I visited the city of the Taj Mahal Agra, for the second time in my life a few years back with my wife and our small son.I had earlier visited it once for a short while, many years before marriage. Since I live in the Delhi-NCR region, I had decided that we would drive it down. And that’s what we did- in our little Maruti 800 car. Agra is some 200 kilometers from Delhi and even back then in 2006 the road was excellent all the way, though crowded at a few places. These days of course you have the super expressway, which has considerably reduced travel time, though I daresay the whole point of a journey on Indian roads is to stop by at the dhabas(highway restaurants) and gorge on the delicious fare they serve. I doubt there are any along the new expressway. [Read more...]
India is a land of many attractions. Unfortunately, India is a relatively hot country. Many popular cities in India are extremely hot during the summer. The top cities such as New Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata, Hyderabad and Mumbai are extremely hot. It becomes unbearable as many place such as lounges; restaurants are not properly air conditioned. However there are some places in India that are suitable for tourism in the summers. These places are perfect summer destination for that energetic backpacker. Some of these places are also important for cultural reasons. [Read more...]
In our quest to explore the unexplored of Jammu and Kashmir, we decided to visit Aharbal this weekend. Not a popular destination amongst locals as well as Travel agencies it was difficult to gather much information about the same. The only information in hand was
(a) It is a beautiful waterfall near Sopian (a city in Jammu and Kashmir) on Veshu River.
(b) It is located at a distance of 42.6 Km from Anantnag.
This information was also courtesy Google Maps. [Read more...]
Harvest season is the time when whole of India comes together to celebrate their harvest. The air is full of festivity and joy. And this story is repeated in almost every state. Giving you an insight into some of the best known and celebrated Harvest festivals of India. [Read more...]
Bihar state of India is the land where the messengers of peace Gautam Budha and Vardhman Mahavira enlightened and started spreading message of love and peace. There are some cities in Bihar that attract pilgrims from all over the world as these are the places where both these great souls spent most of the time of their lives. I am listing those sacred cities of the state that constantly reminds us of these incarnations of God who taught us lesson of love, kindness, service, sympathy and non-violence. [Read more...]
Being in Chandigarh is the most fashionable moment in life of any resident of Punjab. As youngsters, just by being in Chandigarh and doing meager things like “Ghedi” (Leisure travelling around sector markets and on Chandigarh roads) was the ‘IN’ thing and this tradition is being followed even by today’s youth. [Read more...]
On all my flights landing on terminal 1D of Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi, I was always mesmerized by having an aerial view of this grand structure called Lotus Temple in New Delhi. Even so whenever I was driving through Kalkaji, on the flyover in Nehru Place, on my way to Noida, I used to pull myself straight up to take a peek of this temple in shape of a lotus. It indeed looks spectacular with all lights on and would give competition to any wonders of the world with its charisma and grandness. And this vacation the magnetic pull of the Lotus temple was successful to pull me towards itself and I witnessed the magnificence. [Read more...]
The Vaishno Devi shrine atop the Trikuta Hill in Katra town (in the state of Jammu and Kashmir) is one of India’s most frequented sites of pilgrimage. Almost every North Indian has been there not once, but many times. I was among the few who hadn’t been there and it kind of always rankled me. What is very famously daunting about this pilgrimage is the 12 km trek to the top of the mountain and back. To add on to this, I had heard many tales about sore feet and tired legs that took days to recover. These really weren’t the reasons which prevented me from going. I somehow just couldn’t take out the time to go. It is said about the shrine that unless the goddess beckons(bulava in Hindi), you can’t visit her abode. [Read more...]
Trekking in the heavenly paradise has its own appeal and charisma and no other place can take this credit except for Sikkim, a heaven, which is famous for most excellent trekking routes. Endowed with emerald green, beautiful orchards and soothing climate, fabulous flora and fauna and everything that a person desires to be in a dreamland, Sikkim could be a best holiday experience for the travelers interested in scouting the adventurous India in an out of the ordinary way. [Read more...]