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Thursday, 10 August 2017

Kerala Monsoon - Busting Myths!

Kerala Monsoon - Busting Myths!


Once upon a time, yes that is how the story is told and retold during the heavy showers of Kerala, there was no rain. The kingdoms of Chola and Chera and Pandya were dying of drought. The kings were worried, their subjects were dying. They consulted and decided to leave the administration in the hands of the kings’ hand and go pray to the Lord of Rain, Indra. Sometime in the jungle and some long days of prayer ahead, the God was impressed enough to give them each four months of rain.

 

Months went by and the rain did come, but one king got too much and the other too little. They went to the God and again and ended up having 8 months of rain for King of Chera and two months of ample rain for Cholan and Pandiyan kings. Yes, that is what the folklore says about the Kerala monsoon. When you stand in the rain, it pushes against your body. The clouds thunder above your head, and the lightning strikes hard and bad. 

It is also the most beautiful time of the year to visit this paradise. Don’t believe us? Let us bust the popular myths about Kerala monsoons, right away.

Myth 1: The rain is scary and never ends, leaving you with less time and option to explore.

Reality:
Yes, the Kerala rain is bad. But, unlike the mountain rain it isn’t cold and unpleasant. The clouds are a mix of bright and dark and the lightening isn’t deadly. Lets just say it is the kind of rains you would love to take a walk in while smelling the earth.



Myth 2: Kerala is a backpacker’s delight.

Reality:
Kerala welcomes every kind of traveller. You may not be out looking for an adventure. You may just want a spa weekend. Kerala has it all. Infact, it is more romantic in the rain. Yes, take the lady love out this monsoon for a nice meal by the backwaters in a houseboat. The sights are prettier, trust us.

 


Myth 3: Prices are high during the peak season- Monsoon.

Reality:
The whole internet is asking just about everyone to visit Kerala during rain, the hotels gotta be expensive right? Wrong. Kerala is a rain driven land and offers great discounts if you know where to look and end up there during rain. There are some hotels that offer accommodation at discounts ranging from 20-50%.

 


Myth 4: The locals aren’t welcoming during festivities.

Reality:
The linguistic barrier stays, but the locals love to invite the travelers into the Oman festivities and many others. If you are lucky you may even be invited to a wedding. It is beautiful to see the pomp and show which you are very much welcome to.




How to get there?

It is approximately 2 hours by flight from Mumbai. You can book them straight for Kochi and Thiruvananthapuram and then take road transport across the state.

How much will you spend?

So, let us say you want to stay for 4 days and 3 night, with your family in a decently good hotel inclusive of sightseeing, you shall spend anything between 13000-15000/- if you aren’t being extremely thrifty.


  Who to take along?

 Anyone who’s company you enjoy.  Great place for families, couples and   friends alike.
 The monsoons decide wars and  famines and disasters and richness.  They define the life of most of the  country’s populations. They hide  millions of tonics amidst those lush evergreen forest they wash over. In this cocoon created by temperature controlled development, you may be watching your life unfold as a Facebook memory but think of the paper boat rushing down the stream in the rain from your childhood, and you’ll know why are asking you to go to Kerala.

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Discovering Arunachal Pradesh - 8 Best Places to Visit!

Discovering Arunachal Pradesh - 8 Best Places to Visit!




Very few places have been blessed with the best of everything and Arunachal Pradesh is one of them. The easternmost tip of India, where the sun rises in its own beautiful way, offers you breathtaking views, exotic scenery and a memorable experience. Generally unexplored, you will find yourself retrospecting why you didn’t get to this place before.




Majestic mountains, silent green valleys, snow ice tops, panoramic views and what not! If you want to relax, or go for adventure sports, or trek your way, wildlife enthusiast or just a tourist, Arunachal Pradesh sits like the queen of the east, unraveling its mysteries one by one. Excited about travelling to Arunachal yet? Check out these amazing destinations!


Tawang


Situated at 10000 feet above the sea level, you will find yourself surrounded by Tibet on the north, Bhutan on west and Sela range on the east. The beautiful lakes and views will leave you spellbound. One of the oldest and largest Indian monastery - Tawang monastery is some 400 years old and one of the most visited spot!


> Known for - Buddhism, Nature, Monasteries
> What to see - Sela Pass, Tawang Monastery, Gorichen Peak,Taktsang Gompa, Nuranang Waterfalls, Bumla Pass
> Ideal Duration - 1 - 2 Days
> How to reach -
By Air - Nearest Airport is Tezpur Airport - 315 km, connected via Guwahati and Kolkata.
By Rail - Nearest Railway is Tezpur Railway Station, from there one can take a taxi or cab till Tawang.
By Road - Nearest town is Bomdila, take a bus or cabs till Tawang - 160 km.







Bomdila


Do you wish to view the white snow capped himalayas in full glory? Bomdila is the place to be. See the beautiful orchards bloom and the picturesque surroundings. Explore the crafts and the local shopping centres.
> Known for - Orchards, Scenery, Hills
> What to see - Bomdila Monastery, Apple Orchards, Dirang Valley, Sessa Orchid Sanctuary, Bomdila View Point, Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary, Craft Centre And Ethnographic Museum.
> Ideal Duration - 1 - 2 Days
> How to reach -
By Air - Nearest Airport is Tezpur - 145 km
By Rail - Nearest Railway is Tezpur Railway Station.
By Road - Bomdila is connected by many major cities. NH13 connects Bomdila, you can travel via state run buses or cabs.









Ziro Valley

A World Heritage Site, Ziro Valley in an unexplored treasure. Now taking a centrestage through the Ziro Music festival, this place has some of the best attractions in Arunachal. Famously known as Apatani Plateau, the valley is green and serene and makes you transport to european countryside.


> Known for - Valley, Hills, Nature
> What to see - Visit Talley Valley, Tarin Fish farm and Wild Life Sanctuary, Meghna Cave Temple, Ziro Puto, Hapoli, Kile Pakho, Tipi Orchid Research Centre and the  Pine Bamboo groves are a natural delight.
> Ideal Duration - 2 Days
> How to reach -
By Air - Nearest Airport is Tezpur Airport - 271 km.
By Rail - Take a cab from the nearest Tezpur station.
By Road - Cabs and State run buses are available from Itanagar or Assam and you can travel to Ziro from there.






Roing

Located in the Dibang Valley, Roing is an important tourist destination in Arunachal. Roing has a plethora of options, from nature lovers, adventure enthusiasts, history and archeology buffs or just a nomad traveller. A place which mixes solitude with beauty.


> Known for - Adventure, Nature, Waterfalls
> What to see - Visit Mayudia, Bhismaknagar Fort, Mehao Lake, Nehru Van Udyan, Sally Lake, Hunli, Nijomaghat, Iphi Pani Ghat
> Ideal Duration - 1 - 2 Days
> How to reach -
By Air - Nearest Airport is Dibrugarh Airport - 145 km, connecting flights from Kolkata, Delhi and Guwahati.
By Rail - Nearest Railway is Dibrugarh Town Railway Station - 150 km and connected by all major railway networks in North East.
By Road - Nearest Bus connectivity is from Tinsukia, Assam and from there it is a 4 - 5 hour journey.









Itanagar

The capital of Arunachal Pradesh offers various attractions and your bucket list is not complete without visiting this city. The city has a rich heritage demonstrated by its museums and tribes, scenic views of the hills and forests and some exotic species of flora and fauna.



> Known for - Heritage, Nature, Himalayas, Brahmaputra River
> What to see - Visit Itanagar Fort, Jawaharlal Nehru State Museum, Ganga Lake, Polo Park, Itanagar Wildlife Sanctuary - for Langurs, Antelopes, Himalayan Black Bear, Gorals etc.
> Ideal duration - 2 - 3 Days
> How to Reach -
By Air - Nearest Airport is Rowriah Airport in Jorhat - 218 km, connecting Kolkata, Bangalore, Guwahati.
By Rail - Nearest accessible railway is Harmuti Railway and Tezpur Railway Station
By Road - NH15 & NH13 are the highways passing through and there is good connectivity from major cities especially in the north - east.








Pasighat



The oldest town in Arunachal Pradesh, Pasighat is located on the banks of Siang River. Also known as the gateway to Arunachal, this destination is a blessing of nature and views that will leave you enchanted.

> Known for - Hills, Brahmaputra River, Orchards
> What to see - Pangin and Daying Ering Wildlife Sanctuaries and Kekar Monying are top tourist spots.
> Ideal duration - 1 Day
> How to reach -
By Air - Nearest Airport is Dibrugarh Airport - 160 km
By Rail - Nearest Railway is Dibrugarh Railway station, cabs are available till Pasighat.
By Road - Buses are well connected from Assam and other parts of Arunachal Pradesh to Pasighat.





Dirang

Mostly crossed on the way to Tawang, Dirang is a hidden gem in the wilderness of Arunachal. Dirang is influenced by Buddhist and Bhutanese culture and the presence of that can be felt through Kalachakra Gompa and Dirang Dzong.


> Known for - Buddhism, Nature
> What to see - Dirang Dzong, Hot water springs, Sangti Valley, National Research Centre are some of the must do and see.
> Ideal duration - 1 Day
> How to reach -
By Air - Nearest Airport is Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport -  350 kms, connected via Guwahati, Delhi and Kolkata.
By Rail - Nearest Railway station is Tezpur Railway station.
By Road - Cabs and Buses are best connected via Itanagar, Tezpur  and Guwahati.







All the action and adventure with a taste of nature, Arunachal Pradesh is a destination definitely not meant to disappoint. Amidst the valleys and the hills, each place is unique in its own way and offers an amazing experience.

Are the mountains calling to you? Check out Arunachal vacation on Tripshelf.com


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Namrita Singh

Monday, 24 July 2017

Go Go Guwahati!

Go Go Guwahati!




Unparalleled beauty and scenic ambience will surely win your heart at the city of Guwahati. The capital of Assam has been a tourist hotspot in the east and the attraction doesn't seem to fade. Mountains form the backdrop of the city along with the undulating waterfalls, quite a striking imagery right?



If you are planning to go to Guwahati we give you all you need to know, from information on how to reach to the major attractions, best time to visit and other excursions!



Best Season!

The seasons in Guwahati have a charm of their own and the pleasant winters and moderate summers make for the best time to visit this dreamy land.

October to March -
> The best time to enjoy a holiday in Assam is usually in these months as the weather is pleasant.
> There are also other Magh Bihu celebrations during this time which is a splendid experience.

April to May -
> Moderate Climate throughout the season and the temperatures are not soaring high, making this period also a good time to jet off to Guwahati.

Tip! - June to October is the monsoon seasons and the prices of hotels and prices fall, however the water level increases and the continuous rain make it difficult to travel so this season is best avoided!


Pleasant and Moderate Climate is the best time to go!
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How to Reach!


Guwahati is well connected via airlines and other networks from many major cities in India.
> By Air - Nearest Airport is Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport, Guwahati. Cabs and Taxi services are available to take you to any other destination in and around the city.


> By Railways - Major cities in India are connected to Guwahati via two major railway stations, Guwahati Junction and Kamakhya Junction.

> By Road - If you’re planning a road trip to Guwahati, NH31 is connected from the neighbouring states and to travel in and around Assam, there is NH37.


Tourist Attractions

Nature is abundant in the landscape of Assam and Guwahati has been blessed with plenty of it. There are variety of animal and plant species found in the sanctuaries and parks, temples and other religious places of importance and many other scenic destinations.

Temples of Hajo
Situated at some distance from the Brahmaputra river, Hajo is an ancient pilgrimage centre for Hindus, Buddhists and even Muslims.
> The most famous temple is the Madhava Temple at the Monikut Hill, dedicated to Lord Shiva and is also known for its beautiful architecture.

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Guwahati Planetarium
A must go for all astronomy and space lovers. The planetarium promises to be a fun and learning experience.
> The Sky watching sessions conducted by the experts at the planetarium, special shows projected on a dome shaped overhead screen are the star attraction of the Planetarium.


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Assam State Zoo
If wildlife interests you, this is a must go for you, Assam State Zoo houses some of the most endangered species.
>  The whiter tigers, one horned rhinos, Swamp tapirs and leopards are crowd favourites.


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Umananda Temple
Located in the Brahmaputra River, Umananda is dedicated to Lord Shiva. This is built on peacock island, the world’s smallest inhabited riverine island making it an adventure trip in Assam.

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Kamakhya Temple
Kamakhya Temple has a lot of historical and archeological significance, therefore a definite place to visit in Assam.
> Kamakhya - Goddess of Desire, is said to have been born after Shiva’s altercation with Sati as one of the 51 shakti peethas.

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ISKON
One of the landmarks in Assam, ISKON temple of Guwahati is called Shri Shri Rukmini Krishna. Like with many other temples, this too has a religious and architectural significance.
> Take part in the ‘Aarti’s’ and explore the vast temple, the interiors, the lush gardens.
> The visitors can have the 'prasadam' at the temple, various festivals such as Janmashtami and Jagannath yatra are celebrated at the temple.


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There you go! The North - East truly shines and Assam is a definite destination on the bucket list.
Check out Guwahati along with other beautiful places like Shillong and Cherrapunjee, making the best of your eastern adventure on Tripshelf.com!






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Namrita Singh
 
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