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Asia » India » Tamil Nadu » Ooty October 26th 2015

Ooty !! A place which is much attracted by tourists. We had heard of Ooty many times, especially, when we learn about Ooty flower shows in botanical garden or about rose garden. It was a place which I wanted to see once in my whole life time. So, I waited for the opportunity and it came. It was when Tamil Nadu Government announced its 117th flower show in 2013. I was eagerly waiting to visit it. So, I booked an indica from Coimbatore. I had planned for 3 days trip. One of my friends, Mahima also joined me. So, the day came. We both landed at Coimbatore Airport. our driver was waiting for us. We directly moved to Ooty. In around 1 hour we had reached Mettupalayam, where we started feeling the chillness. We were moving ... read more

Asia » India October 25th 2015

Was wäre eine Indienreise ohne sich mit den Religionen zu beschäftigen, die dieses Land prägen. Auf die Spuren des allgegenwärtigen Hinduismus und des durch die Mogule eingeführten Islam war ich bereits gestossen. Gerüchteweise gibt es neben diesen auch noch andere interessante, wenn auch kleinere, Glaubensrichtungen zu entdecken. Höchste Zeit dem auf den Grund zu gehen - und bei passender Gelegenheit eine Diskussion über Atheismus und Agnostizismus vom Zaun brechen ;) Erste Station dieser Queste war Amritsar, religiöses Zentrum der Sikhs im Bundesstaat Punjab. Nach erfrischend schneller Fahrt mit dem Nachtzug (15h für knapp 700km gg - aber im Schlaf vergeht die Zeit eh wie im Flug) kam ich dort frühmorgens an und wurde von einer für indische Verhältnisse sauberen, grünen und smogfreien Stadt empfangen. Beim ersten Bummel durch die Parks sah ich dann auch gleich Mä ... read more
Moderne Mönche
Blick auf Dhauladhar

Asia » India » Madhya Pradesh » Kanha National Park October 25th 2015

Kanha National Park, MP – 5th to 8th Oct 2015 We are at the mercy of Club Mahindra to decide our travel plans. So, first week of September, we ended up choosing ‘Kanha National Park’ in Madhya Pradesh. We had heard a bit about it, but certainly didn’t know enough to block the dates and also book flight tickets within an hour (not putting any effort to get additional information). We wanted our kids to experience flight journey, so we went ahead and booked the tickets to Jabalpur which is the nearest airport, yet 150 kms away from our resort. That’s our (rather mine) habit ‘Take test from life and then learn’. Following lessons were learnt this time… · Overall travel is 6 times costlier by flight (for 5 people) · Our flexibility is totally lost ... read more

Asia » India » Karnataka October 21st 2015

Determined to hit the beach immediately after lunch, we left home by 5.30am. The drive was scenic with great roads Router: Tumkur- Davangere - Yellapur- Ankola - Gokarna. Reached Kudle Beach resort by 2pm with a couple of breaks. It was a lovely resort with an awesome view of the Kudle beach. The beach is a 500m trek away which was fun in its own way. The first evening was just beach beach beach. Having totally fearless kids adds to the beach fun :) Bang opposite the resort is a beautiful hillock. We had heard that the sunset from up the hillock would be good, but were awestruck when we reached the top. The ocean view, the rocks, trek down to the waters and the entire green area left us spell bound and to top it ... read more
Kotitheertha at Gokarna town
Kudle Beach
View from Kudle Beach View Resort

Asia » India » Tamil Nadu » Ooty October 20th 2015

Ooty is the most attractive place places in India. Known as Queen of Hills, it is covered with mist and clouds most of the time. It also looks good when it drizzles. So, ‘Queen of Hills’ is famous as Tourists destination. Here is my first time experience with Ooty. it was my cousins and me who planned the trip to Ooty. We were totally 6 people. At first we planned the routes to reach Ooty. Then we found to reach Ooty there are five ways: 1) Through Mettupalayam- Coonoor to Ooty (96.6 kms , 2 hrs 45 mins) 2) Through Mettupalayam – Kothagiri to Ooty (93.7 kms, 2 hrs 48 mins) 3) Through Karamadai-Manjoor to Ooty (122 kms, 3 hrs 33 mins) 4) Through Bandipur- Gudalur to Ooty (80 kms, 2 hrs 20 mins) 5) Through ... read more

Asia » India » Himachal Pradesh » Kangra Valley October 19th 2015

Just back from a trek, all tanned! & the tan keeps reminding me of the magnificence of the mountains that I witnessed, because I was ‘in the mountains’, literally, for the 3 days. Short trip, yes! But absolutely marvelous! Bir is a small valley in the Kangra district, Himanchal Pradesh. It takes some 6-7 hours to reach the valley from Pathankot if one chooses a bus & 3-4 hours by car. Bir is also the paragliding landing site. Starting October, one can see several colorful gliders soaring high in the sky. It’s a breath taking sight. Billing is the place from you are told to jump off a mountain cliff (& if you fail to jump, you are pushed off!!) which is at an elevation of about 2600M. 15-20 minutes in the sky, flying ... read more
Picture perfect
Taking off!

Asia » India » Andhra Pradesh October 18th 2015

Day 2, 7 am: We were up and about, all packed and ready, waiting to leave post breakfast and the poor Hotel Spectrum staff could not keep up with our pace, especially on a Sunday morning. After hurriedly devouring aloo parathas and clearing our bill, we carried down our luggage, without having the patience either for check out niceties or for the hotel staff to come and bid us adieu. 9.30 am, and we were on the highway once more after a quick refuel. And what a highway it was....the road that stretched out in front of us was smooth and totally without potholes. The scenic beauty of undulating hills and greenery on either side of such a road left us breathless and ecstatic. 10am: We were on cloud nine, having reached Ichchhapurum. Fortunately the check ... read more
Coconut water after the tyre purchase
St. Peter's Church, Bheemunipatnam, consecrated in 1864
The famous clock tower at Bheemunipatnam built by the British

Asia » India » Orissa October 17th 2015

During this puja vacation my husband and I decided to take a road trip to Vishakhapatnam. Our 2 sons Rahoul, aged 12 years and Rishi, aged 8 years were extremely excited though road trips are quite the norm in our family. Day 1 : 17.10.2015 We had planned to leave by 4am but we overslept after partying the night before and finally got onto the road at that time our only concern was whether we would be able to make it to Berhampore, Orissa before sunset. Things went according to plan and we had crossed Kharagpur in 2 hours. Thereafter we slightly misjudged the turn and went along NH 6 for some time before we realised our mistake. We quickly turned back and got onto NH 60 to take us out of West Bengal. The ... read more
the rasgullas of Pahal
Pahal between Cuttack and Bhubaneshwar is famous for sweets...our car is in the background
sights of sharat

Asia » India » Kerala » Munnar October 16th 2015

I, with my college friends went to Munnar recently to get a hideaway from this hot weather. We planned for 4 day trip, and booked with a travels agency. It was meant to be a normal trip, but made breathtaking and full of excitement. Our driver came with Indica that started at 6.30 a.m from Coimbatore. We went through Udumalpet where we were stopped at atleast 4-5 check posts and paid Rs. 20 at each check post. Along the way we saw huge natural sandalwood forest (as per the driver’s information). As we were concentrating on the roads, one of friend cried to stop the car. There in front of us we saw 2 elephants crossing the roads (our eyes kept open). Our heart stopped beating. We had to wait for 15 minutes to let these ... read more

Asia » India » Tamil Nadu » Coimbatore October 15th 2015

Being in a hectic city like New Delhi, I always had a wish to visit South India and know their culture better. Then, I started with the endmost states ie. Tamilnadu and Kerala. I wanted some adventure and also to get into nature. I have already made a trip to Munnar, in this regard. Now, I chose Valparai. This is another attraction in Tamilnadu for its vast tea estates. I made my plan for 5 days as usual. I googled out places near Valparai, none attracted me like Athirapally, so it was added. Now, I booked hotel rooms and cab for my journey. So, the itinerary goes like this: 1st day land at Coimbatore , to Topslip, Stay at Topslip. 2nd day- Topslip sightseeing, overnight drive to Valparai (stay at Valparai) 3rd day- Valparai sightseeing, stay ... read more
Way to Valparai
Valparai Dam

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