15 Tips Before You Travel Abroad

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.

The surrealistic firefly dance in the village of Purushwadi

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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.

Countries where Indians feel Rich

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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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Off Season for Popular South East Asia Countries.

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.

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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.

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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.

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Long weekends of 2018 in India

 

Make your travel plans for the long weekends for this year to come. 2018 is ready to offer the next  long weekends to travel for leisure and spike the monotonous day life.

To help you plan the vacations well in advance. Let’s make 2018 a year of travel !

January, Month of White Desert  

20th Jan -Saturday, Weekend

21st Jan – Sunday, Weekend

22nd Jan – Monday, Basant Panchmi (Restricted Holiday)

26th Jan – Friday, Republic Day (Compulsory Holiday)

27th Jan – Saturday, Weekend

28th Jan – Sunday, Weekend

Where to Plan : Gujarat, Rann of Kutch, the festival of Kites ad culture celebrated in the white desert of salt. This four months cultural tour of Gujarat is the best time to move for the relaxing weekend.  Gujarat gives you a vibrant mix of culture and food. Nearest Airport is Bhuj or you can travel by train. its connected by train from all the major cities of India. You can utilize any of the consecutive weekend for the Gujarat.

February, Month of Love and Mountains 

16th Feb – Friday, Losar Festival (Celebrated in Ladakh)

17th Feb, Saturday, Weekend

18th Feb, Sunday, Weekend

Where to Plan: With a long celebrations for love and valentine over a week, one can surprise their love one with the high altitude mountains for those celebrations. Losar Festival is the best time to visit Ladakh when the buddhist people celebrate the Tibetan New Year. Most of the  Monasteries in Ladakh are well decorated with the traditional props and ornaments. cultural events take place. Although Ladakh will be covered with snow. But still this will be a time cherish happiness and peace loving culture of Ladakh and Buddhism.

March – Month of Colours 

1st Mar – Thursday: Holika Dahan (Restricted Holiday)

2nd Mar, Friday: Holi (Gazetted Holiday)

3rd Mar, Saturday: Weekend

4th Mar, Sunday: Weekend

Where to Plan: The best thing about this weekend is that every corner of India celebrate this festival. Specially Uttar Pradesh- Mathura and Vrindavan. This festival is celebrate almost for 15 days n these cities and very much famous for its lath mar Holi of Barsana and ” Fullo ki Holi ” – Holi played with flowers of Bihari ji Temple, Vrindavan. One must participate in this festival. Well connected with Delhi via Yamuna expressway. Nearest railway station Mathura also well connected by the railway network from major cities.

29th Mar, Thursday: Mahavir Jayanti (Gazetted Holiday)

30th Mar, Friday: Good Friday (Compulsory Holiday)

31st Mar, Saturday: Weekend

1st Apr, Sunday: Weekend

Where to plan: Srinagar  is the best time to visit  with the out break of summers and end of autumn season at the geographical and cultural wonder of Dal Lake. floating gardens, to a circumference  of decorated historical buildings such as Hari Parbat, Hazratbal Dargah, Shankaracharya Mandir and Chashme Shahi, the Dal Lake stands as the last surviving symbol of secularism in Kashmir.

April – Month of Rising Sun 

27th Apr, Friday: Take leave

28th Apr, Saturday: Weekend

29th Apr, Sunday: Weekend

30th Apr, Monday: Buddha Purnima (Compulsory Holiday)

1st May, Tuesday: Labour Day & Maharashtra Day (Maharashtra only)

Where to Plan: Make use of this long weekend to explore the first states of Eastern India. West Bengal and Sikkim. You can plan to explore Gangtok and Darjeeling with Kalimpong. Explore the beauty of tea estate in Darjeeling and Himalayan peaks in Gangtok. Beauty of Gangtok with snow covered Himalayan mountains in the background are worth to spend such a long week of 4 Nights to explore these cities. Bagdogra is the nearest Airport  and New Jalpaiguri is the nearest railway station in West Bengal.

June – Month of Green – Prosperity 

15th Jun, Friday: Idul’ Fitr (Compulsory Holiday)

16th Jun, Saturday: Weekend

17th Jun, Sunday: Weekend

Where to Plan:  This weekend its best to plan Tirthan Valley. A gateway to the Great Himalayan National PArk.  To reach Tirthan from Delhi, you need to take a bus going to Manali and get down at Aut. From Aut, regular buses are available between, Gushaini, Banjar and Jibhi. Banjar is the biggest bus stand of Tirthan region and from here you can get the regular buses for Gushaini, Jalori and Jibhi. Once there, you can either stay at an apple orchard, go hiking or embark on multi-day trek in the Great Himalayan National Park or go fishing for trout in the shallow but pristine Tirthan River.

October – Month of Festivities. 

29th Sep, Saturday: Weekend

30th Sep, Sunday: Weekend

1st Oct, Monday: Take the day off.

2nd Oct, Tuesday: Gandhi Jayanti (Compulsory Holiday)

Where to Plan: Wayanad is the rural district in Kerala with lush green scenic beauty and wildlife sanctuary. It’s a high altitude region, home to animals including Asiatic Elephants, tigers and Leopards and egrets. Trivandrum, Cochin and Bangalore are the nearest Airports and Kozhikode is the nearest railway connecting Wayanad.

18th Oct, Thursday: Ram Navami (Gazetted Holiday)

19th Oct, Friday: Dusshera (Compulsory Holiday)

20th Oct, Saturday: Weekend

21st Oct, Sunday: Weekend

Where to Plan: This weekend will be best to go to Mysore famous for its Dussehra festival. Mysore Dussehra is world famous for its 10 days celebrations. One must witness this festivite once in a lifetime. Bangalore is the nearest airport and regular busses are available for Mysore.

Novemeber – Month of Celebrations 

3rd Nov, Saturday: Weekend

4th Nov, Sunday: Weekend

5th Nov, Monday: Dhanteras/ Take the day off.

6th Nov, Tuesday: Take the day off.

7th Nov, Wednesday: Diwali (Compulsory Holiday)

8th Nov, Thursday: Govardhan Puja/ Take the day off.

9th Nov, Friday: Bhai Duj (Restricted Holiday)

10th Nov, Saturday: Weekend

11th Nov, Sunday: Weekend

Where to Plan: A good weekend to celebrate and go for a long holiday. List of suggestion go long, but you can even plan a trip to  Singapore, MalaysiaDubaiThailandSRI LANKAVIETNAM

22nd Dec, Saturday: Weekend

23rd Dec, Sunday: Weekend

24th Dec, Monday: Take the day off.

25th Dec, Tuesday: Christmas Day

Where to Plan: Best time and a good weekend to plan a trip to Jodhpur and Jaisalmer. Desert is the best time to see the golden sunrise in sand dunes, Dune Bashing and camping in the Thar Desert. Jodhpur has a airport and nearest is the Udaipur airport. Well Connected with Indian railways as well.

 

 

 

 

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Apply VISA on Arrival for Thailand before you Leave

Its a 5 step simple way to apply the visa on arrival for Thailand before you leave for Thailand. It becomes simpler and convenient to apply for VOA before your departure.

Simply take the Following steps to apply for VOA for Thailand

Step 1  Log on to the Thailand Immigration Bureau page

https://extranet.immigration.go.th/voaonline/voaonline/VoaonlineAction.do

Step 2 Select the page according to your category (Agent or Tourist) and complete the form. Fill in all the required spaces and make sure that all the given information is correct (both spelling and data).

At the end of the process when you submit the form. You will receive the Transaction Reference Number (TRN).

Step 3 Take the print out of the completed form and make sure TRN is visible.

Step 4 Fly to Thailand and enjoy the thailand hospitality on board experience and service.

Step 5 After your arrival, go directly to the visa on arrival counter and submit the print out form.

 

 

What not to miss in Sri Lanka

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Adams Peak

 

For tourists and tour operators alike there are certain facets of Sri Lanka that should not be missed when compiling an itinerary or panning a holiday. 2 or more of the following will combine to create a memorable holiday in Sri Lanka.

 

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There are 7 world Heritage sites in Sri Lanka. The 3 ancient and magnificent cities of Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa and Sigiriya were inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage list is 1982 followed by Galle, Kandy and the Sinharaja Forest Reserve in 1988. Finally the Golden Temple of Dambulla was added to the World Heritage list in 1991. These places of historical and natural significance are not to be missed for any visitor to Sri Lanka.

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Sri Lankan elephants (Elephus Maximus – Asian Elephants) known as Aliya or Etaha (tuskers) by local people is the most beloved animal in Sri Lanka. They display fascinating behaviour and have great National value as a tourist attraction. There are many National parks around the country to see elephants. The Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage, first of its kind in the world is a unique place where abandoned and disable Elephants gets care and protection. It is an award winning conservation effort and a great place to see elephants up-close.

Sri Lankan Cuisine

Being an ancient kingdom, Sri Lanka has preserved its most precious treasures, its culture & its tradition and part of this is its Cuisine. There is very little of Sri Lankan food that we call our own as influences are as varied as North and South Indian, Persian, Malay, Dutch and Portuguese can be found in Sri Lankan cuisine and makes a delicious combination.

Whale-watching-mirissa-srilankaBeaches in Sri Lanka 

Being an island, Sri Lanka is surrounded by beautiful golden beaches, certainly a feature not to be missed by any visitor. Unfortunately due to the 2 decade long conflict in the north and east, some of the best coastlines are out of reach. The beaches in the west coast and the south coast are no less spectacular and hosts 1000s of visitors each year.  There is a thriving beach culture in Hikkaduwa and Unawatuna and to a lesser extent in Negombo. Other coast lines such as Bentota, Beruwela and Kalutara are the tourist hot spots featured by many of the large tour operators in Europe.

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Tea drinking is an all-time favourite pass time with Sri Lankans and steaming hot cup of tea has been a symbol of relaxation in the mind of a Sri Lankan. Tea was introduced to us two centuries ago by the British who transformed the lavish hill country in to lush green tea plantations. The British left, and we had tea!! The introduction of tea also brought the railways in to Sri Lanka.

Adventure

With its varied terrain and climates for a small island, Sri Lanka is an up and coming adventure destination. There is a multitude of land and water based activities being developed in Sri Lanka and the most popular of these is the river rafting and kayaking runs in Kithulgala which has become the focal point of adventure based tourism in Sri Lanka. A climb to the top of Adams peak is also a highlight for those hardcore adventure enthusiasts.

Birds in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is a birds and bird watchers paradise with 435 resident species of which 26 are endemic. Most of them are found in the wet zone. The winter migrants come from distant Siberia and Western Europe. The reservoirs attract vast number of water birds and the forests attract many other species. There are many bird sanctuaries across the little island and in additions you can see birds throughout the country in pockets of forests, lakes, lagoons and rivers during your travels here.

The Elusive Leopard

The Sri Lanka leopard (Panthera pardus kotiya), is a subspecies of leopard native to Sri Lanka. A recent study has shown that Yala National Park has one of the highest recorded densities of leopards in the world, although this animal is considered an endangered species even here. The Wilpattu National Park in Sri Lanka is also famous as a good place for leopard watching. Leopards are more visible in parts of Sri Lanka than many places where they share their habitat with dominant competitors. Spotting a leopard is no easy feat as they are elusive and shy. But lucky visitors to Yala have seen up to 6 leopards (including Cubs) on a single game drive.

Colonial Heritage

Having a history marked by four centuries of colonial rule, we still manage to safe guard remnants from the past in their original grandeur. Some of the more renowned edifices are the Galle Fort built originally by the Portuguese and Colombo Harbour. As enthusiasts with a pulse on the hospitality industry, our focus is on a number of hotels which were built by the British. The origin of these present day hotels were mansions or public buildings built in order to accommodate the governors and other high ranking officials. Furthermore the plantation bungalows which were built in the tea estates have now been converted in to stylish boutique hotels.

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Off Season for Popular South East Asia Countries.

Best Holidays are Planned when its Low Season at any destination. It is always Advised to make any plan for the budget travellers. The travellers who are not looking for the travel in vacation time can also for the low season to travel.
Let me tell you about the Low season for different destination in the South East Asian countries. When you can save on the money on flights and hotels.

Bali Indonesia 

When to go – April to October when temperature is between 24 degree to 30 degree is the best time to save on the travel to Bali and other Indonesian cities. July to September is always a Peak Season for Bali where flights and hotels are expensive.

Malaysia 

When to go – Being close to equator its always hot and humid. But still January to March and June to September are comparatively low season for Malaysia to Travel with best deals on hotel and flights. 

Singapore 



When to go – Same as Malaysia Singapore is also humid all around the year but its advisable to travel in June to August when its dry and you can grab a lot of deals over the hotels.

Thailand

Bangkok – November to January average temperature drops to around 24 degree in these months

Chiang Mai – November to February because of its proximity to the hills average temperature in the day time remains around 30 degrees. Low Season remains attractive from May to October

Koh Samui – April to September and January to March  is the ideal time.But October to December been the rainy season it remains a low season for the destination.

Phuket – May to October been the rainy season you can grab a lot of discounts and value added services by the hotel.

Vietnam 



When to go – May to October will the best time with temperature touching to 40 degrees at some places in Vietnam. When you can grab good deals with the hotels and flights are relatively cheaper for the travel in these months.

Malta Paradise of Mediterranean



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. St. 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. 


Day to Lonavala Don’t Miss a chance to go to Karla Bhaja Cave

Looking to spend a day or a night at Lonavala in Maharashtra. Do not miss the opportunity to visit the 2nd Century BC dated  Bhaja Caves located near Lonavala in Pune district of Maharashtra. The Buddhist monks lived here and carved the rocks, which opened the doors to the travellers. The caves were the route of trade between the Arabian sea and the deccan. one of the prayer hall in 45 metres long and 14 metres in height.There are more than 16 caves system in this area. Each cave is a complex if several stupa and monasteries. These caves were the resting place for the Buddhist monks.    
Inscriptions and Statues of Buddha which were added later in the development of these cave systems are eye catching and mesmerising. Each stupa are said to be the symbol of each monk resided in these caves. States of God Indra and Sun can also be seen here looking down at the Village. 





How to Reach Kalra Bhaja Caves 
Its 12 kms ahead of Lonavala accessed by car and bus both. You need to climb some where around 300 steps to reach these caves. Lonavala is well accessible from Pune city and Mumbai. All the major international flight and Indian Railways are well connected to both the cities. 






Things to Remember 
Wear Tracking shoes to climb the steep stars leading to the caves system. 
Donot forget to take all the necessary food and water supply. 
Try and wear cotton and comfortable clothings at the time of summers. 
Take the rain coat or umbrella wit you in rainy season. 

Don’t Miss Sri Lanka for 12 Reasons

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 SigiriyaSigiriya 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 25USD 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. 

Delhi Food Truck Festival 11th Nov, 2017

Fingerlicious smacking BBQ food is awesome for a Lazy Weekend. Indulge your self in the smacking BBQ food this weekend 11th Nov, 2017 and 12th Nov, 2017 for the Delhi Food Truck Festival at Nehru Stadium.

Start your journey for some of the best food trucks in Delhi NCR this weekend at Nehru Stadium. More than 40 trucks will participate this time with live BBQ. It’s a festival that electrify the mix of food and Live performances and music for the perfect weekend.
If you want to join the event there is a small price to be paid. I think this price will not bother most of us for amazing food trucks that are far way from our locality. You can book the tickets online beforehand to insure your entry to the festival.

Enjoy this weekend with some of the amazing trucks around Delhi.

      

Facts to Know about Cambodia

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. 

Tijara Fort Nothing less than anything spend a Quite weekend

Not a very far away destination from the capital city of India. Alwar city is surrounded by the historical evidences, rich heritage and culture. If you looking for the relaxed weekend to spent we can count on the new destination Alwar. Alwar was already a famous city for its delicious sweet -“Milk Cake”. But now we can see the city with lot more things to do around it.

Never thought of seeing the small town of Alwar can be surrounded with such a rich heritage. A close proximity to Alwar we always plan to go 6Neemrana Fort. Today will tell its not only Neemrana but lot more excursions can take place in an around the weekend.

One of the places that we will be talking about this place is Tijara. One of the biggest industrial area of the Indian State Rajasthan is also a part of rich historical Mewar Region. Tijara is famous for its 19th Century Fort.

Once you go you tend to wake up your self in a historic era. Tijara Fort is a well known heritage hotel by Neemrana heritage hotels. With all the basic amenities you looking at, spend a quite and relaxed weekend from the crowed Capital region of India.This fort is divided into three parts. Sheeh Mahal located at the centre and either you have Mardana Mahal and Janna Mahal. With a beautifully located swimming pool to relax in.

Enjoy this spectacular fort palace few hundred kilometres away from Delhi. Top of the hill gives you a amazing view of the arravali mountains and the farmland surrounding this small village. Once a major route for Mewar Dynasty. 
This is the only place to stay in an around this area. It’s advisable to plan accordingly and get in contact with the hotel for the reservations. This is a private property, therefore the rights of admission can be reserved with the hotel management. 
Google maps show the exact location to reach once you cross Biwadi. Local people and sign birds could be found for Tijara village easily. 
How to Reach Tijara Fort 
Nearest Airport – 72 Kms from Indra Gandhi International Airport. 
Nearest Railway Station – 
  • Khanpur Ahir -31 Kms 
  • Rewari – 32 Kms 
  • Alwar – 62 Kms  
Its Easily approachable by road from Delhi via Gurgaon Jaipur Highway. 

Offbeat The Monotony Of Weekend Get Aways – Prashar Lake (Mandi District)


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. Click here to see the taxi services from Mandi.
  • 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.

Mandawa – Hidden Jewel In Rajasthan


Mandawa is a small town situated in Jhunjhun district of Rajasthan, 170 KM from Jaipur. Mandawa is well known for its forts and havelis. This place stand out for its Open Art Gallery. The architecture of marvelous havelis and Mansions dots it as an important tourist destination in Rajasthan. 


Best to Visit: 
The best time to visit Mandawa is October to March in winter times. 
the temperature here remains from 7 degree to 20 degree. The town looks best at this point of time. 

How to Reach: 
The nearest airport to Mandawa is Jaipur. Jaipur is the is the nearest domestic airport from Mandawa and New Delhi is the nearest international airport. From here you can avail bus or taxi to reach Mandawa. 

Nearest railway station is Jhunjhunu well connected from Jaipur, Delhi and Bikaner. 

By road Mandawa is well connected from all over the country. 

Tourist Attraction: 
  • Mandawa attracts its visitors for the historical architecture and vibrant culture. Mandawa fort ,is the main reason to visit Mandawa. It allures it visitors with the vibrant arch gateways and wall paintings of Lord Krishna and cows. 

  • Goenka Double Haveli has images of horses and elephants and Rajasthani women’s. 

  • Murmuria Haveli is known for its paintings of Nehru, cars, Venice, trains and Goerge V. 

The other attractions in Mandawa consists of 
  • Binsidhar Newatia Haveli
  • Goenka Chattri
  • Gulab Rai Ladia Haveli 
  • Hanuman Prasad Goenka Haveli 
  • Jhunjhunwala Haveli 
  • Thakurji Temple


Where to Stay: 

  • Mandawa Haveli 
  • Hotel Holiday Haveli 
  • Castle Mandawa Hotel 
  • Desert Resort 
  • Hotel Shekhawati 
  • Paanawana Haveli
  • Hotel Heritage Mandawa 
  • Hotel Desert and Dunes Mandawa 

Lot more options can be explored.