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India is a land of diversity as people of different cultural backgrounds stay here. So, as a result, there are various important festivals for all states or cultural groups. But if there is one festival that unites the whole of India, then, it is Diwali. Diwali is celebrated in all parts of India with regional tweaks to the rituals. This is a major occasion during which families, friends, and relatives meet and spend a nice time with each other. This is also the time when the schools, colleges, and offices remain close and that’s why many people plan a nice Diwali vacation to rejuvenate their tired minds and bodies.

If you are also planning for a Diwali Vacation, then, here are some amazing places you can visit.

Varanasi
Varanasi
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It is one of the oldest cities in the world. In all their alleys and ghaats there are numerous stories. Just sitting near a bank of the Ganges and watching Diwali – you will feel spiritually awakened. As the sky grows dark and dark and people here lit up thousands of delightful diyas and float into the Ganges. Imagine the floating diyas all over the Ganges – isn’t that a sight to behold forever? You will feel like the whole sky with bright stars have descended onto the earth. Along with blazing fireworks and that Ganga Aarti – Diwali here is a time you must not miss. Travel with your family and relatives and experience this divine Diwali atmosphere here.

Dubai
Dubai
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If you want to go somewhere away from India, then, you can plan Dubai. The sight of Burj Khalifa to the Miracle Garden and the famous mosques – there are many things to explore in Dubai. It is a rich city and people from all across the world come here to see the glitz of the city. You can take the boat rides, roam around the malls, visit the ice-skating rink, or go for the desert safari. Your stay here would be a memorable one. Above all this, you will also get to see a memorable fireworks on the skies of Dubai during Diwali.

Goa
Goa
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The lovers of Goa say that every occasion and every holiday is Goa-worthy. During Diwali, you will see a different Goa. The local residents of Goa mimic the killing of Narakasura by Lord Krishna and celebrate this festival of lights. After watching that grand show, you can spend your time here by visiting the famous and the not-so-famous churches, the iconic Dil Chahta Hai location, sea beaches, etc. Just soak into the salty air of Goa and come back refreshed.

Manali
Manali
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If you want a cool and cozy kind of Diwali celebration away from your home, then, choose Manali. It is the most popular hill destination in India. There are no noisy firecrackers and everywhere you breathe fresh air. If you are looking for a peaceful time with yourself and your loved ones, then, Manali would be the best place to visit. The temperature during Diwali is not too cold and so you will have fun. The clam alleys, small cafes, and the mesmerizing view of the mountains will let you shed off the tensions and stress of the city life.

Jaipur
Jaipur
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Right from the day one of Diwali, i.e, Dhanteras, the bright city of Jaipur becomes brighter. The colorful bazaars feature lamps, diyas, and musicians performing the local songs. You will surely have the brightest Diwali celebration here. If you book a royal palace for your stay, then, your joy will be doubled with the hospitality you receive. And you must not miss the imperial Nahargarh Fort, especially at night. You will feel out of the world – the whole lit up city seen from the top would make you feel surreal.

Hampi
Hampi
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Hampi – the UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of the most underrated tourist locations. The remnant of the Bijayanagara Kingdom is a delight to witness. The history enthusiasts would find it a perfect place to unwind their minds. It is located in the Hospet of Karnataka and has wonderful architecture. You will find royal pavilions, royal platforms, treasuries, and bastions here. The beautiful temples are surrounded by lush greenery, jade-green hand groves, and banana plantations. Surely, you will get many Insta-worthy captures here.

Travelling involves a lot of planning. You need strategic planning to ensure a smooth journey and a pleasant stay. It is always exciting to travel to new places, explore new cultures, and learn about new traditions. And this excitement doubles up when you have to take your first trip overseas.

Travelling internationally for the first time can be a bit overwhelming. You may feel thrilled and scared at the same time, which is very obvious and happens to a lot of us. But efficient planning can ensure a stress-free first trip to a foreign land.

Here is a list of simple yet important tips to ensure your smooth sailing in a foreign country.

Get Your Passport Ready

The first and foremost tip when travelling abroad- get your passport in order. Make sure your passport is valid for at least six months before you enter a foreign country. Don’t forget to carry hard copies and soft copies of your passport just in case the original one gets lost or stolen.

Check If You Need Visa

Make sure if you need a visa to travel your chosen country and how long it may take to process. There are also some countries where you can travel without a visa or receive one on arrival. You need to check this before booking your flights and making travel arrangements.

Check Immigration Requirements

You need to get ready with all your immigration documents that state your reason for travel or what you intend to do in a foreign country.

Check Entry & Exit Fee

There are some countries that ask travelers to pay entrance and exit fee. And always remember this fee is not included in your flight ticket charges.

Make Photocopies of Travel Documents

It is always advised to carry photocopies and scanned copies of all your travel documents, including Passport, Visa, proof of identity, and permission letter of entering the country. Keep them in a separate folder so that they come handy if you lose your original documents.

Get Vaccinated

Depending on the country you are travelling, you may require to get specific vaccines or medications as a precaution against the diseases floating in the air. Check with your doctor to ensure you have all the proper vaccinations. If you are already taking any prescribed medication, make sure you have stocked enough to cover the duration of your travel. Don’t forget to carry painkillers and antibiotics for occasional headaches and stomach issues. Ensure whether your medical insurance is valid in the country you’re travelling or if you need to add extra coverage.

Take Care of Your Finances

Before you travel overseas, check the exchange rates to get a fair idea of how much you are going to spend. Make sure you exchange the currency at banks and ATM’s as they won’t charge anything extra. Talk to your credit card and debit card providers to check whether your cards will work in the country you’re visiting. Always try and carry local cash whenever commuting through public transport like trains and buses.

Make Bookings in Advance

Make flight and hotel bookings 50-60 days in advance to get a good deal. Look for discount coupons while booking tickets online. There are many search engines that offer attractive discounts to students on flights and accommodation. It is important to have pre-booked exit flights for each country as many airlines won’t let you board the plane if you have a one-way flight.

Get an International Driving Permit

If you are planning to drive on the roads of a foreign land, then make sure you have an international driving permit. Get familiarized with the local driving laws of the country you are travelling. You can also get in touch with the foreign embassy regarding official rules and regulations of driving in that country.

Get Necessary Electronic Items

Electrical power points are different all over the world. Make sure you have adapters that allow plugging your electronic devices into foreign sockets. Check the strength of the electrical current of the country you are visiting to make sure your devices are compatible. Invest in portable phone chargers and laptop charges to keep your devices fully charged.

Prepare Yourself Mentally

Last but not least, you need to prepare yourself mentally when you are about to go on your first international trip. Be open to connecting with people from other cultures. Take it as a great chance to learn something new in life. Don’t stress much and embark on a new journey with confidence and positivity.

People travel mainly to remove monotony from their lives. Travel is something that makes people more responsible, valiant, and agile. The experience that one draws from traveling can be used in every other department in life. The birth of tourism industry happened to aid the travelers in every way. The industry of tourism is a vast one and it is one of the budding sectors which holds tremendous caliber to invest in the economy of a country.

India is a vast land of diversity. This diversity is something that attracts people from domestic as well as international locations to explore. From breezy sea beaches to lofty mountains, sultry deserts to engaging plain lands – there is an interesting facet to every place here.

World Tourism Day is on 27th September and this year India is the host country. The theme this year is “Tourism and Jobs: a better future for all’. The discussions would be mostly on how tourism can be more convenient for creating more avenues for jobs and secure future of people. As India is the host country, learning some startling facts about Indian tourism would be imperative.

Know Some Interesting Facts About Tourism In India Below:
  1. The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) calculated that only from tourism, India generated INR ₹16.91 Lakh Crore.
  2. Tourism in India contributes to 9.2% of the GDP.
  3. Tourism in India provides job to 42.673 million people which is 8.1% of the total employment.
  4. In India, tourism is one of the fastest-growing sectors. It is expected that by 2028 the contribution from tourism to our economy would be 32.05 Lakh Crore. This figure will then be 9.9% of the GDP.
  5. What is startling is the fact that many people from across the world come to India for medical treatment. As per Wikipedia, in October 2015, India’s medical tourism sector was estimated to be worth US$3 billion, and it is projected to grow to US$7–8 billion by 2020. Also in 2014, exactly 184,298 foreign patients traveled to India to seek medical treatment.
  6. The two major gates of foreign tourism in India are New Delhi & Mumbai.
  7. Do you know which those countries are that mostly take a tour of India and increase our income? They are – France, Germany, Canada, China, Japan, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, United Kingdom, USA, and Bangladesh.
  8. There has been a growth of 15.6% from 2016 to 2017 in terms of the number of tourists visiting India. In 2016, the number was 8.89 million foreigners while it grew to 10 million foreigners in 2017.
  9. As per the “Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report 2019” India is at 34th position among 140 countries. The improvement as compared to the last year is almost 25% which is a great sign.
  10. When it comes to the worldwide ranking of cities in terms of foreign tourist arrivals, then Delhi ranks 28th, while Mumbai is ranked 30th, Chennai 43rd, Agra 45th, Jaipur 52nd, and Kolkata 90th.
  11. Do you know that the people from Bhutan, Maldives, and Nepal do not require a travel visa to enter India? Also, know that the citizens of Afghanistan, Argentina, Bangladesh, DPR Korea, Jamaica, Maldives, Mauritius, Mongolia, Nepal, South Africa, and Uruguay are not required to pay any fee when obtaining an Indian visa.
  12. You must know that you would require a PAP or Protected Area Permit to enter the states of Nagaland, Sikkim, Jammu & Kashmir, some parts of Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Mizoram, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, and Himachal Pradesh? You would also require a RAP or Restricted Area Permit to travel to the Andaman & Nicobar Islands and some parts of Sikkim.
  13. The National Tourism Day in India is 25th January.
  14. The 2011 Kumbh Mela saw the largest gathering of people ever on this planet. The count was over 75 million and this gathering was so huge that it was visible from space also
  15. The Taj Mahal alone witnesses a footfall of at least 7-8 million people annually.
  16. During Brahmotsavam held annually at least, 500,000 devotees visit the Tirupati Temple and that makes Tirupati one of the most-visited holy places in the world.
  17. Another startling fact is that the Tirumala Venkateswara Temple is the richest temple in the world in terms of donations.
  18. India has the second-largest network of roads in the world and that aids the huge flow of tourists visiting our country.
  19. There are many factors for people visiting our beautiful country and our cuisine is one of them. Do you know that Indian cuisine is the oldest continuously prepared cuisine in human history?
  20. Also, you must know that India is the home to the 60% total tiger population which is one of the attractive factors for wildlife photographers or adventure tourists to visit our country. The lovers of history and culture never forget to take a trip to the Varanasi which is one of the oldest cities in the world.

Our big country has many such interesting factors. Aren’t these aforementioned factors inspiring you to travel some more and know our country a bit more?

“Once a year, go someplace you have never been before” – Dalai Lama

Apart from Dalai Lama, even doctors and psychiatrists also suggest going somewhere once in a while to rejuvenate the mind and body. There are many stress or tensions in life concerning both professional and personal situations. Traveling to places amidst brings a breath of fresh air to tackle everything in life easier and better ways.

Now, to raise awareness on the role of tourism within the international community and to demonstrate how it affects social, cultural, political, and economic values worldwide the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has been celebrating World Tourism Day since 1980 on 27th September. Tourism, undoubtedly, is a big industry today with the increase in the number of modes of transportation across the globe. Through travel and tourism, a great relationship within and outside the country is promoted. It helps people in knowing the foreign culture, tradition, history, and thus aids in binding people.

Every year, UNWTO chooses one host country and theme to raise awareness regarding tourism. This year, India is the host country and the theme is “Tourism & Jobs: A better future for all”. There are many such unknown facts about WTD which you can know from below:

  1. Do you know that the word “tourist” had been in use since 1760? It was used for individuals traveling for recreation.
  2. Are you familiar with the name Thomas Cook? Well, he was an English businessman and was the first one to organize a trip from Market Harborough to Loughborough for a temperance meeting on 5th July 1841. By 1845, his tourism industry had grown to offer trips to Glasgow only for a guinea.
  3. The 1st foreign trip that he organized was in 1861 and it was a 6-day package. The British tourists were greeted with a cannon salute and band music.
  4. It is really startling to know that tourism industry generates 5% of the world economy.
  5. In 2018, there were 1.401 billion international tourist arrivals worldwide. The growth compared to 2017 was of 5.4%.
  6. The top 10 countries with maximum numbers of tourists were- France, Spain, United States of America, China, Italy, Turkey, Mexico, Germany, Thailand, and the United Kingdom. (source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Tourism_rankings)
  7. The international tourism receipts in 2018 were US$1,451 billion which saw a growth of 4.4% compared to 2017. The USA was the top earner in this tourism sector.
  8. The Asia Pacific recorded the highest growth in terms of footfalls. In 2018, there were over 347 million international tourist arrivals to Asia-Pacific and compared to 2017, the increase was of 7.3%.
  9. The top 10 countries in the Asia Pacific with record international tourists were- China, Thailand, Japan, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Macau, India, Vietnam, South Korea, and Singapore.
  10. As per reports, China was the top spender in international tourism last year.
  11. Tourism, according to various estimates, will continue to grow at an average of 3.3% annually until 2030.
  12. This tourism industry represents an estimated 10% of the world’s GDP and 1 in 10 jobs globally.

As India is the host country this year, you must know something interesting about the tourism industry in India too. India is an ancient country where Guests are believed to be the representation of God. The land of diversity, India has been a center of attraction internationally.

So, Here Are Some Interesting Trivia About Tourism In India:
  1. In India, the National Tourism Day is celebrated on 25th January which is an initiative taken up by the government to promote awareness about tourism in the country.
  2. Tourism is definitely not the primary source of income among Indians but it is a growing industry here. In 2015, it generated 124.8 billion dollars which were 6% of the total GDP of the country. Now that amount rose up to 240 billion dollars in 2018 which was 9.2% of the total GDP of India.
  3. The figures also state that the tourism industry in India provided 42.673 million jobs or 8.1% of India’s total employment.
  4. In terms of tourism (both national and international), India made a world record in 2011. Kumbh Mela entered the Guinness Book of World Records for witnessing the largest mass gathering. That year saw 75 million pilgrims from all across the world.
  5. The Guinness record for the largest mass gathering in the world was broken in 2011 in India during Kumbh Mela. More than 75 million pilgrims were gathered making the mass gathering visible from space. This festival is an auspicious Hindu celebration that happens once in 12 years.

Hope this blog helped gain insight into the tourism industry.

India is a beautiful place of diversity. From culture to food habits, religion to locales – our country is vivid. It is a gem for travel enthusiasts. For every season, you will find a proper place to go and relax and learn something new about our great culture.

In today’s blog, I will write about those places that are famous for their boating. Boating is a leisure time activity when you go to travel somewhere. You can paddle yourself or hire a bigger steamboat to roam around the beautiful lakes and other water bodies. The painters, poets, or writers will get an extra boost romanticizing the breath-taking view and cool breeze of these places.

Here is the list of some famous boating paradise you can go and enjoy.

Ganga Ghat, Varanasi
Ganga Ghat
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Our ancestors said that nothing is purer than the water of the Ganges or Gangajaal. This holy river is worshipped by followers across the country. However impure one can be – with just a sprinkle of Gangajaal – that person or for that matter, any object is sanctified.

This river is older than our country perhaps and Varanasi is one of the oldest cities in the world. So, if you are visiting Varanasi – then, don’t just walk through the narrow lanes, enter the countless temples, and taste the local delicacies. Also, go to the Ganga Ghats and enjoy a boat ride. The sunrise and sunset timings are the best ones to seek the blessings of this river. Remember that from mid-July to mid-October, the prices of the boats remain high due to more current in the water. The view of this old city from mid-water is spectacular. The boat rides also halt for you to visit the nearby market and visit the Durga Mandir built two centuries ago. Yamaha Engine Boats costs INR 3000 for two hours of the ride. The boating services start from 8 A.M. and continues till 5:30 P.M.

Naini Lake, Nainital:
Naini Lake
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Nainital is one of the most famous tourist destinations in this country. The name of the lake is Naini and Tal means lake which is why the city is named Nainital. Boating is mostly seen as a summertime activity and that’s why most of the crowds are seen here during the summer months. The interesting fact is the shape of this lake resembles an eye and that’s why the name is Naini. The boating services start at 6 A.M. and continues till 6 P.M. You can also rent a yacht here.

While riding the boat – you will feel how small you are in the vastness of the lofty Kumaon ranges and the gleaming water.

Kumarakom Backwaters, Kerala:
Kumarakom Backwaters
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This one is perhaps the most famous in the country. The view of the dense greenery and refreshingly cool water attracts people here in Kerala backwaters. A small town named Kottayam in Kerala receives thousands of footfalls in peak seasons. The most popular thing here is the houseboat. The short stay here in houseboats breaks the monotony of the normal fast-paced life. The disease-free and toxin-free air that you inhale here will rejuvenate the senses in your body and you will return with an energetic mind at work. For the boat cruises or rides, you must get the booking done in advance to avoid unnecessary rush. The most exciting part is these houseboats are fully built with eco-friendly materials. And in case you are staying overnight, the houseboats will remain stationary from 6:00 P.M. till 7:00 A.M., the next day. Depending on the number of rooms you book on the houseboats, the prices will vary. But still, it may cost you anything between INR 9000 and 12000.

Nakki Lake, Mount Abu:
Nakki Lake
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Mount Abu is a renowned hill station located in the Aravallis. Nakki Lake is a famous tourist spot there and you should not miss the boating service here. As per the legendary stories, the Gods dug out this lake with their fingers and nails while seeking protection from the demons. Nakki Lake is also told to be the first man-made lake that is 11000 meters deep and a quarter of a mile wide. Another famous fact about this lake is that Mahatma Gandhi’s ashes were immersed here in this lake. While you boat around this lake, you will get to see the hill-station in its enchanting best. You can also enjoy the view of Toad Rock on a hill nearby where the rocks are strangely shaped like toads. Moreover, you can enjoy the local dishes too here. The boating services start from 9:30 A.M. and continues till 6 P.M.

Dal Lake, Srinagar:
Dal Lake
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No blogs on boating can be complete without mentioning the “heaven on earth”. Like always, the breath-taking view of Dal Lake still fascinates even when there is unrest in the state. From old Bollywood to today’s Instagram pages – you must have come across millions of pictures of this place. The beauty of this place is mesmerizing and you will believe that no pictures can do justice to its beauty. The awe-inspiring panoramic view of the lush green landscapes surrounding the lake, the cool and patient ripples forming on the lake waters, or the floating flowering garden – there are millions of reasons to visit this place and enjoy this boat ride. So, rent the famous Shikaras (houseboats of Srinagar) made from Deodar woods and take a ride to tourist spots like Shalimar Garden, Hazratbal Mosque, or Nishat Garden, etc. You can enjoy your boating between 8 A.M. and 6:30 P.M. An hour-long boat ride may cost you up to INR 4000.

Everything about travelling is fun except for the part where we struggle with our internet. We have become really dependant on technology and it is difficult to do without it! Off course we could do without checking social media while we are travelling, but there are certain things we need to check over the internet while travelling. At times we exhaust our internet balance resulting in long bills by our provider, and at times the net reception is very poor. Without any doubt, this is one problem every traveller faces. And let’s face it- We can’t do without the internet! Here are a few useful travel apps which work offline. They may not entertain you but are definitely useful:

Google Maps
Google Maps
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Did you know that the most reliable app for direction now works online as well? You can sync in a place or city, and you can get directions to it even when your phone is on flight mode. However, you won’t get walking directions or information about public transportation but only driving directions.

XE Currency
XE Currency
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Currency conversions can be a big deal when you are travelling to a different country. When you’re spending, you need to know that you are not going over budget. You can just add the currencies to your list and as in when you enter the amount, it will convert from the selected currency to others. This will help you plan your finances optimally.

The only thing you need to make sure that to update currency fluctuations, it needs internet. So, whenever you do get access to the internet, update the app!

FireChat
FireChat
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Do not have a cellular connection or WiFi access while travelling? It’s okay! You wouldn’t lose touch with your loved ones. All you need is FireChat. This app lets you send messages to anyone using FireChat without internet or cellular connection. Maybe you could ask your family to install the app while you are travelling so you could contact them in the cases of emergency.

Google Translate
Google Translate
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Language barriers while travelling? Well, Google translate is here to your rescue! It can translate 103 languages by typing. You can use your camera to take pictures, and it will instantly transfer to the choice of your language, it can do so for 37 languages. It has about 32 languages in its two-way speech mode. And guess what? Among all these languages, 59 languages can be accessed offline!

This application is an absolute lifesaver and can help you with many problems!

Spotify
Spotify
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Long flights, layovers and bus rides can get pretty boring! That’s where Spotify comes to your rescue. Using Spotify, one can stream music online & offline. You can download songs which will be safely stored in your Spotify App, enabling you to listen to music anytime even without an internet connection. The app has millions of songs in many languages.

So, these are few apps you can access while travelling even when you have no internet! Seems crazy, right? In the world where we find it impossible to live without the internet, we have offline apps!

The sultry weather, scorching sun rays, or the constant perspiration – none of these can stop the travel enthusiasts from planning their trips in the summer season. The excitement to know a new culture, taste the exotic food items and be amazed by the beautiful view of nature keep the engines of travelers alive. Many people eagerly wait for the arrival of summer vacations to get out of the periphery of the city and explore other parts of the world. Traveling is a relaxing activity but as the season is summer, there are certain essential things that you should not forget while packing your bags.

Check these things mentioned below before stepping out for your summer holidays.

Sunscreen:

Traveling means extra work out than your normal routine for sure. You need to walk more and as most of the sight-seeing is done during the daytime, sunscreen is a must if your bag. Otherwise, the harmful UV rays of the sun may leave your skin dry and tanned. Apply calamine before sunscreen and take good care of your skin. Applying sunscreen should not be limited to the face only. Apply it on the exposed part of your body – neck, leg, arms, etc.

Perfumes & Deodorants:

No matter how many times you take your shower, you will end up sweating while roaming under the sun in the summer season. While traveling, of course, you can enjoy your shower only when you return to the hotel room. Constant sweating and dust also lead to body odor. Thus, to keep yourself refreshed all through the day- keeping perfumes and deodorants in your bag is necessary. Choose the floral and fruity tones and stay energized and fragrant.

Wet Wipes:

Handkerchief or tissues are carried by many people to wipe the sweat. But when you use wet wipes instead of a handkerchief, you feel refreshed. Wet wipes are available in various fragrances like lemon, sandalwood, aloe vera, rose, jasmine, etc. Apart from adding fragrance, they also remove dirt from your face and don’t allow your skin to become sticky.

Medicine:

When you are traveling you cannot expect “home-cooked” meal and constant eating outside may sometimes lead to a stomachache or loose motion. The heatwave may also lead to severe headache. So, to mitigate these small ailments – you must keep the medicine box handy. Because you cannot let stomachache or headache come in your way of enjoyment – right?

Cotton Scarf & Hat:

Cotton scarf for summer season helps to provide protection against the sun rays. Opt for the pastel shades or floral print summer scarves and keep yourself cool. Also, a nice hat would be a nice addition to your overall personality.

Sunglasses:

Your eyes also need protection against the sunshine. Buy sunglasses that suit your face structure and save your eyes from dust, dirt, and heat.

Cotton Clothes:

Cotton clothes are comfortable for any season but the intensely hot summer season seems the best time for cotton clothes. They are soft and friendly to the skin and that’s why they are preferred the most. Wear loose cotton clothes while traveling for your comfort.

Hair Ties:

Both for long and short hair – carrying hair ties is a must. Your hair will be safe and you will feel more contented with a tied up hairdo. Make a ponytail or tie into a bun – matching the dress that you are wearing. Buy various colors of hair ties and stay cool tying up your hair.

See this list and jot down what all you would require for your upcoming travel. Depending upon the geography of the pace, you may like to add some more items to this list. But don’t forget to buy all these things beforehand so that you can travel well.

“We travel not to escape life but for life not to escape us”

Traveling is as important as other “high priority” things in life. And that’s not me, that’s the word of most doctors & psychiatrists. Because traveling fills the mind with positive energies, gives a break from all daily life challenges & chores, and makes people bond with their loved ones too. For those who love to travel, you guys just need another reason to leave with your bag. And those who still haven’t made any travel plans this year, can read this blog and leave for an enjoyable journey.

July means neither summer nor monsoon. Monsoon just starts its journey in major parts and temperature goes down from sultry to moderate. It is one of the nicest months to plan a tour and enjoy the beautiful locales. In general, the climate won’t bother you much for most parts of India.

Here are some of the top Indian places where you can go and chill in July.

Orchha:
Orchha
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It is located in Madhya Pradesh and holds historic importance. This is one of those places in India that receives minimal rainfall. The topmost attractions are the Orchha fort, Chaturbhuj Temple, Orchha Wildlife Sanctuary, Laxminarayan Temple, Dinman Hardaul’s Palace. This place is just 16 kms from Jhansi and you can take a whole day trip to this place from Jhansi. The fort would give you a glimpse into the old world.

Coorg:
Coorg
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Coorg is a pretty hill-station in Karnataka and it becomes prettier when it is raining. You will find lush vegetation, peaceful mountains, beautiful valleys, and an exotic collection of flowering plants here in between July and September. In fact, with the onset of July, the tourist season kicks off here. Abbey falls, Dubare Elephant Camp, Iruppu Falls, Mandalpatti View Point, Nagarhole National Park, or Brahmagiri Peak are the topmost attractions here.

Kerala:
Kerala
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Kerala is famous for its insanely beautiful backwaters and during this time of the year the Kerala Backwaters turn even more beautiful. You will find all kinds of adventure sports here in the backwaters and lakes. The backwater cruise, snake boat race, tea plantation, beach actions, and Munnar excursions – these would be your probable activities here and you won’t regret any part of it.

Shillong:
Shillong
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Shillong is the capital of Meghalaya and Meghalaya means abode of clouds. It is thus needless to say how beautiful this place would be in July. Shillong is known as the Scotland of East and during monsoon season this place attracts maximum tourists for its amazing wildlife and awesome natural beauty. In July, the rainfall would be minimal and thus this place would be no less than a paradise. You must visit the Shillong Peak, Laitlum Canyons, Elephant Falls, Museum of Indigenous Culture, etc.

Mahabaleshwar:
Mahabaleshwar
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Located in the Satara district of Maharashtra, Mahabaleshwar is one of the small yet prettiest hill stations in India. You can say that the official tourist season here in July & August. In July, you can experience a refreshing view, mild showers, and a foggy climate which will take you to dreamland. Walking through lush plantations, trekking, or strolling in the morning rain are some of the famous romantic activities here. So, the couples and the writers would love this place. You can also check out Mahabaleshwar Temple, Wilson’s Point, Venna Lake, Lingamala Waterfalls, Three Monkey Point, etc.

Andaman & Nicobar Island:
Andaman & Nicobar Island
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The pristine white sand, heavenly turquoise water, clear waves, warm lagoons, and adventure activities make Andaman & Nicobar Island a “must-visit” place. July means the rain showers have just started and thus you will get to see some heart-warming views. But don’t delay it to August because then most of the beaches would be “out of reach” due to full-swing monsoon. The best places to visit here are – Radhanagar, Dolphin Resort, and Phoenix Bay Jetty. Also, you must try the lagoon swimming.

Udaipur:
Udaipur
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This place is known as the “land of lakes”. If you and your partner haven’t enjoyed any vacation recently, then, July or the whole of monsoon would be a great time to plan a visit here. Udaipur becomes cozy and romantic during rainfall and you shouldn’t miss the view. The view from Sajjan Garh is something that you will be etched in your mind forever. You can also visit other places like Lake Pichola, Jag Mandir, Lake Fatehsagar, Bagore Ki Haveli, Saheliyon Ki Bari, Ambrai Ghat, and Kumbhalgarh Fort.

The beautiful descriptions of these amazing places supported with breath-taking images must be a reason enough for you to plan your tour. So, go ahead and enjoy in July to come back to work with a refreshed mind.

Road Trips – a very big deal indeed! It is quite a publicized thing now for the current generation. That doesn’t mean our grandparents didn’t enjoy road trips – of course, they did but they didn’t have social media as a proof of that happiness. As Bollywood made Dil Chahta Hai, Zindagi Na Milegi Doobara, and TVF made Tripling – there seems to be a whole new fan following of road trips. Undoubtedly, this is a good thing because these trips make you believe in the good things of life.

As your life progresses ahead, you may feel like taking short breaks for road trips more. Why? Maybe because road trips make you face with your fears clearly and you always come back energized and more confident about yourself. As Tripling says – “Zindagi mein saare problems ka solutions road trip hai” (The solution to all problems in life lies in road trips). In case you are new to this concept, then, you must be searching “where to go?”

Here is a list of 5 wonderful road trips that you must take once in your lifetime.

Mumbai-Pune

This is just a 94 kms ride and that will take around 2-3 hours to reach the destination. Mumbai-Pune is considered one of the best road trips in India. The green belt would soothe your eyes and soul and you can have amazing food at Sunny Da Dhaba & The Kinara Village Dhaba here. Most Mumbaikars take this road trip to enjoy their weekend offs. Before reaching Pune, you will cross through Lonavala which is the prime USP of this trip. The beautiful scenery would refresh your mind. Also, don’t forget to savor the famous “Chikki” in Lonavala.

Bangalore-Bandipur Forest

This one is not so hyped but this is included in the list here because of its unusualness. The Bandipur forest route will give you some of the most memorable forest views. You can take the route from Mysore to Ooty and cross through this forest area. You will see deers quite easily crossing the roads. So, drive safely. The highway is also charming. Running along the picturesque Mysore Road, the total distance is 220 kms and that means 4-5 hours of journey. You will also spot your MacD and CCD on the way!

Manali-Leh

This one is perhaps the much-awaited road trip you want to take because you have heard rave reviews from every road trip enthusiasts about this route. You have also seen iconic Bollywood movies shot here like Jab We Met. So, get ready for some memorable #instaworthy pictures. The total distance is 479 kms and you will take 2 days to reach here. Unlike other routes all over India, this one comes with challenging topography and that’s why the time taken to cover the route would be longer. Plan your trip during summer to mid-October. The experience of this route is perhaps inexplicable – and you would know that once you are there.

Jaipur-Ranthambore

The total distance to cover is just 155 kms and you will take only 3 hours to reach your destination. You have to take the State Highway 24 to check off 3 essentials from your list and they are Jaipur, Ranthambore, and the beautiful stretch in between these two. You can also stop by the Bassi Wildlife sanctuary in between.

Mumbai-Mount Abu

The total distance is 758 kms and the time you will take is 12 hours (or more). Mount Abu in Rajasthan is one of the most beautiful locales in Rajasthan. So, if the mundane city life of Mumbai is bothering you much, then, just drive your way to this scenic place and enjoy your stay here. The relatively cooler temperature would soothe your senses. You have to take the NH 8 from Mumbai to Mount Abu through Vadodara and Ahmedabad. You may stop by and explore these two towns for their authentic culture and Gandhian history respectively. You will find lovely food all through this journey.

What are you waiting for now? Just manage a few holidays at work and go ahead to experience road trips. Remember, you will come back with a rejuvenated mind and body.

Delhi Metro is the best mode of transport in the capital city that carries millions of commuters to their destinations every day . Undoubtedly, Delhi Metro has made lives of people quite easy. It is affordable, pollution free, and by far the fastest means of transportation medium within the city. And you don’t even have to worry about the nerve-wracking traffic on roads while traveling in the metro.

Everyday journey in Delhi Metro is not less than any wonder ride. We come across different types of people who are worth observing and make our travel quite interesting or should we say intolerable at times. So, let’s find out different types of people we come across on our everyday metro ride.

Sleeping Beauties
Sleeping Beauties
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Because sleeping in bed at home is too mainstream. So these people find the most comfortable seat in the metro and take a power nap before reaching their respective destinations. Don’t get offended if they ever hang to your shoulder while sleeping. After all, Delhi Metro logon ki suvidha ke liye hai.

Luggage Barriers
Luggage Barriers
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Yes, the big luggage owners! Carrying tons of luggage, they create huge inconvenience for fellow passengers. Also, they give us feels of Shatabdi while traveling in a metro. Because with all the luggage, we can only imagine someone shifting to another city/state.

Loud Personalities
Loud Personalities
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Oh, lord save everyone from these loudspeakers! They are fighting with their partner over the phone and the whole compartment knows that. Courtesy- their loud tone and now everyone knows this guy/girl just broke us with his/her partner.

Oh So-Much-In-Love Couples
Oh So-Much-In-Love Couples
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They can’t keep their hands off each other. Always hugging and kissing their partners. And they don’t care about other passengers getting annoyed with their PDA. Because they took ‘Pyaar kiya to Darna kya’ quite literally.

Peepers
Peepers
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Yeah, because it’s really important for them to know which series you are binge-watching on Netflix or who you’re texting at the moment. They would keep looking at your phone while sitting next to you in the metro all the time. Nah, your cold looks cannot stop them from taking their peeping job seriously.

Floor Sitters
Floor Sitters
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Couldn’t find a seat in the metro? No problem. The floor is always available. These people will always find a teeny-tiny space at the corner of the metro and sit there till their destination arrive. They are never bothered about the comments of sulking fellow passengers and hold on to their position like a sage.

Eaters
Eaters
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Eating & Drinking are prohibited in the metro do not hold any meaning for these guys. They are hungry and they love to eat. So they’ll keep munching snacks or fruits in the metro and making those irritating sounds while eating.

Pole Huggers
Pole Huggers
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Even if there is a vacant seat in the metro, these people love to continue their eternal love for the poles in the metro compartments. They can hug them for hours standing or leaning in different angles. And yes, this category all includes all those kids who just love to hang on the metro poles for no reason. The metro ride is no less than a fun playtime for these kids.

Door Lovers
Door Lovers
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You’ll find this person in every metro who won’t leave the door, come what may. He/she stands by the door and guard it as if it is the door to heaven and only pure souls are allowed to enter the metro no one else.

Music Lovers
Music Lovers
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Stand close to them and you can hear the entire Coldplay music list being played on their cellphone. Yes, the music is that loud that it easily penetrates from their earphone to your ears. Loud enough to make you deaf. Oh, and yes, they may rap verse or two while listening to their favorite singer. So, entertainment guaranteed.

Gawkers
Gawkers
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Well, they are found almost everywhere in Delhi. But there is no escape when you are stuck with them in the same metro compartment. They’ll keep staring at you till infinity. I am sure most girls reading this blog would relate to the situation. However, boys are also at the receiving end of these gawkers at times. They’ll stare at anything and everything. Be it your clothes, shoes, bags, or anything that grabs their attention. They’ll literally kill you with looks!

Pushers
Pushers
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Their elbows are their finest weapon while traveling in the metro. They’ll keep pushing you with their pointed elbows till they find the most comfortable. And yes, you can spot these pushers on escalators as well!

Book Lovers
Book Lovers
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No matter how crowded the metro is or how loud the fellow passengers are, these people always manage to hold on to their books and read page by page without getting disturbed even once. It’s like apart from the world of books, no other world actually exists for them.

Runners
Runners
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Most commonly found in Delhi metro. The minute they see the metro arriving, they turn into Usain Bolt and run as if there will be no other train after that. Yeah, they can be really competitive at times! And what you need to do is stay far, far away from these runners, so that you don’t end up getting hurt physically.

Eavesdroppers
Eavesdroppers
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Their favorite hobby is to overhear conversations of people in the metro. No matter how quietly you try to speak on the phone or try to have a conversation with your friend in the metro, they would hear anything and everything that comes out of your mouth. If you give them looks, they’ll just try and pretend as if nothing has happened. And just when you look away and get back to your conversation, they’ll be at it again!

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