Vaishno Devi, Katra (Jammu), India


As we continued our journey after paying our visit to The Golden Temple in Amritsar, it started to rain. Though, we knew already that it is going to rain a lot, so it wasn't a surprise. In March, it rains a lot so we were well prepared. Rain did slow us down but it was a relief and made our journey even more beautiful. Around 12 in the noon, we crossed Pathankot and entered Jammu. It started raining heavily and we decided to take a stop for lunch at road side Dhaba. After satisfying our stomachs, we had a cup of tea while we gazed outside at the beautiful views of hills while it rained. It was time to hit the road again and now we committed ourselves to not to stop at all on the way. By the time it stopped raining and we caught the speed. We took the new highway which is recently built in 2014 to reach Katra and drastically cut down our travel time. Road was smooth and wide and by evening around 7, we finally reached Katra.

The Golden Temple, Amritsar (Punjab), India

Darbar Sahib
The Golden Temple
It was time for me to wash off some of my sins and hence I planned a trip to The Golden Temple in Amritsar, Punjab, also known as Harmandir Sahib/Darbar Sahib. I further planned to visit The Holy Shrine of Vaishno Devi in Jammu. It was a family trip and we left in the night to reach Amritsar early in the morning. Except for some tea and snacks, we didn't take much stoppages to keep up with the schedule and by morning 8am, we reached The Golden Temple in Amritsar. We parked our vehicle and the temple was still few kilometers away from the parking zone so we hired a Tonga to reach the temple premises. We could have chosen auto rickshaw as well, but why not travel in an old fashion way?

The West Pier, Brighton

Iron Bridge
The West Pier
Does this happen to you when you see something historic which was grand at one time and now fading away with time? History can be fascinating and can haunt you as well the more you dig. On my visit to Brighton, I certainly enjoyed the beach, The Brighton Pier and the rides it offered, but there was another side of Brighton as well, The West Pier which gave me goose bumps once I got to know the history of it. 
 
The West Pier in Brighton was opened in 1866 with a length of 1115 feet, built with cast iron threaded columns screwed into the seabed. It included a concert hall which was added later.
 

Are you a Solo Female Traveler?

Traveling alone? Make it memorable ladies!
 
How often do we get to travel without someone and do what our heart desire, wear what we love and eat what our stomach wishes for? Well, these moments are certainly rare so you need to cherish each of them. Although traveling with a plan is for boring people, but having one at the backhand can be beneficial. You need to pack your stuff smartly for your adventure trip so no mishaps occur at all.
You got your makeup box and favorite jumpsuit, what else you need, but yes, being a lone woman traveler, you need to keep several things at hand and pack up accordingly for making it a memorable travel of your life. With these tips, you can have a great time on your trip:
 

The London Bridge

It came to me as a surprise that the original London Bridge isn't in London anymore. The original London bridge was sold to Robert McCulloch of McCulloch Oil and he rebuilt it in Lake Havasu City, Arizona. There is a rumor that Robert McCulloch thought he was getting Tower Bridge instead. Not surprisingly there have been several bridges on the London Bridge site and the present one is just under 40 years old.
 

Mussoorie - The Adventure Begins!


Hill View Mussoorie
Mussoorie
For some reason or the other, I was never able to attend any of the office sponsored off-sites and have always regretted that. Well, not anymore and after making lot of promises, I was able to convince the higher authority (my wife) and finally she said "Yes". That feeling was not less than the feeling of child being offered a lollipop.

I am the kind of person who enjoys planning for the trips and to be honest, sometimes I have enjoyed it even more than the trip itself. So after lot of planning and research, we finalized on Mussoorie. We planned to leave on Friday night from our office after wrapping up our work. Now as most of the people know how lucky I am when I am about to leave for any of trip, my luck struck again and I was stuck with work till the last moment. Yea right, I am jinxed! Well, after all these years, I am used to it now.
 

The London Eye

                                cantilevered observation wheel

I stepped out of my apartment on my first weekend in the city to explore my surroundings where I will be spending next couple of months. As I walked along the South Bank of the river Thames enjoying the most cherished, British Summers, I reached the most famous landmark of London, The London Eye. This giant Ferris wheel is the center of attraction and there was a huge queue to get on to that. As a matter of fact, it is the most popular paid tourist attraction with 3.5 million tourists annually.

Sometimes, it is all about Macro Photography

Macro Photography

Have you ever been in a situation where you are waiting for somebody and have nothing to do? Usually, people fickle through their phones while waiting and some just try their hands on photography, like I did. 

In our busy schedule, we rarely realize how beautiful nature is and how much peaceful it can be to just look at flowers around you, the greenery and the chirping of the birds. Just by observing them, one tends to forget all worries and tensions of life for quite sometime. We are so lost these days in the beauty of materialistic things and we have almost forgotten how beautiful the nature is. 

The flower in the picture caught my eye while I was waiting and it did bring smile on my face. I tried to capture the essence of that moment with the macro photography.

If you like this picture and you love nature, do leave your comment below.

Why Cape Verde Is So Lovable?

 
Cape Verde is a place of immense beauty and culture, but for some reason doesn’t get the acclaim its other island brethren receive. Truth be told, it’s an amazing place to go for a holiday, which you can do with First Choice. The mix of volcanic islands and sandy beaches ensure that you’ll have a great time. Here are just a few reasons to love Cape Verde.
 

Renuka Ji Lake, Nahan, Himachal Pradesh

Renuka Ji Lake, Nahan
Renuka Ji Lake
I was craving for a weekend getaway for quite some time and then just a phone call to my friend made it possible. I always love planning my holidays and with help of reviews from other travelers on TripAdvisor, I decided on Renuka Ji lake, Nahan in Himachal Pradesh.

Destination was around 260 Kms from New Delhi which I anticipated around 10 hours journey as we will have kids along, my son and my friend's daughter. We planned to leave early in the morning at 5am to avoid traffic, but as always, I was running late and finally we left at 7am in the morning and picked my friend, his wife and their daughter. After struggling with school buses on the way and office goers, we finally touched NH-8 and my car was more than happy to fly.

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