Author: taleof2backpackers

Kalapaani – Cellular Jail, Port Blair, A & N Island

My first introduction to the life of Indian freedom fighters was through stories told by my uncle during my childhood. Gradually, I came to know more about them through our history text books. Bollywood movies too played a major part. It always intrigued me how could these people undergo such torture and sufferings. How could one undergo such pain and sacrifice? I had often made up images in my mind about the way the freedom fighters lived, worked and inspired others by their own sacrifice. I finally had a tryst with the picture I had painted about them on...

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The Pilgrimage – Amarnath Yatra

Amarnath is one of the holiest shrines of Lord Shiva. So before venturing in the Amarnath Yatra, I just thought to share the beautiful legend behind it. Lord Shiva, the immortal hero was asked by his wife Parvati why he wears a garland of human heads. To this he replies that every time Parvati dies, he adds a head to his garland and it continues to increase. Parvati then wanted to know the secret of immortality (Amar Katha) so that she could be with her hero forever. Though Lord Shiva was reluctant to divulge the immortal secret of the...

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Taktsang Monastery – the Spiritual Encounter

Taktsang Monastery or Tiger’s Nest Monastery was perhaps the best part of our visit to Bhutan. It is Bhutan’s most iconic landmark and religious site. Before visiting Bhutan, we did not know that the monastery was so perilously perched on a mountain cliff. The only word that came to my mind when visited the monastery was dangerously beautiful! The monastery looks as if it has grown out of the mountain itself. Taktsang Monastery is believed to be the holiest place in Bhutan. It is located about 10 Km from the town of Paro at a height of about 3120 metres...

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Panchmarhi – The Queen of Satpuras

Panchmarhi , the queen of Satpuras is very rightly called so. It is a pristine hill station in Madhya Pradesh. We had got a few days leave from office and decided to visit Panchmarhi. We had not visited Madhya Pradesh before; so with full of thrill, we started for Panchmarhi. Panchmarhi is such a place that one will definitely fall in love with it. It appears as a cool oasis in the midst of a very hot Madhya Pradesh. Not only its climate, but its sceneries are quite different from the other regions of Madhya Pradesh. The word “Panchmarhi”...

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She turned her cant’s into cans, and dreams into plans

One of the best things of travelling is that we get to meet a lot of people. People of different culture, background, values will cross our way. Each person we meet has something or the other to teach us – be it a valuable knowledge or a warning that we ought to remember. There are people who would inspire us and broaden our horizon. I write of such a lady whom we met during our travel to Neil Islands in Andamans. Andaman Islands is itself a paradise in itself and Neil Island is a jewel in the archipelago. We...

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Let the sea set you free – Scuba Diving at Andamans

During all these years of travelling together, we have always preferred the mountains. We hiked, trekked and travelled mountains and hill stations. The sea seemed to elude us. But this time, we could not avoid the calling of the seas and with our backpacks headed for the beautiful Andamans… Being in Andamans is itself a singular experience, but the best thing we discovered at Andamans is the underwater marine life. Nothing could be as exquisite and surreal than going 12 metres down the sea and watching the corals, anemones and the fishes playing by your side. I always had...

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6 REASONS WHY SANDAKPHU PHALUT TREK MAKES A GREAT TREKKING EXPERIENCE

The Sandakphu Phalut Trek starts from the picturesque village of Manebhanjan, a village near Darjeeling. Spanned across 5 days, the trek gives you the magnificent and best views of Kanchenjunga ranges. It has very beautiful campsites or hamlets for night stay. Here are my 6 reasons of what makes Sandakphu an awesome trek. Get the best view of Kanchenjunga ranges The Sandakphu Phalut Trek trek offers august views of the Kanchenjunga and Makalu ranges along with a picturesque view of the Everest and Annapurna family. And the best thing about the trek is that the view of the ranges stays...

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Princep Ghat – The heart beat of Kolkata

The grand white structure is standing with all its élan and the mighty river flowing beside it. My journey for the day ends today here. I look at the river passing by taking with itself all the filth and dirt of the city, and so my heart is also cleansed of all the doubts and negativities.   Princep Ghat always has this assuring effect on me. After monuments and graveyards, the third post in our Kolkata series is about the Princep Ghat. This monument was built in the year 1843 and is named after James Prinsep, an extraordinarily brilliant researcher...

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South Park Street Cemetery – a tryst with Calcutta’s past

With love in their heart and memories that are forever, the tombs of South Park Street Cemetery was built by the grieving family members. South Park Street Cemetery has always been an enigmatic place for me. While in school (The Assembly of God Church School, Park Street), I was always overwhelmed by the cemetery. I always wanted to see what is there inside those gates, but finally got a chance after so long. The historic Calcutta has always interested me and South Park Street Cemetery is a perfect place to experience it. So along with Agni, I was at the Park...

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Marble Palace – A hidden treasure in the heart of Kolkata

Beginning our first post with the Marble Palace. Situated at Muktaram Babu Street, I myself did not know that Kolkata had such a treasure trove within her. This is one of the lesser known places of interest in Kolkata and thus the apt choice for my first post. Marble Palace was built in 1835 by Raja Rajendra Mallick, an affluent businessman and zamindar of those times. About a few minutes walk from the Mahatma Gandhi Road Metro station, stands the grand white Marble Palace which is a testimony to the opulence and grandeur of the period. As you enter...

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KOLKATA – My city, My way

Kolkata – is my city. I was born here, put my first step on its streets, ran about in its alleys as a child, and made some very good friends in all these years of my life. Spirit of Kolkata inspires me. I am alive in its vibrant colour, cacophony of sound, its variety street food and colourful festivals. Kolkata is truly my city. Kolkata has its share of shortcomings too. Very candidly called the “city of Bandhs, lockouts and rallies.” Yes the weather is quite oppressive as complained by my cousins from Mumbai & Pune. The local trains...

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Tips ! that you won’t miss while planning Chadar Trek

Going for the Chadar Trek had been on our mind after we completed the Roopkund trek. But I had been a bit reluctant. The thought of -25 degrees was not very inviting to me, I am more of sunshine lover. But my partner in crime, Agni managed to convince me. And thank you all for liking our previous post on Chadar Trek…!!! At the onset, Chadar Trek will seem to be a tough trek; it is indeed a daunting task to walk over the frozen ice, facing the chilly winds and cope up with the extreme cold temperatures. But actually walking over...

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