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9-5 jobs in metropolitan cities can be boring. Are you one suffering from the same boredom? Here are the top 5 ideas for you to pack your bags and hit the road right away (or just wait for the weekend). But if you also love traveling and want to wander off to someplace near for a change, you must totally try these places out. The places mentioned aren’t some places you haven’t heard before, but you surely can check them out during a long weekend. Since 2019 calendar is packed with so many long weekends, you can invite your friends, family, colleagues or your partner to go somewhere near and chill! And also no more hankering for leave approvals.

1.  Nainital- The Lake District of India
Distance- 337 Km
Nainital
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Nainital is India’s most popular hill station. It’s always as fun as the last time if you visit this place more than once. This charming gem of Uttrakhand is just 337Kms from New Delhi which is just 6 hours’ drive away. The epicenter of the town’s popularity and beauty lies within the gorgeous volcanic Naini Lake. This quaint little place is also known as ‘City of Lakes’, because of the seven lakes. Nainital is perfect for avoiding the scorching heat of Delhi for a day or two. You can go for boating, relish some local dishes, go shopping in the Tibetan market or enjoy the ropeway ride. There’s actually quite a lot that you can do over the weekend.

2.  Mussoorie- The Queen of Hill Stations
Distance- 299 Km
Mussoorie
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This tranquil place is just 299Kms from Delhi. If you wish to plan a getaway in the laps of mountains, untouched nature, Mussoorie is the place to be. The pristine beauty is nestled amidst the foothills of Himalayan Ranges in Uttrakhand. The pleasant weather throughout the year, snow-capped peaks of Himalayas, makes this place the perfect hill station. The colonial vibes because of the British archaic architecture, tops of the churches and hotels make the hill station truly stand out. The hill station is 7 Hours away from Delhi if you drive. Kempty falls and the mall road are the main tourist attractions but there are so many places that you can visit to please your mind & eyes. Lal Tibba, Lake mist, Cloud’s end, Dhanaulti (yet another hill station from Mussoorie, must check out!), Nagg Tibba trek, and many more. Start planning your itinerary now!

3.  Kasol- Krush over Kasol
Distance- 517 Km
Kasol
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Hippie-small Himalayan Village, situated on the banks of Parvati River, is another place with mountains and river that you can plan your escape to. If you’re driving, this place is 11 hours. The road journey could be beautiful and fun but if you wish to save some time, you can opt for air traveling. The flight is only till Kullu. Kasol is bagpackers’ delight. One can find hippie destinations in this place to hang out. You can take a walk by the river Parvati, visit Manikaran Sahib Gurudwara, and try Israeli food or shop. To explore more, you might want to visit neighboring places, hit the trek to Tosh, Malana or Kheer Ganga. Kasol is another great hideaway to unwind in the lap of nature.

4.  Lansdowne- The Black Hill!
Distance- 287.2 Km
Lansdowne
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Perched amidst the Garhwal hills of Uttrakhand, this place is also known as ‘Kaludanda’ which means ‘Black hill’ in Garhwali. Lansdowne is known by Lord Lansdowne, is a small cantonment area in Uttrakhand. This hill-town is not really as famous as other hill stations known in India. Tourists, bag packers still need to explore this place. The town is 287kms away from Delhi, so you can easily drive there. It takes about 6 hours. Lansdowne is perfect for a hideaway from the hush and rush of the cities since it’s the quietest hill stations in India. Famous for Garhwali Museums and Bhulla Tal (man-made lake), the place has a lot more to offer than just its beauty. Lansdowne has an interesting history with the British Raj which is for sure a must to explore or to-do things when you visit this place. The summers are the perfect pleasant time to visit here, which also means, the perfect time to escape horrible summers of Delhi.

5.    Auli- The Ski Destination of India
Distance- 495Km
Auli
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The best way to reach Auli is to take a bus from Delhi to Rishikesh. This is an overnight journey. From Rishikesh, either you can take a private cab direct to Auli (9 hours). The journey can get a little tricky to reach this place but the destination is totally worth it. Dotted with the apple orchards, old oaks and pine trees there is no dearth of natural beauty in Auli. This place resembles the mountain ranges in Switzerland, in literal terms. Apart from skiing, the place offers beautiful treks. It is no less than any European Village in Asia. Though the best time to visit is November-March the place is so serene and has a stunning landscape that you can visit in summers as well because of the pleasant weather it offers. The activities that you can do there include Camping, Trekking to Gorson, Tali, Khulara & Tapovan, experience amazing views of Auli from a cable car ride, relish the highest artificial lake in the world. The place is ideal for calm and peaceful getaways, & I guess you are looking for one!

You have top 5 peaceful & amazing places that offer great times, so start planning your itinerary for next weekend getaway.

Whenever I watch an episode of Game of Thrones, I wish I could be there. I love Game of Thrones not only because of the storyline & characters but also their outfits & the filming locations! The locations are so beautiful & enchanting that they seem so real. I wish to visit them all, and I bet you feel the same.

Here are the Game of Thrones locations- Reel to Real:

King’s Landing- Dubrovnik, Croatia
King’s Landing- Dubrovnik, Croatia
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The capital of the 7 kingdoms. It is the place where all of it began! There are multiple locations in the city where popular scenes from the show were shot and guess what? They are all open for a visit! Even the Iron Throne from the show is located in the city.

Royal Palace Of Dorne- Real Alcázar Palace, Seville, Spain
Royal Palace Of Dorne- Real Alcázar Palace, Seville, Spain
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The palace where Martells lived- The House Martell! The location is a flawless beauty and really peaceful. You can’t miss the place where sand snakes lived. People who have visited this place claim that it is more beautiful in real than on reel.

Winterfell- Doune Castle, Doune, Scotland
Winterfell- Doune Castle, Doune, Scotland
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Built in the 13th century, the Doune Castle has a rich history of its own. In the show, it is the castle is the home for The Starks. It would feel so good to visit the place where Robert Baratheon asked Ned Stark to be the hand of the king. This is the castle where Jamie pushes away Bran resulting him in becoming the three-eyed raven!

Cersei’s Walk Of Shame- The Stardun, the main street of Dubrovnik
Cersei’s Walk Of Shame- The Stardun, the main street of Dubrovnik
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Cersei’s walk of shame was one of my favorite scenes. The epic scene happened right on the main street of Dubrovnik city. Who would want to miss such a beautiful location?

Meereen- Klis Fortress, Croatia
Meereen- Klis Fortress, Croatia
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The land where Daenerys started to rule and abolished slavery. It is where Danny started her rule. This fort is not only a historical landmark in fiction, but also in real life.

Jon Snow & Ygritte’s Cave, Grjótagjá Cave, Iceland
Jon Snow & Ygritte’s Cave, Grjótagjá Cave, Iceland
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Yes, you guessed it right! This is where Jon Snow knows it all. From “You know nothing Jon Snow”, He gets to know a lot!

Winterfell- Castle Ward, Ireland
Winterfell- Castle Ward, Ireland
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House of the Starks! This is a beautiful place and is open for public visit. You must visit this place. It would an honour to visit the North. As Daenerys says “The North is as beautiful as your brother claimed.

Towers of Joy- Castle Of Zafra, Spain
Towers of Joy- Castle Of Zafra, Spain
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Missed out on this one? Do not remember this castle? Well, how could you? This is the place where Lyanna Stark gives birth to Jon Snow, or shall I say Aegon Targaryen. This place is a historic landmark for sure!

Beyond The Wall- Vatnajökull, Iceland
Beyond The Wall- Vatnajökull, Iceland
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White Walkers are one of the best parts of the show! They live here! Do you know why the show chose this location? Because it smells danger. It is the second largest glacier in Europe. A fascinating home for fascinating characters!

The Iron Island- Murlough Bay, Northern Ireland
The Iron Island- Murlough Bay, Northern Ireland
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Who knows we might find Elephants wandering, wanted by Cersei!

Daznak’s Pit – Plaza de Toros de Osuna, Spain
Daznak's Pit - Plaza de Toros de Osuna, Spain
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The bewitching episode “The Dance of Dragons” was shot here. It’s the moment when the Sons of Harpy’s attack Daenerys & Drogon comes to rescue, leaving everyone amused!

The Twins- Audley’s Castle, Northern Ireland
The Twins- Audley’s Castle, Northern Ireland
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The dreadful event of Red Wedding happened here! This is one episode which will always remain in our hearts. The North shall always remember!

So, these are the few iconic places where the major events happened. Book your tickets because you don’t have dragons who’ll fly you around the world, pack your bags and get ready to visit the most mesmerizing locations in the world!

The Bay of Bengal is the largest bay in this world. It is the Northeast part of the vast Indian Ocean

West Bengal is one of those places which enjoys both the lofty mountains and the sprawling beaches. So, people here have good options to roam around. When the rest of India goes gaga over Goa and its beaches, people here are very happy visiting Bengal beaches. From Kolkata, it takes 5 hours’ drive to reach the Bay of Bengal and thus, the beaches here are quite a hotspot among city dwellers wanting to break away on a weekend. If you have not been here, then, you must visit and enjoy your time. Here are some of the best beaches in West Bengal

  1. Digha or New Digha

Digha or New Digha is still the hot favorite tourist spot for people in Bengal. 90-95% of the economy there runs for the tourists. With years, it has become more congested. A new hotel is built every season and all are earning well – imagine the crowd! It is less than 200 Kms from Kolkata and it takes less than 4 hours if you are going by train. You should not go beyond the popular bathing zones here as this place has much quicksand. Old Digha is more crowded than New Digha. The fabulously served fried pomphrets would make you come back to this place again & again. But apart from the evening strolls at the beach or getting soaked in the morning sun, you can also visit the Biswa Bangla Park – it looks really awesome when lit up in the evening. You must also visit the marine aquarium and the Science Centre in Digha.

  1. Mandarmani

Probably a decade ago this place was discovered and since then it remained a crowd puller. I visited it 7 years ago and noticed some heavy electricity problems here but I guess that is sorted for now as many rich and famous people have started to invest here. Rose Valley is one of the most famous accommodations here and that is not only a hotel, but it is also a world in every right. It has nicely crafted lawns, pools, temples, and toy trains. Plus, you get to enjoy the gurgling sea waves and its turquoise waters. It is just 30 km away from Digha. You cannot miss the red crabs playing on their own at the beaches. Wake up early in the morning and take a walk on the beach – believe me, that would be one of the best sunrise moments you will witness here!

  1. Bakkhali

Bakkhali is near about 130 km away from Kolkata and is quite popular among the masses. Located at the edge of the mangrove forests of the Sunderbans, the water appears muddy sometimes. The inter-tidal zone gives you a glimpse of the local marine fauna. It is a peaceful place without the clamor of the city. Agriculture is non-existent here due to the saline water and thus people have taken up fishing as a means of livelihood here. Frasergunj, Jambu Dweep, and Henry Island are some of the interesting places to visit here.

  1. Tajpur

Since the time Digha and New Digha became crowded or rather overcrowded, the discovery of new beaches has been rampant in West Bengal. The discovery of new beaches is also helping the economy of the local people. Tajpur is one such newly found beach love of West Bengal. It is 170 km away from Kolkata where you can enjoy some adventure sports along with a relaxing stay at amazing resorts. Take a walk along the beach, enjoy local food, and have a nice quiet time here.

Sometimes you need therapy. Sometimes you need alone time. There are different ways we refresh ourselves, but the best one is taking a trip with your girlfriends!
There are so many things you can do on an all-girls trip that you can’t do when you are with guys.
I for one would prefer a trip with my girlfriends than other people:

Lots of Instagram-Worthy Pictures
Lots of Instagram-Worthy Pictures
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While on a trip, there are people who always are in a rush and make faces when you want to click pictures. With your girlfriends, you wouldn’t have to worry about this! You know your friends are as crazy as you are, and you can click as many pictures you want with them. It is not even about the number of pictures, it is about the quality. You can click pictures which are not only Instagram-Worthy but have stories behind it!

Explore New Places & Trying New Things
Explore New Places & Trying New Things
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Your parents told you it is not safe, your boyfriend told you it is dangerous & other people just told you that you are crazy!

And otherwise, there will be this one person who isn’t willing to try new things or explore new places. They want to stick to the itinerary they prepared a year ago. On the other hand, your girlfriends are just as crazy as you are! They will encourage you to try new things and explore new places. Even if other people say it is dangerous, your girlfriends are going to dive in with you!

Shopping Can’t Be More Fun
Shopping Can’t Be More Fun
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Shopping with your girls is always fun! Imagine shopping with them on foreign land. A culture which is new to you! It could be so much fun trying out new things and letting your girlfriends advise you.

They’ve Got Your Back
They’ve Got Your Back
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Safety is a major concern when you’re traveling, but with your girlfriends around you can never feel unsafe. You know, no matter what it is they will be there to support you.

The Club Couldn’t Be More Fun
The Club Couldn’t Be More Fun
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So, when you’re out with your girlfriends partying you can have all the fun you wish to have! Traveling to a foreign land and not flirting with cute guys? No girl! Ain’t done! Your girlfriends are going to encourage you & help you flirt you with that cute guy in the club!

Motherly Reminders
Motherly Reminders
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As much fun you’re going to have with your girlfriends, they are going to take care of you. They will remind you to use your sunscreen, carry your essentials, remind you that you need to go slow on those drinks and in case if you are too drunk, they will make sure you reach the hotel safely!

Share & Borrow
Share & Borrow
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Forgot to carry your eye-liner? Your girlfriend has it! Feel like wearing something different- dig into your friend’s bag! You can share makeup & clothes and honestly, I feel it couldn’t get any better.

No Men-Ho Hassle!
No Men-Ho Hassle!
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Don’t take me wrong, but sometimes you need some time away from all the males in your life and live freely! You want that happy female energy around you. You need someone who gets it.

No Judgment Zone- Be Shameless!
No Judgment Zone- Be Shameless!
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With your girls around, you can be yourself shamelessly! You do not have to pretend to like or not like anything because it is a judgment-free zone. Your girlfriends will not judge you for anything you do as they already know the real you. Going out with your family or boyfriend, you may restrict yourself of doing a few random things you’re craving too! You wouldn’t be as impulsive with anyone but your girlfriends.

This Will Be A Trip To Remember
This Will Be A Trip To Remember
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Zindagi Na Milegi Doobara! Yes, that is what it will be like! Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara was not about male friendship but friendship. The vacation got those friends thinking about the old times and got them closer.

This one trip with your girlfriends which you’re going to remember for life!

Good For Your Mental Health
Good For Your Mental Health
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There are many things you keep inside you and you need to let it out. What better place to do it than on a trip?
I’d give you 2 reasons for that:
A. You feel more free on trips and tend to say things out loud

B. What happens in Vegas, Stays in Vegas!
So, yes letting things to your girlfriends can help you improve your mental health!

Go ahead, call your girl gang, pack your bags & take a spontaneous trip!

 

At first, it seemed like we landed in Goa or Kerala but it was Sri Lanka. The streets/roads resemble so much so that you might want to check your boarding pass. Probably because of all the palm trees, weather & people that look no different than ours. A country with endless beaches, timeless ruins, unexpected weather, welcoming people, rolling turf and so much more making Sri Lanka irresistible.

Sri Lanka, formerly known as Ceylon, over the past few years has definitely scored a point on people’s bucket list. The undiscovered place that offers the best of nature and history. The country itself has 8 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Back in 2016, when I visited Sri Lanka, it was exciting & surreal. There were a lot of interesting things to know about the country like if you hail from India, you have to know this that Sri Lanka hardly has anything about Ramayana. The country is 90% Buddhist (which gives you one more reason to visit this place). Being a Buddhist myself, the country is packed with knowledge about Buddhism or Lord Buddha and it indeed is enlightening.

Here in this blog, we have listed Top 10 Places to Visit in Sri Lanka, if you’re planning an itinerary. It’s that place if you haven’t been to, you should.

1.  Sigiriya
Sigiriya
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One of the top tourist attraction in Sri Lanka is Sigiriya. The place is located in Northern Matale District in Sri Lanka. Sigiriya is an ancient rock fortress and is famous for its palace ruins on top of 200-meter high rock surrounded by the remains of extensive gardens, reservoirs & other structures. It is renowned for Ancient Paintings, frescoes. Also, Sigiriya offers a 2.5 hours once in a lifetime opportunity Village Tour including a food & tour guide. The tour starts with a boat to reach the village and then a bullock cart to explore the village. One cannot miss the food that the localities have to offer. Being an Indian and especially from UP, I absolutely loved the dal & rice and the green leafy salad. We strongly recommend this place.

2.  Anuradhapura
Anuradhapura
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One of the 8 UNESCO World Heritages in Country, is the sacred city of Anuradhapura. It is the ancient capitals of Sri Lanka, famous for its well-preserved ruins of ancient Sri Lankan civilization. This city was established around a cutting from the “tree of enlightenment” brought there by Sanghamitta, the founder of an order of Buddhist nuns. The place is dense, extremely humid in summers, but with the splendid site with monasteries, palace ruins & monuments.

3.  Polonnaruwa
Polonnaruwa
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Yet another UNESCO World Heritage is Polonnaruwa. Interestingly, it was the second capital of Sri Lanka after the destruction of Anuradhapura 993. As the most beautiful archeological site in Sri Lanka, it was inscribed in the UNESCO world heritage list in 1982. The place within itself has a few more places that you cannot miss. Do visit gal vihara, sathmahal prasada (royal palace), royal audience hall, royal bath, golden pinnacle stupa, alahana piriwena.  All the places are located within a distance of 10 minutes, so either a bus or walk would do.

4.  Dambulla
Dambulla
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Again, the place is located in Matale District, Central Province in Sri Lanka. Dambulla houses, Dambulla Cave Temple, the biggest, best-saved, cave temple complex in the nation. The place has over 80 caves few of which are used by monks as meditation locations. The major attraction is spread over 5 caves, which includes paintings & statues about Buddha’s life. You cannot miss this place if you’re planning to visit Sri Lanka, you’ll be amazed to look at the intricate details of the paintings and statues.

5.  Yala National Park
Yala National Park
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The second largest national park in Sri Lanka and the best places for sighting Wild Elephants is, Yala National Park. Located 300kms from Colombo, is spread across 979 square kilometers, with parts of the park reaching to the water and touching the Indian Ocean (the view of never-ending blue water is breathtaking) This national park is home to 215 bird species, Leopards, Monkeys, Crocodiles, wild Boars & Bears. The Park is divided into 5 zones. Zone 1 and 5 are open to public & tourists and the other zones are reserved for only professional research & documentary filming. The safari is safe & goes through checkpoints. If anything can compete with it is its wildlife! The park closes for September for Leopard’s breeding season.

6.  Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
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Get up close and personal with elephants at Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage. The highly commercialized place in Sri Lanka initially opened for protecting abandoned or orphaned elephants in the jungle. There are about 100 elephants, of all ages. The conservation organization is obviously beautiful and interesting but is a big source of income, with Rs 100 million per year. But it’s all worth it when you see baby elephants being fed and bathe in a stream of water cutting through the forest and the city.

7.  Ella
Ella
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It’s said the views from the train ride are surreal. They surely were. Ella also has breathtaking viewpoints & waterfalls. Ella and few other places in Sri Lanka have spread out of tea plantations. Ella’s tourism has soared in recent times and why not, it’s got the best-picture-perfect views.

8.  Kandy
Kandy
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Known as the sacred Buddhist site, popular for The Temple of Tooth Relic (the sacred tooth of Buddha) was the last capital of Sinhala Kings. It is also Sri Lanka’s second largest city. The places you cannot miss in Kandy are The Temple of Tooth Relic, the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kandy Lake, The White Buddha Statue soaring above, and not to forget to take the world’s most beautiful train ride to Ella! Kandy is just 4 hours away from Nuwara Eliya. Talking about…

9.  Nuwara Eliya
Nuwara Eliya
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Often referred to as ‘Little England’ because this place has a British Village Vibe to it. Treat yourself with tea plantations, vegetable plots, hills for scenic views. This magical stop has quaint colonial buildings & cascading waterfalls to offer to its visitors. Stroll around Lake Gregory for relaxation. The weather is usually chilly, stay aware of the rain forecasts (it literally can rain anytime). Don’t miss out the sample of Ceylon Tea. Enjoy this Little UK!

10. Colombo
Colombo
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Last we have the current capital of Sri Lanka, Colombo! This place is a haven for history lovers and culture vultures. Plan a walking tour to city’s historic Forts & Pettah Districts. Shop at Paradise Road, a sure paradise for shopping lovers. Colombo has a plethora of temples and kovils, few of them that you must visit are the Asokaramaya Buddhist Temple, having a spectacular grandeur and Kathiresan Kovil. Take some time out of your itinerary to take a stroll around the Galle Face Green, the landmark of the city.

These were the Top 10 places that we strongly recommend if you plan to visit Sri Lanka. Hope this helps you while planning an itinerary. Happy traveling!

India is one of the most vibrant and culturally rich countries, which is also blessed with some breathtakingly beautiful places. Whether you are planning a weekend getaway or looking forward to taking a road trip with your buddies, the options are plenty.

From picturesque landscapes to clear water beaches, quiet backwaters to beautiful valleys, India is full of Instagram worthy spots to travel with your family, buddies, and partner. And who doesn’t like a magnificent Insta feed with likes pouring in every second!

So all you #travelbloggers out there, we bring to you a list of stunning destinations in India. These places are sure to leave you speechless with their beauty and serenity.

Pangong Lake
Pangong Lake
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Pangong Lake is the largest lake in the Himalayas situated at a height of about 4350 mt. The name Pangong is derived from the Tibetan word ‘Banggong Co.’ It means “enchanted, long, narrow lake.” The lake stretches for some 130 kms with a width of about 5 kms. One-third of the lake is in India while the remaining two-thirds lie in Tibet occupied by China. The bright blue waters and rocky lake shore is sure to leave an everlasting impression on your mind. One interesting fact about Pangong Lake is that it displays multiple colors ranging from shades of blue, green, and sometimes reddish. The rugged Himalayan Mountains in the background make a stunning panoramic view, which is a must to capture in your lens.

Valley Of Flowers
Valley Of Flowers
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If you ever want to experience magic close to Mother Nature, then you must visit the Valley of Flowers. The entire place is filled with wonderful meadows and several water tributaries. The gorgeous flowers and immense beauty of this place will behold your attention at the very first sight. You may even forget to blink even once. The flowers blossom between July & September, which is the best time to visit this heaven and witness the alluring flora species and scarce animals like black deer, brown bear, fox, musk deer, and blue sheep. Visiting this place will be a sheer pleasure for photography enthusiasts. And each photograph clicked will speak about the splendor of this place.

Munnar
Munnar
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Munnar is a hill station in Kerala and one of the most picturesque destinations in India. The sprawling tea plantations make this place look like heaven and creates a picture perfect setting. Taking a stroll among the many tea plantations here feels quite like a dream. It is common among honeymooners and has lately become a favorite spot for pre-wedding shoots as well. The exquisiteness, tranquility, and the favorable climate of this place throughout the year are ideal for a refreshing holiday. Situated in the Western Ghats, Munnar houses several tourist places like Mattupetty Dam, Pallivasal Falls, Kundale Dam, Tea Museum, Potamedu, etc. You may get tired of clicking all the awe-inspiring views that Munnar has to offer. But it will never stop to amaze you with its hypnotizing beauty.

Spiti Valley
Spiti Valley
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Wild and isolated- on your journey to Spiti Valley, you’ll come across the unexplored and less traveled roads. It takes a strong heart to conquer this cold desert with narrow roads and a raging river. Still, the journey seems more beautiful than the destination itself. Spiti Valley is the dream of every adventure lover and photography enthusiast. The Key Monastery surrounded by a grand mountain range, cool blue lakes, dreamy walk under the shining sun, and prayer flags fluttering in the breeze are some of the stunning experiences that Spiti Valley has to offer its visitors.

Rann of Kutch
Rann of Kutch
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The surreal beauty of the White Desert of Kutch is something that you need to witness yourself. Because no matter how appealing it looks in photographs, none of them can ever portray the natural splendor of this heavenly looking place. Witnessing flawless white sand under your feet and limitless sky on a full moon night is an amazing experience that will stay with you forever. It becomes all the more beautiful after sunset when the color of the sand and sky looked exactly similar. And not to forget the flamelet flamingos that you’d find wandering here and there! The voice of the folk songs, dance performances by locals in traditional Kutch attire and the famous camel ride will leave you flabbergasted.

So, what are you waiting for? Book your tickets, pack your bags, and get ready to capture the enchanting gorgeousness of these wonderful destinations in your camera forever.

Movies are the most famous form of entertainment to most of the people around the world. From inspiring people to making people laugh – movies are always the best medicine when you are sad, depressed, happy, or bored. It works at least for me and many other movie buffs like me. There are various genres of movies like political drama, crime, murder mystery, adventure, comedy, satirical comedy, romantic comedy, etc. Apart from all these, there has been a development of another genre of movies.  Which has been quite rampant in India since the last two decades and that is called “road” genre. These are movies where the lead characters are traveling through amazing locales, taking the story forward, & bringing twists and turns in the plot. Some show traveling via cruise, some through motorcycle, some through airplanes, and some through a car. The characters are supposed to reach a destination and by the end of these movies, the characters not only reach their destinations but their perspective about themselves, surroundings, and life change too!

That’s why travel movies are always special. They inspire and motivate the weak. They urge lazy people to move around beautiful locales. These movies work like a beautiful dream and make you believe that travel helps in untangling the knots in life.

So, here are some of my all-time favorite travel or road movies from Bollywood & Hollywood!

Piku: Road Trip From Delhi’s Belly To Kolkata

When the idea of “road trip” comes to the mind, you generally think of your best friends or at the most, you can take a chance with your colleagues. But never ever could anyone think of a dad-daughter duo taking a road trip from C.R. Park, Delhi to Central Kolkata. But Juhi Chaturvedi (writer) narrates a wonderful story of a 70-year-old dad who is an eccentric person and his relationship with his bowel system. His disturbed and unsatisfactory bowel system is always the topic of discussion at the dinner table and his daughter is always irritated for his behavior.

Amitabh Bachchan playing Bhaskor Banerjee is never good to the neighbors or the maid and is also very clear that Piku (Deepika Padukone) should not marry & leave him. One night after a few drinks and dance, he had a heart attack and after recovering he decides to go to Kolkata as he is missing his own land. Due to his disturbed bowel system, and lots of other apprehensions, he decides for a road trip. The movie beautifully captures the heart of Delhi from the posh clubs to C.R. Park lanes, Select City Walk to the famous traffic and also the ghats of Kolkata, Church, local railway stations. In fact, Shookit Sircar (director) captured the “not so filmy-popular” locales of both the cities. He also captured the narrow dingy lanes of Banaras too! There is an emotion, love, understanding, care, and belonging to this travel story. Piku lost her father after this trip but she gained many other perspectives too! So, here, the travel was not only physical but also emotional.

Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara: It’s All About Spain & Friendship

Three best friends meet after a gap of few years. The reason is a “promise” that they made to each other during college days that they will go for a road trip to Spain together. For some time, this trip has been canceled or postponed due to differences between two friends. But as it is the bachelor trip of the third friend, all of them make up their mind for Spain.

In this huge expanse of Spain, they visit the La Tomatina Festival in Buñol, Costa Brava, Seville, and Pamplona. Now, the deal was, all three of them had to plan some kind of adventure sport on this road trip and the other two had to agree. So, deep sea diving, sky diving, and participating in the “running of the bulls” are the three adventure sports that the leads of the movie encounter. With each sport adventure, their principle, belief, conscience, and fear of 3 friends altered. They confessed truth, secrets, and fears of their lives to each other on that road trip which was meant only for an adventure. That was the most amazing beauty of ZNMD. The beautiful cinematography by Carlos Catalan and amazing screenplay by Zoya-Reema duo make this movie a gem. Every travel enthusiast is a lover of this movie.

The Motorcycle Diaries: When Che Guevara Travelled Across South America

Che Guevara – Argentine Marxist revolutionary, physician, author, guerrilla leader, diplomat and military theorist was a prominent figure of the Cuban Revolution. His stylized appearance has become a ubiquitous countercultural symbol of rebellion and global insignia in popular culture. Che used to write a diary or memoir about his trip all over South America with his friend Alberto Granado. It is not only a road movie. But it is also about coming-of-age, adventure, youthful profligacy, injustice, prevailing social classes, and economic inequalities. The 23-year-old medical student on his road trip learns almost everything about life on this trip. This trip actually planted the seeds of revolt in Che Guevara and that’s why it is a must watch. Watch South America from the Andes Mountain to the coasts of Chile, the Atacama deserts to the Machu Picchu – Eric Gautier have done beautiful cinematography.

The Hangover: The Craziest Trip Ever

This is a cult Hollywood comedy movie that dealt with the story of 4 friends who goes to Las Vegas for a bachelor party. Now, the fun extends to some trouble and they face all of that together with lots of craziness and returns just on time on the day of the wedding at the venue. They form a chain of dirty secrets on that trip and promise to keep them under the wraps forever. You should never pray your bachelor party to be like this for sure. But you will always want to have some crazy memories with your besties on a road trip – right? This movie will give you that boost.

Highway: It Started With A Kidnap

The dark loneliness of Delhi at night & the unpopulated highway leads a group of goons to kidnap a young “soon to be married” girl. She belongs to a rich and influential family in Delhi. Her life changes completely when she is abducted by these goons. They kidnap her first in a car and then shifts to a truck. From Haryana, they take the girl to Rajasthan then to Gujarat, and then to Himachal Pradesh. Through this journey, you will not see the posh locales at all.

The cinematographer Anil Mehta had captured the rustic and pure natural beauty of India. The rugged terrains of the Himalaya or the loneliness of the Rann of Kuchh. Or the vast sugarcane fields of North India – the unsophisticated soul of these places just propels into your heart and stays forever. The best part of the movie is that the upper-class girl is kidnapped and while the goons are taking her to “not made for her” places she understands that she is free here in this whole “kidnapping” phase than she has ever been in her life. She understands herself better and forms an everlasting bind with the one who kidnapped her! Finally, you realize that human emotion is the same – over geographies & social boundaries!

“One must travel light!” it’s easy said than done. Why not travel with essentials to make it easy than light? Here’s a list of all (Well whatever I could think of is important) important electronics/gadgets that might accompany you to make your traveling easy.

  1. Universal Adapter with different USB Ports
Universal Adapter with different USB Ports
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Whether you’re going for a short trip or a long vacation a universal adapter is a must have in your bag. It has a universal design that allows a multitude of plug options.

  1. Optical Camera lens for smartphones
Optical Camera lens for smartphones
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With an optical camera lens that can be used with smartphones, you need not to carry a heavy DSLR camera. You may want to carry less gear, improve the quality of your photos, or push the limits of your phone.

  1. Extension cords
Extension cords
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A simple extension cord is best to keep in your bag, ready at all times. It’s easy when you have to charge quite a few things all together, an extension cord is all you need.

  1. Extra pair of charger
Extra pair of charger
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It gets difficult when your charger gives up on you right when you need it the most. We’ve all been there. To avoid such situations, carrying an extra pair of chargers saves ourselves the wreck of the Bewafa (betraying) Charger!

  1. Small phone
Small phone
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Smartphones are too many things in one. Old small phones are something that goes a long way when it comes to batteries of the phones. Strongly recommended is keeping your smartphone on airplane mode and using the smaller phone for communication. The phone runs for a longer time, also you can use it when you are traveling to somewhere you might require a local sim.

  1. Spare Batteries
Spare Batteries
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So while you’re traveling you might run short on battery power, rather than finding a way to charge which actually might get difficult. You can use spare batteries provided either they’re new or they’re already charged.

  1. Power banks
Power banks
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With carrying spare batteries point we cannot forget to mention Power banks. A gadget that is a savior (literally!) in modern times.

  1. Pen drives /Storage cards
Pen drives /Storage cards
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While you’re on the go and take loads of pictures & videos. Transfer them to storage cards at the end of the day. This will help you keep your gadget with some free space for your further adventure.

  1. Insulated stainless steel travel utensils
Insulated stainless steel travel utensils
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Traveling with an insulated stainless steel travel utensils it keeps your food (if you’re carrying) heated. It’s a good option when you’re camping or hiking.

  1. Torch
Torch
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Ensuring that your torch including the bulb is reliable should be a key factor in which torch to choose. LED Bulbs, CFL, or incandescent it really depends on your traveling destination or purpose how to use your torch. LED bulbs are the most durable & most preferred.

  1. Wireless & Bluetooth Speaker
Wireless & Bluetooth Speaker
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One thing that goes perfectly with traveling is music. And for having music by our side all the time, it is possible with wireless & Bluetooth speakers.

  1. Extra pair of air pods/earphones
Extra pair of air pods/earphones
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Talking about music and not forgetting the lifesavers, air pods or earphones. While traveling you must have these and having an extra pair comes handy. Why an extra pair? Earphones can call it quits anytime or might just feel like wandering off and never come back (sad when they get lost).

  1. Lightweight tripod
Lightweight tripod
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Now last but might not be the least, lightweight tripods are the newest dependable gadgets. Selfie sticks had their own charm but tripods are stable & easy-to-carry and surprisingly cannot give up on us because of no Bluetooth, battery or charging issue. Now wirelessly take photos & videos!

Share with us with if the above list was any help for your next vacay!

 

Bollywood has given us so much! From iconic dialogues, we use everywhere to lighten up the situation to amazing songs.  One thing Bollywood has enriched us with is Wanderlust, and we can’t seem to get over it. Bollywood has inspired every millennial to travel and explore the world. It has made us aware of many beautiful locations one can visit, and every iconic location has been on our must-visit list.

Here are 10 must-visit locations which were made famous by Bollywood:

Chapora Fort, Goa- Dil Chahta Hai
Chapora Fort, Goa
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Located in Northern Goa, Chapora Fort was neglected at first but then Dil Chahta Hai happened! Since the release of the movie, it has been a major tourist attraction in Goa. Everyone who visits Goa visits Chapora Fort. It is like the Goa cliché thing to visit the fort and click pictures the Bollywood style! And honestly, we love this cliché because it is a beautiful place and a perfect place to hang out with your friends.

Doraha Fort, Ludhiana- Rang De Basanti
Doraha Fort
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This fort was definitely neglected until the release of Rang De Basanti. For a while it was known as the RDB fort, referring to the scene where all the boys in the movie run through the field of this fort and jump up as the Indian Air Force Jets zoom over them. It is a perfect spot to hang out with your pals and click really cool pictures with them!

Pangong Lake, Leh Ladhak- 3 Idiots
Pangong Lake
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Pangong Lake, located in Leh Ladhak is one of the best places Bollywood has given us. It is surrounded by the majestic Himalayas & the view is breathtakingly beautiful! The movie 3 Idiots shot their climax scene at the lake. It was the scene where Kareena Kapoor rides a scooty to Aamir Khan and tells him “Naak Beech me Nahi Ati”.

It is like mini heaven on Earth.

Bandra Fort, Mumbai- Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na
Bandra Fort
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Bandra Fort, located in Mumbai was a famous hangout place even before Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na was released but, the movie gave the place a new definition! It is the place where friends must hang out. Especially when you have a Jay or Aditi in your life, you definitely should take them to this place and maybe things will spark.

Chomu Palace, Jaipur- Bhool Bhulaiya
Chomu Palace
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This is the place where all of it happened! Chomu Palace, located in Jaipur was where Vidya Balan turned into Maunjulika and gave us the chills. Chomu Palace is really beautiful and, apart from a rich history, it is famous for Manjulika & her dance moves.

Munnar Tea Plantation, Kerala- Chennai Express
Munnar Tea Plantation
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A small town located in the Western Ghats of Kerela, Munnar is famous for its Tea Plantations. The scene where Deepika Padukone is running around the Tea Plantations and Shahrukh Khan is chasing her, yep! That’s our favourite in the movie. The place is a must visit if you love incredible tea & beautiful places.

Hidimba Devi Temple, Manali- Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani
Hidimba Devi Temple
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Remember the famous shaadi debate scene between Naina & Bunny from the movie Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani? Yes, that happened at Hidimba Devi Temple in Manali! You must visit this scenic location but “Chalo Mandir k Piche” is definitely not allowed.

Agauda Fort, Goa- Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd., Dil Chahta Hai, Golmaal & So On
Agauda Fort
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Aguada Fort, Goa has a special place in the heart of Bollywood filmmakers. The rocky fort has been pictured in many movies and loved by the audience. Who’s to blame? The scenic view of the fort is really mesmerising!

Rohtang Pass, Himachal Pradesh- Jab We Met
Rohtang Pass
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The melodious song Yeh Ishq Haye was shot at Rohtang Pass. It is 51 kms from Manali, hence if you visit this place, you can visit Hidimba Devi Temple as well!

Ramanagara, Karnataka- Sholay
Ramanagara
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All the crazy Bollywood fans must visit this town because Sholay was shot here. Ramanagara is city situated in Karnataka. In fact, the place where the movie was shot has been named as Sholay Shooting Hilltop.  You must visit this place because if you don’t, Gabbar bura maan jaega!

So, these are the few bewitching destinations around India, one must visit. Have you packed your bags? We have!

Winter is one of the best seasons of the year in a country like India where majorly we all experience a tropical monsoon climate. The regular summer sweat and scorching sun are replaced by a chilling breeze and a warm sun. But the topography of India is quite diverse and that’s why winter has various faces in various parts of India. Some of the places like Mumbai doesn’t allow people to use warm clothes while people in Delhi calculate how many warm clothes to put on. So, you would get a wide spectrum of places in India where you can enjoy the weather. If you belong to the Northern part of India, then you may pack your bags for South India or the beaches. And if you belong to some moderate to warm climate zone, then you can visit the zero points and enjoy a dreamy winter.

Here are some of the best Indian places that you can visit this winter season.

Auli, Uttarakhand
Auli
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Located at the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. The name “Auli” in Garhwali language means “meadow”. This place is situated at a height of 8,219 feet above the mean sea level. If you love adventure, want to try skiing, and walk on the snow then this is the right place for you. Auli is surrounded by coniferous oak forests and that allows you a wonderful view of the Himalayas. One can also enjoy the cable car which is Asia’s longest cable car which allows you the most breath-taking view of the mountains. This January kick-started the National Championship of Skiing in Auli. You can visit this place till mid of March and enjoy the amazing weather!

Great Rann of Kutch, Gujarat

Rann of Kutch, also known as the Great Rann of Kutch

Great Rann of Kutch
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Every winter lakhs of visitors descend on the world’s biggest salt desert – Rann of Kutch stretching 7,505 square miles in the Thar Desert to witness the white expanse of the serene salt sand under the full moon night – a magical sight, indeed! Rann of Kutch takes pride in its Kutch festival, known as ‘Rann Utsav’ that is held in the winter (November-February). From traditional cuisine, shopping, folk dances and cultural performances to art, handicrafts, star gazing, desert safari and several other activities, this festival pack a ton of treasures for everyone. Also, staying in the tents on the periphery of the Dhordo village adds to the fascinating experience.

Munnar, Kerala
Munnar
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Located in Kerala, Munnar is one of the most famous honeymoon destinations in India. This place can be visited almost all around the year. If you are visiting in the winter season, you would witness a temperature drop up to 11 degree Celsius. You can also enjoy trekking, rappelling, and rock climbing here. But don’t forget to book your accommodation in advance as it is quite crowded in the winter season. The most notable places that people enjoy here are – TATA Tea Museum, Eravikulam National Park, Anamudi, & Devikulam.

Jaipur, Rajasthan
Jaipur
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The capital city of Rajasthan is one of the most visited places in India. Jaipur is one of those places where mercury breaks the record every summer but it witnesses a pleasing atmosphere in winter. Wearing the chilling weather around you, sitting atop some rooftop restaurant, and enjoying authentic Rajasthani food – this is pure bliss! Winter is also the time for “Jaipur Literature Fest” – one of the much-renowned lit fest in India. So, pack your bags and enjoy your winter escapade here in Jaipur and don’t forget to capture the beautiful Hawa Mahal, Jal Mahal, Amer Fort, & City Palace in your lenses.

Hampi, Karnataka
Hampi
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Hampi is a UNESCO World Heritage Site which has a rustic and beautiful appeal. It is a hot place but winter offers you an amiable atmosphere to roam around Hampi and explore various beautiful temples here. Which would be a painful task in summer seasons. In the month of January, Hampi Mahotsav takes place. Therefore, you can book your tickets for January (next year of course) if you don’t want to miss the amazing puppet show, temple parades, dance, music, sports, and many more activities. The majestic architecture of Virupaksha Temple, Vitthala Temple, Matanga Temple, & Hazara Rama Temple would simply steal your heart!

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