Lansdowne is the untouched bit of beauty resting in the lap of the mountains in Uttarakhand, the land of mountains and Gods.It is silent yet mind blowing. It is green, gorgeous and great in all senses possible. Lansdowne is best described as a journey and not a destination. Lansdowne has an evident British touch as it was a hill station for the Britishers before the India independence. The name too is inspired from Lord Lansdowne who was once a Viceroy. The town is now an army cantonment. Lansdowne stands tall at 1700 metres above the sea level. It is less crowded, clean and just about 250 kilometres from Delhi. Here are a few facts more about Lansdowne: Best Time To Visit: Summer and WinterNearest Airport: Jolly Grant Airport, DehradunNearest Railway Station: KotdwarIt is well connected through roads.Best way to explore: By FootLanguages Spoken: Garhwali, Hindi Image Source: Trawell Next, we bring to you some handpicked blogs to read on Lansdowne. This Travellerachin’s blog titled ‘ A Road Less Travelled: Lansdowne’ will introduce you to the town and will give you all the information required on the topics such as Accessibility, Things to see, Places to stay, time required and eating places. The blog is a first hand experience and therefore a very well concised and trustable source of information. The writing is to the point and reader friendly. Read it here://travellerachin.wordpress.com/2010/03/22/a-road-less-travelled-lansdowne/
Mysore and Ooty are two gorgeous places in South India that have palaces, tea estates, natural parks and lakes too. They are a breath of fresh air and serve you nature and the rest. Read on to know better! MysoreMysore, first! This first pick is a blog by Anna from Global Gallivanting and is titled My Essential Mysore travel Guide: The Best Places To Visit, Stay And Eat. The article gives you reasons to visit Mysore, the budget, the places to stay, eating places, things to do, shopping places and everything. This is a wholesome guide to you trip to Mysore. The blog can be read here:http://www.global-gallivanting.com/majestic-mysore/ The next one is by Travelogy India and is titled Top 15 Unforgettable Places To Visit In Mysore. It lists all that is there to be explored in the city of Mysore. It will tell you the obvious nes sure, but it also points out the one often missed by tourists. The blog can be read here:https://blog.travelogyindia.com/15-unforgettable-places-to-visit-in-mysore
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.
Diu is a peaceful island in the west of India. It has a significant portuguese influence because of its history. ‘Isle of Calm’ of ‘Ilha De Calma’ as they would call it in portuguese, is a serene and magical place in Diu that has beauty that is breathtaking. Here are a few further reads for Diu and the Isle of Calm. This first read we picked for you is by maps of india and in their own words captures the splendour of Daman and Diu. The article begins by giving you a brief about the Daman and Diu and then gives you detailed info about how to get there, what all to look forward to, visitor information, bits and pieces about the portuguese history.Read the blog here: https://www.mapsofindia.com/my-india/travel/daman-and-diu-sand-surf-and-serenity The next pick is titled ILAHA DE CALMA, DIU – WHERE TIME LITERALLY STANDS STILL! By Travel Knots and covers Diu and the isle of calm in all the layers possible. It includes information on Demographics, Places to Visit and What To Expect from the lesser known places too. The information is complemented with a series of lovely pictures.Read it here: https://travelknots.wordpress.com/2015/02/19/ilaha-de-calma-diu-where-time-literally-stands-still/ The third pick is by triphobo and is tilted ‘8 quirky things to do in Diu: The Coastal Island of India’. This article tells you ways to explore the beautiful island of Diu unconventionally. The points mentioned in this article are pretty much from the point of view of a traveller and not a conventional tourist. It tells you about adventure, food, festivals, history and everything else you need to know.Read the blog here: https://www.triphobo.com/blog/best-things-to-do-in-diu This next pick is the most important one as it gives you all that you need to know about Isle of Calm in particular. The article is by Magzter and refers to the whole history behind the isle of calm. The advertisement talked about in the article is linked below. The article will tell you about wildlife, views, forts and more from a personal experience.Read the blog here: https://www.magzter.com/article/Travel/Outlook-Traveller/Isle-ofCalm This final piece is titled A day in Diu; Isle of Calm and is written by blogger SiddSart This blog piece is a travelogue of a one day journey to the Isle Of Calm in Diu and explains each experience from a personal perspective. Visit this to see the pictures if nothing else.Read it here:http://siddhsart.blogspot.in/2017/01/by-now-i-had-developed-fair.html And lastly here’s a video that shows the beauty of the isle of calm and also takes you a lovely musical journey. This is the advertisement that started it all. Have a look!
Holi is one of the most fun and happening festivals in India. This festival celebrates the rise of good over evil. People paint each other with colours and water and dance to upbeat music. Gujiya, thandai are the famous food and drinks that are prepared.Read on to more! This first pick is a blog by Indian holiday and is titled Complete Guide To Holi In India. It tells you what the festival is, why it is celebrated, how it is celebrated, what to expect. The most important part of the read is the safety instruction for holi.Read it here:https://www.indianholiday.com/blog/complete-guide-to-holi-in-india/ The next one is by Travel Triangle and is titled Celebrations Of Holi In Mathura And Vrindavan 2018. Mathura being the birthplace of Lord Krishna has a special significance of holi and this blog will tell you about that and about how holi is celebrated in this part of the country. It also gives you info on how to reach Mathura and Vrindavan and answers all FAQs.Read it here:http://traveltriangle.com/blog/holi-in-mathura/ This third pick is titled Holi festival in India: The World’s Most Colourful celebration by planetd summarises the essence of the festival. It will give you an idea of the love and the craziness that people have for this festival all over the world.Read it here:https://theplanetd.com/holi-festival-india/ This one is by Tripoto and is titled Holi At Nandgaon And Barsana that are two villages close to vrindavan. These villages are famous for their special ‘lathmar holi’. This article tells you about the places, the ritual of lathmar holi and all about that once in a lifetime experience,Read it here:https://www.tripoto.com/trip/holi-at-nandgaon-and-barsana-3845 This final one will convince you if you aren’t already. This article titled 10 Reasons to Celebrate Holi by &Beyond will make celebrating holi a must check in your bucket list. This summarised piece is a small and fun read,Read it here:https://www.andbeyond.com/stories/travel-inspiration/10-reasons-to-celebrate-holi/
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