We will talk about some travel gear & clothing that are crucial for your next winter travel. This is a must-have winter kit or packing list for your winter travel. Some of them are in any way important for many travels, so you can choose accordingly.
Himachal Pradesh is one of India’s most picturesque tourist destinations to offer to passionate tourists around worldwide. Severely lauded and admired for its rich natural attractions, the state is well known for providing heavenly holiday experiences that become memories for a lifetime. Nestled mainly in between the Himalayan Mountains, several unexplored and offbeat places feature stunning hills, sublime valleys, historic monasteries, and gleaming lakes.
Here’s a list of top unexplored places to visit in Himachal Pradesh that will satisfy your wanderlust.
When in Himachal Pradesh, you must visit the historical village of Malana. Despite being ancient or very old, the town is surreally beautiful and based on the valleys of Parvati. While it still homes a handful of families, legends state that there are inhabitants who share ancestral links with Alexander the Great troops. The place is a subtle combination of natural beauty and thrilling folklore.
Nature can be found at its purest best if one can visit the Tirthan Valley in Himachal Pradesh. The valley is surrounded by the Great Himalayan National Park and accompanied by the Tirthan River. The ethereal exhibition of lustrous greenery and gorgeous waterfalls make this place an ideal spot to relax and witness nature’s lap.
Chitkul enjoys its fair share of tourist visits round the year due to organic firms’ presence and snow capped mountain peaks. Belonging to the Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh, this village is the last venue ahead of the Indo-Tibet border that won’t require you a visa permit for travelling. An abundance of apple orchards, mustard fields, and the Baspa River will captivate your imagination. Word of caution, the weather could get tricky. Hence it would be best if you are suitably prepared.
The riches of Pabbar Valley can ideally sum up the tourism offerings of the state of Himachal Pradesh. This valley will have tourists spellbound and amazed by its fruit orchards, picturesque brooks, and luscious meadows. If not much, you can stroll through the tiny villages in the vicinity while passing through cedar, oak, and birch forests and finally through snow-covered valleys. Nature enthusiasts can participate in outdoor activities such as camping, rafting, and paragliding as well.
Famous for its numerous apple orchards, Thanedar has long hosted nature lovers and passionate tourists. Surrounded by apple and cherry orchards, this spot is highly recommended for people who enjoy some me-time during vacations. The countless orchards supply millions of apples both across India as well as abroad. You will find several accommodation arrangements in the location, with quite a handful of resorts available for boarding. Make sure you visit Hatu Peak to get a fascinating view of the snow-capped Himalayan Range.
Hopefully, you have come across some of the best offbeat and unexplored places for you to visit on your next trip to Himachal Pradesh. Each one of the names listed above will offer you a fantastic getaway from the madness of the city lifestyle. You can also check out the summer Delhi to Mcleodganj Package at the link.
Is Leh-Ladakh only for bikers? Most of us have this question in mind whenever we think of travelling to this terrain. Can Laid Back travellers or those people who are not fond of biking can travel to Leh-Ladakh? Just to answer these quick and genuine questions, here is the Leh-Ladakh Trip Itinerary For 4 Nights 5 Days. In this blog, I am going to talk about that and also going to cover what all places can be covered in short period since travellers usually want to cover a lot of places in a short period, who are on a leisure trip.
4 Nights 5 Days Bike Trip To Leh-Ladakh
I know most of the people think that cramming a lot of places in a short period is not ideal. It can be the most tiring travel as well. I agree with most of you all and even I have experienced this during my travel journeys when I have a time crunch. Nevermind this Leh-Ladakh Bike Trip Itinerary will help you to plan an adventurous yet appealing trip to this beautiful destination in India, Leh-Ladakh.
Day 1of Tour Itinerary For Leh-Ladakh – Take a direct flight from Mumbai or Delhi to Leh. In this way, you can save a minimum of two days since taking a bus from Delhi to Manali and then Manali to Leh takes 2 days. Once you reach Leh take full day rest, sleep as much as you can and drink a lot of water since water will keep you hydrated and rest will help you in getting acclimatized. In the evening you can visit the local market and the Hall of Fame. There’s a light & sound show that happens in Hall of Fame which is must watch. It will give you a feeling of how our soldiers fight in one of the most difficult situations which are out of our imagination.
Well, you may be surprised by what the title is all about, but trust me you will be amazed to know that a grand canyon also exists in India. Gandikota is the place, (Grand Canyon Of India) a beautiful and stunning paradise in the heartland of Bangalore. It is a weekend getaway from Bangalore. Just right on the spot, it is a destination which you would be awe-struck to visit.
Leh Ladakh is a UT now, will it affect tourists like me?
Is it safe to stay and roam in Leh Ladakh?
How about my flights’ tickets! Shall I cancel?
I’m a travel blogger and working on a travel project will it get affected?
Shall I think twice now to visit Leh Ladakh in the august end?
Well, many apprehensions and questions that are hovering your mind regarding the Leh Ladakh post Article 370 Defunct and it’s tourism and maybe your visit to this beautiful destination. It is viable as well, and this is because of the current situation of Leh Ladakh due to article 370 defunct.
Let me take you to the blog – Leh Ladakh’s post Article 370 Defunct, where you will find it completely safe to travel to this gorgeous destination which is now a UT – Union Territory.
Article 370 has been thinned, Jammu & Kashmir has been departed from Ladakh–and the two sections have become separate Union Territories. Expecting trouble, the government of India have asked tourists and pilgrims to move out, and have deployed a huge amount of soldiers and troops into the state. The situation is unpredictable – yes, it is true, as of now and no one knows how things will gonna be in coming days. The only affected highway currently is – Srinagar-Leh highway – Srinagar, Gulmarg, Pahalgam and other parts of Kashmir Valley are on a tension zone. But when we talk about Leh & Ladakh? No, is the answer (According to CNT‘s report Angrub Dorje, who runs Discover Ladakh has stated, “Both Leh and Ladakh are completely safe.)
The business is usual here in Leh Ladakh, as the local transport has not been affected here. As of now, no restrictions have been implemented on transport, in fact, it is safe and we have tourists here who are enjoying their holidays. (it is when the CNT team spoke to locals and 3-4 tour operators).
Even though the circumstances in the paradise of India – Jammu & Kashmir is unpredictable and scary, the region of Ladakh is truly safe, with no indications of tightness and fury. So, plan without thinking twice.
As mentioned by – Tsering Angmo, Assistant Director of Tourism, is asking people not to worry. “Everything is normal in Leh. The airports are completely accessible. I would recommend anyone who is visiting to not worry at all.” (CNT report). There has being a bit of tension on Srinagar border as vehicles are being stopped but that’s all is a precautionary measure for Kashmiris and tourists out there. As the bill is also passed in Rajya Sabha by 2/3 majority.
If you are travelling by flights –
If flying to Leh – flights on Vistara, IndiGo, GoAir and Air India are on time as of now.
If you’re flying to Jammu and Srinagar, IndiGo has waived the fare on all cancellations and rescheduling of tickets (charges on fare difference will be applicable if any) to Jammu till 9 August.
If you’re flying to Srinagar: After announcing a cap on fares at Rs9,500, Air India has further lessened its ticket prices to Rs6,715 from Srinagar to Delhi and at Rs6,899 from Srinagar to Delhi till 15 August.
The information on Leh Ladakh’s post Article 370 Defunct, has been taken in the best interest for each and every traveller – the credits for the information is to CNT team and WanderOn.
No wonder Hong Kong is a metropolitan country that does not have a rich history in terms of reign and emperors but yes it has, in fact, quite an interesting fact which is that – Hong Kong was under the British rule from 1841 to 1997 before handing sovereignty over to China. This agreement was established post a 50-year period of autonomy when Hong Kong achieved governance by a “One Country, Two Systems” agreement. Since then it is a complex yet technologically advanced nation and is a “Special Administrative Region” of China with its own currency, constitution, passports, and official languages (Cantonese and English). This travel blog will take you to a few things that are essential before you travel to Hong Kong
Please note that, do not speak Mandarin when in Hong Kong, they do not consider it as their language as per locals, thus avoid this act.
Hongkongers are very proud of their culture and heritage thus when in Hong Kong learn few gestures and signs which can make them feel like being an expat. For instance, avoid addressing them as Chinese as and they are proud to be Cantonese rather than an extension of Chinese.
Hong Kong currency is Hong Kong dollars – HK$ – The Hong Kong dollar is the official currency of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. It is subdivided into 100 cents. The Hong Kong Monetary Authority is the governmental currency board and also the de facto central bank for Hong Kong and the Hong Kong dollar. Official website: hkma.gov.hk
You can exchange your currency at the airport or else you have reliable foreign money exchange counters in the city within your location. If not required do not carry much of cash as you may find ATM’s and money exchange counters easily. But remember you will have to carry a lot of cash while shopping and roaming around as Hong Kong deals in cash majorly.
Getting around Hong Kong in the budget is possible via metro line, ferries, and buses. A very well connected network all through Hong Kong. In fact, take the airport express train from the airport for central as it is just 24 minutes and cheap.
Another historic mode of transport is a ferry that is very cheap – starts from 2 HK$ from Victoria harbour and then you can take a tram to the Central Peak which is the skyline of Hong Kong. (it is just 30 cents).
Remember before you step out the airport please buy an Octopus card. It is not only for public transport but it gets used at convenience stores, and even at some coffee shops. This card is really helpful for solo travellers and for travellers who are travelling on a low budget. Hong Kong does have Uber and affordable taxis – that starts from $3); however, the latter sees a “changeover” in hours as the shift changes.
What to pack before you come here
Hong Kong weather sometimes is unpredictable – still, the entire year Hong Kong is oppressively quite hot and humid. When you listen to any local saying that it is summers – they mean it is the season that stretches from late April to late October. This means it has a rainy season as well. Please carry lots of jackets, an umbrella, rain sheets, as rain showers are unpredictable. Moreover, Hongkongers never turn off air conditioners – it is pretty cold inside the hotels and at the workplace. So better be warm is the tip.
Eat as locals do
The biggest hurdle for a traveller in Hong Kong is the variety of Cantonese and Chinese food, from which to distinguish is a big task. Do share food as Chinese cuisine is all about sharing. If you sharing twosome then order one portion and share. Enjoy dim sum at traditional restaurants on the streets near central, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon etc. Do remember not to put the chopsticks in a vertical position as it is a sign associated with funerals.
For the serious traveller, Hong Kong is a shopping paradise but no second thought Hong Kong is dammed expensive for any national coming here for shopping. You’ll find ample shops in every possible street in Hong Kong. You’ll be spoilt for all the vivid choices the streets have to offer. From the Avante Grande malls to all the international brands’ outlets at central and Tsim Sha Tsui you will get hooked by the variety it has to offer.
But for shoppers who looking for bargained shopping explore the largest shopping street in Hong Kong – Temple Street. Do also check other streets in Yau Ma Tei and Tung Street in Mong Kok for cheap clothes and electronics. With this do explore Granville Road in Tsim Sha Tsui and Cheung Sha Wan Road in Sham Shui Po for cheap clothes.
One tip – Bargain, bargain and bargain as much as you can, show your skills if you do not see any price on the products, but if you see any price on the product this means the attendant will not be willing to negotiate.
Hong Kong is not quite popular for a good late night culture, but this is not right it is like another New York or Manhattan. It is not a speedy country, and can’t be compared with the neighbouring Bangkok but the evenings and night clubs are happening, in the pubs of Tsim Sha Tsui – where you may find many expats taking a stroll on the sideways of the streets. It is filled with locals too. Lan Kwai Fong is the city’s nightlife heart and comes alive as happy hour slopes in and on the weekend nights, the street turns into one big open-air bar and LGBTQ nightlife scene with doors open for all. Sky bars are big business here, and please remember if you intend to experience be ready to eye-watering prices for cocktails.
It is rightly called as Dalia Lama’s abode – McLeod Ganj and when I gave a thought to travel solo to this wonderful place I never realised that by the end of my travel journey I will be in love with this place evermore.
When travellers talk of heading up to Dharamsala, what they really think to visit or experience – to see the Dalai Lama, to visit the best treks with valleys, to trip high on the hippie hills – reason can be many for different kind of travellers, so as mine as a solo traveller.
Here’s why and how I loved McLeod Ganj why I love to travel solo to this place.
Starting with the residence of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, which is 3 kilometres north of Dharamsala town (or 10km via the looping bus route. This small place is the home to a huge Tibetan population, that includes the monks and the nuns and other locals.
So, the Tibetan government-in-exile is based out here just at the downhill of Gangchen Kyishong. When I visited McLeod I was amazed to witness this huge part of Tibetan population that is peacefully yet unofficially residing here. This is one of the main reason why this destination attracts thousands of international visitors each year to volunteer this Tibetan community. One thing which holds my attention is the courses which you can take on Buddhism, meditation or yoga, and then of course trek in the Dhauladhar mountains, Parvati Valley and many other players lying deep on the foothills of Dharamkot and McLeod. You can shop at the Tibetan crafts, or just hang out with the firangis all around who come here and stay for long to witness this remarkable blend of culture and heritage of North India.
Travelling solo makes you close to your soul, and helps to challenge yourself in any situation. One cool thing that I learned on my visit to Mcleod Ganj is that it is the suburb of Kangra district in Himachal Pradesh, which is popularly known as “Little Lhasa” or “Dhasa” as it has a huge population of Tibetans. Moreover, the Tibetan government-in-exile is headquartered in McLeod Ganj.
You get good homestays to stay that is cheap and comfortable all through your journey. Being a solo traveller or a “woman solo traveller” (yeah, had to quote it this way as it is India and there are some parts of India that are not easy for woman solo travellers) I was a bit sceptical on how and where to stay. But McLeod Ganj offered me the best and the safest stay during my entire vacation. The streets are colorful and perky filled with local cafe’s and shops that offer local jewellery Apart from other stuff one thing which caught my attention is a handful of shops that offer musical instruments.
There are some of the unbeaten places to visit in McLeod that will leave you speechless with its natural surroundings and snow-cladded mountains. Hike to the mighty Triund Trek, it is 9 km away from Mcleod Ganj, beautiful peak and an ideal place for a solo traveller to relax and rejuvenate amidst the mesmerising meadows.
Bhagsu Falls and Bhagsunath temple lies 3 km from the McLeod city. A beautiful walk, great surroundings, stunning pools and lush green vicinity makes it a perfect place to visit. This place has its own historical importance that dates back to Lord Shiva, Nag Devta and the King Bhagsu. Due to this reason, this place is worshipped by both Hindus and the Gorkha community.
Other than this, I took a road to explore Namgyal Monastery, took a trail till Naddi, Tsuglagkhang (Dalai Lama’s residence), a non-gothic architecture – the church of Saint Johns in the wilderness and the list can be countless. McLeodganj has everything to offer to a tourist. For me, it is like a second home, where every time I go, I feel new and explore new things.
Best Time to Visit – September to June
How to Reach – Passengers buses are available till Mcleodganj bus stand. Then hire a taxi to reach further in the town. One can also walk the lanes. Pathankot is the nearest Railway Station.
“A woman with a voice is by definition a strong woman. But the search to find that voice can be remarkably difficult.” Melinda Gates
Pic Credit: (My friend) Amit Sah – The ace photographer
Such a wonderful statement from a one of the strong lady in the world! I’ll not be talking about Happy International Women’s Day, Nah, well every year I do so, we all do so, sending memes, quotes, messages – which is absolutely fine!
But does it actually reach out to the women across the globe with the same intensity and passion to be different and in love with oneself? Yes, I’m talking about loving yourself, being the best of you, standing out against all odds and shine like a diamond. Let everyone know who you are!
Pic Credit: (My friend) Amit Sah – The ace photographer
You are a woman of your choice
You are born to love
You are born to give birth
You are a magic maker and a creator of this lovely world!
Every man should respect you for their existence
But does he understand, is the question!
But does the society give her all the right she is worthy of!
You are a horse running alone in the wind
And he tries to tame you,
He tries to thrash you, crush you like a dried leaf,
Tries to hold you back, and make you feel like,
You are picked and dragged through an air of violent nightfall
He loves you with the promise of #Being #there
Then why does he ditch you to get #soldout
He kisses you to be yours forever
Then why does he rape you every night
He educates you to be successful then why does he assault you
He wants you to be the CEO of his company,
Then why does he pulls you back by bitching around
He says I’m your BFF, Best friend forever
Then why does he leaves you lonely in pain and tears
And this continues timelessly and shamelessly
The walls around her heart try to keep her contented in soreness
But the end to molestation, rape, assault, betrayal doesn’t conclude
These ruthless societies never give a sigh of relief
These hypocrites are ruining her soul within
Does she have a choice?
Yes, of course, she did have one, in fact, many
Until she recognizes her own spirit and strength
She is the fire, she shines like a diamond
She is like a rivulet gushing subtly making her own way
She chooses to be strong and beautiful
No matter what comes she kill the evil with her charm
She is impeccable in defying what he does to her
She is bestowed with forgiveness
She is a separatist from the critics
She accepts her mistakes and never gives up
She enlightens her kids’ soul
She is the heart of every family
No matter how she is torn apart
She rises above from worldly unchasteness
Coz, only God can see her virtuous soul underneath
She is the woman of her own choice
She is the #freespirit
Here’s a beautiful compilation of #freespirit – International Women’s Day
Share and spread the word so that at least a woman can help a woman to fight the evils. Apparently, the day when a woman will become a woman’s best friend, the society will nurture.
There is a piece in me that like to tenderly imagine my maverick and seditious soul. But, precisely, I love to have a picky and cosy relationship with my soul that can rub up against a little bit, putting me alive.