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Bhutan Travel Guide

What do you think about spending your next holiday in the world’s happiest country? Bhutan is a mystical land with charm and beauty surpassing the ordinary. A small neighbour of India, Bhutan is still ruled by the monarchy. The Bhutanese are said to be the happiest people of the world, but Bhutan is much more than just that. Also called the land of thunder dragons, the country is mythical to some and extraordinary to those who travelled the place. Bhutan can be reached either by air or by road. There are Druk Air flights to Paro that are quite...

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Rupin Pass – an epiphanous journey

There is something inexplicably romantic about trekking the mountains of the Uttarakhand Himalayas – Rupin Pass is no exception. Trails through alpine forests, walking through the meadows with the snow clad peaks playing hide and seek with us, and crossing a pass – all are so impressive and fascinating. After completing the Roopkund Trek, Rupin Pass was on our bucket list and finally this May, our wish to do the trek was fulfilled. Incidentally, this Rupin Pass trek would be our first trek where we would be crossing over a pass, so the enthusiasm was also a bit higher...

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Julley Ladakh

Ladakh is a fascinating place. Anyone who has once visited Ladakh can never forget its landscape, its people and the eternal beauty it hides between those colourful layers of mountains. Planning a trip to Leh has never been an easy task. With help from various sites especially Devil on Wheels, we were all set for the trip that we were waiting for so long! Here is a detailed report on our travel to Ladakh Day 1 (Baltal – Kargil) We completed our Amarnath Yatra successfully before we ventured for the anticipated trip to Leh. From Baltal, we hired a...

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64 Yogini Temple, Jabalpur

A visit to the Chausath Yogini or 64 Yogini Temple  near Bhedaghat at Jabalpur was completely by chance. We had a day to spare at Jabalpur after our trip to Panchmarhi. Naturally we headed towards Bhedaghat and the Marble Rocks. But unfortunately for us, boating at the Marble rocks had not yet started and we had to contain ourselves with the view of the Dhuandhar waterfalls. The 64 Yogini temple is located very near to the Dhuandhar Falls. Like most temples, this one also had a flight of stairs leading to the temple sanctuary. Our auto driver told us...

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Roaming at Rinchenpong

Rinchenpong is a small and beautiful town in west Sikkim near Gangtok. Just imagine yourself looking at the majestic Kanchenjunga range just after you woke up! Yes, Rinchenpong can just offer you that. The mountain views of Rinchenpong are more virgin and pristine than that of Darjeeling and Pelling. The small town is still untouched by commercialization. So if you really want to see the eastern Himalayas peacefully, Rinchenpong is a perfect destination. Our visit to Rinchenpong was quite by chance. After completing the Barsey trek, we were wondering how to utilize two more days that we had. Our...

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Barsey – a walk among the rhododendron trail

A short trek amidst the canopy of greenery, a riot of colours and grandiose views of the Kanchenjunga range – the Barsey or Varsey trek has it all. So when we had an extended weekend, we decided that the best way to spend it is by taking a short trip to Barsey Rhododendron Sanctuary. Not only would it give us some respite from the scorching heat, but also quench our thirst for the mountains for a while! With our backpacks, we boarded Padatik Express to New Jalpaiguri. After reaching NJP, we took a shared jeep to Jorethang and from...

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Rabdentse – Ruins of an ancient capital of Sikkim

The ruins of Rabdentse Palace lies just a few kilometers from the Pemyangste Monastery on the way to Pelling. Sikkim is a mystical land with all the ancient monasteries and intriguing places to visit. Rabdentse is one such place. You find the signboard of this ancient site out of nowhere on the highway to Pelling with an equally curious line – “Follow the Path and you will reach the Palace” written on a simple entry gate. Being totally addicted to ancient monuments, we decided to follow wherever the path led to. As we entered, there was a well-marked path...

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12 PLACES TO VISIT THIS SUMMER

The summer has arrived and this year with even more heat and dust. With the spring just literally breezing past us, the scorching summer has already made its presence known. Summers in India are about the soaring temperatures and unbearable heat. The long days, sweaty afternoons and waiting for the evening to arrive so that we get some respite from the sun. Summers here also means the frequent power cuts that make us curse everyone from the government to the Gods, frequent sipping of coconut water and cold drinks. The summer also heralds the arrival of mangoes, the king...

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Agrasen ki Baoli – A haunted step well in the heart of Delhi

Agrasen ki Baoli – the name itself piqued our interest to a great height while we were researching Delhi for the first time way back in 2012. But we were able to visit the place only in our 3rd visit to Delhi because the Baoli does not usually feature in the tour operators’ to do list. Also, the Baoli stayed elusive to common eyes for years among the high-rises near Connaught Place. It is located in the narrow Hailey Lane, off the Hailey Road. You will not believe until you visit the place that such an ancient monument lies...

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Darjeeling – Movies, Masti and Magic

Darjeeling and Bollywood seem to be in perfect liaison while capturing romantic moments on celluloid. Time and again I have always regarded Darjeeling as one of the most romantic places of India. No wonder, even our very own Bollywood holds the place dear. Starting from Rajesh Khanna and Sharmila Tagore to the new age Ranbir Kapoor, all are quite at ease while romancing Darjeeling.  Let me now take you through a nostalgic journey where Darjeeling and Bollywood had come together to deliver masterpieces. The first thing I remember about Darjeeling and Bollywood is the famous song “Mere sapno ki...

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Jama Masjid – mosque with a view of the world

Jama Masjid is the largest mosque in India – one of the jewels being built by Emperor Shah Jahan. Situated just in front of the Red Fort in the old city of Shahjanabad, now in heart of Chandni Chowk, the Jama Masjid is not only an important mosque, but also an important monument of history. A flight of pigeons flying in front of magnificent structure – it is a sight simply to behold. And while I look up at the tall minarets of the masjid, I am simply awe-struck at the enormity and minute detailing that went into making...

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Humayun’s Tomb – Abode of Peace

Humayun’s Tomb in Delhi is one of the place I had been always fascinated since I read about it in my history class. I still remember our history class about the Mughal period. Our teacher was so vivid in her description that I would always be transported to that era. And I always had the special liking for the historical monuments. Visiting a monument, walking along the huge corridors, gaping at the intricate designs, all these transports me back to those eras. While reading about the Mughal emperor Humayun, I was equally fascinated by his tomb. Humayun’s tomb was...

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