Wanderer .....

itzrashmi

Wanderer .....

Hello Everyone ! I am from India. The travel bug bit me way back in 2007 and since then I have had some great experiences exploring places around the world.
My husband and I love travelling and exploring new places. Travelling helps us rejuvenate.
Here, in my blog, I have tried my best to put those wonderful travel experiences into words. I hope you will enjoy reading the posts! Please feel free to leave comments, if any. I would love to hear back.






North America » United States » Florida » Miami November 23rd 2017

My husband and I decided to go to Miami for the Thanksgiving holiday rather than stand in queues at the stores to grab the black Friday deals. And I think it was a decision well made. Absolutely no regrets of having missed the deals !! ;) We planned for 3 days in Miami covering Miami beach and the KeyWest . We were of the opinion that 3 days would be sufficient to spend time in Miami but only did we realise that once you are in Miami you would just lose track of time. Oh ! what a beauty Miami is .. We took a coach(bus) from Tampa to Miami. We wanted to drive down but were warned by friends that we may end up shelling out more money on parking than anything else. And yes ... read more
The famous 7 mile bridge
Snorkeling in the Gulf of Mexico
The buoy !

Asia » India » Arunachal Pradesh April 29th 2017

Arunachal Pradesh – one of the seven sisters of the mesmerising north-east India. It is the eastern most state of India that allures everyone to explore its breath-taking destinations. Arunachal Pradesh till a few years ago eluded most of the travel enthusiasts, but with the government’s efforts to promote tourism, it now has 12 tourist circuits. Arunachal Pradesh has been blessed with abundant natural beauty with the green eastern Himalayas covering most of the region. From mountains to valleys to monasteries to orchids, this state takes pride in being one of the top three greenest states of India with almost 80% green cover. Of the 12 tourist circuits, we chose the ‘Tezpur-Bhalukpong-Bomdila-Tawang’ circuit and off we went in summer to explore the mystic land. Since most of the commercial airlines do not fly into Arunachal Pradesh ... read more
when the shades appeal to you..
can they be any less beautiful?
Welcome to Tawang !

Asia » India » Rajasthan October 20th 2016

We planned to visit Rajasthan in the month of October as the weather is favourable during the post-monsoon season in the otherwise hot Indian state. Rajasthan is a vibrant state comprising palaces and forts. It is also famous for its colourful bandhani sarees , leather products and delicious snacks. Since most of the places of interests in Rajasthan are relatively far from the capital city Jaipur, we decided to hire a car in Jaipur and go on a road trip to experience Rajasthan. Jaipur We flew into Jaipur on a pleasant Thursday morning in October. From the airport, we took a taxi directly to the place where we were supposed to pick up our Zoomcar ( Zoomcar is a car rental company in India).After the formalities, we picked up the car and were about to begin ... read more
Astronomical structure in Jantar Mantar
The museum at city palace
Ah! the puppets

Asia » India » Sikkim May 7th 2016

It is not easy to get rid of the taste of Northeast India. You go there once and you will keep going there. It was the same case with us - last summer was Assam and Meghalaya and this summer it was Sikkim. Sikkim is a small state nestled between Nepal and Bhutan and is home to the third highest mountain peak - Kanchendzonga or Kanchanjunga. What more can you ask for when you are in the lap of the majestic Himalayas. Sikkim is also credited to be the first 'fully organic state'of India. This means all the agricultural produce is completely organic and you can eat anything without being concerned about the pesticides. It also has banned the use of plastic bags and stayfoam. Since the nearest airport to Sikkim is Bagdogra (in West Bengal), ... read more
Tsomgo lake
A misty morning

Asia » India » Goa December 18th 2015

You know where to go when you want to hit the beaches in India - Goa !! Though the coastline extends from Gujarat in the west to West Bengal / Mizoram in the east covering the whole of southern India, Goa still remains everyone's favourite . I think it is because of its lively, colourful and vibrant culture. Goa was/is also highly influenced by Portuguese culture mainly because it was their colony. The Portuguese influence can be seen in the architecture styles of churches , buildings and houses. Everything is easy going in Goa. There are two - wheeler motorcycles ( without gear) available for rent for a very reasonable price. Just hire a bike and let yourself get lost in Goa ! Well, Goa has to be experienced than read about. There is North Goa ... read more

Asia » India » Assam March 26th 2015

We drove from Shillong in Meghalaya to Kaziranga in Assam which took us about 5 hrs. You know you are in Assam when you see stretches of paddy fields and tea plantations around you. As we drove along the perimeter of Kaziranga National Park , we spotted couple of one horned Rhinoceros and got excited about our next day's safari in the park. One can find variety of wildlife in most of the wildlife national parks in India but some parks are mainly known for specific kind of wildlife. For instance, Bandipur and Nagarhole National parks in the South are famous for Bengal tigers, Gir Forest in Gujarat for Asiatic Lions; and Asiatic Elephants are found throughout. Similarly, Kaziranga National Park in Assam takes pride in having one-horned rhinoceros , one of the endangered species on ... read more
Co-existence
The misty morning safari
In the wild..

Asia » India » Meghalaya March 21st 2015

Northeast India – the land of seven sisters and a brother; Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Manipur, Nagaland and Tripura being the seven sisters and their little brother Sikkim. Northeast India, until the late 2000s, was disturbed by unrest caused by Naxalites and clashes and tension between the local tribal people and the government. With all this going on, tourism was out of question. However, things have now changed over a period of time and with the eased tension between the tribes and the government, Northeast India has now become a popular tourist destination. Each of the north-eastern states with their unadulterated natural beauty have different things to offer. Be it the one-horned rhinoceros in Assam or the living-root bridges of Meghalaya or the third highest mountain peak in the world - Kanchenjunga in Sikkim, every ... read more
The mighty cliffs of Meghalaya
The mighty cliffs of Meghalaya
Limestone caves

Asia » India » Jammu & Kashmir » Ladakh August 22nd 2014

Ladakh is and will be one of my favourite travel destinations ever. The picturesque landscapes and beautiful valleys always leave me awestruck. Nestled in the laps of Himalayas, Ladakh is an eye candy for nature enthusiasts. The numerous Buddhist monasteries in Ladakh give an insight into the religion and the teachings of Buddhism. The best way to reach to Ladakh is via road. Manali to Leh on motorbike is one of the most famous road trips and is on the bucket list of many people. I haven’t been on a road trip from Manali to Leh but have read that it is one of the most scenic rides and it offers a magnificent view of the Himalayas as you ride along. Since we had only a week off from work , we couldn’t plan for the ... read more
Goji villa
Leh Palace
A view from Leh palace

Asia » India » Mizoram November 16th 2013

After Sarkundi Pass trek in the Himalayas, my husband and I were now kind of getting addicted to trekking. We next planned for 'YHAI Mizoram trekking and caving expedition' the same year we did Sarkundi pass.This time my brother, cousin and a friend were also interested in joining us on the trek.So, we booked the trek for 5 people . The day we were leaving for the trek, I developed flu symptoms :(. I thought it would subside and decided to carry on with the plan.The 5 of us flew to Guwahati and were waiting for our connecting flight to Aizawal(capital of Mizoram).I was feeling very uncomfortable given the fact that the flu symptoms had now turned to fever.I somehow hung on with the help of paracetamols. We reached Aizawal airport in the evening. We hired ... read more
A view of Aizawal
Beautiful sunset

Asia » India » Himachal Pradesh April 29th 2013

I had always wanted to go trekking in the Himalayas. This materialised when we booked our trekking slots for Sarkundi Pass . We had to report to the Base Camp near Manali in Himachal Pradesh on April 29th. We had booked our trekking through YHAI ( Youth Hostels Association of India) which organises treks at state and national levels. This was our first with YHAI. Come April last week, we started gearing up for the trek. We packed all the essentials into two backpacks. We flew into Delhi and from Delhi took a bus to Manali. Himachal Pradesh is a blessed land with abundant natural beauty. The beuatiful Himalayas adorn its beauty.That morning, I woke up in the bus to find myself surrounded by the Himalayas and I couldn't contain my happiness. This was my first ... read more
Day 1 - Base camp at 15 mile
Day 1 - Manali market
Day 1 - Hadimba temple




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