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1. Visa Requirement For Myanmar

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Visa requirement for Myanmar

From December 2016, Singapore passport holders can visit Myanmar for 30 days without a visa. This
exemption is not applied for foreigners who live or work in Singapore. The mutual signed by Singapore
and Myanmar government also allows Burmese tourists to visit Singapore without a visa.

A similar agreement amongst Asian countries including Vietnam, Laos, Brunei, Philippines, Thailand,
Cambodia and Myanmar indicates that the citizens of these countries can travel to Myanmar for 14 days
for purpose of tourism without a visa.

The restriction of the agreement shows that free visa is only for those who arrive by Yangon, Mandalay
or Naypyidaw international airport.

Accordingly, travellers from America, Europe, Africa and other countries in Asia need to obtain Myanmar
Visa.

From late 2014, Myanmar Government has created a new system which enables travellers to obtain
an electronic visa for Myanmar. This system supports citizens from more than 100 countries to obtain visa
easier for their travel to Myanmar. Please contact us if you want to apply for Myanmar visa

Myanmar e visa can be applied if you are entering from these airports / Ports / Checkpoints

  1. Yangoon
  2. Mandalay
  3. Nay Pyi Taw
  4. Tachileik Land Border checkpost
  5. Myawaddy Land border chekpost
  6. Kawthaung Land border chekpost

Visa Fee

The total Government fee is US $50/ person or application. There is no discount or a cheaper price if you
apply for a group. Navigers processing fee is $25 per visa forex and 5% government tax. Pls fill the visa
form or call us

The visa is single entry and you are not able to travel to Thailand then return without having a second
visa. We strongly advise you to study their website carefully before you apply since the visa fee is
nonrefundable.

Special notices


1. E-Visa is good for both tourist and business Myanmar Visa
2. This visa is not for all border gates or airports, please check the latest update Myanmar Visa News
3. Your passport must be valid for 6 months from the time you enter the country.
4. Tourist visa is valid for 28 days from the date of arrival, business visa is for 70 days
5. Payment should be done by credit, visa card, no cash or banking option.
6. Visa fee is non-refundable
7. Contact the government support team on phone if you need more information
8. You should apply for the visa at least 1 week before arrival and no sooner than 3 months prior to your
travel date.

Requirement


1. Your full name in the passport :
2. Your father`s full name:
3. Your date of birth and place of birth:
4. Passport number, issued date, expired date

5. Your address, telephone and email.
6. Your occupation:
7. Date of arrival and flight number:
8. Date of departure and flight number:
9. Your visiting plan: at least the name of the first hotel
10. Your photo in jpeg, pdf, word extension

E-visa is applicable for 100 countries including

1.    Albania         51. Kenya
2.    Algeria         52. Korea, DPR
3.    Argentina       53.  Korea, Republic
4.    Australia       54. Kuwait
5.    Austria         55.  Kyrgyzstan
6.    Bangladesh       56.  Laos
7.    Belarus         57. Latvia
8.    Belgium         58. Lithuania
9.    Bhutan           59. Luxembourg
10.    Bolivia         60. Malaysia
11.    Bosnia         61. Maldive
12.    Brazil         62. Malta
13.    Brunei         63. Mauritius
14.    Bulgaria       64. Mexico
15.    Cambodia       65. Monaco
16.    Cameroon       66. Mongolia
17.    Canada         67. Morocco
18.    Chile           68. Nepal
19.    China           69. Netherlands
20.    Colombia       70. New Zeland
21.    Costa Rica     71. Norway
22.    Côte d’Ivoire   72. Pakistan
23.    Croatia         73. Panama
24.    Cyprus         74. Peru
25.    CZECH           75. Philippines
26.    Denmark         76. Poland
27.    Ecuador         77. Portugal
28.    Egypt           78. Qatar
29.    Eritrea         79. Romania
30.    Estonia         80. Russia
31.    Fiji           81. Saudi Arabia
32.    Finland         82. Serbia
33.    France         83. Singapore
34.    Georgia         84. Slovakia
35.    Germany         85. Slovenia
36.    Ghana           86. South Africa
37.    Greece         87. Spain
38.    Guatemala       88.  Sri Lanka
39.    Guinea         89. Sweden
40.    Hungary         90. Switzerland
41.    Iceland         91. Thailand
42.    India           92. Turkey
43.    Indonesia       93. Uganda
44.    Ireland         94. Ukraine
45.    Israel         95. United Kingdom
46.    Italy           96.  United States of America
47.    Jamaica         97. Uruguay
48.    Japan           98. Uzbekistan
49.    Jordan         99. Venezuela
50.    Kazakhstan     100. Vietnam

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2. Myanmar Road Encounters

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According to Myanmar law, you are not allowed to rent the car without driver so it has to be the best invention ever – it’s a motorbike

The road should be kicked off from Mandalay, the biggest city in north Myanmar going down south to capital Yangon. It is more than just an ordinary sightseeing since you are not only to visit Myanmar Heritage sites but also see the different villages in the remote area. It usually takes 12 to 13 days depending how many days you are adding to explore Yangon and other major places like Inle lake
 

Mandalay - PyinOoLwin - Shwe Bo - Monywa - Bagan - Magwe - Pyu - Yangon - Naypyidaw - Inle Lake – Mandalay

  1. Mandalay to PyinOoLwin = 66 km
  2. PyinOoLwin to Shwe Bo = 167 km
  3. Shwebo to Monywa = 101 km
  4. Monywa to Bagan = 153 km
  5. Bagan to Magway = 152 km
  6. Magway to Phyu = 313 km
  7. Phyu to Yangon = 235 km
  8. Yangon to Naypyitaw = 367 km
  9. Naypyitaw to Inle Lake = 230 km
  10. Inle Lake to Mandalay = 261 km

 

Essential South Myanmar
Follow the ancient trail of Mon Kingdom, exploring the authenticity of Yangon, Hpa An, Golden Rock and Mawlamyine. The experience focuses on the cultural interaction which varies beautifully from vibrant cities to monasteries, Shampoo island to famous Golden Rock.  It usually takes 7 to 8 days depending how many days you are adding to explore Yangoon and other places


Brief itinerary: Yangon - Bago - Kyaikhtiyo - Mawlamyine - Hpa An - Yangon

  1. Yangon - Bago = 119 km
  2. Bago – Kyaikhtiyo = 107 km
  3. Kyaikhtiyo – Mawlamyine = 153 km
  4. Mawlamyine - Hpa An = 57 km
  5. Hpa An to Yangon = 287 km

 

Myanmar larger circuit –

Option 1 - Min. 15 days circuit

  1. Mandalay to PyinOoLwin = 66 km
  2. PyinOoLwin to Shwe Bo = 167 km
  3. Shwebo to Monywa = 101 km
  4. Monywa to Bagan = 153 km
  5. Bagan to Magway = 152 km
  6. Magway via Naypyitawto Phyu = 313 km
  7. Phyu to Yangon = 235 km
  8. Yangon - Bago = 119 km
  9. Bago – Kyaikhtiyo = 107 km
  10. Kyaikhtiyo – Mawlamyine = 153 km
  11. Mawlamyine - Hpa An = 57 km
  12. Hpa An to Taungoo = 383 km
  13. Taungooto Naypyitaw = 115 km
  14. Naypyitaw to Inle Lake = 230 km
  15. Inle Lake to Mandalay = 261 km

 

Option 2 – Min. 14 days circuit

  1. Mandalay to PyinOoLwin = 66 km
  2. PyinOoLwin to Shwe Bo = 167 km
  3. Shwebo to Monywa = 101 km
  4. Monywa to Bagan = 153 km
  5. Bagan to Magway = 152 km
  6. Magway via Naypyitawto Phyu = 313 km
  7. Phyu to Yangon = 235 km
  8. Yangon - Bago = 119 km
  9. Bago – Kyaikhtiyo = 107 km
  10. Kyaikhtiyo – Mawlamyine = 153 km
  11. Mawlamyine - Hpa An = 57 km
  12. Hpa An to Naypyitaw = 473 km
  13. Naypyitaw to Inle Lake = 230 km
  14. Inle Lake to Mandalay = 261 km

Happy BiKing.!!

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3. Misty Munnar A Refreshing Weekend Getaway

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This is not my first backpacking “planned” trip away from bustling crowded namma Bengaluru but this time the word “planned” was missing and hence the adventure was at its peak.

Priyam again turned out to be a savior in this random trip and finally we boiled down to head to Munnar on a long weekend. After deciding on the place, problem was to find a good stay at Munnar during long weekend and again Navigers team was there to help us and they booked Estate residency at Munnar for us. Accompanied by friends from last trip to hampi, Manzil and Ankit also joined the party. Just to mention, Manzil started her journey from hyderbad to Munnar via Bengaluru. (Kitni velli h ye)

Navigers.com helped us in providing the cab at best prices and that too during peak demand season.

So the fun begins……

Started the journey on 26th early morning around 2am with AUX equipped cab, manzil carrying UNO cards, priyam with his acoustic guitar, ankit with his poker chips and obviously me to bakar around.

Singing, sleeping, playing, eating and repeating the same again, We first landed at grapevine yard Munnar on 26th morning 9am.

I have never seen before such huge quantity of free grapes, hanging at no cost, infront of my eyes and how can I miss the opportunity to grab few.


As we were approaching close to Munnar, roads seem to be unfriendly and treacherous. Every mile, there is a construction with narrow roads and blockheads.

10 hrs of seemingly smooth journey turned to 14 hrs hours of long tiring drive, but the hotel stay made our day worth spending with scenic view from my room.

Being dead hungry, we decided to munch at some goodrestaurant and that’s how we landed at forestglade.

We played poker, played guitar with songs(some mind blowing voices :P) and had some refreshing non alcoholic wine to conclude our day.

Next day, early morning.. Ahh gosh.. I still remember… it took mammoth efforts to dislodge these guys from the bed, but somehow all got ready in 1 hr and we started off our journey to Mattupetty Dam and Tea Museum.

Full road blocks due to long weekend, we decided to walk half a mile to reach matupetty dam and finally tried our hands on pedal boat.

After lunch at 3pm, driving way back to see Tea Museum and really bewildered to see the fermentation, drying and packaging happening on such a large scale at TATA tea museum.After reaching hotel at 5pm, but something keeps us buzzing and that was to see the traditional Indian martial arts show- PUNARJANI. I would say that 1 hour show was the showstopper of the trip, with some jaw dropping martial arts presentation by local boys and at the end of the show we dint miss the chance to take few clicks with skilled martial arts guys.

Again concluded our day with sumptuous dinner and with guitar being played by our music maestro priyam.

Last day we headed to Eravikulam national park, Lakkam waterfalls and finally drove back to Namma Bengaluru.

Yes, we do took munnar chips, home made chocolates for our hungry Bengaluru friends :)

 

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4. 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
• Dawki
 
 
 
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, and 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.
 
 
Dawki River / Umngot River
 
 
Dawki is a small border town towards Bangladesh border; and is popular among tourist for its picturesque landform and the amazingly beatiful Dawki river. Dawki river, is a famous freshwater river, the river water is so crystal clear that you will feel as if your boat is floating in air. The boat ride in this crystal clear waters is one among the most popular attractions of Meghalaya. Dawki witnesses highest tourists during the spring months because of the boat riding competition that is held every year.
 

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5. Where Is This Light House

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Hey guys can you help me locating this light house. I feel like going there. Look at the crimson light fallingon its face. Its amazing

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6. 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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7. 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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8. 6 Reasons Why You Should Travel

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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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9. Darjeeling Sikkim And Bhutan Bike Trip

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I started my Darjeeling, Sikkim and Bhutan bike trip with my 4 friends from Bangalore.

 

We landed at Darjeeling's Bagdogra airport at night. At the airport we took a cab and went to Darjeeling city. 
Darjeeling was covered with mist and fog; and the climate was soothing with tea plantations all across the roads.

We first checked in to the hotel, got fresh. And then moved to collect our bikes to kick start our Eastern India and Bhutan exploration trip.

 

Next day morning, we went to Sikkim (Gangtok) which was approximately 100 kms from Darjeeling.
The ride was full of fresh air, forested mountain valleys and long stretches of snow-clad mountain peaks.

 

We took the cable car ride in Gangtok and witnessed the stunning views of the picturesque Gangtok town. The ride covers a distance of one km in just seven minutes and allows one to enjoy a bird eye view. We boarded our ropeway ride from Tashiling station. 

Later we explored many beautiful waterfalls which were close to our hotel.


We gave a miss to Rumtek Monastery which is located 24 kms south-east of Gangtok.  
There are lot of markets in Sikkim which over local cuisine and sell many Tibetan goods.

 


Next day morning we went towards Ghantaghar to meet an agent who could arrange the entry permit Nathula.
The agent charged us INR 200 per vehicle. But you can directly get the permit in INR 100 if you have some extra time to spare. You will need to submit an photocopy of ID proof and a photo to obtain this permit. 
Nathula permit is granted only to Indians. Tourists are not allowed on Nathula on Mondays and Tuesdays. Nathula remains closed in winters due to heavy snow.
Nathula is located around 56 kms from Gangtok at an altitude of 14450 ft. It is one of the highest motorable roads in the world.


We had to leave our bikes down and walk for some distance to get close to the border. Photography was not allowed near this region.


We had gone close to the international border from where we could see the Chinese soldiers on the other side.
While coming back from the border; we visited Baba Harbhajan Singh Shrine, Tsomgo Lake and Siva temple.

 

The stories around "Baba" Harbhajan Singh was very touching. Harbhajan Singh was a young Indian army soldier who died near the Nathula Pass in 1968. Legend has it that he had appeared in a dream of fellow soldiers who were patrolling the border, and had expressed the desire that a monument be built his memory. Since then the Baba Harbhajan Singh Mandir was built in this place and the mandir has acquired the status of a pilgrimage centre. As per local legend, spirit of Baba Harbhajan Singh is still guarding Indian armies at these high altitude region.

We later visited the Tsomgo Lake aka Changu Lake, which is one of the highest lakes in India. The lake lies at an altitude of 12,400ft and is frozen in winters. 
It was a beautiful lake, and the lake water had the reflection of nearby peaks.
There was option for Yak riding near this lake.

 

 

We had to walk for some distance to visit the Shiva temple. The view of large Shiva statue in middle of trees and waterfalls was breathtaking. 

We had stopped by many cascading waterfalls on our way.

 


Next day, we started our ride towards Bhutan via Siliguri. The ride was through foggy road and the visibility was very low.
En-route we visited Jaldapara National Park. This park is famous for one horned rhinoceros.
We stayed overnight at Jaigaon which was very close to Bhutan border. (The distance from Gangtok to Jaigaon is approximately 225 kms.)

 

Next morning took permit to enter Bhutan. We had to provide original id proof to get the permit.

Phuentsholing city is the first city that you get when entering Bhutan.


We visited some monasteries on the way. And stopped over for shopping.
If you have extra time then you can visit the famous Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) Monastery in Paro. It is a unique monastery is located in a cliffside. 
You can also visit the 2nd longest suspension bridge of Bhutan at Punakha
We returned back to Jaigaon at night.

 

Next day, we started our ride back to Darjeeling which was approximately 200 kms away. On the way back we visited Tiger Hills, Rock garden, botanical garden and Japanese temple.
The ride was full of waterfalls and surrounded by snow-clad mountain peaks.


You get amazing views of Kanchenjunga snow peaks and the valleys from Tiger Hill.

You can also board Toy train from Ghoom Station but it is very expensive.

 

 

Next day we returned back our bikes and took cab to reach Bagdogra. On the way back, we went to tea factory where a worker showed us the whole process of tea manufacturing.


We reached Bagdogra at 4:00 PM and later flew back to Bangalore.

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10. A Trip To The Milky Way Galaxy

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On the chilling night of August 2015, I saw the Milky way with my bare naked eyes in the dark sky of Nako
Many times I have sighted different constellations and parts of galactic lights. But nothing was a match for what I saw in Nako. After this, I was always wondering on how can I spot this marvellous sighting again.....

Technically we're in the Milky Way galaxy; so its weird to search for Milky way. What we need to look out for is the Milky Way Galactic Center. And the best times to observe the bright galactic center of the Milky Way, from any part of the world, tends to be from about mid-March through mid-October.

One of the most important factors that contributes to the visibility of the Milky Way is the time of observation. It moves across the sky throughout the course of the night and the position of the Milky Way will differ depending on the time of year.

I was lucky that I was rewarded with this beautiful sight after a tough ride through the broken Spiti trail. I was not carrying high end camera to capture the sighting as I believe in experiencing the moment than capturing it...

 

Here is the list of some of the places where you can catch a glimpse of Milky Way Galactic Center:

(1) NAKO, India
Nako has no light pollution. The population of this place is very less, always resulting to clear skies. So you can usually sight the Milky Way Galactic Center here on any dark day when there is no moon light.

(2) Natural Bridges Monument, Utah
It is the first certified Dark Sky Park of US. 
It’s possible to see up to 15,000 stars throughout the night in this place — in contrast, you can see fewer than 500 in most cities.

(3) Cherry Springs State Park, Pennsylvania
This is rugged 82-acre state park is surrounded by the 262,000-acre Susquehannock State Forest making it a perfect Night Sky Viewing area

(4) Some other places in India
If you strategically plan your your trip by considering the best weather and the the right time of year with no moon light; then you can get a glimpse of Milky Way Galactic Center from the following places that have the less population and less light pollution.
1. Jaisalmer and Bikaner in Rajasthan
2. Sarchu and Nubra in Jammu and Kashmir
3. Kuari Pass in Uttarakhand
4. Hatu Peak in Himachal Pradesh
5. Neil Island in Andaman

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