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1. Understand Your Meal Plans

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While traveling, I was always confused on the different types of meals in the hotels and the abbrevations that they used, like AP vs MAP vs CP vs EP.

Here's some quick tips to Understand your meal plans and brief Meal Plan Definitions:

AP or American Plan

American Plan or AP means that apart from room rent, quoted hotel tariff includes all 3 meals as well i.e. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner. In Europe and some other countries the American Plan is also referred to as Full Pension or Full Board Plan. This plan is good for tourists visiting remote places where availability of food outside/nearby or hygiene could be an issue.

MAP or Modified American Plan

Modified American Plan or MAP means quoted rates include two meals a day, namely breakfast and either lunch or dinner. In Europe and some other countries the Modified American Plan is also referred to as Half Pension or Half Board Plan. Preferred by most of the tourists as you can leave hotel with a good breakfast, spend the day out, have lunch at some nice local restaurant and go for dinner in the hotel after a shower.

CP or Continental Plan

Under Continental or CP Meal Plan, room rent and complimentary free breakfast are included in the tariff. And in case you decide to have dinner and lunch at the hotel, you always have the option to pay extra. Continental Plan is supposed to include a continental breakfast. However, hotel nowadays use the term for any kind of breakfast. Most of the hotels have breakfast buffet (for all meal plans) with tea, coffee, milk, juices, eggs, pancakes, local dishes, breads and corn flakes.

EP or European Plan

European Plan or EP will mostly have the lowest tariff in a rate card simply because it includes only room rent and no meals. This gives you the option of trying local food and save some money as well. You always have the option of paying and having food in the hotel. Another advantage of EP is that since almost every hotel has more than 1 restaurant, you are free to try and choose the one you like.

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2. How To Spend 5 Days In Singapore

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Day 1 - On our first day in Singapore, I kept it low-key and was exploring the historical parts of the city. Travelling is exhausting even if you're only in the air for a few hours. A little jet-lagged and travel-weary. We went to Singapore Art Museum. Opened in 1996, the museum houses the largest collection of modern Southeast Asia artworks. From there, it's just a short walk to the National Museum of Singapore, Singapore's oldest and largest museum and the keeper of the 11 National Treasures.

 

Day 2 We could have theoretically spent our entire Singapore vacation on Sentosa Island and never run out of things to do. Sentosa - crystal blue water lapping against the white sandy beach, while coconut trees sway in the gentle breeze. Tanjong beach on Sentosa is the best spot for relaxing "peace and tranquility"on Sentosa Island. We played volley ball there. 

Silosa Beach is for the sporty types who like to play beach volleyball, and Palawan Beach is great if you want to stay close to all the action. EAT "must-have" Black Pepper Crabs. And Hainanese Chicken Rice.

I took a tram to Siloso Point and walk into Sentosa Underwater World and Dolphin Lagoon. "Meet the Dolphins and Fu Seals" show. We were a little adventurous type and spent the rest of the afternoon at the MegaZip Adventure Park, where I flew above the tree canopy on a zip line. I didn’t try Sentosa CineBlast. - virtual rollercoaster. Later We went for dinner at Silk Road on Palawan Beach. The neatest thing about this contemporary restaurant is that its menu is based on the places along Marco Polo's route from North and South China to Venice, back in the 13th century. I finished by 7:30pm, as I didn’t want to miss Wings of Time.

Day 3 We went to Marina Bay for some popular tourist attractions and  a bit leisurely. I strolled along the Waterfront Promenade, I could see iconic Marina Bay Sands. I later went to Esplanade Theatres for a show and later went through the shops of the Esplanade Mall.

We went to The Banyan Tree Gallery and it is a neat store that sells handcrafted goods made by local artisans. Afternoon We went to Singapore Flyer. Although it’s known for being the world's largest observation wheel, there is so much more to do than just soar high above the city in one of their special capsules. I did fly a plane..na na not the real one but almost real, in an awesome flight simulator and zipped around the track used by drivers for the famous Singapore GP F1 Night Race in a super-classy, super-fast sports car.

Late evening, I spent at Merlion Park when the sun is about to sat. This is the best place to take a few shots of the beautiful Marina Bay with the iconic Merlion and Marina Bay Sands in the background.

I took Boat Quay, a historical strip along Singapore River. Clarke Quay, not far away, is typically more popular among tourists, but Boat Quay has just as much to offer. Its less noisy.

Day 4 - The Chinese Garden, also known as Jurong Gardens, provides a stunning array of traditional Chinese gardens set against the architectural beauty of a 7-storey Pagoda and a gorgeous arch bridge. In the Gardens of Abundance section, one of the newest gardens, you'll marvel at the 100-year old pomegranate trees nestled among statues representing the 12 Chinese Zodiac animals.

Admission to the main garden and Bonsai garden are free. However, ticket prices for entrance to the Garden of  Abundance and Live Turtle & Tortoise Museum are $2 for Adults, $1 for Children and $5 for Adult, $3 for Children respectively.

We went for Night Safari riding a tram through the Himalayan Foothills, Indian Subcontinent, the Burmese Hillside and more before getting out and walking along the interconnected trails under the moon light. You also won't want to miss the highlight of this tour - Creatures of the Night Show.

Day 5 - Singapore is a shopping paradise, from massive malls to open-air boutiques.

I headed to Orchard Road to empty our wallet. For full, cultural experience, head to Chinatown.

Little India – Just like India

I skipped the large common-goods shopping malls and went to Yue Hwa Chinese Products Emporium, just a block away from the heart of Chinatown, selling Chinese goods ranging from traditional medicine to porcelain figures. Visit the second floor lobby for an amazing selection of Chinese tea, from the inexpensive loose-leaf teas to costly teapots.

I picked up some bak kwa (barbecued meat). Wander along the vendor-packed Pagoda, Sago and Trengganu streets , and pick up some gorgeous fine silk, jade jewellery and Singapore souvenir t-shirts.

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3. Top Places To Visit In Arunachal Pradesh

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Arunachal Pradesh is a beautiful state in the northeastern part of India.
The name Arunachal Pradesh means - "a land of the dawn-lit mountains".
 
This picturesque state is home to beautiful mountains, crystal clear lakes, gushing waterfalls, peaceful valleys and more.
 
Arunachal Pradesh shares international borders with Bhutan, Myanmar and China and has turned out to be a popular holiday destination for people from all over the world. 
 
The Top Places to Visit In Arunachal Pradesh are:
• Tawang
• Bomdila
• Dirang Valley
• Itanagar
• Ziro
• Roing
• Pasighat
• Along / Aalo
• Bhalukpong
• Namdapha National Park
• Pakhui Wildlife Sanctuary
 
 
 
Tawang
 
Tawang is one of the most beautiful places in Arunachal Pradesh. It is located at a height of 10,000 ft above sea level. 
This beautiful place is home to the Monpa tribe and houses one of the oldest and largest Buddhist monasteries in India - Tawang Monastery
One has to cross the thrilling Sela pass to reach Tawang.
Click here for details on the popular places to see in Tawang like Sela lake, Madhuri lake, Jaswant Garh etc.
 
 
 
Bomdila
 
 
Bomdila is situated 8000 feet above sea level and has a brilliant landscape with snow-clad mountains of the Himalayan Range and is filled with beautiful apple orchards.
The Colourful gomphas and beautiful landscape; makes Bomdila is a photographer’s delight.
Click here for all the popular places to see in Bomdila
 
 
 
Dirang Valley
 
 
Dirang a stopover destination located between Tawang and Bomdila. This attractive hill station is popular among bagpackers. This small hill station welcomes you with snow-capped mountains, gushing streams, lush greenery and Hot Water Spring. It is popular for kiwi and apple orchards.
Sangty Valley is 10km away from Dirang where unique black-necked crane comes to breed. 
Click here for all the popular places to see in Dirang
 
 
 
Itanagar
 
 
Itanagar is capital city of Arunachal Pradesh, ans is one of the most visited places in the state. This historical place has diverse architectural landmarks like Ita Fort which is built with special bricks. The iconic Ganga Lake is also located here.
 
 
 
Ziro
 
 
Ziro is named as World Heritage Site for its stunning natural beauty. It is a popularly name for Apatani Plateau. 
Ziro is home to unique tribal group (Apa Tani tribe). 
Its pleasant climate, gorgeous pine trees, scenic rice fields surrounded by beautiful mountains - makes Ziro the peace seeker's paradise. 
 
 
 
Roing
 
 
Roing is one of the most important tourist attractions in Arunachal Pradesh, filled with picturesque natural surroundings.
Mehao Wildlife Sanctuary, Nehru Van Udyan, Bhismaknagar Fort are some of the popular places to see in Roing.
 
 
Pasighat
 
 
Pasighat is the heaven for nature lovers as it has diversity of flora and fauna, snow-covered peaks. Pasighat is home to Adi tribe. 
The Siang River offers several water sports like rafting. Pangin and Daying Ering Wildlife Sanctuary are two top attractions here.
 
 
 
Along / Aalo
 
 
Aalo is a remote village with beautiful nature walk trails. It is known for the Hanging Bridge on River Siang, which is made of cane and bamboo. Aalo has many sightseeing options like Patum Bridge, cable Bridge, Ramakrishna Ashram, Bagra Village etc.
 
 
 
Bhalukpong
 
 
Bhalukpong is close to Bomdila. It is famous for hiking, trekking, white water rafting, camping etc. 
Sessa Orchid Sanctuary, Pakhui Wildlife Sanctuary, Tipi Orchid Reserve are famous sightseeing places in Bhalukpong.
 
 
Parashuram Kund
 
 
Parashuram Kund is a pupular pilgrim place.
According to Indian mythology; the great sage Parashuram - had washed his sin of matricide in the bank of the Lohit river, which later came to be known as Parashuram Kund. 
The famous Parashuram Mela held during the month of January attracts lot of people every year.
 
 
Namdapha National Park
 
 
Namdapha National Park is one of the largest national park of India. You can spot rare animal species like Eurasian Otters, Asiatic Small Bears, Clouded Leopards, Wolves, Red Foxes, Dholes, Red Pandas, Tigers, Fishing Cats and Musk Deer.
 
 
 
Pakhui Wildlife Sanctuary / Pakke Tiger Reserve
 
 
Pakhui Wildlife Sanctuary is a Tiger Reserve and a best destination for wildlife photographers.

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4. 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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5. 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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6. 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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7. 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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8. 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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9. 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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10. 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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