Things to do in Hampi !

What to do in Hampi?

1. Rent a two-wheeler at dirt cheap price! A scooty costs you INR. 200/- a day, if you bargain right. There are mopeds and bicycles too. Go for bicycles only if you are fit enough to endure the slopes and treacherous roads of Hampi. Mopeds are the favorite among many foreigners. Petrol is sold in many shops in plastic bottles and costs INR 90/- per liter.

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2. Meet/interact with locals and other co-travellers. During my journey through Hampi, I was fortunate to come across many interesting and warm-hearted people, and I am going to carry many meaningful conversations ahead in my life. Don’t be shy to smile and say hello.

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3. Do give the local cuisine and fresh fruits a try. My favorite was the Veg Thali along with Papaya or Watermelon juice.

4. Immerse in nature – Find a tree to sit under, chase the Sun, watch its reflection in a lake and gaze at the infinite stars and constellations dancing above the boulders. Hampi is a visual treat for the soul.

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5. Temples – I witnessed my History books come to life. From genius architecture to intricate carvings and detailed labor, the majestic temples of Hampi have stood through the ages and still provide answers that all of us have craved.

Temples of Hampi include – Vittala (dedicated to Lord Vishnu), Virupaksha (commemorated in the worship of Lord Shiva), Aengundi (Hanuman temple), Laxmi Narasimha, Hazara Rama, and Krishna.

6. Watch the sunset and sunrise, every day.

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7. Lakes of Hampi – Find a nice, clean and still lake around and jump! Some lakes are believed to have crocodiles. I am joking. Or Am I?

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8. Get lost in the wilderness. Escape. Explore. Experience. Chill. Do it all while you are here.

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Also read, Hampi – the mystical city of ruins.

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Do not let Hills turn into garbage pit !

Who doesn’t love to travel? If given half a chance of receiving a salary even when you travel, half of us will pack our bags and just leave!  Hence, we have to make sure that the hills we call our home are clean, trash free and look as beautiful as your own home does !

No matter where you go, you see cigarette buds, chips wrappers, chocolate wrappers, perfect rolls thrown everywhere. As a fellow traveler, one thing you never want to face is garbage trash, so why would you keep on throwing these small things that will eventually become a garbage pit in no time.

Last year I visited Mukteshwar. There is a very famous place called ‘Chauli ki jali’. This place is so beautiful that people from far away places come just to catch a glimpse of the sunset and sunrise from this place. Just see for yourself!

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Pictures don’t do justice to this place !

But as obvious as it gets, more people means more garbage and more trash. And, if you really want to see the place clean, do not rely on anyone else but yourself. With this magnificent view as a backdrop, I could see all the waste on ground and people trying to adjust their cameras so that the garbage below doesn’t show up in their pictures. Turning your eyes away is the easiest job. Doing something about it makes all the difference.

So I started picking up the waste around me and started collecting it in a bag. Looking at me most of the people who came there started picking up the waste around them and this beautiful place was cleaned in a few hours. Did we get anything in return? No. Did we post about the “good deed”? No. Today i stumbled across these pictures that my friend clicked during that time to make fun of me.

We all did our part in keeping it clean so when people will see a pristine place without any trash, they will not throw any trash, this is as simple as it gets.

So do your part, do not litter, do not allow people to litter! And no one is going to clean that place you “think” should be clean, just start doing it. For yourself. For the hills!!

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Five beautiful resorts you can spend your New Year’s at !

Instead of spending big bucks in the city for new years, we are recommending you some amazing properties where you can spend some quality time and give a beautiful start to your new year !

        1.Seetalvan Orchard, Narkanda, Himachal Pradesh

Seetalvan Orchard, is honestly the reason we went to Narkanda. The place is a home away from home.
The staff is very humble and simple pahari people. The food is great too, and I would personally suggest you to request the cook to serve you with Pahari food at least once while you stay.

Read the whole story here : http://travelbugbytes.com/staycation/narkanda-himachal-pradesh/

        2.Devico Cottage, Mohal, Himachal Pradesh

We stayed in the Devico Cottages, with mesmerizing valley view surrounded by Orchard farms all around it. Devico serves home cooked food as per your request.

Read the whole story here : http://travelbugbytes.com/staycation/devico-cottage-mohal-beauty-of-orchards/

        3.Neemrana Fort Palace, Kesroli, Alwar

This 15th century heritage hotel is among the most popular resorts near Delhi for weekend breaks and is ideal to invent your own past at the dream site of history.

Read the whole story here : http://travelbugbytes.com/staycation/neemrana-fort-palace/

        4.Ramgarh Bungalow, Ramgarh, Uttrakhand

On a trip where i see a shooting star, is a trip I always remember. Ramgarh is an angelic place for a quiet long weekend. I absolutely loved the simplicity of life at this place with not much hassle and busyness.

Read the whole story here : http://travelbugbytes.com/staycation/ramgarh-uttrakhand/

        5.Himachal Heritage Village, Palampur, Himachal Pradesh

One of the main reason I loved Palampur to my core because of the Himachal Heritage Village! It was a small village in itself with waterfalls, river , trees !

Read the whole story here : http://travelbugbytes.com/staycation/road-trip-to-palampur/

 

 

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My Travel playlist !

Obviously we all carry arrangements for music whenever we travel! We all have playlists whenever it comes to “only travel”. So here is my playlist! Please tell your favorites too in the comments below!

  1. Follow the Sun :  This one is absolute favorite! Honestly i don’t even know any other song by Xavier Rudd .

 

2. Society : I am sure this one is in everyone’s playlist. This makes you realize how far you have come from where you feel stucked every time! This whole album “Into the wild” is gem by Eddie Vedder.

 

3. Turn the page : If you like Metallica, you must love this song! Here I am on the road again.. there I go turn the page 🙂

 

4. Highway to Hell : I used to play this song everyday while going to college! LOL. This is an absolute favorite when you have your squad and you scream the guts out on HIGHWAY TO HELL part!

 

5. Paradise City : Oh! This was the era when Alex Rose and slash used to come up with real dope music. This one is absolute favorite by Guns n Roses!

 

6. Sweet home Alabama : There is something with this song that goes with road! You hit the road, play this song and you want to repeat it again!

 

7.  Take me home country road : This one is absolute gem by John Denver! the feels are different with this one.

 

8. Ramble On : You know you can rock with Zep songs anywhere everywhere!

 

9. Let her go : I have not met anyone yet you who doesn’t like this song! Such feels and beautiful music and lyrics.. well.

 

10. Fast cars : One of the best by Tracy Chapman. Such beautiful lyrics and the endless road 🙂

 

Share your playlists or your favorite numbers with us so we can update our playlists 🙂 Cheers.

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Western Ghats- 9 facts we didn’t know.

The mountains of the Western Ghats are no snow-peaked Himalayas. But what they lack in height they make up for in biodiversity, harboring an impressive array of India’s wildlife.

  1. The Ghats are older than the Himalayas.

 

  1. Anaimudi (2695 m), is the highest peak of the Western Ghats, which is situated in Eravikulam National Park, Kerala.

 

  1. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is one of the eight “hottest hot-spots” of biological diversity in the world. It is sometimes called the Great Escarpment of India.

 

  1. It has over 7,402 species of flowering plants,1814 species of non-flowering plants, 139 mammal species, 508 bird species, 179 amphibian species, 6000 insects species and 290 freshwater fish species; it is likely that many undiscovered species live in the Western Ghats.

 

  1. At least 325 globally threatened species occur in the Western Ghats

 

  1. The Western Ghats are the main reason for the monsoon in the western coast of India and they receive a heavy amount of rainfall for more than half a year and these rainfall give birth to many famous rivers and waterfalls like river Kaveri, Periyar, Tungabhadra, Jog falls, Dudhsagar falls etc. These rivers alone combines drain to 40% of India alone.

 

  1. The South Western Ghats montane rain forests are the most species-rich ecologic region in peninsular India; eighty percent of the flowering plant species of the entire Western Ghats range are found in this ecologic region.

 

  1. The dense forests of western ghats contribute to the precipitation of the area by acting as a substrate for condensation of moist rising orographic winds from the sea, and releasing much of the moisture back into the air via transpiration, allowing it to later condense and fall again as rain.

 

  1. Silent Valey in Kerala is among the last tracts of virgin tropical evergreen forest in India.

 

Facts picked from wikipedia and wwf.

 

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5 must have items in your travel kit during Monsoons

1. Mosquito repellant : monsoon calls not just for rain but mosquitoes too. So wherever you are going and no matter where you are staying always carry it with you.


2. Plastic bags that seals : yes, to save your precious gadgets and money it’s a must have .

3. Rain gears : well , if you are a traveling enthusiast and love to explore the place to core wherever you go, it’s a must must must have.

4. Waterproof shoes : so without these don’t even think of going out because without them either you have to come back to your room even if you don’t want to or if you manage to stay out you are going to have nice itchy sleepless night . I have this pair that I got from Decathlon store Noida. And they have served me as blessing in every season.

5. Books/ indoor games : these in case you lose all the hope of stepping outside your room because of heavy rainfall.

Do let me know if there is anything else that you think I am missing . Above all, be safe and happy traveling  🙂

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PRAYER FLAGS

Ever wondered what are those colorful flags that we see hanging on Mountain peaks ? Well these are commonly known as Prayer flags. Traditionally, prayer flags are used to promote peace, compassion, strength, and wisdom. It is believed that prayers will be blown by the wind to spread the good will and benefiting all.

Colors, order in flag and their significance (L-R) :

Blue : Sky and space
White : Air and wind
Red : Fire
Green : Water
Yellow : Earth

Types of Prayer flags :

Lung ta – These are the horizontal ones and are tied with each other with a string joining their heads.

Darchor – These are large single rectangles attached to poles along their vertical edge.

History :

Prayer flags are based out of Tibet. They hung the flags over mountain passes and rivers to benefit all who would pass underneath. Over the 200 years Buddhist monks began to print mantras and symbols on the flags as blessings to be sent out to the world with each breeze. When Chinese invaded Tibet in 1959, they killed million of Tibetans and burned thousands of their monasteries and also burned their flags from the strings. During this period, 14th Dalai Lama along with other Tibetans left their homes and lived in exile. These prayer flags, since then, continue to remind the nation of people who were robbed and were forced to leave their own homes and also the tradition of sending out prayers continues.

So now every time you look at those flags you know that these are just not a decorative item for your house and vehicles but the symbols, mantras, prayers written on them actually carry a spiritual vibration.

Hope now we know its so much more than a pretty piece of cloth. Peace

 

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5 quick facts about Kanchenjunga (Sikkim):

1. It is the third highest mountain in the world, with an elevation of 8,586 m (28,169 ft).

2. Kanchenjunga is the second highest mountain in Nepal after Mount Everest. And the highest mountain in India.

3. It is called Five Treasures of Snow after its five high peaks. The treasures represent the five repositories of God, which are gold, silver, gems, food grain, and religious texts.

4. Some of the most famous views of Kangchenjunga are from the hill station of Darjeeling and Antu Dada of Illam, Nepal. The Darjeeling War Memorial is among the most visited places from which Kangchenjunga is observed. On a clear day it presents an image not so much of a mountain but of a white wall hanging from the sky.

5. The area around Kangchenjunga is said to be home to the “Kangchenjunga Demon”, a type of yeti or rakshasa. A British geological expedition in 1925 spotted a bipedal creature which they asked the locals about, who referred to it as the “Kangchenjunga Demon”

 

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5 things to do in Jaipur:

1. Amber Fort & Palace: Just act like a tourist and take an elephant ride, it will be much more fun. You can also catch the evening sound & light show.

2. City Palace: Perfect for your trip photoshoot with huge courtyard and gardens.

3. Hawa Mahal: You have to see this if you are in the pink city, astonishing architect.

4. Nahargarh Fort: From here you can overview the whole city at once, and can spend a beautiful evening in the fort cafeteria.

5. Hot Air Balloon: Last but most exciting. Yes, you can too experience the hot air balloon here in India. The excitement of flying over palaces, forts and lakes during the balloon safari in Jaipur is quite special.
For more details you can see: Skywaltz, Balloon Club of India and India International Hot Air Balloon.

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