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The Real Travelers’ Guide- Konkan region & Meghalaya

May 24, 2013

The vacation season beckons us but time is still short between all that you need to complete within this one visit & your promise to your family that they’ll have a memorable time, do you feel stuck? The following 2 destinations are here to your rescue.

Konkan: So there is Mumbai and there is Goa. What’s in between? What’s in between is a stretch of pristine coastal land, yet to be explored. Although recent times have seen an influx of tourists, mainly local, the “Konkan” for the world do not really exist. A belt full of great beaches, mouth watering cuisine, hilly cliffs that meet the sea and honest, good people- Konkan is where you can grab a beer and chill- without the obviousness of Goa and without the crowd of Mumbai. As near as a mere 175 km from Mumbai- the Konkan belt has a lot to offer.

If you happen to hit the Konkan road, one must try is the local fried fish and the quintessential Maharastrian meal which they call “thali” and in available in any “Khanavals” or restaurant. One can book an entire house with terrace for as less as 1200 INR a day!

Meghalaya: Called “the Scotland of India” and which literally means “the abode of clouds” Meghalaya is a quaint little state nestled in the great Himalayas and which houses Cherrapunji- a place known for receiving the highest amount of rainfall in the world. It’s a mystical experience being in Meghalaya- you might just stand in a sunny spot while watching a gush of shower a foot ahead of you! Its a play of sun and rain all throughout the valley and of course interspersed with great ancient monoliths that make you wonder whether it has any connection with the Easter Islands! Right from the snakey road that takes you to Meghalaya to the caves and hidden blue lagoons- its a place so not ubiquitous that you’d actually believe that only dreamy clouds can live here!

Well connected through roadways (through Guwahati-Assam), Shillong is Meghalaya’s capital- a place you’d love to note for its cleanliness. Picture perfect homes, wild roses, little white Churches with their conical heads and happy people make Shillong. Bump onto someone and all you’ll see is them smiling right back at you! It’s a place that makes you believe in happiness.

Must try in Meghalaya would be the Tibetan and Khasi-Garo cuisine which is in one word- Delish!

That would be us with our week’s travel pick for the day. Explore the unexplored; better an experience that can be bettered and see beyond beyond the obvious is what our travel motto is and will always be!

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The Real Travelers’ Guide to the 3 best holiday destinations in India- Ladakh

May 17, 2013

So we all know about the travel related cliches. Get a good tour and travel consultant, buy a package with some freebies thrown in and travel to places people have already talked about. If you are an NRI and have the opportunity to explore your country, here is your guide to the 3 best holiday destinations in India from the real travelers’ diary.

Ladakh: “Gar Firdaus Baroo-e-Zameen Asta. Hamin Asta, Hamin Asta, Hamin Asta”

A phrase that literally translates to “If there was a Paradise on earth, its here, its here, its here”, and a phrase often used to personify Kashmir, we’d take this personal liability to give this crown to “Ladakh”. Nestled at an altitude of 3,500 meters above the sea level, between the Kunlun Mountain Range in the north and the main Great Himalayas to the south, is a small, yet bustling town of Leh, the capital of Ladakh. Connecting the sleepy hamlets and valleys of the district, Ladakh is also one of the few remaining Buddhist destinations in South Asia.

Far from the literal happening, Ladakh is a place to explore, camp and for once in your life, hear silence. If you happen to be a jewelry and metal enthusiast- the old Leh road have the Tibetan Refugee Market for you which is an ideal place for shopping in Leh. Sonorous bowls, cymbals, trumpets and several Tibetan meditation instrument are up for grabs in here. Women- you might just like to get gaga over turquoise and unpolished silver jewelry made by ladakhi women. If you have an eye for semi-precious stones- you might just find an array of Lapis Lazuli from Afghanistan set in silver to flaunt in a world that has never seen Ladakh. Other than these, there is nothing much “to do” as such. But “to do” there’s a lot! Take the open road, face some challenges, brave the winds and be a traveler. We are in love with Ladakh.

That would be us with our week’s travel pick for the day. Explore the unexplored; better an experience that can be bettered and see beyond beyond the obvious is what our travel motto is and will always be!

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