India is a home for many religions and many beliefs, leading to many celebrations. There are numerous festivals that are celebrated in India all with joy and enthusiasm. Here is a list of 5 of them. Read on to get a glimpse of what they are. DiwaliDiwali is known as the festival of lights. It celebrates the victory of light over darkness and of good over evil. Goddess Lakshmi and Lord ganesha are offered prayers to. People light diyas, burn crackers and exchange sweets to celebrate. It is an important hindu festival. Read this blog for more:http://www.edreams.com/blog/diwali-festival-of-light-in-india-see-it-first-hand/ HoliHoli is one of the most fun and happening festivals in India. This festival too 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 this blog for more:https://www.experiencetravelgroup.com/blog/2017/03/holi-festival/ Eid-Ul-Fitr
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!
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.
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.
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 -->
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
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!