Travelling Alone? Keep Yourself Entertained

Travelling alone is one of the most life changing experiences. People in the recent past have been experiencing the pleasures and joys of travelling alone and have been making the most of their time. However, there is a downside to travelling alone and you may get bored when you are not exploring things. Here is a list of things you can do to keep yourself entertained when you are out travelling alone: Stash up on things to watch: Documentaries, serials or movies, keep a stock of these on the gadget of your choice and when you get bored just plug in your ear phones and beat the blues. Before you even know it, you will have reached your destination. Listen to music: Music lovers never stop exploring; good music on a dusty afternoon train ride may transport you to a place far away. Listening to music as you travel is one way to keep you awake to witness the wonders that pass by and it also keeps you company if you feel lonely. Solve a puzzle: A puzzle book or a book of Sudoku can prove to be the best way to keep you occupied as you quietly travel alone. It will not only keep you busy but will also help you exercise your brain during a lack of people to make conversation. Make friends: you will come across lots of individuals and groups who may be travelling along with you. On a good day, you just might be able to make lifelong friendships by striking a conversation with passengers that travel with you. It is not necessary to be with someone or have a smart phone to be able to enjoy travel time. A simple old fashioned exercise may be all you...

Mesmerising Drive Through the Western Ghats

Do you feel driving on Western Ghats is mesmerizing? If you haven’t tried it once, take a long drive in monsoons on this stretch as there could be nothing better experience. This is a reality that there is nothing more pleasurable than driving in Western ghats during Monsoon. The rains weave a magic in the Western Ghats all around. The hills are green. The cascades could be seen tumbling-down beautifully. Streams whirl around to get back their life. Every thing is green and beautiful. So, let’s discuss a few monsoon road trips which can be experienced during the monsoon in Western ghats. Monsoon Road Trip 1 – Malnad Magic There is a nameless waterfall near Balehole. The route extends as follows: – Hassan – Mudigere – Charmadi – Balehole – Sringeri – Agumbe – Tirthahalli – Chikmagalur – Hassan Overall distance is 465 km and the road conditions are excellent.  This is a quintessential monsoon drive. Here, you can savour charms of Charmadi ghat as there are numerous waterfalls. Drive on winding mountain roads with water falls after every few kilometer is a heavenly experience. You can visit the famous Shankaracharya math and Sharada devi temple here in Sringeri. There is a lovely valley view from sunset point in Agumbe. You can get mesmerised with green landscape in the valley from Kundadri hill. The recommended night halt could be at Tirthahalli Monsoon Drive 2 – Malnad Heritage trail Here you get beautiful landscape in Kudremukh National park. You can visit Jain shrines and 1000 pillared temple in Moodabidri. You drive through pristine forests of Kudremukh. The recommended stay for night could be at Karkala. Monsoon Road Trip 3 – Malnad Coffee Trail Here you get the rolling meadows of Sakleshpur. The route is as following:  Route –  Hassan – Sakleshpur – Madikeri – Sullia – Subramanya – Hassan The overall distance is 331 KMs. Road conditions are very good but there are a few broken patches. This could be is an opportunity to drive through the beautiful landscape of meadows and rolling...

Water Rafting for Adrenaline Rush

Are you an adventure freak? Does water sports put you high on adrenaline? If answer to these questions is yes, then you should definitely try white water River rafting, which has become the most in-demand adventurous water sports in India. Rishikesh, in last few years, has emerged as one of the most attractive spot for white river rafting. This sports in the holy city has won several hearts from all around the world. It not only the domestic travellers, but the admirers of this adventure activity also include international travellers from Japan, Korea and European countries. Today, white water rafting has captured the itinerary of leisure travellers. This chunk of travellers could be divided into students, families, and corporate travellers. The water sports has also boosted the prospects of Uttarakhand Tourism. Many other activities along with water rafting are emerging in this region. There are a number of beach camps and forest camps emerging in Uttarakhand for the convenience of tourists camping in Rishikesh.  This number is constantly going up with the increasing number of adventurers participating in white water river expeditions in Rishikesh. The main stretch of White Water River Adventure in Rishikesh advances from Kaudiyala to Rishikesh. This is approximately 40 kilometers up by road from Rishikesh. However, if you travel by boat from Kaudiyala to Laxman Jhoola, the distance is 36 kilometers. The splashing course along with several whirlpools passes through popular beaches like Byasi, Marine Drive, Shivpuri, and Brahmpuri. There are many irregular waves, rocks and other obstacles awaiting you while you participate in white water rafting in the Ganges. The course has 13 major and challenging rapids. They range from grade II and III to IV+ . The prominent ones are Denial Dip, The Wall, Black Money, Cross Fire, Three Blind Mice, Hilton and Terminator. Rafting in Rishikesh from Kaudiyala to Laxman Jhula is a little difficult task. Overall, it takes approx. 8-9 hours combating all 13 major rapids. A lifetime experience, it should be tried at least to put adrenaline rush on...

Things You Should Know While You Book a Travel Package

For some of us, travelling is a passion; for some, it’s bliss. Some of us prefer to go out on vacation to get a fresh air from the monotony of daily mechanical life. And, some loves to explore the places they visit. Whatever reason there may be behind your trip, you need to make sure it turns out to be a memorable one every time. If you are an adventure freak and prefer to go on voyage all by yourself, then this blog is not meant for you. This blog is intended for those people who are planning to go out with family and are thinking of booking tour packages from some travel agencies. In this blog we will try to explore the dos and don’ts while booking a tour package. Do’s: Make a thorough research about the travel agency Read feedbacks provided by tourists who have availed services from the same agency Compare the price and facilities of the similar tour packages with other travel agencies as well Ask about every little thing that they are promising like transportation fare, food, lodging and sightseeing Try to understand if they have any hidden expense that can later come upon you Ask in details about the hotels and transportation agencies they are associated with If you are going abroad, ask them about the exact two way airfare and visa charges Don’ts: Don’t get swayed by the promises made by the agency, be alert and cunning Don’t sign the contract without knowing each and every detail regarding the tour Don’t hand over your passport and travel expense to the agency Don’t pay anything extra apart from the promised package fare While travelling with family, it is a wise idea to book tour packages. But, it is equally important that you choose a good service provider so that your travel becomes a memorable...

Enjoy Luxurious Train Rides in India

Who doesn’t love getting indulged into luxury? We book luxurious resorts and hotels for our vacation trips. But, what if the journey in itself also allows you to live your life king size? Yes, you heard it right, it is possible in India too as there are many special trains that offer you to witness the luxury of Indian royalties on the go. These trains are specifically designed to give you an impression of the royal life styles and you can explore the Indian Territory while enjoying the luxurious train rides as well. Designed exclusively with grandeur and royal demeanor, these trains lead you to explore the prime cities of India. The vintage interior, imperial ambience and royal services are the most exclusive parts of these heritage trains. Not only the Indians, but travelers from all across the globe come to India to relive the glorious past of India while on their sojourn. These magnificent train journeys are surely once in a life time kind of experience and you will cherish the experience for all your life. Some highly appraised heritage trains in India are as follows: Royal Rajasthan on Wheels: this is one of the celebrated luxury trains in India that depict the royal lifestyles of Rajasthan. This train will lead you to explore most fascinating tourist destination in India. You can add more tourist spots with its extension tour facility. Enjoy optimum luxury, comfort and the experience of royal ambience throughout the journey. Palace of Wheels: Relive the grandeur of Rajput Maharajas’ luxurious lives of on wheels. The compartments of the trains are made of the carriages that the original Rajputs used to use for their travelling. It gives a more royal feel to the travelers and makes them to escape in the glorious past. Apart from these two, there are trains like Golden Chariot, Fairy Queen and Deccan Odyssey that are counted amongst the best luxury trains. Equipped with utmost luxury and comforts, these trains will surely give you the most fascinating and royal experience of your...

Make a Memorable Vacation

You finally have the entire week off and are charged up for the much awaited vacation with your loved ones. With just a few days to go, you must first make sure that you are ready to take the big trip and are equipped with all the right techniques of traveling right because a holiday trip doesn’t keep happening very often and the ones that happen should be experienced with only joy and excitement. Here’s how that is possible. Travel Light: This is something that you have heard all the time. People all around you will tell you to travel light; even the airlines dictate a limit to you. But have you thought why? It is because if you travel light you will have to worry about fewer things and by the time you reach your hotel, you will not be completely drained from lugging all the baggage. Prevention is better than cure: Make sure to carry basic first aid and medicine. When you are traveling to a new place, you may find it difficult to find a doctor or the local medical store, in such cases if you carry the basic stuff, you may be able to keep yourself alive. Be prepared: While booking tickets or making bookings for tours or hotels, make sure you keep enough buffer time between two events. The trains might get delayed or the flights may get a technical snag, be prepared for all of these so that you don’t end up losing booking money. Have smart access: When you are on a holiday, keep your passport and your phone with yourself at all times. You never know when you may need to prove your identity or you may need the help of good old internet search. Following basic rules of travel can help make a beautiful vacation memory, it is essential that you remember that small steps make a big...

Driving down the shore of Muzhappilangad Beach

What is the best thing you feel about beaches? The sweltering sunrays falling straight on the sea bed, the sparkling sand covering the beach area or the incredibly beautiful sea covering almost 71 per cent of the Earth surface? Well, it is a combination of all three, which adds more to the beauty of beaches in India. However, if you get a chance to drive down the beach shore, the enthusiasm will multiply as you will get more chance to behold the beauty of the beach in your eyes for a longer time. Are you aware of the fact that Muzhappilangad Drive in Beach, Kannur- Kerala is the only drive-in beach of Asia. It offers a smooth drive of 4 km between Thalassery and Kunnur, which runs parallel to National Highway NH-17. Tourists visit this amazing beach spot mostly in the month of April when locals organise a festival. This event attracts travellers and young adventure enthusiasts to perform car stunts and bike stunts involving drifting and wheeling on the beach. As far as safety standard is concerned, driving is safe at Muzhappilangad Beach as it is surrounded by black rocks. These rocks safeguard it from stronger currents of the sea. The serene beach is one of the popular beaches in Kerala known for its tranquility and picturesque sea view, which makes it a perfect spot for tourists to swim, to simply walk around and take sun bathe as well. The best time to drive on the sore here is from September to March. The beautiful stretch winds through coconut groves leading to the beach. To get on to this road while driving from Tellicherry towards Kannur, take left turn just before the first railway crossing you encounter after crossing the Moidu bridge. The beach is around 5 km long and curves in a wide area thereby giving a good view of Kannur on the north. The local laws are also easy as they allow beachgoers to drive for a full 4 km directly on the sands of the...