Categories
Lifestyle

Glimpse of India- eXplore India in this Lifetime

eXplore India in this Lifetime

Don’t get confused by the title of my post (*wink;)
You would need more than a lifetime to explore every corner of vibrant India. There’s so much to see in this single country. Snow-clad mountains, pristine rivers, tea gardens, beaches, a great many historical sculptures, monuments and what not! You say and India displays it. A vivid area of 3.3 million km square with 1.3 crore diverse people following a variety of cultures and religions defines the country called India.

But.
To justify my title, I will say that the whole of India cannot be covered in a lifetime but with proper planning and execution, YOU CAN eXplore India in a lifetime, rather in 2-3 months.

🌷 Get a map of India and contact a good travel agent.
🌷Mark India as North, South, East, West and start planning.
🌷 Shortlist the important places to visit in each quadrant. Plan your travel in a way such that you can spend 10-15 days in each quadrant.
🌷 Follow the rules of comfortable travelling. Embrace Minimalist travel and pack less.

🌷 Book your rail/air/bus tickets in advance to save time and money.
🌷 Don’t forget to take a good camera with you to save beautiful memories.
🌷 You can do it, stay motivated with good health and immunity.

I know what’s running in your mind! Coming to that point now.

Which places should be visited in India?
There are tens of thousands of places to visit in India. You want to get the flavour of each and every culture/landform/history. I found this interesting blog that will help you plan to travel India in just 50 days🙂

There’s another post on Top 100 places to visit in India that’s quite useful.

A few days back, our blogger friends completed #XploreBharat blog series where each blogger gave 2-3 India travel posts. I submitted three posts; providing below the links for you to explore.

1) Things to do in Tripura

2) Freeze Your Moments in Solang Valley- Manali Calling

3) Chandigarh- City Beautiful With a Heart

My personal favorite places to visit in India are:

New Delhi
Amritsar
Chandigarh
Dharamshala
Manali
Leh, Ladakh
Jaipur
Jaisalmer
Udaipur
Ranthambore
Kutch
Gir National Park
Mumbai
Goa
Andaman and Nicobar
Munnar
Tirupati
Konark
Hyderabad
Bengaluru
Mysore
Kolkata
Shillong
Varanasi
Khajuraho

There’s so much to eXplore and so little time:)
I hope my post will act as a catalyst to speed up your planning to travel to India. Take my word, ‘eXploring India’ is going to be the experience of a lifetime. So, are you ready with the India map?

This post is a part of Blogchatter A2Z and Global AtoZ blogging challenge. I’m writing 26 posts in the month of April on the theme Glimpse of India. Follow my work on social media platforms with hashtags #AditiWrites, #CelebrateIndiaWithAditi

#BlogchatterA2Z #AtoZChallenge


Top post on IndiBlogger, the biggest community of Indian Bloggers

Categories
Lifestyle

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

Top post on IndiBlogger, the biggest community of Indian Bloggers

Categories
Lifestyle

Chandigarh- City Beautiful with a Heart

Chandigarh- City Beautiful with a Heart

A person with Punjab connection resonates with the simple mention of the city beautiful- Chandigarh. I am one such fellow. Internationally known for its planning and architecture, Le Corbusier’s creation Chandigarh is one of the cleanest and the happiest cities in India. In one of the articles, BBC named Chandigarh as the perfect city in terms of architecture, modernisation and cultural growth.
Back in the 1890s, the first architect of the city Albert Mayer challenged ‘American claim that rejected the City Beautiful concepts’ and determined to build one. The city, later completed by Le Corbusier in 1949 replaced Lahore, the capital city of Punjab before partition.

Pic credit: Wikimedia.org

One can find a number of ‘The Open Hand sculptures’ in Le Corbusier’s Chandigarh, a sign of peace and reconciliation. Chandigarh derived its name from the ancient temple of an Indian Goddess- ‘Chandi Mandir’ in Panchkula.

The city has produced many renowned personalities. Industry exposure, the freedom of expression and a great many opportunities, Chandigarh attracts learners and achievers from all over the country.
Ayushman Khurrana, Abhinav Bindra, Yami Gautam, Yuvraj Singh, Bani J, Sachin Bansal- Binny Bansal and Gul Panag are a few of the famous personalities from the city:)

My Connection with Chandigarh

When I was a child, Chandigarh was my parents’ favourite place to visit on weekends. Just two hours drive from our home and complete with amazing things to do, Chandigarh carved a deep influence on my mind and heart.
The city is well-planned and the breathtaking modern architecture takes you on a dream ride. My all-time favourites are Rock Garden, Rose Garden, Sukhna Lake, Musical fountain, Sector 17 market and Japanese Garden.

Rock Garden

It was the creative mind of Nek Chand who built sculptures from waste materials like broken crockery, glass and bangles. The man raised the 13-acre empire of pottery covered concrete structures. Rock Garden was opened to the general public in 1986. A workforce of 50 labourers was allotted to Nek Chand to develop the garden.

You will be surprised to know that Rock Garden is the second most popular place in India after Taj Mahal.

Sukhna Lake

Sukhna Lake is the place Chandigarh people love to boast about. Le Corbusier created the lake for the care of body and spirit. Seasonal steam ‘Sukhna Choe’ was dammed to develop beautiful Sukhna Lake. Tranquil lake, green patches and picturesque view, Sukhna lake is adored by one and all. It is frequently visited by tourists, health-conscious walkers, families seeking quality-time together and enthusiastic youngsters.

Japanese Garden

Japanese Garden is counted as one of the best places to visit in Chandigarh. Japanese architecture, Pagoda tower, meditation hut and Japanese food; Japanese Garden takes you to Japan without travelling too far. Buddha idol and other sculptures make your visit enjoyable.

Laser Musical Fountain

You can’t afford to miss the Laser Musical Fountain in the happening market of sector 17. Colourful patterns of light dancing with the fountain water presents a breathtaking view. Wait for the night to fall for the exclusive light and sound show. It will be a precious addition to your cherished memories:)

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

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 Chandigarh from ‘Jaipur by Bookhippo‘ The next stop of #XploreBharat Blog Train is Ooty by Sitharaam Jayakumar.

Passing the baton to Sitharaam Jayakumar.

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

Top post on IndiBlogger, the biggest community of Indian Bloggers

Featured post on IndiBlogger, the biggest community of Indian Bloggers

Categories
Lifestyle

Invitation to join #XploreBharat Blog Train

Celebrating the occasion of 70 glorious years of Republic India, my enthusiastic blogger friends decided to begin a blog journey visiting various places throughout the country. India is a vast country having vibrant hues on display. The Blog Train is a great way to know about the shades of India. Dear bloggers, hop on even if you’ve travelled a few places in India. Contribute by sharing your travel stories and be a part of the prestigious journey.
I’m sure you don’t want to miss the fun we are going to have:)

Onboard XploreBharat Blog Train, you might be interested in the rules to follow!

To commemorate 70 years of Republic India, ‘BlogBoosterIndia’ group is hosting #XploreBharat blog train from 1st February 2019. A minimum of 70 posts will be posted by different Travel-loving Bloggers touching 70 beautiful and unique places of India.

If you meet the following criteria fill up the form through the link given below.

YOU ARE ELIGIBLE IF:

1) You are a Travel-loving-Blogger who writes about places within India.

2) Have Social Media accounts on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.

3) You can join the FB Group – BlogBoosterIndia.

4) You can post your articles on the date committed by you.

5) You can Read, Comment and Share all the posts published in this #XploreBharat BlogTrain through your social media accounts.

6) Sign Up Form Link.

Meet the think tank behind the grand show👉

Preeti, PraGun, Suhasini, Maheshwaran, Esha, Sonia, Saba, Aditi, Sanjota, Sudip, Supriya.

Top post on IndiBlogger, the biggest community of Indian Bloggers