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South Park Street Cemetery – a tryst with Calcutta’s past

With love in their heart and memories that are forever, the tombs of South Park Street Cemetery was built by the grieving family members. South Park Street Cemetery has always been an enigmatic place for me. While in school (The Assembly of God Church School, Park Street), I was always overwhelmed by the cemetery. I always wanted to see what is there inside those gates, but finally got a chance after so long. The historic Calcutta has always interested me and South Park Street Cemetery is a perfect place to experience it. So along with Agni, I was at the Park...

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Marble Palace – A hidden treasure in the heart of Kolkata

Beginning our first post with the Marble Palace. Situated at Muktaram Babu Street, I myself did not know that Kolkata had such a treasure trove within her. This is one of the lesser known places of interest in Kolkata and thus the apt choice for my first post. Marble Palace was built in 1835 by Raja Rajendra Mallick, an affluent businessman and zamindar of those times. About a few minutes walk from the Mahatma Gandhi Road Metro station, stands the grand white Marble Palace which is a testimony to the opulence and grandeur of the period. As you enter...

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KOLKATA – My city, My way

Kolkata – is my city. I was born here, put my first step on its streets, ran about in its alleys as a child, and made some very good friends in all these years of my life. Spirit of Kolkata inspires me. I am alive in its vibrant colour, cacophony of sound, its variety street food and colourful festivals. Kolkata is truly my city. Kolkata has its share of shortcomings too. Very candidly called the “city of Bandhs, lockouts and rallies.” Yes the weather is quite oppressive as complained by my cousins from Mumbai & Pune. The local trains...

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Tips ! that you won’t miss while planning Chadar Trek

Going for the Chadar Trek had been on our mind after we completed the Roopkund trek. But I had been a bit reluctant. The thought of -25 degrees was not very inviting to me, I am more of sunshine lover. But my partner in crime, Agni managed to convince me. And thank you all for liking our previous post on Chadar Trek…!!! At the onset, Chadar Trek will seem to be a tough trek; it is indeed a daunting task to walk over the frozen ice, facing the chilly winds and cope up with the extreme cold temperatures. But actually walking over...

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An walk to remember – Chadar Frozen River Trek

Ladakh is place that never fails to awe its visitors. Be it the picturesque valleys, the rugged mountains, the azure lakes or the difficult trekking trails, Ladakh seems to have it all to captivate the souls who are always in search of nature’s wonder. During the summers, Ladakh is vibrant with all the colours and sound of life. The same place bears a desolate and bleak look during the winter months. It is almost cut off from the rest of the world during this time and almost all the passes connecting Leh are closed due to heavy snowfall. The...

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Divine Touch – A simple extraordinary boat journey

It was a very foggy and cold Sunday morning. A perfect day to laze in your home with a hot cup of coffee. But we were as usual out at Nabadwip Ghat, enjoying the thrill of cold and intoxicating smell of fog. It was such a day when we felt that Darjeeling has arrived at Nabadwip. I could feel the whiff of the fog! And then an impromptu descission was made to take a boat ride to Mayapur ISKCON! The boat ride in itself is not very special, but the atmosphere today made it simply awesome. A thin mist...

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Tawang – a different view

“Tawang is a utopia” – I have heard this from an aunt who had visited Tawang some 10 years back. Yet she could vividly describe her experience even now. So, we two decided to pack our backpacks and head towards Tawang during the Puja holidays!! Tawang has been a kaleidoscope to us. We sensed the Buddhist culture for the first time seeing the mighty Tawang monastery and the Buddhist monks. We could feel the tension of the people living so close to international borders by interacting with the local people. We felt proud of our Indian army who protects...

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Passing Phase

Great things are done when man and mountain meet. -William Blake The mighty Himalayas are the home to numerous passes and as we travelled across Northern part of India, we came across a few of them. As we travel, we see new places and make memories which are everlasting. Here we present eleven memorable passes we encountered. Crossing each of them through bizarre condition definitely gave us a high we experienced never before. Please feel free to comment and enrich our experience…. Khardung La, Leh- Nubra Highway (18,380 ft) There are few adventure loving Indians who have not taken a...

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ROOPKUND: A SERENDIPITOUS JOURNEY… PART – III

  The first appearance of light in the sky before sunrise. Day 4: To Roopkund and Junargali and back to Pathar Nachauni – The Climax The summit day started quite early at 4:00 am. It was dark and cold and we were wearing several layers of clothing.  Dinesh announced that the temperature was -5 degrees. The entire team started moving in a single line. The ascending path was narrow and rocky with patches of snow.  After some time, we could see the first rays of light. It was an exhilarating moment to see the first rays of sun kissing...

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Roopkund: A serendipitous journey… Part – II

Here comes the second part of our Roopkund Trek experience. The first post has been given earlier…. The Journey: Our journey to Kathgodam, Uttarakhand was no less an adventure. We boarded the train from Delhi station which was 4 hours late. The train was totally packed and we managed to get our seats. The train started late and as usual got delayed on way too. We reached Kathgodam railway station at around 12:30 at the night! The next day we reached Kathgodam Station where the cabs were waiting for us to take us to Lohajung, the base camp of...

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Roopkund: A serendipitous journey… Part – I

The trek to Roopkund turned to be a treasure trove for us. When we first registered for the trek with Indiahikes, little did we know what we were getting into! A week long adventure through the winding forest trails, the high altitude meadows which looked like endless golf course, the snow capped peaks and the rocky, snow covered uphill trails was worth millions. Not only did we see nature’s bountiful gifts, but also made friends with some wonderful people. Who could imagine a game of cricket at a height of 13000 ft? Or, camping in the midst of a...

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10 Gorgeous Sunrises and Sunsets we experienced

There’s a sunrise and a sunset every single day, and they’re absolutely free. Don’t miss so many of them. ― Jo Walton Nothing can beat the feeling of seeing first golden rays of sun falling on top of snowy mountains and then gradually spreading the warmth to all. The sun peeking behind the mountains with all its glory makes a mesmerizing sight for all wanderlusts like us. What can you say about lazing in the beach with a cold beer in hand watching the sun lazily go down…!!. It is one of travel’s finest pleasures. There is nothing as...

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