Hampi is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in Karnataka, India. Hampi was once the capital of the Vijaynagar. The place is worth a visit for its beautiful ruins from the ancient architecture, the temples, royal vibrance, old aquatic structures and street markets. Hampi is a lesser population destination but definitely worth it. Here are a few things to keep in mind when planning a trip to Hampi. Hampi can be reached by road, rail and air. It is well connected. You can explore the city by bicycle or on foot the best. Motorcycles and rickshaws, boats are other favourable options. Buy a local map and you will have it easy exploring the place on your own. There are conventionally famous places to see. As per wikitravel ‘The must-visits are Virupaksha Temple, Hampi Bazaar, Monolith Bull, Lakshmi Narasimha temple, Hemakuta Hill temples, Big Shivlinga, Vithala Temple (the famous Stone Chariot is located here), Hazara Rama Temple, Royal Enclosures, Queen’s Bath, Zanana Enclosure (which also houses the Lotus Mahal), Elephant Stables, Achyutaraya temple, Statue of Lakshmi Narasimha (often mistaken for Ugra Narasimha, a fiery form of Vishnu, owing to the damage suffered by this monolithic statue), Mahanavami Dibba, the Stepped Bath, and the Matanga Hill (from where one can see the most beautiful sunset ever). All these places are on the Hampi Bus Stand side of the river.’ But while you are there don’t forget to notice the rocks, the wildlife and the vegetation. Explore the Ayurveda in the city. There are affordable and easily available centres for massages, treatments.
Chandigarh is a quiet and beautiful city in the north of India. It is famous for its beauty, cleanliness, architecture and the food. Chandigarh is a food destination that will serve you the best authentic traditional cuisines to the best exotic ones. Here’s a list of 5 cafes that are a must visit once in Chandigarh. The Willow CafeTHe Willow Cafe is a personal space where one can relax while sipping a good cup of coffee. You can read, listen to music and just have your time. The ambience is warm and homely. It is a cafe with both Indian and International food options. The vegetarian menu is as tempting as the non vegetarian one. The cafe is reviewed to be moderately expensive. If nothing else, one can visit it for the desserts. Read here for more:https://www.tripadvisor.in/Restaurant_Review-g297596-d2516884-Reviews-The_Willow_Cafe-Chandigarh.html Image Courtesy: TripAdvisor Nik Baker’sIf you’ve known anyone from Chandigarh, you obviously have heard them talk about this one. Nik Baker’s is a name synonymous with the city. The place is as famous for its bakery items as it is for its coffee. The place offers fingerlicking cakes and pastries. They also serve good snacks from various cuisines. The service is rated pretty well too. Read here for more:https://www.tripadvisor.in/Restaurant_Review-g297596-d1056154-Reviews-Nik_Baker_s-Chandigarh.html
One of the key attractions of being in the western part of India is exploring the state of Gujarat and its wonders. Gujarat is the westernmost state of India that has beaches, deserts, metro cities, cultural & architectural heritage and all the rest you can think of. Tourists flood during October to February as these are the most happening times of the year with Navratri and Rann Utsav to wow the visitors.Here’s more information on India’s most unique and looked forward to festival which is a bliss for people that love the amalgamation of culture and nature. Names: Rann Utsav, Rann Mahotsav, Rann Of Kutch UtsavTime: November to February ( Check site for latest dates)Venue: DhordoKey Attractions: Natural landscapes; Cultural performances; Mandvi Beach; Safari; Hot Air Ballooning; Camping To know more; we have handpicked some articles that give out the important details. Read on! This article by the name ‘Rann Utsav 2017-18: All You Need To Know About The Desert Fest’ by travel triangle will give you latest information about Rann Utsav 2017-18. It gives you a great insight about the things you should expect, how and where to reach, where it starts, what and where to eat and answers possibly every question you have about this year’s festival. This site also helps you plan your trip and answers your queries. Visit the link for more.http://traveltriangle.com/blog/rann-utsav/ Another blogpost by Sumit Saxena for Tripoclan is headed ‘The Grandeur Of The Kutch Rann Utsav’ and tells you more comprehensively about the festival. Sumit is a Startup enthusiast, passionate traveler, business developer professional and writes blogs by choice. This article covers subheads like When and Where, Places to Stay, What to Visit, Activities at Kutch and Surrounding Places. Read more through this link.http://www.tripoclan.com/blog/grandeur-kutch-rann-utsav/ For more information/bookings visit the Official Site for Rann Utsav: http://www.rannutsav.com/ This next pick is more of a description on Rann of Kutch and not particularly about the fest.It is a very elaborate personal experience by Winnie Karnik for musafir. The blog piece is called ‘Time to Rann away’ and is detailed beautifully with experiences and facts. She has made it even more engrossing with the help of amazing pictures. The blog starts with her describing the Salt desert of Kutch and the views over the desert like a poem. She goes on describing how it was living there with single digit temperatures and in tents. She describes her cultural experiences and the art she found. In her words ‘The Khatris are excellent hosts and demonstrate Rogan Art to every visitor’. She describes the sunset and the experiences of visiting the Bhuj earthquake affected areas. She ends her blog by telling you her tips to help plan a perfect gateway to Rann of Kutch.https://in.musafir.com/Blog/Time_to_Rann_away.aspx Here’s a video of the Utsav (Festival) from last year to help you have a better insight.
While both Mumbai and Delhi are pretty famous among tourists, they are as different as one can imagine them to be. One is the country’s very capital and the other the commercial capital. One is called the heart of India while the other the soul. Both have different cultures, different languages, different people and different appeals for the travellers. Listed below are some stark differences we could identify on the basis of the following: Culture & PeopleTo look at the cultural differences between these two metro cities, we would like to point out that Delhi was in the ancient times the Mughal capital and Mumbai the Maratha capital. Since then, Delhi is built like a circle and Mumbai like a grid.Whereas in today’s times, decorum is more of a sight in Mumbai only as Delhi is a little too careless about that and Mumbai is a little easy on women, but Delhi in that context has let people down. Mumbai can easily be in today’s time be inferred safer than Delhi in this aspect. In another aspect; Delhi has one of the finest colleges in the country and Mumbai; bollywood and dreams to sell.Talking about people; people in Mumbai are a little more tourist friendly than Delhi.Both the cities though, are pretty similar when you compare the hustle bustle.An extra tip - Do not miss a holi in delhi and a ganesh chaturthi in Mumbai! Time Mumbai as per most travelers requires around 2-3 days if you want to do only the touristy stuff. One can stay longer if one looks forward to exploring local markets, going to cafes, watching local cinema or go on to a few weekend getaways. Delhi requires only 2 days as per most travellers as people head to Agra next immediately but that too only covers the architecture and old monuments. To explore the heart of Delhi, one can visit cafes, bars, streets, old markets, take a metro ride, visit Delhi haat and that would take more than 2 days for sure.
Jaipur and Udaipur are both pretty much favourites of travellers to India because of the historic significance and the cultural grandeur.The question though, still always arises as to what should be the first preference.Listed below are a few read that will help you know both the places in detail and compare the with ease. What’s Udaipur All AboutThe following blog titled ‘Udaipur in Rajasthan (India) | The City of Lakes and compelling saga of Mewar Royal House’ by Sushmita Sarkar was published recently and gives wholesome perspective on Udaipur. In her blog she talks about the lakes, the light and sound shows and how trustworthy they are. You will find ticket prices in there too.According to her, the best part of visiting the Sajjangarh fort is the view from the top. The time advised to visit Udaipur is winters. Check this link to explore her experience and get to know udaipur. http://www.myunfinishedlife.com/udaipur-in-rajasthan-city-of-lakes/ An add on read on Udaipur ( A personal account by the author) http://www.hookedupon.com/ill-never-stop-loving-udaipur-start-loving/ What’s Jaipur All AboutIn Sandeepa Chetan’s blog ‘Jaipur in 24 hours: A super short visit’ they describe a day spent in Jaipur. They cover the monuments like Hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantar, Amber Fort and the famous temples and her experience at each place along with the history. They also describe how it was to spend ‘Diwali’ in Jaipur. The blog also lets you know the places you can head to from Jaipur. You’ll also find information about food as they describe their experience with Dal Bati Churma, Kair Sangri and Gatte ki Sabzi. Check the link below to read yourself.http://sandeepachetan.com/jaipur-one-day-24-hours-trip/
While both Kerala and Goa are pretty famous among tourists, they are as different as one can imagine them to be. One a western state and another a south indian; both have different cultures, different languages, different people and different appeals for the travellers. Listed below are some stark differences we could identify on the basis of the following: Reach Goa has an international airport called the Dabolim Airport in the city Dabolim which is some 27 kilometres from Panaji i.e. the capital of Goa.Kerala has not one but three major international airports that are; Thiruvananthapuram International Airport, Cochin International Airport and Kozhikode International Airport. Time Goa as per most travelers requires around 4-6 days.Kerala requires a little more; that is around 7 -9 days of your time. Quality Of Beaches
Imagine having no internet while taking phone overseas for 30 days when travelling in India? None. Nil. Wouldn’t that just disrupt life for you? Obviously, it will unless you are a monk reading this.But you would say that we can have free data abroad from the internet on the phone because our service provider gives us mobile phone data that works abroad.Now, here’s the trouble!When you pay for these internet charges at your home country, you incur charges that are fixed. But when you step outside of your state and especially of your country, these charges become nebulous and start eating your pocket. This is probably where you ask the question ‘What is Data Roaming’?Data Roaming is the usage of your data service when you step outside of the boundaries of your telecom operator’s network coverage area. It is charged both domestically and internationally. International data roaming charges or global roaming charges are incurred because your network operator has a tie up with other network operators that give you services on their behalf and hence the roaming tariff. How Does Data Roaming Work?Once you are outside your telecom operator’s network coverage area; any action that involves the usage of your phone data (when not using any WiFi) will incur charges. These charges are incurred as your telecom operator ties up with international telecom operators to facilitate your activity outside your home network operators’ area and hence that costs more. They are technically referred to as interconnect charges. So, whether it is sending that mail you started to write last night or trying to look for navigation, you will be charged for everything. Your phones have settings to turn data roaming service off but only android phones give you reminder/ warning to do that when you step outside the network. Therefore; it is either that you can’t have overseas data or you just pay heavily to have it. Now, to give you a brief idea about the magnitude of these charges; Here’s a Sum up of Data Roaming Charges in Singapore and the Available International Data Roaming Plans
The capital of the colourful Rajasthan is itself drenched in Pink, the colour that is warm and welcoming. It is told to us that this heritage city is called ‘The Pink City’ and as soon as you are in the city yourself, you’ll know why that is true. You too will admit to its grandeur and warmth. The city is divided in two parts, the old Jaipur (the one that all tourists are mostly interest in) and the new one. To make the best of your experience in this city and in India, here‘s a list of one day tours within the city and from it, all in a shoe-string budget! Within The CityCity Palace, Jantar Mantar, Hawa Mahal, Albert Hall MuseumThese are the main attractions of the city as they are old, grand and gorgeous. The city palace & Jantar Mantar lie at a walking distance to each other. After finishing with these two, one should head to the Albert hall Museum and the famous Hawa Mahal. The tickets at all these places are minimal and preferably go for electric rickshaws as a commute as they are cheap and easy to go around with the traffic in the old parts of the city. The Hawa mahal markets too have a lot to offer for the shopaholic inside you. Don’t forget to bargain!Budget Estimate: Rs1500 to Rs1800 Image Courtesy: Jayati Gupta --> Amber Fort, Jal MahalAmber fort also called Amer fort is around 13 kilometres from the main Jaipur Junction and is all the way up a hill. It a huge fort with Temples and gorgeous views but is huge enough to consume up a day of yours and it closes in the evening so head to it, first day in the morning. Stop for the Jal mahal on your way back. Fix a nominal rate with an electric rick driver to take you up and down the fort and to the jal mahal. You could offer an extra 50 rupees, and he will wait outside the fort till you explore. You can also hire a cab, but a rick is the cheapest and the most convenient as it could take you through traffic.Budget Estimate: Rs800 to Rs1100 Image Courtesy: Jayati Gupta -->