10 Offbeat Things to Do in Goa Beyond Beaches

10 Offbeat Things to Do in Goa Beyond Beaches

“The landscapes that look as green as if they are painted freshly by a painter who brings life to its art; the cloudy sky and the dewy leaves, the terrifying sound of the Dhudhsagar waterfalls and the never-ending avenue stretching along the sandy beaches that are washed away with crazy monsoon sea waves… ” this is how the world’s favourite beach destination looks like in monsoon. And who wouldn’t wish to run away to enjoy such beauty!! Goa is unarguably much more beyond just its beaches.

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A Reason To Ditch Manali On Your Next Summer Holidays

A Reason To Ditch Manali On Your Next Summer Holidays

Manali in Himachal Pradesh has long attracted tourists, particularly during the summer months, when entire India suffers the wrath of the unbearable heat waves. People need a quick escape in the Himalayas and they usually end up in Manali making it a crowded junction. The ease of access from New Delhi and Chandigarh also made Manali a popular weekend getaway – just catch a comfortable evening bus and wake up in Manali the following morning. While getting to Manali is certainly an easy deal, it has unfortunately lost its originality with such a soaring popularity, and with it, any possibility of getting a peaceful holiday experience. From Manali to Old Manali to Vashishth, all connecting towns have become a touristic chaos. Read more

Manali to Leh – A Solo Traveller’s Hitchhiking and Budget Travel Guide

Manali to Leh – A Solo Traveller’s Hitchhiking and Budget Travel Guide

 

The whiff of mud after a drizzle, the chilling wind, the topsy-turvy roads revealing the best of the panoramic view and the Lahauli songs playing loudly in the car, made my lips stretch into a smile. Sometimes while some famous song played, I would be explained the meaning and then we all would follow the dancing step as shown by the elderly lady clad in a Lahauli dress. The little girl of the family in the car kept smiling and waving a goodbye to each vehicle we crossed on Manali-Leh highway.  In between, I was asked if I wanted the freshly plucked pears and apples from their farm. The nectar-like taste of those fruits, the music and the fun we had, made me realize the perks of hitch-hiking. It is more than just a drop!  Read more

Worshipping the Nature; Nyokum Yullo, A Tribal Fest of Arunachal Pradesh

Worshipping the Nature; Nyokum Yullo, A Tribal Fest of Arunachal Pradesh

 

“The narrow winding lanes of Yazali were decked up with the bamboo poles, and they called it ‘Tori’ engraved with simple yet artistic designs. Traditionally dressed men and women were lined up for the procession. While the women hung the ‘Tokris’ (a bamboo basket), the men carried the ‘Toris’ with a chicken tied to them. The Nyokum songs were played at the highest volume today but the thumping sound of the gong overpowered the music played on the modern technology. The women and men of the Nyishi Tribe walked in two parallel lines clapping and altering their dance moves with each musical note, singing “Nyokum Bo Taba Debe”. The rain god also joined the celebration by showering the watery arrows on the Nyishi land.. Read more

Flaunting the Tryst with Nature; A Tribal Fashion Fiesta In Arunachal

Flaunting the Tryst with Nature; A Tribal Fashion Fiesta In Arunachal

 

Narrow sharp eyes with fierce look, chiseled body wrapped in a hand-woven macron shade cloth and the ornaments made of metal and precious stones; not to forget the traditional yet trendy bamboo bags, sword and a goblet. While in their modern avatar, they could beat even ‘America’s Next Top Model’ !!

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Patan Patolas: Witness The World’s Most Complicated Textile in India

Patan Patolas: Witness The World’s Most Complicated Textile in India

Being a garba crazy child in Gujarat, I used to hum the Gujarati folksongs mentioning the expensive Patolas of Patan. Back then, I hardly cared about what patolas were and why were they so expensive. I hardly cared to even know about it until we planned a road trip to North Gujarat covering Modhera, Patan and Sidhpur. Read more

10 Places to Explore Mumbai like a Local

10 Places to Explore Mumbai  like a Local

Enough is said and written about the famous tourist places like Marine Drive, Chaupati, Band Stand, Juhu Beach and Gateway of India that stand like iconic symbols of the city. But there is much more to explore in Mumbai than these haunts. And here is the list of off-beat places in Mumbai for all travelling souls.

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Andaman and Nicobar Islands: An Ideal Itinerary

Andaman and Nicobar Islands: An Ideal Itinerary

This place which inhabits the people of all Indian cultures, states and religion speaking different languages in complete harmony. Fascinated with the clean blue waters of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, we had planned an exploratory trip that turned out to be the best trip of my life in India. We could even manage to complete the trip on a pocket-friendly budget. Andaman is essentially a great alternative to any of your foreign trips.

Here is the best Andaman Itinerary and Travel Guide

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