach Malana Gate. There are two ways to reach Malana Gate:

1. You can hire a taxi from Bhuntar to Malana Gate it will cost you approx 1400 in INR.

OR

2. Reach Jari ( a place 23 kms from Bhuntar). Best way to do this is to board a public bus which is going to Manikaran/Barshen (20-50 INR). From Jari hire a cab till Malana gate (400INR/person).

Then, from Malana Gate you need reach a dam which is  at a distance of 2 kms from the gate. You can trek it down or ask your cab driver to take you to the dam. Cab fare would be 300 INR approx. My advice is that you trek it ‘up’ as it will warm your body for whats coming ahead. The trek for Weichin/Magic valley starts from the dam. The dam is currently under construction so you will find a lot of workers in the area. Clicking pictures is prohibited there but the landscape is truly amazing.

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Magic Valley

Climb the 50 steps at the end of the dam to reach a fork. The road on the left leads you to Magic Valley. You will literally have to climb up a mountain to reach there. The road on the right is also a difficult trek and it will take you to Weichin.On the road that goes towards the right, you will see a tower in front of you, make it a temporary destination and start walking towards it. There will come a time when that tower wont be visible so keep interacting with locals for route direcrions towards Weichin. Enroute Weichin you will have to cross 7-8 waterfalls. After crossing atleast 7 such waterfalls look for a way going towards your left-  just before the next waterfall. Climb it up to reach Weichin.

Keep your fluid intake good and don’t walk in fatigue!

ALSO READ: Insight Into The Parvati Valley | KASOL AND TOSH GUIDE

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On the way Weichin




Where to stay?

There are 2-3 camp sites in Weichin. We stayed in the first one. The rates are quite reasonable varying from 800-1200INR/Person. This includes your breakfast, lunch and dinner. These tents are very comfortable making the experience completely satisfying. The only source to charge your devices is a solar panel. It will take a lot of time to completely charge your devices and it totally depends on the amount of sun Weichin is getting on that particular day.

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Things to do?

There are no cafes in Weichin which is one of the things that separates it from Malana and Kasol . The food that you will get there is prepared on the spot. You just need to tell your camp guy what you want to eat and he will cook it. You can also cook for yourself. The view from the camp site will keep you charged all day  and at night when the moon comes out the whole area looks very pretty. You can just sit out side your camp ask for a bonfire and gel up with the people you meet there.

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View from Weichin

What to wear?

Some of the best hiking shoes are listed below.

 

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