India

5 things that can spoil your Pondicherry trip

Team Travel Samosa visited Pondicherry / Puducherry and based on first hand experience. Here are some tips to ensure you have a great vacation: Off – season is definitely not the time to go. The weather is so scorching hot that you will get roasted and wont be able to do much. Weather plays a critical role in your overall Puducherry stay. Do not take a taxi from an outside vendor when travelling from Chennai to Puducherry. The services of Ola [...]

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Stories never end in Delhi’s read street

What is it? Nearly over 30 years old Sunday market dedicated to just books, starting at a price as low as Rs.10/-. It is so interesting to see that the books are sold in kilos. It’s Rs. 20 a kg, isn't it cheaper than a burger. What all can you find here? On the mile-long footpath between Delite cinema and the iron footbridge, near Jama Masjid, you can literally find any form of book, right from Dan Brown to to APJ Abdul Kalam, [...]

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5 long weekend getaways around Delhi

Weekend getaways 1. Landour: It’s a small cantonment town attached with Mussoorie. This place is absolutely quiet and beautiful; there are very few cottages that are available for tourists to stay. Should you wish to do some touristy thing you can drive down to Mussoorie and should you wish to enjoy natural beauty then you can just relax in Landour. Altitude: 7784 ft (2550m) above sea level Nearest city : Mussoorie / Dehradun More details: It is about 35 km from the city [...]

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Top 7 summer holiday destination in India

For those who believe in exploring off beat places, here is a quick list of where can you travel this summer: Gurez (Gurais): Spend an awesome time without mobile connectivity in the stunning Gurez valley. The beauty of this place cannot be explained in words, however clear blue sky and snow-capped mountains will definitely leave you mesmerized. Altitude: 8,000 feet (2,400 m) above sea level (high Himalayas) Nearest city : Srinagar Best time to visit: June to early November More details: The access to [...]

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5 off beat things to do in Goa

If you have done your touristy things and are looking to do something different then here is a quick list of things that some activities to try out: Spice Plantation tours: Visit to spice plantations is one of the most popular things amongst tourists in Goa. There are a privately arranged spice tours that you can explore. This is a unique way through which localities introduce you to the spices and usually the tourists are treated to a vegetarian goan [...]

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Day tour : Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary

Background: The Keoladeo National Park or Keoladeo Ghana National Park formerly known as the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary in Bharatpur, Rajasthan, India is a famous avifauna sanctuary that hosts thousands of birds, especially during the winter season. With over 265 species of birds are known to be resident. Declared as a protected sanctuary in 1971, it’s also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Reaching here: Located between two of India's most historic cities, Agra and Jaipur, this place could even be your [...]

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Virtual tour – Bharatpur bird sanctuary

Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary (the Keoladeo National Park) through the lenses of Madhurima and Arkoo Bose. Just so you know, this place was declared as a protected sanctuary in 1971, and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site: In case these pictures make you think that you should pay a visit, then click here for more details. Totally camouflaged - Collared Scops Owl 2. The mighty - kingfisher 3.The Egyptian National Bird - White Ibis 4. Gearing up for a couple dance - Indian Saras Crane  5. Those lazy bums - Turtles 6. On [...]

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Khajuraho – the town of dancing temples

If you have never been to Khajuraho but seen those pictures of amorous lovers, you might have some very romantic expectations. But the little dusty town in Madhya Pradesh quickly brings you down to terra firma. We reached Khajuraho early morning by a direct overnight train from Delhi. The first impression during our long ride from the railway station to the hotel on the Airport Road was one of serene atmosphere and an unhurried pace of life. We decided to [...]

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Nanital – a glittering jewel

I still remember my weekend in Nanital with friends last year during this time only. We took the bus from ISBT at 11 pm, it was a straight bus route to Nanital.The ride was not that joyous as it was dark and hence, we could not get to see much outside. But the morning was beautiful. At 5:30 am, we reached Hildwani and from there, the zig-zag mountainous route started with beautiful scenery outside the window. The morning sun [...]

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Rat temple in Deshnok

They say there are a total of 330 million gods and deities in Hindu mythology, many worshipped in forms of fauna. There are cows, apes, serpents, elephants being venerated. So fairly enough one could ask, why must rats be left out? Devotees flock to a temple in Rajasthan where the gods themselves crawl to your feet and much in abundance. This year earlier during my solo trip to Rajasthan I was travelling to Bikaner by train when I met some [...]

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