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Weekend Getaway to Jaipur

It was the Dussehra long weekend last month when I went on this quick getaway to Jaipur for 2 nights and 3 days. The historical city of Jaipur, Rajasthan’s capital, also known as the ‘Pink city‘ for its trademark building color, is located at around 280 kms from New Delhi well connected by road via NH …

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Leh Ladakh – Land of high passes

Ladakh (“land of high passes”) is one such place which is on every traveler’s bucket list of places to visit at least once in a lifetime. With superabundance of attractions to visit and fabulous landscapes, amazing people and culture, Ladakh is truly a heaven on Earth. Bounded by two of the world’s mightiest mountain ranges, the Great …

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Jaisalmer – A short trip to the Golden city

Jaisalmer is located in the heart of the Thar Desert in Rajasthan. Known as the “Golden City,” it’s distinguished by its yellow sandstone architecture. Jaisalmer is a sublime amalgam of exotic Indian desert culture, heritage and architecture. Summers can be very harsh in the desert so prefer to visit in the colder months when the temperature are …

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Desert safari in Jaisalmer

Desert safari in Jaisalmer at the silky Sam Sand Dunes is located 41km west of Jaisalmer in Rajasthan along a good sealed road (maintained by the Indian army). It is one of the most popular excursion from the city. The band of dunes is about 2km long and is undeniably one of the most picturesque in the …

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Nainital

Nainital is a Himalayan resort town in the Kumaon region of India’s Uttarakhand state, at an elevation of roughly 2,000m. Formerly a British hill station, it’s set around Nainital Lake, a popular boating site with Naina Devi Hindu Temple on its north shore. A cable car runs to Snow View observation point (at 2,270m), with …

Pahalgam
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Pahalgam – Valley of Shepherds

Located 95 km from Srinagar at a height of 7200 ft, Pahalgam, known as the ‘Valley of Shepherds’, is a famous hill station in Jammu and Kashmir where many films have been shot. Standing at the confluence of Lidder river and the Sheshnag lake, Pahalgam is surrounded by thickly wooded pine forests, breathtaking vistas of meadows and …

Gulmarg
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Gulmarg – Beauty of Kashmir

Gulmarg‘s legendary beauty, prime location and proximity to Srinagar naturally make it one of the premier hill resorts in the country. Originally called ‘Gaurimarg’ by shepherds, its present name was given in the 16th century by Sultan Yusuf Shah, who was inspired by the sight of its grassy slopes emblazoned with wild flowers. Gulmarg was …

Srinagar
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Kashmir – Paradise on Earth

Kashmir in India is often called as paradise on earth due to the mesmerising nature’s beauty it is engulfed with. Chilled green valleys, crystal lakes and the snow-capped mountains of Kashmir have sheltered the inhabitants of the hot Indian plains from the times of the Mughals and continue to do so. While the rest of India …

McLeod Ganj
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McLeod Ganj

McLeod Ganj is a suburb of Dharamsala in Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh, India. It is known as “Little Lhasa” or “Dhasa” because of its large population of Tibetans. McLeod Ganj is the residence of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama and the site of the Tibetan exile community’s main temple. The Tibetan government-in-exile is headquartered …

Rishikesh
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Rishikesh – Shivpuri

Ever since the Beatles rocked up at the ashram of the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in the late ‘60s, Rishikesh has been a magnet for spiritual seekers. Today it styles itself as the ‘Yoga Capital of the World’, with masses of ashrams and all kinds of yoga and meditation classes. Most of this action is north …

Dalhousie
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Dalhousie

Dalhousie is a hill station in Himachal Pradesh, established in 1854 by the British Empire’s government in India as a summer retreat for its troops and officials. Dalhousie was named after Lord Dalhousie, who was the British Governor-General in India. Located on the western edge of the Dhauladhar mountain range of the Himalayas, it is surrounded by snow-capped …

Kolkata
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Kolkata

Kolkata (formerly Calcutta) is the capital of India’s West Bengal state. Founded as an East India Company trading post, it was India’s capital under the British Raj from 1773-1911. Today it’s known for its grand colonial architecture, art galleries and cultural festivals. It’s also home to Mother House, headquarters of the Missionaries of Charity, founded …