Category: India

Mumbai: The Maximum City

India

Mumbai is a megacity and the capital of the Indian state named Maharashtra. This megacity is the most densely populated city in India. Also, Mumbai is enlisted at the ninth position in the list of the most populous urban agglomerations in the entire world. The estimated average city population ranges to an approximate of 18.4 million.

Mumbai has been named an alpha world city in the year of 2008.

Alpha world city : It is recognition of being a global city with respect to its contribution in the global economic system. Mumbai is believed to be a home to the highest number of billionaires or even beyond in the entire country.

Seven islands of Bombay :The 16thcentury territories belonging to the Potugese that had been lying off the west coast of India are cumulatively termed as the seven islands of Bombay.

Present day Mumbai , is basically the conglomeration of these seven islands.

The names of the original seven islands are :

  1. Isle of Bombay
  2. Old Woman’s Island
  3. Colaba
  4. Mahim
  5. Parel
  6. Worli
  7. Mazegaon

 

There seven islands had been home to the residents of the fishing colonies.

TOURISM

The places that are to be visited during a visit to Mumbai are as follows:

  • The Gateway of India
  • ChhatrapatiShivaji terminus railway station
  • Haji Ali Dargah
  • Elephanta Caves
  • Sanjay Gandhi National park
  • Siddhivinayak Temple, Mumbai.
  • Esselworld
  • GirgaumChowpathy
  • Kanheri Caves
  • Basilica of Our Lady of the Mount, Bandra
  • Mahalaskmi Temple.
  • Babulnath
  • Elephanta island
  • Global Vipassana Pagoda
  • Jehengir Art Gallery
  • Baganga Tank
  • Rajabai Clock Tower
  • Mahalaxmi Racecourse
  • Taraporewala Aquarium
  • BhauDaji Lad Museum
  • Walkeswar Temple
  • Horiman Circle Gardens
  • Shivaji park
  • Worli Fort
  • Powai lake
  • Aksa beach
  • Nehru Science centre
  • Marine Drive
  • Marve Beach
  • Madh Fort
  • Mahakali Caves
  • Salsette Island
  • ISKON Temple , Mumbai.
  • Shri Swaminarayan Mandir
  • Castella de Aguada
  • Hanging gardens of Mumbai
  • Flora fountain
  • Film city
  • Bandra – Worli sea link
  • Fort George
  • GirgaumChowpatty beach
  • Mandapeshwar Caves

 

MARINE DRIVE , MUMBAI

This is boulevard which is often termed as the Queen’s necklace due to its beauty specially at night. The lighting system at night is magnificent.

MUMBAI FILM CITY

The Mumbai Film City had been renamed as the DadasahebPhalke Nagar in the year of 2001. This had been done to remember the first ever director, producer and screen writer of India, DadasahebPhalke.

This film city is however a major attraction in Mumbai. Besides drawing attention of millions of people who come to the city with high hopes to give auditions, there are regular tourists as well who stay amply interested in seeing this place.

The film is a work place comprising of studios, audition rooms, etc. and all that is required in the making of films. This a very hard working zone of Mumbai.

 

GOING OFF BEAT

Going off beat can be one of the most fun loving things during trips, especially for adventurous people. It is very important to plan such thing out. Unplanned outings are fun though !

Darjeeling: The Queen of Eastern India

India

A perfect place of thrill in concoction with the bliss of nature!

LOCATION

Darjeeling is located in the northern premise of the Indian state of West Bengal. This is one of the best places to fall in love with the mountains.

VIEWS

There are hilly areas with various high rising mountains capturing the views of millions of tourists.

There lies the spectacular Kangchenjunga mountains.

  • KANGCHENJUNGA MOUNTAINS- Is the world’s third highest mountains spreading through a part of Nepal and a part of Sikkim in India. It rises to 28,169 feet entering a section of the Himalayan range of mountains. The merging section is termed as the Kangchenjunga Himal. This enormous beauty is however limited by the Tamurriver in the west to the Lhonak Chu and Jongsang La in the north followed by the Teesta River in the east.

The sunrise and sunset in the Kangchenjunga mountains offer a beautiful site worth seeing.

Another interesting fact is that when we are viewing the Kangchenjunga mountains, we are actually witnessing the second highest mountains of the Himalayas, which lies about 125 kilometre east-south-east of the Mount Everest.

Kangchenjunga Main is measured to be the highest mountains in India. It is summoned as ‘Five Treasures Of Snow’ due to it’s five peaks.

  • DARJEELING HIMALAYAN RAILWAYS: This is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The trains of Darjeeling Himalayan Railways are also, colloquially termed as the “toy train”. This railway system is 2feet in length and runs from New Jalpaiguri terminal and ends in Darjeeling terminal and vice versa.

This railway, in constitution with the Nilgiri Mountain Railway and Kalka- Shimla Railway are altogether termed as the Mountain Railways of India. This entire system is listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

  • The Tiger Hill is another fascinating location in Darjeeling.

 

GEOGRAPHY AND LIFE

Being a part of the Eastern Himalayan zoo geograpjic zone, Darjeeling is home several species of sal, oak, semi- evergreen, temperate and alpine forests. A wide variety of orchid is found in the dense evergreen forests of sal and oak, around the town.

There is one Botanical garden in this region named:

The Lloyd’s Botanical Garden, which preserves the rare and common species of plant life.

There is one zoological garden in this region as well :

The Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Garden, which preserves the endangered species of animal wildlife in that region and works towards their conversation program.

Also, the West Bengal Forest Department protects the wildlife wing.

Migrating species of ducks, plovers and gulls are also found in the Darjeeling region.

 

TOURISM

Darjeeling is ideally termed as the ‘Queen of Hills’. There are a huge number of domestic and foreign touristsvisting this place every year. Darjeeling is rather, one of the top most googled tourist places or travel destinations to be specific in India.

 

FOOD

There is a mix variety of culture prevailing int his region, which naturally affects the cuisine.

 

THE TEA ESTATES.

This place is also known for its wide variety of tea estates.

An Unforgettable Trip To Darjeeling With My Girlfriend

India

The name Darjeeling comes from the Tibetan word dorje, meaning the thunderbolt scepter of the Hindu deity Indra, and ling, a place or land.

Darjeeling is a beautiful place in West Bengal. It can be a perfect holiday with your family because you will get all the elements of beauty over here. The toy train and the tea gardens are the main attractions.

How To Go

By plane

The nearest airport is Bagdogra, near Siliguri , 96 km from Darjeeling. Bagdogra Airport is 2.5 hours by road from Darjeeling and 2 hours by air from Delhi, and 50 minutes by air from Kolkata.

Air India, Spice Jet, Jet Airways, Indigo, Go Air are some of the major flights.

By bus

There is a regular bus service from Siliguri to Darjeeling. However, these buses are quite slow due to the steep, twisty climb up to Darjeeling. Shared jeeps are faster, but the cost is double.

By train

The nearest railway station to Darjeeling is New Jalpaiguri which connects the city with all the major parts of the country. There are a number of trains from several major cities like Kolkata, Delhi, Guwahati, Chennai, Mumbai, Bangalore, Bhubaneswar and Kochi.

From there (NJP), the famous Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (DHR), known to all as the ‘Toy Train’ completes the journey to Darjeeling. The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway was the first, and is still the most outstanding example of a hill passenger railway. It is one of the major attractions in Darjeeling. People of all ages have this wish to ride in a Toy Train.

The steam ‘Joy’ train operates from Darjeeling to Ghoom round the famous Batasia Loop, four times a day – enquire at Darjeeling station. The average costs are  400.

Places To Visit

 

  1. Kanchenjunga

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    Kanchenjunga is the second highest mountain of the Himalayas after Mount Everest. Three of the five peaks – Main, Central and South – are on the border between North Sikkim and Nepal. Two peaks are in the Taplejung District, Nepal. You can experience the sight of snowcapped peaks from Darjeeling. The view is truly amazing!

  2. Tiger Hill

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    The Tiger Hill is located in Darjeeling. People go to this hill to see the beautiful sunrise. At sunrise, the peaks of Kanchenjunga are illuminated before the sun is seen at lower elevations.  It has a panoramic view of Mount Everest and Mt. Kanchenjunga together. You can take a jeep to visit Tiger Hill.

  3. Tea Gardens
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    You can see a lush green area filled with tea plants. The tea leaves are picked by the females because one needs to be very soft and careful while picking up tea leaves. Several varieties of tea are available over here. Tea addicts would love this place and others must visit for the exceptional beauty of the big tea gardens.

  4. Toy Train

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    Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, also known as the Toy Train is a main attraction of this place. The journey will definitely will a memorable one! Most of the original steam locomotives are still in use. It is famous for its authenticity.

  5. Mirik
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    If you go to Darjeeling, Mirik should be visited due to its natural beauty and pleasant climate. The centre of all attraction is the Samendu Lake, surrounded by a garden on one side and pine trees on the other and linked together by an arching footbridge. This place should definitely be visited.

After knowing the information, are you willing to visit Darjeeling? I am sure you all want to. Numerous hotels with range of tariffs are there; choose one according to your budget.

Do not forget to have the yummy momos and the aromatic Darjeeling tea which my girlfriend consumed in large quantities! But beware of putting on weight!

 

5 Best Waterfalls In India That BollyWood Movies Love

India

A waterfall is said to be cool and crystal clear which falls gently, cleansing the mind and soothing the soul. The sight of a waterfall can make you feel very nice.

Waterfalls have an impressive and exclusive power and beauty of nature. Shimmering and falling, breaking into a thousand shards of spray.

Crashing water scares and attracts soul. Now, let us look at some of the most beautiful waterfalls in India that are frequented by people and are seen in Bollywood movies very often!

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Umbrella Falls

This is one of the beautiful waterfalls in India. The sound this one makes it truly astounding as tones of water come crashing down every second.

Perhaps the best thing about this water fall is the little bridge which runs over the base of it. It is located about 53 km from the town of Nashik in Ahamednagar in Maharashtra. The scenic beauty of this place is truly great! You will lost in the beauty of this place.


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Hogenakkal Waterfall

Hogenakkal Falls is a waterfall in South India on the river Kaveri. It is a huge complex of waterfalls in the Dharmapuri area  which together make a pretty breathtaking view and definitely worth a visit if you are in the area.

The word Hogenakkal is formed of two Kannada words, “ hoge” and “kal”. When the water falls on the rocks it appears as if “hoge” or smoke is coming out from the top of the “kal” or the rock. It is all because of the force of the water, therefore the name is Hogenakkal.


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Abbey Falls

Down south deep in the Western Ghats of Karnataka lies this beauty of a waterfall which has a lovely pool at the bottom. You can swim over there if you want to. This falls is close to the tiny town of Madikeri. It is well accessible by a well-laid road till the coffee estate gate.

The sound or rather the roar of the falls can be heard from the road itself. Earlier the falls was called Jessi falls named after a British Officer’s wife. Abbey falls is a visual treat.


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Kiliyur Waterfalls

The Kilyur Falls is a waterfall in the Shervaroyan hill range in the Eastern Ghats, Tamil Nadu. The waterfall serves as a run of from the Yercand river and the proceed to drop 300 feet.

To visit you have to make your way to the Shervaoyan hill range in Tamil Nadu. The best time to visit this place is immediately after the monsoons. This waterfall is truly exotic.


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Papanasam Waterfall

This waterfall is located in Tamil Nadu in the Tirunelveli district. Vikramsingapuram and Ambasamudram are the two nearby towns.

The waters of this river are considered by Hindus as holy and the falls are now an important pilgrimage site – as a result a small village has cropped up around the falls with local entrepreneurs attempting to sell the wares. The location is just excellent! You are bound to love this place.

Listen to the sound of the waterfalls, enjoy its scenic beauty and give some peace to your soul!

My Personal Travel Guide To Goa

India

As you may know, I have moved to India for some years (read about my adventure in Nubra). Earlier I had spent 5 years in Playa del Carmen also. So I guess, beach and sun are what my body and soul agrees to. Here is a brief article which sums up almost everything about Goa and draws heavily from my feedback and experiences bitter and sweet.

Are you planning to go to a sea beach? Is Goa there in your list? Then read this article and get to know big as well as small bits and pieces which will help you a lot to travel smoothly. Make your own plan soon.

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Where Shall You Stay

  • FORT TIRACOL HERITAGE HOTEL

This hotel is unique in its own way. There are seven well-decorated rooms designed with unique Portuguese and and contemporary interiors which are named after the seven days of the week. It is only an hour or forty minutes drive from Goa, Dabolim International Airport. You will get everything which you need along with a good restaurant and a bar too!

  • PANCHAVATTI GUEST-HOUSE RETREAT

It is just over an hour’s drive north from Dabolim International Airport lies the island of Corjuem, created by the meandering Mapusa River; on it. In several acres of tropical gardens, is this retreat. The rooms are well-furnished and comfortable. The surrounding is too good for the eyes and your mind if you are in search of peace and beauty at the same time. Your stay in this guest house will definitely be memorable and satisfactory.

  • PARK HYATT GOA RESORT & SPA

The resort has a radical design: a series of cobbled passages lead inwards from the modern, monochromatic, beautiful rooms and suites to a central village square, where there is an extensive outdoor seating area linking several restaurants. The spa over here is quite soothing. It will help you to relax.

The Best Time To Go To Goa

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Are you planning to go to Goa? The west coast of India is hot and humid all year, but from November to March it becomes quite bearable and sunny. Please avoid the monsoon season from May to September. Go during the best months – December to February – instead. The climatic conditions during these months are quite suitable.

How To Reach Here

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AIRPORT
Goa’s airport is at Dabolim, 29km from the capital Panaji, on the coast near Vasco da Gama.

AIRLINES FROM THE UK
Currently only charter flights go directly to Goa from the UK: Thomas Cook flies from London and Manchester to Goa.

You can also fly to Mumbai from where it is a one-hour flight to Goa. Several flights are available like Kingfisher Airlines, Air India etc. You just need to choose the one which is best suited for you.

 

My Last Summer Vacation To Nubra Valley, India

India

About Nubra Valley

Local communities once prospered on an extraordinary trans-Himalayan trade which originated with the Silk Road. It comprises of huge mountains, deep valleys and vast uninhabited hinterlands, most of Ladakh’s boundaries may look almost impenetrable on a map. But,  for centuries great caravans of wool and cloth, opium, spices and skins, coral and turquoise, gold and indigo negotiated several routes and their hazardous passes mainly between Leh and Yarkand (in China). The already withering trade finally died in the late 1950s when China largely sealed its borders.

The low key tourism in Nubra did not allow it to prosper but as the numbers of tourists visiting Ladakh increased each year, they got more tempted to go the extra mile and come here.

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What is more relevant to today’s visitor is the journey to Nubra. It is claimed to be the world’s highest motorable road.

All Nubra’s settlements have a fairly large home and a barley build for their cultivation. It is a remote village. A couple of ancient Buddhist monasteries can be found here.

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Places of Interest

Diskit has become Nubra’s commercial centre, but it is still a small place. The main attraction here is DIKSIT GOMPA, or monastery, perched high above town on a craggy spur. You can drive up here but it’s a joy to walk among the mani walls (elongated, almost artfully arranged mounds of stones engraved with Buddhist prayers and mantras) and whitewashed chortens (dome-shaped monuments housing Buddhist relics).

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There is a ruined watchtower from where you can get superb views of the Shyok Valley.

About 10km west of Diskit stands Hunder village. Camels can often be seen grazing on the dune-like landscape between the foot of the mountains and the braided Shyok River. The village is small but beautiful.

Other beautiful places are there too.

How To Reach Nubra Valley

BY AIR

Leh is the nearest airport. From Leh you can avail a bus or a taxi to reach Nubra Valley.

BY TRAIN

Jammu is the nearest railway station. One can board a bus or take a taxi to reach Leh. From Leh you can go to Nubra valley.

BY ROAD

Nubra valley can be reached by road from the nearest point, that is Leh.

Where To Stay

HOTEL STEN DEL at DISKIT TOWN, NUBRA VALLEY:

It is a comfortable, clean and cozy hotel. Price range: Rs 2500-3000 for a double bedroom.

OLTHANG GUEST HOUSE:

It has clean rooms and bathrooms with a parking space. Price range: Rs 1000-1500 for a double bedroom.

SAND DUNES GUEST HOUSE:

It is a nice hotel where you will get good and cheap food as well. Price range: Rs 600-900 for a double bedroom.

YOURDUM GUEST HOUSE, HUNDER, NUBRA VALLEY:

Small but a comfortable hotel with a reasonable cost. Parking space is also available. Price range: Rs 700-1000 for a double bedroom.

If you want to stay close with nature and experience every corner of it, then visit Nubra Valley. The beauty of this place is mesmerising and the surrounding is pleasant and peaceful.