Jagdalpur: An offbeat destination in India

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Jagdalpur is one of the most beautiful offbeat destination in India. It is a city located in the Bastar district of Chhattisgarh. And, Bastar is the tribal region of the state and a paradise for nature lovers, photographers and culture explorers. You will know why I say that. It offers you forests, waterfalls, wildlife, temples, handicraft and tribal dance and music. The local life of the tribals is untouched, which makes it an interesting destination to learn about (and experience) tribal India closely. I spent one of my weekends there and I loved every single moment of it. PIN IT! However, it is naxalite area so everything will not be accessible for sightseeing. You do not need to worry much, it is definitely safe to travel there. All the sites and places which are unsafe are not open to general public. Bastar is also famous for tribal art. It can be in form of a decorative piece or on a cloth. You can check out some of their work here. Apart from the handicrafts, you will see the art on random walls (no kidding). It is a beautiful piece of work and I was never tired of looking at Bastar art on the walls of civil lines, Raipur. […]

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Top 6 places to visit in Varanasi

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There are over hundreds of places which can potentially find a place in your itinerary, and confusion is normal. This post will help you decide on which places to visit in Varanasi. If you want a quick guide to Varanasi, then you can pin our infographic from my previous post, here. It lists down all the places to visit in Varanasi along with various other things necessary to travel like a local in this city. Varanasi (also known as Kashi, the city of lights) is the cultural capital of India and is no doubt a city which should find a place in your travel itinerary. The city found its name from the two rivers which flow in the north and the south of the city – Varuna and Assi. But, both of them do not find a place in the tourist attractions of Varanasi. Sad, enough! Varanasi is also situated on the banks of river Ganga. Or, shall I say Holy Ganges? I told you Varanasi is also called the city of lights. Does that mean that the city is always be brightly lit? Yes, but that’s not it. The city is not only embellished with lights, lamps, diyas but also (and mainly) the […]

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Bhool Bhulaiya, Lucknow: Why you should visit this place?

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I had to (had to!) write more about the Bhool Bhulaiya in Lucknow. I know that I sound like an overexcited kid and I actually behaved like one when I came out of this place. Long time back in the 2000s when I was google illiterate, I thought bhool bhulaiya was one open garden with walls and doors. (made up of leaves, I don’t know why I imagined something like that) Remember the sort of maze we had in video games? Something similar! I reallllllly do not know why I did not google it anytime earlier. So, when I finally googled it, I realised it is not even near to my imagination. You can see the picture below. As a kid, I heard a lot of stories about the bhool bhulaiya. Stories of how people lost their way and never came back. Stories on why and how the Government decided to close down a lot of doors. Of course, the place is full of stories – some real, some fictitous. Let me tell you some and lets have fun. The labyrinth is built inside of Bada Imambada and is indeed a very complicated structure. I wonder how the workforce did not disappear […]

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Top 3 places to visit in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh

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There are numerous places to visit in Lucknow, just know that before you begin with this post. The number “three”, does not even cover one fourth of what the city offers you in terms of “places to visit in Lucknow” but the good news is, these three are more than definitely worth a visit. Rather, if you aren’t taking out time for these, then you are missing out on a life time opportunity. So, before we proceed further, I want to share some insights on Lucknow. Lucknow is one of the largest cities of Uttar Pradesh and also, forms the capital city of the state. Oh god, so?  Yes, thats not the reason you should visit the city. That was just a random start. I am going to tell you the reason now onwards. It is historically a rich city! Actually, even if I say “extremely rich” it would still be an understatement. Trust me, the moment you will step into lucknow you will feel the history, the city has witnessed. Formerly known as Awadh, ruled by the mughal emperors for the longest time, Lucknow is jam-packed with historical monuments and history lessons. Ycukkk? Interesting history lessons, not the boring ones. […]

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Travellers Guide to Varanasi, India

Varanasi is one of the most sought after tourist destinations in India. It is called the city of lights, after all, its is not only decorated everyday with lamps and lights but with the belief and faith of millions of Hindus. You can attribute the abundant tourism to the lively, colourful, spiritual and chaotic experience you can have here – all at once! Varanasi is indeed a must visit in India, and if you want to have a quick peak into the city, read and see why I believe its is unbelievably peaceful, definitely worthy. For the purpose of this post, I am going to list down all the places and activities which are top most tourist attraction as well as other things (like food and souvenirs) which I believe is a must try or a must buy in this city.  The places and activities listed here form the core part of Varanasi and can be visited with friends and family. +1 to this attribute! If you find this information useful, do share it with others who are or might be planning a trip to India. Happy  and safe travels!

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Unmistakably peaceful, definitely worthy – My experience with Varanasi

Me: Ya, married life is going great. I moved to Varanasi, btw.   Vinayak: Its a peaceful place. I head to Kashi (Don’t get confused, it just another name for Varanasi!) when I need to resort turmoil inside me   Me: really? Thats not surprising, everyone (including my hubby) have told me this, but I haven’t gotten to feel this and get so attached to this place   Vinayak: Roam around the ghats, get lost, you will feel attached to everything. Sit with weird people.. Kashi has stories to tell   Me: I would love to experience this profound impact which the city can leave you with.   Vinayak: Its hard to start, its easy once you start and once you start, you will listen to the city breathe. Every place does has a story to tell, something they leave within you. When you travel to a city you give your time, a part of your life time. Time, you will never get back and city gives you time in its timeline! You can not not get attached.. Its old, treat it like old people, be nice to it.   So, I began today, my expedition in search of this overpowering peace. I went on a […]

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