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My bagfull of travel memories! #Superbloggerchallenge2018

“Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” – Ibn Battuta

Once you start to travel nothing else can ever satisfy your soul. With travel comes the fondest memories. Memories of places you see, people you meet and the food you eat. As far as I can remember, I have always been travelling either with family or friends.

Vivekananda Rock memorial

Me at Viveknanda Rock Memorial

 

My earliest travel memories involve travelling in train from Khandwa to my hometown in summer vacations. As a five-year old kid, the overnight journey was intriguing. Thoughts of meeting my grandparents and playing with cousins kept me preoccupied. Those were the days of pure joy and innocence! 🙂

Another one of my favorite childhood travel memory is of my first school trip. How can I forget the thrill of travelling sans parents? It was also the first time that I had enjoyed snowfall.

Some places are etched in memories and you might like to visit them more often. For me, that place is Vivekananda Rock Memorial,Kanyakumari. I have been here many times and it’s still not enough. Watching sunrise at the beach, catching the early ferry to the memorial and returning with the sunset hues spread across the sea – a perfect day!

Each travel has added a new story in my life – some were funny and few were horrifying. The scariest travel experience was when two troublemakers kept following us on their bike in a hill station. It was late evening, me and my friend were returning back to our hotel. The troublesome duo irritated us until we shouted on them. Not one person around us had interfered to stop those boys.I realize that our safety is in our hands, still a little help from bystanders would be appreciated. Next time if you see wrong doings anywhere, then raise a voice!

I have also met wonderful people on my journeys. The cab driver in Gangtok who shared anecdotes of his life with us. The woman who was amazed when she learnt I was travelling without my husband. The uncle who had accompanied us in Kashmir tour. The latest being a lady who had helped me with my infant in air travel last month. I might not remember their names forever, but kindness is never forgotten.

My travel stories are never-ending & I am sure you would also have such travel stories.  What is your fondest travel story? Which is your favorite place to visit? Do share them with us.

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Must See Cultural Fests in India! #Superbloggerchallenge2018

My favorite childhood memories go back to the fairs I had attended as a kid. The colorful shops & playing on the rides or enjoying the food at the fests! The child in me still enjoys these fun fares & cultural festivals. Here is my list of must-see cultural fests in India.

  • SurajKund Mela, Faridabad

It is the largest crafts fair in the world organized in February each year. The festival showcases national & international handicrafts. There are cultural evenings where renowned artists perform. Each year the festival is celebrated in partnership of another country & is themed around an Indian state. This year’s partner nation was Kyrgyzstan & Uttar Pradesh was chosen as theme. I have been visiting it since last two years and always enjoy the rich diversity of arts & food it provides. I had tasted the best Pita Bread & humus here at a Turkish food joint last year.

How to reach – You can reach Surajkund District, Faridabad from Delhi by taking private cabs or your own vehicle.

  • KalaGhoda Festival, Mumbai

This festival was started with an objective to preserve the heritage & art district of South Mumbai. It is also organized in the month of February when the weather is pleasant and one can enjoy long hours outdoor. Here also a large conglomeration of handiwork & recycled art pieces from all over the country is present. Also, there is a different section for children to enjoy and exhibit their arts.

How to reach – You can reach venue of Kalaghoda Festival from CST station or Churchgate station either by foot or shared taxis.

  • Chitra Santhe, Bengaluru

It is a single day Arts festival organized by the Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath in month of January. If you are looking for paintings, caricatures and murals or home decorations items then this is definitely a to go destination. The festival is spread across a single road & it is cordoned off for traffic for the day.

How to reach- Bengaluru is well-connected by rail, road & air to different parts of the country.

  • HornBill Festival, Nagaland

It is held in December each year. Nagaland has a tribal rich heritage which depend mostly on agriculture. The festival is organized by the government to promote the cultural heritage of Nagaland & increase inter-tribe communications. You can be a part of the Nagaland culture and enjoy their food, songs & dance. I have not visited it yet & it’s a part of my to-do list!

How to reach – You need to travel to Naga Heritage Village located in Kisama, approximately 12 km from the state capital Kohima.

  • Tawang Festival, Arunachal Pradesh

It is an extravagant festival organized in month of October by the government of Arunachal Pradesh. The start of festival is marked by Sebang – the religious rally of monks from the Tawang monastery to the festival site. It showcases the Buddhist religious functions & traditional dances. The Buddhist influence attracts me to this festival & I intend to visit it this year.

How to reach – You can reach Tawang from Tezpur by road. Tezpur also has an airport so you can either reach by both air or road here.

  • Lucknow Mahotsav, Lucknow

This festival is closest to my heart as I have been visiting it since childhood. It is organized each year in winters and highlights the Nawabi Culture of Lucknow. There are stalls for showcasing art, craft and culture of the city. From buying Chikan clothes to enjoying Chicken delicacies – you can do it all. It was an annual ritual from us to visit Lucknow Mahotsav with family & friends. Even today I try to plan my vacations around the same time frame so as to enjoy this festival.

How to reach- Lucknow is easily reachable by rail, road & air travel from all parts of the country.

Source- lucknowmahotsav.in

Have you visited any of these festivals? Which of them is your favorite. Do share your fondest memory of a cultural fest with us!

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A day in Mussoorie! #MyFriendAlexa

I had visited Dehradun & Mussoorie over a long weekend. We had travelled from Delhi via road in our own vehicle. You can read my earlier post about Dehradun trip here. I only had few hours to spend in Mussoorie before starting my return journey to Delhi the same day.

Places to visit in Mussoorie

Camel’s Back Road – It is a naturally formed stretch in shape of camel hump. Good for trekking or horse-ride in early morning or late evenings.

Mall Road – It is centrally located marketplace. You can indulge in shopping & food. Almost all hill stations that I have visited have a similar named road. 😀

Shop at Mall Road

Lal Tibba –  This point is located on the highest peak in Mussoorie. You can view snow-clad Himalayan range from a telescope established here.But too much rain may act as a spoiler!
Kempty falls – These falls are located approx 13 km away from Mussoorie. You can reach here by hiring a cab. The falls are easily accessible and you can enjoy the water. Unfortunately, due to time constraint I was unable to visit the falls.
Cloud’s end – It is a colonial bungalow converted into heritage hotel. The surrounding area has dense forest covers which offers tranquility.
Cambridge Book Depot – If you are a bibliophile then this place is a must visit for you. Author Ruskin Bond visits the bookshop on Saturday to meet & greet people. 🙂
Mussoorie – the Queen of hills has lots to offer to its visitor. My personal experience was not so enchanting due to excess crowd over long weekend. Over commercialization & influx of vehicles lead to hours of jam on narrow hilly roads. Maybe, I will visit again on a quieter day & enjoy the beauty.
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Places to visit in Dehradun! – #MyFriendAlexa

I had visited Dehradun in monsoon over a long weekend. We drove for Delhi on our own & spent first day exploring Dehradun market. You can read my previous post here.

Day 2

After having breakfast at McDonald’s, I had plans to visit the touristy places in Dehradun.

Forest Research Institute
The building is built-in Victorian architecture style & is a National Heritage Site. You might recognize the building from various movies shot here. It boosts of museum open to public. If you are interested in flora & fauna, then you should add this place to must visit list.

Source- wikipedia

Unfortunately, I did not spend much time here and don’t have any clear pictures.
Robber’s Cave – Guchhu Paani
This is a popular picnic spot in Dehradun located around 10 km outside the city. It is a naturally formed cave through which water flows. You can walk inside the cave by passing through the cold water. At places, small waterfalls are also visible. For me it was romantic experience, entering the cave by walking through the knee-deep water. 🙂
It is advisable to wear water-resistant clothing & shoes for wading through the water. Slippers are easily available on rent. Also, there are food stalls present at the entrance serving Maggi & Momos.
There is a story that robbers used to hide in this cave, hence it was named as Robber’s Cave by Britishers. Funny how some places get names!
Mindrolling Monastery
The monastery is located in Clement Town Area, Dehradun. The tranquil atmosphere around the monastery & the beautifully carved stupas capture your eyes at the first sight. It is also surrounded with lush green gardens. The place also serves as learning center for monks. I had spent few hours sitting here & did not even realize it.
It was almost evening by the time we had visited all the places & time to head back to the city in search for food. For the last day we went to Mussoorie, I will continue with my travel adventure in the next post.
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Things to do in Dehradun! #MyFriendAlexa

The most awaited time for a working professional is a long weekend holiday. No need to apply leaves & get minimum three days off. It was on one such long weekend in monsoon that I had planned to visit Dehradun by driving down from Delhi. Dehradun is approximately 250 km. from Delhi via Saharanpur & takes six hours.

We had started our journey early morning relying on the google maps for directions. We were so naive! The network connections remain dicey and we were lost numerous times. Thanks to the locals who were kind enough to guide us to the correct route! As it was raining, the visibility on roads was low & then at entry into Dehradun we were stuck in an hour-long traffic jam at hills due to maintenance activity.


After the day long tiring journey & some rest, we head out to explore Dehradun in the evening.


Paltan Baazaar


It is located at the center of the city and is a street shopping market. Things ranging from jewellery, clothes, toys, household items – you can find it all here. It was buzzing with activity in the evening. And there is only one rule applicable – ‘One who bargains is the king.’ You can easily spend hours here lost in the maze of shops.


Clock Tower


It is located near the Paltan Bazaar & has names of freedom fighters engraved on it. The clocks were not working when I had visited. But, it does remind us of the foregone era when the sound of clock bells would fill the surrounding area. Sounds very British-like to me at least!



All this exploring had left us hungry & we went to Rajpur Road in search of restaurants.

Restaurant – Kalsang’s friend corner


My friend had suggested me to try out this restaurant and I was not disappointed. I liked the ambience and food. It has Tibetan & Chinese variety to offer. There is corner where different tourists have pinned currencies of their countries & left wonderful notes. For me personally, this was the highlight of the place.


On the first day we could only visit so few places in Dehradun & had planned to spend next day in local sightseeing.

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