Editor's Picks for Summer 2018
We entered to a zone where no mobile network was available. In the jungles, we were cut off from rest of the world. Oh, it’s not only that, we were cut off from electricity too! Yet we were so engaged with the nature that we hardly felt their absence.Read More
It was around evening and we were exploring Amsterdam and enjoying its beautiful canal side. Houses around canal started to get lit from inside. The crimson sun was getting overwhelmed by dark clouds on the azure blue canvas with canal houses in foreground. Its rays were scattered all over the canal waters. It was a picture-perfect scene – very soothing and very relaxing. We tried to click what our eyes were seeing, but in vain.Read More
After crossing Simla and its suburbs, the lush green mountains and apple orchards in the valleys were a treat for the eyes. We had a small stop over at Theog. Rain drenched Theog looked all the more beautiful during sunset. I had never been beyond Theog before, so I had a fascinating image of Narkanda, a winter sport hill station of Himachal Pradesh, in my mind. But frankly, seeing Narkanda for the first time was an anti-climax. It is a small non-descript town, with hardly any tourists during the monsoon season. After Narkanda, it was a steep downhill journey with never ending zigzag turns and U-turns. Narkanda is at an altitude of 2708 mts. at a hill top whereas Rampur is at an altitude of 924 mts. in Rampur-Sarahan valley on the banks of river Sutlej. After another stopover at Kingal for tea and snacks, we moved forward.
Our bus reached Rampur at around 10.00 p. m. The markets were totally deserted and even most of the eateries and hotels had called it a day. Being totally new to the place and not being able to gather any meaningful information about hotels, I went for the safe option of getting down at the bus-stand, because I did not want to walk long distance with a 10 kg haversack. But it proved to be a wrong decision, because the new bus-stand was situated in a remote corner away from the main market. There was only one lodge in the bus-stand building two floors down. The owner of the lodge may not have been good in maintaining it, but he was an expert in the Economics Theory of Demand and Supply. The lodge was very poorly furnished and seemed pricey, not that I was looking for a star category hotel. So, I boarded another bus to take me to the old bus stand or the main market. The bus conductor was really nice and he not only obliged me with a free ride, but also guided me.Read More
It was raining incessantly. Pouring cold showers had cast a gloomy spell. Water flowed from top of the mountains in torrents, the apple flowers…Read More
Pangot is one such place. Just a short distance from Nainital – where Delhiites flock to during summer months – it boasts of no mall road or glitzy hotels but is a tiny hamlet within the folds of Kumaon hills with a few hotels now coming up. Drive up 15 km from Naini lake, go past snow-view point, you’ll reach this cosy little place without pretentions.Read More
While checking out from Hotel Asia, we were surprised when we were asked to pay the bill. We told that rooms were booked through Travelguru long back and we handed over printout of booking confirmation with my ID copy. But hotel authority told that they did not receive payment from Travelguru, so we must pay before we leave.Read More
औरंगाबाद में बिताये पहले दिन का यात्रा-संस्मरण आप इस कड़ी के पहले भाग में पढ़ चुके हैं. एल्लोरा की विश्वप्रसिद्ध गुफाएँ तथा कई अन्य पर्यटन स्थल हम देख चुके थे. अब दूसरे दिन की यात्रा “अजंता की गुफ़ाओं” को समर्पित थी. औरंगाबाद शहर से अजंता की गुफाएँ लगभग १०० किलोमीटर दूर हैं. यदि गाड़ी संतुलित और उसका ड्राईवर कुशल हो, यह दूरी लगभग २ घंटे में पूरी की जा सकती है. चूँकि गुफाएँ प्रातः ९ बजे खुलतीं हैं, इसीलिए औरंगाबाद से हमलोगRead More
औरंगाबाद (महाराष्ट्र) में, अगर आपका सिर्फ दो दिनों का प्रवास हो, तो आप वो दो दिन कैसे बिताएंगे? यदि घुमक्कड़ी पसंद हो, तो आपके लिए मैं अपने अनुभव प्रस्तुत करता हूँ. उस समय मार्च-अप्रैल का महीना चल रहा था. गर्मी के महीने अभी पूरी तरह शुरू भी नहीं हुए होंगे कि औरंगाबाद में गर्मी बढ चली थी. टोपी और सन-स्क्रीन फायदेमंद थे. लगता है कि यहाँ बरसात के मौसम में आना चाहिए. शायद बरसात में गीले और हरे हो चुके वनस्पतियों के बीच यह शहर और यहाँ की वादियाँ और भी सुन्दर लगतीं. यात्रा-मार्ग की दिशा व दूरी और गंतव्य पर पहुचने की सुविधा के ख्याल से प्रथम दिवस को हमलोगों ने “ग्रिश्नेश्वरमंदिर – एल्लोरा गुफा”, “भद्र मारुती मंदिर – औरंगजेब का मक़बरा” तथा “पनचक्की – बीबी का मकबरा” देखने का निश्चय किया. आप चाहें तो इसी यात्रा मार्ग पर “दौलताबाद का किला” भी जा सकते हैं.Read More
Dune bashing as it is popularly known is sure to take ones’ breath away literally as the land cruisers glide through the gold sand dunes in great speeds climbing steep dunes and then suddenly nose diving down from the equally craggy dune top. For a second though it would feel as if being the last minute on earth! One can hear all sorts of screams from fellow passengers holding on to their dear lives. A mind blowing 30 min drive comes to an end at the campsite located in the heart of the desert.Read More
On a fine winter morning, we planned for a trip to the beautiful terracotta village of Ilambazar located amidst green forests along the highways. Ilambazar…Read More
Dubai is synonymous to “Opulence”, very place is grand be it malls, beaches, roads, deserts, buildings or architecture. Our trip to this exotic location was planned for the last week of February The weather during this time around is pleasant with occasional showers. We travelled by Indigo Airlines which gives an option of getting the visa issued incase round journey is booked by them.Read More
This is an absolute must and probably, the most basic need that a hotel should be able to provide. At the end of the day, what matters most to travellers is having a clean, comfortable bed to rest their head on. And the good news is that a comfy clean bed does not necessarily correlate with high prices. The Yoho Bed’s hotel in Narahenpita, located in Sri Lanka’s capital city Colombo, has clean, well-maintained, good quality and well-designed beds for a night of restful sleep at surprisingly reasonable prices.Read More
Amongst the various sights we visited were the USS Arizona Memorial and the Battleship Bowfin. USS Arizona was a memorial built on top of the ship sunk and destroyed with around 700 people still on board. We were shown a historic video before a motorboat quickly took us to the USS Arizona.
1322km, hidden beach, kanyakumari, 6:10am, 10mins away from sunset. The Road ends and it ends with Indian extreme south land zone, and turquoise sea in front about to turn saffron and then black gradually.
The feeling can’t be explained in words, of what we were watching, what we have achieved and what we have experienced so far.
We were among the hundreds of hopeful Indians, boarding the ship, in search of better life and future. Since we had paid the lowest fare, we were directed to the lower deck. The cabin allotted to us had ten other passengers-all young, and we knew a couple of them. Some of them were going to Germany and France, while the rest of us were bound for London.
My wife was the only female in the lower deck. Being all of almost the same age, we got along famously. All of us first time travelers, feeling seasick. The sea was pretty rough, and the food on the ship was disappointing. But we didn’t mind. The prospect of getting to London kept us cheerful.
Aden was the first port of call. And we went around the town with other passengers. Every one wrote a postcard to their families