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Weekend Getaway in North India – Kasauli

Weekend Getaway in North India - Kasauli

Planning for a short and sweet weekend outing to a hill station but at the same time low on budget? Here’s an excellent weekend getaway that will serve the purpose and at the same time will  not be a burden on your wallet. Kasauli is one such destination which is a beautiful small hill station with all the tourist attractions . Being a defence region it is perfectly clean and very well maintained hill station. You can plan a short 1-2 night stay here and can return fully refreshed and recharged back to your home. Kasauli has a few spots which are definitely not to miss and comes under must go once  in the lifetime category.

Kasauli Church

Well I have been to a number of religious places but I found real peace and bliss when I entered the Kasauli Church. The aura and the ambience is so soothing, that it lets all your worries evaporate in a tinkle. The soothing and healing music, the lighted candles, the complete aura does that magic and takes you to another lever of spiritualism. A must must visit place in Kasauli.

Kasauli Mall Road

If you are a street shopper and the admirer of collectibles and souvenirs, this is the place for you. Kasauli mall road is a shopper’s delight. You can pick dirt cheap gifting items, jewellery, bags, strolls, apparels, home utility items from here. You gottaa have real good bargaining skills!!

Kasauli Street Food

Every and any hill station is known for its street food. If you are a street food lover, you have a gala of eating options here. Right from a variety of stuffed flavoured momos (which you cannot afford to miss ) to chinese, continental, italian, you have it all there.

Just plan a short weekend trip to this little hill station and feel the magic!


Some Nearby Places and Raw Nature. If you ever hop on to this hill station, there are plenty of nearby places waiting for you welcoming you with open arms. Very close to Kasauli is Dagshai, a cantonment area and Barog, a hill station situated at very high altitude and a super scenic Railway Station, which is by the way a world heritage site also.

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See You there in Kasauli !!

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Mohali on the International Map

Mohali on the International Map

If you are preparing  the nominations for  your next vacation trip within  India, there are chances that Mohali will not be part of the list. But I think you need to rethink !!

Mohali has managed to secure respectable position when you talk about a short and sweet little vacation. Owing to a number of factors which have exponentially developed in the recent past you can definitely consider this location for a small outing contrary to it being little known for good tourist attraction in the past.

I would here like to enumerate the key tourist attractions:

International AirPort

Newly built International airport at Mohali recently inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi is state of the art international standard airpport catering a number of international flights is another tourist attraction.

 

IS Bindra Punjab Cricket Association Stadium

A World Class cricket Stadium at Mohali having all the cricketing facilities of International level. PCA boasts of its  sporting wickets, lush green outfield, spacious dressing-rooms, excellent practice-facilities, excellently maintained swimming pool and state-of-the-art gymnasium.

Hockey Stadium

The stadium has an advanced pink-blue Astroturf and has a seating capacity of about 13,500 and was inaugurated by Chief Minister of Punjab Parkash Singh Badal

Fateh Burj

The Fateh Burj was constructed to mark the third centenary of the historical battle of Chapparchiri. It is 328 feet in  height which is India’s  highest Minar and stands as a symbol of historical victory of Sikhs led by the great general Baba Banda Singh Bahadur.

Gurudwaras specially Amb sahib and Singh Shaheedan

 

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Jaipur- The Pink City A Travel Guide to the capital of Rajasthan.

Jaipur- The Pink City A Travel Guide to the capital of Rajasthan.

Travel Guide to the Pink City , Jaipur

If you ever wish or plan to visit India, the picture that you carry in your mind is probably that of Jaipur. Yes ! Jaipur popularly known as Pink City owing to hue of its heritage buildings and palaces, is the city where resides the Heart of India. India is known for its rich cultural heritage and the exquisite handicraft. Jaipur is the hub of both. Magnificent and Royal are the palaces  but at the same time rawfully pure and connected to the roots are the handicrafts.

When in Jaipur, you cannot afford to miss visiting :

Hawa Mahal

“Palace of Winds” or “Palace of the Breeze” is a palace in Jaipur which   sits on the edge of the City Palace. The original intent of the lattice design was to allow royal ladies to observe everyday life and festivals celebrated in the street below without being seen.

Jantar Mantar

The Jantar Mantar is a set of 14 colossal astronomical observatory instruments situated in the heart of Jaipur. These incredibly accurate devices were constructed by Maharaja Jai Singh II, who considered date, star alignment and other celestial movements critical to predicting his fate and fortunes in wars and scheming.

Amer Fort

Amer Fort is the best tourist attraction of Jaipur and the sprawling complex combines both immense fortifications with unexpected beauty and charm. The fort which visitors are able to explore today dates from the 16th century and is situated on a natural ridge 11km north of Jaipur.

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City Palace

This is highly recommend as there are few inscriptions or details within the palace. The city palace is open every day Monday through to Sunday. The opening hours of the City Palace follows the trend of Jaipur of shutting relatively early in the day,

Jal Mahal

Jal Mahal is a palace in the middle of the Man Sagar Lake in Jaipur city. The palace and the lake around it were renovated and enlarged in the 18th century by Maharaja Jai Singh II of Amber.

Albert Hall Museum

Albert Hall Jaipur is possibly the most decorative and visually stunning. The large concert hall was constructed in 1876 for one sole purpose, to ensure Prince Albert of England would visit Jaipur during his tour of the country. This extravagant gesture by the Maharaja guaranteed the prince’s visit and today the Albert Hall Jaipur has been converted into Albert Hall Museum (Central Museum) that displays relics from Jaipur’s history.

Metro Ride

Modern Jaipur has embraced itself with a metro ride. The travelling on public transport has become a lot more easier in Jaipur.

Early Morning Jaipur Walkthrough

 

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Kecak Fire Dance – Uluwatu Temple – Things to see in Bali

Kecak fire Dance

Kecak is the most unique Balinese dance which is not accompanied by any orchestra but by a choir of 70 men. It has its origin in old ritual dance sanghyng or trance dance. In the sanghyan dance, a person in a state of trance communicates with their deities or ancestors using the dances as a medium. The dieties or ancestors convey their wishes in the 1930’s. The old Indian epic Ramayana was included into the dance. Briefly the story runs as follows.

Due to the vice-price of Ayodhya, Rama the legal heir to the throne of Ayaodhaya was exiled from the Ayaodhya by Dushratha. Accompanied by his wife Sita and his younger brother Laxman,they went into a forest called Dendak, while they were in the forest, the deamon kingRavana found them and lusted after the beautiful Sita. Accompanied by Maricha they made a trick to steal Sita. Using his magic power, Maricha transformed himself into Golden Deer. Disguised as a golden Deer they succeeded in luring rama and Laxman away from Sita. Ravana making use of this opportunity, kidnapped sita and took her to his palace Alengka. Discovering the deception, Rama and laxman set out to rescue Sita from the clutch of the deamon King, assisted by the huge army of monkeys. Under the command of their King Hanumana Ram succeeded in getting his wife safely.

 

 

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Things to do in Bali – Visual Guide to Sight-Seeing.

Things to do in Bali - Visual Guide to Sight-Seeing.

Bali Indonesia has become a popular and one of the exotic tourist destinations in the recent past. Owing to its coastline, rich traditional heritage, ancient temples and palaces,  forested volcano hills, rice fields to name a few and a well preserved  flora and fauna, Bali has secured its place in the list of favorite tourist destinations. Once you decide to visit Bali, you are assured to have the unforgettable experience of your lifetime. There are a few things which you should and must not miss while you are in Bali. I would share Top 5 things to do during your stay on this beautiful island.

Here we go:

Temples especially  Tanah Lot, Uluwatu Temple, Besakih Temple

 

With over 10,000 temples, which are unique in their own way, there’s a lot to witness and experience at the same time. And for that, you don’t have to be traditionally religious at heart!

Goa Gajah

Goa Gajah, or Elephant Cave, is located on the island of Bali near Ubud, in Indonesia. Built in the 9th century, it served as a sanctuary.

Lush Green  Rice Field  Terraces

This area is famous tourist attraction for beautiful rice terraces, many tourists who travel to and from Kintamani stopped at this place to witness the beauty of the verdant terraced rice field scenery or having lunch at the restaurant while enjoying the beautiful scenery of terraced rice fields. Tegalalang Rice Terrace is one of the tourist icon in Ubud Bali.

Ubud Monkey Forest

Besides watching playful monkeys in their natural habitat, swinging through canopies, lazing along pathways or feeding on bananas, the site offers cool walks along paved pathways through a leafy nutmeg forest

Ubud Art Market

Ubud Art Market is a traditional market offering beautiful and attractive souvenirs made by local Balinese people. . It is an ideal place to place for tourists where they can experience at the great bargain art market in Ubud Bali.

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ACCESSORIES YOU MUST CARRY

Being just 8 degrees south of the equator, Bali has a fairly even climate year round. Average year-round temperature stands at around 30 °C (86 °F) with a humidity level of about 85%.

Considering the Bali climate carrying proper headgear is a must. You can opt from range of nice snapback caps, nice picks, floral  hats and of course Bandanas to protect your skin from sunburn.

Sunscreen is another Not to Forget Bag accessory.

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Uzbekistan From the Bus Window | Tashkent to Charvak Lake Bus Ride

Uzbekistan is a real Gem of a Place, situated in Central Asia it is a place of vivid cultural diversity and natural beauty. I have tried to capture the countryside of  this beautiful country riding on a bus. The bus leaves from Tashkent City and reaches Chimgan Hills and then goes on to reach Charvak Lake. Enjoy the great bus ride with some great music. Tallay-ho.

In this post i’d like to share some exclusive, unlisted videos on Youtube of Tashkent to Charvak Lake Bus Ride. Hope you like them.

 

 

 

 

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Kasol Travel Guide and Information|Mini Israel of India in Himachal Pradesh

Kasol Travel Guide and Information|Mini Israel of India in Himachal Pradesh

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How to reach ? Kasol is reached by road. ( by Most People ) . It is 550 km from New Delhi and 300 Km from Chandigarh. The nearest airport is Bhuntar though, which is roughly 50 km from Kasol. The roads are not in the best of shape and is ideal for biking. Avoid Sedans because of low ground clearance and none parking space.

What to avoid ?

Where to Stay ?

How to spend time and how to interact with local people out there ?

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5 Things to do in Kasol, Himachal Pradesh ( Travel Guide 2017 )

5 Things to do in Kasol, Himachal Pradesh ( Travel Guide 2017 )

Kasol, the dope capital of the world in Himachal Pradesh, also known as the Mini Israel of India, offers a lot but with a cost. Before I proceed with the article and my recommendations, Here are a few images that will surely take you to the aura of KASOL.

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1. Enjoy the Music ( Literally Everywhere )

2. Don’t forget to eat ( a lot )

Kasol is famous for its cafes and its not famous just like that. Israeli food is in abundance and is on the menu in almost every restaurant.

Then there is GERMAN BAKERY, I simply can not tell you how awesomely tasty rolls,cakes and cookies they have in contrast to their presentation. A MUST MUST have after your main course.

 

3. Sit on the rocks by the Bank of River Parvati

4. Dope at your Own Risk

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5. Day Trip to Manikaran

 

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Infamous Killing Fields of Khymer Rouge – Phnom Penh Cambodia

Infamous Killing Fields of Khymer Rouge - Phnom Penh Cambodia

The infamous killing fields of Khymer Rouge is an absolute, not to miss sight seeing while you are on a trip to Cambodia especially Phnom Penh.

How to get there. If you are few people travelling together, then tuk-tukk is the best and i guess only option other than Taxi. I didn’t find any buses or public transport there to reach The killing fields. It is quite far from the main city area, where we stayed. The tuk tuk ride isn’t the most pleasant especially if its a bright sunny day.

The Killing field has a Museum and an ornamental outbuilding, along with the vast fields that have markings and write-ups describing the tragic incidents of genocides in the past.

At the main entrance you will find the ticket counter. Ticket is almost $20, and you get an audio device that has recordings of descriptions of all the spots.

Take a Walk- AROUND

 

It takes a lot of patience to walk through all the numbered points on the sight. At each labelled numbered point you can listen to the information which is there in the walky talky device given to you. Some sights are disturbing in nature , so viewers and age discretion is recommended.

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