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Assam - The Unparalleled Beauty

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Assam - The Unparalleled Beauty

Assam- a land of breathtaking beauty and astonishing magnificence! The diverse cultures and landscapes of Assam make it a much loved destination for tourists. Assam gets its name from the Sanskrit word “asoma” which means “peerless” or “unparalleled”.

Here's a list of things to do in Assam: 

 

1. KAZIRANGA NATIONAL PARK

The world famous Kaziranga National park is located in the district of Golaghat and Nagoam in Assam. This park has two thirds of the world’s population of one horned rhinos and the highest density of tigers among all the protected areas in the world. It is also the habitat of elephants, wild water buffaloes, swamp deer, hog deer, gaur, sambar, Indian Muntjac and many more species.

2. HAJO

Hajo, an ancient pilgrimage centre for not just one, but three religions, stands as an example to the diversity of India. Situated on the banks of the river Brahmaputra, this place is populated with several ancient temples and sacred artefacts. One notable temple is the Hayagriva Madhava Temple situated on the Monikut Hill.

3. HAFLONG

Haflong , the only hill station in Assam is a place of mesmerising beauty. Also known as “White Ant Hillock”, “Land of Blue Hills” and “Scotland of Assam”, Haflong is marked with beautiful landscapes, valleys, hills and mountains. Haflong is also known for its unique varieties of flowers and birds.

4. MAJULI

Majuli is a beautiful heaven-like island floating on the banks of the Brahmaputra river. It has the pride of being the 24th largest island in the world. This is a place where you can sit back, take in the beauty and appreciate the intricacies of God’s creation. If the visit is timed right, you can spot rare and endangered species of birds like stork, pelican and the whistling teal.

                    

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Kolkata - A New Dimension Explored

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Kolkata - A New Dimension Explored

A photography trip around the City of Joy is always a Pandora’s box of surprises! You never know what you’re gonna find! There seem to be myriad perceptions to entice the lenses, a million more for the senses. Anyway, I should just let the pictures do the the talking. So here are some snaps, we could capture on a casual trip along the Maidan- Princep Ghat areas.

And here you go!

 

And why Kolkata came to be known as the City of Palaces!

Scenes from Maidan: Far from the Madding Crowd?

Ting! Ting! Its a tram!

Race Course: Where many fortunes have been made… at the cost of others. No bets taken anymore!

Tracks of Grass: The tram journey along this route is really soothing, partially due to the laid back movement of the trams.

The Memorial to James Princep, by the 2nd Hoogly Bridge- a surprisingly pleasant place!

A Walk to Remember- Along the Beautified River Banks of Ganges.

Take a boat ride at Princep Ghat!

                    

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5 Reasons Why Kashmir is The Best Place to Visit in June!

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5 Reasons Why Kashmir is The Best Place to Visit in June!

Kashmir is undoubtedly one of India’s most beautiful destinations. It has often been referred to as ‘Heaven on Earth’. Be it during summer when the roads have cleared and riders flock Ladakh or winter when the snow covers most of the region and it is ski season in Gulmarg, Kashmir is a fantastic holiday spot all year round.

However, there is something about Kashmir in June that makes it the best place to be in India!

 

1. The Dal Lake looks like this in June!

2. Roads to Ladakh – the best road trip route of India – open up for tourists.

3. Monasteries like Lamayuru gompa host colorful local festivals which are a delight to witness.

4. The pastures are greener than ever making the landscapes spectacular!

5. It is neither too cold nor too hot which means it is the best time for camping!

                    

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5 Best Luxury Hotels in Srinagar

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5 Best Luxury Hotels in Srinagar

June to November is the perfect time to visit Srinagar, one of the most beautiful and romantic destinations in India. A paradise for honeymooners, nature lovers and tourists, it is one place that should definitely be on your bucket list. And what makes your trip more memorable? A comfortable stay that will pamper you silly!

Here's the of list five luxury hotels in Srinagar that’ll you’ll absolutely fall in love with:

 

1. Vivanta By Taj – Dal View

Enjoy spectacular views of the valley and Dal Lake at this cozy hotel in Srinagar. Other attractions like Tulip Garden and Hazratbal Shrine are just a stone’s throw away from this luxury property. The hotel has all the amenities that you can expect from a Taj property — free WiFi, mini bar, etc — but with a balconies that open up to spectacular views of the Mother Nature, we suspect you won’t need anything else at all.

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2. Lalit Grand Palace

Lalit Grand Palace is yet another beautiful property that overlooks Dal Lake and offers a luxurious stay with all possible amenities including a butler service. It posts of a spa, an indoor pool, a gym, a bar and two restaurants that can keep you occupied within the sanitized environs of the hotel.

3. The Sukoon Boat

If you don’t mind giving up the solid ground beneath your feet in exchange for a night on the houseboat, Sukoon Boat is the one to check into. Surrounded by lotuses and offering a suite and five bedrooms with French windows opening to spectacular scenes, Sukoon really does live up to its name and offers an experience like no other.

4. Hotel Grand Mahal

Many Bollywood celebs have enjoyed a wonderful stay at this hotel including Shahid Kapoor. Hotel Grand Mahal has modern amenities and its architecture too looks contemporary from the outside but the rooms are cozy with a traditional feel to them. 

5. The Residency Hotel

Along the banks of the Jhelum stands the Residency hotel that makes for a wonderful stay in the heart of Srinagar. This property isn’t very far from Dal Lake and Lal Chowk. Cozy rooms with minimalistic architecture and modern amenities greet you at this hotel. This may not be as luxurious as other hotels in this list but it promises to give you a wonderful stay.

                    

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7 Gorgeous Places In India That Are So Underrated You Will Feel Sad!

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7 Gorgeous Places In India That Are So Underrated You Will Feel Sad!

How about taking the road less travelled this vacation? Check out these seven gorgeous yet underrated, unexplored places in India which are worth exploring this season. And how about starting your journey by taking a flight to your destination.

 

1. Mandu, Madhya Pradesh

The romantic Mandu is one of the hidden gems in Madhya Pradesh and is worth visiting, especially during the monsoons. When here, do not miss Songadh, Jahaz Mahal, and Sagar Talao Group, all within the enclosed area of the fort.

USP: Catch the romantic beauty of Mandu under the rains while you take a lesson or two in history.
Getting there: Indore is the nearest airport and railhead at 99 km (2 hours).

2. Gandikota Gorge, Andhra Pradesh

Gandikota, popularly referred to as India’s Grand Canyon, is a beautiful gorge formed in between the Eramala Hills in Andhra Pradesh. The main attraction of this place is the canyon which is breathtakingly beautiful and serene.

USP: USP is the canyon itself and that you can camp here just adds to the charm!
Getting there: The nearest airports are Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Tirupati, and Chennai (all 300-400 km away). Kadapa is the nearest railhead (80 km) and there are regular buses from cities of Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka to Proddatur and Jammalamadugu (45 minutes distance).

3. Chaktara, Uttarakhand

The quaint, little Chakrata is one of the army cantonment hill stations in India, which still retains the charm from original days when it was established by Colonel Hume and fellow officers, some 125 years ago.

Time seems to stand still in Chakrata’s narrow bazaar and its teashops, where groups of elderly paharis discuss the state of Indian politics over endless cups of sugary tea. Chakrata is ideal for those who want to do nothing more than relaxing in the mountain sunshine, or tackle one of the many treks around the area.

USP: The unspoilt Himalayan beauty and the lovely walks!
Getting there: Dehradun and Mussoorie are the two preferred spots for getting to Chakrata.

4. Mandawa, Rajasthan

The pretty Mandawa is a new star on the tourist map, all thanks to Bollywood blockbusters like PK and Bajrangi Bhaijaan, which were shot here. The place is famous for its forts and havelis and has become one of the most sought after offbeat destinations in Rajasthan.

Mandawa Fort is the most striking architectural piece of the place along with some of the popular havelis such as Goenka Double Haveli, Murmuria Haveli, and Jhunjhunwala Haveli. Next thing that you should not miss is the Thakurji Temple, not just because it is an amazing temple but also because of the murals depicting the soldiers being shot from the mouths of cannons reflecting on the Mutiny of 1857.

USP: For a date with the history, plan a trip to Mandawa.
Getting there: 250 km from Delhi, you can directly book a cab to Mandawa.

5. Mawlynnong, Meghalaya

Tiny Mawlynnong is cited as the model village of Meghalaya and the ‘cleanest village in India’. 
Walking through the village, you’ll see well-tended garden paths, with cane basket bins placed along the way, houses with manicured gardens.

You can visit the living root bridge of Riwai village, a short, 10-minute hike away. Further ahead are Lyndew Falls and Nairiang Falls. Dawki (20 km) is the last village on the Indian side, along the Umngot River.

USP: Well, the title says it all– The Cleanest Village in India!
Getting there: Shillong’s Umroi Airport is the nearest one at a distance of 100 km.

6. Shoghi, Himachal Pradesh

Shoghi is an unassuming, roughly 2-km stretch whose highlights are the warm people and the natural beauty it is surrounded by. It is more than just an affordable, quiet alternative to Shimla, one of the most famous hill stations in Himachal Pradesh.This is a temple country as well with temples like Tara Devi, Hanuman Temple, and a peaceful Kali Temple.

USP: It’s an ideal place to chill. Turn off your phone and listen to the forest.
Getting there: Nearest airport is Jubbarhatti Airport (37 km, 2 hours) and the nearest railhead is Kalka (75 km, around 3 hours).

7. Unakoti, Tripura

The name ‘Unakoti’ is a Bengali word, meaning one less than a crore. It is a Shaivite pilgrim spot full of ancient rock-cut sculptures and stone carvings. Apart from its religious significance, the place is also a tourist magnet because of its surrounding natural beauty with rolling mountains, lush greenery, and waterfalls.The best time to visit Unakoti is from October to May when the town is flocked by millions of devotees who take part in the Ashokastami fair, the largest of its kind in the town.

USP: For all those who love exploring heritage sites with an aura of tranquility.
Getting there: 178 km from Agartala, 8 km from Kailashahar. The nearest railhead is Kumarghat, about 20 km away. You can get a cab or a state bus from there.

* Feeling Sad Already *

                    

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