San Francisco city (commonly called SFO) is the crown jewel of tourist destinations in America. This beautiful city sits on the western coast, in the “Bay Area”, and is popular for its cobbled streets, artful galleries, 150 year old tram network that still works as brilliantly and the ever inspiring, towering Golden Gate bridge. It has inspired many an artist, designers and philosophers. A forward looking, progressive and liberal city, SFO is a sought after destination for many.
San Francisco attracts in excess of 18 Million visitors from other places as tourist, and close to 20% of those are international tourists. My first visit to SFO happened around a decade ago, i.e. in 2004. If I remember correctly, it was in February and the chill got the better of me. Over the next decade, I made 6-7 trips to SFO and here is a concise Ghumakkar Guide on making the best out of your trip to SFO. While most of this guide is based on my personal experiences, I would be liberally borrowing from the other travel experiences from SFO that we have published at Ghumakkar. We have kept it short and a under 10 minute read. So lets get started.
Hi, what follows is a detailed account of my yatra to the Badrinath and Kedarnath Shrines with a family friend SPV and our families and parents, making it a group of 8 adults and three children- two mine and one SPVs. Hope it will go well as a trip report as weel as a guide to the prospective travellers.
Well, It started with SPV casually asking whether I am interested in joining his trip to Badrinath Kedarnath. He was planning to take his parents to Yatra. I consulted my parents and they were eager to join. We decided upon 27th May as the start date. So, the preparations Started.
First we planned itinerary taking cues from those of Garhval Mandal Vikas Nigam (GMVN) and other tour operators’ conducted tours. We planned a Seven nights Ex Delhi trip with night Halts at
Muni Ki Reti(Rishikesh)(27/05/06)(MKR),
First floating cloud sighting
This is account of a trip which I did in July 2007 along with 3 other friends from Hyderabad.
Ever since I and my friends went to Bhadrachalam in Andhra Pradesh for our trip to coastal Andhra, we resolved to come back once to Bhadrachalam and visit Bastar in state of Chhattisgarh from there. The area though pristine is affected by Naxalite movement because of which the state remains underdeveloped and not many tourists visit it. Our main aim was to drive through this hitherto unknown region and visit beautiful waterfalls around it and take things as they come. We decided upon itinerary like this – Hyderabad -> Bhadrachalam -> Jagdalpur -> Bhopalpatnam -> Warangal -> Hyderabad spread over three and a half day with trips to Chitrakote falls, Tirathgarh falls and Ramappa temple near Warangal.
Day1: Santiniketan is such a place whose every nook and corner, every tree, every bird rejoices Tagore’s creations. The place has got a unique flavour of its own. ‘Sonibarer Sonajhuri’ is such a unique concept of Santiniketan. It is a typical village fair , i.e. ‘Haat’ which is organized by the local villagers every Saturday, i.e. ‘Sonibar’ near the Sonajhuri forest/Khowai area. We were lucky enough to reach Santiniketan on a Saturday afternoon. Post lunch we set out for ‘Sonibarer Sonajhuri Haat’. We started off from our hotel at 3 p.m. by car. It took us 15mins to reach this place. A typical village ‘Kachha Rasta’ off the clean and smooth roads of Santiniketan town leads to Sonajhuri Forest where the fair is held. Shortly after we left the ‘Pucca Rasta’ we were greeted by series of Sonajhuri Trees on both sides. The place is dotted with ‘santhali’ settlements. The forest lined with sky-high Sonajhuri trees is an excellent place to be. It was perhaps the cleanest forests I have seen till date. Had we knew before that how wonderful this place is, we would have carried straw mats with us to lay down on it and read books. Peace lovers can spend hours here. What fresh air and what greenery! I was mesmerized.
About a month ago, as part of our monthly digest for January 2014, I confidently wrote that the cold is on the way out in the NCR (National Capital Region) area. Talk about on-the-way-out, cold weather took a quick U-turn and returned with greater vigour, almost making me feel that it is a great conspiracy, against all those travellers who want to be on the road, all the time. For most of last two weeks, I have been sneezing, nursing cold and those anti-allergy drugs are only making me sleepy. To add to that, spammers are keeping me busy with their comments on our popular posts and finally the daily email feed broke, adding to our list of agonies. If it was not for Ajay’s brilliant and brave tale of attitude and surviving and winning against many odds, the month of valentine was not leaving a lot of cheer for me. Vibha did a swell job at logging the interview and our expectations are now even higher as she gets to talk to another star in March 2014. Of course, with lessons learnt I am not going to comment any further on cold or spring or even the Mughal Gardens in the ‘Rashtrapati Bhawan Complex’ which are thrown open during this time of year. But please be with me since I am going to give you a glimpse of some of the stories which we published this month, we would also choose and announce the crown jewel among those, an excerpt from Ajay’s inspirational talk with us, some inside scoop and if you ignore my advert inserts,then you also get to read about our ‘Featured Author for March – 2014′, first.
Before we go to stories, time to welcome our new story tellers. Please join me in welcoming Sumit, Paulami, Shivam and Rupesh. Welcome aboard folks.
In their own words, starting with Sumit
I am a bengali from Kolkata. I am a fun loving person with a passion for travel. I have been to many places across India and abroad. I also love photography and edit my travel videos into film like stories. Exploring new areas, diverse culture, people are my driving force to my hectic marketing job.I am an avid reader of travel magazines and also member of various travel groups.