Five streets filled with history in Mumbai

People who talk about Mumbai first mention that it is a huge metropolitan city and yes that’s right. But there are stories to some of the streets which some only know about. Mumbai is a place where people are busy building their dreams. Here are five streets associated with history: Marine Drive: Better known as the Queen’s necklace got its name from the marvelous view that is seen from an…

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Home to the airport and Tiger’s Nest: Paro, Bhutan

Paro is a small Himalayan town in the south west province of Bhutan which is home to the famous Taktshang or Tiger’s Nest. The town has a population of around 4500 people and is situated at an altitude of around 7,200 feet above sea level which is 2,200 metres. Paro also has the only International Airport in Bhutan and is the gateway to the country for the western world. Druk…

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Ten facts about Nagaland

Nagaland is a mountainous state in northeast India, bordering Myanmar. It’s home to diverse indigenous tribes, with festivals and markets celebrating the different tribes’ culture. Its capital city of Kohima suffered heavy fighting in World War II, commemorated by memorials at the Kohima War Cemetery. The Nagaland State Museum exhibits ancient weaponry, a ceremonial drum and other traditional Naga cultural artifacts.   Nagaland is a state in Northeast India. It…

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Ten facts about Nako, Himachal Pradesh

Nako is a small village in Kinnaur, Himachal Pradesh, India. It lies in the sensitive restricted zone along the border with Tibet, which requires an Inner Line Permit (ILP)  to travel through. That, coupled with its remote location and limited tourist infrastructure, makes it a little-visited but rewarding destination.   Nako is a village in the Himalayas of northern India, located near the Indo-China border in the Trans-Himalayan region of…

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Ten places to eat when backpacking in Kasol, Himachal Pradesh

Kasol, a tiny hamlet and a hill station located in Parvati Valley, Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh is a backpacker’s paradise. The recent explosion to Kasol has led to commercialisation and a bloom in the number of restaurants, cafes and roadside eateries. Kasol also known as the mini Israel is a base point for many treks. Here are 10 eateries one can visit when backpacking in Kasol.   Sunshine Cafe…

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Ten facts about Paro, Bhutan

Paro Taktsang is the popular name of Taktsang Palphug Monastery also known as Tiger’s Nest, a prominent Himalayan Buddhist sacred site and temple complex, located in the cliffside of the upper Paro Valley, in Bhutan. The monastery itself is located in a dramatic setting, perched on a high cliff some 900 metres above Paro Valley, 3,120 metres above sea-level. Paro Taktsang is the best known of the 13 taktsang or…

Ten facts about Pin Valley National Park, Himachal Pradesh

Pin Valley National Park is a national park located within the Lahaul and Spiti district, in the state of Himachal Pradesh, in Northern India.   Steeped in historical and present day Buddhist Tibetan culture, the area has a lot of influences of that culture which is evident architecturally in the monasteries and stupas, and in the daily living of its residents and lamas.   Pin Valley National Park was established…

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Eight things to do in Kutla, Himachal Pradesh

Kutla is a remote village in Parvati Valley, located at 2800 metres ASL. It is accessible through the village of Tosh and is a three kms trek from there. The trek is scenic, offering spectacular views of snow capped mountains and gushing waterfalls. Here are right things to do in Kutla:   Visit waterfalls – The trek to Kutla starts from the village of Tosh. The trek halfway runs parallel…

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Ten facts about Parashar Lake, Himachal Pradesh

The pristine blue Parashar Lake is located amidst the Dhauladhar ranges of Kullu. Other than its charismatic beauty, the place is famous for the three storied temple which is located on the bank of the lake. Parashar Lake   Parashar Lake is located at an elevation of 2730 metres above sea-level. The lake is a perfect holiday destination, far away from the hustle and bustle of city life.   Parashar…

Ten things to do in Cherrapunji, Meghalaya

Cherrapunji, located in the north eastern state of India—Meghalaya, was once famed as the wettest place on earth. That said, it is not just rains that attract tourists to this awesome location. Let us go through some of the selected things to do in Cherrapunji so that you have your own checklist as you plan your travel to this exotic destination in North East India.   Mawkdok for valley views…

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Ten things to do in Tirthan Valley, Himachal Pradesh

Tirthan Valley is Himachal’s best kept secret and is located 70 kilometres from Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh. Tirthan is still unspoilt, lesser explored and a nature lover’s paradise. Here are 10 things to do in Tirthan Valley: Rustic houses: The valley still respects it’s ancient traditional and old school way of life. Their houses are made of wood and the roof is decorated with local stone states that simmers during…

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Ten things to do in Majuli, Assam

Majuli district is the biggest river island in the world in the Brahmaputra River, Assam and also the first island district of the country.   The best thing to do in Majuli is to get lost in the serenity of the river Island. The backdrop of lush green island, the rustic life, the simplicity of the people around often tempts the visitors to roam around leisurely exploring the island, which…

Ten facts about Sangla, Himachal Pradesh

Sangla is a popular hill town located in the Baspa Valley of Kinnaur district in Himachal Pradesh. It is situated in the range of the greater Himalayas that gives it a cold climate. One has to book his or her accommodation in advance to enjoy a safe stay. You can choose hotel in Sangla that range from camps, resorts, as per your preference. Located close to the Tibetan border, this…

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Ten best places in India for girls to travel solo

Girls love travel and travelling solo for women comes along with its unique difficulties. The fact as it remains, most people think of India as an unsafe place for female travellers. This is partially true, but the fact also is that India is beautiful and has variations in its topography. With some tips and tricks, a lot of Indian female travellers have a hassle free journey.   Here’s listing 10…

A quick getaway from Tosh: Kutla, Himachal Pradesh

Located at 9186 feet ASL is the village of Kutla. Kutla is lesser explored and has fewer places to stay. Kutla is a quick getaway from Tosh and almost an hour long trek from it. Tosh is famous for its scenic views of snow-capped mountains and snow cover in winters, but it is slowly getting commercialised. Kutla is still untouched and does not have any concrete buildings like Tosh. The…

Red House Cafe & Guest House: Old Manali, Himachal Pradesh

Located at an altitude of around 6380 feet above sea level Red House Cafe and Guest house located 60 meters from club house in Old Manali. 3km from the bus stand in New Manali. Nestled between scenic hills, Red house cafe & guest house provides extraordinary escape with organic architecture, panoramic views of the Himalayas and Manalsu River. Standard Rooms: Spacious, outward facing and totally furnished rooms, a modern and…

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Ten facts about Rewalsar, Himachal Pradesh

One of the best kept secrets of Himachal Pradesh, Rewalsar is a great place for those looking for some peace. It is located away from the hustle bustle of city life. Most people come for a day or two and are not sure what to do when they are here. But you may find the atmosphere, energy, and holy sites entice you into staying a few days longer. It is…

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Ten things to do in Shillong, Meghalaya

Shillong is just a 12 hours drive from Guwahati.With waterfalls rolling down from the roadside mountains, the aroma of pine trees, lush green vegetation and orchid flowers, the long journey is a pleasant one.   Shopping at Police Bazar Though apparel stores is almost, the handicraft items are exclusive. Pure forest honey, souvenirs and a few local artifacts are truly out of the box. Traditional Khasi garments are flamboyant and…

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Ten things to do at Yolo camp

Yolo camp is around 8 kms from Kasol and is a great place to unwind and relax. This place is located inside Malana Gate and offers a peaceful time in nature’s lap. Here are 10 things to do at the Yolo camping site. Sit by the river – Yolo camping is strategically located in front of River Parvati that flows across the Parvati Valley. One can hear the gushing river sound…

The all season hill-station: Panchgani, Maharashtra

The hill-station is the twin of Mahabaleshwar which is a few kilometres away. Both Mahabaleshwar and Panchgani are located in the Satara district of Maharashtra. Panchgani is around 245 kms away which is around five hours drive from Mumbai and 100 kms away from Pune that is a two hours drive.   The best way to get to Panchgani is by road as there is no direct air or rail…

Ten facts about Shillong, Meghalaya

It is the headquarters of the East Khasi Hills district. Shillong situated at an average altitude of 4,908 feet (1,496 m) above sea level, with the highest point being Shillong Peak at 6,449 feet (1,966 m). Shillong is the 330th most populous city in India with a population of 143,229 according to the 2011 census. Shillong has a very cool climate throughout the year. The summer months from March to…

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Ten things to do in Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh

Set at an elevation of 10,000 feet above sea level, Tawang is truly a mystical destination which is blessed with natural scenery in abundance. Tawang is known to house a variety of attractions which makes people visit the place throughout the year. Major attractions include monasteries, waterfalls and snow-capped mountains. Tawang monastery, Bong Bong waterfall, Sela Pass and Pangang Teng Tso Lake are some of the most popular attractions.  …

For once skip Kasol and trek to Rasol

It was a rainy day in Kasol and the weather forecast predicted rains for the next two days. We stayed at Kasol the previous night and woke up to heavy rains. It seemed like it had rained all night and the snow cover had doubled on the surrounding mountains. We were in a dilemma to choose a place as the actual plan was to trek to Grahan. Since, Grahan was…

Himachal’s unspoilt secret: Tirthan Valley, Himachal Pradesh

Located 70 kilometres from Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh is Tirthan Valley. It is at 1600 metres ASL. Tirthan derives its name from the Tirthan River which originates from the icy cold glacier of the snow-capped mountain Hanskund located in The Great Himalayan National Park (GHNP). Tirthan unlike Parvati Valley has not become commercialised yet. It is an ideal destination in Himachal to relax and unwind in nature’s lap. One…

Twenty one facts about Spiti Valley, Himachal Pradesh

The district of Lahaul-Spiti in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh consists of the two formerly separate districts of Lahaul and Spiti. The present administrative centre is Keylong in Lahaul. The district was formed in 1960. Kunzum la or the Kunzum Pass at 14,931 ft is the entrance pass to the Spiti Valley from Lahaul. It is 21 km from Chandra Tal. This district is connected to Manali through the…

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