Payyanur- A Hidden paradise in North Malabar

Payyanur, an unacknowledged destination located in the North Malabar region of Kerala in India is a treasure trove to experience the rustic beauty of nature along with traditions and culture of Kerala. The nondescript town of Payyanur harbors many hidden charms where one can experience the best of Gods own country- Kerala with pristine sun-kissed beaches, tranquil backwaters and unique cultural celebrations. Here are 8 activities you should try to experience the magic of the paradise called Payyanur.

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Hall of Fame in Ladakh – Saluting the Martyrs

The Hall of Fame Museum built and maintained by the Indian army in Leh is not just a war memorial but also a face to the rich culture and heritage of the region of Ladakh. Along with many war photographs, armaments and a special section dedicated to the Siachen glacier camp, the museum also has many galleries depicting the food, traditions, customs, and history of Ladakh. No surprise, it has topped the list of 5 Indian museums that featured among the 25 best museums in Asia.

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Sunder Rang – A Rural Initiative Empowering Women in Chandelao

When we were exploring the offbeat areas in rural Rajasthan in India, one thing we noticed in common in almost all villages was that most of the women were confined to household work. Rarely did we see them go out to earn in a patriarchal society deeply influenced by the ancient culture and traditions. However, the scene was quite contrary at Chandelao, a quaint little village located at 40 km to the east of Jodhpur. Sunder Rang, one of the Initiatives of Chandelao Vikas Sansthan (Chandelao Development Organization) in collaboration with Basecamp Foundation is empowering a lot of women in Chandelao in earning a livelihood by making traditional arts and crafts along with promoting traditional crafts local to Rajasthan.

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Chasing sunset at Osian and Beyond

Osian, also spelled as Osiyan located in the fringes of Thar Desert is a little hamlet known for its temples and golden sand dunes. It has about 20 temples dedicated to Shiva, Vishnu, and Mahaveera- most of which are in ruins except for the Sachiya Mata temple and the Jain temple of Mahavira temple. The temples of Osian mostly date between the 8th and 11th Century. Osian is the nearest location to Jodhpur where one can experince sand dunes and desert safari.

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Explore Bangkok – A Destination Guide

Bangkok’s sheer dynamism and eccentric accord of the traditional East and the modern Western culture is extraordinary. The exotic temples, the striking shopping centers, the pulsating nightlife are the colors of the city. This travel guide helps you to explore Bangkok on your own.

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Mehrangarh Fort- A Cultural and Architectural Extravaganza

Mehrangarh known for its beautiful architecture, formidable wall and cultural heritage is one of the most magnificent forts in Rajasthan. there is no exaggeration in Rudyard Kipling describing the fort as “A Palace that might have been built by Titans and colored by the morning sun”. Perched on a rocky cliff at an altitude of 400 m above the cities skyline, the fort can be seen from almost any vantage point in Jodhpur.

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Mandore gardens- A poetry in rock on departed royalty

Located 8 km away from the majestic Mehrangarh Fort of Jodhpur in a lush green garden of Mandore is the erstwhile capital of Rathores. We made a quick stop at the Mandore gardens while we were heading to Osian from Jodhpur. As we entered the unmanned gates of the Mandore gardens, least did we know that we would see such beautifully carved cenotaphs of the earlier rulers of the Rathore clan.

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Kumbhalgarh Fort – The Great Wall of India

Nestled amidst the lush green forest and surrounded by the mighty hills of Aravallis, the Kumbhalgarh Fort is the second most important fort after Chittorgarh in the state of Rajasthan in India. It is also the 2nd largest fort in Rajasthan after the Chittorgarh fort. This UNESCO world Heritage Site has secured a place for itself in many record books because of its massive wall often referred to as The Great Wall of India. Read on to know some very interesting facts about this beautiful citadel.

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A Peek into the Kite Making Industry of Gujarat

This is the time of the year when the skies of Gujarat get filled with a plethora of kites of all sizes. The festival of Uttarayan which marks the decline of winter chills and the onset of spring is the favorite time for people to fly kites. Thanks to the International Kite Festival promoted by the Gujarat Government, the tradition of Kite Flying has earned the attention of people from across the globe. One industry which has been immensely benefited from the popularity of International Kite Festival is the kite making industry in Gujarat. Of late, the tradition of kite flying has been spread to many states across India and people have started to fly kites on many more occasions like Independence day and Holi.

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Experiencing royalty at Ghanerao Castle

How often would you get to stay like royalty in a centuries-old castle? How about spending a night in a museum filled with interesting artifacts from the erstwhile Royalty? Or how would you fancy being part of a reality show where you are left unattended on a huge maze-like mansion with many tunnels and passages- left all by yourself to find a hidden treasure? Doesn’t it sound intriguing? well, That is how we would describe our stay at the Ghanerao Royal Castle in Rajasthan sans the reality show and the hidden treasure.

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The Ultimate Phuket Travel Guide

A chilled-out retreat and the party capital – Phuket is Thailand’s largest island and just the place to go for a fun-filled getaway. One of Thailand’s most popular destinations. Phuket is best known for its sun-drenched beaches and the dizzying array of nightlife, but there’s much more to discover than just well-known Patong. This Phuket Travel Guide is to help you plan your tour in Phuket.

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How to Explore Udaipur in 24 hours Like a Pro

The lake city of Udaipur is one of the most popular destinations in the tourist circuit of Rajasthan. With proper planning, you can explore all the top attractions of Udaipur in one day. Here is a perfect guide for you to explore Udaipur in 24 hours like a pro.

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Exploring Phi Phi Islands from PP Princess Resort

After tasting a bit of busy city life in Bangkok and a few days of soaking in the mountainous scenery in Chiang Mai, we headed south for our much-awaited beach time in the ever amazing Phi Phi Islands. PP Princess Resort made our trip more memorable by helping us plan our itinerary.

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The Diminishing Art of Hand Block Printing in India

Hand Block printing is a traditional art form in India that uses carved blocks of wood which are dipped in bright colors and stamped onto cotton or silk fabric to create colorful textile. The Chhipa communities in Rajasthan who have settled in Bagru region near Jaipur traditionally use natural vegetable dyes for printing. The art is also practiced in Jaipur and Sanganer where artisans use chemical colors such as pigment colors and indigo sols for printing.

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Chittorgarh – A Citadel of Valor, Sacrifice and Honor

The royal state of Rajasthan in India is known for its magnificent palaces and breathtakingly huge forts which stand testimony to the grandeur of the Rajput era. The fort of Chittorgarh stands out among the popular forts of India for its spirit of honor, valor, sacrifice and freedom. The citadel fort which is also the largest of all the forts in Indian crowns an 180mtr tall hill covering an area of over 700 acres with its fortification walls, towers, palaces, temples, and lakes.

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Bundi- The least explored jewel of Rajasthan

The picturesque town of Bundi is one among the least explored jewels of the state of Rajasthan. The quaint town sits on a narrow gorge in the Aravalli ranges of South-eastern Rajasthan encircled by walled fortification with four gateways. Bundi is known for its ornate fort, step wells, the palace with faded cupolas and loggias, and beautiful lakes. Here is a detailed post to help you plan your trip to Bundi.

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A Complete Guide for Buying Souvenirs in Rajasthan

Who wouldn’t want to buy souvenirs to take home fond memories from any destination one visits? However, choosing souvenirs could be overwhelming when one visits a destination like Rajasthan which is known for its rich cultural, traditions, food and artisan crafts. Here is a complete guide to help you choose the souvenirs on your trip to Rajasthan.

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The Craft Villages of Odisha

Folk arts and crafts have always been amongst the most unique and attractive ways of reflecting the richness of India’s diverse culture and heritage. There are many regions in India which have developed different ways of portraying local traditions and lifestyle through their ancient masterpieces of art by using materials locally available. The art villages of Odisha contribute to the treasure of this Indigenous Cultural Heritage of India in their own exceptional way.

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Guide to Goa – A destination of many wonders

Goa is one of the most loved destinations in India known for its unlimited fun, flea, feast, party and beaches. Here is a detailed itinerary for a week long fun-packed holiday covering the party nights and fun of North Goa, the versatile beauty of Central Goa (Panjim and old Goa) and the simplicity and charm of South Goa.

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Destiny Farm Stay: An appointment with Destiny

“When you open your eyes and see a landscape which looks like a painting- too beautiful to be true, when you are blissfully caressed by the warm rays of the sun playing peek-a-boo with the sailing clouds, when the thick mid noon fog lifts up to present you a breathtaking vista of hills covered with vegetation and the dew kissed grass blades tickle your feet as you take a stroll- you know you are at Destiny !!!”

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A trip to the sandstone monuments of the Chalukya period-Badami, Aihole and Pattadakal

North Karnataka is home for some of the most beautiful historical marvels of India-Hampi, Badami, and Pattadakal. Hampi and Pattadakal are considered as world heritage sites by UNESCO. We had visited Hampi a few months back and had been wanting to visit the sites of Badami, Pattadakal and Aihole since then. Finally this time again it was the call of these Architectures of Ancient India which our hearts couldn’t defy. Here we present you with the details of our visit to Badami, Pattadakal and Aihole.

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A Guide to Road-tripping Across Nilgiris – Ooty & Coonoor

One cannot ignore to put forward one of the spectacular road journeys – Bangalore to the Nilgiris, in the list of must take road trips in India. You are going to experience all the serenity nature has to offer – abundant flora and fauna, forest trails with diverse wildlife, spice plantations and tea blankets, aromatic fresh air, lush grasslands, placid lakes and mountain views. The location commands the leading routes to be full of panoramic postcard views.

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15 Things You Need to Know for Your First Himalayan Trek

Yearning to explore the forbidding peaks of the Himalayas, but not sure where to start? Here is the list of 15 must things to do before the trek. No matter whether you are going for a guided or self-organized trek these are the must things to do before the trek. These tips will help to avoid newbie mistakes and ensure your journey exceeds expectations.

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Top 10 things to do in Dandeli

Located amidst the pristine evergreen and deciduous forests of the western ghats, Dandeli is one of the must-visit destinations for both adventure lovers as well as for those seeking solitude. There are a plethora of activities at Dandeli to keep you engaged. Here is a list of top 10 activities you must not miss while in Dandeli.

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Road trip to Rishikesh – An ultimate itinerary

Rishikesh is a city that enchants and overwhelms at the same time. There is so much to absorb here by just being and breathing in the town. Be it spirituality, adventure,fun or relaxation, Rishikesh has something to offer to everyone. With the holy river Ganga, the sadhus, ashrams, yoga, the international tourists that mingle here like locals and the Hindu mythology – even a few days spent here can feel like a trip of lifetime. And that’s what we recently did, a two days trip to Rishikesh and it was the best. Here are a few memorable moments captured in mesmerizing Rishikesh – the city that we absolutely love and the city that captures the essence of IncredibleIndia to its fullest.

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Don’t miss these 10 things while in Rishikesh

Rishikesh is an enchanting place with its charm being enriched by the Ganga flowing in all its grace. Needless to say, this place is becoming one of the best-loved adventure sports destination. Being the yoga capital, it attracts inhabitants from around the world cultivating harmony with all. Indubitably it is one of the indelible food capitals in our country. You can barely stay indoors when you trip to Rishikesh. So explore this city roaming around in rented bikes and inspect few of the must experience elements.

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Unplugged and Crazy in the hills of Sakleshpur

We sat on top of the hill doing nothing for some time appreciating the beauty of the grass covered hills and the forests below, trying to identify the resort where we stayed from the top of the hill. The human aspect looked so miniscule and humble in front of the mighty nature. It was just a small hill that we had climbed but every thing that was below looked so tiny.

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Dandeli…

Untamed terrain, frothing river, gorges, valleys, ever green forests, Nature camps, trekking, water sports, breathtaking vistas, wildlife, birds, adventure, photography, relaxation.. if this is what is on your mind for your next vacation, you need to visit Dandeli.

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Anegundi.. The twin city of Hampi

Within a short ferry ride from Talawaraghatta (Near Hampi) across the Tungabhadra river, one lands in a not very well known town of Anegundi which is considered as the twin of Hampi because of its mythological and historical significance. One can also reach this place directly from Hospet by road. the journey by road takes about 1 hour via the small town of Kampli.

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Trek to Bhima-Bakasura Betta in Kaiwara

Kaiwara is a small town in Chikkaballapur district of Karnataka located at a distance of about 67 kms from Bangalore. The town also has a history, known as Ekachakra Pura from Dwapara Yuga. The Pandavas from Mahabharata are believed to have lived here during their exile. The hill of Kaiwara is also called as the Bhima Bakasura betta where Bhima is believed to have slain Bakasura. The town has some very beautiful temples like the Amara Narayana swamy temple, Kaiwara tatayya temple, the Bheema lingeshwara temple, Vaikuntha- the cave where Kaiwara Tatayya meditated and attained nirvana

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A royal stay on Nandi Hills

How would you fancy a royal stay on a hill top just a few hours drive away from Bangalore. Waking up to the chirping birds, swaying casuarina trees, a chilling mist kissing the greens. No, I m not speaking about the colonial bungalows in Coorg or Munnar or Ooty or Chikkamagalur. I m mentioning the Nandi hills which is just a two-hour drive away from Bangalore.

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Planning a trip to Lakshadweep

Lakshadweep is one of the most underrated beach destinations of India. Not many people visit this gem of a place because of lack of proper information online. Here is a detailed article with all the information you would need to plan your trip to Lakshadweep.

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