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Best Time To Visit Spiti Valley

Spiti valley is accessible by road throughout the year.

There are two ways to enter Spiti valley- one via Manali and the other via Shimla. Usually the best time to visit Spiti are the summer months of May till Mid October when the temperatures are great and there is no snow or ice on the roads.

In case you plan to start the trip from Shimla and exit from Manali, you should plan in the summer months, since there are two main passes enroute i.e. Rohtang pass and Kunzum Pass which remains closed due to snow in winters. The route starts clearing up in the month of June.
If you plan in late October or later, you can take the road from Shimla upto Kaza and you would need to exit via the same route.

Weatherwise

April to Mid May is a good time to be at Spiti, however the route via Manali is yet not available. Snow starts clearing up, the guest houses start opening up, the peaks are yet snow studded for those perfect shots and roads by now become bearable.

Mid-May to Mid-July is one of the best times to be at Spiti. The days are pleasant. Hotels are running full fledge. Chandertal is accessible post June. Loads of campers and trekkers prefer this time of year to be here.

Mid-July to August is not really a great time to be here. Monsoons are in flurry and roads are in horrible state. Offlate Spiti region has started receiving good rains in these months despite being in Trans Himalayan region thats generally rain shadowed.

September to Mid-October is a great time to be at Spiti. ALl roads are open, running, connected and accessible, be it the remotest village. Its cold, so carry woollen wears. Do not expect snow in this month. The peaks are mostly naked. You would also find the amazing Kinnauri/ Spiti apples in this month. Do not forget to taste/ buy them. They are the tastiest apples you would ever have.

Winter in Spiti is really harsh with the temperatures dropping to as low as -30° Celsius. Locals celebrate a lots of festivals at this time to keep up the spirits. People are generally house arrested in these months and they stock up food well in advance for the survival. But yes, this is the best time to spot the snow leopard or the wild ibex.

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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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10 Reasons Why Living In India Is Joyful

10 Reasons Why Living In India Is Joyful

India, Hindustan, Bharat, these are the names we use to represent the largest democracy in the world. “Mera Bharat Mahan” is apt to represent the epitome of the mixed culture. India is a landmass that houses variety; here you’ll find an amalgam of food, culture, weather, diversity, geographical difference, all in one. Spirituality, awakening, worships you can see all this happening here. Deities, worships, devotion, festivals are celebrated with great pomp and celebration, of togetherness and uniqueness. It’s the diversity that unites the people here. People from all walks of life are united by this common string of Indianness.

Living in India in itself is a feeling of joy and celebration and celebration it with food, people, culture and work. So the ten reasons why living here is joyful are:

1. Food: variety, spicy, non-spicy, veg, non-veg, anything you like to anything you couldn’t have imagined; everything is available here. Food in the form of prasadam, in the form of buffets in the five star hotels, of along the road side, it has the essence of origin and belongingness to the place. North, south, east and west, food isn’t the same at all. Its variety makes living here an awesome feeling.

2. Festivals: 365 days in a year for Indians are festivals to celebrate. Festivals where feast is made and served, festivals where fasting is done, where wives pray for the long life of her husbands, to name a few always add colors to life, both literally(Holi) and figuratively.

3. Geographical diversity: India is a peninsula surrounded by water on its three sides. It has the Himalayan ranges, the fertile Ganga planes, the innumerable rivers, the Deccan plateau, the horrid Thar Desert, the snowy hills. The diversity has been a part of this country, so recreation available 24*7 like those perennial rivers.

4. Clothing: People do not have just one fixed clothing here. Every place you visit, you are sure to find the variety in the clothing. Saris, chudidars, lungis, Manipuri dress are to just name a few. The robe culture is so vast, and if you are a true clothes maniac, you’ll want to try wearing something new, you can hit a boutique and find that displays the diversity India has.

5. Joint Families: In the 21st century, there has been dismantling of families here, there are places where you still have joint families, and just living together is a blissful experience. The grandma’s pickle, the grandpa’s jokes, the parents’ love and affection, the cousins’ sharing and caring nature all bring you up as a wholesome person, instilling in you the qualities of a perfect gentleman.

6. Extraordinary history: Being under a number if rulers and then under colonial power, India has dramatic history. The art and architecture is greatly influenced by these factors. The Taj Mahal, the red fort, the gateway of India, Victoria memorial, etc, all these stand strong as testimony for the history of India.

7. Get away: Myriad lakes, rivers, forts, palaces, hill stations, waterfalls, forests, mountains, gardens, these are present in such numbers, that a short get-away or even a long get-away can always be planned. Picnics or trips can be planned and fixed to get the tint of Indian ethnicity. There is no room for boredom here.

8. Dance and Music: Folk, classical, Bollywood dance and music has never failed to amuse the people, because these have the power to teleport people to their past, the past of India. The music is so refreshing and enticing, it has the power to connect to the roots and touch our souls. Dance is in the footstep of every Indian, marking its significance.

9. The air you breathe at every step is never the same: With every step you take, you can witness uniqueness and a true sense of jingoism. Ethnicity is in the air you breathe here.

10. Happiness is hidden in small things: Be it at home, in schools, in trips or picnics, marriages or small functions, you’ll see that people find happiness in small things too. Charity, sacrifices, friendships, penance, meditation are a symbol of happiness in tiny things.

Living in India doesn’t need just these 10 reasons, it’s beyond.
The air you breathe in here fills you with bliss and ecstasy always.


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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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10 Architectural Landmarks You Cannot Miss In 2017

10 Architectural Landmarks You Cannot Miss In 2017

India is a land of rich culture and heritage. Indian history and present have a lot to offer for its present and future generations, something to cherish for ages to come. Art and architecture in India have never failed to amuse all of us. The unique, distinct feature if the sculptors or the monuments have always mesmerized not only the thinkers and the scholars but the “aam admi” too. Since Indian history is influenced by a large number of rulers like: the Mughals, the Sultans, the Peshwas, the Cholas, the Tughlaqs, the INC, the BJP, etc. the art and architecture here is a mélange of cross culture. The contemporary India is sure: “Unity in diversity” which was earlier too.

1. Akshardham, Delhi: Akshardham means “abode of God”. It is an edifice that displays the millennia of traditional Hindu and Indian culture, spirituality and architecture. The main attraction of the Swami Narayan Akshardham is the Akshardham Mandir. It is intricately carved with flora, fauna, dancers and deities. The “hall of values”, the “Theatre”, the “boat ride” show to their audience the message of: non-violence, perseverance, vegetarianism, prayers, morality and family harmony.

2. Ajanta and Ellora caves, Aurangabad: The magnificent paintings of the Ajanta and the well-carved sculptures of Ellora are sure to amuse the traveler within you and quench your thirst. Located in Aurangabad district in Maharashtra, these caves are the finest example of Indian paintings and sculptures. These are an assortment of Buddhist, Hindu, and Jain temples. A visit to this place will surely make you feel blessed and proud to be an Indian.

3. Khajuraho temple, Madhya Pradesh: This is a group of Jain and Hindu temples in Madhya Pradesh. They are one of the UNESCO world heritage sites. In India Historical records note that there were 85 temples by 12th century of which only 20 are surviving today. Of these 20, the Kandariya Mahadeva temple is decorated with a profusion of sculptures with intricate details, symbolism, and expressiveness of ancient Indian art.

4. Taj Mahal, Agra: This white beauty needs no reasoning as to why it stands tall and wide and ranks top in the list of architectural landmarks one must not miss. Every inch of the marvelous white reflects the hard work each worker put in to make it one of the wonders of the world. This mausoleum was commissioned by Shah Jahan to house the tomb of his favorite wife Mumtaz Mahal. It stands on the south bank of the Yamuna River. The moonlight brings out its eternal beauty.

5. Chattrapati Shivaji International Airport, Mumbai: Just as the terminal celebrates a new global high-tech identity for Mumbai, the structure is imbued with responses to the local setting, culture, and history. This terminal demonstrates the potential for the modern airport to vie tradition a new.

6. Infosys, Pune: The Infosys campus is one of its kinds. It has a unique building design: the egg-shaped design. This is a beautiful high-tech building which actually looks like a descending spacecraft.

7. Mysore Palace, Mysore: Royalty, nobility, power and supremacy nudges every wall of this palace. Located in the heart of the city, Mysore; this palatial structure attracts a large number of tourists. It is an official residence and seat of the Wodeyars- the rulers of Mysore. Every autumn the palace is a venue for the famous Mysore Dasara festival. Light and sound shows are arranged every day except Sundays and public holidays. The stunningly luxurious palace will leave you to spell bound.

8. Virupaksha Temple, Hampi: This is the oldest and the principal temple in Hampi. This is located on the south bank of Tungabhadra. This temple stands as a testimony that Hampi is a sacred place. It is believed that the temple has been functioning since its inception in the 7th century. The rituals and the ceremonies take place in the temple every day. The annual festivals here attract a large number of tourists and pilgrims alike.

9. Worli Sea link, Mumbai: The Bandra- Worli sea link is a civil engineering marvel spanning the arc of the Mumbai coastline. With its cable-stayed towers soaring gracefully skywards, the sea link is a reflection of modern infrastructure that Mumbai is adding in its progress towards becoming a world-class city.

10. Lotus temple, New Delhi: This temple gives the impression of a half-open lotus flower, afloat surrounded by its leaves. Each component is repeated nine times. The temple is open to people of all faiths, languages, and cultures. It is a symbol of United India.

India is truly an amalgam of vivid culture and its vast and varied heritage and royalty is augmented by these architectural landmarks one mustn’t miss in 2017.