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Hextraordinary day spent with Tata HEXA !

As a frequent traveller, I always look forward to comfort & safety in the vehicle. The new TATA Hexa fulfills both these requirements. Tata Motors is planning to launch Hexa is January 2017. It is a spacious SUV with the glimpse of all comforts & ease.

I got a chance to experience vehichle at Hexa Experience Center in Gurgaon. The experience center was had attractions like –

  • A range of Tata brands stalls
  • Fun-zone for kids
  • Live performances by bands
  • Refreshment zone
  • Pet Adoption corner
  • And the bes of all – on road & off track test drives for Hexa

We had to complete registration process at the entry & then got our photos clicked at the dedicated photo booth. The Tata Motors representative were very helpful in explaining the features & answering all our queries. The on-road test drive was a smooth experience & vehicle remains stable at all speeds. As a novice driver, I liked going in for automatic version.

Hexaexperience

Next we went for the off track drive. This demo was given by trained professionals & first instructions was  to buckle up the seat belts. We got the chance to enjoy all four modes of the vehicle –  Comfort, Dynamic, Auto and Rough Road. The drive was safe in all aspects. The vehicle boosts of Hill Hold Control (HHC) & Hill Descent Control (HDC). It also has six passenger air bags, which should be a must feature in all vehicles.

hexa

For comfort you have power windows, nice interiors, tilt steering & spacious seating arrangements.

So, if you are looking to buy a vehicle, do give Hexa a chance & experience it yourself to decide.

(All the views expressed are my own & are not influenced by anyone).

 

 

Trek to Dolphin’s Nose, Kodaikanal !

“Climb the mountain not to plant your flag, but to embrace the challenge, enjoy the air and behold the view. Climb it so you can see the world, not so the world can see you.”   –   David McCullough Jr.

As a traveller, I cannot decide whether I like mountains more or beaches. One thing for sure is that I like trekking. In Kodaikanal, trek to Dolphin’s Nose is a must do activity. It took us around 3 hours to climb till Dolphin’s nose & back, which included our time for rest too ! Forget rest, it was more of munching break 😀

Way to Dolphin's Nose

Trek to Dolphin’s Nose

Tips for trekking

  • Know your health – Keep necessary medication for emergency
  • Research about the terrain
  • Check weather conditions of the area
  • Wear appropriate clothing & shoes 
  • Stay hydrated
Toward’s Dolphin Nose

The trek leads to a protruding flat rock at approx 6600 ft resembling the shape of the nose of a Dolphin. We had undertaken the trek in the morning time & the weather was pleasant. The route in not much strenuous & is covered with trees. It passes through a small village with eateries along the way.

Somewhere in between trek at Dolphin's Nose

Somewhere in between trek to Dolphin’s Nose

The start of the trek may disappoint you due to garbage around it. But, as you descend the path gets clear & better. Flat rocks tend to be slippery at some locations, so we had to be careful while walking.  Enroute, there is a Mountain View Point, stopped here for catching your breath. We were unable to spot any mountains due to the weather.

Even if at some point you feel tired, the people around keep you motivated enough to walk further. I had gone for the trek over on a long weekend, there were different group of students & professionals chit chatting. It’s always fun to watch people enjoy life !

View from the top covered in clouds

View from the top covered in clouds

The view from the Dolphin’s Nose was breathtaking. Standing atop the cliff look around to capture the mountains & town below. Further ahead is Echo Point. This also gives you astonishing view. You need to climb a small path of rock to go till the end. I did not go till the last point here. I was more of ‘I-will-stay-back-see-you-enjoy types people here’. To be honest, it looked scary to me.

Echo Point, Kodaikanal

Echo Point, Kodaikanal

By the time my friend returned from Echo point after her solo adventure, I had spotted just the perfect place to relax with noodles & coffee. We sat there for around an hour before heading back.

Back in the city, we had enjoyed our sumptuous meals for the day at Cloud Street Cafe & Ten Degrees. Both the cafes are nearby & provide great service.
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Travelling through Tamil Nadu – Kodaikanal (Part 3)

Kodaikanal, the Princess of Hill Stations , is easily reachable by buses. We had covered this journey in two parts – first an early morning train from Nagercoil to Dundigal & then bus to Kodaikanal. The bus takes you through the mountainous terrain. Sit back & enjoy the view. Weather is cold & pleasant.

Lilly Valley Resort,Kodaikanal

Lilly Valley Resort,Kodaikanal

I had stayed at Lilly’s Valley Resort. It has cozy wooden cottages where you can stay & feel closer to nature. Our room had a porch where we spent our time listening to songs. Our package included complimentary breakfast which was sumptuous each day.

Things to do in Kodaikanal
  • Kodaikanal Lake

Roam around this artificial lake & enjoy shopping at small shops around it. One end also has a Tibetan Market where you can find some cool woolens. Shop till you drop 😀

  • Bryant Park

It’s a botanical garden which houses variety of roses. There is a very old Eucalyptus tree & a Bodhi tree here.

At Guna Caves,tree roots

At Guna Caves

  • Guna Caves

There are very old caves. You cannot enter these caves as they are closed for public. When you reach till the end you can see Pillar Rocks just across the valley. For us, this place some how resembled Game of Thrones setting.  The entwined roots of so many trees gave it the look I guess. I know I sound crazy. A place where we were going to spend only few minutes turned into an hour. We had started crazy photo session spree.

Guna Caves

Guna Caves

  • Trek to Dolphin’s Nose

Kodaikanal has abundance of trekking routes nearby. We went for a trek to Dolhpin’s Nose. Trekking route passes through a village & has small eateries on the way. A detailed post for the trekking experience would be up soon 🙂

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Why am I Nocturnal ?

It’s 12:50 am when I have started writing this post. So, you might have some idea of what I am talking about. Few people don’t like to sleep at all. Na, I am not one of those. I love my sleep, wake me up when I am asleep & unleash the monster 😀

We, by we I mean ‘Secret Society of nocturnal’,have signed a bond to stay awake at odd hours. We stay up to create our own secret world & enjoy the silence of night. The noise of the day breaks the calm. Silence keeps us sane to work on all that we want.

Night owl

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Family & friends alike, ask me why I stay awake at night. To be honest, I don’t have an answer for this. Mind you, it’s not an easy job that I have undertaken. It has required constant efforts of last 10 years. Dedication & Perseverance ! Try it for yourself.

Ingredients to make a nocturnal drink
  • Take variety of madness

    Image copied pinterest.com

    Image copied pinterest.com

  • Mix it with zero level of care for health
  • Add habits like, reading, writing , binge-watching or others as per your taste
  • Blend them all together & the drink is ready

This recipe is guaranteed to make you nocturnal. We can provide testimonials from other users on request. My personal experience it always works !

Are you ready to be a member of society of nocturnal ? Comment below to ask for the registration process 😀

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Being a responsible Indian Citizen !

“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” – Mahatma Gandhi

India is a democratic country – government of the people, by the people & for the people. We chose our ministers & expect them to keep all things in check. How often do we even think to do our bit for the country ? We do have fundamental rights, but what about the fundamental duties that accompany it ?

Power cuts, broken roads, corruption, bribery – just crib about it & then forget to act. It’s 2016 & high time we take things in our hand. We adults have the responsibility to set good example for coming generations.

Indian flag

We Power

Commit to follow rules

Let’s begin with baby steps. Driving a two-wheeler, then wear a helmet. In a car, put on seat belt. Red light means to stop, so stop & don’t rush through it.Don’t drink & drive. And, if  at all you are caught breaking a rule don’t negotiate with authority – accept the legal course of action !

Promote Equality

Do we even need any explanations about it ? Stop differentiating between people on every small things you can find about. Religion, color ,gender – was this not enough  already that we now make religion based discriminations. There is enough destruction is the world, for a better future we need to ACT NOW !I know I am walking on thin lines here & should stop writing anymore.  🙁

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Become knowledgeable & wise
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Let me be clear – I am not talking only about getting an education. With education we learn facts, whereas applying those facts for betterment is being knowledgeable.Knowledge has no limits or age bar or a defined syllabus.Ofcourse, basic schooling should be given to all & government is doing it’s part by various schemes like – school chale, midday meals, etc. We do see examples in daily life where educated people are the monsters. Highly educated but demand dowry, educated but believe in female foeticide & honor killings, educated but employ small children as workers. On the other hand are the parents not formally schooled but work hard to get their children educated. This act makes them knowledgeable.

Respect those who defend us – our Soldiers

How can countrymen be safe without their sacrifices ? They leave their families to defend ours. Rail,hail or sunshine a soldier is always on duty. Respect them, what they do, how they live. Soldiers do not only constitute of those manning our borders. There are so many roles involved – infrastructure, operations, logistics, etc. All of these come together to keep make our country a safe place. Have faith in them & lets not question what or how they do what they do.

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This is just a small list of things that We – common people can do help our country. What other things do you think can help use make our country better ? Do share your thoughts in comments.

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( The thought process in the post is inspired by the topic of Indispire#138 – How can We,the common public,help our country India?. All images copied from Google images & credit goes to the owners.)

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