Posts By - Gargi Mishra

Watch the World at Bird's Eye View

Who hasn't once dreamed of flying freely like a bird? To reach the horizon and explore the sky. See the everything like a bird would do. Well, for us paragliding is the way to fulfill our dreams, at least for a while. In India, no matter where you are from the warm and sultry Rajasthan to cold and cozy Himachal, this activity is conducted all over the country. So, buckle up (tight) and let's fly. Here's a list of destinations popular for paragliding in India.

Feel the Rapids Rush at its Best

Adventure sports is an uprising trend in India, However, it is gaining popularity really fast among the youth. Nowaday it has become easy to spot rafting in the itinerary of most tour operators. It is not anew if we are told that this spot has gained quick popularity not just among the andventure freaks but also among tourists and travellers. With a plethora of roaring rivers, there are a number of places in India one can try out rafting. 

Ski Down the Himalayan Slopes

If having fun in the snow speaks prefect holiday to you, and want to try out some fun sports in the snow. Here is a list of destination you can head to in India rather than spending your entire life savings to visit the Alps. I gaurantee, this experience would be way better at the Himalayas. From the picturesque valleys of Gulmarg to sky scrapping valleys of Auli, India is never short of world class skiing destinations.

Best in the World Bungee Jumping Experience

If heights get you high on adrenaline, then bungee jumping is the sport designed for you. Bungee jumping is sport that needs a lot of guts to perform, so you need to be a real dardevil to perform this sport. If you want to test your limits and try out something totally crazy and life altering, head out to these places and try bungee jumping at its best.

Destinations in India for a Perfect Romantic Escapade

Holding hands, some would love to walk on a moonlit beach with their partner… some would like to dance by a bonfire in the lap of cold deserts… some would like to cuddle in a warm blanket on snow-clad mountains… Yup, Valentine’s Day is around!! You might have thought of being in Paris or Sydney. But why go that far when all you need is right here… here in your own land - India. Yours is the only country in the world that is a confluence of four different physiographic regions, from desert to green forests, from mountains to seas, you can find it all here. This Valentine feel the warmth of love with the 14 destinations you can choose from for your perfect romantic escapade.

Safest Cities in Asia for Women Travelling Solo

This International  Women’s Day, we bring the ladies a  list of cities around Asia that are safe for women travelling solo. As we understand, the biggest concern of a woman who travels alone is safety. So, pack your bags accordingly and head out leaving all worries behind and explore these places. But do not let your guard down as the crime rate is low, not zero.

List of the Oldest Recipes Still Eaten

Whenever we think of heritage left by civilizations from the B.C.s, the first thing that comes to mind is the architecture and scripture. But did you know there are certain dishes that are being eaten since then. Yes, there are certain recipes that old! Interesting right? So read as here I have listed a few of the oldest recipes in the world that are still eaten the same way as back then. 

Admire the Marine Life in The Andamans

Scuba diving is at the top of the bucket list for those in love with the sea. Marine life has ever been so fascinating for us, to see the colourful fishes waddling, the beauty of coral reefs, it definitely is an experience of a lifetime. As most of you might think of trying it out at some other foreign country, but why go that far, when you can experience it better over here at the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. So, for the ones who love the feeling of adrenaline pumping through their blood, here is a list of an amazing adventure that awaits you. 

Destination Wedding: The New Trend of India

Weddings are a lifetime memory for the two who tie the knot, and so they want it to be perfect. A big fat wedding is not new in Indian society but the young couples have made it bigger and fatter by bringing in the trend of destination weddings. So, if you are planning the same yourself, here is a short list of top destinations in India you can pick from. Read on and choose the place that suits you best. 

Feel the Threads of Silk in these Cities

‘The woven traditional poem’, for me, the phrase captures the essence of a silk saree. As a child, wearing mom's silk saree was one of the best feelings. Even today, my love for them remains the same. It is probably not wrong to say that they are the first love of many women. Interestingly, the history of silk sarees is as rich as the silk sarees themselves. The love for silk among the people in India is not new, and every region here has their own way of weaving them. So, we bring you 10 places in India popular for the uniqueness of the silk found there.

Feel the Threads of Silk in these Cities

‘The woven traditional poem’, for me, the phrase captures the essence of a silk saree. As a child, wearing mom's silk saree was one of the best feelings. Even today, my love for them remains the same. It is probably not wrong to say that they are the first love of many women. Interestingly, the history of silk sarees is as rich as the silk sarees themselves. The love for silk among the people in India is not new, and every region here has their own way of weaving them. So, we bring you 10 places in India popular for the uniqueness of the silk found there.

Stories of Origin of Popular Indian Food

We Indians love food, food is our escape, especially delicious food. But have you ever wondered where our favourite flavoursome dish came from, to our country? Well of course no. So, here I bring to you the origin of the dishes you love the most. 

Ancient but Inhabited Cities of India

India is a land of extraordinary diversity. A country with lots of secrets. The place that never misses surprise you and in no amount of time will allow you to fully know this. India is not only a land of historical places, monuments and cultures but also show the evolution of human civilisation over the years. Why not visit these cities and find out yourself? 

Rarely Known Breakfasts of Indian States

When it comes to India, most people admire the diversity of cultures here. Every state has its own language, dresses, culture, lifestyle, tradition and also their own majestic history, they're proud of. But is that all? No, every state even has its own different food and snacks, and their different ways of preparing a dish. So here is a list of breakfasts of certain states that would make your mouth water and tempt you to go there and try them out. 

Wonders of India: Temples to leave you in awe

In the words of the famous historian E.H. Carr “History is a dialogue between the present and the past.” History takes us back in time and lets us know and experience the past. History is an important part of the culture of a nation, and a country like India that is so culturally diverse, history is the most valuable treasure and also its glory.  The ancient architecture of India has attracted gallivanters and aesthetes from all over the world and earned the sobriquet “the land of mysteries.” We have searched the land far and wide to bring you such temples that have an intriguing history and captivating architecture, that would send you in a reverie.

A day in the Queen of Hills: Shimla

Shimla has always been at the top of my travelling list. Growing up, knowing the fact that the city is known as the ‘Queen of Hills’, I always thought of visiting the place to see the sky-high mountains and snow-capped peaks.  It was when I started working in Greater Noida, and became financially stable enough to plan a trip, I started calling my friends. Almost everyone refused to go on a trip in the coming one or two months. Some had just arrived from a trip last month and now had financial issues, while some had finances but were struggling to get a leave again. How difficult it is for a group of 4-5 people to go somewhere together even for 2-3 days. After a few days of struggle, I lost hope and went back to focus on my work.

My tales from Khajuraho

After chasing adventures in the mountains for quite some time, I was looking for a place that had serenity knitted in its streets, history in its walls and beauty in its eyes. It was then when all those class 8th history lessons about Khajuraho and its temples came to my mind. With a blink of an eye, I found myself booking a train ticket to Khajuraho. And that's how my journey to this age-old city started. 

Jewel at the Heart of India: Panchmarhi

Pachmarhi, aka ‘Satpura ki Rani, situated at a  height of 2560 meters, is one of the jewels of Madhya Pradesh, India. Pachmarhi is one of the most beautiful hill-stations in India. The hill station is gorgeously endowed with natural beauty with a perfect balance of history. Satpura’s mountain range is believed to be the seven sons of Vindhya Ranges. Legends have it that their birth was to avert the path of the angry Narmada river which was overflowing and in its wrath was drowning the whole earth.  I didn’t know about the place until I visited my friend in Bhopal who was pursuing journalism from a university there. When I went to Bhopal, I was just going to meet my childhood friend whom I had not met in the months since he moved to the city. But, destiny has planned something else for us the moment I boarded the train.

Myanmar: A Place Unique in itself

Myanmar (formerly Burma) is a Southeast Asian nation with more than 100 different ethnic groups, sharing borders with India, Bangladesh, China, Laos and Thailand. With the opening of the land border a couple of years ago, and the ease of obtaining an E Visa, travelling to Myanmar from India has become quite hassle-free and affordable.I was lucky enough to have visited Myanmar for New Year’s, where we toured through the 4 big destinations, i.e. Mandalay, Bagan, Inle Lake and Yangoon, which also form the famous Golden Kite Itinerary of Myanmar.Each of these destinations is unique in itself, and while, Yangon (formerly Rangoon), the country's largest city, is home to bustling markets, numerous parks and lakes, and the towering, gilded Shwedagon Pagoda, which contains Buddhist relics and dates to the 6th century; Bagan, on the other hand, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is home to countless temples and Pagodas, including the Shwezigon Pagoda.

A place full of magic: Shangarh

My exams had just ended and I was brewing travel plans in my head. A place so serene, a place so magical, that's what I was looking for. And then this happened! I couldn’t stop myself from visiting this place after I read about it in a WhatsApp group. A very spontaneous plan to visit Shangarh popped up among a group of 3 girls. Where one got busy elsewhere, the other two decided to explore this lesser-known place in the footsteps of Great Himalayan National Park.Set afar from the city's chaos, located in the pristine Sainj Valley is a quaint hamlet, Shangarh. Its seamless beauty, tranquil environment, natives' jolly faces and picturesque paths are sure to weave for you tons of memories. It did for me! I am a person who chooses the roads not taken, hence landed myself into the magical world of Shangarh. It is known to be one of the most beautiful meadows in Kullu’s region of Himachal Pradesh. in the footsteps of Great Himalayan National Park.

Pedal Your Way to Heaven and Good Health

One of the finest cycling routes around the world that not only offers beautiful views but are unique in their own way. Some are moderate while some are strictly not recommended if you are a noob. To keep up the good work, it is always refreshing to travel to someplace that not only brings joy to your ride but also gives you an adrenaline rush. Here is a list of few of the world’s finest cycling tracks in India and abroad.

We Celebrate Christmas and New Year the Best

The ringing sounds of bells, the smell of homemade cakes and muffins, the chilly winds and the lit-up cities; you can literally smell Christmas and New Year coming closer. It’s about time we bid adieu to this year and usher in the new one. We have selected some exquisite places around the globe where you can celebrate these festivals “Best in the World” style. The awe-inspiring locations we have picked out celebrate this festive week with exciting flavours of adventure and exploration to double the merriment.

Apps that will help make your Every Trip Easy

When you sit down to plan a trip a lot of things rush to your mind like choosing the destination, booking tickets, prices, itinerary and much more. But do not panic let technology do it for you. With travel apps available that help you book flights/trains and hotels, plan itineraries, and even hire travel guides, planning a trip is a whole lot easier.

Bon Voyage: Tips to Avoid the Coronavirus on Cruise

There has been a growing fear of the spread of Coronavirus on cruise ships caused due to recent news about Diamond Princess and MS Westerdam. This has forced the passengers to think that it is better to avoid taking a cruise right now. So to help you, we have a list of precautionary methods you can adopt to protect yourself from catching the CoV and other diseases circulating on the ship. 

Make Journeys More Memorable with these Gadgets

Packing has always been a bedevilling task when preparing for a vacation. Even if we create a checklist there is always something we forget, for me, it is always my toothbrush. Well even if technology hasn’t yet reached a point where we can ask an android to do the packing for us but it definitely has brought to us some gadgets that require less space and make our travel more fun and easy.  

Tackle the Summer Heat in the Tropics with Fun

"Vacations" in India is a word mostly used as a suffix with summer. Schools are closed and parents can travel freely with their kids without having to worry about their school syllabus. Though you might be thinking of a hill station with a cool climate that would help you escape from the summer heat, I have a better suggestion. Now imagine flowers are blooming all around, birds whooping from one branch to another, there are sunlight and an endless view of the real beauty of the place. Not convinced yet? Go through these destinations and we can bet it will change your mind. 

Revive Yourself at these Destinations in India

There is an old saying that goes, “Health is wealth” and there is a very fast-growing number of people across becoming wiser to the fact. People have started to show importance to their physical and mental well-being. The reason behind is the acute rise is ailments such as stress, anxiety, cardiac illness, diabetes, insomnia and various other illnesses. There has been a huge rise in emphasis on wellness and people across the globe want to lead healthier and fitter lives.

The Music Festival of the Ziro Valley this year

The impact of the exposure of today’s age is such that music festivals are drawing music lovers like ants to sugar. In this new age, carnivals and festivals have emerged as the most epic way to explore a tourist destination and what can be better than music as your companion.

5 Fascinating Cultures Around the World

Discovering cultures and facts you have never heard before is the best part of travelling. Learning about the new cultures adds to the experience and makes a trip more memorable. The world has 195 different with thousands of different cultures of their own, and the chances of your losing yourself to these different cultures are limitless. Some have made their way into the books but still, there are a lot others still lay undiscovered and isolated from the modern world. 

Celebrate Holi in a bit Different Style this year

Holi, the festival of colours, is celebrated with an unmatched zeal all over the country. But some places still stand out from the rest with their own unique twists in the celebration. So if you are planning of travelling this Holi to experience something new and different. Scroll down and read about these places that celebrate Holi in with their own different level of enthusiasm. See which of these places fascinate you the most. Scroll down and read about these places that celebrate Holi in with their own different level of enthusiasm. See which of these places fascinate you the most. 

Your Disney Princess wedding dream won't be a dream anymore!

Disneyland is a dream destination of many kids, but not just that it has been a dream wedding destination of many women. All the ladies at some time have wanted to get married like a Disney Princess. Well, here's a chance to turn your dreams into reality. Not exactly get married but you can get a wedding photoshoot done here. All you have to do is book a photography session with none other than the Disney World! Depending on your budget and time, you can book it through the Disney Fine Art Photography. You can also invite Mickey Mouse or any other Disney character you like to the shoot and also get some picture at the famous Haunted Mansion. 

By 2021, Kashmir to be connected to rest of the country via trains

In the light of recent events, where certain major decisions for Kashmir have been taken, it is now easy to visit this 'Heaven on Earth'. The government is now working on making it easier. They have ordered a new deadline for the completion of the project. The Kashmir valley is going to be connected to rest of the country through an extensive railway network by the next year, 2021. The Konkan Railway authority has called the toughest and most challenging railway project in history, after independence. 

Osaka Airport introduce first 'Pee Poles' for dogs.

Good news for the dog moms and dads, as a progressive initiative is taken by the Osaka Airport. They have introduced dog toilets with pee poles that can flush installed in them. This is a relief to the people who travel with their pets as they already have a list troubles to face, like the heavy amount they have to pay for airfare to make sure their pets are safe and meet the airlines' requirements. The Osaka International Airport (ITAMI) in Japan has come up with an interesting solution, a first of its kind dog toilet. This facility will be available at both pick-up and drop-off area at the airport. There is a region dedicated just for pets to relieve themselves. They can also drink water at the outside space of the pee pole area. The pee pole washes and flushes the waste on its own. And to add this, this toilet area also has a space that has a small shower installed for the cleanliness freaks to wash their furry friend. This service is open to only those who are travelling with pets. The timings for the doggo toilet is from 5:30 AM to 10 PM at Osaka Airport. 

Everything you need to know about the Goa Carnival, 2020

Goa carnival attracts party and beach lovers like ants to sugar for a thousand years. With mouth-watering food, fun activities and endless sessions of live music, this is a heaven for all. And to add to the fun, it is absolutely free. 

Write Your own Jungle Book in its True Form

There is nothing better than taking a few days off and relaxing. But if your definition of relaxing isn’t partying and drinking, like most and you just wanna sit back and relax, away from the man-made city ruckus, we have the best lodging ideas for you. Treehouse resorts, that put you right in the lap of Mother Nature. There could be no better way, right?Many of us, as kids had or at least dreamt of having a treehouse. And why not? Our favourite TV shows made them look so cool. The idea of having our own personal space on the one tree we loved and having friends over to play, remember? Well with these resorts, now you can really make it happen even if it’s just for a few days. Cha-ching! Whether you just want to relax all by yourself or planning a romantic getaway, these treehouse resorts could be a perfect vacation spot for you. The treehouse resorts in India, apart from being unique places to stay, are an absolute delight if you're a nature lover. They range from luxurious to rustic, and with them, you can choose the kind of vacation you need. 

A Break from City Ruckus in 'God's Own Country'

Periyar Wildlife Century is a beautiful park in the state of Kerala in southern India. Kerala is not called 'God's own country', that is, God's own country. Once you come here, you felt that every part of it was truly spared by God himself. Periyar Wildlife Century is also one such place. This century, situated in Thekkady, some distance from Idukki district of Kerala, calls thousands of tourists every day. Spread over 485 square kilometres, this park is a treasure of natural beauty. It has a forest, lake, small mountains, all kinds of trees, plants, animals, birds and reptiles. It contains the immense beauty of nature. This journey of our Periyar started from Madurai in Tamil Nadu. We booked a taxi from there and set out to visit this beautiful place. The state of Tamil Nadu is from Madurai to Theni and the border of Kerala starts from Theni, and the road is also flat till Theni. However, here too, you will see high mounds from far away mountains. On these high mounds, in many places, you will see something like a house and you will keep wondering for some time why someone would have built a building without going to this mountain without a road and how it would go there. With all these thoughts, our journey was moving forward. On one side of the road, bananas were spread far and wide on the other side with long rows of coconut trees. After travelling for about 2 hours we reached Theni.

Atari announces to Launch Video Game themed Hotels in US

Gamers are a new and emerging tribe. With games like PUBG gaining such popularity that they have a world tournament, with millions of people taking part in these. In the light of these events, the video game pioneer, Atari, announced that it is planning to make its way into the hospitality business. They are planning to a video game-themed hotels across eight cities in the United States, including Las Vegas, Phoenix, Seattle, Denver, San Francisco, Chicago, Texas, Austin, Calif and San Jose. 

Tips to Beat Dehydration when Travelling

While water is the best option when it comes to beating dehydration, but how long can one depend on a water bottle especially when you do not know where you will be able to find drinkable water. To help you with that here are certain tips you can take to beat dehydration without having to drink too much water. There are a number of foods that not only hydrate you but also help sustain the fluids in your body so you stay hydrated longer. While there are certain thing you need to avoid drinking or eating to retain the water in your body longer. Scroll down to find out. 

Tips for Women Who Love Travelling Solo

When you travel alone, you feel freedom in its real sense. There is no better way to let go of all the worries than spending some quality time with ourselves. Solo travelling has become a common hobby among people as it allows one to explore more and try new things. We understand the biggest concern of a woman who travels alone is safety. So here we bring you a few tips you can follow to travel safely alone.

A Quick Tour to the Durgostava in West Bengal

Navratri is a festival of Hindu to pray to Goddess Durga, the embodiment of shakti, the feminine force that governs all cosmic creation, existence and change. This nine-night festival marks the beginning of autumn, celebrated in September or October, according to the Hindu calendar. Each of Navratri is dedicated to nine different forms of shakti or Goddess Durga. In West Bengal, the celebration of Navratri begins on the 6th day and concludes on the tenth day, known as Vijayadashami, the day of Durga's victory over evil. This six-day celebration is called Durgotsava and is the largest festival of the year for Bengali Hindus. 

International Kite Festival of Ahmedabad

Uttarayan or Makar Sankranti, a festival that marks the end of winters and beginning of summers, according to the Hindu Calendar. In Ahmedabad, during this festival, an International Kite Festival is organised. It is among the most prominent festivals celebrated in Gujrat. The sky is filled with colourful kites, cut out in various shapes and sizes. Kite makers boast their creativity through unique designs and patterns. People from all over the world swarm like bees to participate and witness this festival. The local markets are cramped with kite buyers and sellers, weeks before the kite festival. The Patang Bazaar stays open 24 hours during this time.  

Explore the Diversity and Nature with India

India is becoming the most favourite tourist destination around the world. The rich geographical and cultural diversity offers not only tranquillity but also provides an opportunity to experience an adrenaline rush through your blood with almost every adventure activity such as surfing, kayaking, rafting, snorkelling, mountaineering, skiing, scuba diving and skydiving to name a few.The rich culture of India, vast green lands, rich biodiversity, strong connection with ancient values and religious sentiments make India an ideal destination for offbeat travelling. In the past few decades, India has witnessed a huge increase in the number of both domestic and international tourists. But with increased tourists comes increased mess. The negative impact of tourism is substantial. This comes with waste problems, depletion of natural resources and pollution. 

Top Indian States that Encourage Ecotourism in the Country

India is a country blessed with diverse physical features such as the snowy Himalayas, evergreen forests, dry deserts and one of the longest coastlines in the world. It is also very rich in cultural diversity. Exploring various parts of India is a dream of many travellers in the world. India has seen a boom in its tourism sector since the last few decades. However, increased tourism sometimes leads to environmental degradation which is the reason the concept of ecotourism was introduced. Travelling is the most magical experience but being responsible for the environment is the best return gift we can give to our planet and future generations. Here is the list of top Indian states that are constantly working towards encouraging ecotourism in India. 

Best National Parks from Around the World for Nature Lovers

With increased urbanisation, people have lost connection with nature. We are so occupied in our work and life that we do not have time to appreciate what is around us. Subsequently, we have disconnected ourselves with our planet and are only unintentionally exploiting it of natural resources. But, here we bring you a chance to reconnect with nature and how truly amazing our planet is. The quickest way to do that is visiting the national parks that offer pristine wilderness. We have compiled a list of the world's greatest national parks that you can visit to witness nature at its best. 

Best Ayurvedic Centers in India for a Perfect Break

Ayurveda is a holistic Indian medicine practice which is more than 5,000-years old. It helps find harmony not just using a diet but also a wellness regime. The word ‘Ayurveda’ is derived from two different words ‘Ayu’ and ‘Veda’. Ayu means life and Veda means science. Hence, Ayurveda means ‘science of life’ or ‘science longevity’. It is a system of nature cure that promotes positive health. The best part of Ayurveda is that it cures the person and not the disease. The fast-paced world has separated humans from nature. We have lost the balance and to one way to regain it is to dive into a vast ocean of knowledge of Vedas or just lay down and let professional therapists heal your chakras with their magical hands. We are so occupied in our work and lives that the former seems a distant dream while the latter is quite feasible. Our work and increased penetration of technology into our lives have deteriorated our mental and emotional state. And as they say, “Health is Wealth”, it is time that we start practising this ancient science for a healthier body and mind.

Khajuraho Temples: History, Architecture and More

A proof of culture that survived civilisations and still stands with pride denoting the rich culture of our ancestors. A well-known cluster of temples, where tourists from far and wide come to admire a form of architecture that is different from the conventional temple designs. A structure that depicts human emotions and aesthete in a story sewed together through beautiful carvings. About 50 km from the Chhatarpur city in Madhya Pradesh, Khajuraho Group of Monuments, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was a complex of 85 temples out of which only 25 were able to stand the test of time. These temples are dedicated to two religions Hinduism and Jainism.

Sikkim bans use of Plastic Water Bottles by Tourists

To beat pollution and waste accumulation caused due to the use of plastic water bottles and littering, Lachen, a town in Sikkim, is introducing bamboo water bottles for tourists. It is being said to be the first town to ban packaged drinking water bottles. The town is flooded with tourists every year, as they come here to admire this little town, for its serene beauty, picturesque views and snow-capped peaks. And as the tourist leave, they leave behind tons of packaged plastic water bottles. As tourism grows so does the waste. 

Tips to Beat the Lockdown Blues for Travellers

Summers were close, all of us had planned our trips with friends, family or solo. But who knew fate had something entirely different planned for us. Many of us had to cancel tickets, hotel bookings and other reservations. This lockdown has affected no one as much as us travellers, the people who loved going out and exploring places. Our trip clothes and shoes are lying in a corner, and our suitcases are covered in dust. We are stuck in our homes for an indefinite period of time. All of this must be giving you the lockdown blues. But I have figured out of a way of beating my blues and thought I must share it with the others of my kind.

Go on unique adventures at home with these books during lockdown

The lockdown has extended yet again and to us restless souls it is feeling like forever. A while ago, I shared with an article on travel movies to hep you with wanderlust, and this time I am back with a short list of books that would take you on a trip to your favourite destination within the comforts of your room and even change the way you look at travelling. Giving you new insight about destinations or the journey to these destinations.Whenever someone asks me why I enjoy reading so much, I want to sit them down and make them read "The Bet" by Anton Chekhov, where in the last two pages is the letter of the young lawyer explaining how through the books, the banker gave him, he never felt like he was locked in a room for years. How those books took him to different places, made him fall in love and made him realise that the world is a lot more than the materialistic things we always desire for. On the same note, I bring to you a list of books that would take you on little adventures of their own. If the lawyer could survive in a room alone with books for fifteen years, we can too for a few weeks, right?

These tourist destinations have a special offer for travellers

Travellers are eager to travel again, but they're not the only ones. Tourist destinations are equally eager to have them back. And they’re trying to do that by offering incentives and interesting offers to kick start their tourism industry after a long halt. As countries ease the lockdown rules, keeping the safety of its citizens in mind, they're also focused on the economy that has crashed due to all industrial work coming to a sudden halt with the lockdown. So, the countries whose GDP highly depends on tourism are working to get it back on track.Here is a list of destinations coming up with interesting schemes to attract travellers.

Dhakuri: The campsite that has a lot of adventure in store

Hidden in the forests of horse chestnuts and evergreen oaks, is Dhakuri - the gateway to the two most famous valleys of Kumaon; Sundardunga and Pindari. This site with its mesmerizing views refreshes the tired trekkers and fills them with a new wave of energy to explore more.

6 common mistakes people make while going for a hiking trip

Hiking and trekking can be a memorable and fun experience of your life, if done right. Taking a walk in nature can be refreshing to your soul and can be rejuvenating. But nature in its rawest and truest forms can be challenging and one wrong step can make your fun hiking trip a disaster. To help you get through the nature trails without facing too much trouble, we bring you a list of things you should never do when going on a hiking or trekking trip.

Healthy foods you can take with you while travelling

In the age of COVID-19, eating out or even going out cannot still be called safe for you and your family. But if you really need to travel, pack your own food so that you can ensure that your family eats healthy and is safe throughout the trip. And also for all the fitness freaks out there, who like to avoid eating at some restaurant or stop while on a trip with the family here are certain things that you can carry along to eat on the way and keep up with your fitness regime. These foods are easy to pack and drip free.

Revisit history with a cultural tour in Italy

Other than great food to satiate your hunger and high-end fashion, Italy has a rich past too. Italy tells the tales of different pages of history through its preserved heritage.  Home to one of the greatest empires of ancient times to being a hub of renaissance, Italy has a diverse cultural past. Roman Architecture standing tall in bustling cities to the revolutionary art of the Renaissance, adorning the smaller towns, this country has it all and well preserved. With the highest number of heritage sites in the world, it could be the ideal destination if you are an admirer of history and culture.

The Cliffs of Fundy - landscapes that tell stories of the forgotten past

Added now to the list of UNESCO Global Geopark, the Cliffs of Fundy in Nova Scotia are called the proof of the supercontinent Pangea and how it came together 300 million years back. Pangea was one big supercontinent that later drifted apart due to shifting of tectonic plates that slowly led to the formation of the continents we currently know. The Bay Fundy is formed between Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. This amazing destination with picturesque views should be added to your bucket list too now that it is a UNESCO Global Geopark.

Story of Kedarnath Temple: History, Architecture and more...

In 2013, a cloudburst caused an unprecedented flood in the valley of Rudraprayag that washed away the entire valley except for the temple, which made the people marvel at its architecture. A large rock among the debris acted as a shield of the temple in the flood and the temple suffered no major damage except a few cracks on the four walls. The Kedarnath temple is one of the Chhota Char Dhams of the Hindu pilgrimage. A temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas.

Teej Celebrations in Rajasthan: History, Significance, Dates and more

Teej is an important festival in North and Northwest India, but it would not be wrong to say that the zeal with which the women of Rajasthan celebrate this fast is unmatched. According to the Hindu calendar, Teej falls on the third day of the waxing moon in the month of Shravana, known as the Haryali Teej (23 July 2020) and the third of the waning moon, the Kajari Teej (6 August 2020), and waxing moons, Hartalika Teej (21 August 2020) in the month of Bhadrapad.

Exotic birds and where to find them

Bird watching is no less than any form of art as it needs a lot of patience and hours of staying still in order to spot one bird and capture it in your camera. However, if you are a fan of exotic and rare birds, to spot them you must be ready to do a lot of travelling. Here are some exotic birds that are unfortunately nearing extinction. So sit down as I share with you a list of some rare birds and where to find them.

Destinations from Around the World Rumoured to be Haunted

We have heard many tales of a place being haunted, and I bet everyone has met at least one person who had personal experience with a supernatural entity or maybe some of you might be that person. So, for the people who believe in these spine chilling tales and also those who call themselves sceptics, here are places from around the globe with a reputation of being haunted.

Wellness Retreats like no other in Southeast Asia

All of us, more often than not, are exhausted from the constant race we are running to stand somewhere in this fast-paced world. This race drains our energy and leaves us feeling tired both physically and mentally. Sometimes, all we seek is a break. A break from the continuing toil and wellness tourism provides us with exactly that. Wellness is a holistic approach to the wellbeing of an individual mentally, physically and spiritually.To help you de-stress, South Asian countries are the best place you can visit as along with the regular spas, yoga and ayurvedic centres, they have many ancient forms of wellness treatment.

Tips air travellers must know before boarding in the COVID era

While it seems that slowly the travel restrictions are easing and soon there would be not too many rules regarding travel, but we need to understand that the ease is given to us by the Government and not the virus. A simple mistake can cause us and many others around us to suffer. Travelling in the post-COVID-19 scenario, it is necessary to stay informed to avoid catching the virus. According to the WHO, the chances of the virus spreading in an airplane are quite low. The ventilation in aeroplanes ensures a total change in air 20 to 30 times in an hour. The HEPA filters used in hospitals are used to purify the recirculated air in modern aircraft. So, the only way you can catch the virus on the plane is by coming in contact with an infected person or the surfaces touched by them.Here are certain tips to help you travel safely in the COVID era.

Bookstores in India that Feature an unique collection of books

Lockdown was not al bad for most of us, it gave us book worms some time to check a number of books of our reading bucket list and also revisit our favourite ones. They have also been a constant companion to provide us with an imaginary escape from the insides of your homes to far and unexplored lands sharing an adventurous, fun and romantic journey with the leads. But we do miss strolling around the bookstore and buying some books and promising others that they'll be coming home with us the next time.Earlier I shared with you a list of travel based books to take you on a journey in our heads during the lockdown and now I am back with a list of 6 six bookstores in India that have a stock of the rarest books you won't even find in the big named stores.

A Museum in Japan made to Preserve the Indigenous Ainu Culture

The Ainu culture is a culture that is followed by the original natives of Hokkaido in Japan. The community had been ignored by the Japanese government over all these years and were subjected to discrimination due to colonial assimilation. Now Japan has taken a huge step to preserve the culture of the Ainu community.  The Country has launched one of its kind indigenous museums to showcase the Ainu culture and cuisine. Upopoy National Ainu Museum and the park have been opened on July 12.

Offbeat Destinations in India to Reboot youself after Lockdown

A peaceful holiday away from the mundane lives we all have been living in the lockdown is what most of us are looking for right now. But as it is most of us, it means all the major tourist destinations are going to be packed with people. And that is definitely not what the lovers of peace want.Right now, we need a place that is quiet so we can refresh ourselves, reboot ourselves and that is where the wellness of our body and mind lies right now. In the last few months, it has been like waking up to the same day with a different date. Our body needs an escape and as things return to normal (a bit). What could be better than spending some time to ourselves in a remote land and let nature heal you?Here is a list of 5 offbeat destinations you can go to reboot your mind, body and soul.

Matheran: Experience nature like they did before automobiles

Not so far from the hustle and bustle of Mumbai, in the Sahyadri range of Western Ghats is Matheran. A cosy, quiet and beautiful little hill station at the elevation of 2,600 ft above sea level. Matheran is the smallest village in India and one of the very few place in the world that do not allow any vehicles. The second you step into Matheran, you feel like you've opened a gate to the past. The name of the village translates to "overhead forest" and is highly popular among tourists for a short trip, spectacular views and serenity.

Tools and Apps to help Travel Better with the New Normal

Though the countries are opening, the travellers are still unsure about travelling and forced to think local. Travellers all over the world are preferring closer destinations where they can reach through their private vehicles. Proximity and safety are the new mantras of travel. Some new apps and tools have been introduced to help the travellers have a smooth trip even in these times. They will help adapt and travel with safety in the new normal.

Unique Places around the world named after Alphabets

Do you too wonder how the people before us came up with the names of all the cities, states and countries? I do. Sometimes when I have nothing to overthink, I wonder why India? And all the efforts it must've taken to name the places. But at some point, they must have gotten tired and named a few places just after an English alphabet. So, head out and start travel like you started studying, with the ABCs.Here is a list of few single letter places that you should add to your travel bucket list.

Lakshadweep Bliss: Exploring the Serene Beauty, Must-Visit Places and Essential Tips

The vast history, unexplored islands, clear blue waters and glistening sandy beaches of the Lakshadweep islands have always piqued the interest of tourists. Still, the recent visit to the enthralling destination by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has fueled the fire. More people, previously unaware of the mesmerizing views of this destination are wishing to replicate a few of those viral shots of the Prime Minister. The archipelago consists of a group of 36 islands with only 10 being inhabited. And even if not all 36 of these mysterious islands welcome tourists, the ones that are explorable are enough to make your journey full of fun and adventure. We have filtered out some of the top destinations in the region that will leave you captivated with their indefinable beauty.

Lakshadweep Bliss: Exploring the Serene Beauty, Must-Visit Places and Essential Tips

The vast history, unexplored islands, clear blue waters and glistening sandy beaches of the Lakshadweep islands have always piqued the interest of tourists. Still, the recent visit to the enthralling destination by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has fueled the fire. More people, previously unaware of the mesmerizing views of this destination are wishing to replicate a few of those viral shots of the Prime Minister. The archipelago consists of a group of 36 islands with only 10 being inhabited. And even if not all 36 of these mysterious islands welcome tourists, the ones that are explorable are enough to make your journey full of fun and adventure. We have filtered out some of the top destinations in the region that will leave you captivated with their indefinable beauty.

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