Travel

Long weekend getaway to Corbett National Park in Ramnagar, Uttarkhand with Corbett Wild Iris Resort

“The book of nature has no beginning, as it has no end. Open this book where you will, and at any period of your life, and if you have the desire to acquire knowledge you will find it of intense interest, and no matter how long or how intently you study the pages, your interest will not flag, for in nature there is no finality.”  ― Jim Corbett

I always have been curious about life of legendary Jim Corbett, who was famous both for his hunting of man eaters as well as for wildlife conservation efforts in the Kumaon region of Uttarkhand. It was his endeavour to protect the wildlife of Kumaon region that led to the setting up of Jim Corbett National Park 1936 (formerly known as Hailey National Park). I had been planning to visit Jim Corbett National Park with family for a long time now, but as luck would have it, it was with my fellow women traveller friends that I went off on an almost impromptu long weekend getaway some time ago.

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Sushmita Sarkar
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Holi Festival in India | Celebrating Baithaki Holi in Kumaon, Uttarakhand

Holi is one of the most well-known Indian festivals the world over, characterised by playfulness, colours and bonding over poetry, songs & dancing. People from all over the world visit India to celebrate Holi, specifically the version played in North Indian region of Uttar Pradesh. There are many forms in which Holi is celebrated all over India, like West Bengal’s famed Shantiniketan ‘Dol’ celebrations or like Hola Mohalla in Punjab. In the hill state of Uttarakhand, Holi is celebrated over many days in the villages of Kumaon region in what is known as Baithaki Holi. This Holi, I travelled to Jim Corbett National Park in Ramnagar area of Kumaon and among many other experiences, playing Baithaki Holi was one of my most enjoyable & cherished experiences. Sharing my #baithakiholi experience with all readers here.

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Sushmita Sarkar
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Chandi Devi Temple in Haridwar | Temples in Haridwar, Uttarakhand

Chandi Devi temple in Haridwar, Uttarakhand is a revered Hindu pilgrimage site in Haridwar, Uttarakhand, India.  Haridwar is an ancient town and a prime pilgrimage destination for Hindus and has many temples, of which Mansa Devi is one of the primary piths (or pilgrimages). Therefore, it sees busy footfalls all-round the year.  Haridwar also happens to be my second home and I keep visiting it regularly. This time around, we had some  extended family members coming to visit  us in Haridwar and on their agenda was religious tour of the city. So we took them to visit Chandi Devi Temple, along with the usual Har ki Pauri. I am sharing my travel notes for the benefit of religious traveller or anyone wanting to visit the Chandi Devi temple when in Haridwar.

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Sushmita Sarkar
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Long Weekend Getaways from Delhi-NCR in August | Must Visit Destinations from Delhi

August is here and there are one two three fabulous long weekends of Rakshabandhan, Janmashtami, Independence Day and  Ganesh Chaturthi to relax, rejuvenate from our busy work lives.  It’s also a great opportunity to travel and the long weekends this month August are of 3 and 5 days each, Rakshabandhan is on a Monday (7th August), Janmashtami is on a Monday and Independence Day is just the day after (so there are 4 days off including the weekend) and Ganesh Chaturthi is on a Friday (again clubs with a weekend). There are some great destinations from Delhi/NCR which can be covered in the long weekend of August and I have compiled a list here of top 10 destinations for long weekend getaway from Delgi/NCR, based on my previous long weekend travels. All of these destinations can be covered in 3-5 days. So here we go:

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Sushmita Sarkar
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Flowers in Khirsu, Uttarakhand India

Just living is not enough...

one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower

~ Hans Christian Anderson~

Whenever I am in the mountains, the stunning beauty of flowers amaze enthrall me and I end up taking many many pictures as memories to gaze later in my stressful city life. On my last summer getaway to Khirsu, Uttarakhand, I took back home beautiful memories of many such flowers, some of which I am sharing here.

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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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