Author: taleof2backpackers

Galiff Street Pet Market, Kolkata – the hobbyists’ ultimate destination

As Sunday comes, the Galiff Street is bustling with the cacophonic sounds of birds, dogs and people selling their ‘merchandise’. Welcome to the largest and the oldest pet market of Kolkata – the Galiff Street Pet Market, also known as the” Bagbazar Sokher Haat”. The city of joy  holds the pet market every Sunday from early in the morning to the late afternoon and the Galiff Street literally becomes the “alley of joy”. Pets of various kinds like dogs, birds, rabbits and guinea pigs, fishes and even various types of plants are sold here.  The pet business owners from...

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Breakfast at Glenary’s Bakery, Darjeeling

Glenary’s  is one of the finest eateries of Darjeeling. We never fail to visit this place whenever we are at Darjeeling. be it cakes or muffins, or the chocolates, Glenary’s never fail to make me happy. Located at a stone’s throw distance from the Mall on the Nehru Road, the Glenary’s is a prominent landmark of Darjeeling. It exists since the colonial days, may be catering to the breakfast needs of the British. And now it is serving the tourists and travellers of Darjeeling! The Past – Glenary’s Bakery The bakery and restaurant were originally named Vado after its...

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Chaotic canvas of Mullick Ghat Flower Market of Kolkata

Just below the towering Howrah Bridge, the fascinating Mallick Ghat flower market is located. It was early in the morning with very few people on the usually busy road leading to Howrah station. But the largest flower market of Kolkata was already bustling with activity. Lying just beside the Hooghly river and the two famous bathing ghats of Kolkata – Mullick Ghat and Ramchandra Goenka Zenana bathing ghat, the Mullick ghat flower market is a celebration of senses. It is not only a visual delight to be here, but also your olfactory senses will be at work. The market...

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Happy Friendship Day

A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles. – Tim Cahill The best part of travelling is meeting new people. And the people we meet along the road leave an indelible impression on us. The journey can be more beautiful if you have someone to share the joys and pains of travelling with you. Yes, the people you meet while travelling is friends that you make for a lifetime. The joy of travelling is delightful and joys of making friends as we move are even more sublime. We have been travelling long and we were fortunate to...

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Tabakoshi – a hamlet in the lap of tea gardens

“Let’s find some beautiful place to get lost.” – unknown Tabakoshi at the lap of luscious green tea gardens really made us lost in the beauty of nature and the brooding majestic hills. Tabakoshi or Tamakoshi is a small hamlet near the Gopaldhara Tea Estate a few kilometers away from Mirik. The place is relatively unknown to the tourists and is quite peaceful unlike the crowd of Mirik or that of Dooars. Just imagine yourself in a picturesque home-stay with stretches of tea gardens as long as your eyes can see, and the babble of the flowing river just...

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Tawang travel guide

Tawang is an unexplored paradise. Located in the western part of Arunachal Pradesh at a height of about 3500 m above the sea level, the place is both historically and naturally endowed. Because of its remote location, travelling to Tawang is often perceived as difficult to some. But, it is one of the most beautiful places of the north-eastern Himalayas.  Surrounded by the Tibet in the northern part, Bhutan in the Southwest and the Sela ranges in the east, the place can boast of the natural beauty of glacial lakes as well as the snow covered peaks. Tawang is...

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A morning at Chitkul

Chitkul – the name itself sounds like the twitter of birds, and the curiosity is piqued when you heard that Chitkul is the last inhabited village of India! Also, this gem of a village lies in the mystically beautiful Kinnaur-Kailash region of Himachal Pradesh. These three reasons are enough to make us want to visit Chitkul all the more. And, Chitkul did not disappoint us. From the journey to the village and the time spent there, each moment was as beautiful as it had promised to be. Chitkul is only 24 km from Sangla, one of the prominent towns...

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How to save money for travelling – 10 awesome tips

The most common question we are getting of late is “How do you afford to travel so much? Some even tell us that we must be having lots of money or are just simply lucky. Yes, we love travelling. But we also work and we are definitely not very rich. We have worked quite hard for getting what we wanted in our life. Travelling is something that we have made a priority and we do have to plan ahead for making it happen. There are certain delicacies of life that we have given up for travelling. It is said...

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Bhutan Travel Guide

What do you think about spending your next holiday in the world’s happiest country? Bhutan is a mystical land with charm and beauty surpassing the ordinary. A small neighbour of India, Bhutan is still ruled by the monarchy. The Bhutanese are said to be the happiest people of the world, but Bhutan is much more than just that. Also called the land of thunder dragons, the country is mythical to some and extraordinary to those who travelled the place. Bhutan can be reached either by air or by road. There are Druk Air flights to Paro that are quite...

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Rupin Pass – an epiphanous journey

There is something inexplicably romantic about trekking the mountains of the Uttarakhand Himalayas – Rupin Pass is no exception. Trails through alpine forests, walking through the meadows with the snow clad peaks playing hide and seek with us, and crossing a pass – all are so impressive and fascinating. After completing the Roopkund Trek, Rupin Pass was on our bucket list and finally this May, our wish to do the trek was fulfilled. Incidentally, this Rupin Pass trek would be our first trek where we would be crossing over a pass, so the enthusiasm was also a bit higher...

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Julley Ladakh

Ladakh is a fascinating place. Anyone who has once visited Ladakh can never forget its landscape, its people and the eternal beauty it hides between those colourful layers of mountains. Planning a trip to Leh has never been an easy task. With help from various sites especially Devil on Wheels, we were all set for the trip that we were waiting for so long! Here is a detailed report on our travel to Ladakh Day 1 (Baltal – Kargil) We completed our Amarnath Yatra successfully before we ventured for the anticipated trip to Leh. From Baltal, we hired a...

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64 Yogini Temple, Jabalpur

A visit to the Chausath Yogini or 64 Yogini Temple  near Bhedaghat at Jabalpur was completely by chance. We had a day to spare at Jabalpur after our trip to Panchmarhi. Naturally we headed towards Bhedaghat and the Marble Rocks. But unfortunately for us, boating at the Marble rocks had not yet started and we had to contain ourselves with the view of the Dhuandhar waterfalls. The 64 Yogini temple is located very near to the Dhuandhar Falls. Like most temples, this one also had a flight of stairs leading to the temple sanctuary. Our auto driver told us...

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