“Hot weather opens the skull of a city, exposing its white brain, and its heart of nerves, which sizzle like the wires inside a lightbulb. And there exudes a sour extra-human smell that makes the very stone seem flesh-alive, webbed and pulsing.”
That’s raw, right? Stripping us right down to our arteries and sizzling them, well let’s beat the hot BBQ and beat the heat this summer with some cool, really ice-cold adventure hotspots.
This quaint little town in Himachal gets a bit pressed down under the two heavy weights of a hill stations, Manali and Shimla. But, let it amaze you with simplicity and coolness of the Gaia’s amazing breeze brushing gently past the tall trees, stroll down the lanes,visit the scenic lake, hike up and enjoy the sights and cool weather.
Let’s “reclaim” Arunachal this Summer from China.Not being easily accessible, it remains an offbeat destination where the temperatures are low during the summer. Getting there itself is quite an adventure.You get to explore a new world, see the Great Himalayas from the Northeastern perspective,breathe the brisk unpolluted refreshing air that reminds us how the Giants look after us.
Kurseong is a small spooky hill station 30 km away from Darjeeling and you can reach here by road or via a toy train. The ghostbusters mobile might not make it up the hills. Some legends suggest that it is “The Haunted” Dow Hill. Grab your salt and iron this beat the heat and hunt some ghosts.
You can easily ditch Mussoorie for a trip to this place. Once a summer retreat for the British Raj, this serene hill station offers a stunning panoramic view of some of nature’s delights.It offers many trekking trails and a huge forest cover makes it a nature lover and a bird watcher’s delight as well.
Located at a distance of just over 500km from the National Capital, this place is hidden within the depths of Kullu’s towering mountains.A much needed respite from the maddening crowds, you’ll find here in, peace, in the lush green mountains and the snow-capped peaks and the babbling Tirthan River.You can either pitch your tents and camp or stay in one of the homestays at the banks of the river and fish for some trout.
Douse the fire within, let it be covered with cool waves of bliss by visiting these places and be the adventure man you dreamt of and heave a cool breath and “Let the Summer begin.”
Sawasdee Thailand: Trip done right !
People and places share a beautiful connection with each other. Every place has its own beauty topped with various flavors of culture and people. Thailand had a beautiful history starting from its discovery to establishment. Though these days people term the country as sexual capital of the world but what they have forgotten is the fact that no place is deprived of such services.
Thailand is multicultural, starting from practicing Buddhism to visiting Mosques. Thai people have Lord Ganesha as one of the idols they worship alongside Buddha. Every corner of the country has Buddha idols build by the side or inside a shrine. Apart from the religion, they have a deep respect and love for their former king Bhumibol Adulyadej. His body was preserved for a year after his death and the day on which it was cremated, people came to bow and bid him farewell for the last time. They waited for straight 9 hours to get few seconds with their deceased god.
Bangkok, the capital of the country has many similarities with Delhi. The Thai culture shares many similarities with that of Indian Culture. Hustling and bustling with people, Bangkok shows the city life of Thailand.
For all the shoppers out there, Pratunam Fashion Mall is the local market consisting of over 10,000 shops. It is like modernised version of Sarojini Nagar, with a slight difference that the shops are inside a mall, but the prices remain as cheap as 100 Baht. Thai Baht is the currency of Thailand. 1 Baht is equal to 2.06 Indian Rupee. As you enter the mall, you’ll be loaded with countless shops on various floors in two different buildings. Each building consists of 6 floors. Outside the mall, there are various night markets, which open up after 7 or 8pm.
Another Sarojini version of Bangkok is MBK mall. This mall has over 2000 shops spread over 7 floors. Each floor is specific for various products — mobile shops, tattoo shops, clothing, footwear etc. If you’re interested in sea life then one must visit the underground Ocean in the Siam Paragon Mall. Starting from the giant spider fish to sharks and penguins, they have it all.
Those who love visiting historical places and temples, Bangkok offers that tranquility as well. Grand palace and temple of emerald Buddha, are the two most visited places in Bangkok. The palace has a ceremonial room where a new king is coronated once the king dies. The current King of Thailand is Maha Vajiralongkorn. The palace is open for public and the temple is open for the public as well. The temple has Thai version of Ramayana painted on the walls of the temple. The temple also has various idols of Lord Vishnu.
Another most unusual and famous temple is Wat Pho, which has a huge idol of Buddha lying on the floor resting. The other places include various government building, kick boxing stadium and temples.
If people want to see the real beauty of Thailand, then move to the islands. It is a never-ending adventure in Phuket, Pataya, Phi Phi Leh, Phi Phi Don, Chicken Island (because it is naturally formed in the shape of a chicken head), Coral Islands, James Bond island, Ravayadee Island etc.All these have beautiful beaches and amazing views. Best time to visit the place is during winters as the weather is steadily beautiful. The islands don’t offer much of luxuries, but they do offer proper Thai cuisine, scenic views and beauty.
If you have a bucket list, put Thailand under the most aesthetically pleasant places in the world.
North East remains eternally beautiful with their revived culture !!
“ Good people don’t have to say they are good people, it just shows.” – Shaun Parker
When we travel, as a tourist we always love and expect to witness great hospitality. We create impressions of that place not by its beauty but by the kind of behavior we experience from the people there. Indeed, if the natives treat us wonderfully, we will always be smiles talking about them in future. This is something common in human nature.
While on a visit to North East, I came across people who were not only helping but did everything to make me feel home. Irony struck me when I realized we here in the North making fun of the people from East because they do everything possible to keep us smiling?
What a shame!
A tour from Guwahati to Cherrapunji, Mawlynnong, Dwaki and Shillong :
The Confident “Aunty” :
The tallest plunge waterfall in India, Nohkalikai Falls had a small market for tourists. Luckily, we found a large shop with all the traditional stuff of North East. The owner of that shop was an old, cute woman whom we referred to as “Aunty / Dadi.” She was someone who made me feel so homely and at the same time was the perfect example for an independent woman. At the age of 60, she managed her shop so well. We managed to do all our shopping from her shop. She didn’t fool us as tourists, instead she gained immense respect in my heart.
The La-Kupar Inn :
This traditionally decorated hotel or homestay would be a better word, was a bliss to me. Located in the valleys of Cherrapunji, it was full of lovely hospitality and homely treatment. The manager and the entire staff was really polite, friendly and eager to help. They managed to give us a beautiful, cozy room and made sure that our dinner was purely vegetarian. The best part about all of them was their smiling faces.
Mr. John himself received us at the gate and had a bright smile to welcome us. The entire staff when they met us or even saw us, they always smiled and said a hello. They said “feel absolutely at home ma’am.” They guided us about the site seeing as well. Indeed, that place was truly like home with such wonderful people whom I will remember for a lifetime.
The Taxi Tour :
From Shillong, we had to book a taxi for travelling as there was no local transport available. Well, in a new city we always wish to stat safe with a responsible taxi driver. We got that as well with our taxi driver whom we referred to as “Dada”. He was a really kind person with no unnecessary demands or fooling behavior. He always gave us the right advice and managed in all conditions without any complaints. Also, the moment he realized I was prone to vomiting on hills if the car is above the speed of 40 kmph, he drove at a speed of 20-40 kmph.
Even though it was more exhausting for him and the journey of 2 hours went to 2.5 hours, he did it happily without giving it a second thought. He got stuck in traffic just to take me to the church for he valued my religious sentiments!
The Orange Roots :
This place is the best pure vegetarian restaurant in Cherrapunji. When I say best, it’s not only because of the food but again the hospitality and services. We just had to order food and sit comfortably when our food came. While we were eating, I realized that they served us continuously without charging extra. The waitress would come confidently, asking if they could pour some more sambhar or chutney in our plates. They were all independent women, working hard and seemed to love their work. As people from North, we always face food challenges in North East but I definitely didn’t face any.
Itoung Guest House :
This homestay was located in Asia’s cleanest village, Mawlynnong. As we reached there, the caretaker Mr. Julius came all the way to the main market to receive us. He guided us to homestay and was immensely polite. We met some problem on the fare of the room so he connected us to the landlady over call. She again fulfilled the perfect hospitality statement by giving us a reasonable discount, understanding and not fooling us at any time. He rushed with water to our room at 10pm as soon as he realized we needed drinking water. He guided us well and stayed supportive throughout our stay. He bade us a smiling goodbye and wished us a happy journey.
North East and it’s people made me believe in humanity and kindness once again. Somebody guided us to the hotel and someone fed us with Maggi when they realized we couldn’t eat anything else. They possibly knew that as tourists, we not just take back the memories of scenic beauty but the people.
I brought back the most precious memories of sweet, wonderful people ready to help us with a smile. Woman particularly were very independent, working at hotels, having their own shops and loving their independence.
North East gave me the chance to meet wonderful people and made me realize that humanity and love exists. They are all innocent people who actually follow and believe in the Indian culture of “Athiti Devo Bhavah.”
Dark haunted places in Delhi
For those who love adventure and thrill, there are always traces of supernatural happenings in this city. Perhaps not the most haunted place, but amidst the hustle – bustle, something beyond the human sight hovers around the city. Most people are sceptical or even non-believers of paranormal existence, but their presence can never be denied. Here is a list of 5 probable haunted areas of Delhi:
Delhi Cantonment Area
This is one of the most haunted places in Delhi. A lady in white was a resident here, who died in a car accident. Many people have reported cases of sighting a lady who tries to stop the visitors. It is advisable not to stop, but if you do, it is apparently observed that she starts following you. As soon as you stop, she becomes invisible. The place has an
eerie feeling and such stories add-on to the creeps.
The Jamali Kamali Tomb
This is the tomb for two of the most renowned Sufi saints in the history who were buried in the year 1535. It’s situated inside Mehrauli Archaeological Park. People have filed reports about weird noises they hear outside the tomb. Some even heard their names being called out. The sounds come from the graves as observed by the visitors.
House Number W-3 GK-II Greater Kailash is the posh area of South Delhi, but this place has it’s own story. An
elderly couple were murdered in the house and their spirits haunt this area. People have complained about hearing scary shriek and weird laughter. The locals have abandoned this place, you can hear murmurs, erratic sounds and heavy air around the desolated house.
As the name suggests, Bloody River, justifies the incidents taken place around it. People get sucked in like Bermuda Triangle. Reports state that those who dive in never come out alive. It is situated in Rohini. Perhaps a dip might help getting off with the speculation?
Just few kilometres away from Kashmiri Gate, this place makes to the list of haunted places in Delhi. There is a sighting of a British soldier who roams around the area. During a full moon night he looks out for his unrequited love. The story says that he committed suicide as he was unable to accept his spurned love relationship.
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