It’s always a first time experience to every thing in the world. We take a lot of time and efforts when travelling abroad for the first time. Its a new experience in the new land. We take care of all the major things but forget small things while travelling abroad. We should check the list while travelling abroad before making any plans.

  1. Check In with the Travel Insurance – Travel Insurance is a must for most of the countries to travel. But it’s always advisable to check in with travel insurance because it covers most of your health and travel expenses for a very nominal charges.
  2. Copies of Passport – Always keep a passport copies with you and leave a copy of your passport home. so that you can prove your nationality. Best you can make an electronic copy of your passport and can save in your emails.
  3. Register with Embassy – It’s most important that you register with your countries embassy so that in any emergency situation you could be brought back to home safely.
  4. Currency Conversions – It’s important to take the currency from a registered forex company. It’s always advisable to take the local currency before you fly to your destination.
  5. Credit Cards Validity – Make sure that the credit cards and debit cards will work in the country you tend to visit. Almost every country accepts Master and Visa International Card. You need to check with your bank do you hold the international debit or credit card or not.
  6. ATM and Bank Charges – Always check upon the ATM and Bank Charges that your bank charge for swiping it internationally.Sometimes the bank charges are more than what you spend internationally. Be aware about it before you use and travel.
  7. Entrance and Exit Fees – Sometimes some countries require the travellers to pay a entrance and exit fee which may not be included in your Air tickets. Generally these fees can range from 25 USD to 200 USD.
  8. Look for the Air Ticket – It’s a most important factor that need to be checked before you plan any trip internationally. Air tickets are the major cost component in any international trip.
  9. Search for the Events at the time your travel – Events at the time of your travel can hamper the travel plans. You may have to give the surcharge on the hotels and other things. Your trip may become a costly affair.
  10. Universal Converters – Every country works on different electronic voltage and switching system. so its advisable to purchase a universal adapters or converters for your international trip. Your mobile chargers plug in may not work in another country.
  11. Tell your Bank you are Abroad – Making a transaction on your bank account all of a sudden may result in freeze of account and cards. Bank may think that some frauds have taken place. Its good to tell the bank that cards may be used internationally. so that you may not face any emergency situations on your trip.
  12. Illegal Items – You should always read the things which are illegal to take into the country. Anything which is legal in your country may not be legal in the country you are tend to travel. So you must check the customs site of the country you travel about the things that are permitted to carry in the country.
  13. International Number – How can any one contact you when you are travelling. You should take an international roaming or a local sim card from your country that are available with Matrix and lot more companies now at a reasonable rate.
  14. Cross Check your Bookings –  Always cross check your bookings made in advance with the hotel for your stay if booked from a new source.
  15. Cultural Check – Always check about the culutral barriers of the country. There may be certain do’s and don’t for every countries. You should live upto the rules and regulations of the country.
Purushwadi located almost 180 km from Mumbai situated in Ahmednagar district. They have some of the unique species of flies that emit light in the night. The region is full of natural beauty, lakes and Western Ghats. These unique species are not the flies which emit fire light. But these are beetles that have a natural phenomenon to attract their preys or mates. This phenomenon of so called fireflies take place in the month of May and June. This is the mating season for the beatles. Grassroots is an NGO thats helping in providing the tourism opportunity to the villagers.
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How to Reach  
Its convenient to travel from Mumbai Pune and Nasik for the destination by road. Its a remote village so travelling by car is the best mode.
Month to Travel 
May and June before the first shower of Rain. As soon the rain Starts these unique species start dying.
Where to Stay
You have MTDC resorts in Bhandardara nearby village that you can book before hand. Lot more other options are available to stay. Purushwadi village is close to Bhandardara and have more good options to stay.

Why it’s always that for a middle class working people in India have to think twice to travel abroad. I have always seen the people making a query about an international trip. when they come to know the actual price of the trip. they never come back for planning a holiday. They always sees that its too costly and its out of budget. Therefore, the Olympic Games, London Marathon and the World Cup have to watch at home.

I have to tell those people guys there are not only developed countries where we always have to go, where all the people around you are travelling. Break the ice and feel rich when you can travel to the some of the most beautiful countries in the world. We have lot of countries where you can travel when you spend less and get more with the power of Indian currency.

Here we go one y one with some of the most beautiful countries in the world where we Indians can feel richer.

1. Bolovia (1 Bolivian = 9.23 INR )

Country in South America rich with the culture and natural beauty is the destination to discover. Filled with naturally occurring hot springs. Exploring a new unique species then bolivia is the place for scientific endeavour to all the science hunters and travellers who loves exploring. Its a Visa on Arrival for Indians.

2. Belarus (1 INR = 216 Rubbles)

Land Lock country in the eastern Europe is the belling for the people who loves castles and Museums and charming forest, culture and lakes. What’s not there for you in this unique country thats a blessing to what one needs in the trip. You need to plan the trip the well in advance with the registered Tour operators of the country to visit this destination. Prior Visa is required to visit the Belarus.

3. Cambodia  (1 INR = 64 Riel )

Most famous for its largest Hindu temple in the world. Its situated in the south east Asia. Cheaper flights and Accommodation and a good destination for backpackers. A long weekend can work over for this destination. Drinks food and stay all could be accommodated at a budget cost. Travel industry is booming here for more tourist attracted towards it. It’s a Visa on arrival destination for us. Indian can get visa on arrival very easily.

4. Vietnam (1 INR = 338 Dang)

Flights are cheaper from Bangkok for Indian. This destination can be covered well with the backpackers as well who are willing to travel bangkok and Vietnam. Cheaper food and travel is making it an another popular destination for lot of tourist from India. For more information you can check the VIETNAM. To travel here you just need to require a visa approval Letter from any of the tour operators in the country.

5. Nepal (1 INR = 1.6 Nepalese Rupee)

You can find a lot of offers with low cost airlines for Kathmandu from various parts of India. Best part we do not require any passport to travel this Himalayan land.  Plana  trip whenever you get the cheapest offer for flights to travel. Kathmandu and Pokhara are the best fit for anyone’s travel itinerary.

6. Hungary (1 INR = 4.22 Forint)

Hungry have several option within INR 1000 to 1500 per night for the hotel accommodation.  Transport is also fairly price to move around the country’s capital Budapest. This  is a very popular destination for any eastern Europe travel plan. Schengen Visa is required to travel the country.

7. Sri Lanka (1 INR = 2.08 Sri Lankan Rupee)

AN Island Nation filled with hill country, tea estate, beaches, mountaintop, heritage site and what all. Its a best place for Indians looking to travel abroad. Bentota, Kandy, Colombo, Nuralia there are lot of destinations to explore. Visa permit is required to travel this country at a very nominal charges.

Sri Lanka has a great importance to the location of India Politically as well as geographically. Its one of the cheapest destination from India in terms of monetary exchange and travel time.Best part about Sri Lanka is you just need to obtain the permit to visit online and you can travel any time. Its a Visa Free destination for the Indian Passport Holders.

Today in this blog will tell you all about the Best places to Visit in Sri Lanka. You can Prepare your Travel Itinerary from details and can manage the time for smooth travel to this beautiful Island country of Indian Ocean.

  1. Arrive in Colombo – As the flights from all over India are Cheaper to Colombo and road travel is the best option in Sri Lanka.
  2. Drive to Galle Fort / Dutch Fort – Cycling is the best option to explore the huge fort buzzing with the life in the form of Museums, Villas, Administrative offices, Shops and lot more.
    Situation – Southern cost 132 Kms off Colombo.
  3. Pinnewala Elephant Orphanage – A 147 Acres of natural habitat consists of different species of plants and trees. It’s one of the largest in Sri Lanka. You can have a full day picnic over here with the elephants and vast variety of Flora and Fauna.
    Situation – You can Visit this Place Enroute Kandy Via Colombo.
  4. Wale Watching  –A spectacular experience to watch the world’s largest mammals if you are lucky. Dolphins can also be seen playing in the water. You can also Spot Killer Whales, Pilot Whales and Bryde’s Whale, Best time to Visit is in the morning  taking the cruise from Galle to Mirissa Fishery.
  5. Scuba Diving & Snorkeling –South and Northeast cost are recommended for the scuba diving from October to April. Indian Oceans water surrounding the cost line of Sri Lanka will never disappoint you with its rich marine Life and coral reef located off cost of Mount Lavinia. It’s a home to some of the most amazing aquatic life.
  6. Trails to Tea Estate – Morning Walk is the best time to explore the tea estate of Sri Lanka. Ceylon Tea Trails are one of the best estates of Sri lanka Tea. Its one of the finest quality of tea exported to the entire world. Winter and the early springs are the best time to visit the place for a natural Creamy tea in the morning with the natures Walk.
  7. Trek To Adams Peak– Although the trek is very exhaustive in Nature. Its famous for its curious impressions of the foot prints painted in golden  are found on the trek. Winters are the best for trekking. Time could be made suitable as per your schedule.
  8. Visit to Sigiriya– Sigiriya has beautiful hand made paintings made by the king himself according tho the locals all around the circumference. You will find a beautiful palace made up of white marble which is a epitome of beauty.
  9. Turtle Hatchery– It was started in Sri Lanka in order to encompass the decreasing population of turtles and to safe them from extinction. Here different species of turtle eggs are hatched Fed and cared till the age of 4 years. You can find leatherback, Green and Olive Ridhley Species of Turtles.
    Location: Bentota
  10. Polonnaruwa Sacred City– This city is will take you the golden history of Sri Lanka. You can See the remains of the ancient palaces, shrines statute of Parakramabahu, Lotus shaped pond made on 4 tiers.
  11. Dambulla Cave Temple – This is the world heritage site declared in 1991. Climb the stairs in the morning which is the best time to go for the excursion. Tickets are sold half way the temple stairs, so don’t miss to take the one for your self. It cost you $25 per person. Five different caves are built in different time.
  12. Kandy to Ella Train Journey – Train is the most affordable and comfortable way to explore the beautiful island country. this train journey is full of scenic beauty.

Luxurious Cambodia over Weekend

Cambodia the place of Angkor Wat. and back packing for most of the travelers. This destination also provide the ultimate luxury on the other hand to the travelers. Surrounded with most of the UNESCO World Heritage sites. Angkor Wat temple is one of the most visited site in Cambodia. Floating Village of Cambodia trip also gives spectacular view of the traditions and culture of Cambodia. Any one can make up the pan over the weekend for this awesome UNESCO World Heritage site of Cambodia and the largest Hindu Temple in the World. There are numerous luxurious hotels and resorts available in the capital city of Cambodia. Top Luxurious properties in Cambodia. Few Luxurious Hotels in Cambodia – Siem Reap

  • Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Golf & spa Resort
  • Phum Baitang
  • Apsara palace Resort
  • Raffles Grand Horel D’ Angkor
  • Sokha Ankor Resort
  • Park Hyatt Siem Reap
  • Angkor Miracle Resort
  • Anantara Angkor Resort
  • Victoria Angkor Resort & Spa
  • Le Meridien Angkor
  • Lotus Blanc Resort
  • Sokhalay Angkor Villa Resorts

 

Bayon the Temple of Faces

In my last blog I have informed you about the top rated luxurious hotels in Sieam Reap, Cambodia. Now lets touch a small about the tourist attractions in around Cambodia. We will not take you to lot many details of the tourist attraction. For sure we will tell you about the location mode of transportation and what its famous for. We have a google for all the information. Here we try to keep the things in small summarized format for the people who want to have the information about the tourist attraction and easy to read for the proplr who can’t read a lot of story on the board.

Lost with the Angkor Wat Temple – No the reason is still there to be in Cambodia. Cambodia is not just all about Angkor Wat. There is a jewel Bayon situated at the same place.. Bayon is also know as the temple of Face Towers. There is a unique architectural marvel that can be seen in the temple. All the towers have Faces on all the directions. These massive stone face Tower are unique with each other in its own way. They seems to be staring at you from each and every corner. Built in the late 12th Century is a spectacular central temple situated in the city of Angkor with more than 200 faces of Bayon.

How to Reach Bayon 
Local buses are available from Siem Reap to Angkor. You can easily take a local buses or tuk-tuk as the site is just 10 km from the Siem Reap You can also go for the local travel agent or can book the packages for the site for your self. Luxury travelers may require the things to be done before hand but there is no problem for the back packers to reach this spectacular massive stone face Temple situated in North of Angkor Wat.

Duration of the Trip: Tour takes almost a full day to visit around 8 hours.

Advisable: It is advisable to to take a registered tour guide to visit the place as you will be able to explore more of the hidden and architectural treasures of this place.

Refrences : 

  • Movetocombodia.com
  • Lonely Planet
  • Tourism Cambodia
  • Scared Destination
  • Trip Advior

If you are tired of the Monotony of the crowded Hill stations in around Delhi. Then Prashar Lake in Mandi District is the Best way to go in the laps of Nature.

The Deep Prashar Lake is situated in the Mandi District of Himachal Pradesh in a saucer shaped valley surrounded by the snow caped mountains touching the sky above them. This place is named after the famous Hindu sage Rishi Prashar at a height of 2730 meters above the sea Level. The three storied Pagoda shaped temple dedicated to the Rishi Prashar and a small revolving island in between the lake could also be seen which changes its position on the regular intervals.

The Lake offers a amazing natural beauty surrounded by the dense forest of Deodar trees to feel and relax in the quite nature.

How to Reach Prashar Lake 

From Mandi you can easily reach Prashar Lake. The distance from Mandi is only 50 Km approx. You can take Mandi – Kullu route via Kataula crossing Runjh,Katindi, Kamand, Kataula, Shagli and Baggi villages.

Kataula is the main village in this valley and Baggi is the last village to enter the on the road leading to the Prashar Lake.from here the destination is only 11 Km away but the road from here is really rough and passes through the dense Deodar forest which will keep you excitted and energetic all the way to the lake. The nature would surprise you all ove the way with water falls and the deep lush green valley down at points of time.

Taxi could be hired from Mandi or Kullu if travelling by bus. the Buses run between Mandi and Prashar lake on daily basis. The time table could be checked from the local HRTC Bus office.

Accommodation: 

It would be a great idea to stay here for a couple of days – to explore the serenity around.

There is a PWD guest house and a Forest department guest house at a walking distance of about 300 -400 mtrs from the lake. The view from the guest houses is magnificent.

Both of the guest houses has caretakers to provide basic facilities along with cooking.

The PWD Guest House having 5 suites can be booked at:

  • EE Padhar Tel: 01905-222151 (ee-mandiv1-hp@nic.in)

The Forest Guest House can be booked at:

  • DFO office Mandi Tel: 01905 – 235360
  • RFO Kataula, Tel : 01905 – 269469

Apart from that, you can also stay at the temple authorities dormitory-type-rooms with very basic facilities.

Best Time to Visit:

The best time to visit the place is April to July and October to November. when the weather conditions are good. In winters and rainy season the roads are not good so the destination should be avoided as there are the chances of Landslide and slippery road due to snow and some times with the heavy snowfall the roads are even closed.

Tips:

  • Book the guest houses on prior basis from the above mentioned numbers as the room might not be available due to many visitors or peak season (Apr – Aug approx).
  • The road to the Prashar lake is not an easy one. It’s very important to hire a good car and an experienced hilly driver.
  • As the temple is east facing, best time to visit the temple is before 8 am when the sun is just rising above the mountains in front of the temple.
  • Due to snowfall in winters be prepared to trek the last 5-6 km stretch to the lake.
  • In winters there might be scarcity of water due to broken water pipes owing to freezing temperature, so carry some potable water bottles along with you.
  • Fill your fuel tanks with enough petrol @ Mandi or Kullu, as there is no petrol pump in the hilly region.
  • You might enjoy local festival in June.

While visiting the hilly areas, please pack warm clothes & carry the first aid kit.

When ever anyone travels to another country it’s important to understand the culture and know about that country.
Cambodia is becoming one of the top destination for the backpackers and leisure travellers. There fore it’s good to understand some of the facts about the divine country.

  1. Cambodia changes it’s name with the change of government.
  2. Cambodia is the only country which have a building on its national flag.
  3. Cambodia is a country where people do not celebrate their birthdays. Older people even don’t know when they were born.
  4. Tonle’ sap is the river system in Cambodia that changes it’s flow twice in a year. In monsoon river flows In a  opposite direction as it flows in summers.
  5. In Cambodia, it is considered impolite to point the bottom of your feet towards someone.
  6. Tarantulas are eaten in Cambodia as a snack. During the reign of Pol Pot, Cambodians ate locally found tarantulas as other foods were often scarce.
  7. Cambodian capital is the land of mopeds. There are 1.5 million people in Phnom Penh, and 1.3 million mopeds.
  8. In Cambodia, street vendors packs the soft drinks and shakes In a plastic bag with a straw. It’s cheaper then buying the cups. So that they can recycle the bottles.
  9. Inspire of rash driving in Cambodia people don’t honk.

So next time you visit cambodiaake sure hi know some of these facts so that it helps you understand Cambodia better. These facts will make you feel like you the country before hand.

Malta an archaeological destination with one of the most scenic beaches of Mediterranean. Located on the North cost of Africa Malta is know for its historical sites of the Roman British and French Succession. Malta is a great place with all year around destination for sun, beach, chapels and lot more culture.

We see Malta with the narrow streets of towns and villages leading to the main square. Inhabited with the old chapels, churches, medieval towers and lot more. Not less than any open air museum that you see way along exploring the country.

Malta waits and see not only a leisure destination in the Mediterranean. But also a cultural destination influenced by the succession of different rulers in the island nation. For those who are looking for the relaxed romantic relaxation Maltese Island  are the papering heaven.

Malta is the largest island and the cultural and administrative centre for the country. Gozo is the second largest island and famous for its tourism purpose. Comino is is the third inhabited island of the country open for tourism.

Things to do:

  1. John’s Co Cathedral -Valletta UNESCO a world heritage site 15 minutes walk from the capital City and door step to most of the cruise Liner.
  2. The Medieval Hilltop Mdina Old City
  3. Game of Thrones Filming Location.
  4. Cittadella Visitors Centre (Victoria)
  5. The Idyllic Island of Gozo
  6. Historical Attractions of Raba, Malta Island
  7. Prehistoric Tarxien Temples, Island of Malta
  8. Blue Lagoon, Island of Comino: Nature’s Perfect Swimming Pool
  9. The Blue Grotto, Island of Malta
  10. Breathtaking view from Dingli Cliffs, Island of Malta
  11. Golden Bay Beach, Island of Malta
  12. Ghajn Tuffieha Bay and Gnejna Bay Beaches, Island of Malta
  13. The Sea Side Charm of Mellieha, Island of Malta
  14. Hagar Qim Temples – A prehistoric Site
  15. Mnajdra Temples of Maltese Bronze Age
  16. Siggiewi – A Traditional Village
  17. Village of Zebbug
  18. Popeye Village, Island of Malta

Visa for Indian 

Schengen visa has to be obtained from the embassy or consulate of the High Commission of Malta situated in India. You can contact and go to the website of VFS global for all the details of the Visa fees and processing time.

Getting Around Malta 

Unlike any other European country. Tourist can cycle around the city keeping in view of the narrow streets and slopes. Travelling to Valletta by public transport is more easy. Many buses tart and finish their journey at the Main Terminus just outside City Gate. The Malta Public Transport company also operates a convenient circular route around Valletta. For more info go to http://www.publictransport.com.mt.

A system of electric cabs is also in operation within Valletta. A romantic alternative is to use horse-drawn carriages known as Karozzin.

Whatever means of transport you choose to adopt, you will find that Valletta is highly accessible, and the locals are always eager to show you the way.

Keep watching about Malta in our next blogs.