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Mehtab Bagh

Mehtab Bagh – Taj Mahal From A Different Perspective

Capturing the most well-shot places is always challenging for you have to look for angles that might bring that spark in the photo. To shoot Taj Mahal, the most photographed place in India, is a devil of a job but once you do that it actually feels as if you’ve conquered something.

Not writing this post solely for photographers but also for people who wish to look at Taj Mahal from a different eye. Because going offbeat is the new black, haha!

I was on a three-day work trip in Agra which required me to sit and observe, basically research work. I had to kill my time and not just kill, but kill it worthy enough of the death. 😛 Born and brought up in Delhi makes you a frequent visitor of the Taj Mahal. Ditching it, I went to Agra Fort and Mehtab Bagh to take a fresh panorama of the city.

Mehtab Bagh, also known as the Moonlit Garden, lies in the North of the Taj Mahal next to river Yamuna. Like me, if you too always wondered where people get that Insta-famous photo clicked while sitting on a boat with the backdrop of Taj Mahal, it’s Mehtab Bagh!

MEHTAB BAGH HISTORY

It’s hard to gather the history behind this garden due to lack of information provided. Upon struggling on the internet, I found out that Shah Jahan found this garden as an ideal place to view Taj Mahal because of its perfect alignment with it. It was designed beautifully as a Charbagh complex with water fountains and colorful trees. After Shah Jahan’s imprisonment, the garden was ruined by frequent floods from River Yamuna and villagers taking away its chunks. It was forgotten until Archeological Survey of India (ASI) restored the garden in 1990’s setting new patterns and guidelines.

ABOUT THE GARDEN

The garden is very basic. Don’t let your expectations reach the sky. I went in the evening to spot the sunset and spent good two hours sitting next to the river on a platform. The river, of course, is not clean. 😛 Also, because there was not much water, boating was closed. The month of May, it is. However some locals told me that boating is illegal here yet private tours are carried out by local agencies. You will find trails of different kinds of trees and plants in the garden. But again, nothing exclusive.

The only reason you must go here is to marvel at the white wonder of the world from a fresh perspective. I’d love go boating around midnight to capture the Taj Mahal in white moonlight.

MEHTAB BAGH TIMINGS

It is open from sunrise to sunset

MEHTAB BAGH ENTRY TICKETS

Entry ticket costs INR 15 for Indians and INR 200 for foreigners.




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Adventure In India – An Ultimate Thrill Seeker’s Guide

Back in time if an opportunity came to leave India and settle down somewhere else in the world, it would have been happily received. Today, I can’t imagine myself leaving this country and live elsewhere. Maybe because I saw it from a different perspective. A positive perspective! India is full of surprises – while it’s – 40 degrees in Ladakh, it will be a perfect time to take a sunbath in Goa. Not only the weather but every fraction of India will amaze you. One possible source of amazement is the endless number of adventure options that India has. I’ve made a list of adventure in India – things I’ve already done or wish to do in the coming years.

BUNGEE JUMPING

I went for it despite having second thoughts about how safe this is going to be in India. The atmosphere at Jumpin Heights is unlike how I pictured in my head. The crew is friendly and will only motivate you to let out your fear. Take the leap of faith from the height of 83 mtrs – approximately 22 stories high. At Jumpin Heights, you can find more adventure options which are equally thrilling like Giant Swing, Flying Fox.

WHERE – Rishikesh, Uttrakhand

RIVER RAFTING

The adventure capital of India, Rishikesh, offers plenty of thrilling experiences one could think of. Besides Bungee, people head to this spiritual town for white water river rafting. If you’re planning a trip to Rishikesh, you could even buy a package which would include camping, bungee, rafting, body surfing, cliff jumping, and so on. In India, Rishikesh is number one weekend adventure holiday destination for youngsters. From picturesque spot for cliff jumping to swinging between the two ends of the mountains, Rishikesh is full of options.

WHERE – Rishikesh, Uttrakhand

WATER SPORTS – PARASAILING, KAYAKING, WATER SKI, BANANA RIDE

Goa attracts travelers through its serene beaches and raging coastline which makes it a perfect spot for not only peace seekers but adventurers too. Live the entertainment and indulge in these water sports at the same time, same place! Every sport comes along with a guide to teach in case you’re a complete beginner which a lot of us are.  I’ve done parasailing, jet ski, and banana ride. If I get a choice right now, I’d straight away go to Palolem Beach for Kayaking. I went there last month but couldn’t do it as I was on a work trip, and seeing people do it made me feel awful. Kayaking at Palolem is not a big deal though because the waves are not that rough. But, since I’m a little hydrophobic, I felt it’s apt for me.

WHERE – Goa

SCUBA DIVING

The best way to explore the marine life is scuba diving. The best places in India for an enchanting dive are Pondicherry and Andaman. Since Andaman is off the track and a bit expensive to reach, Pondicherry can be easily ticked off! Temple Adventures provide one hell of a diving experience in Pondicherry. A group of highly trained professionals – extremely friendly and always set to look after your requirements. They have created an artificial reef which is said to be extremely beautiful. You can check out a bunch of diving courses on their website. A major thing I’ll soon strike off my list!

WHERE – Pondicherry

SKIING

India is home not only to the picturesque beaches but to massive snow-capped mountains which makes it an ideal ski destination. From mid December to mid-April, it’s the best time to enjoy skiing in Gulmarg, Kashmir. Experience the beauty of the mighty Himalayas first-hand! If you’re an amateur like me, you could head to the Ski Club of India and try this activity under the guidance of trained instructors. However, the terrain of Gulmarg is more suitable for advanced riders. Beginners should definitely try this under surveillance of an expert.

WHERE – Gulmarg, Kashmir

ROCK CLIMBING & RAPPELLING

The presence of mountains calls for all sorts of adventure. Rock climbing, rappelling and bouldering are few amongst the list. Since the Himalayas are so widely stretched out, one can possibly climb a rock or descend anywhere in Himachal Pradesh or Uttrakhand both alone or with the help of experts. The good thing is it’s very cheap and extremely safe. Jim Corbett, Tirthan, Manali and Sitlakhet are places where I tried these adventure sports. Rock climbing is fun but requires a lot of body strength. Can you reach the summit without falling? Go try!

WHERE – Himachal Pradesh and Uttrakhand

PARAGLIDING

One of the finest aero sites in the world is Bir Billing – a small village surrounded by awe-inspiring mountain ranges in Himachal Pradesh. A lot of records have been made and broken by paragliders around the world in Bir Billing. It can be reached by bus as well as train. Few direct buses run from Delhi to Baijnath. (around 10kms from Bir Billing) If you somehow don’t get a chance to visit Bir, you can head to Solang Valley for a thrilling ride too. I did paragliding while coming back from Rohtang Pass on my way to Manali. So, yes! You can catch hold of gliders there and enjoy the breathtaking view Manali offers from above.

WHERE – Bir Billing and Solang Valley (14km North-West from Manali)

TREKKING

India can spoil you trek lovers with the list of options. Be it South India or North India, India offers endless number of paths for nature seekers. Even if you spend one year in India, it will be impossible to cover all the paths because believe me the list is endless. The most popular and worth-trying are the Triund trek near Mcleodganj, Kheerganga starting from Kasol, Magic Valley again from Malana, Chadar Lake in Ladakh (Frozen River), Mt Kanchenjunga in Sikkim, Valley of Flowers in Uttrakhand, Rupin Pass in Himachal, Hampta Pass in Kullu Valley, Prashar Lake again in Himachal, Chembra Peak in Kerala, and Mullayanagiri in Chickmagalur. These treks are sure to leave you awestruck!

WHERE – Everywhere 😀 😛

BIKE TRIP IN THE MOUNTAINS

If given a chance, I would spend at least one year of my life in the mountains of India. The views they provide, one can only dream of. One of the most adventurous things to do in India is to go on a bike trip in the mountains. Preferably Uttrakhand for the adrenaline seekers as it has treacherous roads marked by frequent landslides but the views it offers are beyond words. Now, I don’t advice you to play with your life. Check the weather always before going, take all the precautions you can. Adventure is fun only if you’re alive to experience the thrill. 😛 Other than Uttrakhand, a Leh-Ladakh bike trip is a must. It is probably every Indian’s dream to travel to Ladakh on a bike. Go, go, gooooo!!!!

WHERE – Ladakh, Uttrakhand

CAVING

Although India is gifted with tons of beautiful caves, I’d love to try out caving in Meghalaya. This place has magnificent caves in every nook where you can go for thrilling caving expeditions. Caving is considered to be an extreme sport as it involves exploring the caves with no light, patchy paths and often walking half inside water or even swimming. There are professional guides who would help you carry out this extreme adventure. Walk and marvel at the different limestone caves for an ultimate adventure.

WHERE – Meghalaya




I’d love to see your comments below if you ticked off anything from the list above or want me to add something else to my bucketlist. 😀

 

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The Ideal 8-Day Kerala Itinerary For Backpackers

I was skeptical about Kerala because lately I’ve been traveling to places I’ve heard such good reviews of but came back disappointed. Keeping my expectations on the floor, I booked a flight to Kochi and planned to explore Kerala for 8 days. Not to forget, I traveled with my not-so-little sister who just turned 18 and has never traveled alone, backpacked, hitchhiked, or even stayed at a hostel. This trip had to be flawless! Now my definition of flawless is a trip full of unexpected situations, no planned itinerary, no idea about where and how to travel, and so on.

However, like always, in this article I will be mentioning how I traveled from one city to another, where I stayed, cost of the trip, and alternate options if my way doesn’t meet your convenience.

The itinerary goes as follows: ALLEPPEY -> MUNNAR -> THEKKADY -> KOCHI

So, if you plan to go anywhere else in Kerala other than these places, stop reading! There’s nothing for you in here. But if you intend to cover these places then read more because I’ve got it all covered for you.

Kochi was off the list for us since we had only 8 days. Upon hearing that there’s not much to do or see in Kochi and that it’s just a regular city, we decided to skip it. Our flight landed at 11:30 am in Kochi. The moment we got off the plane, we were searching for cheapest ways to reach Alleppey.

The distance from Cochin International Airport to Alleppey is 90 km. The cheapest option was to reach Vytila or Aluva Bus Stand and take a bus from there to Alleppey. But it turned out the last bus which was in our budget left few minutes ago. We could have taken the next bus but it would have cost the same as a taxi would. Thinking wisely, we took a pre-paid taxi from the airport. (Only because the amount got split into two)

How to reach Alleppey from Kochi?

Option 1: Take a pre-paid taxi, Ola or Uber (all cost the same from the airport) and reach Vytila or Aluva bus stand. Enquire the tourist information counter at the airport about the bus timings and decide accordingly.

Approximate cost of traveling this way = cost of taxi till the bus stand + cost of bus from Kochi to Alleppey

= 600 + 250

= INR 850 per person

Option 2: Take a pre-paid taxi from Cochin International Airport for Alleppey. Seems so easy right? Well, it is!

Approximate cost of traveling this way = INR 2300 

I recommend this option if you’re not solo. The price gets divided and is much more convenient than traveling in a local bus.

ALLEPPEY – 2 DAYS

We checked in at our hostel at 1:30 am. Not wasting any time, kept our bags, went out for lunch and Alleppey darshan. Our hostel was at the beach, so we strolled there for a while. Cutting all the crap I will straight away list the things we did and you can do in Alleppey.

Alleppey is all about The Great Backwaters. It’s called the Venice of the East as the canals pierce through the city and connect to the magnificent Backwaters. One can book a stay at the house boat too. We didn’t because 1. it was out of budget and 2. I could not stay restricted to the waters. That’s just the kind of a person I am. 😛 and 3. both shikara and house boat cover the same region so it’s not that we would miss out on any scenic spot.

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3 hours of peace.

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Having the shikara all to ourselves.

Now, booking a shikara ride is a task in Alleppey because every person has a different quote and package. One of the many perks of staying at a hostel is that you meet people who have already done that and in a price that a backpacker can afford. Call 8089119111, talk to the guy, book a slot! He is reliable and would not charge unreasonably. I forgot the name of the guy. I saved it on my phone in the of ‘backwater boy’. 😛

A girl at the hostel wanted to go for the ride too. So we booked an early morning slot for 3 hours in INR 600 per person. It was heaven to have the shikara all to ourselves. I read on the internet about a village in Alleppey, named Kuttanad. Being a lover of experiencing the local life, I desperately wanted to visit it. Turns out, the shikara gives you a tour of the village. The unique thing about the village is that there are no road connections. People commute through boats. Like we have bus stops or taxi stand, they have boat stands.



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Boat stop at the village of Kuttanad.

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Preparing the dinner.

Beaches are good for a walk. Okayish for sunbath in a bikini. You will spot locals in sarees at the beach. So, it’s totally up to you what wish to wear. There’s a beach 15 kms from Alleppey, Marari Beach, known for its white sand, less crowd and beautiful sunset. I didn’t get a chance to visit it. Probably because the auto takes INR 300 to reach there and like ALWAYS I was broke. It was the first day and I should not have been out of money but due to unexpected circumstances, we had to cut down on our budget. Please go there and let me know if my decision of not going to Marari was right! 😛

I stayed at Zostel which is situated at the Alappuzha beach. Best part about the property is its location. Everything is in close vicinity and look at that gorgeous sunset in the picture below!

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How to reach Munnar from Alleppey?

Option 1: Take a bus. If you’re traveling in Kerala, favorite these three websites: Kerala State Road Transport Corporation, Kerala Urban Road Transport Corporation and Kyros Connects. There is no other bus service that operates in Kerala other than these. While the first two are state buses, Kyros is private. This would not cost more than INR 450 per person. In case of a state bus, it’s way less. Trains don’t go to Munnar.

Option 2: The most obvious option of all, taxi. Got money? Go spend! Taxi costs INR 4500 from Alleppey to Munnar.

MUNNAR – 3 DAYS

I’ve never seen a place as green as Munnar. The perfect description of it would be a home full of carpet of tea plantations. No exaggeration whatsoever, Munnar will give a feel of being at home as the people of Kerala are so warm, welcoming and humble. No matter where you take out your camera, the picture will be beautiful. Every corner of Munnar is breath-taking.

This plantation-covered hill-station has tons of viewpoints, dams, and so on. But I’d still say to make the most of Munnar sit back, relax and let the place work its magic. Walk for miles to soak in the vibes.

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Exploring Munnar is a bit confusing because of its topography. You can refer to the map I have made which I’m sure is everything you need to know about Munnar sightseeing. 😀

There are four routes:

One, ending at Chinnar covering Anamudi Peak, Marayoor Sandalwoods and Thoovanam waterfalls.

Two, ending at Top Station covering Mattupetty Dam and Echo Point.

Three, ending at Anayirankal Dam covering Lock Hart Gap, Devikulam Lake and Periyakanal waterfalls.

Four, Valara and Cheeyarappa waterfalls.

Munnar town is the center point from where the four routes dissect. Take a taxi or auto to explore these four routes as they are around 35-40km from the town. There’s no way you can walk obviously. I tried though. 😛 Both taxi or auto would charge INR 1500-INR 2000 for one route. So, yes! It’s going to be shit expensive.

During off-season, there will be no water in the waterfalls. So, make sure to pick a route which has less waterfalls and more viewpoints. And, don’t worry if you miss out on any waterfalls. Kerala is known for three things – backwaters, greenery and its people. (according to me) And, the greenery in Munnar is splendid.

 

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Thaz Anamudi Peak.

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Mattupetty Dam.

Consider hitchhiking too. Locals in Kerala are safe and very helpful. On our first day in Munnar, we got lift from a super cute family. They had come from Alleppey to spend the weekend amidst the tea plantations. Turns out the man runs a luxury resort named Fog Resort and Spa in Munnar. How cool is that? We ended up spending the day with them, and covered the second route too.

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Thank you so much!

In Munnar, your accommodation can either make the journey or break the journey. There’s no way you should stay in Munnar Town. It’s a very dull market place. Believe me you don’t want to spend your evenings there. I stayed in a hotel cum homestay – Gruenberg Tea Plantation Haus in Chithirapuram.

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The area lies somewhere between the Attukad waterfalls and Valara waterfalls on the map above. I could not have asked for a better accommodation. There’s no other place I’m staying next time I head to Munnar. I usually don’t mention this much about any stay in my articles. But this is worth all the space on my blog. You wake up with a sunrise surrounded by tea plantations on the left and spend your evening sipping hot coffee with a dazzling sunset on your right. IT’S MAGICAL! They even give a free 3 hour tour of the plantations.

The rooms, the location, the staff – PERFECT!!! Stay there and you’ll thank me later!

How to reach Thekkady from Munnar?

Option 1: There are no private buses that go to Thekkady. Ask locals for a direct bus to Thekkady. The state bus site will show Thekkady as a destination but then it shows no service available. There’s a bus stop outside Orchid Highlands Hotel in Chithirapuram where a KSRTC bus operates daily at 7 am from Munnar to Thekkady. It costs INR 90.

Option 2: Taxi of course. Cost is approximately INR 2500.

THEKKADY – 1 DAY 

Thekkady is famous for Periyar National Park – an elephant and tiger reserve. Honestly, I went there to take the elephant bath and watch Kathakali dance. Due to off-season, a lot of things were shut in the National Park and there was no assured way that I could spot a Tiger. So, I obviously skipped it.

However, the elephant bath is putting me in guilt now. I had no idea what torture an elephant goes through in order to obey people’s instructions. They are kept in captivity, exploited and abused. I blame myself as I too am responsible for it. People are consoling me that I at least realized that I do no want to be that kind who tortures animals for my own good. What can I do is not encourage others to engage in such activities. I am not going to put any pictures of it no matter how good they are because frankly the experience is quite normal. It’s like taking a shower in your bathroom at your own place! NOTHING SPECIAL. NOT FUN. NO ADVENTURE.

There is a reason why god made us humans and them animals.

If my words don’t make any sense to you then please read this before going for the ride or bath: The tragic lives of India’s mistreated captive elephants

#SayNoToElephantRide #StopTorturingElephants

Now you might feel then what is the point of visiting Thekkady? Well, you could always feed the elephant, walk with it, or give him a bath. NOW THAT IS FUN!!!

We booked a homestay and as usual met an amazing host who booked everything for us. You could book the same homestay here.

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We went to Navarasa Kathakali Center to watch a one hour performance. Entry ticket is INR 200. Our host however got it for INR 150. I assumed how much of Kathakali can we actually watch and that one hour is too much. But those artists proved us wrong! It was not just dance. It was drama and depiction of dance through various face expressions and body movements. A must watch on a trip to Kerala.

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Kathakali Dance.

How to reach Kochi from Thekkady?

Option 1: Kochi being the capital city can be reached from almost everywhere. Hop on a local bus at the Thekkady Bus Stand also known as Kumily Bus Stand. Cost is INR 150. Timings you have to ask the conductors at the bus stand.

Option 2: Taxi. No idea about the cost this time because I didn’t even bother to look at the fare. *too broke*

KOCHI – 2 DAYS

We thought of going to Varkala but then we had our flight back to Delhi in 1.5 days. There was no point traveling so long for 1 day. So, kept Varkala for the next time.

The best place to stay in Kochi is the Fort Kochi area. The area has beautiful homestays and super-cool backpackers hostel. The best way to explore Kochi is by cycling through the city. Fort Kochi is a photographer’s dream. It’s all about artistic cafes, museums and art galleries. Rent a bicycle in INR 50 for 6-7 hours. Don’t forget to keep your Id card with you. Cycling in Kochi was quite similar to cycling in Pondicherry. It has the same vibes and similar French architecture but with more amount of greenery. 😛

Eating in local restaurants or at the hotel is not something that you should be doing. Fort Kochi is full of intriguing cafes that deserve attention. My personal favorites are Kashi Art Café, Qissa Café and The Drawing Room. Moreover, you can rent a bicycle right outside Qissa Café.

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Cycling through the city.

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Whatte cute lane!

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Don’t leave Kochi without visiting this café.

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I spot this wall while cycling and I HAD to stop for a picture!




Watch the sunset at the Chinese fishing net. Kind of mandatory.  😀

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ESSENTIALS TO CARRY IN KERALA

Go to Kerala for its flora, backwaters and its people. There’s no way you could come back disappointed, it’s THAT beautiful. Also, I guess I’m going to take another trip to Kerala as I’d love to explore more of Malabar coast and lesser known hill-stations.

In case you try anything from this itinerary, do let me know in the comments below. Nothing makes me more happy than my work making sense to people. 😀

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Things to do in Gokarna

Kick-Ass Things To Do In Gokarna In 3 Days

Gokarna, which started emerging as a tourist destination a decade ago, is on the bucket list of every traveler. Well, it deserves to be! One thing I can certainly assure of Gokarna is that it’s not a place where you go for 2 or 3 days to cover all major attractions. You need to at least spend a week to soak the tranquility of Gokarna.

Gokarna is not a place, it’s a vibe! 

However, for some of us, time doesn’t allow us to travel for more than a weekend. So, this itinerary is for people like you who wish to make the most out of Gokarna in 3 days.

A little disclaimer – The day I arrived was Maha Shivaratri and upon reaching there we found out that Shivaratri is celebrated with such great enthusiasm in Gokarna. As a result, I spent half of my day being a part of the procession. I was skeptical to even write an article on this since not everyone will travel during this time. But because I have a lot other things which I can help people with, I will go for it. And, like always I can give you alternate ideas of exploration. 😀

DAY 1 – SHIVARATRI FESTIVAL/MAHABALESHWARA TEMPLE, YOGA, SUNSET AT KUDLE BEACH

Upon reaching Gokarna, I realized this coastal town is all about Lord Shiva and unspoiled beaches. Gokarna is in fact a temple town with a religious significance. Hence, Maha Shivaratri – festival in the honour of Lord Shiva – is celebrated with such eagerness and love.

The procession started at 12:30 in Gokarna city. Shivaratri is celebrated for many days, and it’s a peak time in Gokarna. However, I reached on the day of the parade which took place after 4-5 days of Maha Shivaratri.

A beautiful chariot is built by the locals and is stood in the middle of the city.

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The chariot.

Avoid the parade if you’re not a fan of pushy crowd. I’m not that patient myself, but everything appeared to be so bright and colorful, I decided to stay for few hours.

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The Brahmans sit inside the chariot, and the locals throw bananas at them through the window. That’s what we did too! If the bananas make their way through the window (which is hard btw), the Brahmans throw it back at the public.

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Throwing bananas at Brahmans inside the chariot.

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Brahmans throwing the bananas back.

I have another great option for the ones not traveling during this time. Head to the famous Mahabaleshwara Temple – the most essential part of Gokarna. Facing the Arabian Sea, this temple is built in classical Dravadian architecture.

Why is it so famous? It is said that the great evil king of Lanka, Ravana (from the epic – Ramayana) carried the Shiva Ling from Mount Kailash in the Himalayas and placed it here, at Mahabaleshwara Temple, Gokarna.

That is the major reason why tourists or devotees started coming to Gokarna in the first place, and with time it became a not-so-popular tourist destination.

I was staying at Namaste Yoga Farm, which is famous for its yoga and breakfast, and its peaceful environment. If you are in Gokarna, you must try yoga. You can take up a yoga course, do it in groups at various resorts or alone at a beach.

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Yogay.




I am not someone who could think of doing yoga as I could never imagine myself to keep shut for an hour and focus on one thing. Quite unlike my personality. 😛 But the #GokarnaVibes made me try it. I did yoga for the first time, and it was the first time in my life I met my solitude.

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That’s just a pose. I could barely stand on one leg for more than 2 seconds.

The next stop was Kudle beach which is 5 minutes walking from Namaste Yoga Farm. Gokarna is a small town. Nothing is far off. We sat at Little Paradise Inn, a shack at Kudle beach, at around 5 pm and left at 8. One, because the service was too slow, but the food was delicious af. Two, we could not have missed such stunning sunset. It was by far the best sunset I’ve ever seen. I could literally see sun falling down the horizon. The colors of the sky were beyond words!!!

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The sky was insanely beautiful.

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The colors were changing with the blink of an eye.



DAY 2 – YOGA, BEACH TREKKING – KUDLE BEACH TO OM BEACH TO HALF MOON BEACH

Start the day with rejuvenating your soul. Get out of your selfish head, and say hello to the present.

We had our breakfast, took shower and left our accommodation to enjoy a peaceful day at the beach.

Gokarna is situated between the hills and Western Ghats on one side and the beaches i.e. the Arabian Sea on the other. In order to reach the beaches, you literally have to trek through the hills.

The trek starts from Kudle beach – a nice, clean, not so crowded beach. It has pleasant views of the ocean, and has the perfect waves for swimming. There are a lot of shacks here for munchies or beer.

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Kudle beach.

Trek up the hill from Kudle beach to Om beach – one of the most popular beaches in Gokarna. This beach has comparatively less food options than Kudle. Yet, it is quite famous amongst the tourists as well as the locals.

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Walking it out.

Upon hearing so much about Namaste Café at Om beach, we stopped there to have lunch. The food is okayish, but the view is great! After eating, we took a ferry/boat to Half Moon beach. You can trek from Om beach to Half Moon beach, but we wanted to experience the boat ride as well. The best part about the boat ride is that you can spot dolphins on the way. They are quite far, but you can definitely spot them. The boats run at INR 250-300 per person.

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Namaste!!!!

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View from Namaste Cafe, Om Beach.

Half Moon beach has only two shacks, so don’t go there with a purpose of eating or drinking. It is quite small, more like a lagoon! My personal favorite in Gokarna. It’s average for a swim because of the rippling waves. I found it best for a sunbath. If you are looking for a hidden spot in Gokarna, Half Moon is the place to go!

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Half Moon Beach, Gokarna.

I spent around 3-4 hours here, and for that reason, we couldn’t make it to the next beach, the Paradise beach, which is said to have no cafes at all. It is the most secluded beaches of all. You can trek up or take a boat. The boats run until maximum 6:30 pm, so make sure you plan your way back beforehand. You can find boats at every beach, and if in case you don’t, not to worry, there is always a way back through the trails.

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Beautiful sunset on our way back.

After chilling for hours at Half Moon, we took a boat till Kudle, and had dinner at Le Pizzeria. The pizza here is delightful. 😀

BEACH ESSENTIALS

DAY 3 – MASSAGE, EXPLORE A BEACH – PARADISE/NIRVANA BEACH

Again, this was my first time getting a massage, and that Russian lady broke my tailbone into pieces. Not literally but it felt like. I’d advise you to ask people around or check the internet for good massages in Gokarna else you will be in pain for days. However, a massage is a must. Not giving much thought to the pain, it was kind of soothing. Kind of!

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I kept laughing because it was paining SO much! I’m a weird kid!!!!

It was our last day here and all we wanted to do is chill. So, we went to Little Paradise at Kudle again and sat there for good 6-7 hours. Haha! Now that I am typing it, I actually feel that’s a lot of time spent at a shack. 😛 What you can do is, explore Paradise beach or Nirvana beach. Sit there, relax, and do nothing. For once, just be, not do!

TIPS FOR TRAVELLING IN GOKARNA

1. There are only 3 ATMs in Gokarna and it’s rare that all three work. Sometimes not even one works. Most of the hotels, resorts and beach shacks do not accept cards. They only accept cash or charge 2-5% if you pay by card. Make sure you carry cash with you.

2. The only mode of transportation is auto or hiring a scooty/bike.

3. Alcohol is banned in Gokarna. However, beer is served at few shacks at the beach but they charge double the price.

4. If you are looking for parties and nightlife, don’t go to Gokarna. Gokarna is just like South Goa – people go there to enjoy its beauty and peacefulness.

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2-Day Jaipur Trip – Things To Do, Where To Stay, What To Eat

A profusion of ancient history with an influence of modern life is what I call the pink city, Jaipur. It’s sometimes sad to see how the influx of tourist and the western influence is turning this historical capital into a metropolis. Ironically, it turns out that even I’m so inclined towards this ‘café culture’ that I plan my itinerary in a way that includes all the pre-historic gems and the fancy places.

I’ve been to Jaipur quite a few times and know this city well enough to chalk down a detailed two-day itinerary incorporating everything – places to see in Jaipur, what to eat in Jaipur, how to commute in Jaipur, every minute details like where and at what time could you enjoy the sunset or go clubbing in Jaipur. 😀

Here’s how you can make the most of your Jaipur trip in two days.

DAY 1

BREAKFAST: Start your day with a cup of tea and vada pav at Tapri. Tapri serves varieties of chai and exceptionally delicious food with a gorgeous ambience and a stunning rooftop. Next thing, take a cab and leave for Galta Ji (or as most of the tourists call, Monkey Temple). Both Ola and Uber work in Jaipur!

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GALTA JI: Famous for its natural water springs and countless monkeys, Galta Ji Temple is one of its kind. This pilgrimage site is a souvenir of the former age offering awe-inspiring views of the surroundings. The site is abode to temples, natural springs and thousands of monkeys. I was so intrigued after watching an episode of Monkey Thieves on National Geographic that I just couldn’t skip it despite of being monkey-phobic. 😛 Thanks to the guide at site for making it easy. Galta Ji has surely not lost its religious and rustic charm amidst the bustling city life.

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Galta Ji Temple

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View from Monkey Temple



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Monkey Temple

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Feeding the monkey

JAL MAHAL: Head to the three famous forts – Jaigarh, Nahargarh and Amer Fort. These forts are at a far end of Jaipur and the cab might cost you around INR 400. But you obviously can’t miss out because heylo, going to Jaipur and missing the forts, are you crazy!? Stop en route at Jal Mahal and click like paparazzi!!! There’s not much to do or see here. Stroll alongside Man Sagar Lake if you wish to kill time but I’d suggest to MAKE A MOVE because history awaits you up the hill.

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Apparently, a lot of people are confused, even I was, which fort to visit first? And let me tell you, every fort is a must-visit!

First, take a tour of the remarkable Amer Fort. I personally loved the architecture!

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Second, get out of Amer and have a meal at the Stag Café because by now you’d be starving. This café located right across the road, opposite to Amer Fort, offers the best views in the city. They serve delicious food and amazing hookah with a view that will leave you smitten.

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Third, grab an auto for Jaigarh Fort – not as fancy and royal as Amer as it’s a defensive fort. However, it features the largest cannon on wheels named Jaivana. Don’t keep your expectations high though!

Fourth, sunset at Nahargarh Fort. If you follow this itinerary, you reach Nahargarh Fort by sunset having covered all the forts and with a full stomach. Except if you are like me, hungry all the time!

Tbh, I am fond of Nahargarh Fort because of the scenic views it provides and the most spectacular sunset and, not because of its architecture or history. I recommend you to go there to watch the sun go down the horizon and for the beautiful bird’s eye view of the entire Jaipur city.

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DINNER: Jaipur, like any other city, has a lot of food options be it Rajasthani, Italian or Chinese. You name it, you have it! The city is filled with unique and quirky cafes. My most favorite from the list is Bar Palladio Jaipur! It is classy and royal with décor no other place in Jaipur has. Expensive but totally deserves a visit!

If you are not so fond of cafés and want to have an authentic Rajasthani dish, then go to Raawat Restaurant and order Dal Bati Churma or Pyaaz Kachori. The ambience of this restaurant is quite warm and the people are so friendly and welcoming. We were so confused as to what to order that the waiter happily gave us a brief of everything on the menu. 😛 For five people, we ordered around 4 dishes including sweets, our bill was just INR 1100. It turned out to be so pocket-friendly.

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Dinner at Bar Palladio Jaipur

DAY 2

BREAKFAST: Start the day with eggs and pancakes at On The House in C-Scheme. It has both indoor and outdoor sitting with a European touch.

OLD JAIPUR: By now you must be very curious to know why Jaipur is called the Pink City? Why not go and find out yourself?

As far as I understood, the buildings and gates in Old Jaipur are painted pink in color. Hence, it is called the Pink City. I am vaguely aware of the history of the color pink. Comment below and correct me if I’m wrong.

Maharaja Sawai Ram Singh wanted to impress the Royal Family and establish ties with them. So, when Queen Victoria’s husband, Prince Albert, claimed that he would visit India, the Maharaja painted the city pink as it historically represented welcome and hospitality.

Maharaja’s wife loved the color scheme so much that she asked Sawai Ram Singh to enforce a law which considers any building which is not pink illegal.

HAWA MAHAL/PALACE OF WINDS: Women in old days could not appear in public or in front of strangers. And, to bestow a sense of freedom on them, Hawa Mahal was built with more than 900 windows so they could see day-to-day events and royals processions in the streets. God bless us, Women!

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Hawa Mahal is quite easy to find. You’re walking down the street wondering how cool these shops are and there it is, amidst chaotic and busy roads. At first, I was totally unaware while shopping that it’s right behind me. 😛

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CITY PALACE: Walk on the same side of the road (on Hawa Mahal’s side) and take a left for City Palace. The back of Hawa Mahal is the royal City Palace. It is a historical complex with Mughal and Rajasthani architecture which is still an abode to the royal family. Although they live in a private section. Entry to public is prohibited.

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The architecture is great specially if you’re a photographer, you will spend hours here.

The Mahal inside the palace displays the royal costumes. Basically, clothes that Maharajas used to wear in those days. Few paintings and the weapons that were used back in time are also on display.

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You can combine a visit to Jantar Mantar too as it is nearby. I didn’t go though! No reason in particular. I just didn’t feel like.

SHOPPING: Outside City Palace are numerous lively shops where you can buy what not – from precious stones, antique lights, Rajasthani embroidered umbrellas to perfumes, and Rajasthani footwear. Johari Bazaar and Bapu Bazaar are two markets in Old Jaipur which you should check out! Ask people for directions or use google maps. It’s all walking walking!!

LUNCH: This place is not so showy or extravagant. Quite decent and basic with limited food options. Situated opposite to the Hawa Mahal is the Wind View Café which honestly doesn’t have great food as its all packaged food but oh god, its view – magnificent! If possible stay there till sunset because.. just see the picture below.

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Ok. I know I didn’t tell the best option for food. So, spend as much time as you want here, click photos, order watermelon juice or a dessert, or if you wish just walk upstairs, get a picture clicked and come back.

Head to the other end of Hawa Mahal. Remember – one side is the City Palace, on the left of Hawa Mahal, the other side is where I am going to take you now i.e. on the right of Hawa Mahal. (Johari and Bapu Bazaar are on the right) Or let’s chuck all the complications and use google maps. 😛

Go to Laxmi Mishtan Bhandar, sounds shady but its quite famous with a decent ambience. It serves a good deal of cuisines, but I’d say it is the second best place to have Kachoris and Dal Bati Churma in Jaipur. So, now you know what to order as well.

Now is the time when you return to your accommodation and chill for a while! I have mentioned below where to stay in Jaipur according to the area and budget.

If you have followed this itinerary, you’ve covered all major attractions, you’ve had the most delicious food along with superb view, you’ve caught the most stunning sunset, and you’ve grabbed all the souvenirs.

The last meal of the day is still left and this time it’s all your choice. I have written about a bunch of places which I felt are worth a visit during my Jaipur trip. All the places are tried, tested and then reviewed.

PICK A PLACE: 10 Fancy Cafes In Jaipur One Should Not Miss

If you’re a party freak like me, you must go clubbing at Blackout or House Of People. Whenever I thought of Jaipur, I always thought of girls in lehenga, guys in dhoti but surprisingly, people of Jaipur know how to party!

ANSWERING MORE QUESTIONS:

WHAT IS THE BEST TIME TO VISIT JAIPUR?

October – March

This is the perfect weather to explore the Pink City as summers in Jaipur are unbearable! Hence, tourists prefer to visit Jaipur in the winter season.

HOW TO TRAVEL WITHIN JAIPUR?

Travelling by Auto in Jaipur can burn a hole in your pocket. Auto Wallas in Jaipur will never go by meter and will demand for any amount. Specially if you’re a foreigner or an outstation, they will try their best to extract maximum from you. So, the best thing is to install Ola/Uber App and travel in AC spending less than you would spend in an auto. If you’re staying in Old Jaipur, you could also take battery riskhaws for travelling short distances. Although I’d never suggest you to stay in Old Jaipur. Umm, why? Read more.

WHERE TO STAY IN JAIPUR?

The reason why I suggest you to not stay in Old Jaipur is because it’s chaotic, you would be stuck in traffic half of the time. Also, most of the attractions like the three famous forts – Amer, Nahargarh and Jaigarh, Jal Mahal, Galta Ji – Monkey Temple are far off the city.

C-Scheme is my personal favorite area to stay as it is quite posh and accessible. Railway Station, bus terminal, the very famous M.I. Road, major places to eat, attractions, clubs, are within easy reach.

Jaipur has a lot of options – from budget friendly hostels to luxury hotels. I’ve stayed in two hostels – Zostel and Roadhouse, and Hotel Holiday Inn. These are some affordable options.

If you’re filthy rich and can afford INR 55,000 tariff a day, stay at Taj Rambagh Palace or The Oberoi Rajvilas. The day I have enough money is the day you’ll see me chilling at those properties. 😛 😀

Also, I am planning to open a hostel in Jaipur in 2018. Hopefully, if that happens, I’ll see you there!



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Now not everyone believes in traveling on their own, and prefer leaving the homework to an agent. To make your stay worthwhile in the pink city, you could also contact Royal Adventure Tours for a customized Jaipur Tour Package.

ITINERARY IN BRIEF

DAY 1

1. Breakfast at Tapri

2. Galta Ji

3. Jal Mahal

4. Amer Fort

5. Lunch At Stag Café

6. Jaigarh Fort

7. Nahargarh Fort

8. Dinner at Palladio/Rawat

Over.

DAY 2

1. Breakfast at On The House

2. Hawa Mahal – Palace Of Winds

3. City Palace

4. Jantar Mantar

5. Lunch at Wind View Café or Laxmi Mishan Bhandar

6. Shopping in Bapu Bazar/Johri Bazar

7. Chill at your accommodation

8. Dinner at restaurant of your choice from the list 

Over and out.

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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.

Related: An Affordable Backpacker’s Hostel In The Pink City

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Drive From Bangalore To Nandi Hills To Catch The Dazzling Sunset

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 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 😛 )

For non-drivers or those not willing to drive, PicNtic is a reliable option for hiring a Bangalore to Nandi Hills taxi. This outstation car rental network will provide a chauffeur-driven sedan cab for INR 2700 for a same-day round trip from Bangalore to Nandi Hills.

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.

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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 FOR 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 06:00 pm. Everybody usually heads their way back by 07:00 pm 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.

Related Post: 5 Places Near Bangalore For Photographers

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.

Also Read : 5 Ideas For Your Bachelorette Trip In India

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.

If you have some more ideas, shoot them in the comments below.




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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.

hogenakkal falls in june

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

hogenakkal waterfall bath

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. 😀

fish fry hogenakkal falls

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. 😛

hogenakkal dirty

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.

21-year-old girl, who one day realized how travelling to far off places and going on adventures could change perspective about life. That was the day when Trippindian was founded and she started finding her hobby, passion and profession in it.

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cycling in pondicherry

A Perfect Itinerary For 3-Day Pondicherry Trip – 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?

chennai to pondicherry bus

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.

Villa shanti pondicherry trip

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?

sacred heart pondicherry

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.

pondicherry cathedral

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?

paradise beach pondicherry

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.

MATRI MANDIR PONDICHERRY

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!

towards matri mandir

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.
serenity beach pondicherry

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.

Mangrove forest Pichavaram

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.

mangrove forest pondicherry trip

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.

rendezvous cafe pondicherry

Rendezvous Café Restaurant.

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

My personal favorites – Ratatouille and Bruschetta.

cafe rendezvous pondicherry trip

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.

cycling in pondicherry trip

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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