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Adventure is worthwhile in itself.

– Amelia Earhart

Adventure is like a drug that mingles with your blood and leaves you craving for it with every heartbeat. The adrenaline rush and the perfect state of mind achieved after conquering any adventure sport can’t be put into words for others to understand. One can only comprehend the fun and challenges of adventure when they try it themselves.

Each one of us dreams to soar high in the sky like a bird. This adventure gives a sense of freedom and the feeling to witness the beauty of this planet from the top of the world.

Your dream of flying can actually come true with paragliding!

If you live in India and paragliding has been on your checklist for a very long time, then you must experience the thrill of paragliding in Bir Billing and realize your dream.

What is Paragliding?

Paragliding is an adventure sport in which pilot flies in the sky like a bird. A glider, flying suit, and boots are required to get started. If you are doing it for the first time, then you should opt for tandem paragliding which is particularly designed to carry two people. Your pilot will do all the hard work where you just need to run on takeoff, then sit back and relax to enjoy the mesmerizing view from the top of the world. The clear weather is a basic requirement to take off the flight. If the weather is cloudy or the climatic conditions are not suitable, then you may not be able to glide properly.

About Bir Billing
About Bir Billing
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Bir lies around 70 kilometers from Dharamshala, which is in Himachal Pradesh. Bir & Billing are twin beauties situated in the valley of Kangra in Himachal Pradesh. There is a distance of 14 kilometers between these two towns but they are practically inseparable. Bir Billing is known to be the best paragliding site in Asia and second best in the whole world. Surrounded by the tea gardens, beautiful monasteries, and low hills, Bir Billing offers the most picturesque and serene views. It enjoys awesome weather throughout the year. The best month for paragliding in Bir Billing are October & November in the autumn and from the month of March to May in spring.

Why You Should Go For Paragliding in Bir Billing?
Paragliding in Bir Billing
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  • Ideal Cloud Base– Bir Billing has a higher cloud base, which is a must for paragliding. With 4000-6000 meters of cloud base, it is easier to climb higher while flying in the sky.
  • Suitable Air Current– Blessed with the best climatic conditions, Bir Billing has suitable air currents where flyer can fly up to 5000 mt. One can enjoy 15-20 minutes of tandem flight in the favorable weather conditions and enjoy the strikingly beautiful view.
  • Breathtaking Views from Take-off & Landing Sites– The take-off site has smooth and favorable winds which are extremely important for a perfect take-off. It is located at 1430 mt from sea level. One gets to witness the stunning views and greenery from the Billing take-off site. From Bir, one can see the most beautiful sunsets ever, so paragliding during sunset time will be dreamlike. And the view of snow-capped mountains from the top will be worth all the adventure and risk-taking.

Paragliding gives you wings. And if you’ve got wings, you gotta fly high!

The take-off may get on your nerves for a bit. But those 30 minutes of soaring high in the sky above the mountains and colorful Tibetan monasteries will make you forget the initial struggle within seconds.

Even if you are terrified of heights, you must definitely try paragliding once to have the most exhilarating feeling ever!

While planning a trip outside India, one of the major concern is Visa! Getting a visa seems so tough, and visiting the Visa office seems so crazy. What if I told you that you do not need Visa to visit countries outside India? Well, that would be insane! Or not so much? Well, there are a few countries where Indians do not need a Visa to visit. Here is a list of a few of them:

Bhutan
Bhutan
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Bhutan is our neighboring country and, yet we know so little about the place. Now is the time! And why browse over the internet or read about Bhutan when you can see everything through your eyes. You can easily get a travel permit for Bhutan and travel the country for 14 days. You do not need a Visa to visit this amazing country. It is time to experience the beauty of Bhutan, Try Archery and the spicy & delicious food!

Fiji
Fiji
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A collection of beautiful islands in South Pacific, Fiji is a must visit. It is called as one of the happiest countries in the world.  Fiji is breathtakingly beautiful with all the colors & friendly people. All you need is a passport whose validity does not expire for at least 6 months and, you can travel in Fiji for 90 Days! So, if you’re looking to relax and just live without stress, Fiji is the much-needed break you need!

Serbia
Serbia
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A beautiful country located in central & southeast of Europe. It is famous for beautiful churches, monasteries, rich history, & delicious food! From new traditions to an amazing learning experience, Serbia has so much to offer to its tourist! You can visit Serbia without a visa for 30 days in 1 Year!

Jamaica
Jamaica
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A Caribbean Island & Bob Marley’s birth country is what defines Jamaica. It is a beautiful place filled with natural splendor. You can entertain yourself with the reggae music & an amazing game by the Jamaican Bobsled Team, have the famous blue mountain coffee and visit the beautiful beaches and coral reefs. This beautiful country of smiling faces offers 6 months of stay without a visa!

Cook Island
Cook Island
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A small Island country, it is a paradise for adventure lovers.

You can enjoy the amazing food, go whale watching, go diving, hike or just relax around the beaches. You do not require Visa for 31 days!

Tunisia
Tunisia
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An adventurous country situated in North Africa. If you love trying out new things, you must visit this place. You can try taking a ride on the hot air balloon, camel rides, diving, reserve a seat in the famous red lizard train or explore Matmata’s caves. In case, if you want to experience something really adventurous, you could go windsurfing. This country filled with adventures offers you stay for 90 days!

Macau
Macau
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An autonomous region of the South Coast of China, Macau is also known as the gambling capital of the world. You can stay in Macau without a visa for almost 30 days and enjoy visiting the casinos. Apart from trying your luck, beautifully paved Chinese Temples, and enjoy the Cantonese food.

El Salvador
El Salvador
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A small nation in Central America is a beautiful land of volcanos. You can stay there visa-free for 90 days while enjoying Volcano climbing (the country has 26 volcanos!), explore the ancient Mayan site, and visit a coffee plantation. This small country has a lot to explore!

Indonesia
Indonesia
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It is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. You can stay in Indonesia for 30 days without a visa. And while you’re in Indonesia, you can visit the amazing local markets, visit ancient temples, explore the might forests, and enjoy the nightlife in Bali! There is so much to do in Indonesia.

You can not use Visa as an excuse for not going to vacays! Visiting places outside India isn’t that difficult after all, right? So, go pack your bags and travel around the world!

India is a vast landmass and it is often called the “land of diversity”. This huge piece of land located between the Indian Ocean, Arabian Sea, and The Bay of Bengal is also the 7th largest country of the world in terms of area. The diversity is noted in all departments from culture to food, or language to religion. There are hills and mountains in the North, coastal regions in the South, desert in the West, and a mix of both mountain and sea in the East of India. So, basically, if any fellow Indian or an outsider is planning to travel to India, then he/she is going to have a memorable time. Apart from the 29 states, India also has 7 Union Territories that are unique in their own way. Boasting some of the impeccable locations, architectures, and greenery, these Union Territories are the pride of the nation.

Have a look at some of the major attractions of the Union Territories of India.

Andaman & Nicobar Island

For a moment, you may feel like, you are in some foreign land, playing with the blue or green water and getting suntanned lying on the pristine white sand. The enthralling marine life and heart-warming greenery make Andaman & Nicobar Island a unique place to spend your holidays. As the island lies quite far from mainland India, thus, it has retained its beauty till now. This place is loved by tourists but often less traveled.

Andaman & Nicobar Island
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Attractions of Andaman & Nicobar Islands
  1. Radhanagar Beach- often said to be the most beautiful beach in Asia.
  2. The largest sea turtles are also found here. 3 species of marine turtles – Hawksbill, Green turtle and the Leatherback (Dermochelys Coriacea- world’s largest sea turtle) are found here.
  3. North Sentinel Island here is the home to one of the most isolated Paleolithic tribes of the world
  4. The famous Cellular Jail was established in the British era to seclude the prisoners from the outer world. The prisoners were given harsh treatment which is shown in the light and sound show in the evening.
  5. Baratang is the place of Mud Volcanoes while Barren Island is the only active volcano in India and they belong to Andamans.
Lakshadweep Islands

This is a conglomerate of 39 islands in the Arabian Sea. The amazing beaches, dense forests, and palm-lined coastline offer just the perfect kind of view to this place. Aquamarine life and water sports activities are also rampant here.

Lakshadweep Islands
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Attractions of Lakshadweep Islands
  1. People love the scuba diving in Kalpeni Island of this place that has 100 species of coral and more than 2,000 species of fishes.
  2. There is a lighthouse in Minicoy Islands which is crescent-shaped and 300 feet tall.
  3. The water is crystal clear and turquoise in color. The close competition is the Maldives. Canoeing is one of the most favorite activities here. You may see turtles, corals, and fishes.
  4. The endless blue lagoons across Kadamat Island is a major attraction for the photographers.
New Delhi

The national capital actually needs to introduction. With a history of centuries running in its nerves, New Delhi is a place where you would experience an old world charm along with all the modern signs of advancement. From the Sultans to Mughals, to the Britishers – history of many struggles is written on the walls of Delhi.

New Delhi
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Attractions of New Delhi
  1. The beautiful architecture of the Mughal period evident through the majestic Jama Masjid and the Red Fort are one of the most visited places in India. When you hear the Azaan from the Jama Masjid, the rays of positivity enter your system.
  2. The Lotus Temple or the Bahai’s temple is another milestone in the history of architecture. White concrete and marble are used to build this extraordinary piece of art which has nine sides. These 9 sides have a pool of water and it seems like a blooming lotus amidst the pool. But the most notable feature is that- people of any religion or belief can come, sit, and meditate here for long hours!
  3. In the memory of the 90,000 soldiers who died in the 1st World War, Pt. Nehru build India Gate in Delhi and it resembles the Arc de Triomphe of Paris.
  4. Akshardham temple – the largest Hindu temple in the world, Humayun Tomb, Gandhi Smriti, The Jantar Mantar, etc. are some of the other notable attractions of New Delhi.
Chandigarh

Apart from being one of the Union Territories, Chandigarh is also the capital of two states – Punjab & Haryana. It is also a planned city whose architecture and urban designs are examples for the rest of the country. This city draws its name from the temple of Goddess Chandi.

Chandigarh
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Attractions of Chandigarh
  1. Open Hand Monument in the Capitol Complex of Chandigarh is the major attraction of this city. This metal structure was designed by architect Le Corbusier.
  2. Being the nest to many migratory birds, Sukhna Lake is very famous.
  3. Rock Garden – everything in this famous garden is built from household and industrial wastes.
  4. Pinjore Gardens built at the foothills of the Himalayas was built by the Mughals.
Daman and Diu

Daman & Diu is a tiny land that is famous for its awesome beaches and a culture that is half Indian and half Portuguese. Portuguese people have ruled over Daman & Diu for more than 450 years and that’s why the culture has a foreign feel to it. Daman and Diu lie in West India and consists of 2 separate areas divided by the Arabian Sea. The Daman Ganga River flows through the coastal town of Daman.

Daman and Diu
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Attractions of Daman and Diu
  1. Fort Jerome is very famous and it was built to overlook the activities on the sea. The prime attraction of this fort is the Church of Our Lady of the sea which is a great example of Portuguese architecture. Now, a part of the church is a school.
  2. Zampa Gateway is the next attraction that marks the entry to Diu island. The carvings on the walls of the Gateway is remarkable.
  3. Jampore Beach, Nagoa Beach, and Devka Beach are the most famous beaches here which you should not miss at all.
Dadra and Nagar Haveli

Dadra lies a few kilometers to the North of Gujarat while Nagar Haveli lies in between Gujarat & Maharashtra. Till late 18th century or to be precise till 1780, the Marathas ruled this region but the Portuguese came and captured this land. They continued to rule here for 150 years. So, you would definitely find the imprints of Portuguese culture in the air of Dadra & Nagar Haveli.

Dadra and Nagar Haveli
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Attractions of Dadra and Nagar Haveli
  1. Dudhni Lake is very famous for the romantic boat rides especially in the evening where it is pleasing to see the sunset.
  2. Covering 20 hectares of land lies the Vasona Lion Safari which simply cannot be missed.
  3. Nakshatra Garden is quite an unusual garden because you would get to see the greenery and flowers representing zodiac signs. It also has an Ayurvedic park.
Puducherry

Once the French people lived here and their legacy continues to remain here. Located on the Coromandel Coast of the Bay of Bengal, Pondicherry or Puducherry proudly flaunts the beautiful French architecture. The culture, food, and lifestyle are really un-Indian in many ways and you would feel that when you go there.

Puducherry
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Attractions of Puducherry
  1. If you want peace and serenity or have a spiritual way of thinking then Shri Aurobindo Ashram is a must visit for you. People from across the world come here to find their peace.
  2. Auroville is the most progressive town in the world. Why? Because it is an experimental community in South India where people from all over the world are welcome without any gender or religion bias. The focus is human unity and it was founded by Mirra Alfassa in 1968.
  3. Gingee Fort, Paradise Beach, Promenade Beach and Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus are some other mind-blowing places here.

Traveling once in a while is always refreshing and often people say that traveling works as a stress reliever for them. Travelling gives you a new perspective about things, you get to meet new people, it helps you develop skills you didn’t know you had & you get to try new food!

To some people traveling is an adventure, to some, it is educational, for some it is a passion while others travel just to rejuvenate themselves. There is so much about traveling one can enjoy, but if you go on a vacation with the wrong people, it can slaughter the fun in pieces. There are people who don’t like to travel but do not spoil the fun for other people & then there are pseudo travel lovers. If you go on an excursion with them, Say hello to drama and whining! Here are 10 types of people you wouldn’t like traveling with:

  • The Cheap One
The Cheap One
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We all have this one friend who never pays! When you go out with them they will keep suggesting you cheaper places to stay at, cheap places where you can eat, and cheaper ways to travel. They might seem resourceful at first, but after a certain point of time, it is just annoying. Moreover, they will always say “Abhi tu dede, mai baad me deta hu tujhe.” This ‘Baad me’ never comes.

Like seriously, No Ken I can not pay for you! Carry your own damn wallet, you cheapskate!

  • The Social Media Addict
The Social Media Addict
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No matter what it is, social media addicts have to update it! They update stories of everything you eat, every activity you do, every place you go to, and other miscellaneous things on EVERY damn social media app. They are constantly texting on WhatsApp, tweeting, updating pictures & stories on Instagram, updating their location on Facebook and you’ll often find them putting your personal business on their Instagram live!

Come on Britney! Enjoy the moment and leave your Instagram followers alone, they do not care or else I’ll throw your phone away.

  • The So in Love Couple
The So in Love Couple
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Going on a trip with couples is okay but not with the ones who can’t seem to keep their hands off each other. They act as if they’re on their honeymoon! The babu, jaanu, baby talks are followed by PDA. Their cheesy talks get really annoying while you’re trying to enjoy what the world has to offer! They don’t stop here, they fight. There comes a moment when they fight over nothing which is enough to ruin the entire trip. Most probably they’ll be fighting over something really stupid, and this will effectively ruin your mood.

Get a room Dave & Rachel!

  • Self-Proclaimed Travel Guru
Self-Proclaimed Travel Guru
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They have been to every damn place on this Earth or read about it. They have done it all. Sky Diving? Done! Going to a new place? They have read about it! And before you discover things, they’ll shower their unasked knowledge on you. If you say something, they’ll correct you with your pronunciations, facts & other stuff.

If they’ve already been to the place once, they will bore you with their stories they have from the last visit.

No Eric! I do not want to listen to you, I want to experience things on my own. Please shut your mouth and stand in a corner.

  • The Negative Friend Who Can’t Keep Their Mouth Shut
The Negative Friend Who Can’t Keep Their Mouth Shut
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Your negative friend will kill the mood for everyone. Nothing makes sense to them! You suggest shopping, they’ll reply with a ‘sab kuch toh milta h waha’

You suggest something adventurous, they’ll reply ‘Too dangerous!’ or ‘Nahi yaar. Bakwaas h wo!’

They master in killing the mood.

Moreover, they will have strong opinions about the state/country you visit. About the economy, cleanliness, politics, productivity etc. These opinions won’t be positive.

Go back home Simon!!!

  • The Photograph Maniacs
The Photograph Maniacs
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They have to take a picture of everything and everyone. They see the world with their camera. It is okay to click pictures but not every 5 mins! They will click like 50 pictures before they leave the hotel room & 50 while in the cab. They are so obsessed with pictures that they will take selfies with everything & everyone.

The worse part of traveling with them is that they would waste your time by asking you to click pictures of them until they get like 100 shots at each and every step.

Stop clicking pictures, Britney! Clicking pictures will not accommodate your low self-esteem.

  • Question Bank
Question Bank
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They will have a question about everything. Moreover, their questions will be super irrelevant. How is this done? Why do they do it? When did the king die? Why did the queen wear red and not orange?  They are the ones who encourage the Travel Gurus to be even more obnoxious.

Shut up, Karen! I am here for the first time, just like you.

  • The Lazy One
The Lazy One
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The lazy one is worse of all. They will wake up late, will take forever to get ready and yawn through the day. Their idea of a vacation is sleeping all day in the hotel room.  The only thing they enjoy is chilling out in their room.

Get your lazy bum off the bed and go shower, Dave!

  • The Drunken Friend
The Drunken Friend
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Drinks on a vacation? Sounds fun!  Who would say no to it? Well, there is nothing wrong about drinking while you’re on a vacation but your drunk friend will take it to another level. They want a drink with every meal. It is like their vacation is all about getting drunk! They often end up puking because they drink way too much. They have a FOMO when it comes to drinking. Do you really want to spend your time cleaning up their mess than enjoy the holiday?

There is just one thing I want to say to all my drunk friends out there:

Get your shit together Eric! Stop with the Whiskey already.

  • The High Maintenance Friend
The High Maintenance Friend
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They are the worst kind to travel with! Travel is about new experiences and meeting new people. You would have to be prepared for all kinds of situations while you are traveling. Your high maintenance friend will just not accept the change or adjust to any situation. If they miss a meal, they will start to feel dizzy. Your high maintenance friend is inconsiderate about other people and if something doesn’t go the way their way, welcome drama! They resist coming out of their comfort zone which is not at all fun.

Get a life, Nadia! Your butler wouldn’t be around all the damn time.

Holidays and Vacations are about having fun not stressing out. You deserve to go out have fun without any restrictions or someone to bug you. Cut out the negative people and travel with someone who believes in the phrase ‘live and let live!’

The best views come after the hardest climb.

– Anonymous

Hiking is therapeutic. When life seems dull, problems seem bigger, and the heart doesn’t feel to be at the right place, just walk it off. Because, as they say, hiking is the answer, no matter what the question is. Every time you take a walk with nature the haze starts to fade away and you can see things clearly. You gain a perspective that helps you get out of your unsettled issues, makes you feel more confident and life seems to be welcoming you with open arms. It wouldn’t be wrong to say that hiking is magical as along with several health benefits, it improves your mental well-being as well.

Let’s have a look at the mental benefits that one can gain with a walk through nature.

Boost the Happy Hormones
Boost the Happy Hormones
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Serotonin is the hormone that contributes to the feeling of happiness and well-being in humans. While you take a stroll out in nature or hike through mountains, exploring the adventurous routes and beautiful flora and fauna, your body gets the much-needed workout. That gives a boost of serotonin to your brain and releases the feeling of calm, happiness, and positivity.

Helps You Reconnect With Yourself
Helps You Reconnect With Yourself
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Just the way we have relationships with our friends, partner, and family members, we share an intimate relationship with ourselves as well. That needs to be nurtured to rejuvenate our souls and keep our sanity intact. It may be quite tough to give some time to yourself amidst the busy routine. Therefore, hiking is the best way to get away from the mundane life, think about yourself, and meditate to bring your soul at peace.

Changes Your Outlook on Life
Changes Your Outlook on Life
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Being in one place and interacting with the same people every day somehow narrow down your perspective towards life and many other things. Every once in a while, you need to step out of your comfort zone and explore the innumerable opportunities that nature has to offer. Being out in nature teaches you how to spread happiness and be compassionate towards others. You learn to take control of your action and make your own decisions. It teaches you to live in the moment and appreciate small things in life.

Tickles Your Creative Bone
Tickles Your Creative Bone
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Hiking or a simple stroll through nature increases our problem-solving skills and ability to focus to a great extent. Out in the woods when you don’t give any thought to your 9 to 5 jobs, bills or materialistic items is the time when the most creative ideas occupy your brain and keep you engaged. The relaxing scenes of nature inspire you to realize your passion for writing, creating music or anything that gives you happiness and satisfaction.

Helps You Unplug
Helps You Unplug
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In our daily lives, we spend an excessive amount of time staying plugged in. Back to back emails, constant staring at phones, and non-stop text messages. All this keeps you glued to the digital world and pull your attention away from the things that matter. Hiking through mountains where there is no Wi-Fi or mobile network helps relieve the stress and pressure that technology brings. It lets you unplug from technology and plug into nature. That offers amazing benefits to your physical health and mental well-being.

So take a hike and recharge in the lap of nature!

Bhutan, the small South Asian country that forms a part of Indian sub-continent is the only country in the world that doesn’t have any railway. It shares a border with China, India, and Tibet. The capital of Bhutan is Thimphu while the financial hub is Phuntsholing. This country had a monarchy rule but in 2008 it gave up absolute monarchy and brought constitutional monarchy. “Land of Dragons” is the nickname of Bhutan and you can locate a dragon on the national flag of Bhutan. If your tired heart and soul is looking for a relaxing time, then Bhutan should be on your priority list. The lush green grass, clear sky, and small rivulets – Bhutan seems like a painting from the brushes of Albert Bierstadt! The red chilies on the tin roof, momos on the street, and an inspiring breeze – Bhutan has many things to offer you.

Here are some reasons why you must book your tickets to Bhutan ASAP!

Happy Faces All Around
Happy Faces All Around
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When every other country is in the rat race of GDP and increasing their yield in every sector of the economy, here is Bhutan whose parameter to check development is GNP. GNP stands for Gross National Happiness. When the principles of Buddhism are applied at a large scale, you get to hear something like this. The country takes care of every citizen with love and that’s the reason why you see happy faces all around you in Bhutan.

The Land Of Peace, Tranquility, & Spirituality

The Land Of Peace, Tranquility, & Spirituality

As stated in the introduction, this country looks like a real painting! You would hardly find any other place in this world as beautiful, serene, calm, and peaceful as Bhutan. The 2/3rd population of Bhutan follows Buddhism – which is the most peaceful religion in the world and 1/3rd follow Hinduism. Buddhist monasteries, chanting, cool breeze, less population – these are the perfect ingredients for peace surely! Buddhism is not only a religion but a way of living here. They are peace-loving people who make their surroundings peaceful.

Closest to Nature

Closest to Nature

Away from the hustle bustle of a metro city, fast life, mundane job, and monotonous responsibilities – Bhutan would take you closest to nature. Opening your hotel window or walking to the balcony and feeling like just in the lap of a huge mountain is a feeling you must enjoy. The wide valleys & opulent green grass suddenly rise up to a steep mountain – you simply cannot keep your cameras off! If you visit in Spring season, you can witness the rhododendrons! Simply walk on the velvety grass in the morning, sit beside the small stream at the afternoon, and observe the lit up mountain in the evening! There won’t be any boisterous noise disturbing you for a single moment while you are gazing at Nature.

Trekking Can be Fun
Trekking Can be Fun
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If you are fond of trekking, then also Bhutan is a perfect place for you. The real magnificence of the hills and mountains of Bhutan can be understood only when you set out for trekking. So, keep your trekking clothes and shoes and leave to know the unknown.

Simplicity Is The Way of Living
Simplicity Is The Way of Living
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Buddhism teaches to stay calm and humble in every stage of life. As stated earlier, the people of Bhutan have adopted the principles of Buddhism in their lifestyle and that’s why you would see a simple way of living among Bhutanese people. They are very honest and hard-working bunch of people who stay grounded in their religion and tradition. They don’t have big ambition because they find happiness in the simple and small things of life. They invest their creative energy in paintings, textile, sculpture, wood carving, paper making, sword making, bamboo craft, and jewelry making. When you belong to a different world where the connotation of happiness is all about achieving material goods, Bhutan and its people give you a reality check!

Bhutan Cuisine
Bhutan Cuisine
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Perhaps Bhutan is the only place in the world where chili is not a spice used in food, but the main ingredient in making a food. Chili here is more like a vegetable. The North Indians are fans of momo and the spicy red chutney and it is a challenge to them to survive the taste of Bhutan chilies. The national food of Bhutan is “Ema-Datshi” which is a dish prepared with the hottest chili & cheese. The food-lovers must visit Bhutan to taste its hot & happening food!

Breathe Pollution-Free Air
Breathe Pollution-Free Air
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For the rest of the world, the level of population and pollution is ever-increasing leading to many challenges. But in Bhutan, there is hardly any pollution and visible ailments like a headache or sneezing. Why? Because the people of Bhutan are environmentally conscious. As stated earlier, they know to be happy with simple and small things in life and that’s why they don’t want to own a car or run large scale industries! One of their laws say that 60% of the land should always be under forest and that’s why Bhutan has still retained the fresh and pure air to breathe!

What is the definition of Depression? Google says it is a feeling of severe despondency and dejection. As per the American Psychiatric Association, “Depression (major depressive disorder) is a common and serious medical illness that negatively affects how you feel, the way you think and how you act. Fortunately, it is also treatable. Depression causes feelings of sadness and/or a loss of interest in activities once enjoyed. It can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems and can decrease a person’s ability to function at work and at home”. Do you feel like the one stated in quotes? If yes, then you got to do something about it.

Depression lies in that grey area which is a bit confusing. Living with depression requires a day-to-day management and to be able to do that, understanding depression is important. The treatment for depression, of course, would vary from one person to another. But many people suffering from depression have spoken about the ways in which encountering different situations, people and experiences through travel has allowed them to overcome depression in a natural way.

Endorphins and oxytocin – these two hormones play the major role that decides our moods. By traveling, endorphins and oxytocin are released in innumerable ways through different practices we encounter. Travel actually forces the brain to make use of these hormones to improve our mood and attitude. A survey was conducted that found traveling is a massive mood booster for people! Vacations, weekend short trips, long festive trips where people get time to look into nature, roam around with their beloved, and spend quality time with family – help to overcome depression.

Traveling may help you in ways you couldn’t have ever imagined.

Befriending Strangers

One of the common feelings of depression is to feel isolated most of the times. You feel like remaining aloof from the world and this is the place where negative thoughts crawl into your mind. Traveling, on the other hand, allows your mind to be more alert. You have to pay attention to what is happening around you because you are traveling which means you are away from the comforts and perks of your home. Unwillingly also you have to stop by and talk to a complete stranger because you have to know the correct way to the destination. When you are depressed, you simply want to minus people from your life – these people refer to your known sect of people. But while traveling when you see new faces around you, you may end up having a friendship of a lifetime with some!

This distraction from your regular life would give you an insight into a different world where people live differently. Listening to their stories, you may find your inner strength back!

Experience Yourself

Until and unless your limits are pushed or you try a bit more, you can never know your true worth. In depression, you always hold a feeling that you are not worthy enough. But with traveling, you can see your true potential and this building of self-esteem is very important. Suppose while traveling back from the sunset point at the hill station in the evening, the tyre of your car punctures and there is no way out but to spend the time atop the hills under the sky and stars. There may be some fear of unknown animals too! But you simply cannot escape this situation but you have to stick there and see the flip side. Just like others you if you go back to the hotel, you would miss experiencing yourself. Traveling would give you many such situations where you would have to push your limits or come out from your comfort zone, and these jerks off depression.

Inspiration Rushes Back

You may end up meeting someone who is in a bigger problem than you are! Every single person in this world faces some kind of issues and all are struggling in their own way to overcome that. A recent Bollywood movie named “Jia Aur Jia” portrayed something like that. Jia-1 was traveling in partnership with Jia-2. Jia-1 went on a trip to commit suicide and Jia-2 went to live the short life she has in hand (she was terminally ill, hardly 2 months of life she would live). When Jia-1 came to know this secret, she got her confidence back! You also might hear stories of your fellow passenger and get the inspiration back to your life. You may meet people from a 360-degree different lifestyle and that would lead to the exchange of ideas of a different level. Thus, meeting people would give you a completely different outlook!

The Big Picture

While you are depressed, your outlook becomes tilted and narrow because you are self-centered then. You are just concerned about your day-to-day life and your setbacks, loans, bills, failed relationships, etc. Now, at this point in time, you cannot evaluate yourself properly. But when you pull yourself away from this situation and travel, you tend to see the bigger picture. You can then see the world & its people and your situations from a different angle. That happens because you accumulate many experiences, stories of people, and these things help in curbing depression.

Healing Naturally

Nature is the storehouse of many powers. If you really want to come out of your depression, select the awe-inspiring places of the world like the Grand Canyon, Great Barrier Reef, Northern Lights, Santorini, Hagia Sophia, Cinque Terre, Hanging Gardens, The Great Wall Of China etc. Go for trekking or stay in an island, and talk with the nature. The universe has its own way of reaching out to you and answering all your questions. You will heal naturally and many research has also proved that going into the lap of nature is one of the best cures for depression.

Last but not least always remember that you are just the smallest of the small particle of this huge universe and now imagine if you are so tiny, how tiny your depression is? So, think at a larger scale and evaluate carefully. Every night wakes up to a new day and thus every depression would also find its solution. Just don’t give up – instead, pack your bags and experience yourself in a new way!

If you look for the meaning of the word ‘travel’ in the dictionary, it clearly says- to move or go from one place or point to another. But in actual, travel is not just limited to movement from one geographical location to another. It is a journey that brings you face to face with several challenges and gives you opportunities to discover who you are. Traveling let you explore new places, meet new people, and experience new traditions and cultures. It develops skills in you that you didn’t know you had, takes you on an unexplored adventure, and helps you develop a perspective of your own.

Imagine how wonderful life would be with a partner for whom traveling is a priority. You will get a companion who is always up for trying crazy things and of course, encourage you to save for your next possible trip. So if you are single and looking for your one true love, then date a girl who travels. She will always keep you on your toes and show the world you always imagined to witness in real life.

Here are a few convincing reasons to read and know why to date a girl who travels.

She Always Has New Stories to Tell

A girl who travels often always have a plethora of interesting and adventurous stories to share. Be it her backpacking trip from last summer or skydiving experience, there will be a number of fascinating accounts that she will keep recounting. There will never be a dull moment with her as she’s always planning her next trip or trying to get you to go on another trip.

She Is Not Materialistic

A girl who travels believes in exploring and creating unforgettable memories rather than collecting things. She knows that it is the precious moments that make life worthwhile and not the few silver coins that you are left with at the end. You don’t need to worry about buying her a fancy present or taking her to candlelight dinners at expensive restaurants. Traveling and spending quality time with you is something that she will always cherish with all her heart.

She Is Strong and Independent

A girl who has traveled around the world and explored new places by herself is capable of handling challenging situations in life on her own. She is confident, headstrong and knows that independence is the only way of being herself. A girl who travels often won’t be clingy or dependent on you for her happiness because she knows what she wants from life and how to achieve it.

She Loves Trying New and Exciting Things

A girl who travels is quite spontaneous and fun-loving. She is always up for a blast, be it going to someplace new or trying something for the first time that sounds fun and exciting. Will always nod yes for that last minute trip or river rafting with a group of friends that will double up the fun of whatever you are doing.

She Is Highly Adaptive

Travelling comes with its own perks and challenges. Like, you may end up taking the wrong path to your destination, miss flights, and have to use unhygienic restrooms or eat not-so-tasty food. You may feel discomfort at the moment, but it only helps you become more adaptable to the unexpected situations. So no matter how hard life gets for a girl who travels, she always handles it with a grin on her face.

She Knows Herself Well

Traveling helps you discover yourself. You may end up in situations that you have never experienced earlier, the way you react to such circumstances not only prepare you for the future but also gives a deep understanding of yourself. A girl who travels a lot is sure of herself and knows what she wants from life more than anybody else.

She Is Hard-Working, Problem Solver & Good at Managing Finances

A girl who travels takes up a couple of jobs to fund her trips. Being on the road for most of the time she runs into several problems which help her develop the abilities to find the perfect solutions for all of them. And speaking of financial management, not only she spends her money wisely but also keeps thinking of innovative ways to generate more funds for her future trips.

After reading all these reasons you would totally agree that dating a girl who travels is worth it. She will have a positive impact on your life and fill it with optimism and adventure!

“Agar firdaus bar roo-e zameen ast

Hamin ast-o Hamin ast-o Hamin ast

-Amir Khusro

Until I visited North East, I was living under a rock about the existence of a heavenly place on Earth. It wasn’t just a place like heaven. It was the HEAVEN in all true sense. Amir Khusro’s words were in context to the beauty of Kashmir. Well, been there done that too! It sure is a beauty but I cannot emphasize enough on the fact that North East India is sublime. A piece of advice? Go see this heaven for yourself, if you haven’t already visited Northeast India you’re missing out on a big chunk of travel experiences in India! That place is a dream! If there’s heaven on earth; it’s there, it’s there!

North East India

The Places I visited (Guwahati-Bhalukpong-Tawang via Bomdila & Sela Pass)

My journey to the northeastern side of India started with a flight to Guwahati from Delhi. I was traveling with my family. We’re a family who loves to travel and I have been a travel junkie since my first trip. Hint-hint, you might get to read more about my travel experiences! Early morning flights are so easy and hassle-free. But in the month of December, winter plays a huge part to piss any traveler off because of flights getting delayed. Well, all thanks to dense fog at 5 in the morning. We landed safely in Guwahati. And oh boy, the weather went crazy. It was foggy and windy in Delhi and Guwahati? It was humid! Guwahati is the largest urban area in the Northeast region. It’s packed with people & vehicles. We met our driver, Dheeraj, who’ll be driving us around for the entire trip. He was extremely polite & cute! Initially didn’t talk much but gradually started and was able to make our stomach hurt with all of his lame jokes. It’s fun when you have such a fun-loving company also knowledgeable. He guided us throughout with all the must-visit places. We had our trip organized by Kaziranga Tours n travels, Mr. Mahendra Nath. The company only managed our accommodations, convenience, and food. The plan of the places to visit was organized by my Uncle (another travel enthusiast! Thanks to him for passing on the legacy!) We got late because of our flight and Mr. Mahendra was so helpful with all the bookings and arranging breakfast on the first day in Guwahati when we reached there.

While we were settling ourselves down with the city, getting to know more about the place, it’s wildly diverse & home to hundreds of tribes. People are so warm & welcoming. They’ll make you feel homely. Just how our drivers and tour organizers were. We came across some really friendly and welcoming people throughout the trip. People there would help you, talk to you, they try and know about you. It’s just a heart-warming gesture. They’ll welcome you with a big smile and kids waving at you. The place had some really adorable dogs &| puppies playing around. With such kind hospitality, they work hard for their living. One can clearly see the hustle of the town and yet they’re relaxed. The relaxed pace of life is captivating.

Coming back to the food, you cannot miss the food! It was different. Tea with jaggery, Chhole Bhature but known as paranthe. I am hungry now! Off track. Okay back to our first day in Guwahati, Mr. Mahendra was a big help. He was on his toes all the time wherever we needed help during the trip. Got our stomachs filled with tempting food and went ahead with our road trip to Bhalukpong from Guwahati. The drive from Guwahati to Bhalukpong, a small town located in Arunachal Pradesh, was soothing. Kameng River in Bhalukpong makes the place so attractive. It feels like one of those ZNMD (Zindagi na milegi dobara) moments, traveling on a smooth road and a river with clear blue water and creating white foams when it hits those steady big rocks into them, flowing alongside. It’s therapeutic. Finally, after a 6-7 hours journey, we reached Bhalukpong, where we were going to spend a night before leaving for Tawang the next morning. We stayed in bungalow turned into a hotel kinda thing. It was nice and cozy. Not the best places to stay but was manageable for a night. Had our dinner and crashed into our beds.

Next morning, watching the sunrise at 5 in the morning while leaving for Tawang was one of the most beautiful mornings of my life! It was chilly, different from the first day at Guwahati. The sky was filled with sunshiny colors and had mountain ranges covered with snow peeping through the clouds. The drive from Bhalukpong to Tawang via Bomdila and Sela Pass was mesmerizing and definitely a highlight of the entire journey. We were all geared up for an entire day of road tripping. Packed our bags, filled our stomachs yet again with some really finger licking home cooked food and were all set to leave for our journey. To reach Tawang, we passed Bomdila as well. Yet another beautiful place. But to reach Bomdila from Bhalukpong you may need a permit for traveling from Bhalukpong to Bomdila. We got that within an hour and for that one hour to pass what could be the best way than to have Maggi and enjoy the cold breeze and snow-covered mountains all around you. After an hour or so, we headed towards Bomdila. The drive to Tawang from Bomdila had some crazy surreal views. BRO (Border Roads Org) has maintained the roads so well. The army and the local people together have kept the environment so clean and air that is pure & breathable! That place is so different from the rest of India. It just doesn’t feel like you’re there. For someone like me who has vertigo, driving through mountains and height I get anxiety. But the rounds are so safe and there’s help at every mile. So much respect for those people working for our country and also for maintaining the place for tourists. While driving through Bomdila to reach Tawang, you have to cross Sela Pass, a place at 13,000 ft. above sea level and beyond imagination. The region is extremely windy and cold. My words won’t do any justice to the place. With that freezing cold wind and stilled Sela Lake, the place looks dreamy and almost magical. It had a calming vibe with a little snow drizzling! I can trade anything to just be at this place. This unexplored paradise has my heart! After crossing Sela Pass, it takes another 4-5 hours to reach Tawang.

Tawang- a place that’s nothing short of a dream or just out of a movie! Not just a place with incomparable beauty but also with a history that every Indian must know. I explored Tawang and a lot of gems of Assam & Arunachal. Not to be missed I witnessed India-Bangladesh border too. How cool! But to know all of it, stay updated!

Here are some of the pictures of the breathtaking views I took!

Bhalukpong

Bomdila

Tawang

Sela Pass

India is a magnificent land of beauty which is adorned with numerous natural and architectural wonders of the world. You can have a picturesque view of sprawling jungles, thriving wildlife, amazing waterfalls, ancient monuments and a lot more. Among all these scenic beauties, the view of a raging and roaring waterfall is simply beyond any description. If you are eager to explore the unexplored beauty of India in the form of fantastic waterfalls, take a quick look below.

Jog Falls, Shimoga, Karnataka
Jog Falls
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The southern state of Karnataka is known to have some of the breath-taking and beautiful waterfalls in India. Jog Falls is said to be the second highest plunge waterfall in India which describes its extraordinary beauty itself. The water falling down from the height of 253 meters from a cliff is a view worth capturing in a camera lens. During the monsoon season, around 3.4 million tonnes of water is falling down the cliff with full force. Which makes it an unforgettable experience for any visitor.

Dudhsagar Falls, Goa
Dudhsagar Falls
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The waterfall name has an extraordinary meaning which translates into “ocean of milk.” This is due to the fact that water falling down from a height of 310 meters at Mollem, Goa is nothing less than a milky ocean. With its raging force and volume, it makes a beautiful view during the monsoon season. The amazing Dudhsagar waterfall is located on the Mandovi River in Goa. It is one of the highest waterfalls in India with an altitude of 1017 feet. With a mesmerizing surrounding location and the sight of water forming milky foams is really a spellbound visual treat. No doubt, it is a perfect outdoor vacation with your friends, partner, and family members.

Iruppu Falls, Coorg (Karnataka)
Iruppu Falls
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Due to the presence of numerous beautiful locations, Coorg is one of the popular hill stations in Southern India. One of the prominent features of this beautiful hill station is Iruppu Falls. Which is situated near to the Nagarhole National Park. The waterfall becomes a place of spiritual significance for devotees who visit here in large numbers during the auspicious occasion of Shivratri. In order to get rid of their countless sins by taking a holy bath here. It is undoubtedly a perfect blend of beauty and spirituality that makes it a visual experience which is hard to be ignored.

Shivanasamudra Falls (Karnataka)
Shivanasamudra Falls
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Located in the Madhya district of Karnataka, this charming waterfall known as Shivanasamudra Falls gets divided into eastern and western branches. Moving down the rocky cliffs, the falls are brimming with the diverse range of flora and fauna due to the presence of Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary. It is definitely a paradise for photography enthusiasts and travelers who love to explore unique places. Don’t miss out a visit to this extraordinary waterfall whenever you are going for a vacation to Karnataka with your family members, friends or beloved partner.

Athirapally Waterfalls (Kerala)
Athirapally Waterfalls
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Want to enjoy the monsoon season in a beautiful manner with your beloved girlfriend or wife? Don’t make any other excuse and just head towards Athirapally Waterfalls in Kerala. The water of this fantastic waterfall appears in silver color and gives life to the nearby lush green forests. This magnificent forest is also home to various wildlife animals such as Great Indian Hornbill, Cochin Forest Cane Turtle, Nilgiri Langur and a lot of other wonderful animal species.

So, witness the beauty and charm of nature in its pristine form by making a quick trip to these enchanting waterfalls. They can easily make your heart skip a beat with their sublime beauty and grandeur. What are you still waiting for? Just pack your bags and escape into the natural beauty and surroundings with your loved ones.

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