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Essential Backpacking Tips For Absolute Beginners: Backpacking is no more a Challenge

Tourist backpack and sleeping pad on a background of mountains, Georgia (Svaneti)

Johnny took his first backpacking trip. He was an amateur hiker. In this particular hike, he had travelled a long way, hiking over mountains and through some of the roughest terrain known to man. It was a grueling task, one that required stamina, patience, and endurance. After all that way, all that work, and all that effort, surely our hero Johnny deserves a good, long rest. A good night’s sleep, safe from the dangers of wildlife is just what the doctor ordered. The place was pitch black, the night young and quiet. All he needed was the comfort of the big, comfy tent………………………… which was missing! Apparently, amidst all the excitement, he had forgotten to pack it in. Basically, it was going to be a long night.

Moral of the story? Don’t be like Johnny. Backpacking and/or camping requires thorough preparation, physical capabilities and adequate equipment to do so successfully, and without harm. Failing to do so could at best lead to minor inconvenience, at worst……….

Let’s not go there. Instead, let’s talk about how you, our beginner backpacker, can avoid doing as Johnny, and go have a great experience on your first, or early, backpacking experience. We have previously published a post focusing Tips of your first trip.

Preparations For Backpacking Trip

First and foremost, you have to take various preparations before the hike itself. There are several things to consider when preparing, including navigation, travel time, distance and security. Here is a list of things that will be absolutely necessary. Also, depending on whether you are going to a beach or a hike, camping or a backpack, stuff will change.

MAP and GUIDEBOOK

Tourist backpack and sleeping pad on a background of mountains, Georgia (Svaneti)

This one is a no-brainer. The map is the best way to navigate across the hike. It will show you the way, help you plan your route and indicate the direction of the nearest town if something bad happens. In today’s world, many people use smartphone map apps, which could be a more portable, water-proof option over bulkier, paper maps.
The guidebook will give information that will help alongside the map in deciding how to plan the travel, such as easier ways to go, shortcuts that may be harder to pass through versus longer, easier routes, and so on. It will also give details on campsites that are popular, frequented backpacking routes and rules specific to a particular trail.

GEAR

There are two basic questions to answer when deciding what to take.

  1. Do I absolutely, positively, most definitely need it?
  2. If I don’t need it, will it make my journey any easier?


If either of the answers or both, is a no, then you don’t have to take it with you. Even though it is understandable if you want to bring certain familiar items from home, carrying as little as possible will make it easier to travel, organize and pack/unpack. Basically, anything that does not help with traveling, food, organizing, or disposing of waste can be left back home.

FOOD

Arguably the most important on the list, taking the right type of food is essential in having an easy travel. Obviously, it is impossible to cook extravagant, fulfilling meals on a campfire. It is also impossible to carry very many items to cook (and cook with!) on your travels.

The best approach to food is having ones that are simple and easily cooked and cleaned. The easiest choice is having meals that need boiling water, such as instant noodles. All you do is add boiling water to it, and soon enough you have edible noodles. If that isn’t good enough, most one-pot meals such as ramen noodles or angel hair pasta is a good alternative, since they require very little work to be put in. Lastly, if you are willing to put
in the work and time, take food that can be easily cooked over a campfire. Marinated chicken can be grilled over a fire, and so can vegetables like tinned mushrooms.

SKILLS

Finally, you will need to learn some basic skills before you set out. Whether you plan on going alone or with somebody, you need to learn how to pitch a tent. Nehru Institute of Mountaineering offers an Adventure Course which will teach you basics for you adventure trip. While this may seem simple, trust us when we say, PRACTICE! Practice, so that you can do it fast. This will save plenty of time for doing other things and also save you from potential embarrassment!

Another handy skill to have is knowing how to light a campfire from items found in nature. We are sure most people have seen it done on Nat Geo or Discovery, but it is hardly as easy as they make it seem. This is why it is important to learn this as well. Most people will likely carry a lighter, but in the event that it goes missing, this skill will help loads. Better safe than sorry!
One last skill that needs a shout-out is, well, one that most people would not want to shout out. Dealing with nature’s call in the middle of nowhere, what a terrific thought! Sadly, you must learn how to answer it while in nature’s territory, without a single toilet in sight.
Never thought you would miss those seats now, did you?

Check Out: Create Your Trek Story at Hampta Pass

EXECUTION

Now that you are set, let’s look at some practical advice when you are on the road itself.

STAY ON ESTABLISHED CAMPSITES
Any good camper will tell you that established campsites have the advantage of being easy to locate, and containing certain amenities such as bear-proof storage, which makes it easier to keep food. There are also certain places where setting up camp is more convenient, and where fresh water is within reach.
They are also more likely to have other people setting up camp nearby. Having people nearby, especially campers with more hands-on experience, will help you learn and get assistance from them. It also provides mental comfort, having other people to socialize with. It also helps keep away wild animals, because they tend to steer clear of areas where more people are located.

DELAY TRIP DURING BAD WEATHER
During the wetter seasons, it is best not to go camping. Rain not only adds more pressure on an already difficult experience, but it also takes out the fun. Make sure you schedule your trip in a manner where the weather is dry during the entire trip. If rain is forecasted, it wouldn’t hurt delaying by a week. Why get wet in the middle of nowhere, while going long distances and carrying a heavyweight?

WEAR LIGHT CLOTHES DURING BACKPACKING TRIPS
Having lighter clothing helps to move faster. Wear something comfortable, helps absorb sweat and also protects from the wear and tear of nature.

CLEAN UP AFTER YOURSELF
Always clean up whatever mess you make on the go. It is the right thing to do (you know it!) but it also makes it your campsite less prone to being discovered by wild animals.

Take our word for it. Be prepared, be smart, and be careful. The fun and excitement will come as long as you stay safe and sound.

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.

Nagpur Travel Guide: Explore the Orange City of India

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Second capital of Maharashtra, Orange city, Tiger capital, the Geographical center of India, Winter capital…Nagpur is bestowed with many titles. Though any locale will say, Nagpur has nothing to attract the traveler unless you like highway flyovers. Rather this demonstrates the kind of workaday beauty that we miss when we go off in search of the spectacular.

Though having a predominance of students and the emergence of IT sector, Nagpur’s culture is not one of Nightlife, Pubs and Discos. The people here love a quiet and simple life. Nagpur enjoys the privilege of a fast-growing metropolis-in-the- making along with the pleasures of an idyllic and unhurried state of mind. Thus it makes Nagpur an ideal place for a family weekend gateway.

Nagpur at night

Nagpur is the geographic centre of India. If you look at the dead centre of a map of India, you are pretty much looking at Nagpur. Being in the midst of the Deccan plateau, summers in Nagpur are miserably hot – beginning sometime in March, and lasting until the arrival of the rains in June. Winter is the best season to visit Nagpur, when the temperature is pleasant and perfect to visit.

Top attractions in the City (Nagpur)

Nagpur has something for everyone. Here are the top things to do based on your personality;

The History Fanatics

For history loving people, Nagpur has a lot to offer. There’s a lot of architectural beauty to capture in your camera like High court Building, RBI building, Vidhan Bhavan etc.  It was the capital of the British Central Provinces and therefore is blessed with a number of very beautiful British-era administrative buildings.

High court building

SEWAGRAM

Located just on the outskirts of Wardha, Gandhiji located his ashram at  Sevagram (Seva = service, gram = village). Partially because the poverty of the area enabled him to devote himself to service of the poor. Also, because from here, he could hop on a train and be anywhere in India within 24 hours. Popularly known as ‘Bapu Kuti’, it is a great place to get an insight into the life of the Father of our Nation.

Distance: 75 km from Nagpur

Peek into Gandhi’s life

HEDGEWAR SMRITI TEMPLE

Nagpur has played an important role in the political history of India. The militant Hindu nationalist Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), a volunteer organization closely tied to the assassination of Gandhi and the rise of the modern Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was founded here in the 1920s. If you are curious to know more about the Indian political party RSS, then Hedgewar Smriti Temple, built in the memory of Dr. Hedgewar, is one of the hidden treasures.

Distance: 4.6 km from Railway Station

K B Hedgewar’s house

DEEKSHABHOOMI

The architect of Indian constitution Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar, converted to Buddhism here. Hundreds of Ambedkar’s followers joined him in his conversion, and today there is a great stupa marking the place of conversion. Deeksha Bhoomi, the biggest hollow Stupa in Asia, is a sacred monument of Buddhism. This structure is known for its graceful design and architecture and is a memorial dedicated to Baba Saheb.

Distance: 4.7 km from Railway station

Glimpse of Deeksha Bhoomi Stupa
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The Nature Lovers

Unlike all major metros which are now concrete jungles, Nagpur has admirable green covers and almost pollution free air. It is bounded by national parks and sanctuaries and is known as the tiger capital of India. It also plays host to a wide variety of birds – both resident and migratory. Nagpur is a paradise for nature lovers.

City of eleven lakes

TADOBA NATIONAL PARK

It is one of the most attractive spots in Chandrapur district and is situated in the heart of the reserved forest around 3 to 4 hours from Nagpur. The forest department calls Tadoba the real land of tigers. Also, it is the only sanctuary in the country that is open throughout the year and is the place where tiger sighting chances are very high. The vast Tadoba lake at the middle of the sanctuary is a delight. Deer and sambhar throng the banks, unmindful of the huge presence of crocodiles.

Distance: 144 km from Nagpur


Explore Tiger tales at Tadoba
  • Explore Tiger tales at Tadoba

DEGMA FOREST

This area has three lakes – Jhilpi, Salaimendha and Bhivkund surrounded by scrubland. The quarry is breathtakingly scenic and is an interesting place for birding. The White-eyed Buzzard, Blue Rock Thrush, Crested Swift, Great Tit, Crested Bunting and many other avian have been spotted here. If you are lucky, you may find the mesmerizing Indian Eagle Owl in the scrubland. It is advisable not to venture too deep into the forest though: Degma is the forest corridor to the Bor Tiger reserve.

Distance: 30 km from Nagpur

  • Yellow footed green pigeon
  • The Indian eagle owl

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GOREWADA BIODIVERSITY PARK

Gorewada Lake is famous for winter sightings of many beautiful and rare birds and water fowls. The reservoir is surrounded by a small forest, which is lined with many streams that connect to the lake. The area is home to several tiny flycatchers, and you may also find the state bird of Maharashtra in the vicinity. The subtle waters, the birds flying to distances, the sunrise reflecting on the serene waters, helps to connect with oneself. There is a 8 km jungle trail which forms home to the many adventure seekers, nature lovers and photographers to quench their thirst of the early morning tranquility.

Distance: 9 km from Nagpur

Gorewada lake

KHEKARANALA RESERVOIR

For the nature enthusiasts, bird-lovers and photographers, Khekaranala Reservoir could be a blessing in disguise. The lake is nestled amid teak wood hills forming an ideal spot for the fauna to flock for water. The Shiva temple, located in a natural cave, is also worth a visit. It is an ideal spot for family getaways, weekend escapes, nature trails, photography and overnight camping. The place is among the most beautiful nature sites in the Vidarbha region and among the most popular places to visit in Nagpur.

Distance: 61 km from Nagpur

Lake at Khekaranala

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The Culture and Spiritual Enthusiasts

Nagpur is bestowed with rich culture and golden heritage. Deem your Nagpur trip incomplete if you fail to experience its vibrant festivals and temples. Here is a look at the famous festivals and places of Nagpur that will make you fall in love with its culture and heritage.

Dragon palace Buddhist temple

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MARBAT

An exclusive celebration, Marbat holds a special place in Nagpur. The locals observe this festival during the end of the Hindu month Shravan to safeguard the city by warding off all evil influences. Huge processions are taken out on the streets that carry sculptures depicting evil forces. At the end of the festival, the effigies are burnt and assumed that all evil forces will die along with it. The people of Nagpur celebrate Marbat by praying to the Almighty to grant them optimism in every aspect of life, by indulging in some retail therapy and devouring on mouth-watering food.

Marbat procession

THE KALIDASA FESTIVAL

People from all over the world attend this festival to commemorate the great poet, Kalidasa and to know about the rich cultural heritage of India. It is held every year in the month of November for two days at Ramtek. It is the place which inspired the great poet to pen some of his works. One can find a predominant mention of the astounding beauty of this place in his literary works. This festival features some of the well known and greatest exponents of dance, drama and music from all over the country.

Ancient Nagardhan fort comes alive during Kalidasa festival

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RAMTEK

This place is popular for its extravagant history and its association with many myths and legends. It is supposed to have been visited by the legendary figure Rama accompanied by his wife Sita. It is popularly believed that if someone vows at the 600 years old Ramtek Temple , his/her life is blessed by the Lord. The temple at the top of Rama hill, is fortified with structures, distinctly of Mughal architecture. Nagardhan is another fort located at 10 km from here, which is a place of beauty.

Khindsi lake located nearby, is a beautiful spot for kayaking, paragliding or hot air ballooning. There is an important archaeological site believed to be the 5th-century remains of Pravarapura, located at Mansar, 7 km from Ramtek.

Distance: 56 km from Nagpur

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RAMDHAM

Ram Dham is India’s first cultural and spiritual park. It perfectly replicates the story of Ramayana with a few modern twists. The main attraction at this site is the biggest OM of the World and folk dances and the magically charming puppet show. Other attractions include a Shivling made of ice and many replicas of Indian temples such as Ashtavinayak and Vaishnodevi. you can take home idols of God as souvenirs on your visit here.

Distance: 49 km from Nagpur

A perfect family place

For Everyone

ZEROMILE

It denotes the Center of India. It is not a big draw like Middle of the World monument in Ecuador, which is a major tourist attraction. But just a sandstone pillar with four stone horses, each horse denoting a cardinal direction. Located opposite the Assembly Hall, it is called the Zero Mile Stone and was built by the British, who used this point to measure all the distances.

Distance: 1.8 km from Railway station

The Zero Mile 

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HALDIRAMS

Most importantly, the city is the hometown of India’s largest maker of sweets and namkeens. When here, don’t forget to savour their mouth-watering food. A must have is their utterly delicious softy which comes for a mere sum of 12 bucks!

Distance: Many branches in different parts of the city

Haldiram’s restaurant

SEMINARY HILLS

A local favourite, Seminary Hill is a small hillock located about 6 km away from the city of Nagpur. One can get an awe-inspiring view of Nagpur from here. Apart from this, the Japanese garden at its foot is one of the main attractions of this place. Telankhedi Hanuman Temple, Futala and Satpura Botanical Garden are other attractions of this hillock. Seminary Hill is an independent tourist hub in itself! Often described as the lungs of Nagpur, Seminary Hill is a sea of green and offers amazing walkways for walkers and joggers.

Distance: 5.7 km from Railway station

Abandoned Railway track in seminary hills

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LATA MANGESHKAR GARDEN

Featuring a landscaped garden and lush lawns, the Lata Mangeshkar Garden at Surya Nagar in east Nagpur contains a musical fountain which dances to the tunes of Indian classical music. It also houses a huge open-air theatre which can accommodate about 2500 people.

Distance: 7.5 km from the city

Glimpse of Lata Mangeskar Garden

FUTALA LAKE

Existing for past 200 years, the Futala Lake furbished with immense finery and magnificence is one of the must visit tourist attractions for all age groups. Surrounded by lush green forest on the 3 sides, the beautiful landscaped chowpatty on the opposite side gives its aesthetic an ethereal feel.   

Distance: 5.8 km from the city

Three floating fountains

How to Reach Nagpur

Nagpur airport, Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport has regular flights from all other major cities of the country. Instead, Nagpur Airport is also connected to International cities such as Doha and Sharjah.

Nagpur is also well connected to other major cities of the country via regular trains. Railway Station(s): Nagpur Junction (NGP), Ajni (AJNI), Itwari (ITR), Kalamna (KAV), Khat (KHAT), Tharsa (TAR).

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

Where to stay in Nagpur

Nagpur has options of stays in all category. You may get classiest of stays with good locations and services to cheap stays at hotels in the city. You can get good options to stay in the central part of the city. Although, common areas of stay for tourists are in Ramdaspeth. You can also use services like OYO Rooms to get luxury rooms at a very low price.

Thus, Nagpur is a natural wonder ready to be explored. Cultural richness, unique sports, and genuine people make Nagpur a perfect place. Come, visit and know the city with all the titles given to it!

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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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