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I am going to ask you a few things, raise your hands if you feel the same. Do you want to escape from the daily city blues? Any nature buff out there who are looking for a place to soak in nature? Looking for a getaway with your friends for a couple of days? Want to meet new people or maybe want to enhance your cross-cultural understanding? Also read:

Travel Guide To Kodaikanal

If you agree to any of these things, I have a perfect escape plan for you. Move to nature’s one of the best creations or I should say a happy place for a small and satisfying vacation. Kasol definitely has a solution to all your stress and daily hassle.

Kasol

 This small Himalayan village comes with a number of things to do that includes hiking, trekking, shopping and what not. Surely the fastest growing hub for backpackers, trekkers, and nature lovers, the place can take all your worries and let you feel that ‘this is the moment I was looking for’. Check out this perfect travel guide to Kasol, so that you already know a bit what are you going to take from this place.

Travel Guide To Pushkar

Things to do in Kasol

There are a number of things and activities you can try out when in Kasol according to the number of days you want to spend there. Check out the list of things to do in Kasol and enjoy your trip in the best way possible.

Hiking and Trekking

There’s nothing calm and serene than walking along the lush greenery. Kasol allows you to explore a number of things and places and the best one, which is also the frequently-visited one, is the KheerGanga Trek. Though this 9km and 4-6 hour trek is quite difficult due to the steep climbing through narrow and tricky trails still it is considered one of the easiest treks to do from Kasol. Tosh Village is the best camp out there and the breathtaking vistas of nature are totally able to leave you spellbound. However, there are a few other famous treks you should definitely try like Sar Pass Trek and Pin Parvati Trek to enhance your experience.

Hiking and Trekking

Before I jump to my next section, tell me.

Do you know? Why this place is often referred to as ‘Mini Israel”? Well, for those who don’t know, Kasol was just a bus stop till the early 90s. It evolved as a place for backpackers in 2014 when a huge number of travelers from all around the world came to traversed unexplored hills and found this beautiful hill station with low population and fantastic weather all around the year. This tiny mystical village gained its significance ever since Israeli natives started dominating the place. Now, here’s my next thing to do in Kasol.

Tempting Israeli Cuisine

Since the place is dominated by a big number of Israelis, it becomes a must-thing to try out their authentic and different cuisines at the restaurants out there. And as you walk miles and miles in order to explore this beautiful town, your stomach becomes more and more demanding. So, do not let your belly to wait anymore and just grab a bowl of Shakshuka, or mouth-watering Bureka or maybe a lemon cake. Not just this, you can even try on German, Italian, Indian, and Nepalese cuisines at the Moon Dance Café or German Bakery to please your taste buds with some luscious dishes.

Israeli Cuisine

Try out some Adventurous Activities

Make sure you save up some of your time for indulging yourself in a few adventurous activities in Kasol. Now, when you know that you have to trek to reach anywhere in and around Kasol, this is your first activity because trekking is no less than an adventure. Then you can enjoy camping and bonfire with your companion or group on the overhead villages. Try out fishing in the Naggar village and if you’re a true biker at heart, try out biking and mountaineering in Manali. Fly like a bird (paragliding) and witness some top-notch spectacular views. Just remember that traveling to a new place not only means seeing those picturesque hills and mountains, it about those adventures and small experiences that make your trip worth it.

Bike Adventure, Kasol

Places to Visit around Kasol

Check out the list below and explore more about some picture perfect places around Kasol.

Manikaran

I’ll be starting with my favorite destination, which is a sacred place for both Hindu and Sikhs. Well, the place is mere 4km away from Kasol where you can reach hiking or riding, according to your convenience. This sacred place of faith and God can surely cast spirituality over the mind and soul of all the tourists as well as the devotees. In addition to that, both Hindus and Sikhs have distinct beliefs when it comes to Manikaran Sahib. Hindus say that when the wife of Lord Shiva dropped an earring near the place that very incident led to the rise of hot spring in Manikaran. While Sikhs believe that when Guru Nanak Dev Ji came there with around 1500 disciples and in the urge of having something to eat, Guruji lifted a stone and the hot spring came out, where they cooked the food.

Manikaran

Challal

Here comes a small village near Kasol, a place where you can easily trek to or casually walk by in just 30 minutes. And if you’re the one interested in psychedelic parties, you cannot miss the place deep into the wood anyhow. Show your presence there during the music festivals and break a leg at the parties hosted by the top-class DJs. And that’s not it, the place is also famous for its hash. Get some for your after parties even in your home town.

Challal

Tosh

Push yourself a little more and get ready to try something challenging because we are heading towards Tosh trek. The trek is located at an altitude of 2400 ft and allows you to experience the best of the place on your way from Kasol to Tosh and back. You can try out a number of things until you reach this magnificent land. Also, the place is the heart for the people of the east and west who are on their way to connect with nature. Talking about the stay and accommodation, places are really easy to find and stay in. Though Maggie and tea are the souls of the place, there are number of cafe where you try out different cuisines. The best season to be a guest of Tosh is from April to October.

Tosh

Rasol

If you’re more of, “I want more peace and fewer people around me while traveling”, Rasol is the best option you can travel to. The place is situated at a height of 3048m, above the rushing sea, and of course, in the mountain range of the Great Himalayas. The journey to Rasol will take around 3-4 hours and you need to start it from Kasol only, then you can stop at Chalal to have some tempting food and then head towards Rasol to be amidst this little meditative land. March to October is the best time to visit this place and experience the most exciting trekking expeditions.

Rasol

Best time to Visit Kasol

This wonderful village, situated on the Parvati Valley has pleasant atmospheric conditions throughout the year, but the best time to drop by is during the months of October to June. The temperature generally switches between 15 to 22ᵒ C during these months when the climate remains amazingly cool.

How to reach Kasol

Reaching the place is really accessible. You can select the mode according to your convenience. Here’s how you can reach the place.

By Air: The nearest airport is the Bhuntar Airport that is situated near Kullu and is around 31km away from Kasol.

By Train: Joginder Nagar Railway Station is the nearest railway station to Kasol and is nearly 144km away from the village of Kasol. You can hire a cab or taxi from the station to reach your destination.

By Road: Well, booking tickets for a bus that takes you directly to Kasol is not possible. You need to change your bus or take a taxi from Bhuntar to get down at your destination.

So, this was all about your happy place. I just gave you a rough idea in order to build your excitement. Show your presence and feel the real fun and adventure out there.

The idea of writing travel guide came to my mind when I start getting DMs from a number of people and my friends asking how was the place, what other specialties I can see there, how should I reach the place, and related questions. So, I have been to Kodaikanal located in the state of Tamil Nadu and glad that I made this decision. The name of this city is often referred to as “The Gift of the Forest” and beyond any question, you can expect cloud-capped mountains, outstanding weather of Kodaikanal, mesmerizing lakes and valleys, and cliffs covered in mist. And I can totally assure you that your decision of heading towards this Princess of Hill Stations won’t let you down. So, are you ready to explore the contours of amazingly beautiful Kodaikanal?

Kodaikanal View

Brief History of Kodaikanal

Some untimely references about the city have been found in the Tamil Literature from the Sangam period that is said to be occupied by the tribal Paliyan people. Talking about today’s modern Kodaikanal, it was established by the British Bureaucrats and American Christian monasteries. It is also said that place was mainly used as a summer retreat by the British officials and some high-class Indians.

I know some of you might not be interested in knowing the past of a place. So, without talking much of your time, I’ll directly jump to my next section and we’ll see why the place is considered one of the most admired tourist places in the country.

Kodaikanal

Things to do in Kodai

Well, the city is a year-round destination, however, the best time to visit the hill station is between March to May.

The Kodai Lake

Let’s get started with the icon of this hill station, this star-shaped man-made Kodai Lake is spread across an area of 60 acres. Go and experience visiting the Kodaikanal Lake when the weather seems pleasing. Also, the place allows you to get indulge in a number of different activities that include boat riding, horse riding, cycling around the banks of the lake, and much more. If you’re visiting the place is summers, do not miss the boat parade and flower show organized there. Believe me, when the glittering sun rays fall on the clear blue water, you won’t be able to take your eyes off from this beautiful sight.

Kodai Lake

Coakers Walk

One of the best things you can try out in Kodaikanal is walking the Coakers Walk that takes you through some of the splendid spots in the city and is definitely the perfect place to enjoy some leisurely walks. The walk gets started from the place near the Van Allen Hospital and ends at the road above the St. Peter’s Church. Always be camera-ready to capture the pleasant beauty of the hills. Also, as you continue with the walk, you can experience a rare phenomenon at the hills called Brachem Spectre. Are you ready to see the shadow of the clouds with a beautiful rainbow halo around? And this happens when the sun is behind while the clouds and mist is in the front.

Coakers Walk

Pillar Rocks

Another exquisite tourist or I should picnic spot of Kodaikanal, the Pillar Rocks is located at a distance of 8km from the lake. The place is situated in the middle of lush green and three vertically placed boulders at an altitude of 400 ft. The thing that makes the place a must-visit is its hidden nooks and corners that make the place more fascinating. Also, do not miss visiting the Devil’s Kitchen, a mini garden that remains full of seasonal blooms and adds amazing colors to the place. You can also go on a trek to the Pillar Rocks that allows you to walk through the intense fog and thick woods.

Pillar Rocks, Kodaikanal

Sacred Heart Natural Science Museum

To all the nature buffs out there, get even closer to nature and learn all the concepts of natural biology. The place offers you almost everything and its wonderful taxidermy collection includes more than 500 species of birds, insects, and animals. You won’t be able to take your eyes when you witness the exotic living collection of over 300 orchid species. The museum also has artefacts of the ancient Palaiyar tribe’s native. All in all, once you visit the place you’ll get to learn some creepy yet useful information.

Sacred Heart Natural Science Museum

Shopping in Kodai

I always have this habit of bringing back some unique and special crafts of a particular place. But I didn’t know that Kodaikanal will provide me with such exciting materials. The place has to offer you brass jewelry, leather products, woolen shawls, and what not. One can even get their exotic species like clove, pepper, cinnamon, nutmeg, white pepper etc. You may even come across some talented potters out there, but amazing pottery products and if you wish to, you can learn the art as well. Some of the famous shopping places in the city are Spices Corner, Corsack, Bazaar Road, Potter’s Shack to name a few.

How to Reach Kodaikanal

Reaching this wonderful hill station is really accessible as the place is connected to the other towns in Tamil Nadu.

The nearest airport to the hill station is present in the nearby cities of Trichy, Coimbatore, and Madurai, and reaching Kodai from any of the airports is quite approachable via road.

The nearest railway station is just 100km far from Kodai Road’s town but I would recommend you to first get down at Dindigul because you from here, you can find the transportation services quite easily.

One can reach the town via roads as well because frequent bus services from places like Madurai, Coimbatore, Chennai, and Trichy are easily available. B

The town is situated in such a location where the temperature stays cool and pleasing all round the year. If you visit the place during summers in the months of April to July, you’ll get relatively cool temperature juxtaposed to other low lying plains in Tamil Nadu and during the daytime, you’ll never get a temperature more than 22ᵒ. July and September are the monsoon months when the place receives maximum rainfall followed by the mildly chilly weather of winters when the temperature barely goes below 8ᵒ C.

Although the town can be visited throughout the year, the best time to be the guest of Kodaikanal is the summer season or should be visited from October when the city is at its best and looks refreshing.

What to pack while traveling to Kodai?

Now, when you have heard this lot of time that the temperature in the city remains quite cool and hardly go up. However, make sure you take the right amount of warm clothes even during summer time because you never know when the temperature drops down. So, it is recommended to wear a few layers of clothes so that you can take them off according to the weather. And you definitely need them during winters.

Also, make sure you are taking/wearing a hooded jacket all the time you’re wandering around the city because of the strong fog and mist in the area. Also, the parts of Kodai can be dry too, so take moisturizers and some creams along.

In a nutshell, traveling to Kodaikanal doesn’t need hardcore planning, just keep these few things in mind and enjoy your vacay time in the best way possible.

Hey there, I am back with another travel guide and this time I have been to this beautiful jewel of Rajasthan city- Pushkar. So, I’ll be sharing all my experiences while telling you what to do when in Pushkar, where to stay, how to reach and much more. But before we actually get into the travel guide, let’s get brief information regarding the history of this place. After all, if you’re truly eager to explore a place then why not learn every bit of it.

Pushkar

Brief History Of The Place

Well, the place is considered one of the 5 sacred places in India that are highly admired by the Hindus while the other four in the list are Puri, Badrinath, Dwarka, and Rameshwaram. The history behind how this 2000 years old city came into existence is- epics say that Lord Brahma put Vajra Nabh to death with a lotus flower and the petals of the flower drifted down to Earth in 3 areas in and around the place where lakes were created. It is even said the city is surrounded by 52 palaces and 500 temples.

Now, in the continuing section, I’ll be speaking about why and what makes this vibrant city one of the unique destinations in the country. Have a look.

What to do and where to go when in Pushkar?

Search the similar topic on Google and the first thing will pop on your screen will be visiting the very famous Pushkar Camel Fair. I’ll also get started with the same in order to build your curiosity that what else can be done when in Pushkar.

Camel Fair

For your information, Globalization hit India in 1991 but according to The Imperial Gazetteer of India, the globe reached this city in early 1909. So, this very popular camel fair takes place at the banks of Pushkar Lake, where around 50,000 camels along with thousands of camel farmers, traders, villagers, musicians, and gypsies show their presence from different regions of Rajasthan. I must say that the event is a must-visit as you won’t see any other place that allows you to experience the real colors of rural India and too that in the most organic way.

The beginning of the fair takes place with the buying and selling of camels and horses but the actual mood of the celebration changes of day 5. Real fun and entertainment part for people like us (who have nothing to do with the buying-selling process) actually starts from day 5 till day 8. During these 4 days, you can participate in tribal dance, camel race, mustache competition, and the amazing tug of war competition.

Now, come the last day of the fair when the local farmers and performers take a dip in the holy Pushkar Lake. Then, all the pilgrims seek blessings of Brahma. From where? That we will discuss in the next segment.

Camel Fair

Brahma Temple

The answer to the above question lies here. Brahma Temple in Pushkar is one the very few and most-visited temples in the country that is dedicated to Lord Brahma. You would be amazed to know that there are just 5 historic temples in the world devoted to Lord Brahma and the most important one is situated in Pushkar. Well, I don’t know how you’re feeling right now, I am feeling blessed to be a part of this country who too got a chance to visit this holy place.

Dedicated Hindu devotees and other people from all over the country come here to pay their tributes to the God of Genesis. There are a few other temples that are a must-visit like Apteshwar Temple, Paap Mochini Temple, and Mahadeva Temple to name a few. The best part about visiting these temples is that they not only bring inner peace but will also take you through the history of the ancient lanes.

Brahma Temple

Desert Safari

Do not miss reading this section because I’ll be discussing one more thing that surely has a great connection with a desert safari. You must be aware of the 3 very famous cities in Rajasthan for Desert Safari: Bikaner, Jaisalmer, and Pushkar. And if you don’t know that already, Desert Safari in Pushkar is a 24-36 hour long venture and the major attraction of the safari is the local villages where most of the travelers visit to attend the rural wedding. Now, that was the connection I was talking about. The city of Rajasthan is known as the popular wedding destination and that’s what attracts a lot of married couples as they come there to relive their youth days and too that in Pushkar style. Thus, besides just visiting those sand dunes, try out this thing as well.

Desert Safari

Kalbelia Dance Performance

Believe me or not, no matter how tired you are after the whole day exploring the place, you cannot stop yourself from shaking your legs on the Kalbelia dance beats. Well, this traditional dance performance is one of the best and sensuous dance forms of Rajasthan.

The performance is done by the Kalbelia tribe and trust me you can’t take your eyes off from their charm, the movements, and of course, their beautiful shimmery black attire. In fact, there are some hotels out there like Sai Haweli near Varah Ghat Chowk that arrange these performances within the hotel premises. When you’re on your way to explore a place then why not try out everything possible?

Kalbelia Dance Performance

Sarafa Bazaar

I have this habit of bringing some special stuff from every place I visit, so as to keep the memory of that specific place and its vibes. Now, talk about Rajasthan and not having a picture of bright colors and all that mirror work in the mind is quite difficult. Move your steps towards the famous Sarafa Bazaar and Bada Bazaar in Pushkar that provides you with amazing Rajasthani handicrafts, jewelry, leather products, and textiles. Wait, don’t forget to bring beautiful wall hangings and colorful Rajasthani clothes from there because this is something you cannot afford to miss.

Sarafa Bazar Pushkar

How to reach Pushkar?

Now, since we are done with some of the fun and entertainment activities to be done in Pushkar. Your next question probably can be how to reach this sleepy hamlet in Rajasthan. Well, the place is absolutely accessible by all modes of transport and you can pick any of the modes according to your convenience.

By Air

The nearest airport to Pushkar is the Sanganer Airport in Jaipur, which is 140km away. The airport has good connectivity to the main metropolitan cities like Delhi, Mumbai, and Kolkata. You need to hire or pre-book a cab or taxi once you reach the airport because it will take you around 3 hours to reach Pushkar.

By Bus

I would not really recommend taking this mode of transportation, especially to long-distance travelers. However, taking a bus from your city like Delhi to Ajmer and then to Pushkar is easily available. You can book your tickets for deluxe or semi-deluxe buses run by the Rajasthan State Road Transport Corporation that connects to Ajmer and nearby cities and will then drop you to Pushkar at a minimal price.

By Train

The nearest railway station to Pushkar is the Ajmer Railway station. You need to take a train to Ajmer and then drive to Pushkar, which is a mere 30 minutes from the railway station. Once you reach the station, get a taxi to reach your destination.

Self-drive

This can be one of the best options to reach your destination only if you live nearby, like in Delhi or Jaipur. Self-driving is undoubtedly the ideal way that makes your journey even more exciting. Remember that your vehicle is allowed to be entered in only certain places in Pushkar.

So, all in all, this was all about this mesmerizing place in Rajasthan. One thing I can assure you that when you visit this pond-sized peaceful place, the vibe will surely stay with you forever. I am sure you’re going to have an amazing experience in this desert state.

I am sure that growing up each one of us has heard about the stories of the very famous and talked-about Kumbh Mela, where hundreds and thousands of people come together at a great religious affair and families get separated on occasion. Well, that doesn’t happen in the modern world, now tourists and visitors are provided with top-notch securities and arrangements. But hey, do you actually know the importance and meaning of Kumbh Mela? I am sure very few of you must be familiar with the same.

This year also, the Ardh Kumbh Mela took place in Prayagraj, popularly known as Allahabad, held at the Triveni Sangam- the meeting points of the holy rivers, Ganga, Yamuna, and Saraswati. So, I have recently been to this marvelous festive fair and got to know a lot about the place thus, decided why not share this intellectual piece of knowledge, some main features, and highlights of the Kumbh will all you. If you are traveling to India there are other religious places too where you can visit and explore real India. So, come and let’s take a read through.

The History Behind this Largest Meet

Before we get started with the history of Kumbh Mela, let’s first understand what actually this word mean? Well, Kumbh means a vessel of Amrit or in other words, the nectar of eternal life. According to Hindu Mythology, it is believed that a Kumbh with Amrit was found by both Gods and Demons during Samudra Manthan. They both wanted to have it. During the fight, in order to take the Amrit from the demons, Garuda (vehicle of Lord Vishnu) took the pot and flew away. During this flight, the nectar of life spilled in 4 places: Haridwar, Ujjain, Prayag (Allahabad), and Nashik that ultimately made all these places and the rivers flowing in the respective cities holy. Since then the Kumbh Mela got started and is celebrated with great zeal and enthusiasm.

History Of Kumbh

Did you know?

Well, there are no exact dates but the first historical records of this massive event can be discovered in the accounts of the famous Chinese Traveler, Hiuen Tsang, who came to our country during the ruling period of King Harshavardhan. He did not mention about the Kumbh Mela but talked about a ritual fair organized by King Harshavarshan where a huge number of devotees took a dip at the Sangam of two rivers in Prayaga.

When to visit Kumbh Mela?

The event never takes place at the same time of the year but on specific dates when the water of the holy rivers is believed to turn into nectar. The correct dates of Kumbh Mela are decided by taking the positions of Sun, Moon, and Jupiter into account. Usually, the month of Magh in Allahabad is considered for organizing the Kumbh Mela because the planets are in the right position. It is also believed that devotees who take a dip during this time help to clean their sins. This year, the best promising days were 14 and 27 January, 6, 15, 17, 21, and 25 February.

The Shahi Snaan

It is said that in the earlier days, Sadhus used to get involved in killings in order to protect their religion. Thus, they believed the only way to cleanse them of this sin would be taking a holy dip in the sacred rivers. Triveni Sangam at Prayagraj is the place where one can go and take a bath in the river. On the day of Shahi Snaan or Rajyogi Snaan, first holy men follow the rituals and take a dip in the river before any common man.

The Shahi Snaan

The Snaan is considered one of the important rituals of the Kumbh Mela that starts the early morning at 4:00 am. You’ll get stunned to see the will power of the devotees who are ready to bathe in the river during the early morning time and too that in the freezing weather. These millions of devotees happily go through the pain in the name of spiritual belief.

The Naga Sadhus

This is the best time of the year and surely the best place that allows you to see the Naga Sadhus, who have turned their backs on all materialistic things, luxuries and pleasures of life. These holy men definitely pain a lifelike picture at the Kumbh. They are the most faithful devotees of Lord Shiva who are often seen with coils of matted hair and naked bodies covered with the holy ash. Also, you’ll see them carrying a trident crowned with human skulls.

Naga Sadhu

Yeah, they look ferocious but actually, they are most the non-violent group of people who barely have human contact and are never seen in the public except in the Kumbh Mela. They too participate in the rituals to make their soul free from sins. If you wish or may be interested, you can discuss their views, philosophies, and ideologies and they’ll happily talk about the same.

Things to do in Kumbh Mela

The beginning of the massive festive event is marked by Peshvai and people from all over the world are greeted. On this day, big groups of saints arrived and a yatra is carried in the glory of this auspicious mela. Check out some of the fantastic events and thing you can do when in Kumbh Mela.

Cultural Events

There’s nothing better than watching and learning about the rich culture of our country. You can visit this very famous fair that includes 5 major pandals of series with different events. There, you’ll be witnessing some really amazing musical performance and traditional folk dances regularly from the day the mela get started. Also, those who wish to have a spiritual experience, they can visit the Pravachan Pandal.

Waterways

When in Kumbh, do not miss having a water boat or ferry experience because this is one such activity you can try to appease your mind and soul. Inland Waterways Authority of India does a fantastic job and allows you to take ferry ride close to the Sangam Ghat in the Yamuna River. The ferry ride starts from the Sujawan Ghat and then it moves towards the Boat Club Ghat and finally ends at the Kila Ghat. Well, indulging the serene water boat ride also allows you to watch many sites of the ghats.

Thematic Gates

The government has also installed thematic gates that not only allows you to roam around the fair comfortably but also makes the fair aesthetically appealing. If you visit the place, you’ll see that the gates are installed strategically and every gate has its own unique identity, thus make these cultural creations more amazing.

Laser Light Show

This year, the government has introduced a unique laser and sound theme at the site, in order to make the festive fair much better than the previous years and allow the visitors to experience something new. Having such kind of show at a religious event is something unexpected that ultimately makes it a must-have experience. Go ahead and try out this laser light show and if possible do your bookings in advance in order to avoid any hassle.

Tourist Walks

Make sure you participate in the tourist walks because the activity has a special significance and let you explore different parts of the including some famous temples and forts. Tourists who visit Allahabad have the opportunity to get into the Sangam Walk where they’ll be visiting the Bade Hanumanji Temple, Ram Ghat, Akshya Vat, and Patalpuri Mandir. Not just this, Prayaga Walk is another top attraction for the visitors where they’ll get a chance to visit Public Library, Swaraj Bhawan, and Allahabad Museum.

How to Reach Kumbh Mela?

By Air

Remember there’s no direct flight to your destination (Kumbh Mela). The Allahabad Domestic Airport is only workable for the domestic flights that connect to a few cities of the country. Whereas, Lal Bahadur Shastri Airport in Varanasi and Amausi International Airport in Lucknow is a much better option, connecting to main cities across the country. You need to take a cab from the airport to reach the Kumbh Mela.

By Train

For your information, there are 10 main railway stations that connect Allahabad to the major cities of the country. You can pick the best option for yourself that allows you to get into a smooth journey till Allahabad. Some of the railway options include Allahabad Junction, Prayag Junction, Allahabad Chheoki, and Naini Junction. The best part of taking the train as the mode of transportation is that some temporary railway stations are made accessible to help pilgrims reach the Mela with great convenience.

By Road

Allahabad city is the central point that connects to the major highways and national ones in order to reach Ujjain. There are a few routes you can opt for to reach your destination that includes NH2 running across the city, NH27 that leads to Mangawan in Madhya Pradesh. Whereas NH96 and NH28, connect you to two main cities of Allahabad and Ayodhya. If not this, one can even go for interstate or tourist buses.

So, this was all about the tremendous affair, Ardh Kumbh Mela. The city of Allahabad never sleeps during this massive festive fair and I am sure you’re going to have the best time here, thanks to those calm rivers, glittering ghats, and pleasant weather.  

Hey there, I am back with my reviewing session and this time I stayed at The Misfit House Georgia. Georgia was always present on my bucket list and why not, the country has a lot to offer, be it Stone Mountain, southern hunting plantation, Georgia’s famous peaches and peanuts, rock city and much more. So, I got a chance to stay here at Misfit House run by Monica and I can say it without a doubt that the place is one of the dreamiest settings I have ever come across.

The Misfit House

The house is a fully renovated cozy cabin on amazing Calls Creek. Also, the place is just a perfect fit for almost everything, from family gatherings to wedding groups. Well, I was there for the New Year and believe me I had the best time there. The best part was that the place was just a few miles from downtown and Five Points. Isn’t that so amazing? I mean who doesn’t want to enjoy the soothing sound of the water while sitting back on the porches.

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In addition to that, one can simply sit by or play in the creek, walk the trails to spend some time with your loved ones, or just ride bikes on a long drive. Well, sitting under the string lights at night is absolutely the best relaxing thing after a long tiring day of exploring the country, and also www.routeprints.com will help you to find some more traveler’s stories.

Monica has even taken care of your beauty sleep and other basic facilities. Her house has 4 spacious bedrooms out of which 3 has queen size beds and one has a king size bed. Basic amenities include Wi-Fi, laptop-friendly workspace, TV, washer, books and toys (if you’re visiting with your kids), a kitchen where you can cook your own meals, bathroom essentials and much more.

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All in all, the house is incredibly updated and stylish, great hospitality and wonderful space is something you definitely need to pay a visit when in Georgia next time. In general terms, Misfit means, “A person whose behavior or attitude sets them apart from others in an uncomfortably conspicuous way” and Monica has proved this term right in every way. I wish I could have spent some more time at this beauty.

One simple question: why do you generally pay a visit to a new city? Well, I move to a new city to take a break from my monotonous life, to experience the culture of the city, to meet new people, and most importantly to have my time.

So, recently I have been to California and got to know why Californians are so much in love with their state. No, that’s not their food, neither their beautiful beaches nor deserts.

But it’s actually those hot springs where they have been soaking themselves for years and no doubt why people even recommend California as one of the best places to enjoy hot springs.

Are you worried about where to find the best in the state? Let all your worries go down in the drain and just focus on these 7 best hot springs in California. Are you ready to dive in?

West Valley Hot Spring

West Valley Hot Spring

The hot spring is situated in Northern California above the east bank of the West Valley Reservoir. But you should be brave enough to drive your 4-wheel vehicle through the extremely rough and rutted dirt road to reach there and experience that modest A-frame shack that is able to provide you protection from the chilly winds while you’ll be soaking yourself in the 108ᵒ tub. Also, if possible, try to reach a few hours before the sunset to enjoy the eye-pleasing views of sunsets over the reservoir.

Calistoga Spa Hot Springs

Calistoga Spa Hot Springs

You know what is the best thing I found about Calistoga Spa Hot Springs is that they have been operated since the 1900s. The hot spring is present in Calistoga in the upper Napa Valley. This one is a geothermal mineral water resort that has different hot springs with different temperatures. In addition to that, the hot spring also has a spa and wellness center, mud and as well as a mineral bath, a huge mineral pool.

Wait, that’s not the end, all these pools even include a covered whirlpool (104ᵒF), multi-lane lap pool (80ᵒF), a soaking pool (100ᵒF), and a wading pool for your kids. Another reason why I have put the name in my list because the place is encircled by patios with sun loungers, barbecue, and day beds.

Buckeye Hot Springs

Buckeye Hot Springs

Located in Central California, Buckeye Hot Springs is one of the most beautiful rustic hot springs set along Bridgeport in California’s Eastern Sierra Mountains. This one is a set of 2 hot springs where the first one is located at the top of the parking area. Though this one has the facility of mud bath but one can enjoy mesmerizing views of the Eastern Sierra Mountains and creek. On the next side, the second one is present alongside the river and gets parted from the stream by rocks, thus creates a beautiful pool. Also, this second one is quite warmer than the previous one (112ᵒF). Well, the waterfall is already warm but when enters the cool water of the creek, makes it a perfect hot spring to spend time in.

Wild Willy’s Hot Springs

Wild Willy’s Hot Springs

Wild Willy’s Hot Springs that is also known as Crowley Hot springs is perhaps one of the easiest hot springs to reach that includes a simple and flat 2-mile hike made easy by an elevated wooden walkway. Also, the hot spring is often considered one of the best places to host big parties. This one also includes 2 pools where the first one is 10-foot wide and almost 3 feet deep and is really warm and relaxing. Whereas, the second one is for the love-birds because the pool is heart-shaped, is a bit larger, and is much hotter. Also, do not miss the vast open savannah and amazing mountain views encircled by the pool.

Travertine Hot Springs

Travertine Hot Springs

What if I say you can start your mornings with breathtaking views of the Sierra Mountains? The hot spring is a few miles drive from highway 395 and the best part is that the place is next to Forest Service Land so you can plan for camping along the back roads. Another reason you should not miss visiting the place is the naturally heated pools of water and the mud floor.

Tecopa Hot Springs

Tecopa Hot Springs

You must have heard about Death Valley National Park or I should say home to numerous mud baths and hot springs, Tepoca is situated near its Southern end only. One cannot take their eyes off the main hot spring, Tepoca Hot Spring, and greenery that looks like an oasis in the middle of desert dunes and mud flats.

Those who have already experienced it must have known that the ideal time to walk away with the hot springs coated with silty mud is during March and April. And if you want to enjoy the finest mud mite free experience always try to go for small concrete Tecopa Hot Tub that is probably a part of a long-gone residence.

Steep Ravine Hot Spring

Steep Ravine Hot Spring

Last but definitely not the least, this one is Mother Earth’s best creation that includes the hot spring, a bunch of hiking paths, and sandy beach that makes it the ideal choice for both locals and tourists. Also, before you plan to pay a visit, ensure that you turn to a tide chart because the hot spring is only exposed when there’s a low tide.

You’ve come to enjoy some personal time or maybe you’re there with your partner but what’s that? A huge crowd?  Not to worry, you can enjoy the sulfur-scented geothermal vents present at the base of the cliffs on the beach with no interference. What are you waiting for? Just pack your bags and get a lifetime experience in California’s hot springs. Trust me, you won’t regret it.

Well, it will be really hard to ignore that Cape Town is one of the best and coolest cities in the world that has no shortage of spectacular viewing points. And what if I say that I had recently been there and the place where I was staying used to wake me up to the mind-blowing mountain views.

Designer Penthouse

The Designer Penthouse is definitely one of the perfect locations in the city (Western Cape) that is run by the perfect host Vera. Well-managed, well-decorated, comfy, and spacious area are some of the ideal features that make the apartment just a perfect fit, no matter you’re visiting there as a couple, with family, or on a business tour.

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Talking about the place, the Penthouse consist of a huge living space spread on two floors and the downstairs area consists of a kitchen where you’ll be provided with literally everything, from espresso machine for your morning coffee to microwave and washing machine. Ah! I never felt like I am away from my home.

Wait, your wonderful host has even taken care of your entertainment, that means she has make an arrangement of a smart TV with an already setup Netflix account. What else you need after a long tiring day or after exploring the city? Just you and your favorite Netflix show along with South African finest wine and Braai. All sorted.

The downstairs was my favorite spot where I could enjoy sight-seeing those amazing mountain views, table mountain, lion head, signal hill, and devils peak without any interference.

No matter where you go or live, you never want to compromise with your beauty sleep, right? Again, not to worry, because Vera has taken good care about that too. The Penthouse has 3 different bedrooms with their respective features and the master bedroom was my first choice because it was having a queen size bed and I could wake up to the mountain views daily. The other two upstairs bedrooms also had a queen size bed and a huge balcony to enjoy some amazing views over the harbor and the HottenTotten Mountains in the distance.

Hey, if you’re planning to pay a visit in the summers then don’t miss chilling at the pool that is on the Penthouse’s level and can be easily seen from the upstairs balcony because working on the tan while enjoying some fantastic views is all anyone could ask for.

Believe me, once you visit the place, you’ll never want to leave the place soon. And the best part is that your host stays in the same building and will always help or make sure that you’re staying as amazing as possible.

For booking, click here: https://www.airbnb.co.in/users/60220257/

The exotic aroma of Assam’s tea, beautiful silk bazaars, hilltop Kamakhya temple were some of the things that attracted me and made me move to my next destination-Assam. Besides being a traveler, I love doing wildlife photography as well, so I desired to stay somewhere nearby the very famous Kaziranga National Park. And guess what, I made a wish and it came true in the form of Villa Shivalay.

Front view of Villa Shivalay

Talking about the villa, this luxury homestay is managed by a very adorable senior couple. I stayed there for 3 days and the place felt like home. The best part about the homestay is that it resides in a quiet locality, close to some of the main tourist spots like Kaziranga National Park, Majuli River Island, Hollongapar Gibbon Sanctuary and much more.

The homestay has 3 really beautiful bedrooms with a common living room, a kitchenette where you can enjoy home cooking and a wonderful garden to enjoy the village life and be in the lap of nature. They have also made arrangements for some good books and games to make the whole affair even more joyous.

If you are a nature lover, also read
the highest Waterfall in India.

What should I say about the hospitality, the very humble and courteous staff used to serve delicious hot meals every day. And since they use organic ingredients from their own kitchen garden, it makes their lip-smacking meals totally different and tastier than any other hotel’s food.

Overall, my experience with this amazing couple and their services was absolutely worth the visit. Do visit Villa Shivalay if Assam is your next stop too.  

For booking, click here :https://www.airbnb.co.in

If you don’t spend your afternoons exploring sleepy Goan villages and beautiful architecture, you haven’t really experienced Goa. I am not saying just to say this but these are some true feelings of a happy soul who is sharing her experience with you all. And big big thanks to Hardika and Anirudh who made me explore this mesmerizing side of the city.

After getting a chance to know them, I came to know that this 30+ couple is actually from Mumbai who didn’t want to be a part of the rat race and decided to start their home to travelers, Miss Jenny’s Homestay, a peaceful location yet close to the city’s hustle-bustle that makes it the perfect to enjoy both the sides to the city.

Here are some of the Amazing Images I have Captured.

I’ll be starting with my favorite thing, but before that tell me if you’re a dog lover by any chance? Yes? Then you’re going to love the place even more because the couple lives with their adorable dog or I should say with their little furball of happiness. Not to worry even if you’re afraid of them because they have made arrangements (doggy gates) for those who aren’t comfortable with pets.

P.S: I had a great time with their dog. ( That’s Something Awesome )

Talking about saligao, the place is a lush village with Kingfishers, Drongons, local pubs, tiny eateries that serve the best homemade Goan food, and grand Old Portuguese homes. Oh! Did I mention that even they are living in the downstairs section of a 100-year-old Goan Portuguese house? In addition to that, there’s an amazing museum just behind their homestay as well.

You’re visiting Goa then, of course, you don’t just want to have a gala time at the Beaches, Forts, Markets or any other place mentioned in your Google search (Top 10 things to do in Goa or Best places to visit in Goa). You too need comfort and luxuries at your home or the place you’ll be staying at..

So, I checked Best time to visit Goa and booked this Home. Thankfully, Miss Jenny’s Homestay has two big cozy rooms on the upper level of the house that are interconnected, thus making it apt for family or a group of friends. They also have attached balconies and common sitting area in the garden. Hey look, you have such a peaceful place for reading, playing, and for enjoying their delectable Indian-Continental breakfast. The third floor is an independent garden cottage that makes it a perfect fit for those who prefer a ground level room.

It’s not the end, the place itself is well-equipped with HD TV, AC, Water heater, Water bottles, Minibar, Tea/ Coffee maker, and bath essentials in your room. Damn! There’s nothing to worry about any basic essential. 

If anyhow you’re paying a visit to the country’s pocket-sized paradise, don’t miss the chance to stay at this breathtaking villa that is beautifully run by two wonderful hosts and their love and warmth.

You can contact them at

Miss Jenny’s Homestay
Saligao, Bardez, North Goa
Mob: +91 9892986222/ +91 9892343828/  +91 7066109509

Whitewater rafting would be essential to your list if you are into adventure escapades. Although it looks all fun and exhilarating, one needs to it right. Don’t fret, we are here to help you as your ultimate adventure guide. Whitewater rafting is a thrilling adventure sport where you guide your way through rough waters with an inflated boat. It sounds difficult but once if you do it right its nothing but a cake walk. Let’s find out what to wear while white water rafting and other imperative things.

What To Wear White Water Rafting

During Summer, the casual and the comfier your attire is, the better and easy going the entire process becomes. The most appropriate examples would be carrying your swimsuit, Nylon shorts as they are quick-drying and an old light cotton t-shirt.
Now, talking about the footwear. Casual dressing and flip-flops do go hand in hand but for rafting, they are the biggest blunder that you could possibly commit. Old tennis shoes, river sandals, or water shoes will do the trick and make your grip non-slippery.
Since its going to be hot and humid and the sun will be at its scorching best, sun hat seems like a great idea. It will save you from direct exposure of the sun.
Necessary equipment like helmet, lifejackets, paddles etc will be provided by the respective organization facilitating the entire rafting experience.

Do’s

• Make sunscreen your best friend, preferably waterproof and non-slippery will be perfect for the situation.
• Keep safe your electronics and other valuables like jewelry, cards and money.

White Water Rafting during Spring and Colder Weather

For colder weather, Layering is your answer to the cold thrashes that you might face during rafting. Do not go for cotton clothes layering, stick to lene for base layers to keep the cold out. For outer layers, which will be your water-resistant layer, Rain and splash jackets seem like the suitable idea. River shoes and paddling pants are a must for rafting in winters and otherwise. Layering as mentioned should be the non-cotton and synthetic. To cover your head, you can carry a Beanie or a winter hat.

Do’s

• Be it winters or summer, sunscreen is always a must while going out in the sun.
• Make sure your hair is tied and held out of your sight
• If you are planning to camp which usually is the case, so make sure you have your camping essentials like bug spray and a tent.

Best Time to go White Water Rafting

If you go by the footfalls and sheer logic to getting drenched in the water then Summers are the best time and the peak time as well for the water sports. Monsoons and winters make thing a little difficult and especially monsoon. Monsoons can be threatening as well because of the plenty of rainfall, making river water a little rough and tricky.

White Water rafting is one of the most white-knuckle adventure sports but has surely become a fad. The excitement of the water thrashing and splashing your inflated boat and the importance of teamwork are just a few perks out of many that you can get out of this sport.