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Pushkar Fair – An extravaganza

A kaleidoscope of colours and a chaotic cacophony greeted me when I visited the Pushkar Fair this year. I have heard and read so much about this fair that in my mind I had already visited the place, traversed its alleys, took a dip in the holy lake while marvelling at the esoteric Brahma Temple and stared at the millions of camels displayed for trade. But when I actually visited the Pushkar Fair, I clearly realized that my imagination fell short of the actual magnanimity of the event! It was an overwhelming experience of the senses, especially that of...

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Yumthang Valley – The Valley of Flowers

This year our trip to North Sikkim was full of surprises and wish-fulfilment. North Sikkim was on our wishlist for a long time. Surely, it is so true that if something comes late in your way, then that must be special. It started with a wonderful view of the Gurudongmar Lake and now our visit to the Yumthang Valley was simply out of the world. We visited North Sikkim during April solely with the intention of viewing the colourful and blooming rhododendrons in the Valley of Flowers. But what did we see instead? A clear blanket of snow all...

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Know your Airport – Delhi Airport

Delhi Airport is perhaps the busiest one in the country. Being the capital of the country, Delhi is also the entry point of most of the foreign travellers in India as well as for Indian travellers both for business and leisure. Infact, this year the airport has crossed the 50 million-passenger mark in a year! Total traffic in the year 2016-17 was 57.7 million. So with such a number, Delhi airport has entered the league of world’s 25 busiest airports. Know the Name of the Airport and the Terminals: Officially Delhi international airport is named as Indira Gandhi International...

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Historical Hampi – a complete travel guide

Hampi was in our bucket list for long. The place has everything that could possibly pull us towards itself – the story of a lost kingdom, architectural marvels from our past that we could boast of and a rugged yet alluring landscape. Hampi being a UNESCO World Heritage site was an added attraction (my love for these old, dull, decaying structures is now well known to my readers). So Hampi had to be in our trip when we visited Karnataka this year. Table of contents: Where is the historical city Hampi? What is the History of Hampi? Story about...

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Rosogolla Festival, Kolkata – a dive into the pool of sweet delight!

Red, yellow, pink and green – I looked at them wide-eyed. Well, I am talking about the savoury sweet delight – rosogollas! We were at the Acropolis Mall in Kolkata attending the Rosogolla Utsav or the Rosogolla Festival. When I heard about the Rosogolla Festival, my sweet tooth already started working wonders and prompted my mind to take a visit to the Mall. So along with our dear Uttara Di, we visited the Acropolis Mall on October 27 to attend the Rosogolla Festival. Shops of almost all the famous sweet makers of Kolkata were there – K.C Das, Balaram...

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Gurudongmar Lake -The Tale of Sacred Lake & Hidden Land

Outstanding! Amazing! We were practically out of words as we stood in front of the Gurudongmar Lake. With the cold breeze biting right into us and our teeth chattering, we looked at the lake with our eyes wide open. We obviously had to cover rest of our face because of the strong chilly wind. Where is Gurudongmar Lake? Gurudongmar Lake, one of the highest lakes in India at an altitude of 17800 ft (5340 m) is one of the holiest places in Sikkim. Situated in North Sikkim, the lake is only 5 km south of the China border. One...

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Chariot Beach Resort – the cosiest choice at Mahabalipuram

So what do you do when you are at the Kalchukki peak after an arduous, slippery trek and you get an invitation to visit the beautiful coastal town Mahabalipuram? You accept it graciously while wondering how he could get a mobile connection there! So here I was at the Chariot Beach Resort at Mahabalipuram with 34 other awesome bloggers. Mahabalipuram or Mamallapuram is one of the most scenic towns in the Coromandel Coast facing the Bay of Bengal. Being very close to Chennai (it takes only one and a half hour from Chennai), Mahabalipuram serves as a perfect weekend...

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Navratri Golu – a different form of Puja

Being a typical Bengali, Durga Puja has a special place. I dive headlong into all the fun and craziness during those four days. But, I also like to experience the culture of other communities and countries. So here I am, writing down about my experiences at Navratri Golu in Chennai. The idea of writing this post came to me when I saw the so many viral posts doing round the internet about how Durga Puja is so different from Navratri celebration in rest of the country. There was a post that was countered by another, and then another that...

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Tale of 2 Backpackers completes 3 years of Travel Blogging.

Tale of 2 Backpackers completes 3 years of travel blogging. Travelling – it leaves you speechless and then turns you into a storyteller. Ibn Batuta was so right. We have been travelling for a long time, visiting various places, doing all the touristy stuff but not really experiencing the place. We have been to Goa, seen all the touristy beaches, had our share of Kaju Fenny, but had not tasted bebinca! We were like all those once-in-a-year-vacation type tourists, though we were on road almost four times a year. But our change from tourist to travellers and storytellers was...

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The Brihadeeswar Temple of Tanjore – an architectural delight

It was only a sheer chance that took me to Tanjore. I was in Chennai and was scheduled to visit Mahabalipuram and had 2 days to spare. It was when I saw the pictures of the Brihadeeswar Temple at Thanjavur (also known as Tanjore). The photographs were enough for me to make a decision to utilize my 2 spare days at Thanjavur. After our visit to Hampi the month before, I am fascinated towards the architectural wonders. Well, meeting a friend at Trichy was also an added incentive! So there I was with my backpack all ready to board...

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Singee – A place that makes you say Wow

Sometimes it is the sheer serenity of a place that attracts us and makes us fall in love with the place. After a much busy festive season (Durga Puja), we simply wanted to hide from the world for a day and relax. Also, Agni’s school friends were all meeting for a reunion after 14 long years! We all wanted a place where we can relax as well as enjoy the reunion with friends and family. Singee seemed to fit the bill perfectly, and so we were off to Single for a much awaited reunion. Nothing can be better than...

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Tinvong, Dzongu – a village lost in time

It was almost at the end of our North Sikkim tour when we realized that we have a couple of days in hand and we do not want to visit Gangtok and Pelling. It was then when our car driver suggested that we should visit Dzongu. The place is a Lepcha Reserve Area. Well, a reserve area for a community! If that was not intriguing enough, an unexplored mountain hamlet of Sikkim was definitely inviting. So, Dzongu it is, we decided. “But, you need a permit to go there”, our driver said quite thoughtfully. And then looking at our...

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