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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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A definite guide to Mumbai local train

Mumbai local is one of my favorite experiences in the city (I can see Mumbaikars rolling their eyes now). Nevertheless, I’m not talking as a tourist. I lived in Mumbai and I love riding locals. It is a place where you find the spirit of the city because these trains transport around 8 million people a day! You can find …

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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 and Kushinagar in India, 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 home to 1500 monks. After the Muslim rulers captured …

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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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Budget guide to Thiksey Monastery, Ladakh

Ladakh is one of the most desired road-trip experiences in India. It has breathtaking landscapes, fascinating architecture, responsible lifestyle and a mix of Tibetan and Kashmiri cultures that makes it a curious destination to explore. But what if you don’t drive? Then you will definitely find next few posts handy! You can travel through major part of Ladakh by combining …

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Jibhi – an offbeat village in Himachal

Many years passed since my first encounter with Himachal Pradesh. It was the next day after my arrival in India. That time I was working for a consulting company in Delhi. Since one of the company’s clients was in Shimla, it was a great idea to take a drive to Himalaya after a 25-hour long flight (sarcasm, yet Himachal is …

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Srinagar to Sonamarg on a budget

Sonamarg is a commercial tourist destination and it’s one of the places where you will find more tourists than locals during the season. Hence, travel agents in Srinagar will try to convince you that the only way to reach Sonamarg is by hiring a taxi. There are budget ways to reach Sonamarg, nevertheless, they are a bit more sophisticated than …

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Srinagar to Pahalgam on a budget

Jammu & Kashmir seems to be an expensive state to travel: there are quite pricey accommodations, people on TripAdvisor write about hiring cabs to travel around and some travelers are planning a 40-50k budget for a two-week trip. That’s like 800 USD! I thought there should be some inside-outs, as there are many villages, where local people live and commute …

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Hoysala heritage in Somnathpur, Mysore

Hoysala Rulers who built many temples in present-day Karnataka, ruled over Mysore Plateau between 11th and 14th century. As lovers of art, they evolved a new form of Architecture, Hoysala architecture. The most notable temples of this style are in Belur, Halebid and Somnathpur. Somnathpur temple was one of the first temples built under Hoysala regime. To give you a broad …

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Lepakshi – an offbeat getaway from Bangalore

The state of Andhra Pradesh is mostly overlooked in the tourist books. Unless you visit some national tourist fairs, you might leave out numerous destinations in India just because they didn’t brand their Taj Mahal. Today I would like to tell you about Lepakshi Village which is one of the cultural day getaways from Bangalore. Lepakshi is mainly a pilgrimage …