6 Must visit places to visit in Mussorie

Mussorie, the hometown of the famous author Ruskin Bond, is a picturesque hill station with views of Shivalik range that captivates both our heart and soul. It is an escape from the urban life and perfect gateway from the scorching summers of North India.

1) Kempty Falls:
It is a popular picnic spot for all the Mussorie goers. It is a cascading waterfall in which you can sit under the streams, enjoy, play with the water and get clicked. It is perfect day out place at a distance of about 15 kms from Mussorie.

2) Gun Hill:

It is second highest peak of Mussoorie and has nice view point. You can take ropeway to reach there and enjoy coffee and Maggie with nice hill view. The point has many shops, restaurants and stalls where one can indulge in games like balloon shooting and hoopla.

3)Mall Road:
The Mall road runs through the town of Mussorie and stretches from Picture Palace in the right to Library Chowk at the west. It has plenty of souvenir shops, winter wear shops, restaurants, bakeries, video game parlors. It is the heart of the town and looks beautiful in the mornings and evenings.

4) Jwala Devi Temple: 
Dedicated to Goddess Durga, this temple houses a stone idol of the goddess in the inner sanctum. A must visit for inner peace and beautiful view of the town.

5) Camel Back Road:
It is a road around a small camel back shaped ridge near Mussorie. You can easily witness sunrise and sunsets here. Ideal for a stroll.

6) Lal Tibba: 
It is the highest most point of Mussorie. You can feel the freshness and calmness of mountains here. Ideal for photography. There is a little cafe where you can enjoy snacks.

6 Markets to check out when you’re in Chandni Chowk

Chandni Chowk is located close to Old/Purani Delhi Railway Station, It is one of the oldest and popular market in Delhi. It has different markets for just about everything one could ever think of. Be it books, toys, gift items, wedding cards, jewelry, fabrics, electronics, Sarees, Suits, lehengas, Spices, Dried fruits, it has everything fr everyone. Some of the famous sub markets or Katras as they are popularly called are:

1) Krishna Market:
Krishna market is a ladies suits, salwar kameez, fabric market. There are umpteen shops where you can choose and buy suits for different ocassions. Many boutiques purchase bulk suits from here.

2) Chawri Bazar:
Chawri Bazar is ideal market for people who are looking for their wedding cards. You can get very cheap bulk deals here. It is generally a market for all kinds of paper, stationery items and musical instruments.

3) Kinari Bazar:
Kinari Bazar as the name suggests is a market for zari, zardosi and other fancy borders and laces. Other than that, one can find lot of shops of packing materials, latkans, handmade envelops, malas, gota jewelry (trending these days). It is a typical wedding/event prep market. 

4) Nai Sadak:
Nai Sadak connects Chawri Bazar to Chandni Chowk. It is a hub for second hand books to new ones, stationery items and musical instruments. It is a very long street and there are lot of fabric shops and popular saree and lehenga shops like Arun Vastra Bhandar and others.

5) Dariba Kalan:
Dariba Kalan is a lane full of silver items right from silver crockery to silver jewelry. It has many shops of imitation jewelry in Kundan, Meenakari, Polki and Diamond.

6) Khari Baoli:
This street is famous for varieties of dried fruits, pulses,  food grains, spices and saffron, just about everything in terms of condiments. It is located at the Western end of Chandni Chowk. 

8 Things to do on a trip to Jaisalmer

Jaisalmer literally means the “Hill Fort of Jaisal” named after Maharawal Jaisal Singh, a Rajput King who founded the city. It is also known as the ‘Golden City’, much like the other cities of Rajasthan, this place also boasts of rich culture and heritage. This place mesmerizes and attracts a lot of foreign tourists for its history, sand dunes, culture and shopping. Places to go in Jaisalmer are:

1) Desert Camel and Camp Safari in Jaisalmer

2) Visit the Jaisalmer Fort

3) Visit Gadsisar Lake

4) Visit the marvelous Jain Temples

5) Visit Patwon ki Haveli

6) Visit Kuldhara Ghost Village

7) Visit the Khaba Fort

8) Shopping in Local markets

9) Eat out at German bakeries and tiny restaurants

Top 4 Spring Destinations in India

Incredible India can be best discovered in the spring season just before the scorching summer starts spreading its ferocity. The country offers virtually everything from scenic ravines and hill stations to beautiful meadows and lush green wildlife sanctuaries that can rock your spring vacations. Some of the must-visit destinations in India during this time are:

A mesmerizing hill station that is more of a biking and trekking adventure in India is Ladakh. The place dishes up host of wonderful trek routes and enthralling lunar landscapes. A true delight for nature lovers, Ladakh offers some exciting pastures and passes, such as Brandy Nala Trek, Markha Valley, The Apricot Valley, Zanskar Valley, to mention a few.

Himachal Pradesh:
This northern state of India boasts of some of the most picturesque and happening hill stations and mountain passes in the country. The best of them are Shimla and Kullu-Manali. Another fairyland landscape in the state is Dharamshala, which is popular worldwide for its Buddhist culture and utter serenity.

The Golden Triangle:
After having a striking sojourn at hill stations of North India, you can head to the rich cultural heritage of what is popularly tagged as The Golden Triangle of India. The Triangle comprises of historic cities of Agra, Delhi and Jaipur, all are highly-venerated for their opulent cultural and historic sites.

Delhi, the capital city of India, is a place of diverse cultures, and houses many notable buildings and monuments. Agra epitomizes the imposing combination of Mughal and Indian architecture, with the Taj Mahal standing at the forefront of all. Another historic site in the line is Jaipur, popularly known as The Pink City is home to sumptuous palaces and forts.

The place that can offer you a wholesome holiday package this spring is the Western Indian state of Goa.This premier beach destination of India is cherished world-over for its absorbing beach trance parties. This perennially vibrant beach city is at its visual best during spring season.

5 Best Places for Street Shopping in Delhi

Coming to Delhi has various purposes which could be travel, reaching another destination, meeting relatives, marriage etc etc. But visiting Delhi would be incomplete without its street shopping. Street shopping in Delhi caters to all classes of people. Believe me, one can see Audi, Mercedes, BMWs in these top markets. Everybody enjoys shopping with great bargaining and yummy street food.

1) Sarojini Nagar Market:
Just about everything a girl could think of!!!! From export surplus brands to local stuff, you could find great stuff from tops, pants, blazers, lowers, sunglasses, hats, jewelry and the list goes on…Give your best shot when it comes to bargaining!!

2) Lajpat Nagar: 
Lajpat Nagar is an all season, all occasions, all types of people market. It is famous for its street shopping for both men and women. Other than this, great finds for home decor and household products too. If you have a wedding at your house, Lajpat Nagar has great number of shops for readymade suits, sarees, lehenga, indo western wear. Lajpat Nagar is also a gem for fabric lovers. 

3) Kamla Nagar:
It is a lively market and a popular hang-out for college students, as it is located near North Campus of Delhi University. Lots and lots of funky and daily wear clothes for College people. Must visit if you want to know what’s trending in DU colleges!

4) Janpath: 
Janpath is a comparatively small market and has casual and western wear for girls majorly. You could also find junk jewelry and great bargains here!

5) Palika Bazar:
It is an air conditioned market located in Connaught Place wherein you can find lot of trendy casual stuff for both guys and gals. This market also has lot many shops of electronics.

5 Best street foods of Jaipur to relish each time you pay a visit!

Having born and raised in Jaipur, I can talk day and night about its food, culture, royalty and just abut everything. Jaipur is a home of foodies be it street food, cafes, restaurants or fine dining. Each having its own uniqueness. Today, I’ll share my favorite places where you can relish some mouth watering street food.

1) Pandit Pao Bhaji:

Located just outside Birla Temple, you will have a tough time identifying the asli (original) Pandit Pao Bhaji ka thela. Each one having the same name. You will surely love this street food for sure!

2) Lassiwala:

As soon as you enter M.I Road, you will find this precious gem. There are various duplicates at the same place. The shop with the maximum crowd is the real one! As old as 1944, this place is also a perfect breakfast place for localities throughout the year.

3) Rawat Kachori:

 Located just opposite Polovictory Cinema, Station Road, Sindhi Camp, this place is heaven for Pyaaz ki Kachori (Onion Kachori) and Mawa kachori and other fresh sweeet dishes. Breakfast here is a must.

4) Gopalji Golgappe:

Gopalji is near Ahimsa circle-Outside, the same building as Mamu’s Infusion. Its a small and clean kiosk. This one is loved by the old timers and is very popular. Also known as Gopalji from Ramniwas Bagh behind Kiran Cafe. They also have a all sorts of Chaat counter.

5) Indian Ice Cream Faluda:

Head to Link Road, next to Saraogi Mansion in Jaipur, you will find this very very old little shop called Indian Ice Cream Faluda, you will definitely  not regret having this sweet delicacy. Faluda Ice Cream is my all time favorite.

Rangeelo Rajasthan – Best 3 tourist attractions

Rajasthan is the land of imperial living, opulent cultural heritage, commendable hospitality, picturesque sand dunes, and delectable recipes. It’s popular worldwide for its vivid tourist attractions and cultural sites.The state is studded with a variety of eye-catching tourist spots, which include majestic forts and palaces,highly-revered temples, national parks and wildlife sanctuaries, mountain ranges, just to name a few.
Be it the tranquility of the Thar Desert, or magnificent lakes of Udaipur, or invincible forts of Jaipur, Jaisalmer and Jodhpur, everything about Rajasthan is incredible. It won’t be an exaggeration to say that your trip to India would be incomplete if you do not visit Rajasthan. Lets take you through some of the must-visit places of this remarkable north-western state of India.
Popularly named as the Pink City of India, Jaipur has a host of scenic buildings and cultural spots to dish out to you. Among all its forts and castles, Amber Fort is arguably the grandest of all. Its rugged forbidding exterior belies an inner paradise where a beautiful fusion of Mughal and Hindu styles finds its ultimate refinement. Other attractions of Jaipur include the princely Hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantar, the City Palace, and the list goes on and on.Shopping in Jaipur attracts a lot of foreign tourists. It is famous for its silver jewellery, blue pottery, Sanganeri prints among others.

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Udaipur is popularly known as the City of Lakes. The jewel in the crown of this City of Lakes is its majestic City Palace. Built in glittering granite and marble it majestically towers high on the Pichola Lake. Another notable tourist spot in Udaipur is Fatehsagar Lake. This artificial lake was built in 1678 by Maharana Jai Singh. After heavy rains destroyed it the reconstruction took place under the guidance of Maharana Fateh Singh. Udaipur is also for its luxury hotels, scenic views. The famous Jag Mandir is quite a popular destination for weddings.

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Ranthambore Wildlife Sanctuary
Nestled in the district of Sawai Madhopur, Ranthambore Wildlife Sanctuary is famous for tigers. Perhaps, this is one of those few places across the globe where you can see the big cats playing in the wild. This is one of the finest tiger reserves in the country Park’s abandoned fortress, lakes and above all it’s `friendly’ tigers have made it one of the most filmed wildlife reserves in the world.

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Rajasthan is unarguably the vacationer’s paradise.The best time to visit Rajasthan is September to March. 

Intesting facts about Holi of Mathura-Vrindavan

Holi is a festival that brings with itself a new hope, a new beginning and with it, everyone promises to be better than before.  
Mathura and Vrindavan are the epicentre of Holi festival in Northern India and specially Uttar Pradesh. The Banke Bihari temple at Vrindavan, a day before Holi celebrates the festival with flowers. This day is named as Phoolon Wali Holi. It is a short affair for just 15-20 minutes. So if you want to capture the moment, be ready with your camera at right angles. 

This is not the only attraction; Widow’s Holi at Vrindavan is gaining popularity and is played few days before the festival. It is worth a watch to see the widows enjoy at their best.
Mathura, on the other hand, also holds an important place. The Holi procession from Vishram Ghat to Holi Gate is a must watch. 

Vehicles decorated with flowers and kissed with colours make the procession worth watching. Similarly, at Dauji Maharaja Temple, people celebrate Holi in the form of Huranga- which means aggressive Holi.

Interestingly, the aggression is shown by women on men. If you want to capture this moment make sure women do not catch you and get stripped!!

Must visit South India Temples – an enchanting experience for lifetime!

Owing to the spellbinding natural beauty and picturesque architectural and cultural marvels, the peninsular region of South India has been grabbing eyeballs of tourists since ages. Bordered by seas and ocean by three sides, South India is home to some of the most scenic beaches in the world. Aroma of spices and coffee plantation, exhilarating wildlife sanctuaries, pristine backwater beauty, are unarguably the hallmarks of the majestic South Indian peninsular region. But, above them all, the entities that distinguishes the region from the rest of the world are its splendid temples and sumptuous cultural sites. For those who have religious bend of mind, or eagerness to explore traditional Indian architectural styles and culture, temple tour to South India has lot to present to them.

While the hallowed land is filled with plethora of temples and shrines, there are some that should be enlisted in your itineraries to South India. These must-visit temples include:
  • Shore Temple in Mahabalipuram: Overlooking the Bay of Bengal, Shore Temple has been the prime attraction for tourists on South India temple tour. Listed in the UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites, it’s a structural splendour built way back in 8th century. The temple includes an assortment of three shrines, two dedicated to Lord Shiva and one to Lord Vishnu.
  • The Five Rathas in Mahabalipuram: The Five Rathas is actually a collection of five monolithic temples, each built in a distinct style. It’s also knows as Panch Pandavas Rathas – and four out of the five temples are supposed to have been carved out of the same rock.
  • Meenakshi Temple in Madurai: Erected almost around 2000 years ago, Meenakshi Temple epitomizes the Dravidian architecture and art. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, who is known as Sundareswara or Beautiful Lord here, and to her consort, Parvathy, also known as Meenakshi. It contains as many as 14 wonderful Gopurams, or towers, including two Gopurams for the main deities. 
  • Kapleshwar Temple in Chennai: Dedicated to Lord Shiva, Kapleshwar Temple stands among the masterpieces of Dravidian architectural style. It also houses sixty three Saivite saint idols impeccably carved in Bronze. Constructed way back in the 8th century, it attracts thousands of pilgrimages and sannadhis every year. 
  • Sri Parthsarthy Temple in Chennai: Located at Triplicane, Chennai, Sri Parthsarthy Temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. In fact, it is one among the 108 divyadesams, or holy abodes of Lord Vishnu. Built by the Pallavan king Narasimhvarman I in the 8th century, the temple houses idols of four of Lord Vishnu’s ten avatars.
  • Brihadeeshwar Temple: Situated at Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu, Brihadeeshwar temple is the world’s first complete granite temple. Listed in the UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites as a part of “Great Living Chola Temples”, it exemplifies the great heights achieved by Cholas in architectural skills and capabilities. It stands as the one of the India’s most-prized historical site.

    Kaziranga National Park

    Wildlife tours to India has a special benchmark for Kaziranga National Park as it is the only national park reserve in India where the Rhinoceros can be seen in its natural habitat for Rhinos. One Horned Rhinos Internationally known as Great Indian One Horned Rhinoceros is heavily built beast of mammoth proportions, next to the Indian Elephant. It is the largest of the three Asian rhinos. 

    Kaziranga national park has the suitable climate for Rhinoceros to habitat. Kaziranga National Park is situated in Assam – Assam is the gateway to north-east India, dominated by rivers like Brahamputra and Barak. A large part of Assam is situated in the narrow valley that these rivers have created over the period of time. There are other sanctuaries and national Parks also around such as Manas National Park, GaramPani Wildlife Sanctuary and Pani Dihing Bird Sanctuary. 

    You can also vist many temples here during your tour likr Kamakhya temple further to this Shilong – Shillong or Scotland of the East is one of the most romantic cities in the northeast. And when you visit it, you’ll just about know why. A relatively unexplored land, splendid visions of rows of pine trees, lush hills and quaint cottages greet you, all reminiscent of the British era gone by. The city derives its name from the ‘Leishyllong’, the super God who resides on the Shillong peak, as if protecting the city also worth to visit.