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Professional Travel Blogger and founder of The Ghumakkads. Bhawna Mohinani is graduate in Mass Communication & Postgraduate in Travel and Tourism Management.

List of Weekend Retreats for Delhiites: 12 Places Near Delhi

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Places to visit near delhi during weekends

Weekend Retreats have become a compulsion in today’s hardcore life. Everyone is in search of a quick breakout from their hectic scheduled life. Delhiites are the fun-loving weekend party animals. Thus here we come with a list of weekend retreats for Delhiites. 12 Places near Delhi to solve your time in thinking for your coming weekends.

1: Mussoorie

‘Queen of the hills’. This particular place never gets old. Mussoorie is best to visit for all Delhiites for a refreshing weekend. With a good pleasant weather, it is healthy for your pockets too. Hike up, dive into various adventures and enjoy the scenic views to cheer yourself up.

Distance: 275 km

Best Time To Visit: Throughout the year except monsoon.

Mesmerizing Sunset at Mussoorie

2: Rishikesh

Known to be as the Adventure Capital of India. You will always be left with something from this place. Rafting, camping, trekking, bungee, zipping and then the yogic practices. Rishikesh is a perfect stress-booster destination. Relive the best moment of your life here.

Distance: 242 km

Best Time To Visit: September-April

White Water Rafting at River Ganges

3: Jim Corbett National Park

One weekend with the enthralling wildlife. Spend a day or two in the jungle in search of best views of Bengal Tigers. It is known as the oldest and prestigious National Park. Take a long weekend to have an evening amidst rains in Nainital. And a day with jeep safari at Corbett. 

Distance: 235 km

Best Time To Visit: October-June

Jeep Safari & Tiger Sighting

4: Mathura-Vrindavan

This blend of place slays with Lord Krishna. Dance with the Rasleelas there. Holi and Janmashtami are the festivals which will leave you enthralled. Pilgrimage is a fun activity with Lord Krishna. Try it out here. Both the places are scattered with numerous temples of Radha-Krishna. When done with all your party fever, spend a few time with decent fun.

Distance: 162 km

Best Time To Visit: October-March

Colorful Celebration of Holi Festival

5: Lansdowne

It is the most picturesque hill station near Delhi. Surrounded by lush pine forests, this little place is another home to heaven. Rejuvenate and relax from all the worries in this peaceful town. Reach Lansdowne and just do nothing. 

Distance: 246 km

Best Time To Visit: Throughout the year with pleasant summers, pretty monsoons and chilling winters.

Serenic view in Lansdowne

6: Neemrana

For the most sorted weekend, visit Neemrana. The town of forts, lakes and attractions. Nestled in Alwar district of Aravalli ranges, this particular place is a walk in history. Neemrana Fort is a major attraction there which has now turned into a heritage hotel. Spend a royal night at the fort with a magnificent view. Also indulge in adventure activity there.

Distance: 121 km

Best Time To Visit: Throughout the year.

Neemrana Fort

7: Solang Valley

The perfect destination for the adventure junkie Delhiites. Weekend is well settled with mountains in a chilling breeze with all various types of adventure activities. Glide with the paras, zorb in the bubble balls or ski board in snow during winters.  Also with nature at its best to make your weekends best.

Distance: 575 km

Best Time To Visit: Throughout the year.

Adventure Activities in Solang Valley

8: Kasol & Kheerganga Trek

The dreamland trek for every Delhiite. Kasol has come as the new hippy home with all the fun. Be there with your bachelor group for most memorable days.  Kheerganga Trek never feels like a physical pain due to the scenic pleasure all through the way. A dip to hot water natural springs in cool mountains is a best long weekend solution. Also look for other bachelor trip destinations.

Distance: 520 km

Best Time To Visit: Throughout the year.

Night Camp Stays at Kheerganga Trek

9: Jaipur

A weekend out at Pink City of Palaces. Look out for the ways of royalism in our blood, a gift from our classic kings. With it, they have left us with beautiful architectural buildings, to adore forever. Get the breezes at Hawa Mahal, know the stories or more at City Palace, rising up to Amber Palace and pride for the ancient scientific logics at Jantar Mantar. Also come back with the bag filled with alluring shopping items of Jaipur.

Distance: 268 km

Best Time To Visit: October-March

Magnificent view of City Palace

10: Chopta-Tungnath

Another camping destination, which is yet not common and crowded. Drive upto Chopta with your party stuffs. It is a beautiful meadow land between forests. Spend a day admiring the beauty of mountains and chilled nights. Also, trek up to Tungnath Temple and Chandrashila Peak for some hiking trips. You can also get options of hotels and guest houses there.

Distance: 394 km

Best Time To Visit: Throughout the year with variant experiences.

Winter Scenes at Chopta

Also Read: 55 great treks to take up in India

11: Agra-Fatehpur Sikri

If your travel activity include history, art and archaeology, then take a weekend time for Agra. Taj Mahal needs no introduction. We are proudly owning this beautiful wonder of love. With it, Agra also has other important historical sites to visit. Fatehpur Sikri is still standing boldly with ‘Buland Darwaza’. And all of these places are worth a view.

Distance: 212 km

Best Time To Visit: October-March

Evening view at Taj Mahal

12: Kasauli

Head up for a bike trip or a weekend with your family. This place is another soothing destination with great weather. Delhi being in north, keeps it close to mountains. Kasauli is another such small hill town with Victorian buildings and atmosphere to soothe your mind. Drain out the pain of your hectic daily life in the calmness of this place.

Distance: 304 km

Best Time To Visit: Throughout the year.

Christ Church in Kasauli

Head out with your destination and break up for a while from your scheduled Delhi lifestyle.

Also Check: 10 untrodden locations/places to visit near Mumbai-Pune.

Ziro Festival of Music- A heavenly abode for Music Lovers

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Your love for music can never be defined, if not visited Ziro Festival of Music. Ziro Valley in Arunachal Pradesh, being calm all through the year, boosts up by hosting an outdoor music festival every year. It is the whole new world of music in India. The most suitable event to fill up the thirst of your music. Thus, Ziro Festival of Music is the heavenly abode for Music Lovers.

Artists performing at Ziro Festival of Music

About Ziro Festival of Music

Founded in Arunachal Pradesh, it showcases the scenes of independent musicians in India. Bobby Hano and Menwhopause guitarist Anup Kutty started celebrating music in Ziro Valley in 2012, which now turned out to be the greatest outdoor music festival in India. Spread over four days in the month of September-October, it is a delight to your musical soul. The festival is hosted by the Apatani tribal community residing there. It features the eminent musicians from all over the world with their wonders of creations of music. 

Gathering at the Festival

Formalities of Ziro Festival of Music

Ziro Music Festival has entry passes which are easily available on the site of the festival and other online booking sites. Also, you can directly buy them there en route but, only if you reach early enough.

Also, there are government entry permits required to visit Ziro Valley. These permits can be obtained from state offices in Delhi, Guwahati and Tezpur. Be prepared for all such stuff.

Campsites at Ziro Valley

About Ziro Valley

Ziro Valley is the UNESCO World Heritage Site in Arunachal Pradesh. A picturesque valley is not easy to reach. But all the efforts to Ziro Valley is a beauty in itself. There is no direct airport or railway station connecting to Ziro Valley. You need to take a road trip to Ziro Valley through the nearest railway station Naharlagun. Guwahati, nearest to Ziro, has easy air or train connections from all over the country. The journey to Ziro Valley is adventurous. It is a trip to remember for your lifetime. 

The options to stay in Ziro Valley during the festival are homestays or tents. You can also carry your own tents to the place. The stay options might get expensive during the festival.

Paddy fields of Ziro 

Apart from the booze of music, Ziro awaits for you with the local touch of experiences in its golden paddy fields. Guzzle up in music with the bamboo mug of rice beer and local delicacies of cuisine.

When you are filled with all the music, you might also look for other things to do here. Ziro is filled with numerous excitement to make it your best days. It is the perfect destination for the nature lovers. Trek to the Dong Village to take the most beautiful view of sunrise. It is the place to receive the first sun rays in India. Go for cycling trips in hilly regions. Learn fish farming with the locals. 

Stall at the Festival

When its the stargazing cold nights in Ziro with rains, its the warmth of music which holds you back. Live up the best moment at Ziro Valley with the Music Festival. Keep slaying in the musical breeze of Ziro Valley.

Also look for the places to visit for your exciting trips with your bachelor buddies.

55 Great Treks To Take Up In India

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Treks taking a new era of interests in today’s generation. Mountains calling is the new trend. Are you also searching for good treks to do for your next plan? India is no less. There is always a new route and another beauty in every corner you go. Continue with your adrenaline rush and look up for the 55 great treks to take up in India:

1. Chadar Trek

The icy winter trek along the frozen Zanskar River.

Chadar Trek
LocationLeh-Ladakh
Duration9 Days
Altitude
3470 m
Level
Moderate-Difficult
Best Time
January-February

 

2. Valley of Flowers Trek

A must trek for the nature lovers.

Valley of Flowers
LocationUttarakhand
Altitude3505 m
Duration6 Days
LevelEasy-Moderate
Best TimeMid July-End August

3. Gangotri-Gomukh-Tapovan Trek

Look up for the source of holy river Ganga.

Gangotri-Gomukh-Tapovan
LocationGarhwal, Uttarakhand
Altitude4463 m
Duration11 Days
LevelModerate-Challenging
Best TimeMay-June, August-October

4. Singalila Kanchenjunga Trek

Trek for the marvellous view of Kanchenjunga peak.

Singalila Kanchenjunga
LocationSikkim
Altitude4940 m
Duration20 Days
LevelModerate-Challenging
Best TimeMid March-May, September-October

5. Pangarchulla Peak Trek

A mesmerizing round trail trek with a challenging summit.

Pangarchulla Peak
LocationUttarakhand
Altitude4480 m
Duration7 Days
LevelModerate-Challenging
Best TimeAll through the year except monsoon

6. Markha Valley Trek

Experience the variants from the cold desert to the tea house treks with peaceful monasteries.

Markha Valley Trek
LocationLadakh
Altitude5150 m
Duration7-9 Days
LevelModerate
Best TimeMid June-Mid October

7. Kumara Parvatha Trek

The scenic Pushpagiri Trek which is not in the north.

Kumara Parvatha
Location Karnataka
Altitude 1712 m
Duration 2 Days
Level Moderate-Challenging
Best Time October-February

8. Darcha-Lamayuru Trek

Beat yourself by this Trans-Zanskar Trek Expedition.

Darcha Lamayuru
Location Ladakh
Altitude 5090 m
Duration 18-25 Days
Level Challenging
Best Time Mid June-Mid October

9. Roopkund Trek

Set your mysterious adventure experience.

Roopkund Trek
Location Uttaranchal
Altitude 4784 m
Duration 8 Days
Level Moderate-Challenging
Best Time May-October

10. Hampta Pass Trek

A trek to roam between two valleys known to be as Hampta pass. Also, take a glimpse of Chandratal Lake.

Hampta Pass
Location Himachal Pradesh
Altitude 4277 m
Duration 6 Days
Level Easy-Moderate
Best Time Mid June-Mid October

11. Chembra Peak Trek

Enjoy the panoramic view and the heart-shaped lake amidst the adrenaline rush.

Chembra Peak
Location Kerala
Altitude 2100 m
Duration 1 Day
Level Easy
Best Time All through the year except monsoon

12. Kuari Pass Trek

The Lord Curzon Trail to gaze the magnificent peaks with the grace of nature.

Kuari Pass
Location Garhwal, Uttarakhand
Altitude 3814 m
Duration 6 Days
Level Easy-Moderate
Best Time November-March

13. Nanda Devi Trek

Flora, fauna, national park and nature’s epitome in the lap of mountains.

Nanda Devi Trek
Location Garhwal, Uttarakhand
Altitude 4150 m
Duration 10 Days
Level Moderate-Challenging
Best Time May-June, September-October

14. Nag Tibba Trek

Trek with stunning views with pleasant weather on a long weekend.

Nag Tibba Trek
Location Uttarakhand
Altitude 3022 m
Duration 2 Days
Level Easy
Best Time All through the year

15. Goechala Pass Trek

Reach to the base of Kanchenjunga through rhododendron forests and snow-capped peaks.

Goechala Pass Trek
LocationSikkim
Altitude4602 m
Duration11 Days
LevelModerate-Challenging
Best TimeEnd April-End June, Mid September-End October

16. Pin Parvati Trek

Explore the Spiti Valley and monasteries crossing the Parvati River.

Pin Parvati
Location Himachal Pradesh
Altitude 5335 m
Duration 12 Days
Level Challenging
Best Time April-October

17. Dodital Trek

Trek within scenic beauty with a lake of cultural importance.

Dodital
Location Garhwal, Uttarakhand
Altitude 3307 m
Duration 6-7 Days
LevelEasy-Moderate
Best TimeApril-June, October-December

18. Stok Kangri Trek

The most magnificent treks for your higher peak treks.

Stok Kangri
Location Leh
Altitude 6152 m
Duration Challenging
Level 9 Days
Best Time May-Mid October


19. Kashmir Great Lakes Trek

This is another jewel of Kashmir. Gallivant in the amazing surroundings.

KGL
Location Jammu-Kashmir
Altitude 4206 m
Duration 8 Days
Level Moderate-Challenging
Best Time June-September

20. Dayara Bugyal Trek

Sum up the best experience of your life in the green beautiful meadows of Dayara.

Dayara Bugyal
Location Uttarakhand
Altitude 3674 m
Duration 6 Days
Level Easy-Moderate
Best Time April-June, End August-December

21. Milam Glacier Trek

It is the source of river Gori Ganga. This trek is truth to the imagination of a pleasing nature.

Milam Glacier Trek
Location Uttaranchal
Altitude 3800 m
Duration 11 Days
Level Moderate
Best Time May-June, September-October

22. The Shepherd Trail Trek

If your interest is to stay and look for the secluded villages and lifestyle that is different from those in metros, then this is your destination.

Shepherd Trail
Location Himachal Pradesh
Altitude 4450 m
Duration 18 Days
Level Moderate
Best Time Mid April-June, September-November

23. Rupin Pass Trek

It is one of the high altitudes of the trek with diversified trails.

Rupin Pass
Location Uttarakhand-Himachal
Altitude 4648 m
Duration 8 Days
Level Challenging
Best Time May-June, Mid August-October

24. Bhrigu Lake Trek

Beautiful lesser known small trek with best views.

Bhrigu Lake
Location Himachal Pradesh
Altitude 4270 m
Duration 4 Days
Level Moderate
Best Time May-October

25. Rajmachi Fort & Kondane Caves Treks

It is a weekend destination from Pune-Mumbai. Trek to the fort and explore it whole with good nature.

Rajmachi Fort
LocationMaharashtra
Altitude827 m
Duration2 Days
LevelEasy-Moderate
Best TimeJune-September

26. Parashar Lake Trek

It is a scenic, offbeat trek. Camp beside the lake and gaze the twinkling stars, any weekend.

Parashar Lake
Location Himachal Pradesh
Altitude 2730 m
Duration 2 Days
Level Easy-Moderate
Best Time All through the year

27. Har Ki Dun Trek

This trek is all trekkers delight taking them to the ancient villages between mountains and valleys.

Har Ki Doon
Location Uttarakhand
Altitude 3657 m
Duration 7 Days
Level Easy-Moderate
Best Time All through the year except monsoon

28. Indrahar Pass Trek

This trek could be done in two ways. Both the trek routes offer great experiences with the best of views.

Indrahar Pass
LocationHimachal Pradesh
Altitude4342 m
Duration 4 Days (if you come back from the same route) / 9 Days (if you descend from the other side)
Level Easy-Moderate/ Moderate-Challenging (depending on the route you choose)
Best Time May-October

29. Sham Valley/ Apricot Valley Trek

It is a sweet- small trek with varied experiences.

Sham Valley
Location Leh-Ladakh
Altitude 3750 m
Duration 3-4 Days
Level Easy-Moderate
Best Time May-Mid October

30. Tarsar Marsar Lake Trek

The twin lake trek with the heaven of exquisiteness.

Tarsar Marsar Lake
Location Jammu-Kashmir
Altitude 4115 m
Duration 7 Days
Level Easy
Best Time July-September

31. The Phuktal Monastery Trek

The most peaceful trek in a remote destination. Monastery settled over a cliff which could be reached just by foot.

Phuktal Monastery
Location Ladakh
Altitude 3850 m
Duration 7-8 Days
Level Moderate
Best Time July-September

32. Kedarkantha Trek

The best winter trek for the best chilling days with mountains.

Kedarkantha Trek
Location Uttarakhand
Altitude 3810 m
Duration 6 Days
Level Easy-Moderate
Best Time December-April

33. Deoriatal-Chandrashila Trek

Visit Chopta and Tungnath from Deoriatal to the Chandrashila Peak. List of places on the way to the summit.

Chopta
Location Uttarakhand
Altitude 3993 m
Duration 5-6 Days
Level Easy-Moderate
Best Time All through the year except monsoon

34. Brahmatal Trek

Picturesque beauty of streams with en-route challenges amidst Garhwal Mountains.

Brahmatal
Location Uttarakhand
Altitude 3704 m
Duration 6 Days
Level Moderate
Best Time Mid November-March

35. Pin Bhaba Pass Trek

A great alternative to its difficult version the Pin Parvati Pass Trek with varied experience each day.

Pin Bhaba Pass
Location Himachal Pradesh
Altitude 4909 m
Duration 8 Days
Level Challenging
Best Time July-Mid October

36. Kodachadri Trek

Flora, fauna, amazing landscapes and pretty waterfalls with peaks to fulfill adventure thirst.

Kodachadri Trek
Location Karnataka
Altitude 1343 m
Duration 2 Days
Level Moderate
Best Time September-February

37. Triund Trek

For a refreshing weekend getaway in the laps of mountains.

Triund Trek
Location Himachal Pradesh
Altitude 3199 m
Duration 2 Days
Level Easy
Best Time March-May, September-December

38. Sar Pass Trek

Rediscover  yourself with the beauty of majestic mountains.

Sar Pass
Location Himachal Pradesh
Altitude 4206 m
Duration 6 Days
Level Easy-Moderate
Best Time May-October

39. Buran Ghati/ Barua Pass Trek

Pass with a story of mountains, meadows, village and forests.

Buran Ghati
Location Himachal Pradesh
Altitude 4550 m
Duration 7 Days
Level Moderate
Best Time May-June, September-October

40. Sandakphu Trek

Take a glimpse of Nepal, Bhutan and Tibet on your trek with mesmerizing views and fauna.

Sandakphu Trek
Location West Bengal
Altitude3657 m
Duration6 Days
LevelModerate
Best TimeOctober-April

41. Pindari Glacier Trek

The easy accessible glacier in Kumaon Himayalas with package of full serenity.

Pindari Glacier Trek
Location Uttarakhand
Altitude 3353 m
Duration 8 Days
Level Easy
Best Time April-November

42. Kheerganga Trek

Mix up the spice of spiritual beliefs with adventure amidst mountains, waterfalls and lush greenery.

Kheerganga
Location Himachal Pradesh
Altitude 3050 m
Duration 2 Days
Level Easy
Best Time All through the year

43. Kareri Lake Trek

Sight for himalayan birds with colorful orchards on the way to one of the mountain lake.

Kareri Lake
Location Himachal Pradesh
Altitude 3650 m
Duration 7 Days
Level Moderate
Best Time May-June, September-October

44. Beas Kund Trek

Trek for the peaceful time beside the water body just as the Sage Vyas.

Beas Kund
Location Himachal Pradesh
Altitude 3892 m
Duration 4 Days
Level Easy-Moderate
Best Time Mid May-Mid October

45. Siang Valley Trek

If already done with a lot many treks in the north then this could differ with location and great culture.

Siang Valley
Location Arunachal Pradesh
Altitude 1829 m
Duration 11 Days
Level Moderate
Best Time October-February

46. Kalsubai Peak Trek

Highest peak in the Maharashtra region of western ghats for a thrilling weekend.

Kalsubai Peak Trek
Location Maharashtra
Altitude 1646 m
Duration 1 Day
Level Moderate
Best Time All through the year with varied experiences

47. Shumga Trek

For a wilderness experiences in the remotest areas of Kullu Valley.

Shumga
Location Himachal Pradesh
Altitude 3810 m
Duration 6 Days
Level Easy-Moderate
Best Time All through the year

48. Japfu Peak Trek

The lesser known yet beautiful trek in North- East region.

Japfu Peak
Location Nagaland
Altitude 3048 m
Duration 4-5 Days
Level Easy-Moderate
Best Time October-May

49. Chanderkhani Pass Trek

Walk between the deodar and pine trees with a window to breathtaking views of himalayas.

Chanderkhani Pass
Location Himachal Pradesh
Altitude 3648 m
Duration 5 Days
Level Easy-Moderate
Best Time May-November

50. Harishchandragad Fort Trek

Mixture of an architectural fort, temple, scenic views and adventure altogether at a most challenging trek in the Western Ghats.

Harishchandragad Fort
Location Maharashtra
Altitude 1422 m
Duration 2 Days
Level Moderate
Best Time October-December

51. Dudhsagar & Hivre Waterfall Treks

Amidst the beaches get some peaky adventure with water showers.

Dudhsagar Waterfalls
Location Goa
Altitude 320 m
Duration 3 Days
Level Easy-Moderate
Best Time June-November

52. Tadiandamol Trek

A beautiful serenic trek between the coffee plantations for your great weekend.

Tadiandamol
Location Karnataka
Altitude 1744 m
Duration 2 Days
Level Easy
Best Time October-February

53. Lonar Crater Trek

Go for an offbeat adventure and come back with lots of amazed facts and queries.

Location Maharashtra
Altitude 563 m
Duration 3 Days
Level Easy
Best Time October-March

54. Kudremukh Trek

This one for a forest trekking with rich sighting of flora and fauna.

Kudremukh
Location Karnataka
Altitude 1891 m
Duration 3 Days
Level Moderate
Best Time All through the year

55. Bhimashankar Trek

With lush green forests, flora and fauna this place provides a spectacular view of Sahyadri mountains.

Bhimashankar
Location Maharashtra
Altitude 1004 m
Duration 2 Days
Level Moderate-Difficult
Best Time All through the year

Every peak or mountain has its own beauty and charm. Thus, hike up more and more to reach the highest skies of thrill and experiences in your life. When done with all the adventure with mountains, also look up for Adventure in Water- Water Sports Destinations in India.

India Loves To Ride: Buddy for all your bike tours, thrill and adventure

Image of Bike tours in India
India Loves To Ride Buddy for all your bike tour thrill and adventure

Do you fantasize about bike tours? Or think of taking a sexy adventure on bike trips to mountains, deserts or forests? Do you want to hop on bicycle trips with your buddies? And many such questions follow with an answer yes. But then here is the question- HOW??? Yes, we agree that bike tours are dream hard to fulfill. But guys, not impossible. Biking and cycling tours are filled with trouble. As I got to know from Shivam ” Bike tours become difficult if your bike gets in trouble.” He told his problem with that issue as its hard to get mechanic most of the times. Either keep an expert and tools with your group. Also sometimes you do not get the bike of your choice from the place you desire to go for your bike trip.

Also, Tarun from Delhi told me that:

Instead of bike trip being adventurous enough, it can be a pain in the body if you do not have carriers for your bags. Carrying bags on your shoulder on long bike trips can lead to severe back pain. And if you are not under proper inspections by the experienced company, your trip can be painful instead of being adventurous fun.

Image of Biker Tarun Bajaj on his solo Bike trip
Image of Biker Tarun Bajaj on his solo Bike trip

Plan your bike tours with India Loves To Ride

But do not worry guys, India Loves to Ride has come up with all the solutions making your all bike tour dreams possible. India Loves to Ride is a one-stop where you will get to know about all the biking and cycling tours and events going to be held in your city, nearby you and at the places where you are searching for it. Now you won’t miss any of the cycling and motorcycling events of your interest. Also, you will be never alone on your trips if your friends ditch you on your plans. You can look for a company by creating your own group according to your ideas and interests. Now your interests are possible and that too under the expert guidance with full support and help if you are fresher to such experiences. Bike trips will be a good adventure and no more difficult.

India Loves to Ride is a buddy to all you biking brothers. They give you options to explore from many events, locations, interests and availability related to cycling and motorcycling. Enrich your biking and cycling adventure with good events through India Loves To Ride.

Some upcoming events we got to know from India Loves to Ride which could be of your interest are:

Keep updated! Keep riding!

 

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Varanasi Travel Guide: A walk in the alleys of Kashi

A sadhu at Ghat in Varanasi
A sadhu at Ghat in Varanasi

Brought up as the Cultural Capital of India from UNESCO, Varanasi is the holy city merrily singing, chanting, and holy praying. Although being the oldest living city, Varanasi is nurturing and growing every day. This city is a maze of alleys. Those narrow confused paths have some magic of lights which attracts tourists. Might sound ironic but people come to attain peace, in this crowded and busy city. Kashi might be the only city, where death is also celebrated. Living for these long years, the city has found itself in many sacred beliefs.

Evening view at Rewa Ghat, Varansi
Evening view at Rewa Ghat

The city geographically lies in the northern plains making itself in the state of Uttar Pradesh of India. Flowing beside the holy river Ganges. The city attains the fun of all weather. But the best time to visit Varanasi is from October-March with the pleasant cold weather, January being the coldest.

Top attractions in Varanasi

Places might be same but activities are enough to be done. The city holds the secret of excitement while you explore. Here are all ‘what you can do’ list of Varanasi:

Sunrise at Ghats with Boatride.

‘The Gold on Ganga’ is what the sight looks. From the darkness comes the beautiful rays of strength and beauty. Also, it is accompanied with chants of Morning Ganga Aarti. Not less to pure the souls within. Also, take a boat ride to know more about the cities and the ghats. Your early wake up will never be a disappointment in Varanasi.

Morning at Ganga Ghats
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Attend Subeh-e-Banaras at Assi.

Sunrise views are followed with yoga blended in soothing classical music at Assi Ghat. Your body and mind will attain the piousness of eternity. This is what makes the city lively. You don’t need to swing on hard music whole night. Rather an hour or two in serenity is magical.

Eat Out at Every Street.

Accompany the spiciest of snacks with the sweeter side of Kashi. Mornings with puri-sabzi with jalebis, fried idlis dipped in chutneys with lassi. Chat evenings or go for binge eating samosas and longlattas. The food culture here is another strong reason to love the city.

Malaiyo a sweet dish available at varanasi
Morning Malaiyo Delights

Get Holy Visiting the Main Temples.

Although the city has temples after every two steps, then it has some you would like to visit. Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Kathwala Temple, Monkey Temple or Tulsi Manas Mandir. Crowded with deities will let you know the faith in God people holds here.

Golden Temple of Varanasi

Also Read: Create Your Trek Story at Hampta Pass

A Day at Sarnath.

Get a whole day free with Lord Buddha. Coming out from the loud, crowded Hindu temples, spend a day in the silence of Buddha. Sarnath is the place where Lord Buddha gave his first preaching. Visit the place, look at the Stupa, know more at the museum there and check for the other good Buddha Temples designed beautifully all in the Sarnath area.

Image of Sarnath Temple
Sarnath Main Temple

Know the Kingdom at Ramnagar Fort.

How the Indian Kings and Queens lived? If this is your question then check out the Ramnagar Fort. An alluring structure of history is worth a view today.

Ramnagar Fort

Also Read: Mumbai Street Food: 8 best things to eat in Mumbai

Walk at Ghats.

Eighty or more ghats need time to know. Each ghat has its importance and stories. Take a walk through the ghats. Stop and make time at Burning Ghats- Manikarnika or Harishchandra. Get an answer to many questions of your life viewing those bodies turning to ashes. You will get meaning to your life through ghat walks.

Evening Ganga Aarti and Ghat Sandhya.

Evening Ganga Aarti is other magnificent attraction. Lighting lamps (diyas) of different sizes with chants and claps surround the whole environment. It brightens the darkness and prepares you for the night to hold. Followed with any of your evenings for Ghat Sandhya at Reva Ghat. If done with classical music then look for classical dance performances at this ghat. Revive with the beauty of expressions.

Glimpse of Ganga aarti at varanasi
A glimpse of Ganga Aarti

Also Read: How to become tourist guide in India?

Behold Sometime for Bharat Mata Mandir.

Unlike all the other temples of Varanasi, this temple does not have any idol of Gods and Goddesses. Rather it depicts the love for the country India. It has a big map of country India made up of marble. Representing the hills, mountains, rivers, plains, coasts & oceans. This temple was built to admire the country India and present it as the god figure.

Shop some Handicrafts of Varanasi.

Weaving colorful silk sarees, wooden bangles, thread & jute weaved bags or some pretty silk stoles. Or maybe some wooden souvenirs. Walk through the alleys, look for its processing, know about the lives of labors and pick your favorite collections to take back with you.

Local Shops in Alleys

Also Read: Working: Creative ways to save money while traveling

How to Reach Varanasi

Varanasi Airport, Lal Bahadur Shastri Airport is connected to major Indian cities. Also now many International destinations have reached directly to the Varanasi Airport.

The city is well accessible through railways and has three railway stations which are connected with various trains from all part of the country. The three stations are Varanasi Junction, Kashi & Maduadih. Also, visitors can look for trains to/from Mughalsarai, which is around 10km from the main city.

Also, Varanasi is well connected to major road networks. It has good public and private road transport connections.

Also Read: 10 Places in India to visit for your Bachelor Trip

Where to Stay in Varanasi

Varanasi being the eye of the attraction of tourists has options of stays in all category. You may get classiest of stays with good locations and services to cheapest stays at homestays and guesthouses in the city. You can get good options to stay near ghats and markets. Common areas of stay for tourists are in Godowlia, Assi or Kedar Ghat Regions. And then mostly good 3* and above categories of hotels are in Cantonment area with all the best services. You can also use services like OYO Rooms to get luxury rooms at a very low price.

Places to visit near Varanasi

Chunar Fort and Nearby Waterfalls

Another beauty of history, Chunar Fort has been the attraction of people from years back. Even rulers have been admiring it. Also near to it are many attractive natural waterfalls to refresh you.

Also Read: Tips, Advice & Plannings for your first trip

Allahabad

The city is known for the confluence of two holiest rivers of India, making it the king of pilgrimage centers according to the Hindu Mythology. It is best to visit during the Kumbh Fare, happens once in 12 years in the city.

Bodh Gaya

Bodh Gaya is the place where Lord Buddha gained enlightenment under the Mahabodhi Tree. It is a sacred place. Also, visit Dungeshwari and Barbara Caves.

Tips to get good experience exploring Kashi

Although Varanasi is a magic to attract in itself but to enrich your experiences in the city, here are some help:

  • The city is more exciting to explore if you do it on a cycle- rickshaw, tuk-tuk (battery rickshaw) or on foot.
  • While walking through the Ghats you will commonly look for the cremations, watch it there and capture in your mind. Because capturing it in a camera is not allowed there.
  • Negotiate for the rates with the service providers/sellers in the city. It might save you some penny.
  • Be careful with the bulls/ cows and their shit too. You can find any of it on the streets just as you walking.
  • Keep your valuables safe.
  • Be careful when you are trying ‘bhaang’. Also, drugs are not legal in any part of India. Thus be safe and avoid such activities.
  • Hygiene and safety are still lacking in the city. Stay safe and careful. Also, avoid exploring the city late at night.
  • Varanasi is best to visit it during festivals. Some festivals which will enhance your experience of visiting the city are- Dev Deepawali, Holi, Mahashivratri, Naag Panchami.

Also Read: 5 Best Water Sports Destination in India

A sadhu at Ghats of varansi
A sadhu at Ghat

Come, visit and know the city with all the names given to it. Kashi, Banaras, Varanasi whichever you like. It has all the colors of culture, ethnicity and spirituality. Get lost in the alleys and in the magic of the city.

Career, Scope & Courses in Travel and Tourism in India

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All you need to know :Career, Scope & Courses in Travel & Tourism

There are a lot of questions spread across the forums regarding the available Courses in Travel and Tourism industry in India, which made me come up with this post.

Tourism and Travel are such words which catch a quick attention and interest nowadays. The generation today find it to be very cool if connected with travel, adventure & backpacking. If such things cheer you up too, then you can look up for a career in the field of tourism and travel. Field of tourism may look glamorous but requires a great sense of hard work, patience and challenges.

 

Life has become very competitive in the present era. To achieve benefits and success in future, you need to be well prepared with every aspect. Thus here we will help you with all the guidance you may need to make a career and look for Courses in Travel and Tourism.

There is a direct proportion between demand and scope of any field. As the demand increases the scope of earning and employment increases. Same is what we can see with the growth of travel and tourism sector. India is building scope in the field of tourism and hospitality. This is the reason for rising employment in travel and tourism sector.

List of courses in travel and tourism you can choose from:

  • Bachelor in Tourism Studies
  • Bachelor in Tourism & Travel Management
  • BA in Hospitality and Tourism Management
  • BBA in Travel and Tourism Management
  • BSc in Hospitality and Tourism Management
  • BVoc in Hospitality and Tourism
  • Masters in Tourism and Travel Management
  • MBA in Tourism and Travel
  • Masters in Hospitality and Tourism Management
  • MA in Tourism and Travel Management
  • MSc in Tourism and Hospitality Management
  • Masters in Tourism Administration
  • PG Diploma in Tourism and Travel Management
  • PG Diploma in Hospitality and Tourism Management
  • Diploma in Tourist Guide
  • Certificate in Tourist Guide

Also, there are many certificate courses offered by many public and private institutes for the specialization in particular adventure activities. Out of them, Adventure Course is a bliss to show your love for mountains & other land-based adventure. It’s a 15-day package of activities and training. If you are one of those adventure freaks, you should definitely read my review of Adventure course at NIM. There are similar courses on water and air-based adventure activities too. Ministry of Tourism promotes all types of adventure activities and has various centers for such courses.

 There are also many generalized courses for Hotel Management, Culinary Arts, Aviation, etc.

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Travel and Tourism course description

Every course provides knowledge of the core subjects & basic functioning of the field. Just the level upgrades according to the course. Some basic core subjects in travel & tourism are:

  • Principles of Hospitality and Tourism
  • Tourism Policies and Laws
  • Transport Management
  • Air Ticketing
  • Tourism Marketing and Management
  • History, Culture and Heritage of India and World
  • Travel Agency/ Tour Operators Training
  • Tour Guide/ Escorts Training and Skills
  • PR and Communication Skills

Best university for travel and tourism in India:

Although the list is long. I will sort out few good institutes and colleges in the list which provide success in placements too.

  • Indian Institute of Tourism and Travel Management: IITTM is the autonomous university under the Ministry of Tourism. It is the most recognized university for courses related to travel & tourism. IITTM is known for the specialized and quality product return. It is situated in Gwalior with campuses in Goa, Noida, Bhubaneshwar and Nellore.
  • Pondicherry University: It is a Central University and is blended with perfection. Studies in southern India is always known to be best. University offers well training in the field with good job opportunities.
  • Banaras Hindu University: It is another top-ranked & government-owned central university. B.H.U brings out the best in a person. It polishes you to be a skilled professional.
  • Christ University: It is a privately owned deemed university in Bangalore. It trains students to be a perfect match of the market. Best in building a smart and active force with a great training of practical knowledge. Christ University provides opportunities to learn and expertise.
  • Kuoni Academy: These academies are IATA/UFTAA Authorised Training Centers, established in various cities of India. Kuoni Academy offers many courses in travel and tourism.
  • Lovely Professional University: LPU is one of the top-ranked private university in Punjab & central India. The university has one of the best infrastructures. LPU is recognized & accredited by approx 10 boards.
  • Thomas Cook Center of TrainingThomas Cook tops the list of the business provider in the travel industry. It also came up with the training centers to create the talented force in the field. TCCT have various courses in Travel and Tourism.
  • Amity UniversityOne of the top private & successful University in Delhi NCR. Amity has gradually reached a success place among the education organization. It helps students to groom into professionals. Amity University has also come up with courses in Travel and Tourism which got recognition from UNWTO TedQual Certification.

Also, read Nomadic Foot’s article on how you can travel and earn money.

Job opportunities in Tourism & Travel

Tourism and travel is a service providing profession. It is a vast sector and connects to many other sectors such as transports, hotels airlines etc. Therefore it demands smart and polished individual personality. It has jobs in both government and the private sector. Ministry of Tourism also looks for certified and trained professionals for the growth of tourism in India. The starting salary scope might not be much high as compared to other fields, but it provides good opportunities and higher packages with time and experiences. Few of the travel and tourism jobs are as below:

 

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List of Jobs in Travel and Tourism Industry:

Travel Jobs in Hospitality Sector:

Hospitality is another vast field which has many job opportunities for professionals from Travel & tourism industry such as:

  • Hotel Operations
  • Front Office
  • Food & Beverages
  • Accounting
  • Sales/ Maintenance/ PR
  • Security

Airlines Sector:

There is a good scope for professionals from Travel & Tourism industry in Airlines sector.

  • Ground Staffs (traffic assistance, booking, etc.)
  • In-flight Staffs (air hostess, pilots, etc.)

Every field of work demands hard work, loyalty and interest. If your heart beats for traveling then you can surely look up for a career in tourism sector irrespective of your gender, age, etc. India is growing, grow yourself! Happy Traveling!

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10 Places in India to visit for your Bachelor Trip

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Bachelor trip is a dream to fulfill. Live up before your life takes a new turn. Go catch your group, get some time for each other and relive the moments you admired the most. Not once a year but at least spend something you earn, truly on yourself.

Here is the list of places for all your Bachelor Trip in India

Visit Solang in Himachal Pradesh for the adventure between the mountains.

Visit Solang in Himachal Pradesh for the adventure between the mountains for your bachelor trip.

Your bachelorette would be left out without Goa.

Your bachelorette would be left out without Goa.

Travel Rishikesh for some adrenaline rush. The rafting capital of India.

Travel Rishikesh for some adrenaline rush. The rafting capital of India. Also look for other water sports destinations to cover with your friends on your bachelor trip.

Amongst all the worries and tensions, your age must be handled to get some time for peace at monasteries.

Amongst all the worries and tensions, your age must be handled to get some time for peace at monasteries.

Go trippy with your friends at Kasol and trek to Kheerganga.

Go trippy with your friends at Kasol and trek to Kheerganga.

Something for the fun of wildlife with all your 'junglee toli' at Jim Corbett National Park.

Something for the fun of wildlife with all your ‘junglee toli’ at Jim Corbett National Park.

If done with Goa, then your list has a new beach destination for more good days together with your friends.

If done with Goa, then your list has a new beach destination for more good days together with your friends.

Layback amongst mystic weather and scenery at Coorg, Karnataka. Give a throwback to your memories on the way of creating new ones.

Layback amongst mystic weather and scenery at Coorg, Karnataka. Give a throwback to your memories on the way of creating new ones.

Accompany your daring friends for the most daring and memorable time pass trip to Bhangarh fort..

Accompany your daring friends for the most daring and memorable time pass trip.

Find yourself before you find a partner. Travel underwater. Live in different versions with all the fun.

Find yourself before you find a partner. Travel underwater. Live in different versions with all the fun.

 

Also to get cheap travel ideas and save money on hotels & flight booking read our another article on pocket-friendly trips.

Create Your Trek Story at Hampta Pass

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Mountains are the special love nature gave to us. From pleasant weather to stunning views it has many things to offer. And I caught up one of my experience in the laps of those pretty mountains on my trek to Hampta Pass. Hampta Pass Trek is a crossover trek from Manali to Spiti covering the streams, rocks, and beautiful flower blooming views. Pass is a route through a mountain range or a ridge. Thus it has a navigable route.

Trekking gives energy to my soul. It feels like a walk in paradise. Challenging self for reaching the heights and walking will never leave you disappointed because of the panoramic view you will get while moving. Those five days trip let me realize there is always so much we are left to feel. Nature has a lot to give us. Pick your chance to grasp those surprises of nature. Also beautiful flower valleys make it no less than valley of flowers in Uttarakhand.

Hampta Pass Trek Assistance

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Hampta Pass Trek is quite difficult to do it by own. One will need some guidance and proper belongings for the trek and survival as there are no options on the way. I did my Hampta Pass trek with a Delhi based trekking company Renok Adventures LLP and certified being a successful trekker for that 14,100ft. visit in around INR 9,500 but there are many other options you can choose from. Or you can take your group of experience buddies with you. Reach Manali and drive till Jobra and trek further with assistance. Camp stops are naturally done at Chika, Balu ka gera, Chatru etc. enroute.

Hampta Pass Weather

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Situated between Kullu and Lahaul Valley, you can visit for this trek from June to mid-October and rest of the year it is difficult due to very cold weather and snow sheets covering the way. Also, this is one of the treks which are open for the large time period in India as compared to other treks like Rupin Pass, Goechala, etc. Weather at hampta pass route is pleasant with the support of sun while your walk and chill breezy winter at nights. This will help you feel cool when all the other part of India will be hot.

What I realized is nature is the reason we find ourselves better, give some time to it and to self. Later I did few more treks but hampta pass trek is a package for all what I experienced till now. Get some time and rejuvenate yourself with the epitome of nature.

 

Also read Tungnath-Chandrashila Trek: Pack up for the peak

 

(This story was first published in Lonely Planet Magazine India)

Know the food culture of Varanasi for your yummy trip

Food culture in Varanasi

Varanasi is not only holy praying, it is holy eating too. Banarasis do not mind increasing calories coz of the yum taste they earn. We have known Kashi for ghats, Ganga, temples, and allies. Then these allies have lots of food hidden within it as treasures. We will tell you all about the good food culture of Varanasi. Here is a long list to the sweet-spicy side of Varanasi:

12 Best ideas of food to eat in Varanasi

Kachori-Sabji with Jalebis:

Banarasis start their morning with it. The street local sellers with yum taste and that too in just a few

Where: Luxa Road, Chachi Ki shop at Lanka, Ram Bhandar, Madhur Milan, etc.

The desi kachori sabzi with jalebis.

 

Lassi and Thandai:

With lots of flavors, these mellow drinks will be high for your tummy.

Differently flavored lassi at Blue Lassi Shop

Where: Blue Lassi Shop, Pahalwan Lassi, Ramnagar Ki Lassi, Baba Thandai, many more shops at Godowlia Chowk.

 

Fry Idli:

The new breakfast of people in Varanasi after yoga sessions at Subah-e-Banaras. Also, know your traveling activity from our What is your traveling activity

Fry Idli with Chutney: South India ka banarasi tadka.

Where: Near Assi and Kedar Ghat.

 

Malaiyo:

The only wintersweet that will vanish soon into your mouth with the magic of yum sweet taste. Now prepared in different flavors too. But the old is still gold.

Morning Malaiyo Delights

Where: Streets of Chowk in the early winter morning.

 

Samosa- Longlatta:

These two fries will justify all your gym lies.

Samosas and Longlattas

Where: You will get many stall options for it in various allies of Varanasi.

 

Malai-Rabdi Section:

This has a long list of items. Rasmalai, Malai gilori, kheer-kadam, Malai Sandwich, Malai Puri, etc. Ahh!! all are heaven. All these sweets will enrich your taste buds making you sweeter. And indeed my favorite section of food here.

Different sweets made of malai and rabdi.

Where: Rajbandhu, Ram Bhandar and various shops at Thatheri Bazaar, Kachori Gali and all over Chowk. Also try Malpua at Ksheer Sagar and Chamcham at Kunju Sao.

 

Chaat wali Shaam:

Various types in it too. Tamatar chaat, Dahi chutney wale golgappe, Chura Matar (winter special item), Samosa Chola and many more. These items will be a savior to your evening delights in Varanasi.

Chatpata preparation at Deena Chat

Where: Kashi Chat, Deena Chat, Pawan Chat.

Chene wale Dahi Bade:

Dahi Wada is all common. But Banarasis do it with a twist. The dahi badas are of chena which gives you mouthwatering sweet taste like rasmalai dipped in curd.

All prepared chena dahi bada.

Where: Ksheer Sagar, Vishwanath Gali, Sri Annapurna.

 

Safed Makkhan Toast with Chai:

When all are closed. This is the other best option in Varanasi.

Makkhan Toast & Chai en route.

Where: Laxmi Chai at Chowk, Vivek Tea Point at Sigra, Pappu chai at Assi.

Kulhad Wali Coffee:

The other new option in Varanasi. Young generation’s favorite. Hot coffee in Kulhad is a winter fun.

Kulhad Coffee at Lanka.

Where: Stalls at Lanka and Girjaghar Chowk.

 

Baati-Chokha:

The desi main- course item with daal and kheer. Go and get a village touch in food and your environment.

Baati Chokha thali with Kheerni and Dal- Rice.

Where: Baati Chokha Restaurant at Teliabagh and Sigra, Potli at Ravindrapuri.

 

Banarasi Paan:

Paan is what defines the authentic food culture of Varanasi. List of food in Banaras can never end without it. If you are in Varanasi, this is a compulsion to try.

At a random paan shop.

Where: Keshav Tambul Bhandar, Rameshwar Paan Bhandar or any street-side shop.

 

Also if you are planning a trip to Mumbai then we have got another good article for you on The Ghumakkads. In which we have made a list of ‘8 best things to eat in Mumbai‘.

Do you know India as UNESCO knows it?

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  • Which city of India is titled as “City of Music” under UNESCO’s field of excellence?
  • Identify the given heritage site.
  • Which site from Delhi does not come in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Site?
  • Does Kumbh Mela come in UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage List?
  • How many hill forts of Rajasthan are in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites?
  • Identify this place of rock art and shelters.
  • Khajuraho group of Monuments were built under which ruler’s dynasty?
  • Which folk dance of India does not come in the list of UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage?

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