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Heritage Street at Amritsar, Golden Temple, Punjab

The Heritage Street in the holy city of Amritsar, Punjab is a beautiful example of thoughtful urban redevelopment in making public spaces accessible & more enjoyable. Thousands of visitors come here everyday and on my recent visit to Amritsar, I could experience the difference in walking around in this old part of the city connecting to the Golden Temple, compared to my last visit couple of years back. Sharing my experience of walking around Heritage street in Golden Temple, Amritsar.

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Sushmita Sarkar
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Khirsu in Pauri Garhwal Uttarakhand, India | Summer getaway to the Himalayas

Khirsu in Pauri Garhwal, Uttarakhand is a small village located at an altitude of 1700 meters from sea level.  Conveniently located around 40 km from Srinagar town (in Uttarakhand) and 20 km from Pauri town, Khirsu is easily accessible yet away from the rush of the pilgrim route of Badrinath/Kedarnath in Garhwal. We visited Khirsu for summer family holiday and it turned out to be a relaxing break for all of us.

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Sushmita Sarkar
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Things to do in Taiwan on Long Weekend Getaway | Travel to Asia’s Hidden Gem

Taiwan, the small island nation south of China, is being proclaimed as Asia’s best kept Secret #Asiasbestkeptsecret in the travel circles currently. Taiwan and its surrounding islands, situated in East Asia at the northwestern edge of the Pacific, possess an endless variety of terrains, forests, agricultural products, and marine ecologies, as well as a diversity of ethnic cultures along with enchanting human customs and practices. My friend and intrepid traveller Payal recently went on a long weekend holiday to Taiwan and have shared their travel experience on things to do in Taiwan on a long weekend getaway,  #AsiasHiddenGem

[caption id="attachment_5120" align="aligncenter" width="400"] Taiwan - Cliff overlooking the sea in Xincheng[/caption]

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Sushmita Sarkar
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Chittor Fort in Chittorgarh Rajasthan, India | Driving Holidays in India

The history of Chittor Fort in Chittorgarh, is closely intertwined that of Udaipur. The royal house of Mewar at Udaipur has descended from the lineage of Chittorgarh. The Fort has interesting conquests, battles and tales of valour to its heritage; it is an UNESCO world heritage site. We visited Chittor fort on our 8 day long family road trip thorugh Mewar region of Rajasthan this winter.  It was definitely an interesting experience to visit this Fort.

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Sushmita Sarkar
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Vijay Stambha in Chittorgarh, Rajasthan, India | Driving Holidays in India

Vijay Stambha (Victory Tower), for me symbolized the epitome of gallantry and royal charisma of warrior clans of Rajasthan. As a kid hooked to history and geography during my school years,  the very thought of constructing a ‘victory tower’ to commemorate battles won, was both chivalrous and romantic. Then I saw pictures of my cousin’s visit to Chittorgarh and and there was this one picture of him standing next to the shimmering golden yellow tower of  Vijay Stambh, looking quite inconsequential. It was from that moment, Vijay Stambha became a part of my travel wishlist. This January, I visited Chittorgarh, as part of  our 8 day  family road trip through mewar region of Rajasthan and ofcourse, I had the chance to fulfil my wish of seeing Vijay Stambha. It was sweet fulfilment of my childhood wish and in the best way possible, with my toddler. In think, in the years to come, when my kid grows up and reads about ‘Vijay Stambha’ in school, I will tell her with pride ‘you’ve been here already kiddo”.

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Sushmita Sarkar
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Mount Abu in Rajasthan, India | Driving Holidays in India

The desert state of Rajasthan, among its many forts, palaces, aravalli mountains, sand dunes and havelis also has the lone ‘hill station’ of Mount Abu. Reading about Mount Abu in the geography textbooks in school, I was fascinated by the idea of a hill station in the dry desert state of Rajasthan and wondered how it would look like. I so wanted to visit it and on our 8 day family road trip through Rajasthan this winter, I finally visited Mount Abu. It was a bittersweet experience and I came away with mixed feelings.

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Sushmita Sarkar
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Rajasthan Road Trip through Mewar region | Family Driving Holidays in India

A Road Trip is a way for the whole family to spend time together and annoy each other in interesting new places ~ Tom Litchenheld

Winters for our family involves many must do things, chief among them is to take a road trip through one of the sunnier (or warmer if you please) states if our incredibly diverse country India. Since we happen to live in the capital of India – New Delhi, often it means that we choose Rajasthan for our winter road trips.Last year winter, we had driven through Shekhawati region of Rajasthan and since it was a great experience (read here), we again chose  a driving holiday through Rajasthan this year.

We traveled for 8 days in the month of January to the Mewar  region of Rajasthan,  choosing destinations which were both on my and the husband’s travel wish list for a long time (our toddler is 2.5 years old so she doesn’t have any destination preferences yet). It turned out to be a mixed bag of interesting experiences, disappointments and some exciting moments of adrenalin rush. Sharing our Rajasthan family road trip with all readers, hopefully you will find our journey as interesting as we experienced it.

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Sushmita Sarkar
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Top 10 Reasons to Visit Uzbekistan | Uzbekistan for Indian Travellers

When I decided on travelling to Uzbekistan for my solo trip of the year, I had my own reasons which included ticking this country off my travel bucket list finally (Yes, Uzbekistan had been on my travel bucket list since childhood). However, after spending 8 fabulous days in this fantastic country, I realised that Uzbekistan had so much to offer for Indian travellers and it makes for one of the best destinations from India within the South/Central Asian region/sub-continent. As an Indian traveller/travel lover, if you haven’t thought of travelling to Uzbekistan, you should and here are top 10 reasons to visit Uzbekistan for Indian travellers:-

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Sushmita Sarkar
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Jolly Buoy Island in Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park | Andaman & Nicobar Islands Travel Diaries

Long Sandy white beach, pristine blue clear waters and blue sky all around – I think that’s the idea of bliss most for most us when we think of a beach holiday. But to find such blissful beaches (and un crowded ones) is a hard task. Andaman & Nicobar Islands archipelago is one of those destinations which have such beaches in abundance, but to get to these beaches is a lot of effort. We visited many beautiful beaches in Andaman & Nicobar trip and travelling to each one makes for a great story. Jolly Buoy Island in Mahatma Gandhi National Park has some of the best beaches and it took us one full day to visit this island. Sharing our experience of Jolly Buoy Island here:

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Sushmita Sarkar
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Golden Smiles of Uzbeki People | Uzbekistan Travel Diaries #2

The first thing I noticed on my Uzbekistan Trip, standing in Immigration Line of Tashkent International Airport was the gold teeth of some of the Uzbeki local populace. That got me intrigued and I asked my Tour Leader Jayanti about it. She said that this was very common practice for people of Uzbekistan and sometimes whole sets of teeth are in gold! That got me really curious and apart from all the stunning monuments & breathtaking natural beauty I photographed, one of my obsessions became clicking the ‘golden smiles of Uzbeki People’.

Sharing some of the beautiful, warm and ‘golden’ smiles of people of Uzbekistan, they were most gracious to be clicked by me.

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