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1. Trip To The Historic City Of Ayutthaya From Bangkok

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Ayutthaya is an old ruined city located at a distance of 85 kms from Bangkok.
This ancient city was founded around 1350, and was once the capital of Thailand (Siam).
The city was attacked and razed by the Burmese army in 1767 who burned the entire city and it has been in ruins since then.

I was interested to visit UNESCO World Heritage Site after looking at some of its photos on internet.

 

So we rented a bike and headed to Ayutthaya early in the morning.

Ayutthaya archaeological site contains ruined, burnt out palaces, temples, monasteries statues and more. It gives the glimpse of what an impressive city it must have been earlier days.

The most interesting place here was Wat Mahthat.
The iconic photograph of the Buddha's head entwined in the roots of a fig tree represents this place the best.


You can find the rows of headless Buddhas and large ruined structures here.

 

Another attraction was Wat Phra Si Sanphet, which is known for its distinctive row of Thai-style stupas. The temple once housed a 16 m high Buddha covered with 340 kg of gold, but the Burmese set fire to the statue to melt the gold and destroyed the temple in the process.

 

Wat Lokaya Sutha has 42 meters high and eight meters wide reclining Buddha statue.


Ayutthaya was said to be located on an island surrounded by three rivers connecting the city to the sea. This site was chosen by the kings, as it was located above the tidal bore of the Gulf of Siam, thus preventing attack of the city by the sea-going warships of other nations.
Now there are no traces of water, and the place is very dry and hot. There are many shelters to take rest while you are exploring these ruins.

 

 

Ayutthaya Historical Park is open 8:30 am-4:30 pm daily. The main places of attraction are:
•  Wat Phra Mahathat / Wat Mahthat
•  Wat Phra Si Sanphet / The Grand Palace
•  Wat Chaiwatthanaram
•  Wat Ratchaburana
•  Wat Lokaya Sutha / Wat Lokkayasutharam
•  Wat Yai Chaimongkol / Wat Yai Chai Mang Khon
•  Wat Na Phramen
•  Wat Phanunchoeng
•  Chao Sam Phraya National Museum

 

You can also visit the beautiful Bang Pa-In Summer Palace on the way the way to Ayutthaya.


All the roads in Thailand are wonderfully laid, but it is not the right country to explore on bike; as 2 wheelers are not allowed on most of the roads; and we were flagged off by the Thai police twice on the way to Ayutthaya and later were caught by the cops, despite lot of precautions. Most of signboards are in Thai language and we had missed to notice that we are riding on wrong road. Had to plead, negotiate and bribe to get the driving license back.

 

The best way to exlore this historical city is by taking a One Day Tour organised by various travel companies.

 

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2. Market On The Railway Tracks? Experience Thailand - Maeklong Railway Market

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Unique Markets - Maeklong Railway Market of Bangkok, Thailand

Maeklong Railway Market, is a unique market that is held every day literally on the rail tracks.

Maeklong Railway Market, nicknamed as Talat Rom Hup, meaning the "umbrella pulldown market".

 

It is one of the largest fresh seafood markets in Thailand, and is centred on the Maeklong Railway's track.

The action at this busy market begins few minutes before the train is due to pass through the market. As soon as the siren signals the arrival of the train, the shoppers will hop off the tracks, and vendors will quickly pack their goods and prepare to close/retract their awnings from the train track as the train passes by.

 

 

Once the train is gone, its business as usual as if nothing happened. 

 

This is a usual event for locals since 1905; but it is an out of the world experience for all the tourists come to this market, just to witness this.  

 

Train schedule:

These are the times the train is scheduled to pass through the market 6:20am, 9:45am, 10:20am, 1:45pm, 2:30pm, 6:22pm.

 

How to reach:

This famous Maeklong Railway Market is at a distance of 82 kms from Bangkok. 

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3. The Warriors At Hornbill - Amazing India

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Nagaland – at a Glance

Nagaland is one of the “seven sisters” of the North-East India. It is one of the smaller hill states of India, it is known for its large population of tribes with their rich culture and traditions and colourful festivals.

Nagaland is a culural state where different types of community have different culure and festivals. Each community celebrates their colourful festivals according to the agrarian calendar that makes Nagaland as, a land of festivals. "NAGALAND HORNBILL FESTIVAL: FESTIVAL OF FESTIVALS" is a celebration of the colour and vibrant elements of all the tribal festivities and give a picture of Naga and cultural sensibilities. This local heritage event has become a national and international festivals and also now become a must visit event and unique attraction in the travel industry.  

 

HORNBILL FESTIVAL

Why it is celebrated

Hornbill Festival of Nagaland is named after the Great Indian Hornbill. Folklore in Nagaland represents the hornbill. Hornbill is central to the Naga tradition finding symbolic representations in their faith and costumes. One of the tales relate how a Naga youth, unable to bear his step-mother’s ill-treatment, turned into a Hornbill and took to wings promising to be in his village every year. During such fights the youth came across two of his past beloveds who are now married. Seeing his beloveds the man-hornbill plucked two feathers from his body and presented a feather to each of them. The man-hornbill flew away never to return but his gifts to his beloveds made their way into headgears as they kept dancing elegantly as human crowns at yearly held festivals for posterity’s recognition of a tradition and the enjoyment it gave to man and his community.

The main aim of the festival is to rejuvenate and protect the culture of Nagaland and display its cultural values and traditions.

Hornbill represents or shows nobility – beauty and bravery and because of its roar-like call, its strength is believed to be equal to that of a tiger. It is also a symbol of fertility for reproductive and agricultural.

The Hornbill Festival takes place between the 1st December, which is the Nagaland Formation Day, till the 7th of December. It is coducted annually. Because of its grand success and ability in attracting more number of tourists from across India and abroad, the Hornbill Festival has been extended for another three days which is, till the 10th of December.

Hornbill festival is conducted to encourage inter-tribal interaction and to promote cultural heritage of Nagaland, the Government of Nagaland organizes the Hornbill Festival every year in the first week of December. It is organized by the State Tourism and Art & Culture Departments, Hornbill Festival showcases different types of cultural displays in one patform. This festival takes place between the 1st and the 10th of December every year in Kohima.

 

Where it is celebrated

The feastival is held at Naga Village which is Kisama which is about 12 km from Kohima. All the tribes of Nagaland used to take part in this festival.

 

How to reach

By Air: Airport is in Dimapur, serviced by major airlines (Indigo & Air India). The city is linked to Kolkata by air.  Tourists have to travel to kohima from dimapur by road which will take hardly 2 and half hours.

By Road: The state capital Kohima is linked to Shillong and Guwahati, Eastern India. First travel to Dimapur and then to Kohima.

By Rail: Dimapur is the major railway station, which is linked to Guwahati.

 

 

 

What one can expect in this festival

For visitors or tourists it is an opportunity for closer understanding the people and diverse culture of Nagaland, and a great opportunity to experience Naga food which is no less varied, as are the songs, dances and customs of the place. This great festival is a  paradise for a foodie, particularly if one is a non- vegetarian. Nagas mainly love to feast and feed guests, and at Kisama one can try different kinds of traditional food and also watch how they r preparing during the Hornbill Festival days. Tourists are welcomed warmly to the traditional huts of tribe which depicts respective traditions. Visitors who are interested can also interact with the village tribe. They also can take part in various events such as Naga chilly eating, pork eating and traditional games and other traditional competitions.

 

How it is celebrated

The 10 days festival unites everyone in Nagaland and people enjoy the colourful performances, crafts, sports, food fairs, games and ceremonies. They sing folk songs, perform their traditional dances and play unique and thrilling games and sports.  Traditional arts include paintings, wood carvings, and sculptures are also on display. Festival highlights include Traditional Naga Exhibition and sale of Arts and Crafts, Food Stalls, Herbal Medicine Stalls, Flower shows and sales, Cultural Medley – songs and dances, Fashion shows, Beauty Contest, Traditional Archery, Naga wrestling, various other attractive Games. There will be a music concert competition in the evening, which will like by every kind of people, so that the festive spirit continues through the night. The major attractive of this festival is the Hornbill International Rock Festival which is held at Indira Gandhi Stadium where local and international rock bands perform.

 

Check out exclusive Hornbill festival packages from Navigers and be a part of this extraordinary event.

 

 

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4. The Best Floating Markets Of Bangkok, Thailand

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A trip to Bangkok is not complete without a visit to one of the famous floating markets.

Due to the vast network of canals and waterways, Bangkok and the surrounding area, were formerly known as the Venice of the East. People relied on canals for transportation, and therefore people would tend to sell things directly from their boats, and thus giving rise to many floating boat markets.

These are the perfect places to immerse yourself in a whole new shopping experience, and taste some of the best local cuisines!

Here are the list of floating markets in Bangkok, mentioned in the order of their popularity.

  • Damnoen Saduak Floating Market (94 kms)
  • Amphawa Floating Market (96 kms)
  • Khlong Lat Mayom Floating Market (15 kms)
  • Taling Chan Floating Market (9 kms)
  • Bang Nam Pheung Floating Market (23 kms)
  • Tha Kha Floating Market (86 kms)

 

Damnoen Saduak Floating Market


Distance from city center - 94 kms
Opening Hours - 7 AM - 11 AM (Morning market)
Highlights:

  • Largest and most colorful market of all (making it usually crowded).
  • It is a best place for photographers, as the place is exteremely lively.
  • You need to leave the hotel early in the morning to see the charm of this place.

 


Amphawa Floating Market


Distance from city center - 96 kms
Opening Hours - Fri, Sat and Sun from 12:00 PM until 8:00 PM (Afternoon market)
Highlights:

  • Wonderful boat tours to hidden temples for just 50 baht per person. The main attraction is Wat Bang Koong temple - which looks as if it has been swallowed by a tree!
  • The famous Maeklong Railway Market is at a distance of 17 kms from this place.

 

Khlong Lat Mayom floating market


Distance from city center - 15 kms
Opening Hours - Sat and Sun from 9 am – 4 pm
Highlights:
Food paradise. It is one of the best places to taste local food. Some of the must try items are:

  • Pla pao – Thai salt crusted grilled fish
  • Gai galae - Thai grilled chicken
  • Khao lam - flauvored rice stuffed into a pole of bamboo.

Khlong Lat Mayom is close to the city and is situated in a lovely green lush area with an abundance of good food to eat. Here there are less of floating boats, but more of solid structures next to the waterway, selling stuffs.
You can take a boat ride and explore the nearby villages in just 50 THB.

 


Taling Chan Floating Market


Distance from city center - 9 kms
Opening Hours - Sat and Sun from 8 am – 5 pm
Highlights:
Close to city and has good food options
Option for Thai foot massage

 


Bang Nam Pheung Floating Market / Bang Phli Floating Market


Distance from city center - 23 kms
Opening Hours - 8 am – 5 pm
Highlights:
One of the oldest and traditional floating markets
Perfect place to try thai noodles, fresh fruit, seafood and other local delicacies.

 

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5. Thailand Visa

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Thailand is one of the favorite holiday destination for tourists from India.

You can avail 2 types of Visas for travelling to Thailand.
(1) Take Visa on Arrival on Thai airports
(2) Apply for Thailand Tourist Visa for stay more than 30 day

 

The VISA ON ARRIVAL allows passport holders of 19* countries to enter Thailand under this rule provided that they meet these requirements:

(1) The visit is strictly for tourism purposes.
(2) The passport must be genuine and should be valid for at least 30 days.
(3) You must have a valid address in Thailand whether a hotel or apartment that can be verified. (Atleast 1 day of hotel booking is mandatory)
(4) You must have a confirmed return ticket to show that they are flying out of Thailand within 15 days of entry
(5) It will also be necessary to prove that you have funds of at least 10,000 THB (250 USD) per person and 20,000 THB (500 USD) per family during your stay in Thailand.
(6) A fee of 1,000 THB (decreased from 2,000 Baht) is payable upon entry and is subject to change without notice. It must be paid in cash and Thai currency only.
(7) Submit one 4 x 6 cm. headshot photo taken no longer than 6 months.  

 


Apply For Visa before You Travel
If you’re in Thailand for longer than the 30 days, then you can pre-emptively apply for Visa to the Royal Thai Embassy. The regular tourist Visa can be obtained from the Royal Thai Consulate General present at New Delhi, Chennai and Kolkata.

It takes 3 to 5 working days for visa processing.

 

Here is the list of Thailand's international airports were Visa on Arrival service is available:
• Don Muang Airport, Bangkok
• Phuket International Airport
• Suvarnabhumi International Airport (BKK)
• Samui Airport, Surat Thani
• Chiangmai International Airport
• Hatyai International Airport, Songkla

 


And here is the list of countries eligible for the Thailand Visa on Arrival (VOA):
• Andorra
• Bulgaria
• Bhutan
• China
• Cyprus
• Ethiopia
• Fiji
• India
• Kazakhstan
• Latvia
• Lithuania
• Maldives
• Malta
• Mauritius
• Papua New Guinea
• Romania
• San Marino
• Saudi Arabia
• Taiwan
• Ukraine
• Uzbekistan

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6. Wanderlust Wayanad- A Welcome Break

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The stage was set- hectic office hours with lot of messing around with data, chaotic atmosphere, stagnant numbers with no signs of growth, ball being passed from one court to another with no resolution around, extremely scorching weather acting as on add-on and thus that called for a much needed welcome break.

2 friends (me and my friend priyam) -No planning, just a thought to explore the weekend outside Bangalore on a Friday night where there is peace in nature, poised weather, great natural ambience to stay and no laptop buzzing around. A google search of 5 minutes landed us to unanimously unravel Wayanad.

With an object oriented approach in mind to explore Wayanad and thanks to Navigers for fulfilling the procedural operational issues in terms of cab booking and a driver guide familiar to Wayanad sightseeing for 3 days. A quick google search for the best places to see in wayand resulted in finalizing few places for 2N/3D wanderlust- eddakal caves, chembra peak, pookode lake, sochipara falls, kuruvadweep and Banasura sagar dam.

 

With basic travel toolkit in hand- a water bottle, set of clothes, dental kit, DSLR and shades complete our itinerary for the travel. Started at 2am in the morning, seemed to be an entire different Bangalore as against what it is supposed to be in the day, reached the first kaleidoscopic spot of Wayanad at around 9am – Eddakal caves. Fascinated with the reviews on various blogs about this place, we decided to have a glimpse of this artistic naturally carved beauty. Eddakal caves contains the ancient script of homo sapiens and we decided to sneak peak into the calligraphy carved out on the rocks, got to know how during those days homo sapiens used to protect themselves from harsh weather and animal danger.

Before check-in at Hotel Haritagiri, Kalpetta(Wayanad) we already ambushed ourselves in Eddakal caves and then after 2 hours of rest on the swimming pool couches at the hotel, we made our next move to the hysterically famous peak chembra peak. Broken roads, narrow creeks, whirling winds, cab running at 20Kmph, howling sounds and sun setting slowly resulted in creeping of some fear in our minds. So we decided not to spent much time on top of the chembra peak, with quick snaps taken on the top, we decided to retrace our footsteps back to hotel.

 

Next morning, Our schumacher ferrari driver decided to take us to man made island- Kuruvadweep. Lying on the outskirts of wayanad, close to 70kms from kalpetta, we reached in just 45 minutes and had a quick check-in with the tickets. We enjoyed the bamboo rafting at the island and took some snaps on the dangerous slippery man made carved rocks at the island to relinquish ourselves from the scorching heat. Sochipara falls was a failure as there was no water due to absence of monsoon.

2nd Day evening, we explored pookode lake with boating for an hour on a lotus filled marshy lake and then quickly made our way to Lakiddi view point which lies on the border of wayand and Cochin. An absolute mesmerizing beauty with breathtaking moving clouds touching the feet of Lakkidi mountains


3rd Morning was actually a showstopper of the trip with mind boggling scenic experience of Banasura Sagar Dam- a must see beauty before anyone concludes the Wayanand trip. Lying on the tributary of Kabini river, this largest earthern dam in India and proudly the second largest in Asia, gives an absolute awe-inspiring jitters to the mankind. Marshy mangroves with wild fauna staring at us from other corner of the dam enthralls both of us to take a speedy boat and have a walk the talk with the beauty of Banasura sagar dam. Banasura encompasses everything- a 1 km trek to reach the top of the dam, a mammoth solar panel to shade the customers from scorching heat, a speedy boat ride to explore the jungle area of Banasura dam plus warning signs at few places sighting the view of water floating snakes to be beware of. 

I forgot to tell that yes we did try some adventurous sports activity at Banasura sagar dam like dirt motor biking, archery and shooting which concluded our Banasura trip

Finally, A much needed welcome break with memories to cherish forever concluded with a wayanad trip. A highly recommended place to take a quick break from Bangalore rusty weather and of course a place away from the office mess. Thanks to Navigers for being with us throughout ..Memories :)

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7. 6 Reasons Why You Should Travel | World Is Outside Home

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I really like the punch line of Navigers - "World is outside home, come travel with us"
This line made me think why should one travel? And what is the reason, that some people (like me), are always eager to pack the bag and set out travelling...

After think alot, I conculded on the these 6 reasons on why one should travel


(1) Traveling helps you learn who you are
When we are at home - at our self built comfort zone. We carry on to live a systamtic life; where we know how to carry on with the daily stuff without much hazzle.
Travel puts you out on a open space, with nothing much to predict. All the challenges and opportunities travel lays at your feet help you discover who you are and what are your true potentials and desires.
Sometimes it’s only far from home that you realize you you’ve got skills you’ve never used.

 

(2) Life is not all about work and career goals

If you think of working every inch today and hoping to have more time when you retire - think again!!!
Life has never guaranteed us 'old age'.
Experience this gorgeous mighty planet in which you are born. Because traveling open ups to more opportunities - beyond your set goals.


(3) Chance to be a part of a story

There are numerous stories associated with every place - stories that are much more exciting than the breaking news that media covers.
Travelling lets you learn and discover about the history and current affaris of a place and gives to a chance to be part of that story.

 

(4) Be generous to your taste buds

There is so many types of food in the world. Traveling to different places and tasting the local food prepared by the local chefs opens up a spirit of being part of that region's culuture.
It is much more fun to experience how different people enjoy different food; than eating at a continental restauarant at your city.

 

(5) Cherish on what really matters

Every airline penalises the extra baggage - and thus traveling forces you to learn on how much to carry, and what is the one that is really needed and what is ‘extra’.
This is a good lesson in life too - to drop the extra baggages of life.

 


(6) Pamper yourself - Relax and rejuvenate

A restful vacation is just what you need to renew yourself.
You need to pamper yourself more often and take a break from the stressful life - A new place, good weather, and bright colours of mother nature is the best rewarding gift that you can give yourself.

 


Travel and live the moment. World is generous with wide range of things it can offer. Just put a step forward and explore a new place of this vast universe - Travel pays back :)

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8. Caved Out Near Mumbai - Ajanta, Ellora And Others

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I heard a lot about the Ajanta & Ellora caves from my childhood days; so when I planned for a trip to see these caves, I thought of covering the other prominent caves near Mumbai and explore all of them in a go.

The important caves near Mumbai are:
•  Ajanta 
•  Ellora 
•  Aurangabad caves
•  Karla and Bhaja Caves in Lonavala
•  Elephanta caves and Kanheri caves in Mumbai

 

I started my trip from Mumbai. I booked a self drive car from Navigers for my road journey.

 

On the first day, drove from Mumbai to Ajanta (440 kms). We had taken Mumabi - Nashik - Shirdi - Aurangabad - Ajanta bypass roads.
There were lot of onion, cotton and sugar cane fields by the road side. 


The hotel guy at Ajanta, explained that the "View Point" at Ajanta is mesmerizing; and he suggested to go to 'Ajanta View point' first and then trek down from the wild trail to the 30 rock cut Ajanta caves.

Following the local expertise suggestion, next day, we drove to the 'Ajanta view point' early in the morning. The sight was really out of the world. 
It seemed to be a exotic setting, perfectly formed to carve out the amazing caves.


It is believed that the Buddhist monks who carved out these caves, wanted to stay in solitary - and didnt want anyone to find their meditation site.
On the first sight, you will find this place to be like a crater; and you cannot see these caves from anywhere else; apart from the view point.

The Ajanta Caves is a complex of around 29 rock-cut Buddhist cave monuments which date back to 2nd century.
These caves were discovered in 1819, by a British officer named John Smith, who was out in the forests for hunting. 
I was trying to imagine that what he must have felt when he saw these abandoned massive caves for the first time.

 

Each cave in Ajanta, has a unique story to tell. And you experience the stories of Buddha coming to life in these caves.


The main attraction of Ajanta caves, is the wall paintings. Though these expressive wall paintings are in very ruined state now; it makes you wonder, that what technology might the people have used to draw these fine paintings almost twenty centuries back.  

Ajanta caves is currently a UNESCO protected site. You will not be allowed to use cameras with flash-lights inside the caves; so that the cave paintings can be protected for some more years.
You will not be allowed to drive your vehicle close to the cave complex also; the vehicles needs to be parked 4 kms away from the caves; and from there you will have to board the government bus that will drop you close to the cave entrance.

Ajanta caves is one of the fine historic marvel and I am gald I could explore them; before it perishes completely. 

 


After exploring Ajanta, we drove towards Ellora caves, which is at the distance of 90 kms.

I spent my night at Hotel Kailash, which offers a magnificent view of Ellora cave complex.

The Ellora cave entrance was at a walking distance from my hotel; so I decided to explore these caves early in the morning; so that I could avoid the crowd.

 

I directly entered Cave 16, that is the 'Kailash Temple'. I had read that this was one of the most beautiful carved temple in the world. 
I was amazed to see this massive carved temple with huge sculptures all by myself. There were no tourists when I entered this temple and I was literally scared to enter the main dark sanctum of this huge temple where the Shiv ling was present. 
Kailash Temple is an marvellous structure, it is one of the largest monolithic structures in the world. This place seemed extraordinarily beautiful with the soft sun rays on the beautiful rock carvings; and no crowd to disturb.


Unlike Ajanta - Ellora cave complex had a mix of artworks from Buddhism, Hinduism and Jainism.

Caves 1 to 12 - were mainly Buddhist monuments

It was suprising to see 2 storeyed caves here. 


Caves 13 to 29 - were the most beautiful ones. These consists of the Hindu monuments with elaborate sculptures, wall inscriptions, rock carvings. 


Caves 30 to 34 - were mainly Jain monuments

There is bus facility inside the cave complex, as the last Jain caves are situated at a distance of 1.5 kms from entrance.

 

Ellora was more commercialized than Ajanta caves, as the place also contains Grishneshwar temple (the 12th Jyotirlinga). There were lot of pilgrims who had come to visit this sacred temple; and the same pilgrims were also at the Ellora cave complex, adding to the crowd.
I also paid a visit to the huge Shiv ling present in the finely carved Grishneshwar temple.
This temple was under high security; I had to cross many security check points to enter the main temple sanctum. Even mobile phones were not allowed to be carried inside the temple premises.

 


My next destination was Lonavala, which was at a distance of 308 kms.

From Ellora, we drove through Aurangabad which is known as 'the city of gates'. You can find lot of many gateways in this city. I m not sure on what was the intend of the ancient kings to build so many gateways :)
Bibi ka Maqbara of Aurangabad is the prime attraction of the city and it resembles the Taj Mahal of Agra. 

The Aurangabad Caves were Buddhist cave complex, resembling that of Ajanta.

 


The drive to Lonavala was little confusing; there are very less sign boards across Maharastra.

Lonavala didnt turn out to be as per my expectation. Though I was there in February, the temperature was too high and the place was dry with no greenery and nothing to remind that it is a ' hill station '.

There are many forts near Lonavala and Khandala, but none of the forts are maintained well. It was saddening to see the massive forts built by ancient kings in ruined state. When the forts were built, I m sure that the kings had very limited resources compared to now; but now even with all the advanced technology, the government is not even willing to maintain these historical structure. None of the forts had good roads to reach to them. I really felt pity on the state of these neglected monuments.

Rajmachi Fort is said to be the most beautiful fort; which offers magnificent views.
Tilkona fort was a triangular fort on top of the hill. 
Lohagad Fort was massive. There were lot of monkeys till the top of the fort; so had to walk empty handed, so that nothing attracts their attention.

Bhaja / Bhaje caves are located near Lohagad Fort. It was a cave complex with 22 rock-cut caves dating back to the 2nd century. The unique carving here was that of a woman playing tabla.

Pawna lake and dam at Lonavala was worth a visit; but the Bhushi dam had nothing much to offer.

Lonavala was filled with chikki shops and resorts. The place was totally commercialized and was crowded.


At Khandala ghats, I stopped by to see many view points that offer beautiful views of the surrounding hills and valleys. 
Rajmachi point, shooting point and Duke’s Nose were the best of them. 

 

There were many tunnels on the highway between Lonavala and Mumbai.

 

My trip ended back at Mumbai/Bombay - the Bollywood city. 
The city was a mix of skyscrapers with well connected flyovers and overcrowded slum area - both class of people living closeby.

I had found this photo of my childhood in one of my old family album; and I wanted to click a similar photo in front of Gateway of India during this trip.
But guess what, I could not go close to 'Gateway of India'.


Gateway of India, is now surrounded by barricades after the infamous 26/11 terror attack and over that there were almost a lakh of tourists around that area. 
I had never seen so many people gathered together at a given point of time in my entire life. It was frightening to face the over population of our country.

 

I dropped my idea to go to Elephanta Caves, after this; as we need to board the ferry from Gateway of India to reach Elephanta.


My stay at Mumbai ended up to be more about eating, than sight seeing :)
The famous streets of Mumbai had everything to offer from ice gola, vada paav, paav bhaji, paan, sandwich, kulfi, fruit punch etc etc, and everything was delicious.

 

I spent time watching sunset at Chowpatty beach, walking through Marine Drive to Nariman Point, shopping at colaba market.


And as per the famous saying 'there is light at the end of the tunnel'; in the same way, I ended up my trip with the thought of a new road venture in few more month :)

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9. Ever Dared To Cycle From Bangalore To Chennai Solo?

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i had a wonderfull experience in this trip.Learnt a lot.peacefull.no stress. I clickrf this at 2AM when I started

It took me 25 hours from Bangalore to Chennai

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10. Deccan Jewels Of Hyderabad- India Revisited

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I don’t know what keeps me pulling back to India and explore the mystic beauty of this beautiful country ranging from wild mystic nature peace, flamboyant monumental palaces, rich antique heritage to continuously changing traditions at different zones of this motherland. This time I decided to go on a short excursion of 2 days to Hyderabad and without doubt, I decided to go again with Navigers.

I was welcomed at the airport with Mr. Jahangir- the driver whose name reminded me of great Indian King Jahangir from my last visit of North India. After check-in at the hotel courteous driver starts on what I still call it as a most exciting and exhausting trip to India. We went to see famous Char Minar first, spent couple of hours, took snapshot and then moved to Salarjung Museum. In the evening, I was excited to see Lumbini Park coupled with boating at Hussain sagar lake and laser show in the evening. 

 

Next day, early morning driver took me to show Jagannath Puri temple, near to my stay at Banjara Hills. We had some smacking south Indian breakfast at the temple and then I headed my journey to see Chilkur Balaji temple, Qutub Shahi tombs, chowmahalla palace and finally to Golconda fort.

So pleasing to see colossal fort standing with pride and displaying magnificence of Indian ancient artistry and craftsmanship. Driver sir helped me in getting green mangoes before dropping me at Secundarabad railway station. I concluded my journey with heartwarming  “Namaste” to Driver sir.

Thanks Navigers for such a courteous trip once again and hope to see you guys again in summers, unravelling some other parts of the country. Mighty India, Marvelous India. Jai Ho.

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