Reasons why Khadakwasla is still our favorite Weekend Getaway?

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Planning a one-day weekend trip near Pune? You are at the right place. I have visited Khadakwasla more than ten times and it is still one of the best weekend getaway from Pune. Whether you are planning to visit with your friends, family or your loved ones, here are few things that you could do at Khadakwasla to make your moments memorable.

 

Let me take you through my latest experience at Khadakwasla to give you a better picture

 

 

All Seasons Pleasant

 

 

Undoubtedly, monsoon in Pune is to die for. However, it becomes hard to find any place to spend our weekends during blazing hot summer and that’s when comes this little beautiful spot on the top of the list of weekend getaways near Pune. You’ll always find cool breeze flowing through the lakeside roads of Khadakwasla.

 

Soak yourself in the water

Khadakwasla lake is filled with clean and cold water. You can enjoy sitting on those little rocks near water or even can splash and swim in the water to make the best of the moment. However, you should not go too deep considering your health and safety.

 

Mouth-licking Choupati Flavors

To make this place, a perfect picnic spot you’ll find a lot many vendors all over the roadside selling Vada Pav, luscious malai kulfi, Burf ka gola, Bhel puri, Pani puri, and not to forget the famous Kanda bhajji. All these vendors have setup sitting tent shades where you can sit, relax, eat and enjoy the view of the lake.

Sunset to die for

 

The clean and soft water with gentle waves, green mountains and the sunset like orange paint on the blue sky is truly a view to die for. And, when you get all of these at one place… is incredible. I can’t show you the real view but then you can have a pretty good idea with the below pictures.

 

Close Proximity to Sinhagad Fort

You can always go for the Sinhagad fort trek. It is just at a distance of 18km from Khadakwasla and it’ll hardly take 35 to 40 minutes to reach the place. So, plan your trip in a way that you cover Sinhagad fort before or after Khadakwasla.

What more?

Well, it is located at a distance of just 20kms from Pune, you can easily go by bike or moped. You can even reach Khadakwasla using a local city bus service (PMPML) from all main bus stops of Pune such as Swargate, Katraj, etc.

Stop reading now and go to this wonderful place coming weekend!! Even if you have been there, it will be a different experience every time you visit. We’ve been to this place many times and trust me, we have never regretted the experience.

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Trekkers make way to Kedarkanth

10 Peaks in India That You Can Actually Climb

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How difficult is it to conquer a peak? Well, technical peaks require prior experience, clearances and so on. Luckily, there are many trekking peaks in India where all you need to reach the top is determination, zeal and a strong will.

Here is taking a look at the 10 mountains in India that you can climb even if you are not a seasoned trekker.

  1. Chandrashila 
    Trekking to the Chandrashila summit in Uttarakhand is a wondrous experience for more than one reason. The staggering views of the many peaks in India, including Nanda Devi and Chaukhamba, are equally matched with the splendid Deoriatal Lake en route. The trek takes a divine form during winters when the peaks are covered with snow and the lake is frozen.

           Altitude: 12000ft

           Experience: Not required

A small temple atop Chandrashila
A small temple atop Chandrashila. Image source
  1. Kedarkanth 
    Located in the Garhwal Himalayas, the Kedarkanth trek in western Uttarakhand is most definitely a beginner’s trek. Try the climb during winters when the snow carpets the mountains and the campsites are surrounded by pine forests and vast meadows.

          Altitude: 12500ft

          Experience: Not required

Trekkers make way to Kedarkanth
Trekkers make way to Kedarkanth. Image source
  1. Nag Tibba – Also known as the Serpent’s Peak, Nag Tibba located in the Garhwal Himalayas makes for an ideal weekend getaway. The trek through thick forests and meadows, the stunning views of the surrounding mountain ranges coupled with the fact that the trek follows a circular route, provides surprisingly beautiful views all throughout the hike.

          Altitude: 9915ft.

          Experience: Not required

The Serpent's Peak in the morning light
The Serpent's Peak in the morning light. Image source
  1. Mount Shitidhar – Peak climbing the Shitidhar in the Pir Panjal range is a challenge. It usually takes a week to complete the trek and one passes through the Beas Kund and many other magnificent meadows before reaching the summit. However, the trek is worth for the amazing views of the Pir Panjal and Dauladhar ranges.

          Altitude: 17220ft

          Experience: Required

The splendid Shitidhar
The splendid Shitidhar. Image source
  1. Stok Kangri – One of the most challenging mountains in India, Stok Kangri is not for the faint-hearted. Acclimatizing to the weather and altitude, this peak in Ladakh’s Stock range awakens the fighter within you to dare to reach its summit. However, in spite of its many tests, this peak in India offers some of the most stunning views of the surroundings.

           Altitude: 20080ft

           Experience: Required

A trek along the stoic Stok Kangri
A trek along the stoic Stok Kangri. Image source
  1. Kang Yatze 2 – A distinct peak in the Markha Valley, the Kang Yatze 2 is perfect for climbers who want to stay away from the crowds of Stok Kangri. On a clear day you can view the K2, Broad Peak, Nun Kun and Zanskar range from its summit.

           Altitude: 20505 ft

           Experience: Required

The resplendent Kang Yatze 2
The resplendent Kang Yatze 2. Image source
  1. Mount Bhanoti – One of the most encompassing peaks in India, Mount Bhanoti has it all. Rocks, sand, snow and meadows, all are a part of this trek, making it a delightful trekking experience.

          Altitude: 18450ft

          Experience: Required

Mount Bhanoti in the Kumaon Himalayas
Mount Bhanoti in the Kumaon Himalayas. Image source
  1. Friendship Peak – Out of the many peaks in India, the Friendship Peak in the Solang Valley is a great peak climbing experience for unseasoned trekkers. A glacier needs to be navigated en route, however, the low altitude of the mountain makes it a good practice climb.

          Altitude: 17348 ft

          Experience: Not Required

The friendly Friendship Peak
The friendly Friendship Peak. Image source
  1. Anamudi – If you want to give the Himalayas a break, then the Anamudi mountain located in the Sahyadri ranges or the Western Ghats is a perfect trek. Located between the Palani and Anaimalai Hills, the Anamudi offers pleasant views of the green-carpeted vegetation all around.

               Altitude: 8842 ft

               Experience: Not Required

Anamudi - The highest peak in the Western Ghats
Anamudi - The highest peak in the Western Ghats. Image source
  1. Patalsu Peak – The Patalsu Peak is one of the most beautiful treks among the mountains in India. Located in Kullu Valley, the lush meadows, inviting apple orchards and gushing streams provide for a soothing picturesque trek.

           Altitude: 14000ft

           Experience: Not Required

The petite Patalsu
The petite Patalsu. Image source

Peaks in India are fraught with climbing opportunities and it is hence no wonder that trekkers seek the mountains to unite and explore with the grandest of nature.

As very aptly said, ‘Chasing angels or fleeting demons, go to the mountains.

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10 Most Unexplored Places in India

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Do you want to explore the unexplored, see the unseen and enjoy the offbeat? Then you need not go too far. Enveloped in mystery, splendour and tranquillity, the unexplored places in India are ideal for travel lovers.

Let’s have a look at the most beautiful and mindblowing unexplored places in India. This list is only just skimming the surface of the iceberg!

  1. Mawlynnong

    Located in eastern Meghalaya, Mawlynnong has been awarded the title of Asia’s cleanest village in 2003. This tiny village, with around 90 homes, is a societal utopia of sorts, with 100% literacy rates and high regard for women empowerment. The clean roads, thatched huts, pretty flower gardens, along with other attractions, such as the Balancing Rock, Living Root Bridge, Sky View and Mawlynnong Waterfall make the village a definite on our list of the offbeat places in India.

    Best time to visit: All through the year, however, the monsoons and winters are more special.

A clean street in Mawlynnong
  1. Chopta

    Also called ‘Mini Switzerland’, Chopta is surrounded by dense forests and offers stunning views of the snowy Himalayas. Located in Uttarakhand, Chopta is a delight for the wildlife and birding enthusiasts, as well as ideal for trekking. It acts as the starting point for the trek to the magnificent Chandrashila Summit.
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    Best time to visit:  April to November.

    The snow clad Himalayas - a view from Chopta
    The snow clad Himalayas – a view from Chopta. Image source.

     

  2. Shojha
    A gem in the list of the unexplored places in India, Shojha in Himachal Pradesh, is a small village that is quiet and peaceful. For restful travellers this is a perfect abode to unwind in the lap of the Himalayas,  surrounded by amazing views. The Jalori Pass, Serolsar Lake and Waterfall Point are some of the tourist attractions here.Best time to visit: April to June.

    The quaint hill sides of Shojha
    The quaint hill sides of Shojha. Image source.

     

  3. Halebid

    The perfect offbeat destination in India, Halebid is a town of temples and ruins. Ruled by the Hoysala Dynasty, the town is fraught with old world architectural temples, shrines and constructions and is often also called the Gem of Indian Architecture.

    Best time to visit: October to February.

    The elegant temples of Halebid
    The elegant temples of Halebid. Image source.

     

  4. Tamenglong

    A beautiful unexplored destination located in Manipur, Tamenglong is the land of hills, valleys, rivers, as well as, of rich biodiversity, orchids and forests. The Buning Meadow, Zeiland Lake and Tharon Cave are some of its attractions.

    Best time to visit: October to March.

    Tamenglong - A view of the town
    Tamenglong – A view of the town. Image source.

     

  5. Ziro Valley

    Abode of the Apa Tani tribe and known for its pine-covered hills and rice fields, Ziro valley in Arunachal Pradesh is one of those unseen places in India that you can go to seek quietude as well adventure. The Pine Grove, Meghna Cave Temple and Kile Pakho are some of the nearby spots to see.

    Best time to visit: April to June.

     The green carpet of rice fields in Ziro Valley
    The green carpet of rice fields in Ziro Valley. Image source.

     

  6. Gurez Valley

    Situated in Kashmir, this paradise on earth captivates its visitors with its magnificent beauty and splendid views. You cannot take your eyes off the surreal landscapes, gushing waters and glorious mountainous background.

    Best time to visit: May to October.

    The beautiful valley of Guarez
    The beautiful valley of Guarez. Image source.

     

  7. Majuli Island

    The largest river island in the Brahmaputra river and located in Assam, Majuli Island is an untouched haven of beauty, exotic birds and flora and fauna diversity.

    Best time to visit is during monsoons, between July to September, however, winters are pleasant too.

    The mesmerizing Majuli Islands
    The mesmerizing Majuli Islands. Image source.

     

  8. Mokokchung

    An important urban centre of Nagaland, Mokokchung is an ideal offbeat destination in India known for its natural beauty and quiet surroundings. Places to see around include, Longkhum, Molung village, Langpangkong caves and more.

    Best time to visit is throughout the year.

     The urban center - Mokokchung
    The urban centre – Mokokchung. Image source.

     

  9. Chembra Lake 

    This heart-shaped lake is definitely one of the most unexplored places in India. After an absolutely worthwhile trek to the Chembra Peak, which is the highest peak in Wayanad, Kerela, the view of the splendid lake below is any traveller’s delight.

    Best time to visit: September to March.

     The shape of water - it's a heart!
    The shape of water – it’s a heart! Image source.

    So what are you waiting for?

    Pack your bags and unravel the mysteries of the most unexplored places in India.

    And, yes don’t forget to leave your valuable comments on the post and suggestions for more such places if any. We’ll add them to our upcoming travel posts and stories.

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Trip to Hampi, a must visit place among the ruins and hippies

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Being a traveler and having a passion for experiencing everything, I always have a craving to taste every culture and Vijayanagara Empire has always been fascinating when it comes to knowing about the royal times of India. Hampi is a mystical village in Karnataka.

History of Hampi

At present, Hampi is a UNESCO world heritage site located in east-central Karnataka. Before being destroyed by Muslim sultanates in 1565, Hampi- Vijayanagara Empire was the second largest medieval-era city after Beijing and after that, all that remained was the ruins.

Well, you can definitely read more about the history of Hampi at Wikipedia. Trust me, it’s interesting. For now, let me take you through our experience  and best places to visit in Hampi

Lotus Mahal, Hampi

All bags packed with sunglasses, sunscreen, caps, and our soul filled with excitement to explore the ruins of Hampi and I must say, it is definitely a kind of experience you must have.

If you are looking for quick information on exploring Hampi, you can skip our detailed experience. Scroll down to get a quick trip itinerary for 02-03 days in Hampi.

Attractions of Hampi

Hampi is a mystical land that reflects all shades of life.

View of Hampi from Anjana Matha, Temple

One is the bizarre side with ruins that reflects the sad yet memorable parts of life and the other part is full of life – happening, full of travelers and tourists, music, greenery, and either side of the roads covered with banana and coconut trees and rice paddle fields.

Hampi is basically divided into two parts by the serene Tungabhadra River.

You’ll easily find the map of Hampi which tells you pretty much all about the places to visit on both sides of Tungabhadra river.

Where to Stay

As we stepped out of our bus in Hosapete at around 8:00 am, we were surrounded by rickshaw wala’s asking us to take a ride for Hampi. It took around 20 minutes to reach our hotel at Kamlapur. Yes, let me tell you very clearly, we made a mistake. We booked Clarks Inn at Kamlapur which is very near to Hampi, but it’s kind of village with no tourists staying nearby. Though the hotel had all facilities and comfort, it did not let us feel the locals of this mystical village. If you want to explore the hippie side of Hampi, you must stay at another side of Hampi, Anegundi Village, unofficially named as Hippie Island.

Well, that does not mean we did not explore it all. We had 3 days which were more than enough to explore all the best places in Hampi

Bizzare Hampi

Though I was very tired, nothing could stop my wandering soul.

Virupaksha Temple, Hampi
Virupaksha Temple, Hampi

I quickly got ready and so did force the lazy ass Paresh and Isha to be out. Oh, did I forget to mention? We had a new guest on the trip this time Isha.

Playing Holi in Hampi
Playing Holi in Hampi

Being Paresh’s sister, one more lazy person I accompanied but that’s fine.  So, we headed out of the hotel, had some local South-Indian food for brunch and hailed an auto to reach Hampi.

Day 01

Luckily, I did some research beforehand and knew all about negotiating with rickshaw walas. He took Rs.50 and dropped us at the main attraction of Hampi, the famous Virupaksha temple.

Virupaksha Temple

Even in the early month of March, Hampi is extremely hot due to rocks all around the village. We headed for the temple with our caps and sunglasses on. Did I forget to mention? The temple closes at 1 pm and then opens again in evening. Not delaying any further, we headed inside. At the entrance, there was the beautiful giant elephant giving blessings to everyone.

I was amazed by the carvings all over the walls and floors of the temple. The place shows the perfect piece of art and architecture.

Insides of Virupaksha Temple
Inside Virupaksha Temple

How to roam around Hampi?

Since we had to explore all the ruins and temples in a day, we hired an auto at Rs.600 per day (Since it was a long weekend, he charged few bucks extra). On normal days, you’ll easily find an auto at the price of Rs.400 per day.You can either take a bike or bicycle on rent at a very low price to roam around. Since it was damn hot, we preferred an auto.

And yes, let me tell you the best time to visit Hampi is during early rains or winters October to March

Tips to travel around Hampi

The best way to explore Hampi is to explore ruins of Hampi on the first day. The natural beauty, coconut trees all around adds more to the art of ruins.

Stepped Tank, Hampi

There are no proper temples but the ruins and some geological formations all around.

Royal Elephant House, Near Lotus temple, Hampi

The only biggest temples among these ruins are Virupaksha temple and Vijaya Vittala temple.

Not to forget, you can enjoy the little golf cart ride to go to the Vittala temple. This temple is actually a true architectural wonder of Hampi.

Amazing musical pillars and the magnificent stone chariot is a must experience thing here.

Stone Chariot, Vittala Temple
Musical Pillars, Vittala Temple

And then finally, we ended our evening with local food at a food joint located near the ruins, under the shadow of coconut trees and left for our Hotel as everything pretty much closes after 6.

My suggestion is that you end your evening with a sunset at Matanga Hill (which we missed, unfortunately).

Pretty much this is the list of all the things to do in Hampi, we covered on Day 1

  • Virupaksha Temple
  • Statue of Ugra Narasimha
  • Elephant Stables
  • Vijaya Vittala Temple
  • Shivlinga
  • Sasivekalu Ganesha Temple
  • Group of Monuments at Hampi
  • Sasivekalu Ganesha Temple
  • Zanana Enclosure
  • Queen’s Bath
  • Achyutaraya Temple
  • Balakrishna Temple
  • Hazara Rama Temple
  • Lotus Palace
  • Stepped Tank
  • Hemakuta Hill Temple Complex

Our next morning began with crossing the Tungabhadra river through Ferry to reach on another side i.e., Hippie Island.

Ferry to cross Tungabhadra River
View of Tungabhadra River

Anegundi Village (Hippie Island) - The offbeat side of Hampi

Reaching on another side we realized, it was a totally different place to explore.

Streets of Anegundi Village (Hippie Island)

The lane of musical cafes on the riverside, all the hippie backpackers roaming around, and a lot of coconut trees, all of it gives you pretty much the feel of Goa (except beaches, of course).

Laughing Buddha Cafe, Hippie Island

Things to do in Hippie Island:

I suggest you explore this side on a bike, as we did. You’ll easily get a Luna at price of Rs.200 and a scooter at price Rs.400. I recommend to get a Luna and have super fun roaming around this hippie island.

Isha at Luna
  1. Durga Temple
  2. Ganesh Temple
  3. Coracle ride – You can have the fun of coracle ride at Sanapur Lake at a cost of just 50 bucks. Enjoy riding near the lake side with cold breeze touching your face.
  4. Anjana Matha Temple – 575 stairs to reach the top but worth the visit. It is one of the best places to visit in Hampi.
Anjana Matha Temple (575 steps)

It offers the complete view of bouldering Hampi and the sunset is to die for.

Sunset at Anjana Matha Temple, Hampi

“Beware of monkeys” - LOL, they even tried to snatch my bag and sunglasses. 😛 Not only that, some little monkies even slapped one or two people around.

  1. River Side Cafes and nightlife such as Laughing Buddha Cafe, Nargila resort & restaurant and many more, once you are done with all above temples. Evenings are awesome at these cafes. We went to Laughing Buddha for breakfast and Nargila to spend our evening.
Nargila Resort & Restaurant, Hippie Village

Some pictures of Hippie Island we captured:

Laughing Buddha Cafe
Coracle Ride, Sanapur Lake, Hampi
Front of Tree Hill Restaurant

Places to eat in Hampi

With rarely good places to eat and apart from local food, these are some places that you must visit to get the vibrant and taste of some dishes from Hampi.

Funky Monkey Café – Didn’t get the chance to visit, but it’s recommended.

Mango tree, Hampi – Banoffee pie is a must

Laughing Buddha cafe at hippie island – They offer great breakfast and different shakes and smoothies, but what is special here is it’s ambiance. It’s a place to just lie there, chill, listen to music, and enjoy the view of Tungabhadra river.

Isha chilling @ Laughing Buddha Cafe 😉

Apart from this, you can have local food, a lot of fresh coconut water, the famous Jeera soda, and of course bananas.

Street Food, Hampi

Oops! Stretched more. Helpless! Can’t get enough of this place. Hope this post about magical Hampi will be helpful for you.

It is truly a land of surprises and a lot many incredible stories are behind the ruins. Well, to experience that you must visit Hampi once in your lifetime.

Here are some pictures we captured during our trip

Vittala Temple, Hampi
Near Vittala Temple, Hampi

Infront of Sasivekalu Ganesha Temple
Peace time @Sanapur Lake, Anegundi Village

If you are planning to visit this mystical island and need more information, you can always reach out to me on my social media handles or you can leave a comment below.

And as I always say,

           "Once a year, go someplace you have never been before"

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Memes that best describe your vacation story

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An image speaks a thousand words. Unsurprisingly, in our time, memes and GIF's speak and convey emotions even when words fall short. Hence, what better way to track, predict and conceptualize your vacation, than using appropriate memes to exact your sentiments. So, get ready to sprinkle some more fun, in an already fun-filled itinerary of travel and holidays.

Here we have collected some memes and GIF's to bring out all your reactions, actions, and expressions when you are set to embark on a vacation. Have fun!

  1. The way you feel when everybody around is taking a vacation or posting amazing holiday pictures on Facebook. Yes, you really want to just take off somewhere and let your hair loose.
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  2. You savage hunt through websites, travel agents and Google to find your best getaway plans. You are bombed with information and your head spins at trying to figure out where to go, how to go, what to do there, where to stay and so on. via
  3. Until finally you decide on your holiday plan and give a pat to yourself for having accomplished the task of setting your travel vacation on the roll.

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  4. With only a week or few days left for your holiday, it is hard to contain the excitement. via
  5. Alright, so in spite of you being the last minute packer, completing your chores and praying to the heavens that you do not miss your flight this one last time you leave from work as a boss. via
  6. And you finally make it! You board the plan and are surprisingly not the last passenger that people are staring at with disdain. via
  7. But, of course, you do have carry-on luggage that just won’t sit quietly, will it?
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  8. The plane lands and you step out into the wind, feeling refreshed and rejuvenated already. via
  9. You dump your bags and head out immediately into doing the crazy holiday ritual of going pretty much mad with happiness. via
  10. Or you decide to do the same with a bunch of friends.
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  11. But of course, travel incurs more than just fun. It usually also means getting lost and not knowing where you are headed. via
  12. Or it also means, finding yourself in the middle of nowhere.
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  13. But, really so what? You make the most of it; check out everything around and who knows end up making lifelong travel buddies.
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  14. Can a vacation be complete without shopping?
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  15. After a day of visiting tourist places, hotels and shopping, this is what you enjoy the most. via
  16. And start thinking about why you cannot do this every day for the rest of your life. 
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  17. The last day of the vacation when you wake up with a huge amount of energy to make sure to see and do everything that has been left out so far. However, you are still left with a sinking feeling in your heart. via
  18. Finally, you bid adieu to your holiday with a heavy heart.
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  19. And, trying to get back to work after your vacation. 
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Well, these memes leaves me with nothing more to say, but happy holidaying!

Till then, Keep Exploring!

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Gorgeous Places in India to Visit in 2018

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December has always been the holiday month with freezing and positive vibes. People are busy thinking about their New Year resolutions, spending time with friends and family, celebrating winters, shopping on discounted prices, and making plans to visit amazing and incredible places on Christmas and New Year’s Eve. Talking about the New Years, I have collected these gorgeous places in India that you must visit to welcome 2018 with your friends and family.

Here is the list of these gorgeous places to visit in India to celebrate New Year

Dalhousie, Himachal Pradesh

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This beautiful snow-laden place has a colonial charm. Beautiful deodar forests, chilly snow-capped mountains, and the national Himalayan winter expedition makes this place perfect to visit in December. Located at an elevation of 2,400 meters above sea level, the beauty and charm of Dalhousie are as natural as a newly born child.

If you need some peace away from the hustle bustle of party people on New Year’s, you can take your stay Khajjiar, Chamba district, located at a distance of 24 km from Dalhousie. It is also known as mini Switzerland for its captivating beauty and similar appearance.

Patnitop, Jammu & Kashmir

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Located in the Udhampur district of Jammu & Kashmir, Patnitop is as beautiful as any other part of our golden bird Kashmir. However, there is something that makes it best for spending your new year’s eve.

What could be more enthralling than welcoming a new year with beautiful snowfall?

This hilltop station always experiences a heavy snowfall on 31st December every year without fail.

Goa

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Talking about Christmas, no place can replace Goa. Filled with Roman Catholic population and it’s Portuguese legacy, Goa celebrates Christmas and New Year with full zeal and excitement. Mouth-watering sweet fragrances of Bakeries, fresh wines, and the beach vibes, and a lot of sing carols everywhere, you won’t find any of these at no other place but Goa. It’s already the party capital of India, but Christmas and New Year of Goa is to die for; Long night parties, no chilling snow but the ambiance itself is chilling and full of freedom. If liberty lies anywhere in India, it’s in Goa.

Ha-Ha, Also Goa being my favorite destination, I recommend it for New Year celebration. 😉

Dawki, Shillong

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The only hill station accessible from all sides of India is Shillong. The beauty of shilling is not hidden from anybody, but Dawki has a place you must visit in December. The Unmgot river of Dwaki has crystal clear water which makes the boats, on the surface of the water, seem to be flying in mid-air. The pleasant weather and juicy oranges selling at the river shore adds more to the fun.

Not only that, but a lot many festivals are organized here in the month of December such as Pinjera Festival, Tura Winter Festival, and more.

Binsar, Uttarakhand

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Binsar is located in the sky touching peaks of Nanda Devi, Trishul, and Pachachuli. It’s one of the best places to visit in December. Chilling mountains, dense forests, and incredible wildlife sanctuary makes it a captivating town. However, the real beauty of the place lies in the Zero Point of Binsar. It offers the panoramic view of the Himalayan peaks such as Kedarnath and Nanda Devi.

Being a writer, I just love the peace and beauty this beautiful place in Uttarakhand offers.

Truind Trek

(Recommended by a Wanderluster like us 🙂 Soon will be sharing his recent experience at this amazing place)

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Truind is an amazing destination and a trekking paradise. In winters, this place is not less than a heaven. Located at just 18km from the famous hill station Dharamshala, this place is a bliss for trekkers and travelers. And yes, camping at this beautiful destination, you will never regret.  So, if you're interested in welcoming new year by camping with your friends. You must visit this place, and it is easily reachable for all Delhi people.

So, Dilli Walon!! What are you waiting for?
Stop reading and book your tickets now.

Talking about the beauty of India, the list is not small. But these places are among the best to enjoy your beautiful holidays of winter with your loved ones.

I always believe:

           "Once a year, go someplace you have never been before"

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Best Street Shopping Places in India

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Street shopping and girls have a heart to heart connection, Isn’t it? Though nobody tells you that the same is true for boys these days. Every one of us loves to shop from Street Markets, Flee markets and a lot of such shopping places. So, I decided to explore all the best street shopping places in India and I’m sure you’d love each and every place for their unique, affordable, and trendy items.

Here are some of the best street shopping markets of India that I explored

  1. Sarojini Market, Delhi
Sarojini Nagar

When it comes to street market, no place can replace the trending and fashionable collection of items at a very cheap rate. You must have heard a lot of Bollywood songs and videos on Sarojini Market and trust me, they tell you very little about the place. Ask any Delhiite or anyone who has been there once, you’d know what Sarojini market actually is. I have been there millions of times and I still crave to go there whenever I find the time. So, why wait… just practice some bargaining skills, carry a big shopping bag and visit Sarojini Market in Delhi.

  1. Arpora Saturday Night Market, Goa

    Arpora Saturday Night Market, Goa via

Goa is one of the best places in the world famous for its free nightlife, parties, and boozing. Arpora Saturday Night Market is one such flee market in Goa that has it all. It’s not only one of the best street shopping places in India but it’s the most happening night market full of partying mood, beachside food, unique yet trending items, and all of it at a very cheap price. The specialty of this place can’t be explained in one word, considering some of the qualities – it begins at 6 pm and lasts overnight, it’s organized once in a week and that too on the day when you’re fully lost in the party mood “Saturday”. You’ll find clothes, jewelry, decorating items, home décor, handicrafts, and a lot of varieties of seafood. The place is a big beachside ground lit with beautiful lamps and is famous among shopaholics and travelers.

  1. Colaba Causeway, Mumbai 
Colaba-Causeway
Colaba-Causeway, Mumbai via

Colaba Causeway is not only famous for its street shopping but food as well. This street market filled with localities to foreigners offers you everything; be it cheap clothes, jewelry on footpaths to designer boutiques. If you are visiting this city of dreams, Bollywood Nagri ‘Mumbai’, visiting Colaba is a must. The vendors sell trending clothes and jewelry at throwaway prices. What I loved most about Colaba is its British buildings and the sunset on the Arabian Sea.

4. FC Road, Pune

FC Road, Pune

Unlike metro cities such as Delhi or Mumbai, Pune offers you lively and happening life without any chaos. Fergusson College Road, named after Fergusson College, is the street market of Pune famous for its street shopping and food. You’ll find best-selling novels, footwear, both western and Indian outfits, and accessories at a very low price. The place also offers you amazing food such as chocolate sandwiches to jalapeno pizzas, Pan to cotton candies, mango mastani to amazing thick shakes, and a lot of Indian cuisines enjoying the lovely weather of Pune while roaming on the FC Road of Pune.

 

  1. Commercial Street, Bangalore
Commercial Street, Bangalore
Commercial Street, Bangalore via

Comm/Commercial Street of Bangalore is one of the best street shopping places in Bangalore. Though MG Road, Brigade Road are also known for shopping in Bangalore, but Commercial Street is the best. It offers you jazz clothing and denim at very low prices. The place stands out from other local markets of India due to its well-organized lanes and the quality of clothes it offers.

  1. Baapu Bazaar, Jaipur
Bapu Bazaar, Jaipur
Bapu Bazaar, Jaipur via

You visit this beautiful pink city of authentic Rajasthan and don’t get to wear Lehenga Choli? Sad, isn’t it? Baapu Bazaar of Jaipur offers you all ethnic wears for men and women and that too enjoying the charm of street shopping. Jaipuri Jutti, lac bangles, henna mehndi, home decors, and a lot of ethnic jewelry, you’ll find all of them at a very reasonable price.

  1. Serenity Beach Bazaar, Pondicherry
Serenity Beach Bazaar, Pondicherry
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Pondicherry is the city famous for its serene beaches and this beach market of South India as the name says is located at Serenity Beach of Pondicherry. You can shop various handicrafts, ethnic wears, souvenirs, accessories and a lot more at a very affordable price enjoying the beach culture, seafood and a variety of drinks while shopping.

We travel to relax our soul experiencing the beauty of different places we visit. This list of best street shopping places in India adds more to explore at every place and collect some souvenir and artifacts to carry along the memories of that place and that too at a price that won’t affect your travel budget much.

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Kinnaur, Himachal Pradesh – Sangla | Chitkul | Kalpa

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Delhi to Sangla Valley and Chitkul - Tragic but totally worth it!

Our trip to Kinnaur Valley started with the tragedies of metro train breakdown in Delhi. Moving ahead, our bus (Delhi to Shimla) broke down just before 80kms before Shimla. After waiting for two hours, we finally got a lift from a person traveling from Chandigarh to Shimla. We were already running quite late.

Taking a shortstop in between to get fresh, finally, we reached Shimla after 4 hours at 1 pm.Not delaying any further we quickly had lunch in Shimla, called the taxi we booked online and left from Shimla at 2:30 pm.

After a beautiful yet tiring road trip, we reached Jeori at around 7 pm. I was not left with any energy to travel any further. We stopped at various points to enjoy the scenic beauty of huge valleys and river Sutlej.

But the whole journey was through the valleys and all round and round, motion sickness took over me. I became so frustrated that I thought of returning back to home for a while but then my desire to explore took over my frustration.

We took a hotel at Jeori. It was well maintained and a good hotel with an amazing view of mountains. There were only 2-3 hotels in Jeori. Though the hotel was a bit costly then after convincing a lot he agreed with a fair price of INR. 1200 for a night for one room.

We visited a beautiful temple near our hotel.

Temple at Jeori
On the way to Sangla Valley

 

There was also a hot water spring just in front of the temple. We visited the temple and then sat near the hot water spring putting our legs in the hot water. It was such a bliss. After half an hour, we came out. Surprisingly, there was no one on the road and even lights also became dim, so we preferred to be on safer side and returned back to the hotel. After a deep sleep of 8 hours, we left from Jeori at around 7 am in the morning.

In around an hour, we reached a village where we had breakfast of Aloo Paranthas and butter at a small Dhaba. A Nepali family of 2 sisters and their parents ran the Dhaba. I was amazed by the beauty and cuteness of the Nepali girl who served the breakfast. I had a small talk with her and then I asked her if she would like a picture with me.

She agreed with a cute smile and tiny eyes, which reminded me of Paresh Ha-ha… He looks exactly same even though he is not Nepali. The girl was really sweet. She wished us happy journey for the trip ahead when we left.

The journey from Jeori to Sangla took around 4 hours including a break of half an hour for breakfast.

Trip Itinerary - Sangla Valley, Chitkul, Kalpa - Kinnaur, Himachal Pradesh

Day 1 - Sangla Valley, Kinnaur, Himachal Pradesh

Read more about my trip from Shimla to Sangla Valley – places to visit and stay in Sangla Valley.

Day 2 - Chitkul and Rakcham, Kinnaur, Himachal Pradesh

Read more about the trip from Sangla Valley to Chitkul here. I have created a complete detailed blog post for you based on my experience at Chitkul; Be it the beautiful stay in the tents of this village located near Indo-Tibetan border, unexplored café near river Satluj, forming through glaciers and various beautiful monasteries (Buddhist Temple).

Day 3 and 4 - Reckong Peo and Kalpa, Kinnaur Himachal Pradesh

Reckong Peo located in the Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh and Kalpa – the village where the major part of Bollywood movie “Highway” – starring Alia Bhatt and Randeep Hooda was shooted and you get a beautiful glimpse of Kinnaur Kailash view from Kalpa. Read more about the complete journey and must visit places in Kalpa(Coming Soon).

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Trip to Sangla Valley, Himachal Pradesh

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Sangla Valley, a small yet beautiful village located in the Kinnaur valley. It is also known as Baspa Valley as the Baspa river flows through the valley. You can see a lot of apple farms all around the village. People here are very nice and have a big heart.

Places to stay in Sangla Valley

Sangla was very raw and there were hardly any places to stay before but now there are a lot of hotels. These are some hotels to stay in Sangla Valley - Hotel  Apple Pie, Hotel Royal Castle, Rupin River View, Hotel Rolling Rang and more.

Sangla Valley
Sangla Valley - Hotel is just behind me 

I took a hotel at Sangla at a very cheap price. The hotel was not luxurious but had an amazing view of the Himalayan peaks from the window and we got all the basic utilities including hot water geyser.

Personal Suggestion: If you’re looking for a budget trip, book hotels on the spot. You will easily find a good hotel room in Rs. 600-700 only.

Did I forget to mention?

Weather at Sangla Valley was very cold even in the month of June. Even there was snow all over the peaks during the night but at daytime, there was a mild sunlight but still cold enough to wear a jacket. The best months to visit Sangla Valley are April to October.

Though there is not much to visit in the village, the raw beauty of village makes you fall in love with the place. No hustle-bustle, no traffic, no pollution, the place is full of natural beauty and peace.

We checked into the hotel and left for some of the must-visit places in Sangla Valley.

Best places to visit in Sangla Valley

Kamru Fort is the oldest fort in Himachal Pradesh is located at a peak over the altitude of 2600 meter above sea level. You can either cover the 2km distance from Sangla Valley by car, but I would suggest you walk through the steep village and explore the beautiful Sangla Meadows.

On the way to Kamru Fort, Sangla Valley
On the way to Kamru Fort, Sangla Valley

We found a lot of Apple and Apricot farms our way to Kamru fort.

Sangla Valley - Raw Apples
Raw Apples
Sangla Valley - Apricot trees
Apricot Tree

After reaching 1km, I was completely exhausted and Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) took me. No matter how hard I tried, I could not move a bit more until I threw up.  But when we reached the top visiting the beautiful Kamakshi Devi Temple on the way, the feeling was an achievement.

Kamakshi Devi Temple
Kamakshi Devi Temple

It was ecstatic to see the complete view of beautiful Sangla village from the top.

Sangla Valley - View from the Kamru Fort
View from the Kamru Fort

The beautiful Himachali lady was guarding the temple.

She was old but energetic. When I asked her how she manages to come daily to the fort and leave to her place, she mentioned she comes in the Dev Palki – a traditional Himachal hammock which carries their Dev(God)  that comes in the morning for worship and in the evening she leaves on her own.

The entrance gate was huge and heavy – made of iron and Tibetan wood.

The fort is 800 years old and is known for housing the Kamakshi Devi Temple that came before Kamru Fort.

There was also Tibetan Wood Carving Center on the way.

Tibetan wood Carving Center( hehe... welcomed by Gau Mata)

The most important thing to be noted is that the whole fort is made of either Tibetan wood or black mountain stones.

Kamru Fort, Sangla Valley

Sangla Valley

Next, I visited the famous Bering Nag Temple in Sangla.

The place is a must visit for its wonderful architecture and location at the bank of Baspa River. The temple can be reached through the stairs that go straight from the Sangla village market to the bank of Baspa River. The architecture of this temple will definitely leave you in awe.

Some really nice Himachali people I met on the way

Food and Shopping at Sangla Valley

Coming to the food and shopping, since it is a small village you’ll find limited options for food and basic shopping. There is a bridge that leads to the main market area of Sangla where you will find small Chinese restaurants and cafes. At most of the places, you’ll find Momos, Thukpa, and Noodles. If you need proper Indian food, inform your hotel in advance, they’ll get it cooked for you. Make sure you reach back your hotel by 7 pm, as it is always cloudy and the sun sets very soon due to high mountains covering the village.

Sangla Valley

And, this is how my one day at serene and calm Sangla Valley came to an end. I spent some time in the lap of nature at night and after a good night sleep, we left for Chitkul next day.

Read more about Chitkul – the last village located at Indo-Tibetan and Indo-China border in my next post at Crave to Explore.

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Trip to Chitkul Village in Himachal Pradesh

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Chitkul, a small village deep in the Kinnaur Valley, but definitely… not less than a heaven.

It is indeed one of my favorite places in India. Have you been to Chitkul? If yes, you must very well know about the mesmerizing beauty of this last inhabited village on the Indo-Tibetan border and the village is quite close to China. If you haven’t been there yet, you need to go there. Trust me, you’ll thank me forever for this.

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How to reach Chitkul?

There are various ways to reach there. Chitkul is 600 Kilometers from Delhi. So, the most affordable and comfortable way is to take an overnight bus from Delhi to Shimla. From Shimla, you can hire a cab. We hired a cab online at an effective cost but after negotiating a lot.

If you are looking for a cheap trip, you can always get a local bus from Delhi to Shimla and then Shimla to Chitkul. Every morning a bus leaves from Shimla to Chitkul and charges around Rs. 450. But my personal suggestion is not to make your journey too hectic. In the bus, it takes around 1 day and if you take a private cab as we did, it takes 20 hours.

However, my plan was a bit different and generally, it should be that way. If you’re going so far, you must visit all the beautiful valleys of Kinnaur. We first went to Sangla, Chitkul, and then Kalpa.

Read more about the complete trip itinerary and backpacking tips for Kinnaur trip - Sangla | Chitkul | Kalpa

Our beautiful experience at Chitkul, Himachal Pradesh

On our Kinnaur trip, our day 2 was dedicated to this last village at Indo-Tibetan Border. We started our journey from Sangla Valley at 7 am. As we left Sangla (23kms away from Chitkul), our whole journey was itself something tremendous. The Baspa river was flowing through our entire journey.

Baspar river that meets river Satluj flowing through China to India. We could clearly see the glaciers forming the river.

You know what I loved the most, there was no mobile network in Chitkul and Rakcham. You are totally away from the cacophony of the whole world.

Where to stay?

Ibex Tent, Rakcham - Early Morning

On our way to Chitkul, we booked our night stay in Ibex Tents at the exit of Rakcham village (10kms before Chitkul). The location of tents is incredible lying exactly at the center with snow-capped mountains all around the village.

Chitkul, Himachal Pradesh
Ibex Tents

You can also stay in Chitkul, there are 2 -3 hotels and café but you won’t find much to eat.

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Initially, we were listening to road trip songs in our car but then the natural echoes pulled us deeply. Huge rock bizarre mountains on one side, on another side, huge valley, a stream of waterfalls, snowy peaks, and chirping of beautiful words.

Chitkul, Himachal Pradesh
Finally, Chitkul it is...

Finally, we reached Chitkul at around 10 am roaming around and enjoying the scenic beauty of dense forest of Rakcham to Chitkul.

Scenic like a movie scene

We saw a lot of Pinusgerardiana (Chilgoza) and Apricot trees on the way. Also, a lot of deodar trees which are used to create lavish furniture and wooden houses.

Chitkul has created an immense name in India only because of its pure beauty. It has scenic as well as the natural beauty that leaves you in Awe.

What to eat?

As we were hungry, we went to a café located at the extreme end of the village. There are hardly 2 cafes in Chitkul. The one we went to was the best due to its location and colorful ambiance. Though you won’t variety of food in Chitkul, they served delicious aloo paranthas, butter bread, and if you eat eggs then omelet and boiled eggs and yes not to forget Maggie noodles and tea. It was a small yet beautiful café with outside sitting arrangement. All the tables and chairs placed in the shadow of rainbow umbrellas.

Chitkul, Himachal Pradesh
Cafe at Chitkul

Lush green mountains could be seen from the front while on the back side, the tiny Chitkul village is located with all wooden Tibetan houses.

Chitkul, Himachal Pradesh
Beautiful Chitkul Village

Even that café had accommodation facility and in fact, many Israeli people stayed there too.

Places to visit in Chitkul

After spending time there, we visited the monastery of Chitkul.

Chitkul, Himachal Pradesh
Monastery in Chitkul

And then I spent some “me” time at the corner of a closed monastery.

Chitkul, Himachal Pradesh
Ancient Temple at Chitkul

It was located a bit on the top from where I could enjoy the view of the whole village and all the beautiful mighty mountains.

Chitkul, Himachal Pradesh
View from the top of Monastery

Soon, it began pouring down.

Once the rain stopped, I went near the Sangam of two beautiful rivers – Satluj and Baspa.

Chitkul, Himachal Pradesh
I ain't going back...
Chitkul, Himachal Pradesh
Sangam of Sutlej and Baspa River
Chitkul, Himachal Pradesh
Being Artistic...

Near the parking area, there is a small shop (tapir) which is named as The Last Dhaba and there is a signboard which mentions Chitkul as “The last village”.

Though Chitkul used to be the last village at India-China border, now there are other villages that are much closer, one of them is Nako.

This village and stay at Rakcham totally changed my life. People say, Travel helps you discover yourself and this place very well proved it for me.

Experience of traveling to Chitkul helped me evolve and then turned me into a writer.

If I had time, I would lie there forever – Green Meadows, Apple Farms, Glaciers, Forest, Snow, monasteries, wooden cottages, mighty Himalayan mountains, and behind these mountains lied a different country.

I can’t describe more, you need to be there. A must… must visit place.

Next, we visited Reckong Peo and Kalpa – it is the same village of Kinnaur, where the shooting of Bollywood Film “Highway” was done. This village offers you the closest view of Kinner Kailash peak or Kinnaur Kailash. To know more about this place, stay posted to Crave to Explore.

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