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A Week In The Journey Of Xplore-Bharat

A Week In The Journey Of Xplore-Bharat

When we started the blog-train ‘Xplore Bharat’, our aim was to cover each and every corner of vibrant India. By the grace of the Almighty, many enthusiastic bloggers joined the show and the outcome is stupendous!

I got the opportunity of summing up the posts of week 7. All posts are interlinked. You can hop from one post to another and enjoy the ‘Xplore Bharat’ ride while sitting in your couch;)

If you’re following our chain then there’s nothing that can stop you from packing your bags to explore the treasure called India:)

On Day 1, we reached Daman by Little Duniya. You can find things to do in this small city of Union Territory Daman and Diu.

On Day 2, our blog train was halted by Prerna at the land of Superstar Rajnikanth, Chennai with Prerna Wahi.

On Day 3, Manas paved the way for Hidden Gems of Goa-Vasco Da Gama and painted a different picture of Goa.

Sun was still shining bright and our bloggers were in high spirits. Suhasini took us for a trip to the Steel City- Jamshedpur.

On Day 4, Lifewithmypenguin created magic with her Aurangabad post. Exploring Aurangabad in Two Days.

Day 5 witnessed another amazing post on Goa from Saba. The bloggers wanted to chill on the beaches of Goa and she gave us a Beach-hopping post.

Day 6. We rode on a majestic ride with Ajit’s post on Surat – A Mix of Modernity and History

Last day of the week was celebrated in two extreme corners of our country, India.

Sthuti entered with Exploring Beautiful Bhuj and the White Desert, Great Rann.

Aditi gave an account on Tripura- The state less travelled.

Things to do in Tripura

We are celebrating each day of Xplore-Bharat blog train with a different location. One more week and the memorable trip will come to an end, thankfully giving rise to hundreds of travel dreams:)

This post is a part of the #XploreBharat BlogTrain hosted by
Aditi, Esha, Maheshwaran, Preeti, Saba,Pragun, Sanjota, Sudip, Suhasini and Supriya.

Finally a big shout out to our sponsors KAIV and FABZANIA for taking this Blog Train experience even further.

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Things to do in Tripura

Pic credit: Unakoti Sculptures

Tripura- The Road Less Travelled

Sprinkled with the colours of art, history and tradition, Tripura is blessed with nature’s undisturbed charm. To begin with let’s check some interesting facts about Tripura.

1) Only one national highway, NH44 connects Tripura to the rest of India.
2) Tripura is the third smallest Indian state after Goa and Sikkim.
3) More than half the area of Tripura is covered with forests.
4) Tripura is one of the most literate states of India with a literacy rate of about 88%.
5) The distance between Tripura and Kolkata was 350 km before the partition of India which was increased to 1700 km after partition.
6) Tripura got its name from ‘Tripura Sundari’ temple in Udaipur.
7) Tripura is world-famous for bamboo products, wooden carvings and hand-woven cloth.
8) Tripura is home to world-famous heritage sites in Unakoti, Pilak and Devtamura.

Pic credit : Location of Tripura in India

Things to do in Tripura

Traditional practices mixed with modern culture gives a unique recognition to Tripura. The state boasts of gigantic sculptures of Hindu deities that have been chiselled out of the hill and that are believed to date back to between the 8th and 9th centuries. Bamboo carvings, religious celebrations, local dance and music attract tourists from all over the world.

Tripura State Museum

Pic credit: Tripura State Museum

Situated in Agartala, Ujjayanta Palace that was once the palace of the kingdom of Tripura is now the State Museum. The palace stands tall on the banks of two lakes surrounded by gardens. The impressive galleries of The State Museum showcase art, culture, lifestyle, tradition and craft work of northeast India.

Akhaura Border Post

Pic credit: The Border Post Between India and Bangladesh in Akhaura

Akhaura, the India-Bangladesh border is famous as the Wagah of the East. In the beating retreat, flags of the two countries are lowered with a mutually coordinated performance.
Agartala-Akhaura check post is the second largest trading centre with Bangladesh after Benapole and Petrapole in WB. Not only a big trading point between India and Bangladesh, but Akhaura border is also a famous tourist spot.

Tripura Sundari temple

Pic credit: Tripura Sundari Temple

Tripura Sundari temple is situated in Udaipur, about 55 km from Agartala. It is considered to be one of the 51 Shakti Peethas. *Shakti Peethas are the places that got enshrined due to the falling of the body parts of the corpse of Sati Devi when Lord Shiva carried it and wandered in Aryavartha in grief. The temple, in the shape of a tortoise is also known as Kurma Peeth. The magnificent ‘Tripura Sundari Temple’ is one of the holiest places in India and a popular tourist spot.

Ujjayanta Palace

Pic credit: Ujjayanta Palace, Agartala

Ujjayanta Palace was built by Maharaja Radha Kishore Manikya in 1900. The palace has three high domes, curved wooden ceiling, beautiful flooring and majestic doors. Mughal-style gardens enhance the beauty of Ujjayanta Palace.

Sipahijola Wildlife Sanctuary

Pic credit: Walk Through India

Located in Bishalgarh, Sipahijola Wildlife Sanctuary is famous for its clouded leopards. Variety of other animals can be spotted in the dense forests of Agartala.
The sanctuary has an artificial lake and natural botanical gardens.

Pic credit: Unakoti Sculptures

Unakoti Hills

An ancient pilgrimage of Lord Shiva, Unakoti enchants us with rock cravings from 7th century. Natural green environment, rocky mountain backdrop and waterfalls, this is one of the must visit places of India.
The most spectacular feature of Unakoti hills is the 30ft tall head of Lord Shiva, also known as the Unakoteswara Kal Bhairava.

How to Reach Agartala

By Flight:

Agartala airport is connected to the major cities of India through Guwahati and Kolkata.

By Train:

Trains are available to Agartala from Lumding in Assam. Lumding is connected to New Delhi.

This post is a part of the #XploreBharat BlogTrain hosted by
Aditi, Esha, Maheshwaran, Preeti, Saba,Pragun, Sanjota, Sudip, Suhasini andSupriya

Finally a big shout out to our sponsors KAIV and FABZANIA for taking this Blog Train experience even further.

KAIV

KAIV is a personal grooming accessory and appliances brand offering a wide range of world-class products.

FABZANIA

FabZania is an upcoming Food, Travel, Entertainment and Lifestyle web portal.

Today the #XploreBharat Blog Train has reached ‘Panoramic Ripples‘ to explore Tripura from ‘ Beautiful Bhuj and the White Desert, Great Rann by Sthuti
‘ The next stop of #XploreBharat Blog Train is Payannur, Kerala by Maya Bhat.

Passing the baton to Maya!

Pic credit: Unakoti Lost Hill Of Faces

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Theme Reveal #AtoZChallenge

Theme Reveal #AtoZChallenge

Finally, it’s the time of the year when bloggers from around the world gear up for the #AtoZ blogging challenge. The aim is to improve the visibility of their blogs in search engines. The rank grows, the audience multiplies and the blogger rises to his potential best.
I got to know about the challenge of Blogchatter and learnt a few tips from fellow blogger friends.
For me, it’s the first opportunity to grab the limelight. A lazy writer like me who enjoys her comfort zone more than anything else in the world needs a push, or more precisely, motivation in the right direction to become visible in the action sphere. This reason being adequate, I signed up for the A to Z Challenge with zeal.
The challenge before entering the main challenge itself is to select the theme on which one can write a post every day for a month.

Global AtoZChallenge

I’m a ‘Lifestyle And Social Blogger’ and my theme should be in sync with my blog. Keeping this in mind and targeting a theme to keep myself (and my readers) motivated for a long month of April, I committed myself to write on the uniqueness of my country India. India is such a vast country that we can write volumes on it. Distinct cultures bestow various hues and diversity imparts flavour to vibrant India. What’s better than my country to write an everyday column!

Guys! Follow my A to Z Challenge journey and explore the sweet and spicy traits of my India:)
I will be sharing my #AtoZChallenge posts with hashtags #AditiWrites and #CelebrateIndiaWithAditi on social media for your ready reference.


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The Spirit Behind Women’s Day

The Spirit Behind Women’s Day

Scrolling down the pages of Wikipedia I wondered what’s the idea behind Women’s Day? They don’t celebrate Men’s Day anyway! What led to the need to celebrate a day dedicated to women? The difference of authority between the two genders is obvious and the history gave another dimension to my thoughts.
Years of oppression and restricted rights, women stood up against the monopoly of men in society. Being fairer sex and emotionally weak, the woman had always been the soft target. An effort to fight for the rights, Women’s Day was first observed in New York on February 28, 1909. Initially, the day was a kind of strike from the routine household work and demanding equality in wages. Slowly, Women’s Day was accepted around the world as a tribute to women who play an important role in one’s life. Today we celebrate the day as the financial and social freedom of women. Women today are more independent and are able to challenge any injustice done to them. The #metoo campaign is one such example where women raised their voice to be heard loudly.

Coming back to celebrating the day dedicated to women. The campaign that started as a struggle to get equal rights is transformed into marketing extravaganza. Women have come a long way since then. They have achieved success and on Women’s Day, get a chance to splurge and pamper themselves. No doubt, there’s a huge relief from dreadful past yet a lot more is still to be done. The fight for rights must go on; keep the flame burning.
One lesson that we learn from the past is that women should have the courage and balanced state of mind to struggle for their rights. We infer that a healthy woman with financial independence takes bold initiatives confidently.
From my experience, I’m sharing a few important points for women to lead a graceful life:)

1) Take Care Of Your Health

‘A healthy mind resides in a healthy body’. Usually, women give importance to this proverb as long as their family is concerned. Knowingly or unknowingly, they ignore their own health. In the process of caring and loving family, the lady of the house neglects her well-being and here begins the problem.
🐟 It’s better to look after your health than to repent later. As Buddha said,
“To keep the body in good health is a duty otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.”

Eat Healthy, Exercise And Stay Positive.

2) Meditate

Meditation enables us to connect with our inner self and improves physical and mental health. Take out a few minutes every day to meditate and conquer your thoughts. Your anxiety will take a leave giving way to improved multitasking skills.
Thich Nhat Hanh said,
“Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor.”

3) Talk to self

Devote meaningful time listening to what your heart says. Keep it happy as you work on your intellect. A balanced proportion between heart and mind will take you far.

4) Chalk Out Your Future Plans

Clarity about your goal can help you plan your actions. Decide about your life goal and weave an action network around it. Once found the purpose of life, your outlook towards life will become adventurous.

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5) Financial Independence

Today a woman is as free as a man. She wants to fulfil her ambitions like her male counterpart. Financial Independence is a catalyst to her dreams. Earn. Earn but not at the cost of compromising your femininity. A woman is complete when she lives the role of a mother, wife, daughter and sister in true essence.

6) Celebrate Your Individuality

Be what you are and not a copy of somebody else. It feels good to carry the character of your favourite model but that is not you. Instead, find your follies, work on them and measure the improvement everyday.

Bring out the best in you.
Be The Best You!

7) Keep Positive Energy Flowing

Stay away from inviting negative thoughts to your mind. Your body is like glass, it absorbs and to some extent, reflects what it receives. Smile even if your life is passing through the worst phase. Accept yourself as you are and learn to forgive and forget.

Please don’t be shy to state additional steps in the comment section. I would love to know about your views:)

This post is a part of #IamWisdomWoman Blog chain hosted by 9 women bloggers who will share their wisdom of womanhood as part of International Women’s Day celebrations. The baton was passed to me by Preeti who shared ‘15 Power Songs For Every Woman Out There‘. Visit Supriya’s blog for another write-up dedicated to wonderful women:)

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Dear Blog, With Love

Dear Blog, With Love

You blessed me with freedom to express my inner rhyme,
Gave wings to creativity, sharpened my style to write,
Dear blog ‘Panoramic Ripples‘, I tribute with love,
You are my wisdom tooth I got in time!

There was a time when I was confused like hell,
What Should I Write‘ was the query as well,
A little poem here and a little wisdom quote there,
Travel experience made entry and created a stir.

Admit I couldn’t do justice to your grace,
Missed quite many days, no updates to trace,
Say Writer’s Block or Lazy Bones as you wish,
But I finally was determined to make our relation bloom and sway!

Confidence boosted, wisdom flowed,
Indiblogger and Blogchatter enchanted my growth,
Panoramic Ripples flourished, created buzz,
Badges and prizes and blogging fun:D

Brand promotions to contests, blog trains followed,
I’m happy in my little world, write and absorb,
Found my individuality, strengthened belief in self,
‘I Can’ is the real wealth, made myself proud.


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Freeze your Moments in Solang Valley- Manali Calling

Freeze your Moments in Solang Valley- Manali Calling

Diversity is the flavour of our motherland, India. In the Xplore Bharat series, we are trying to reach every corner of the beautiful country by sharing our experiences. Today, I’m sharing my ‘Solang Valley’ travelogue with you. Triggering a wish to visit the valley would accomplish my mission:)

When we planned a trip to Manali, visiting Solang Valley was something new and out of the box idea. I checked and rechecked the information on the net as my husband loves to visit lesser known places and I’m a fan of popular ones. Solang Valley, to my surprise, came out to be one of the must visit places in India. Excited, we packed our bags and began our travel to Manali by road.
It was March end and summer had already started showing signs of ascent in Delhi. We were dressed in summer casuals but our bags were full of winter essentials. Weather played us and we began to cover ourselves with layers of woollens as hills approached.

Amidst snow-capped mountains and glaciers, we made our way to Solang Valley. Solang derived its name from a combination of ‘Solang and Nallah’. The valley lies between Solang Village and Beas Kund.

Our stay at Solang Valley Resort was booked in advance. We were excited to see that the resort was frozen in the snow. Shivering badly, the first thing we did after checking in was to cover ourselves in the best woollens we had. The weather, the scenic visuals and nature’s pristine beauty; Solang Valley won our hearts in minutes.

Solang Valley is a haven for adventure sports lovers. From paragliding to parachuting to skiing, the rich palette of the valley has a lot to offer. We enjoyed Quad biking and skiing but stayed away from paragliding; a personal choice I suppose:)

Situated amidst snow-clad mountains, picturesque Solang Valley promises a holiday you’ve ever dreamt of:)
Nature has showered endless love on this hilly beauty. Mountains surround it aesthetically to present an enchanting picture.

A few kilometres away from Manali, 14 Km to be precise, Solang Valley is the perfect place to holiday in all seasons! Snow sports are the main attraction here. Parachuting, paragliding and zorbing are all-time happenings in this enthusiastic valley.

This post is a part of the #XploreBharat BlogTrain hosted by
Aditi, Esha, Maheshwaran, Preeti, Saba, Pragun, Sanjota, Sudip, Suhasini andSupriya

Finally a big shout out to our sponsors KAIV and FABZANIA for taking this Blog Train experience even further.

KAIV

KAIV is a personal grooming accessory and appliances brand offering a wide range of world-class products.

FABZANIA

FabZania is an upcoming Food, Travel, Entertainment and Lifestyle web portal.

Today the #XploreBharat Blog Train has reached ‘Panoramic Ripples‘ to explore Manali from ‘Kolkata by Manas Mukul‘ The next stop of #XploreBharat Blog Train is Shantiniketan by Esha🙂

Passing the baton to Esha!

[PS- Stay tuned to ‘Blog Booster India‘ or @BlogBoosterInd for all the action:)]

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