Haridwar - The Ancient Holy City by the River Ganges

The Ancient city of Haridwar is an important Hindu Pilgrimage site in Uttarakhand state of India where the river Ganges flows as it exits the Himalayas.  The largest of several sacred ghats (bathing steps), Har Ki Pauri hosts a nightly Ganga Aarti (river worshiping ceremony) in which tiny flickering natural lamps are floated off the steps. People often come here to achieve salvation and some just to get amused by the beliefs and vibrancy. Falling more into the second category, I also decided to visit Haridwar to experience the vibrancy of the city and also somewhat to get rid of my sins (I still don't know how that works to be honest).

Pack Your Bags for Goa This Monsoon

The monsoons are a magical season across the country and Goa is no different. If you think the rainy season is a bad time to visit the beach, think again. Goa is an ethereal vision during the monsoons with a blurred horizon between the skies and the sea, lush green all around and a solitude which is hard to come by at one of most popular destinations in the world.

Goa hotels are not difficult to find. But since it’s the off season for tourists, why not splurge on some luxurious accommodation when the prices are at an all time low! The Leela Goa is a good choice with their premium services and impeccably luxurious settings. And if you’re a wanderer, you can book one of the smaller hotels and keep flitting in between the quaint old towns.

A Trip To Kerala: When God Finally Called Me to His Own Country

After many failed attempts and planning, finally the Kerala trip was happening. The joy was visible on my face and every person known to me personally, knew about my excitement. Tickets were booked three months in advance and during these months, due to various reasons, this trip also almost was on verge of getting cancelled, but thank God it didn't. Finally the week arrived and I had all the reasons to cherish and tease others who already had enough with my bragging about what all I am going to do on my trip (for which I am sorry, or not?)

The 'World's Smallest Museum'

Source: SWNS.com 
A telephone booth which was not being used anymore has been turned into 'world's smallest museum'. Yes, you read that right, a telephone booth. Located in Warley, Yorkshire, the booth was “adopted” from British Telecommunications (BT) by the town association of Warley and filled with the local historical artifacts. The exhibit includes old photographs, glass etchings, and personal items such as antique fashion pieces and jewelry.

Here is Why Flights take Longer than they did 50 Years ago

Source: travelocity.com
Do you know that Airlines fly planes slower today than they did in the past, making it longer for you to get to your destination? Yes, despite enhancement in technology and super fine engines, it takes us longer to reach our destination now. In 1973, it took 2 hours and 37 minutes to reach Houston, Texas from NYC and now it takes 3 hours and 50 minutes to cover the same distance.

Jim Corbett National Park, Uttrakhand, India

Jim Corbett - PC - Nitesh Ranga - Insta ID - @traveller_mate
Has it ever happened with you that you plan to visit a certain place but due to some reason or the other, your plans to visit that place don't materialize? Jim Corbett was one such destination in my list. I planned to visit Jim Corbett in 2009, didn't happen; then I planned for it twice in 2010, didn't work out. I didn't give up and planned again in 2012, but as the fate had it, it got cancelled for some reason or the other. I thought to close this loop in 2016 where I had already set goals for myself to visit the places on my list. Though 2016 for me didn't start as planned since Kerala is also one such destination for which my plans never work out. I had almost booked my tickets for Kerala and researched on Munnar hotels as well, but I ended up in Goa. But now I am happy that finally I made it to Jim Corbett this year.

The Journey of a Traveler

I often wonder how much time was spent in traveling mere centuries ago when the road of the traveler was hard. No flights, no high speed trains and the most prevalent medium to travel was ships. People spent a fortune and even in some cases, they spent their all earnings to just see what the world looks like. They spent days and weeks in traveling from state to state and even months in reaching from one country to another, some for leisure, some for business and others for just curiosity and amusement, from the stories they heard from people returning from The Great Voyage. In fact, many case, people did not even return from their great journeys, some due to will and others due to illness. Well, that era was different and so were the people. They had patience to travel and that was no less than the adventure for them.

5 Things to Do Before you Say Bye!

Goodbyes are always hard. No matter how strong you are, there is always an emotional chemical somewhere hidden in the corner of your heart that makes it bit difficult to say Good bye to your favorite place. Even a slightest thought of you not being visiting the place again makes you want to capture every single moment of the vacation which will bring smile on your face later.

Though handy cameras in phones and digital cameras have enabled us to capture as much pictures as we can but maybe that's not enough.. maybe we need something more....

World's Shortest Commercial Flight!

Source: www.amusingplanet.com 
The world’s shortest commercial flight takes place between the two Orkney Islands, Westray and Papa Westray, north of Scotland, separated by a distance of just 1.7 miles. The flight is operated by Loganair, and its duration is officially two minutes, but under ideal wind condition, it can be completed in only 47 Seconds. The tickets too the flight are priced at about $30 per passenger with obviously no in-flight service and infotainment. About 30 percent of the passengers are associated with the Orkney Islands Council's education services and others are health staff and patients of the Scottish National Health Service. The island of Papa Westray is home to just around 90 people, and is home to 60 archaeological sites.

Almost Kasauli (Sanawar, Dharampur), Himachal Pradesh

Kasauli hills
Sanawar, Kasauli
In case you are wondering why this article is called Almost Kasauli, it is because we made a plan to visit Kasauli, but instead, landed up in Sanawar, 6 kms away from Kasauli. And the reason we landed in Sanawar was because no hotel in Kasauli was ready to accommodate group of 35 plus members in a short notice and the only place we found suitable and available at that point of time was camping in Sanawar at Sanawar Nature Camp.

Well, Kasauli or somewhere else, it hardly matters! What matters most is the company of people around you, its never really the destination that's fun, but people around you and this trip proved that. 

This is my blog, this is my story and I can clearly be the Hero of my own story, but I am not, not in this one. The story is about all other members who joined for the trip and acted as heroes, superheroes/superwomen in fact. There were several things that did not go as per the plan, but none of the members cribbed, as a matter of fact they all came together to help/ accommodate, have fun and share as Power of One. More on this later....

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