Walking tour of the bicycle capital of Europe – Amsterdam

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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.

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Solo Travel, Himachal Tribal Circuit – Kinnaur Valley

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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.

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Pangot – Beyond the Ordinary

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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.

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The deep forest behind Subhas bowli

Chamba and Mani Mahesh got replaced by Dalhousie

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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.

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औरंगाबाद में दूसरा दिन

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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 हमलोग

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औरंगाबाद में प्रथम दिन

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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.

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DUBAI.. it continues

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 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.

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Trip to Extravagant DUBAI

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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.

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Budget, Bed and Breakfast: The 3 Essentials of Hospitality

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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.

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