An Argentinean Woman’s Guide To India

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An Argentinean Woman’s Guide To India

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

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

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

Smell. Delhi and Udaipur.

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

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

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




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

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Hearing. Delhi, Jaipur and McLeodGanj.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Taste. Delhi and Udaipur.

This is India! Spicy, colorful and tasty.

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

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

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

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Touch. Delhi.

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

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

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Sight. Every place.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




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Mount Abu: The Only Hill Station In The Desert State Of India

The cool breeze brushing across my face was an indication that we were soon approaching our destination. And this transition was not only a treat for the tactile senses, but also for the visual senses, as I witness a backdrop of rocky cliffs interspersed with colorful bouts of bougainvillea in all imaginable hues of the rainbow. It’s hard to take your eyes off the window, I wonder. So when we finally reached Mount Abu and checked into our hotel room, my heart was itching to go out and explore. Accompanied by good walking shoes and a hungry tummy, we set forward to explore what this place has to offer.




With plenty of time at hand and plentiful of new roads to be discovered, we decided to walk our way upto Nakki lake and Sunset Point (which we later realise is not the ‘main’ one!). And being a hard-core foodie, here comes my favourite part-the route is studded with all sorts of shops and ‘thelas’ selling everything right from Chana Zor Garam to sinfully delicious Rabdi (Ah!). Stocking up on our energy levels with these delectable treats is a requisite, as what awaits us is hours of nonstop walking, coupled with soaking in the cool air of Mount Abu and taking in the scenery that looks straight out of a fairy tale. All geared up, we tread upon these new roads, frequently lose our way, ask for directions, whine at the seemingly never-ending distance yet happily take in the breathtaking views, and ultimately reach the spot. Only after coming back to the hotel room do we realise that we have been walking continuously for almost five hours! Time for some replenishment!

At Mount Abu, you have fancy dining options and various thalis on offer, such as Rajasthani Thali, Gujarati Thali, etc. which are slightly pricey. But if you are like me and prefer hearty meals for fewer bucks, I would suggest the Abu Bhojanalya, a modest dhaba that serves filling thalis for just 80 bucks! The tamatar sev, a tangy preparation of tomatoes and a namkeen called Sev is a must-have for all the spice lovers. And continuing our walking expedition, we go out looking for some meetha paan to end our meal!

Mount Abu has something to appeal to the unique traveller in you. With a plethora of awe-inspiring landscapes and scenic roads it is pure bliss for nature enthusiasts and family vacationers alike. If an adrenaline rush is what you need, you could go trekking or hiking here. For all the foodies out there who crave for local treats, you could go food-hunting just like I did. And if you are a divinity seeker, you can visit the various temples here-like the Dilwara Jain Temple, Adhar Devi Temple, and Achaleshwar Mahadev Temple. Perhaps a moment of solitude drowned in the varying colours of the sunset at Sunset Point is what your heart longs for. There is something for everyone here!




This is one trip that will remain close to my heart, for it has shown me the true essence of travel. Travel is not about checking off things from a list, but about letting ourselves meander through strange nooks and paths, and in the process absorbing new experiences that come our way. Travel, in short, is all about losing and finding yourself, all over again!

-Written By Vinita Srinivasan

 

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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 ‘safe 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

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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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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

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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.

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Chasing The Irrawady Dolphin At Chilika Lake

Every single person, whether or not a nature enthusiast, would find themselves being overcome by the incredible cuteness of the playful Dolphins. And if these adorable creatures have motivated you to go dolphin-spotting in India, do visit the Chilika Lake in Odisha- the meeting ground of a large variety of migratory birds and home to the Irrawady Dolphin.

A little intro about me; I’m a hard-core nature enthusiast who cherishes to witness nature in its pristine, untouched form and spot rare, exquisite species of flora and fauna in the process. And I’m a motivated traveller too- having charted a journey from Delhi to Odisha just to catch a glimpse of dolphins; and boy, I wasn’t disappointed! After just 10 minutes of the ferry ride, my mother gives up on any such chance of dolphin sighting (we have previously been to many national parks in search of the Big Cat, with no luck); and at that very instant, as if to dispel the prophecy that my mother had just claimed, a dolphin spirals out of the shining waters and quickly makes its way back in, in one of the most graceful acrobatics nature can offer! This is followed by spotting even more dolphins- our tour guide tells us that we are indeed very lucky to be witnessing so much of the ‘dolphin action’ at one instant! I trace this fetish to a childhood memory, of reading about the Irrawady Dolphins in Chilika Lake in a magazine, and feel rewarded, for my journey of thousands of kilometers finally proved to be fruitful!




The best place to start a trip to Chilika is from Puri, a lovely beachside city and also the seat of the Jagannath Mandir. There are plenty of stay options in Puri and buses that operate from Puri to Chilika, both state-operated and private. Take out a day from your Odisha itinerary and explore this wonderland for nature enthusiasts!

How to reach:

By Air: Nearest airport is at Bhubaneswar, which is 56 km from Puri.

By rail: The nearest railway station is Puri

By road: There are various buses that one can take from Puri to Chilika

Best time to visit: November-February



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-Written By Vinita Srinivasan

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Rann Of Kutch: A Walk Towards The Infinity

It was the year of 2015, Durga Puja was round the corner, and just like every year, my family decided to take a trip to an unknown land during the holiday. Those days, Amitabh Bachchan’s promising Gujarat tourism ad “Aapne Rann nahi dekha, to kuch nahi dekha” could be spotted on every television screen; and that’s when we unanimously decided on our destination – Gujarat and the Great Rann of Kutch.

This trip was really special for two reasons – I had wanted to visit Rann of Kutch even before Big B started promoting it. And, it was the first time that all our cousins were also accompanying us.




The trip started with us landing at Ahmedabad. We checked in to our hotel, freshened up and embarked on our journey. After spending a day at Ahmedabad – shopping, eating and exploring the city – we left for Bhuj where we visited the earthquake affected areas and did some more sightseeing. From Bhuj, we went to Mandvi beach, a pristine beach along the Gulf of Kutch sea coast. We also stopped by a few villages on our way to Mandvi – each village is home to a craft that has been around for generations and usually it’s just a handful of families that are keeping it alive. From weaving to block prints to bandini, from pottery to jewellery, every village has its own specialization. And finally, on the fifth day of our journey, we reached the White desert, our last destination before heading back home.

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By far, the best moment during my visit to Gujarat was spending that one day at the White Desert. The experience can summed up in just one word – mesmerizing! We were told that the Rann changes mood with the changing hour of the day because the white desert reflects the mood of the sky. We sure couldn’t see all colors of the Rann, but what we did see was a view that has been entrenched in our minds forever. We reached at 3 pm when the sun was shining bright, gleaming on the water and making the white sand glow. It was a view to behold.

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Cars are only allowed till the checkpoint, you have to walk beyond that. Getting down from the car, I stared at the Rann – white sand could be spotted till the eyes could see, meeting the sky at horizon. Leaving the group behind, I started walking on the sand, taking in the fresh air and clicking pictures along the way. It seemed like a never-ending path with water on both side, giving the perfect picturesque view.

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The more I walked inside, the whiter the land kept getting and the better the view kept getting. I had walked quite a distance when the sun started setting in. I decided to sit at the edge of the land and enjoy the serenity of the place. Staring at the horizon and watching the sun set at eye level, I knew it was an experience of a lifetime. There was something in the air, difficult to express in words, which captivates me back to the same place. Indeed, walking on those crystals of salt that stretches endlessly for miles (10,000 sq metres) and watching the sun rise and set is magical.

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I’m Nehal, a 21 year old graduate from Delhi University. Born and brought up in Guwahati, Assam, I’ve always followed my dreams – be it regarding career or passion.

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Holi Special: Where To Witness The Majestic Hues Of India

The one word that perfectly sums up our country is its ‘Diversity’. India’s diverse landscapes, diverse rituals, diverse festivities, and the rich legacy that it is bestowed with, all make for a journey through the mainland replete with all imaginable hues of the rainbow, and a sight to behold! Below is the list of places where you can witness the majestic hues in India.

The Divine Hues: Meenakshi Amman Temple

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It is a UNESCO World Heritage site in the temple town of Madurai, and its vibrantly coloured gopurams consisting of various sculptures renders an aesthetic appeal to the air of divinity present here.

The Floral Hues: Flower Market, Madurai

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While we are on the topic of Madurai, it is hard to not mention the very famous symbolism Madurai is known by-the malligai poo or jasmine flower. Witness various flowers in different colours and types in the Flower Market at Madurai.

The Artistic Hues: Rock garden, Chandigarh

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A sculpture garden where every art is made completely out of scrap and waste materials, such as bangles, tiles, glasses and bottles. The sheer ingenuity of its founder-Nek Chand, attracts scores of tourists every day.




The Sublime Hues: Pondicherry

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Apart from a landscape painted in the colours of sand and sea, Pondy has various mansions in vibrant hues like yellow, which are reminiscent of French architecture.

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The Spicy Hues: Khari Baoli

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Asia’s largest wholesale spice market is a treat for all the senses, with the vibrant colours of dry fruits and spices stacked in heaps forming a backdrop against the crowd, and the aroma of the spices filled in the air.

The Floral Hues : Valley of flowers, Yumthang Valley, Lachung, Sikkim

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Home to over twenty-four species of the rhododendron, the state flower, visit this floral wonderland to witness the spectrum of colours of the flowers in full bloom.

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The Festive Hues: Rann Utsav

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This festival in Kutch is the time when one can witness a striking contrast between stretches of white salt land and the varying hues of the festivities and activities.

-Written By Vinita Srinivasan

 


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Best Places To Celebrate Holi With Utmost Ardour In India

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




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

Mathura and Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh

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

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


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I am Gaurav Nirman, and I am an Engineer with an intense desire to wander. I enjoy meeting new people and love experiencing their culture. I would describe myself as someone who is honest, caring, intelligent, hardworking, and ambitious. I am passionate about traveling and blogging.
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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.




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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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