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5 Best Yoga Moves To Stay Fit While Travelling

5 Best Yoga Moves To Stay Fit While Travelling

“A sound mind in a sound body”, this is a never-failing theory and this holds good even while you travel. However, travel makes the fitness schedule lopsided. So here’s a quickie on five of the best yoga moves one can do to stay fit while travelling. Don’t let that extra fat sag around you and upset your travel plans. Do these simple yoga moves to rest and revive you with new energy.

1. Neck stretches and hand rotation: When you are back after a full day, a tight scheduled trek or sightseeing in a bus, or you had to be upright for too long, sit back, relax, breathe in deep and slowly start rotating your neck. Rotate your neck clockwise and anticlockwise repeatedly for 2 minutes. Then touch your right ear to the right shoulder and stretch and let the muscles tighten. Do it for a minute and repeat it on the other side too. The neck will feel lighter and better.
Also rotate the fists slowly in clockwise and anticlockwise direction. Then rotate both the hands. This will loosen the tight muscles and help you relax.

2. Forward bend: The back gets cramped and too stressed and we might feel uncomfortable to continue to travel with the onerous back. You can do this posture: forward bend. Raise both your hands and breathe in deep and slowly while exhaling the air, touch the ground with your hands and make sure the knees are straight. Do not bend the knee. This will strengthen the calf muscles and help your back restore its strength.

3. Tree posture: This posture helps to stretch and strengthen the back and sides of your legs that gets stiff while commuting long distances. In this pose, you have to plant your one leg on the calf muscle of the other leg, or just above on the thigh. Join your hands and make sure to keep the forearms parallel to the floor. Then breathe in and out slowly and repeat this on the other side too. Do it alternatively. This will improve your balance, ankle stability and opens your hips.

4. Garland pose: Hip flexibility becomes an issue after a long journey in train or plane. Sitting for long periods can tighten the inner thighs and groin and hip flexors. This can cause poor back posture and back pain. Step your feet as wide as the mat, if you have, bend your knees and lower your hips, coming into the squat. Drop your torso slightly forward and then bring your upper arms to the inside of your knees. Bring your palms in prayer position and keep your forearms parallel to the floor. Garland pose will help you stretch the ankles, groins and back.

5. Half gas release pose: With better digestion comes better energy, and for better digestion exercise is a must. While we travel we are haunted by the digestion related problems. Worry no more. Do this simple pose that will help better digestion. This pose compresses the ascending colon on the right side and the descending colon on the left, stimulating the nerves to help elimination. First hug your right knee in toward the right side of the ribcage. Keep pressing your straight left leg into the earth as you hold your hands around the right shin to pull it closer to the earth. Hold for 1 or 2 minutes and then repeat on the other side. This will release the gas and help you get rid of the accumulated gases due to indigestion.

These yoga poses will surely rest your body and muscles and prepare you for a new day with great zeal and energy to enjoy the travel to the fullest.

Remember do not over do with your body. Every body has his/her own limitations and do not try to pull your way to that extra mile if your body doesn’t permit you to.
Stretch in your limits and see that the moves prove to fructify your travel and help you take care of yourself better. When the body is fit, the travel will never make it feel cranky.
Feel rejuvenated with the power of the YOGA.

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10 Travel Goals To Perpetrate Before You Turn 30

10 Travel Goals To Perpetrate Before You Turn 30

Thirties, family, work, pressure, commitments, deadlines, responsibilities, achievements, duties, obligations, more work, more goals oriented: these are usually the things we become, experience or feel in our thirties and we are so engrossed in achieving and fulfilling our dreams, we might not even be able to allot some time off to travel and rejuvenate.
That’s why so that you do not miss some of the best travel related experiences, here’s a list of 10 travel goals one must perpetrate before hitting the 30 years bar.

1. Travel Alone: This is one of the best things to do before you are 30, because you might have a family of your own by thirties. Travel alone so that you get to know yourself better, understand yourself more and learn a little more about yourself. It would be a great experience to know your own strengths and weaknesses which could be fruitfully applied to your everyday life that’ll help you grow beyond comparison.

2. Travel with your best friend: Make at least one trip to a place with your best friend. While you travel you can re-live all those glorious moments of your life and create more memories worth remembering. So plan a travel with your best friend before you both get hitched (with one another or with someone else).

3. Eat at the local eat street in the place you visit: The local food has the love in it of the common man. That food is an epitome of the hard work of the people, their occupation, belongingness and love for the place. Food at the local street is a must to make your travel complete.

4. Make a bike trip: Adventure awaits at every turn of the wheel. If you love to ride, want to feel the wind blow across your face, you want to feel your hair fly, you must ride. Ride to a place you love to. Ride on a road which is never there and let the adventure be your pillion rider. It enhances the quality of your thoughts, grinds your sorrows under the wheels it fills you with a sense of accomplishment and leaves you satiated and makes your travel experience a wholesome one.

5. Scuba diving: Travel to the nearest shore, take a dive and have a look at the corals and the underwater life. You’ll be amused to see and feel so calm. The fish, big and small, the underwater plants, the corals will make you think that how abundant and bountiful nature is. So scuba dive to become one with the blue.

6. Bungee jumping: Jump from a height with the ropes ties, the jump will set you free. It’ll be a phenomenon you want to experience over and over again. So jump off the heights and ward off your fear.

7. Go on a cycle trek: Check for the nearest cycle trek expedition and go for it. Cycling will remind you of your childhood and recreate the love for it. It’s an eco-friendly way, an innocuous way to trek. Cycling always teaches us one thing that we need to strike a balance to keep moving. A cycle trek will surely re-connect to your roots and will redefine e your fitness.

8. Sky diving: Do you want to be a bird? Dive into the sky and feel like bird. You’ll capture an image you can never forget.

9. Go to Himalayas: If you are an adventurer and if you like heights or otherwise do see the Himalayas and trek them so that you can feel their aura. The Himalayan mountain range is mighty. A trek here in these mountains will relieve you of all pressures, present you challenges so that you can overcome them in creative ways. A trek here will give an entire different outlook and will make you stronger, more courageous and a better human.

10. Witness any Indian festival in its place of origin: India is a land of cultures. People here belong to vast sectors and discipline, beliefs and faith. Make sure you visit at least one place during a festival: Durga pooja in Kolkata, Navratri in Gujarat, Dussera in Mysore, or Ganapati festival in Pune/Mumbai, Pushkar Mela in Rajasthan, Onam in Kerala, Pongal in Tamil Nadu/Pondicherry, Lodhi in Punjab : to name a few. Put this on your bucket list and experience a whole lot of goodness. You’ll see how a festival is able to indulge you in their uniqueness.

These are 10 travel related goals one must perpetrate according to me and I hope you like them and will add in your bucket list.
Travel not so that the world sees you, travel so that you can see the world.


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10 Awesome Books That Satiate The Traveler In You

10 Awesome Books That Satiate The Traveler In You

“The world is a book and those who do not travel, read only one page”, by St Agustine. So rightly said it sums up how important it is to travel to be able to read the entire book called LIFE. Vice versa is true too. There are a few books which when you read fills you with a different aura, different energy level and help you explore the world, the culture, the people and satiates the traveler in you. Such is the power of the words and the books written by the wise men are a synthesis of their experiences and wisdom which is so reassuring and never-failing. The traveler in you needs a nudge, motivation and that happens with some of the best travel books, these will give you an insight on how wonderful the life is and on how wonderful your journey is.
Following are the ten awesome books that will indeed satiate the traveler in you:

1. The alchemist by Paulo Coelho: This charts an enchanting story of Santiago, a young shepherd boy who finds the courage to follow his heart into the distant lands to travel to the pyramids of Egypt to find the treasure, spurred on by the knowledge that he is following the right path; his own. This beautiful parable not only has the power to uncover the long buried dreams, it also inspires us to reach them.

2. Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe: If ever the story of any man’s adventures in the world were worth making public and were acceptable when published, this book will be accounted for. It’s the story of a wanderer who went to the sea. This story in true sense is a roller coaster ride of Crusoe where the promises for new adventures are awaited. A must read for sea lovers.

3. Three men in a boat by Jerome K: The chief beauty of this book lies not in the literary style nut in the truthfulness of all the events that happened. It’s a story about three men who travel for the sake of it to breach the boredom syndrome.

4. The pilgrimage by Paulo Coelho: It is a recollection of Paulo’s experiences as he made his way across northern span on a pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostella. The novel is not only based on an adventure story but it is also a guide to one’s self discovery.

5. Into the wild by John Krakauer: So many people live within unhappy circumstances and they will still not take any initiative to change the situation since they are conditioned to a secure, and conversational life, but in reality, nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future. So read this book to see how adventures and new experiences fill endless joy and incredible beauty.

6. Motorcycle diaries by Che Guevara : for those of you who love riding bikes and tripping, for those who love to ride on no roads and create their own path, it’s for you that this book is meant to be. Motorcycle diaries is about two young men on an 8-month, 8000 mile motorcycle journey. This is for sure going to set you on fire and get you moving on wheels.

7. A passage to India by E.M Forster: This book documents the complex relationships between India and their colonial rulers. It recounts a fictional tale from an era gone by, called the British Raj. This book will satisfy your thirst to visit the pre-independence India.

8. The Great Railway Bazaar by Paul Theroux: You cannot really travel around India without having travelled at least once in the train. And you cannot claim to be an avid reader of travel books until you have read this book. This book explains the trivial details of his travel through India and Asia in a delightful manner.

9. Hot tea across India by Rishad Saam Mehta: Two things unite us Indians like nothing else: gossips and tea. There are places and people we’ve often heard of but know nothing about. It’s a feel-good book with everything in place – the good, the bad and the ugly. So read it to feel it.

10. The art of Travel by Alain De Booton: It’s a book about the author’s travel experiences sharing the planning, execution, the joy and the disappointment while travelling.

These are those ten books which when you read is bound to satiate the traveler in you.
When you travel it leaves you speechless and then into a story teller. Travel and you might publish your own book.


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Is ‘Mom n Kid’ Travelling The Most Trending Thing Now?

Is ‘Mom n Kid’ travelling the most trending thing now?

Mother is the most soulful person and the relationship of a mother and a child is an exemplary example of unconditional love and care. Mother is an epitome of ease, comfort, care and unquestionable love. Deeper understanding, curious heart and the watchful eyes filled with concern are the feelings one gets from a mom. A mom and kid are more than just mom and kid, they are best friends, best cousins and they mean the world to one another.

These days where some portion of the working class is female- moms are working too. And the need to bring the relationship between a mom and the kid to the fore, spending some time together has become necessity.

Now the whole world is in the cut-throat competition and this bond is finding a back seat. The relationship is there but is not being cherished the way it used to be. So there’s a need to change the whole concept of this relationship and the way it is viewed. Mom and kid is just not power and control situation, it’s a bond of celebration and rejoice. Now is the time to bring back life to this divine bond.

Here are a few reasons why “mom n kid” travelling is the most trending thing now:

1. A child accepts mom as his best friend: When the kid is small to make new friends, the friend is its mom. The mother means everything to the kid. The mother is more than happy to cherish the bind. They spend a lot of time together and to make lasting memories, for the mom, with her cute little kid, travel is a means.

2. A school going kid: The child who goes to school is so hooked up with the school schedule and home work that there isn’t enough time to spare with the family. But to nurture the child with good values and morale, quality time with its mom is required. So any holidays are looked forward for getaways to spend great mom n kid time so that lessons of greater importance are taught to the child in addition to having fun.

3. The college kid: For a mom, a kid is a kid even after it goes to the college. And these days to provide best of education to their child, the parents sacrifice a lot of their happiness so as to get their child the world best facilitates. They send the child to hostel to make him grow as a complete person. Amidst all this, the child spends a lot of time with its peers and very less time with its parents. Once in a while when the child goes home, the family especially the mom wants to spend as much time as possible with her child. They often travel to revisit all those glorious days they had together.

4. The working kid: In the hoard of earning money a person so engrossed in the money making process, that he often keeps all the relations at stake, forgets about people and their relations with him. While everyone does ‘tit for tat’, the mother is the only person who waits for her child irrespective of everything and loves her child unconditionally. The child is filled with tears to see its mom on its side. To celebrate that infinite bond of happiness and selflessness will burgeon with a travel. A travel reestablishes the bond and augments it with more love and care.

5. Mother gets older: Friends of the mom get older with her and they slowly lose touch with one another. The only friend mom has is her kid and unto her child she bears all her faith and hope. She holds the hands of her child to walk an extra mile, to laugh a little louder and to smile an inch more. The child realizes this and is ready to do anything for her. A travel to a distant place to fulfill her desire, a travel to the mom’s most favorite place puts a smile on her lips and tears in her eyes giving her the feeling of solace and satisfaction. A smile on her child’s face is all she wants and a travel will unfailingly bring it on both the faces. A mutual feeling of joy and bliss gives delight to both the mom and the kid.

The mom n kid travelling should always happen to celebrate the bond of purity and learn the lesson of selflessness.


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Group Travel – A Boon For Solo Traveler

Just imagine seeing something nice like a beautiful sunset, a garment or an article and not be able to share and discuss it with anyone? One invariably feels, Oh! I wish so and so was here to see this or I wish I could have shared this with someone. Such is the joy of sharing. It multiplies with each share.

In the recent times, Indian society has faced several social challenges that have resulted in many people to willingly or unwillingly adopt single-hood. Unlike yesteryears many people travel through life on their own. Solo. There are many single parents, unmarried individuals, women who have chosen to be single, divorced persons, parents with children abroad etc. The Indian social fabric has learnt to accept these new individual citizens happily. Being solo is alright. Being solo doesn’t mean one can’t enjoy the same privileges as the others.

The travel industry is probably one of the first industries that welcomed the solo traveler and mingled them in the group travel programs. The group travel tours are a mixed potpourri, where solos and couples travel as a group and share the travelling experience. The Group Travelling tours are indeed a boon for a solo traveler. Any solo person, professional irrespective of age or gender bar can now visit and see all those beautiful destinations they wished they could see and enjoy. Travelling with a group tour is always a pleasure. It is like going with an extended family without any obligation.

The Top 5 Benefits of Group Travel For A Solo Traveler Are:

No Tedious Planning, just enjoy the group privileges:

When you travel in a group, you get all the travelling arrangements like ticketing, airline itinerary, hotel bookings organized by the tour operator, and you truly need not do much besides make the payments. This is a completely hassle free travel as all responsibility of arrangements rests with the Travel Agency or Tour Operator.

The Sense Of Security:

Travelling alone, especially in alien countries or locations, can be quite risky for both genders and a group brings an immediate security and protection to the solo traveler. An elderly solo traveler can find solace in realising his/her dreams, even at a late age, while basking in the safety of the fellow group members.

Save The Money:

When one travels solo, he misses on the discount part of the trip. The hotels, airlines do not make hefty group discounts available to solo travelers. For the lone passenger, the road transports like taxi and buses too are expensive as against group travelling in these vehicles. When a solo traveler joins a group, he/she can benefit from Insane Discounts that the group travelers usually receive. Many times when you travel in a group, especially in destinations with different colloquial language, an interpreter is available to explain the details of the surroundings, and the solo traveler can enjoy the visit far better than mutely watching the scenery.

Sharing & Joy:

Sharing is fun, happiness and contentment. Be it a tasty chocolate or a photograph, the joy of travelling in a group gives ample opportunities to share. While one has the company of like minded people, one can even choose to remain aloof and enjoy the travel experience in regular solitude.

Expand The Buddy Circle:

A Solo Travelers can find travel partners with similar travelling interest like wildlife or photography. Such group interactions that are at a personal level can bring around long lasting friendships for future travel trips or social friendships. So all those people irrespective of their reasons for being solo can fulfil their dream of visiting their favourite destinations. The reason a person is single no more matters. Literally. You can now enjoy any destination that you have always wanted to visit but could never plan due to lack of company.

At Alifetimetrip.com, we offer very customised group Travel Packages that accommodate the solo traveler. For more information on the upcoming Tour Packages, contact us by email info@alifetimetrip.com or follow us on Facebook  https://www.facebook.com/ALifetimeTrip/

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A day well spent at Chandni Chowk, Old Delhi

A Day Well Spent at Chandni Chowk, Purani Dilli

Homework well done

Part of Mughal emperor’s Shah Jahan’s capital Shahajanabad, the old part of Delhi, now popularly called Purani Dilli, is deeply entrenched in heritage, culture, chaos, commotion and dotted with various mesmerizing sights. The crowded by-lanes reek of history, which is what the charm of the area is all about. And the crown of Purani Dilliis the boisterous and legendary Chandni Chowk, reminiscent of an era gone by, yet so famous and teeming with people all the time.

Having read so much about this place and wanting to experience the charming place myself, I decided to spend a day in Chandni Chowk.

How I reached

I have heard people say that reaching Chandni Chowk earlier was a nightmare. But the metro connectivity has made the old city easily accessible. I too boarded the Delhi Metro for a comfortable ride. As I alighted from the station right into Chandni Chowk, the buzz and liveliness of the place both shocked and enchanted me at the same time! From here on, I began to explore everything I had mentally noted down in a quick checklist in preparations for today. I was capable of walking throughout the market, but could not resist the thrills of a rickshaw ride, amidst close and tight jammed up vehicles on the road.

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Religious tolerance in complete harmony

What I found remarkable is that the marketplace has been here for three centuries and all possible faiths co-exist in this small area in total harmony. This is clear with the presence of the 16th century Digambara Jain Temple, next to the Hindu Gauri Shankar Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva. Up ahead there is the Svetambra Jain Temple, also the famed Sunheri Masjid, a mosque. The other end of the street is flanked by the holy Sikh Sisganj Gurudwara! Mini secular India, exemplary for the entire nation, don’t you agree? And one can walk into any of these religious and revered premises without inhibition, regardless of one’s faith.

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Shoppers haven

I found myself gazing with marvel at the varied bazaars, each one a theme market.  The Dariba Kalan Road is a haven for exquisite craftsmen who have been creating wonderful jewelry for generations. The Kinari Bazaar is colorful and is dedicated to the Indian wedding extravaganza, the bridal embellishments and zari outfits being the most coveted! The cloth bazaar of the Katra Neel beckoned me with the finest of linen. The Bhagirath Palace showed glittering lampshades, electrical lights and modern medical equipment. It is also the wholesale centre for allopathic machines. Perfect example of old traditional wares adapting well to the modern wonders.

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The best part that I liked was that the streets were full of tourists jostling for space with shoppers. Also dealing in bulk buying were traders from all over India, the northern part in particular. I was then told that Chandni Chowk is a hub for wholesale prices and many merchants operating in NCR and across the country come here to get bulk stocks. Interesting!

Tempting Eateries

Chandni Chowk is a gastronomical delight, with enticing smells of delicious foods tempting you from every nook and corner. I had gone empty stomach to be able to relish as many as possible of these culinary treats! I started out with the famousParanthe Wali Gali, where desi-ghee parathas of every imaginable stuffing are served with sumptuous accompaniments! Too heavy, but oh so tantalizing! And the malai lassiwas simply irresistible!

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Then to satisfying my sweet tooth, I headed to the Jalebiwala. I really wonder how they manage to make such heavenly jalebis? Is it syrup or pure nectar that runs through the twisted veins of the jalebis?

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After walking around a bit, I felt that my stomach may be able to accommodate just a teeny weeny more. So off I headed to the reputed Natraj’s Dahi Bhalle counter, established in 1940.  The dish was the best ever, tangy and digestive, with the softest of bhallas served with delicious tamarind chutney! The rush at this famous eatery was unimaginable . The staff was smiling and courteous, quite oblivious to and seemingly unperturbed by the awaiting frenzied crowd!

Took a bite of the rabri-falooda at Gianiji Ka Falooda and got some sinful sweets packed from Ghantewala Halwai and some namkeens from Kanwarji Bhagirathmal Dalbhajiwallah, having being too full by now! So much for the gastronomic adventures! Chandni Chowk lived up to its reputation to the hilt! And the rates are so reasonable!

A promise…

One day is surely not enough to enjoy the wonderful and enchanting Chandni Chowk. I did manage to get a small glimpse of it in one day. As I walked in the narrow alleys, I felt myself deported back in time and I could imagine the people living there decades and perhaps centuries ago. The perfect way to enjoy heritage at its best!


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Best time to visit Kashmir

Kashmir is an year round tourist destination but if you are still looking for the best time, then the months of March till October are considered as great. During this period the weather conditions in Kashmir are just perfect. Blossomed gardens, chirping birds, alpine meadows and refreshing air is what would welcome you in this land. Kashmir.jpg

This whole period covers three seasons in Kashmir i.e. spring (March-early May), summers (early May-late August) and autumn (September-November). Pahalgam is popular from April to November for activities like rafting and horse riding. If Golf is your sport, then April to November months are the best time for you. What waits for you is the highest green golf course anywhere in the world, situated at an altitude of 2650 m, spread over 52 sprawling acres of lush land.

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From December to early March is the winter season for Kashmir, when the entire valley is covered with a white blanket of snow. Breeze is chilling and sunshine tender. But if you are a winter sport lover, travel to Gulmarg in these months for some of the best skiing and snowboarding. You would be awestuck by the views you would get by Gondola cable car rides at this period of year.

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So see what type of traveler you are and then go ahead to soak your soul in this paradise on earth!