• By - Aradhya Chopra
  • On - 2022-06-20

Benefits of travelling in your life.

We get so wrapped up in our daily life that we mostly do ourselves more harm than good by simply wanting to remain. Is your manager taking control of your life? Are your toddlers driving you insane? Your parents are attempting to push you to live the life they desire? How long do you think you can withstand this pressure before exploding and everything comes crashing down?

The advantages of travelling are not another events: travelling actually changes you emotionally and physically. Lack of time or money is not an acceptable reason. You can easily find low-cost flights. Even if you work full-time and have a family, you can travel on weekends or holidays, even if you have a baby. Traveling has numerous health benefits, including reduced stress and a lower risk of developing heart disease. You may sit in a chair all day at work: adding some walking to your trip will undoubtedly make your body feel better. Wandering abroad can even be used to treat depression and anxiety in some people.

No matter how insignificant it may appear, the fact that you had an out-of-the-ordinary experience abroad creates a memory that you will remember for a long time.

I believe that many people continue to travel in order to create those memories.Traveling allows you to experience the thrill and excitement of adventure. When travelling without much planning, it becomes an adventure due to the uncertainty and excitement of exploring the unknown. People nowadays, however, prefer to go on planned adventures. There are numerous destinations that host adventure activities such as mountaineering, trekking, bungee jumping, rafting, paragliding, and rock climbing to satisfy people's growing desire for adrenaline rushing thrills.

The need to interact with different types of people while travelling liberates you from your ego while also presenting you with interesting challenges. During the process, you discover that you are capable of much more than you previously thought. The experiences you gain while travelling help you become more open to life.

People who have travelled a lot in life are often more adaptable to changes, and their ability to overcome problems and hardships becomes more pronounced. 

Improves your connections
Traveling with your loved ones provides you with dedicated time that will help you revitalise and enliven your relationship with your family. Being with family members is unrivalled in terms of fun and pleasure. Visiting new places, sharing meals, and having fun together will keep your relationships fresh. If you are going through a rough patch with your partner, a trip to a romantic destination would be the ideal way to restore happiness and intimacy in your relationship.

As Dan Roitman wrote in the Huffington Post, if you get in the habit of learning new words in a different language every time you travel, you will notice improvements in your brain capacities. If only for this, start learning travel jargon.

Traveling teaches you more about yourself than "just" languages. You may encounter difficult situations that require you to be resourceful and think creatively. I'm confident you'll discover a new set of abilities you didn't know you possessed.

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Author Aradhya Chopra

Manali- The ultimate tour

Traveling to a holiday spot like Manali is all about unravelling its hidden charms, exploring the beauties and delving into the history. Despite being one of the most popular tourist destinations in India, Manali still lives up to its tagline, "the queen of all hill stations".  Manali is a town located in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. It is a popular tourist destination and an important religious centre for Hindus. It is situated at an altitude of 3,658 ft above sea level. While there, you must not forget to experience what nature has to offer and go on an adventure trip. Trek to the enchanted land of glaciers and mountains that is home to some of the most spectacular natural wonders on earth.

When planning a trip to Manali, don't forget to read about some of the best places to visit and things to do. Find out what's popular and can help you decide if it’s worth it on your own terms.

THINGS TO DO:

Manali is a winter resort with snow clad mountains, serene lakes and beautiful valleys. The place offers some of the best activities and adventures of North India, all within your reach. Here are some of the popular attractions to do in Manali.

Experience the majestic Himalayas with a 3 day / 2-night adventure trip to Manali. Enjoy a cultural tour with tandoori lunch, go for snow scooter riding, visit local village and enjoy a gourmet dinner at the top of the world. Full day Manali sightseeing trip with 8-hour ride from Delhi. A tour of famous Rohtang Pass, Solang Valley, Kasol Village and Kullu Valley will be unforgettable experience. You will witness Majestic and Beautiful snow-clad peaks at Rohtang Pass (3200m). The most popular and interesting place is Solang Valley where you can enjoy Whitewater rafting in River Beas on full day trip to Manali.

There are lots of adventure activities in Manali like paragliding, river rafting and bungee jumping. And if you have never done this type of activity then don't worry! This is the place where you can learn all about adventures as well as do it on your own. The city has a number of adventure sports companies that organize all kinds of adventure trips at affordable prices, suitable for both beginners and experienced thrill seekers.  

Step into your adventure with a rafting trip on the Beas River in Manali, Himachal Pradesh. The Beas River is a spate river and forms the backbone of the ancient state Himachal Pradesh. It is a tributary of the Indian-Tibet border and flows from east to west over a distance of 510 Kms from its origin at a height of 7,200 feet above sea level at bunder pass in the Himalayas down to its confluence with the Satluj at Parwanoo (near Chandigarh). The entire course of this river is thickly populated with tower mountain ranges on either side extending up to about 25 kms. The manali-Leh Road runs parallel to this river for its entire length. The Beas River is an adventure seeker's dream. The fast-flowing waters overflow with white water rapids, providing thrills and exhilaration that no other river can offer. Experience the excitement as you are propelled by these wild waters on your way to an unforgettable adventure of a lifetime.

One of the most stunning passes in the Himalayas, Rohtang Pass is a quite arduous journey leading to the beautiful valley of Leh. The landscape is breath-taking and gives you an unobstructed view of the snow-capped peaks. Rohtang Pass also known as Rohtang La is a high mountain pass in the Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir near the border of India and Tibet. It connects Keylong in Lahaul valley with Manali in Kullu valley, both by road. The pass is closed during winter due to heavy snowfall but opens early June when there is enough precipitation. Rohtang Pass is situated at 4,000 m above sea level and is surrounded by mountains covered with deodar trees. To reach here, trekkers have to climb steep stairs, cross rickety suspension bridges and walk across narrow ledges cut into cliffs. The Roopkund lake (named after the nearby village) is usually frozen from December to April and it gets a covering of snow during this season. Explore the Himalayas on a remarkable journey through the spectacular Himalayan Mountain range. This is an adventure to remember, with plenty of opportunities for excitement and exploration in this remote and beautiful region.

WHY MANALI?

  The uniqueness of Manali lies in the fact that it's not just a place but an experience.

 The beautiful landscape, green hillsides and majestic snow-clad peaks create a feeling that stops you in your tracks. The Manali Valley is a stretch of lush green hills that criss-cross the river Beas, tumbling down to the plains of India. This beautiful valley is undoubtedly one of India’s most exclusive holiday destinations.

Manali is the soul of Himachal Pradesh and one of the most beautiful places in India. A visit to this place is immensely rewarding and will leave you wanting more. However, Manali is all about its beauty; there is so much more—a few things that makes this place stand apart from any other place in India, or for that matter, in the world.

Author Aradhya Chopra

THINGS TO DO IN GOA

Things to do in Goa are purely based on the location based on the visit of our guest. We have guest from all over the world visiting goa for different reason and we would like to help them out by suggesting on activities that suit them the best. This place is known for pristine beaches, Sun drenched palm trees and whitewashed villages. Goa also offers many things to do in goa. From huge water theme parks to beautiful gardens, there is something for everyone. If you are new to this place and looking for things to do in Goa, then you might get confused about what exactly can you do here. Don’t worry! We are here to help you with your queries.

MUSIC FESTIVALS

  • A beach holiday in Goa is an amazing experience. The state offers a variety of things to enjoy and people come here for its beaches, nightlife, restaurants, pubs and clubs. Goa has also been receiving rave reviews from tourists for its music concerts that are held throughout the year.
  • The best places to find music festivals in Goa are on the beaches and in the hills. At Anjuna, Goa's biggest beach party is 17 days of nonstop revelry.   Festivals are held all over the state, with the most popular being Sunburn at Vagator and Storm at Candolim. 
  • Music festivals in Goa are a great way to enjoy the outdoors, dance and party with friends, or just chill out with your loved one. Music festivals usually take place during the month of December, but you can enjoy the rest of the year too with many other cultural events held at various places across the state.

BEACHES

You can visit many beaches: Goa has more than 120 beaches. The most popular are Sinquerim, Candolim, Calangute and Baga. The beach belt of Goa stretches from the river estuary at Marmagao in the south to Nerul in the north. Other major rivers of Goa are Mandovi River, Zuari River and Terekhol River. In Goa, you can swim in the warm Arabian Sea or ride an elephant through old town of Old Goa - a village of narrow lanes and century-old churches. Goa is also known for its music festivals, carnivals and trance parties where Goa Trance music is played. For the adventurous ones there are plenty of activities available like trekking on Hampi cliffs enjoying surfing at Anjuna beach and Paratii island, Hiking on muddy trails surrounded by magnificent scenery of Western ghats. Oasis of culture, adventure, and nature, Goa’s luscious backwaters are the perfect place to spend your vacation.

TREKS

Goa is not just another beach destination. Its hills, dense forests and ranges of golden dunes are a paradise for trekkers. Trekking in Goa is about discovering its varied culture and rich history along the way. It's about scaling peaks that offer panoramic views of the sea, lowlands and coastal towns spread out below. Be it Ophrem's Nose or Baga Beach; Mandrem's Lighthouse or Assagao Waterfall; there are innumerable treks to choose from across the state. The itinerary starts with a drive up the hills and ends with an exhilarating walk-through Goa’s green trail. You will be guided by an expert trek leader and accompanied by locals who know their way around these hidden paths. Trekking in Goa can be done throughout the year but it is most popular during the monsoon when more waterfalls are flowing and there is abundant greenery to enjoy. There are several exciting trekking trails that vary in length and difficulty, from short walks to longer treks up to two-three days. We take you through undisturbed forests, small villages and secluded meandering rivers.

MAJESTIC FORTS

Majestic forts in goa will take you to a new level where life is full of adventure and excitement. The journey through these magnificent Goan Fortresses, that were once the epicentre of the Kingdom of Goa, will illustrate tales of war and personal conquests, as well as the history of their construction and development. Soak up the sun from atop the ramparts, watch the waves crash against the rocks and explore marine life that thrives in secluded tidal pools. Majestic forts are scattered across Goa, they are heritage structures that have withstood through generations. They were once the impregnable fortresses of their times that are now left deserted and in ruins. Some still stand tall while others have collapsed due to natural calamities. Set in a landscape of palm trees and tropical beach, is the majestic fort of Sinquerim. The fort is a symbol of the Portuguese rule in Goa, when it was an outpost of the Portuguese down South India. Built in 1548 AD, this fort has been captured and recaptured several times over its 400 years long history. The History of Majestic forts in Goa is a story of bravery, valour and legend. The period between 16th and 19th centuries was the Golden Age of Goa when the state was ruled by mighty Zamorins. During this period when there were no roads or railways connecting various parts of India, ports in Goa served as an outlet and link to other parts of the world.

WINE AND DINE

Wine and dine in Goa is an eclectic bunch of restaurants, cafés and bars that weaves together like a well-oiled machine. With an array of cuisines and snacks, you'll find what you're looking for - from Indian dosas to Italian pasta, from Mexican chilli to Moroccan couscous. Taste a variety of delicacies ranging from succulent seafood to exotic spices, while enjoying a bottle of wine with some live music thrown in. Indulge yourself at one of the many restaurants in Goa like Ashvem Beach Resort, calamari, Pousada by the beach and many more.  Goan food is spicy, tangy and very aromatic. A typical Goan meal consists of rice with fish or meat curry accompanied by salads and appetizers like Pani Puri. You can also enjoy an array of sea food cooked in the traditional Goan style, along with a variety of snacks during your meal. One of the smallest states in India, it encapsulates the many cultures and cuisines that make up this country. Its seafood and spice markets are legendary and the mouthwatering street food is enough to keep you coming back for more. We've chosen some of our favourite places for you to try on your next trip - from five star dining at The Angsana Goa to decadent cakes at Willie's.

 

 

Author Aradhya Chopra

A Backpacking guide for North East India

Discover the true spirit of adventure in north east India! Get lost in the sunrises and sunsets, immerse yourself in nature and culture, interact with locals, eat all sorts of food. North East India is a land of rich cultural heritage, tradition, and hospitality. If you are looking for peace, rejuvenation and relaxation after long tiring journey this is the place where you want to go, unbelievable trekking trails, temples, wildlife and a culture that is so unique, you will never forget it.
Discover a realm of adventure, beauty and mystery. Meet the tribal people and visit ancient villages lost in time. Explore wild elephants, tigers, rhinos and more. From lush green valleys to the highest peaks in India and from snow clad mountains to scorching plains, the North East region has something for everyone. The area is completely different from any other place in India, the north-east is a land of contrasts. Explore it, and you will see a kaleidoscope of traditional lifestyles, fascinating tribal cultures and beautiful landscapes. The hill stations are famous for their misty blue valleys, deep gorges, lush green forests and beautiful tea gardens. You can visit Nagaon with the family or go trekking in the Himalayan foothills in Sikkim, Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh. Or just relax on one of its many beaches once you are done traipsing through its hills!

WHEN TO VISIT NORTH EAST INDIA?


Best time to visit North East India is between October and March. Because of its geographical location, it receives the monsoons from both the Southern and Western regions. During this period, it rains heavily and the temperature goes down making it a very good time to visit Northeast India, it’s a hiker’s paradise, with many hills and trails to explore. The monsoon season lasts roughly between June and September, when the region receives torrential rain and the waterfalls are at their fullest. You'll find peace and quiet in these remote areas during this time of year as tourist numbers are few. There are good treks in Arunachal Pradesh and Mizoram that offer spectacular scenery. Assam is famous for its tea gardens and Konkan has fantastic beaches. Meghalaya has colourful tribal dances that are a treat to watch.


North East India consists of 8 states, Sikkim, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Tripura, Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh. Jorhat is a good place to start with where you can spend your days sitting by the canals filled with lotus flowers. Visit Kaziranga in search of tigers and rhinos then head on over to Shillong and enjoy some good swing on the golf course. Some of the other places that are worth visiting include Cherrapunjee, which boasts of the highest rainfall; Ahom regime's capital Sibsagar; Rongmei Naga tribe's capital Longleng town and Nampong Lañi village in Arunachal Pradesh which has undisturbed bio-diversity due to its remote location.


HOW TO BACKPACK IN NORTHEAST INDIA?


Backpacking in north east India is a safe and adventurous trip for outdoor lovers. It will let you explore all the unexplored places, where you can discover virgin landscapes which looks like untouched by human beings. Backpacking in the north east gives you an opportunity to see all that India has to offer: lush forests, snow-capped mountains, amazingly beautiful beaches and incredible people. This backpacking trip is like no other. Explore India's hidden treasures and meet incredible people along the way to create memories that will last a lifetime. Make unforgettable memories traveling through one of the most diverse regions on Earth and truly immerse yourself in the rich history, culture and natural beauty of the Himalayas.


1.    If you're going in the winter, layer your clothing. So, if you're travelling from a cold to a warm environment, all you have to do is remove your jacket and/or jumpers.
2.   Only three of India's eight states require Inner Line Permits (ILPs): Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, and Mizoram.

TRANSPORT


Taxi may be found on practically every area's road and can be arranged for a single journey or a complete tour. If you're in a bunch and have limited time, this can be a cost-effective alternative.

While covering all of the north-eastern states in ten days would be impossible, I recommend beginning with Assam and Meghalaya.

 

Author Aradhya Chopra

How to have a great monsoon experience ?

  • Rainy Treks - Trekking is a popular adventurous activity among nature lovers all over the world. Several hill stations on India's west coast are blessed with significant rainfall, bringing lush greenery and allowing for some fantastic monsoon trekking opportunities. Monsoon hikes can range from easy and pleasurable nature trails to strenuous mountain climbing that includes descending some very slick hill slopes. Sweating it out while being cooled down by natural showers, on the other hand, is a genuinely unique experience. Not to mention the wonderful stops for a cup of tea and the genuine hospitality of the local people who welcome tourists and hikers. Maharashtra has some fantastic monsoon trekking opportunities. Nane Ghat, Karjat, Lohagad fort, Lonavala, Kalsubai Peak climb, Igatpuri, Rajmachi Fort trip, Lonavala, Ratangad Trek etc

Lonavala (Maharashtra) – Khandala This hill station in Mumbai is a must-see during the monsoon season, thanks to its lush greenery, waterfalls, and picturesque hillocks. The surrounding area is lush green, with hazy skies and a nice air. Lonavala is an ideal weekend retreat from both Mumbai and Pune, and the travel via road can be equally thrilling as one winds through the twisting ghats, passing multiple waterfalls along the route. Lonavala is noted for its chikki and chocolate fudge, both of which are ideal monsoon snacks. Several trekking choices, such as the Rajmachi fort climb and the Lohagad trek, are accessible for adventure seekers who want to fall in love with monsoon trekking.

 

  • A houseboat journey across south's magnificent backwaters is always a serenely soothing experience, which is amplified fourfold during the monsoons. The thick foliage around the lake, the numerous birds, the fresh monsoon aroma, and water drops dropping from the leaves combine to provide a memorable experience. Plan a trip to Kerala's backwaters of Kumarakom, Munnar, or Allepey for a truly relaxing monsoon vacation.

 

  • WATERFALLS: Look out some of India's incredible waterfalls, particularly those on the west coast. During the monsoons, most of these waterfalls are in full flow, with the velocity of the falling waters increasing dramatically. Stopping by a waterfall is a lovely sight since one can spend hours gazing at the pouring milky white waters and admiring nature's magnificence. This is the greatest time for youngsters, young adults, and water enthusiasts to get soaked and bathe under the pouring waves. A terrific monsoon experience is swimming, splashing, and simply enjoying the fresh waters as they amass in a pool. Water sport activities such as waterfall rappelling are available at several of the waterfalls, and are a must-try for thrill seekers.

 

  • Karnataka's Coorg - Coorg is one of the most popular hill stations in Karnataka, surrounded by majestic mountains and a constant mist. It is a wonderful monsoon holiday location for every type of traveller, with its exotic scenery, lush foliage, coffee and spice plantations, forest covers, and opportunities for adventure sports. The following are some of the must-see places in Coorg: The Abbey & Iruppu Waterfalls • The Nagarhole National Park • Raja's Seat Bylakuppe - India's second largest Tibetan settlement.

 

  • Road trips: Monsoon has blessed us with the opportunity to embark on the most thrilling road trip of our lives across Nubra Valley, because there is no rain in Ladhak during the monsoon season, the roads are snow-free, so just drive for a memorable trip on this adventurous route this monsoon season. White water rafting, trekking, and more activities are available in Ladhak to keep your heart racing. Ladhak is known for its scenic beauty as well as its rich Buddhist culture and legacy. Take advantage of your action drive this monsoon season, because rain isn't always necessary for having fun in the rain.

 

 


  • What should you bring or know before embarking on a trip during the rainy season?
  1. Before leaving the house, check the weather forecast.
  2. Carry Water-Resistant Clothes
  3. Bring food and water with you.
  4. Carry a battery-powered emergency supply kit that includes batteries, a first-aid kit, flashlights, a power bank, camera batteries, and a battery-powered emergency radio.
  5. During storms, stay safe and inside.

Author Aradhya Chopra

Ultimate guide to North goa

The state of Goa is dived into two districts North Goa and South Goa. Both these regions attract their fare share of tourists. Mostly tourists prefer North Goa as it offers more choices and activities in terms of hotels, restaurants and night life. South Goa attracts tourists who are mostly looking for a relaxed vacation. You will either see a lot of beach huts in Goa for low end tourists or five star properties for high end tourists enjoying a luxury vacation. One of India's tiniest states, Goa is a popular vacation spot for both domestic and international travellers. Despite being a small state, it has 130 km of coastline, including long stretches of beaches that are generally undeveloped and clean.

The tourist area in North Goa is primarily divided into the following eleven regions. From Keri Beach, which borders Maharashtra, at the very top, it descends to Sinquerim Beach. The list of beaches is shown below. Keri, Calangute Beach Arambol ,Mandrem .Morjim, Ashwem, Anjuna, Vagator, Baga, Calangute, Candolim,Sinquerim.

A trip to North Goa wouldn't be complete without experiencing the exciting nightlife that can be found in and around Baga and Calangute. Here is where Tito's, the most well-known nightclub in the state, is located. During the day, a continuous row of beach shacks offers refreshments next to the sand.

The original Goan hippie feel isn't exactly what it once was, but if there's somewhere you're likely to rediscover it, it'll be amidst the colour and bustle of Anjuna, where shops offer everything from genuine clothing to spices and hammocks at the monthly flea market, held every Wednesday.

You can keep yourself busy for three days in North Goa. You can continue to float towards Goa's far north, Arambol (known for its sunset drums), or the deep south with its numerous coves. However, you should factor in an additional eight hours for the drive. According to me. Unless you want to spend the entire holiday hibernating in a coastal shack, watching the neighbourhood fishermen at work, that is priceless. 

If you're going to Old Goa, start there with the Basilica of Bom Jesus, which has been around for four centuries! The gold shines brilliantly through the ivory-white walls of the historic chapel, which also contains the mummified body of St. Francis Xavier, one of the first missionaries dispatched from Vatican City to India. If you have the opportunity, you might decide to stay a few days in one of Fontainhas' unique bed and breakfasts. They feature historical home furnishings and materials from bygone eras, all hand-selected to create the ideal atmosphere of a bygone Portugal! One of Fontainhas's most promising eateries, Cafe Bodega has a solid reputation. Visit Gitanjali Gallery to immerse yourself in Goan artists' contemporary art. Another great place in Fontainhas to spend a breezy Sunday afternoon with a novel in hand is Anita Tea House.

WHEN TO VISIT ?
It's best from October through April, but by the end of April it's hot. The busiest month is December, when attendance is at its height. At this time, reservations are required, and you should plan to pay five times as much as usual. Although I adore it and stay during the monsoon season, which lasts from May to September, most visitors prefer to avoid coming during this time.

Author Aradhya Chopra

Caravanning - A UNIQUE EXPERIENCE.

The liberty to live and move without constraints is provided by caravans. You can choose where you want to live, sleep, and whether you want to wake up near to the ocean or to the sounds of nature. It is a relaxing synthesis of travel, recreation, and lodging. In fact, according to the government, demand for eco, adventure, wildlife, and pilgrimage tourism is rising right now. Caravan tourism has the ability to fill the accommodation gap that exists in rural areas.According to the studies, people prefer to travel in small groups, primarily with their family and close friends, as a result of Covid-19. The greatest way to travel is by caravan because it can accommodate all of those requirements. 

Also Read :- Best coastal vacation spots in India

Traditional tourism has numerous negative effects on the environment. However, there is a shortage of supplies and room if you travel by caravan. Caravan travel is more environmentally beneficial due to this restriction. According to Tiger Ramesh, CEO of LuxeCamper, who explained this to The Indian Express, caravan tourism is very sustainable because even the locals profit from offering hospitality services to caravan guests by feeding them and exposing them to local culture and activities. In a place like India, most people choose to stay in hotels for a relaxed and opulent stay, but caravanning is a great choice for individuals who don't want to follow the rules. A campervan is available for purchase or for rental. When you start driving, you'll have a sensation of independence.
Without sacrificing comfort or elegance, a campervan can serve as your home away from home. Camping is a more affordable option because you will save a lot of money. A hotel reservation or dining out are not required.
The trailer will easily accommodate all of your belongings, including your clothing and camping gear. The fact that you can take your pets on trips is the finest aspect.

 

Caravanning in India is still in its infancy, despite the US and the UK having long since embraced the practise. It is affected by a number of factors, including a lack of excellent roads, infrastructure, and service centres. Additionally, because there are so few companies offering campervans in India, they are pricey and nearly out of reach for the middle class. We will, however, undoubtedly catch up soon.

Since India is endowed with a variety of landscapes, there are several options for tourists to explore the wonders of nature in their campervans. Only a few places in the country allow for long road trips because these hippy trailers require wide, smooth highways.
Leh, Ladakh, and HP: Discover the breathtaking valleys and high-altitude passes.
Rishikesh: Take in the tranquilly and the country's spiritual side.
Darjeeling: Wander through the plush tea plantations and be enchanted by the alluring scenery.

Also Read :- The taste of India - Cuisines around the country

A caravan contains all the amenities of a house. Not only does it have a kitchen with a stove, sink, microwave, and other necessary amenities, but it also has a bathroom with a hot and cold water supply, a toilet, and a sleeping section that is frequently transformed into a dining area. The fact that you can sleep inside a caravan while it's moving is what distinguishes this floor layout as a caravan. 

Therefore, if choosing a caravan for your upcoming vacation isn't a good enough reason for you, we don't know what good reason you are looking for. A caravan can provide you with a pleasant and safe environment while you're on the go, as well as a nutritious meal that will feed your spirit.

Author Aradhya Chopra

TOP REASONS TO STAY AT A HOMESTAY

Get to know the local residents - Staying in a homestay is a great way to meet regular, genuine Indians. Most Indians are extremely friendly, and many speak English fluently, so communication is usually quite simple. You can do your own thing and simply dine with the family, or you can spend hours chatting with them and learning about Indian culture and way of life. 

  • You want to get a taste of local flavor and culture, but you also want all the modern comforts, including a place to sleep. A homestay delivers both, allowing you to experience authentic stay in the heart of your trip's destination.

Homestays are becoming one of the most popular ways to travel the world. The reasons are many: a home is more comfortable than a hotel, it allows you to make new friends and learn about a new culture in an intimate setting, plus it is often more affordable than staying in hotels or hostels. 

Experience Indian hospitality - One of the best aspects of this country is the warm welcome, hospitality, and genuine interest shown by the locals. Indians are such friendly, warm, and hospitable people that there is a saying in India that says "Athithi Devo Bhava," which interprets to "the guest is Divine." Indians consider it an honour to have visitors, especially from other countries, in their home, and Indian hospitality is legendary.  

  • The experience of staying at an Indian homestay is something that cannot be replicated. You will live like a local, interact with the people and enjoy a great cultural exchange.
  • Explore the culture and hospitality of India, stay at an Indian homestay and experience home-cooked meals and the traditional Indian hospitality that guests have loved for decades. 

 Home stay is the most authentic way to truly immerse yourself in a foreign culture, making it an unbeatable alternative to the tourism options that are available. You will live with a host family, share meals, and learn from your new friends about how they live their daily lives.

Relish The Local Cuisine: Nothing beats the comfort of home-cooked meals! The best part about staying in a homestay is undoubtedly the delicious home-cooked meal. Staying there allows you to learn about the preparation process because most hosts are willing to share their secret recipes with you. If you have strict food rules, homestays allow you to customise your experience. Even if you prefer to eat outside, homestays can provide you with information on some amazing local restaurants that may not be on the tourist map. 

Comfortable, particularly for backpackers
Homestays are typically run by a family, so it is in their best interests to ensure that their establishment is safe for visitors. Traveling alone can be a liberating experience, and some argue that it is the best way to travel. In such cases, living with a local family provides you with the same company and comfort as your own home. Additionally, hosts ensure that you have adequate privacy during your stay. 

A solo traveller is someone who travels alone. Whether they're reluctant to share their vacation with others, prefer traveling without the stress of making plans and accommodations, or simply sick of other people, they need a place that suits their needs. The best part about staying in homestays is that you always make new friends. Homestay hosts are usually chatty people, so you'll probably end up having long meaningful conversations and possibly making a new friend. For those travelling alone, homestays are the best option. After spending the day exploring the town by yourself, it's always nice to have some company. 

More tranquillity, so much time to relax
Homestays are a good option if you want to get away from city life. Because they are smaller than hotels, homestays usually do not accommodate more than ten people. This simply means that you will have more quality time with yourself, your family, or your friends. These less populated, less frequented areas provide solitude. Some homestays are also available for hire as a whole, making them ideal for small group bookings. 

Author Aradhya Chopra

BACKPACKING - A COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE

Backpacking is one of the oldest forms of adventure sports, dating back centuries to when people first strapped on animal skins and carried what little they owned on their backs to venture into unknown territory. Today, the sport has evolved from a way for survivors to conquer new lands to a fun pastime that millions engage in throughout the world. If you love being outdoors and want to travel the world, backpacking is the perfect way to see a lot of new sights and meet people who offer a different perspective on life. 

GET INTO THE RIGHT MINDSET

The idea of backpacking versus traveling light is not just about traveling lighter, it’s about the way you approach the journey. Backpacking isn’t about finding the cheapest hotel or hopping on every bus, it’s about doing things yourself and discovering new ways of getting around.
 Prep by researching the area you plan to visit.  

HOW TO PLAN ?

Choose an easy route with low mileage and manageable elevation gain for your first overnight. Remember that hiking with a full pack will take you longer than a regular dayhike. Apps like Gaia GPS can help you find route suggestions, trail information, and maps. Plan ahead of time by speaking with friends or rangers, reading online, or making a campsite reservation. Check that camping is permitted in the area you're going to before you go, and obtain any necessary permits from the appropriate land management office.
  Backpackers can save money by cooking their own meals and sleeping in a tent or on the floor, but they must still choose the right backpack based on their size, weight, and activity level. You'll need a pack big enough to carry everything. Look for one with a capacity of 40 to 75 litres. Smaller packs (40-50 litres) are ideal for overnight trips, warm weather, and people who travel light. Larger packs are ideal for longer trips, cold weather, or carrying bulky budget gear.

STOVE AND GEAR

While some multi-day hikers prefer to forego the stove and eat cold meals, many backpackers insist on a hot dinner at the end of the day or coffee in the morning. Choose a lightweight, compact, and simple-to-use single-burner backpacking stove. Many backpackers prefer stoves with an integrated pot, such as the Jetboil or MSR Windburner. Those stoves are great for quickly boiling water, but not for cooking other meals.

CLOTHING
Pack lightweight, quick-drying hiking shirts, pants, or shorts made of nylon, polyester, or wool for backpacking. Dress in layers to allow for easy temperature adjustment. Cotton absorbs sweat and takes a long time to dry. It's also not particularly warm. Clothes that are great for backpacking tend to be durable and lightweight, but also comfortable. Lightweight shirts (100% cotton!) offer breathability and durability without being too warm; shorts that sit above or just below the knee provide coverage and comfort. "Lightweight hiking shoes" are a must, offering grip on trails as well as support; a simple pair of boots keeps feet dry and warm through rainstorms and slushy mud puddles.

 GET IN SHAPE

You should be in good physical condition before you go on any backpacking trip, but being fit will make a big difference when you're carrying all your gear with you over long distances. Many people find that hiking and camping are great ways to get in shape — but if you're not used to these activities, start slowly and build up your distance and speed gradually so you don't injure yourself.

 Know what you're getting yourself into before you go out there.

If you've got never been backpacking before, spend some time reading about it so that you know what to expect from both the physical exertion required and the experience of being away from civilization for several days or weeks at a time. If there's any chance that other people might have trouble with this kind of adventure (such as children), then consider taking them along on a trial run before going on your actual backpacking trip.

EMPTY OUT
 Before stuffing everything into your backpack, take everything out and spread it out on the floor so you can see what you have and don't have. This will help ensure that nothing is forgotten and will give you an idea of how much space is available in your pack once everything is packed — crucial information if you're trying to fit everything into one bag!

So there you have it. Learning how to backpack is a rewarding experience, regardless of if you are new or advanced. It gives you the chance to explore the world, but keep comfort a priority. Choose the right gear and create a plan before you go to make sure you don't forget anything. And most importantly for this list? Be safe!

Author Aradhya Chopra

Biking in Himachal: Adventures on the Mountains of India.

Here are some reasons why Himachal Pradesh is a biker's paradise:

1. The Himalayan Road

The Himalayan Road or Shimla-Manali Highway is one of the oldest roads in India built by the British in 1820s. The route connects Shimla with Manali, offering an amazing view of spectacular mountain ranges on either side of it. The road passes through forested valleys with pine forests and lush green meadows dotted with flowers all along the way. It's also known as the Queen of Hills because it offers breathtaking views of snow-capped peaks every time you see them!

2. Chandigarh - Manali Highway

The Chandigarh - Manali Highway is another great road trip route for bikers in Himachal Pradesh. This route takes you through some stunning landscapes including mountains, valleys and forests. You'll also pass by many small villages along the way which give you an insight into local life too!

3. Dharamshala: Dharamsala is a hub for tourists who come here to visit religious sites like Mcleodganj, Dharmashala, Kangra Valley and many other places. The roads in Dharamsala are one of the best places to ride your bike because they are not very crowded and it gives you an opportunity to enjoy yourself at your own pace. You can also rent bikes in Dharamsala as well as hire guides who will take you on a mountain tour on their bikes.

4. Shimla: Shimla is one of the most popular tourist destinations in India and it attracts thousands of tourists every year because of its scenic beauty and amazing weather conditions throughout the year. One can easily rent a bike or hire guide who will take them on a mountain tour on their bikes through some beautiful routes that offer breath taking views throughout the journey. 

 With mountains and valleys, dense forests and open plains, Himachal Pradesh is a dream destination for bikers. The state has a wide range of terrains and trails that can be explored by biking.

Biking enthusiasts can ride on the mountain roads of Shimla, Manali and Dharamsala or take off on an adventurous journey across the Himalayas to the border state of Lahaul-Spiti or Kinnaur. The roads are well-maintained and provide a smooth ride.

Bikers can also take off on an adventure trip to Spiti Valley and ride along the Rohtang Pass (3,980 m), which connects Kullu with Lahaul; it is one of the highest motorable roads in the world.

Bikers are people who crave for adventure and aren't afraid to get their kicks from nature's tingles. Himachal Pradesh has everything which could spell adventure for a biker. One just needs to chose a mode of transport and ride oFeel the windut on the roads, valleys and mountain passes of Himachal Pradesh to enjoy some fast paced riding with great views throughout.

Feel the wind

Biking trip experience in himachal is best to enjoy the nature. The beautiful nature and calm environment gives more space to enjoy the ride with friends and family either it may be off-road or on the road. 

 

When getting ready for a ride, always remember to check that your tires are inflated properly. A bicycle puncture can turn a pleasant day into a nightmare, so make sure to check the air pressure and repair the hole before you head out on your trip! Always be aware of what's coming up the hill from behind, even when riding with other cyclists. It's always a good idea to look back every few seconds to see what is peeking around the corner. Don't forget about the descents; they may be more challenging than you think! Make sure that you have brakes set up on both wheels and that they are efficient enough to stop your bike completely. 

The trip allowed the riders to come in close contact with the local mountain bike culture of Shimla, Manali and Dharamsala. But they were also able to get closer to nature, seeing and interacting with diverse flora & fauna. Watching a herd of Tibetan antelopes graze in the rangelands of Solang, witnessing leopards slinking into their caves or hearing the hooting cry of a Western Tragopan Hornbill is a thrilling experience. And it isn't only about what you get up close. Experiencing a sunrise over the Himalayas or a sunset from some beautiful vistas is hard to forget too.