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/
If you have time of 3 weeks on your hands and you have a fancy for India, here are some itinerary suggestions to pick one from. The first pick we have for you is 3 Weeks in India Itinerary: Delhi, Kerala, Goa and Mumbai itinerary by Vicky Flip Flop. This itinerary highlights Delhi and The Golden Triangle, Kerala, Goa and Mumbai. This itinerary is a famous one as is gives you a bit of both North and South India. You start the trip in Delhi, proceed to Agra and then eventually explore various cities in Rajasthan. From then on you explore Kerala and then Mumbai and Goa. Click this link to learn about the detailed itinerary.//vickyflipfloptravels.com/3-weeks-in-india-itinerary/ Image Courtesy: Pexels The next pick is for those of you who are into backpacking trips. The itinerary is called India Backpacking route – Three to four week itinerary by Evy Ven Kan. This itinerary will help you for your perfect low budget backpacking trip and cover all the famous spots. The cities included are Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Pushkar, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Mumbai and Goa. Click this link to learn about the detailed itinerary.https://www.reisjevrij.nl/en/backpacking-route-india-three-to-four-week-itinerary/ Image Courtesy: Flickr This third pick is called India itinerary. Best Ideas for two, three and four weeks. The itinerary lets you pick for three different time periods. The two week itinerary with the golden triangle ( Delhi - Agra- Rajasthan) is extended to a three week one by adding Aurangabad/Hampi and Goa. Click this link to learn about the detailed itinerary.//www.travelsauro.com/india-itinerary-two-three-four-weeks/’’
This is one of the most commonly asked questions by a traveller who wishes to travel to India. Smartphones and Internet are the essence of life now, however much you want to deny that! However, the answer to this question is not polar. Let’s first look at what all is there that can go wrong. Why will my phone not 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.Therefore, if you are getting an iPhone 6s, iPhone 6 Plus or 6s Plus from USA with you, make sure it is unlocked beforehand. Your phone may also not work, even if unlocked unless the GSM bandwidth of your phone is compatible. In India, the compatible GSM bands are as follows:2G capabilities: GSM 900, GSM 18003G capabilities: UMTS 900, UMTS 21004G capabilities: LTE 850 (5), LTE 1800 (3), LTE 2100 (1), LTE 2300 (40), LTE 2500 (41) Some key points to explain the necessity of this: Lower frequency network bands provide higher coverage. Higher frequency network bands provide higher data speeds. Proper Bands are required for VoLTE (Voice over Long-Term Evolution) services as it is a standard for high-speed wireless communication for mobile phones and data terminals. Therefore, one needs to identify their home GSM bands and compare it with India’s for a functional phone.
India has the mighty Himalayas and the breathtaking views they offer are a major reason to keep a space for a trek in your travel plan to India. When I need to achieve something, I always like looking at the result of it and I immediately feel motivated. I believe treks in that context also always require motivation to plan and when you are done, the sense of accomplishment is so immense that every sorrow in the world can probably drown and fade away. Therefore, with each trek listed below, there’s a picture attached that I hope will motivate you to go for it! 1. Hampta Pass TrekHampta pass is situated in southeast of Manali. This trek will enchant the mountain person in you as this trek in Himachal pradesh is right in the lap of Himalayas. It is a moderate altitude trek which is ideal for the beginners. It is 26 kilometer long with an altitude of 14,100 feet. The trek is best suited from May to October and the time required is 4-5 days. The hard work pays off well as the result of the trek is as beautiful as this picture below. Image Source: Indiahikes Valley of Flowers and Hemkund Sahib Trek This trek is for the mountain lovers, the valley loves, the flower lovers, the spirituals, the botanists and for anyone you can think of. The trek is shared between Himalayas and the Zanskar Range. The valley is at the altitude of 11000 feet. The trek gives one the opportunity to visit the Hemkund Sahib Gurudwara which is very holy to Sikhs. Approximate time required is 6 days. Here’s a picture of what you’re aiming at while you’re on this trek.
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
India is a land of colours, cultures, calmness and chaos all in a vibrant and delicate balance that you’ll find nowhere else. It is diverse and beautiful. It is huge and welcoming. But while it’s all these great things, it is also a little difficult.Being away from family and home gets tough and connectivity becomes as important as food and water even if it is just for a few days.India is huge and while one is roaming around, it is necessary to stay well connected throughout the country. Now, like every experienced traveller you first thought will be to buy a local and cheapest SIM card in India and that for a heads up can be a daunting task even when the SIM card price in India is mostly affordable.. And even getting one does not ensure that your phone will work with an Indian SIM card. This could either be because, the GSM band of your phone is not compatible or your phone is locked to your carrier. Due to security reasons, getting a tourists SIM card or an international sim card in India requires foreign tourists to furnish a lot of documents and there are many many steps involved in the process. Here’s what you have to do! Step 1: Local reference For a postpaid /prepaid/ roaming SIM card you will need a local reference name and phone number(For instance you can’t apply for a SIM card in Delhi with a reference in Mumbai- it has to be a local number) It is not necessary that you will have a local reference. Your local reference will get a call from the network provider within 24 hours of submitting the documents. It is possible that only one phone call is made to the local reference and in case they miss that call, you may have to wait for a day or so get the call again. It is also possible that you may have to repeat the entire documentation process with a different number as your application may be rejected and then you’ll have to wait for another two days. Step 2: Final verification Once the network has called your local reference and your phone becomes active, it should display a signal. You then need to call the activation number (59059) from your phone and confirm the name and address details as provided at the time of applying for your SIM card at the new SIM card price. Step 3: Activation complete. Within 15 hours of your details being successfully verified, your SIM card should be active. Now you will have to go back to the shop and top up or recharge your phone with the data and voice plans that you desire. Make sure that you are in the same area in which you bought the SIM card for the activation to go through. For instance, if you bought the SIM card in Delhi, you cannot complete the activation if you have travelled outside of Delhi. It has to be done within the same area it was issued.
In India, there are a lot of cafes & restaurants which offer free wifi but mostly at low speeds and that tends to obstruct smooth internet surfing and does not let you apps that require decent data capacity (Apps like Facebook, Instagram).Most cities in India unfortunately, do not have wifi zones.Therefore to use internet; you remain dependent and confined to your hotel rooms or cafes and restaurants. The whole hassle of connectivity just sucks up the chill. Do what you are really here to do - Travel! And leave the rest to Trabug. What is Trabug exactly?Trabug started as India’s First Travel Phone that catered to all the needs of a foreigner travelling to India but has now also ventured into a pocket wifi device. The Pocket Wifi Device:This is a small convenient pocket sized device that you can rent at $2.49 a day. The device gives you access to high speed internet (4G) and lets you connect upto 10 devices. It is handy and lasts upto 6 hours after 1 full charge. It can be charged again using a regular USB android cord. It comes with a companion app. The Phone:Trabug is an android smartphone which comes with a 4G SIM card and saves you the hassle of purchasing a SIM card. This is awesome because in India, to purchase a SIM card sometimes takes up to days altogether and the formalities are as long as 7 steps. The plans offered on the phone can be viewed on the site. There’s a good variety to choose from but not too much to confuse you either. International roaming costs for other service providers are generally high whereas the international roaming costs almost and even less than $2 a day for people who stay for longer durations. Therefore, Trabug definitely saves you both time and money.
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.