Dehradun and Mussoorie are gems in hiding when it comes to great destinations in India. Dehradun is a quiet and peaceful capital of the state of Uttarakhand and Mussoorie the very famous queen of hills. Both have their special magic to woo you. There’s a lot more to know, so read on! DehradunLet’s begin with knowing about Dehradun. This first pick is a blog by Nitish Kumar and is titled My First Hill Ride From Delhi To Dehradun And Mussoorie. The blog describes his journey, struggles and tips on the road trip from Delhi to Dehradun and then goes on describing his time in the city.The blog can be read here: https://nitishkumar.net/2014/07/27/my-first-hill-ride-from-delhi-to-dehradun-and-mussorie/#more-12430 The next one is by Travel Triangle and is titled 8 Places To Visit In Dehradun For An Incredible Trip. The blog introduces you to conventional and unconventional spots to explore for a traveller. The list comprises of monasteries, museums, waterfalls, caves and more.The blog can be read here:http://traveltriangle.com/blog/best-places-to-visit-in-dehradun/ MussoorieNext up is the queen of the hills, Mussoorie!
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 Canada and the Available International Data Roaming Plans
Hyderabad is a combination of heritage old and new. The city is for the moderns and for the ones finding solace in the heritage. It has food, culture and even a film city of its own.Here are the top 10 things one should do when in Hyderabad. 1. Visit the CharminarCharminar is the face the city of Hyderabad. Visit it to experience the old city and the architecture. You can get a ticket and walk up to see the view from the charminar. The markets that surround the monument offer a lot to shop and eat too. 2. Explore the Golconda FortThe Golconda Fort is a very unique piece of architecture with its sound system. Hire a guide to know better. The fort gives a gorgeous view of the city and has amazing spots for photography. It is a time consuming place so will end up taking few good hours. Many bollywood movie shave been shot here too. 3. Lay Hands on The Paradise BiryaniThe hyderabadi biryani is famous throughout the world and paradise is a chain that specialises in the biryani. There is variety to pick from here. You can even have a take away at some places. The restaurants are nice and spacious. You can even try their faluda for the dessert.
India has a large chunk of history and art preserved in its museums. There are number of hidden secrets, experiences and emotions found in these places and if you are here, you should definitely give yourself a chance to find them.Here are 5 most loved museums in India. Image Courtesy: Contemporary Art Daily Salar Jung MuseumType: Art MuseumLocation: HyderabadTimings: 10 am to 5 pm ( open all days except Friday)Holds: Collections of Textiles, artifacts, statues, clocks, carvings, paintingsFamous For: Biblis, Veiled Rebecca, Mephistopheles and Margaretta, Musical Clock Read reviews and more here: https://www.holidify.com/places/hyderabad/salar-jung-museum-sightseeing-2062.html Image Courtesy: The Heritage Lab Indian MuseumType: Art, Armours, Skeletons,Location: KolkataTimings: 10 am to 5 pm ( open all days except Monday)Holds: Armours, Skeletons, Art Albums, Photographs, PostcardsFamous For: Egyptian Human Mummy, Buddha’s Footprint, Goat with 8 legs
Travelling to India soon and need to be connected to friends, family and fellow travellers? You will need a sim card to use in india. Not to scare you, but getting a sim card in india can be quite an experience. Read for yourself! Trying to find the cheapest SIM card in India, with a good data plan, and the one that works with your unlocked phone and provides mobile wifi, can be absolutely exhausting with so many options available even when the SIM card price in India is mostly affordable. Before you make a choice, read below as we answer the most frequently asked questions by foreigners travelling to India. Will my Mobile Phone Work in India?Your phone may not work in India with any of the local sim cards unless it is unlocked. In most of the parts of the world, mobile phones are locked to their telecom carriers and only they (your telecom carrier) can unlock the phones for you. You will not be able to insert another sim or use it with another carrier unless you pass their criteria of getting the phone unlocked and then go through the procedure which can take time and may cost you money of you get it done privately. So, if you are asking ‘Are all iPhones unlocked’ or ‘Can you unlock and iPhone 7 or iPhone 6s’? Yes, you can and should get them unlocked or check if they are unlocked from your native service provider before you arrive in India. Your phone may also not work, even if unlocked unless the GSM bandwidth of your phone is compatible.
Goa is called the party capital of India and rightly so as this state has a lot of great places to offer. The place is famous for its beaches, its booze and the lavish bars. Here are the top bars that one should surely visit when in Goa. Shivers, Candolim,GoaThis tops the best bars and pubs in Goa list on Zomato and is famous for its continental food and the lovely ambience. The place is open from 9 a.m. till 11 p.m.One can freely enjoy drinks, food and even a smoke with friends and family. Here’s a zomato link for more information. https://www.zomato.com/goa/shivers-candolim?zrp_bid=0&zrp_pid=14 Image Courtesy: https://www.justdial.com/Goa/Shivers-Garden-Restaurant-And-Bar-Lane-Opposite-Kingfisher-Villa-Candolim/0832PX832-X832-120229143629-F1W3_BZDET Club M, Morjim, GoaThis place is very popular for the variety of cocktails that it offers. The place is located at a lovely location and is ranked pretty high by customers. The food especially the pizzas and chicken are famous. The staff is attractive and talented and you’ll have a great DJ for the entertainment you wish for.Here’s a link for more informationhttps://www.happytrips.com/goa/club-m/ps23963749.cms
Image Courtesy: Travel Triangle The Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary is a lesser know but worth it destination in the state of Rajasthan. It has been called paradise for birds and bird watchers. It hosts thousands of rare and endangered species of birds. One of those would be a Siberian crane. The sanctuary has been established for over 250 years now.Read these hand picked blogs to know what to expect on your trip there: Pritesh Kulkarni from Pune writes on ‘Bharatpur: Bird’s paradise!!!’ and elaborates very precisely about his trip to the place. He starts by explaining about the place and its location. The blog piece is a very personal experience and suggests to book a car if you are travelling from Agra.According to him the guides are friendly. The canteen in the forest area can be approached for packed meals. He very distinctly describes all the creatures (the pictures are breathtaking) he came across in his blog here:http://pritskulkarni.blogspot.in/2016/01/bharatpur-birds-paradise.html The second read is by Ajay Sharma who is a passionate about travelling. The post is titled ‘A Trip to Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary’ and Ajay starts off by telling you that he has visited the place a total of 4 times. He has included details about directions, entry fee, parking fee, timings, gates,, transports and other such important things. He further lists all that the birds and animals he spotted and how breathtaking the view was. Read his complete blog here:https://www.ghumakkar.com/bharatpur-bird-sanctuary/ Our next pick is called ‘Bird It Like Bharatpur’ by BeyondLust. The riter starts off by telling you how the experience was to drive to the destination. They go on elaborating about their encounter with the guide and the rickshaw drivers and how it was pleasant. They also describe the number of species of plants, mammals, snakes, avifauna. According to them, the best months for bird watching here are November to February. Read the blog for more. The pictures included in the blog are worth a look too! https://beyondlust.in/2012/01/11/bird-it-like-bharatpur/ This fourth pick is by traveltraingle called ‘Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary: Your Perfect Date With Nature’The blog is a perfect travel planning guide to the place. It elaborates on the modes of transport, distance from various places, time taken to reach, places to stay and even gives you the essential tips. The blog also includes history and details of the bird watching safari.Read it here: http://traveltriangle.com/blog/bharatpur-bird-sanctuary/
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.