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/
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
India has food that is as colourful and varied as the country itself. One cannot have a complete India trip without trying the food that the locals swear by and that food isn’t available in the high end multi cuisine restaurants, it is the one that you find in the streets. The street food in India varies from place to place too but here are a few dishes that one MUST try! Below listed is an article by Aanchal Kandpal for ScoopWhoop with the title “15 Yummy Street Food Of India Everyone Must Try” that gives you a very varied list of foods that you should try if you are looking to try some of the street food options in India. The list included vegetarian and non vegetarian options with Chole Bhature, Aloo Tikki and Vada Pav leading the list.Read the article below for the full list of foods. Personal Tip: Do not go back without having the roadside Chai/Tea. https://www.scoopwhoop.com/inothernews/street-food/ Trying food from the street can be tricky especially if you are an outsider in India and that is why here’s an article by blogger Rachel Jones on “15 Tips on Eating Street Food in India & Not Getting Sick” where she shares her experiences and tips with trying Street Food in India. Rachel is an American who is currently living in Goa, India and has a variety of useful tips for her fellow foreign travellers to India. The tips include taking care of the cleanliness, avoiding ice in drinks, preferring veg over non veg. Read her blog by clicking on the following link for more. https://hippie-inheels.com/tips-on-eating-street-food-in-india-not-sick/ Here’s another article with the title ‘A mini guide to Indian street food’ by blogger, Shalu Sharma from Bihar in India. According to her “Some dishes are specialties of certain regions, whereas other dishes are available pretty much universally, whether you are looking for vegetarian, non-vegetarian or seafood”. Check her blog to know her list of favourites, safety and famous places in India that offer great street food.https://travelwithkat.com/guide-to-indian-street-food-2/
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/
Patan and Modhera are lesser known but very culturally attractive centres in Gujarat. They have extravagant architecture and the essence of the traditional Gujarat. The places are centuries old and store a lot of spellbounding visions and stories. PatanDistance from Ahmedabad: 125 kmsTime required to reach: Approximately 3 hoursBest time to visit: March to SeptemberSuggested mode of transport: By Road ( A Bus, Car) Patan was found before the Solanki dynasty and was attacked by the Delhi sultanate.Patan is still historically significant as some famous monuments still survived. Patan is very famous for the Rani ki Vav which is an underground stepwell. The intricately designed building attracts tourists. The designs are mostly of Gods and Goddesses. The Rani Ki Vav was built by Udaymati in memory of her husband, Bhima I and completed by Udyamati and Karna. Rani ki vav stepwell is also the oldest and the deepest among the 120 other stepwells in Gujarat.Patan is also additionally famous for its ‘patan na patola’ which is basically a hand weaved silk saree and is very costly because of the hard work that goes into making them.As per wikipedia ‘There are only two families making patola sarees. They don’t teach this art to other family members. Only their sons are eligible to learn.’There are other places of worship in the city to explore too. Some of them being, Jagannath Temple, Ramji Mandir, Sai Baba mandir, Sheikh Farid no Rojo and more. ModheraDistance from Ahmedabad: 98 kmsDistance from Patan: 34 kmsTime required to reach from Ahmedabad : Approximately 2 hours, 10 minsTime required to reach from Patan: Approximately 40 minsBest time to visit: March to SeptemberSuggested mode of transport: By Road ( Bus, Car) Modhera was built when the Solanki Dynasty ruled and it is during that time that the architecture in Gujarat was at its best front. The town lies in Mehsana district is located on the bank of river Pushpavati.As per Wikipedia ‘The town was known as Dharmaranya during Puranic age. It is believed that Lord Rama had performed yagna here to cleanse the sin of killing Brahmin Ravana. He had built Modherak which was later known as Modhera’The most famous attraction for tourists in Modhera is the Sun Temple as it is very carefully carved and sculpted. Gyaneshwari stepwell is another lesser known monument in Modhera. Modhera also hosts a famous dance festival in January to look out for. The festival celebrates dance, music, art and culture in all its glory. The festival celebrates culmination of the festival of Uttarayan and lasts about 3 days. The festival is an ideal opportunity to experience the culture and celebration closely.
The northeast India is slowly becoming a favourite part to take trips to for the locals and the international travellers. It is fresh, beautiful and less populated. Even though it is becoming pretty popular among the tourists, it still has people concerned about safety. We are still to decide how tourist friendly the northeast is and therefore; here are some tips that we want you to keep in mind while you travel there. You may need special permits ( for example; the Protection Area Permit) and other documents to travel there. An Indian visa is obviously a must but do your research before you take the step. There are eight states, several districts and villages to cover, therefore, plan a tour with good amount of time in hand. A well planned trip is a better way to go here. Read and study about the locals, tribes, food and culture beforehand. You wouldn’t want to offend anyone, right? This will also let you have a better interactive experience. Be prepared for the rains. The northeast receives a decent amount of rainfall especially during monsoons. Best travel time is between October and April. Get yourself hotels and hostels pre booked as this area still has a developing hospitality sector. One is suggested to carry multiple simcards as the landscapes don’t permit very good connection. Immerse yourself in a natural lifestyle there and do not expect amazing internet access. You should even be prepared to lose it every now and then. Keep saved the emergency contacts at all times. And lastly; keep expecting the unexpected! The northeast India is wonderful and so is travelling and to keep the experience smooth, do look up Trabug- India’s First Travel Phone that will keep you from being distracted by travel hurdles while that you are there. Check this link for more About TrabugTrabug is india’s first Travel phone that comes with a 4G connection and a voice plan. It is a phone for anyone and everyone who travels to India on business or leisure. It helps you stay connected in a foreign land and makes your stay hassle free. What Our Customer Has To Say “I absolutely love it! we always had perfect signal and the wifi hotspot worked for two devices even far in the Thar desert 👍🏼 The trabug support team was always reachable and really helpful. I highly recommend this for long stays in India, it also has great tourist tips and maps…restaurant and hotels list as reliable as in tripadvisor. Thank you for the service!!” Nayeli Contreras Mexico
Colourful and bright costumes, bold makeup, bolder emotions and a spellbounding storyline is what I can say if you ask me to describe Kathakali in a single sentence.But since I have the luxury to describe it; here’s what I want you to know about it. Kathakali is one of the major and most popular classical dance forms of India. It is as much a dance form as it is an art of storytelling. It is an ancient art and holds within itself traditions and culture that goes back centuries. It is a dramatic expression of emotions that is expressed through a very neatly assembled combination of dance, drama, music, costumes and makeup. The acts usually adapt stories from hinduism. It also takes its references and learning from the Natya Shastra.Someone has beautifully mentioned that; ‘Kathakali brought humanity into Hinduism to express emotions that go beyond words. The temple rituals, first performed in secret, evolved into a vibrant drama that embraces the essence of what it is to be human.’ If you are still pretty curious about this dance form; here’s something that will make a very interesting read. The article is titled Dance of Kerala,The Entrance to God’s domain and is published by india travelz Read it yourself here; to know why this art form of kerala is also called The Dance Of Gods The article also takes you through lives of the artists associated with it. A line from the article is as follows. ‘Only men are allowed to be Kathakali actors. The training starts at the age of ten and the student stay with his guru for seven or eight years in order to learn from him how to master the basic techniques’ Read the full article here: http://indiatravelz.com/dance-of-kerala/
Being in foreign land always challenges one on the communication front, especially when the languages differ very much. In India, a land where you will find more than 700 different languages out of which 22 are listed in the constitution, it most definitely becomes a task to reach out to and understand everyone. Even though English has continued to be an important language; it is Hindi (No, it’s not the same as Indian, there’s no language such as Indian) that is widely spoken throughout the country. Here’s a preliminary guide that includes basic words, phrases and expressions that could help you communicate when you are in India. Emergency phrases: Help! - Bachao, Madad karo Fire! - Aag lagi hai Stop- Ruk jao Call the police- Police ko bulao Call an ambulance - Ambulance bulao I need help. - Mujhe madad chahiye I am hurt - Mujhe chot lagi hai Basic words: Hello, Hey - Namaste/ Namaskar Yes - Haan No - Na , Nahi Okay - Theek hai Bye - Phir milenge Good Morning - Suprabhat Good Night - Shubh Ratri Sorry - Maaf kijiye Thank you - Dhanyawad/ Shukriya Please- Kripaya Let’s go - Chalo/Chaliye Question words: What? - Kya? Why?- Kyun? When? - Kab? How? - Kaise? Who? - Kon? Where? - Kahan?/ Kidhar? Directions: