Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Ardh Kumbh 2016 at Haridwar, Uttarakhand (India) ~ Experiences and Introspections

Kumbh Mela and Ardh Kumbh Mela are one of the biggest mass festivals of Hindu Faith. Held in 4 locations in India, the most oldest and sacred is considered to be held at Haridwar. While the kumbh mela is held every 12 years, the ardh kumbh mela is held every 6th year in between. The Ardh Kumbh Mela is currently going in Haridwar and I got the opportunity to experience this magnificent gathering of faith last week.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Travel Blogs and Bloggers I follow as a Traveler

Internet and Blogging has changed the way we travel phenomenally. As someone who loves to travel and spends a considerable amount of earnings into travel (which btw I consider investment into myself just like people do other kinds of investments, but let’s get back to the topic here), I have benefitted in more ways than I can count due to travel blogs. That is the reason I have huge respect for travel blogs and travel bloggers (not counting myself!) as I have got some of the best personal accounts from the travel bloggers on destinations, road trips, etc. (for example - I have searched for some road trip in India and some relatively unknown travel blog has cropped up everytime, giving such a wonderful account of the road trip) . However,  since the time I started blogging (in 2006) many of the bloggers have stopped blogging and many new have entered the arena, so my deep appreciation goes to those who have been blogging (as I know how difficult it can be to blog with a full time job).  So with this sense of deep appreciation, I am sharing here my list of travel bloggers that I read regularly as a traveller and I can count on to inspire me to travel & give me authentic & useful information:-

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Sightseeing SOHO in Hong Kong

I first got interested in SOHO when my friend and Hong Kong resident Payal described it to me, during one of our chats just after she had relocated to Hong Kong. She loved it so much that she even wrote a guest post on it. So, SOHO was on the top of my must visit places in Hong Kong, during my solo trip there. 
Sharing my experience of sightseeing in SOHO district in Hong Kong.

Saturday, April 09, 2016

Kashmir ~ Summer Travel 2016 Wishlist

Ever since my brother got posted to J&K, he has been telling, in fact persuading us to visit Kashmir. He tells us that as avid travelerrs, we are definitely missing out on a beautiful state & many beautiful destinations in the state. 
Jammu & Kashmir is a beautiful state with friendly people and it has been quite a popular destination for both international and domestic travelers.  During one of our discussions on travel and on talking about safety & security, he told me to first go and have a look at the Kashmir Tourism website and see how popular it is with travelers, both international and domestic. Indeed, I was totally delighted by what I searched on the website.  I learnt that Kashmir is easily accessible and has a convenient connectivity from New Delhi. In fact, my brother usually takes a bus from new delhi to Kashmir while going back from his vacations here and also vice versa. He says the buses are safe and also economical; it usually is an overnight journey to Jammu from New Delhi. There are many decent hotels in Kashmir. Srinagar, the summer capital of Kashmir is a nice& convenient  place to halt/centrepoint to travel all over Kashmir. 

While there are many breathtakingly beautiful destinations and places to explore in Kashmir, like Srinagar – Dal Lake, My pick to start off on a travel to Kashmir would be a road trip to Mughal Road in Poonch district of Kashmir. Historically one of the most significant travel routes into Kashmir and rest of India, the famed Mughal Road  was used by Moghuls  to travel and conquer Kashmir during the sixteenth century. The Mughal Road runs between Bafliz in Poonch, to Shopian district in Kashmir Valley, passing over the Pir Panjal Mountain Range. My brother describes the whole  road to have breathtakingly beautiful scenery, snow capped hills all around, white water streams flowing and chilly breeze.

Hopefully this year, we can visit the Mughal Road, otherwise it surely is on our list of  must visit road trips in India in near future.

Saturday, April 02, 2016

Hong Kong for Vegetarian Traveler |Vegetarian Food Guide for Hong Kong

Hong Kong is famous for its fine dining and nightlife experiences. It has some of the top most restaurants in the World with Michelin star chefs , most famous is Otto E Mezze , which has a waiting period of 6 months (yes you read right, book a table today for a  meal 6 months down the line!!).   But when I was planning for mysolo travel to Hong Kong, I was told many times by the husband that I would not get much to eat out, while in Hong as I am eggitarian vegetarian. 
I am happy to share that not only I had lots of eat when in Hong Kong, it was one of the best gastronomic experiences I had abroad. So sharing my vegetarian travelers' food guide for Hong Kong, for all those fellow vegetarians who want to visit this fabulous ‘Asia’s World City”. 

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