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Tale of 2 Backpackers completes 3 years of Travel Blogging.

Tale of 2 Backpackers completes 3 years of travel blogging. Travelling – it leaves you speechless and then turns you into a storyteller. Ibn Batuta was so right. We have been travelling for a long time, visiting various places, doing all the touristy stuff but not really experiencing the place. We have been to Goa, seen all the touristy beaches, had our share of Kaju Fenny, but had not tasted bebinca! We were like all those once-in-a-year-vacation type tourists, though we were on road almost four times a year. But our change from tourist to travellers and storytellers was...

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The Brihadeeswar Temple of Tanjore – an architectural delight

It was only a sheer chance that took me to Tanjore. I was in Chennai and was scheduled to visit Mahabalipuram and had 2 days to spare. It was when I saw the pictures of the Brihadeeswar Temple at Thanjavur (also known as Tanjore). The photographs were enough for me to make a decision to utilize my 2 spare days at Thanjavur. After our visit to Hampi the month before, I am fascinated towards the architectural wonders. Well, meeting a friend at Trichy was also an added incentive! So there I was with my backpack all ready to board...

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Singee – A place that makes you say Wow

Sometimes it is the sheer serenity of a place that attracts us and makes us fall in love with the place. After a much busy festive season (Durga Puja), we simply wanted to hide from the world for a day and relax. Also, Agni’s school friends were all meeting for a reunion after 14 long years! We all wanted a place where we can relax as well as enjoy the reunion with friends and family. Singee seemed to fit the bill perfectly, and so we were off to Single for a much awaited reunion. Nothing can be better than...

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Tinvong, Dzongu – a village lost in time

It was almost at the end of our North Sikkim tour when we realized that we have a couple of days in hand and we do not want to visit Gangtok and Pelling. It was then when our car driver suggested that we should visit Dzongu. The place is a Lepcha Reserve Area. Well, a reserve area for a community! If that was not intriguing enough, an unexplored mountain hamlet of Sikkim was definitely inviting. So, Dzongu it is, we decided. “But, you need a permit to go there”, our driver said quite thoughtfully. And then looking at our...

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Kudremukh Trek – Western Ghats

Kudremukh is so beautiful! It was the first thought that came to my mind when I got a first glimpse of the peak. In the Kannada dialect “Kudre” means horse and “mukha” means face. And it happens so that the Kudremukh or Kudremukha peak appears like the face of a horse. Rolling green hills with the descending fog and mist, the place was simply beatific; and we were quite glad that we came for the trek. And more so, because we came just after the monsoons. Everything around us was green and fresh as if nature has painted a...

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Baamikonda and Kalchukki Peak Trek – our Sahyadri Sojourn

Trekking and hiking have been our passion since long. After our overwhelming experience in the Himalayan treks, we wanted to go for hiking at the Western Ghats. The Baamikonda and Kalchukki Peak Trek is one of the unexplored trails in the Kudremukh range of the Western Ghats and is also a beautiful one. The picturesque beauty of the Sahyadris was quite evident in this short hiking trail. And it left us wondering why we did not trek here before! The Western Ghats or the Sahyadris are one of the most beautiful ranges in India. Though it does not have...

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Bangriposi – of Rains, Novels and Buribalam

How many times have you read a book and longed to go to a place where the book is based on? I have so many times fallen in love with cities and villages and countries after a good read. My heart yearned for Tibet after reading “Seven years in Tibet” and also “Tintin in Tibet”. I want to visit the Andes in South America after reading “Prisoners of the Sun”. Visit to the Bhulbhulayia in Lucknow was so much fun when I knew a certain “Feluda” had been here! So, when I read “Bangriposir du Ratri” (2 nights at...

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70 reasons to travel to India

This August 15, 2017, India will celebrate her 70th year of Independence. Although you do not need any reason to travel to India, yet Tale of 2 Backpackers brings you 70 awesome reasons that you should travel India. India is one of the largest countries of the world. It is a country that has extreme diversity in geography, climate, language, culture, ethnicity and much more. And definitely, India is not a land of elephants and snake charmers; though we love them all. Like every other country in the world, India too has her share of good and bad. But...

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The Diamond Triangle – Buddhist Heritage in Odisha

Whenever we talk about travelling in Odisha, we usually think about the Golden Triangle of Bhubaneswar, Konark and Puri along with the Chilika Lake. But Odisha is also quite rich in heritage and archaeological sites. We are talking about the Diamond Triangle of Odisha, excavation sites that are rich in Buddhist relics and heritage. Odisha is one such place where Buddhism had flourished quite well.  Infact, the first ones who had become lay-disciples of Lord Buddha were two merchants from Ukkala (Utkala, Odisha). It is also well known that the Mauryan King Asoka had played a major role in...

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5 Amazing Monsoon Getaways that you need to visit

So you have taken a vacation in the summer to beat the heat. And now the monsoons should not stop you from taking another one. Rain and monsoon mean different things to different people. But to us, monsoons are another reason to explore our country looking for places that are simply enthralling in the rains. Here are a few amazing monsoon getaways where you can visit. We asked a few of our friends about their favourite monsoon destinations and we collated them here. A disclaimer: These are not the only places! There are so many that we cannot probably...

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A Havelock Holiday – Guide to Havelock Island, Andaman

Now that you have planned your Andaman holiday trip, you will have Havelock Island in your must visit list. However short may your holiday be, Havelock should definitely be on the bucket list. So Tale of 2 Backpackers presents a handy Havelock Island Travel guide for planning your stay at the beautiful Havelock. Out of the 572 islands in the Andaman and Nicobar Archipelago, only a handful is inhabited. Havelock Island is the part of the Ritchie’s Archipelago in Greater Andaman and is the most tourist friendly. It has the most picturesque beaches, rich coral reefs, mangrove forests and...

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Andaman – A Complete Travel Guide

Pristine beaches, clear blue waters and exquisite marine life – when you think of all these the place that comes to the mind is Andaman. The virgin island provides a lot of attraction for the tourist and backpackers alike. Andaman has the best of beaches, most virgin natural trails, mesmerising sunsets and its history; the place has been one of my favourites. Andaman is one of the most beautiful places of India and I strongly recommend all pay a visit to the place. This archipelago of 572 islands lies in the Bay of Bengal, about 12000 km from the...

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