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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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Aru Village – a hidden gem of Kashmir

Aru is a small picturesque village in the South of Kashmir. Despite being just 12 km away from a very touristy Pahalgam, it often gets overlooked. Nevertheless, both Pahalgam and Aru offer different experiences. In this post, I would like to share with you Aru story and advice on how to approach it in a better way. I would like …

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Hoysala heritage in Somnathpur temple 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 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 place, …

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Dzukou Valley trek by yourself

Dzukou Valley is one of the gems in North-East India on the border of two states – Manipur and Nagaland. Despite it is a less explored area in India and there is a lack of information about this region, there is a huge scope for independent travelers to enjoy the untouched nature there. In this post, I will share with …

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India to Bangladesh by road – step by step guide

South Asia has many common features, yet each country has its own peculiarities and culture. There are so many people who travel from India to Nepal by road, but there is almost none information about another interesting Indian neighbor – Bangladesh. Nevertheless, we are not scared to experiment if we don’t find info on Google, are we? So I packed …

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Backwaters in Alleppey for different budgets

Imagine a set of villages built in a forest, where people own boats instead of cars – that’s what a good part of Kerala looks like. Due to its natural aspect, Kerala attracts numerous tourists from all over the world. Recently I’ve written about perfectly looking tea hills in Munnar area in Kerala. This post will be about another sought-after …

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How to travel by train in India – a definite guide

Traveling by train in India is one of the most learning and fascinating experiences, which shows you some of the hidden corners of the country. Some of the rail tracks go near the sea, some through the rice fields, other across unknown towns – ever-changing landscapes. It’s hard to imagine how huge and diverse this country is from the outside …