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A scenic ride through Nilgiris on a toy train

Indian railways spread through some scenic parts of the country – hills, lakes, beaches, deserted lands, parks – you name it. Nevertheless, the purpose of a standard train journey in India is commuting. There are also three train tracks that were built for sightseeing purposes: Kalka-Shimla, Nilgiris and Darjeeling. Though there are many more scenic journeys, the three mentioned above …

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How to do Rishikesh right?

There are a few destinations in India that have quite a niche audience. Rishikesh is one of such examples. Known as a yoga capital of the world, this city can leave some mixed impressions if you don’t set your expectations right. A few years back I got utterly surprised, why is it so popular among travelers? If you are not …

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Awesome beaches in Kerala for your next trip

Kerala is one of the most authentic states in India with its cultural events, hospitable people, calming backwaters, spicy food and its amazing scenic beaches. The peak travel season is from December to March, though Kerala welcomes visitors all around the year. In summer 2018, Kerala suffered severe floods that displaced over a million of people and left a big …

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How to plan a trip from Varanasi to Sarnath?

Sarnath is one of the four main Buddhist pilgrimage destinations along with Bodhgaya, Kushinagar, and Lumbini in Nepal. You can find in this village some ruins dating back to the 3rd century BC when the emperor Ashoka built numerous stupas and monasteries. During 7th century AD, Sarnath was a home to 1500 monks. After the Muslim rulers captured the territory, the …

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How to plan a trip to Nubra Valley from Leh?

Nubra Valley still remains one of the most underexplored areas of Ladakh. Though tourism developed recently there with the shifting of the line of control beyond Turtuk village, tourists are yet to explore the beauty of Nubra. Unfortunately, Nubra Valley is often just a stopover for people visiting Khardung La (one of the highest motorable roads passes) and some get …

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Serolsar Lake hike in Himachal Pradesh

Serolsar Lake is one of the hidden gems of the Himalaya. This lake is such a treat for the eyes of the perfectionists. It’s of a round shape, clean, there are no dry leaves on the surface and it reflects the tall trees and rocks surrounding it. Since you have to hike there through Jalori Pass, it is not that …

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Chand Baori – the largest ancient step well in India

Step wells are the wonder of ancient architecture which can be found all around India. There were around 3000 step wells built in North India, many of them in the states of Rajasthan and Gujarat as they both are bordering the desert. Rajasthan was actually built in a desert. Chand Baori is one of the oldest and biggest wells in …

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How to choose a houseboat in Srinagar?

Dal Lake is one of the most breathtaking places in India. It covers a significant area of Srinagar and feels like a small town within the city itself. There are local families who live on the lake, rowing their personal boats and running their shops of all kinds from groceries to pashmina and saffron. All this makes Dal lake a …

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Turtuk – the last village on India-Pakistan border

“Welcome to our village” – shouted a cheerful group of 8-year-old kids. “Here is your entrance gift” – told a girl with a smile handing me a few fruits. I was amazed by this hospitality gesture. Today, you will see many happy kids running through the streets of the village after the classes. Nevertheless, it was not always the case. …

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Diskit – a gateway to Nubra Valley

“How do you survive winters without electricity?” I asked curiously. “That’s a very good question. I think people can adapt to anything with time” – told Sonam, one of the residents of Nubra. Diskit is the main town and administrative center of Nubra Valley. If all the roads lead to Rome, the roads of Nubra Valley definitely lead to Diskit. …