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An Evening at Inchathotty

We were racing against time and sped on the road that meandered through endless rubber plantations to Inchathotty. Though we couldn’t make it on time for the sunset, the orange hue that lingered over the horizon along with mist wrapped distant hills and lush green surroundings made a picturesque frame. It drizzled incessantly and the serene Periyar flowed without a gurgle below the popular suspension bridge at Inchathotty. We were awed by the pretty picture that nature painted, and gazed at ...
Tags: Travel, R Niranjan Das, Niranjan Das, River Periyar, Kothamangalam, Inchathotty, Kerala Inchathotty, Kerala Popular


Unforgettable Moments in Goa: Enjoy Your Idleness at These Beaches

Goa, the smallest state in India, has umpteen surprises in every corner, and is world-renowned for its lovely beaches. Bounded by the Arabian Sea on one side and land on the other, this region is home to numerous picturesque and vibrant beaches. The stellar nightlife and parties in Goa are an intrinsic aspect of Goan vibes and the hippie culture. Be it the parties, pulsating clubs and pubs, beach shacks, adventurous water sports, gaming casinos or the buzzing flea markets; all come togeth...
Tags: Travel, India, Catholic, Goa, Mumbai, Vasco Da Gama, Nh, Maharashtra, Arabian Sea, Goan, Calangute, Baga, Benaulim Varca, Panaji, Kingfish, R Niranjan Das


Chittorgarh: The Historical Fort

As you stroll through the stunning Chittorgarh fort, it evokes stories of the spirit, valor, pride and romance of the Rajputs, the warrior clan. Sprawling over 700 acres and intimidating over a hillock by the Berach River in Rajasthan, Chittorgarh fort with a 13 km long circumference is the largest fort in Asia. It is believed to have been initially built in the 7th century A.D. by the Maurya Kings and was later taken over by the Mewar kingdom for a long period. The fort was ruled for 800 ye...
Tags: Travel, Asia, India, Unesco World Heritage Site, Jain, Rajasthan, Chittorgarh, Udaipur, Akbar, Jauhar, R Niranjan Das, Niranjan Das, Vijay Stambh, Maharana Pratap, Berach River, Rana Kumbha


Let's Rise!

Like the sun that rises every morning giving us hope to look forward to brighter moments in life, I wish 2021 turns out be much better than what we all went through in 2020. Let's hold each other closer and rise together in the coming year. Hopefully, we will all soon be able to get back to our travelling days again. Have a memorable and wonderful 2021 full of travels and excitement! The above picture was captured from the sand dunes of Thar desert in October 2018. [Author: R Ni...
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Kumbalgarh Fort: Home to One of the Longest Walls in the World

It wasn’t until I read up about Kumbalgarh fort that I learnt it houses the longest wall in India and the third longest in the world. The fort wall of Kumbalgarh which can be described as Great Wall of India stretches over 36 km across the Aravalli range in Rajasthan. Kumbalgarh fort might not be as extravagant as Chittorgarh fort with impressive structures, but built in the 15th century by Rana Kumbha, it is one of the prominent forts in Mewar region.  Rising to a height of more than 3600 fee...
Tags: Travel, India, Jain, Unesco World Heritage, Aravalli, Udaipur, R Niranjan Das, Niranjan Das, Maharana Pratap, Rana Kumbha, Kumbalgarh, Kumbalgarh Fort, Rajasthan Kumbalgarh, Mewar, Kumbha Palace


Marble Temples of Ranakpur

By the River Maghai and nestled cosily amidst the Aravalli hills in Rajasthan are the magnificent Jain temples of Ranakpur. Made from marble in the 15th century by a Jain businessman, it apparently took almost 50 years to construct them. It is also considered to be one of the prominent temples in Jainism along with the ones at Dilwara and Palitana. The temples which are known for their extensive intricate carvings, designs and figurines are built in Maru Gurjara style of architecture. T...
Tags: Travel, Jain, Rajasthan, Aravalli, Udaipur, Jainism, R Niranjan Das, Niranjan Das, Ranakpur, Palitana, River Maghai, Dilwara, Adinatha


Darjeeling- The Queen of Eastern Himalayas

85 year old Aku was happy to see visitors and gleefully narrated stories about the secluded monastery, where he is the head monk and caretaker. He was the lone person at the monastery which also offers breathtaking views of the snow clad Himalayas. As I listened to his stories, my eyes loitered around the colourful walls of the monastery and the spectacular views. I was a tad disappointed that it was only on the last day of my travel in Darjeeling that I found this gem, tucked away from the...
Tags: Travel, China, India, Mall, Unesco World Heritage, Buddha, Buddhist, West Bengal, Sikkim, Observatory, St Andrew, Dali, Gorkha, Eastern Himalayas, Kurseong, R Niranjan Das


Ten Must Visit Cafes and Restaurants in Darjeeling

When you talk about Darjeeling, beyond mountains and monasteries, what pops up in every mind would be Darjeeling Tea. This hill station is widely popular for its tea, which is considered one of the best across the globe. There are quite a few shops that sell high quality Darjeeling tea and different other varieties as well in this hill town nestled at the foot of Eastern Himalayas. Being a popular hill station since the colonial times, Darjeeling has seen travellers and tourists in larg...
Tags: Travel, Mall, Continental, Tom, Joey, Jerry, Shangri La, Sonam, R Niranjan Das, Niranjan Das, Bagdogra, Eastern Himalayas Being, Kunga, Nathmull, Glenary, Glenarys


Here Are the Most Unusual Destinations for Experienced Nomads

Traveling around the world and experiencing different cultures and meeting lovely peculiar people are a big dream for most travellers, but only a few of us get to embark on such journeys. Experienced nomads are hardcore travel enthusiasts that brave the challenges of unknown countries and places all over the world. In this article, let’s look at some unusual destinations that an experienced nomad may not have been to yet, and should definitely visit. 1. Brazilian Pantanal Consid...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Kyrgyzstan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Ecuador, Central Asia, YEREVAN, Caspian Sea, Song Kul Lake, R Niranjan Das, Niranjan Das, Armenia Armenia, Kyrgyzstan Kyrgyzstan, Ala Archa National Park, Baku Baku


Top 5 Amazing European Destinations Nomads Need to Visit

Nomads regularly move from one place to another, and many of them have travelled all around the world. However, there might be some who have not yet visited the vibrant cities and historical areas in Europe. Here are some of the most amazing destinations to visit while you are in Europe. 1. Turkish Spas in Turkey You would most commonly hear that Turkey is famous for Kebabs and Turkish Delights apart from its carpets and rugs. But did you know that Turkey has some of the bes...
Tags: Travel, Europe, UK, England, Greece, Scotland, Spain, Turkey, Cambridge, Party, Istanbul, Mediterranean, Ibiza, Balearic Islands, Crete, Rhodes


Top 4 Things to Do in Mallorca

Mallorca is known as the main and largest island of Spain in terms of area. It is one of the top 2 most populated places among  the Balearic Islands. It is wonderfully filled with breathtaking coa stal drives, towns, wineries, hiking trails, cycling roads, limestone mountains, sandy beaches, and private coves. What are you waiting for? Explore the vastness and beauty Mallorca has to offer! These are the top 4 things to do when visiting this wonderful place: ...
Tags: Travel, Spain, Michelin, Mallorca, Balearic Islands, Palma, Palma De Mallorca, R Niranjan Das, Niranjan Das, Santa Catalina, Drach, Sadrassana, Horrach Moyà, Mallorca Islands, Serrade Tramuntana, Mallorca Stony


Here are the Best Places to Stay on Your Visit to Europe

Europe is a beautiful getaway destination with outstanding places to stay in. Whether you are travelling with your partner, family, or group of friends, you will be impressed by what this continent has to offer. Below are some of the best places to stay that will make your vacation in Europe a remarkable experience: 1. Igloo in Kakslauttanen The Igloo in the Kakslauttanen Artic Resort in Finland is a luxurious place to stay in. The resort has 65 glass igloos: 53 for two people and...
Tags: Travel, Europe, England, Berlin, Finland, Lake District, Dubrovnik, Scafell Pike, St John, Laus, R Niranjan Das, Niranjan Das, Kakslauttanen, Europe Dubrovnik, Kakslauttanen Artic Resort, Keswick Ambleside Grasmere


Top 5 Food and Wine Destinations for the Foodie Nomad

While some eat food to survive, others eat to feel alive. These people are foodies, and those who are willing to travel to enjoy various dishes are dubbed as foodie nomads. If you consider yourself a foodie nomad, you should know about these top 5 food and wine destinations. Top Food and Wine Destinations for Foodie Nomads Greece: Greek cuisine is known for its Greek salads and Giros, but it has so much more to offer. You should try their tasty Taramasalata, whic...
Tags: Travel, Greece, France, Thailand, Italy, Argentina, Sicily, Loire Valley, R Niranjan Das, Niranjan Das, Taramasalata, Giros, France Thailand, Laab Yam Talay, Florencewhen


Top Places to Visit in Kalimpong

The first impression of Kalimpong is that of one of the innumerable bustling and dusty small towns in India. The town of Kalimpong which is just 50 Kms away from its big brother, Darjeeling, has a few interesting attractions which include Buddhist monasteries, nurseries, colonial architecture and magnificent views of the snow clad Eastern Himalayas. The drive from Darjeeling to Kalimpong is a nice winding one through lush greenery with river Teesta and snow mountains popping up intermitt...
Tags: Travel, India, House, Graham, Dalai Lama, Bhutan, Morgan, St Teresa, Buddha, Buddhist, Teesta, Siliguri, R Niranjan Das, Niranjan Das, Mount Kanchenjunga, Bagdogra


Stacked Up!

Colourful houses and buildings stacked up together like match boxes are a common pretty frame that one can sight at many popular hill stations across India. Howsoever colourful and pretty they might seem, in reality it is encroachment of a hill; and all that remains of it are the sporadic 'greens' that you might easily miss out amidst the blues, reds and yellows. Kalimpong, West Bengal. October 2019. [Author: R Niranjan Das]
Tags: Travel, R Niranjan Das, Niranjan Das, India Howsoever, Kalimpong West Bengal


5 Safest and Best Rated Taxi Services in Kerala During the Lockdown

Known to the rest of the world as God’s Own Country, Kerala boasts of an expansive coastline on the South-western side of the Malabar Coast. Its exotic backwaters and rich heritage undoubtedly make Kerala a dreamy escape for travelers across the world. Its scenic beauty along with the umpteen number of activities to indulge in make it hard to not fall in love with this slice of paradise on earth. With some of the best places in Kerala scattered around, one of the ideal ways to get aroun...
Tags: Travel, Google, India, Avis, Kerala, Kochi, Kottayam, Thrissur, R Niranjan Das, Niranjan Das, Savaari, Kerala Taxis, Avis India AVIS India, Le Cabz Le Cabz, Le Cabz


Lover's Confluence

The Lover's view point between Darjeeling and Kalimpong offers a magnificent view of the the confluence of River Tessta and River Rangeet. The hills on the left are a part of Sikkim and the ones on the right fall under the territory of West Bengal. It is easy to discern the rivers with the difference in colour apart from the direction of the flow. Teesta flows from north Sikkim separating Sikkim and West Bengal for a large distance, and Rangeet joins Teesta from the left as seen in the above ...
Tags: Travel, West Bengal, Sikkim, Teesta, R Niranjan Das, Niranjan Das, Kalimpong, River Tessta, Rangeet


Mountains are Calling!

It's not just the mountains; even beaches, lakes, roads, forts, islands, waterfalls and wildlife as well are calling every travelling soul out there during these uncertain times. It would take a while before travelling becomes common again, an even when it does post COVID 19, the way we travel is going to be totally different.  However, until travel sneaks its way back into our life, let's relive our old travels through photographs, videos, experiences, views, adventures and numerous...
Tags: Travel, R Niranjan Das, Niranjan Das, Kanchenjunga


Islands of Kadamakkudy

Kadamakkudy was half awake as we manoeuvered the car through its narrow alleys sandwiched between marshy lands, mangroves, fish farms and endless paddy fields. There was hardly anyone outside at 6:30 in the morning. Google map wasn’t really helpful as I took a few wrong detours to turn up at dead ends with gorgeous views of the backwaters, fishing nets, slanting coconut trees, paddy fields, numerous birds and a few solo fishermen going about their chores. Most of these islands are still ...
Tags: Travel, Google, R Niranjan Das, Ernakulam, Niranjan Das, Kadamakkudy, Pokkali, Kadamakkudy Instead, Bolghatty Mulavukad, Moolampilly, Pizhala, Ernakalum, Varappuzha


Thumboormuzhi Dam and Butterfly Park

A spate of butterflies welcome as you walk through the large entrance gates of Thumboormuzhi dam and butterfly park. The check dam on Chalakkudy river in Kerala is enroute Athirapilly waterfalls and is a popular attraction on this road that leads further to Malakkapra and Valparai. Fluttering and colourful under the bright sunlight, visitors can easily spot Buddha Mayoori, Blue Glassy Tiger, Garuda, Striped Tiger and more than hundred other species of butterflies here. It is an...
Tags: Travel, Kerala, Kochi, Athirappilly, Thrissur, R Niranjan Das, Niranjan Das, Thumboormuzhi Dam, Thumboormuzhi, Chalakkudy, Malakkapra, Valparai Fluttering, Ezhattumukham, Ernakulam Cochin


How travel is going to change post the COVID-19?

Since most of us entered into lockdown in March , the world as we know it has changed drastically. After we emerge from the lockdown not everything will go back to the way it was - especially travel. Every aspect of travelling will need social distancing in it – from where you can travel to how you can sit on a plane. So how can we travel responsibly post the COVID-19 phase? 1.  S tart with travelling closer to home - Most countries would be coming out of lockdown at different points o...
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Win every new challenge on Royal Enfield Himalayan BS6

As I sat scrolling through my old travel photographs it reminded me that I haven’t travelled nor gone for a long ride in a while. Road is my favourite home and in the last couple of months I have terribly missed thedeserted roads, meeting smiling strangers, breaks at nonchalant tea stalls and gazing at endless landscapes. The eudemonia that I feel while am on the road can never been explained in words. And I am sure many of us can relate to that. The last three years were fi...
Tags: Travel, EFI, Italy, Maldives, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Arunachal, Uttarakhand, R Niranjan Das, Royal Enfield Himalayan, Niranjan Das, Royal Enfield, Himachal Ladakh Kashmir


Gudibande Fort- A Quick Getaway from Bengaluru

It was Byresagara lake that showed up first as we manoeuvered our way along the narrow village road. The lake was placid, had a few storks, rising mist and a lone fisherman, which made the frame absolutely breathtaking. The towering Gudibande fort atop the hillock loomed in front of us as we drove towards the village that was waking up. It was a race between the sun and us the moment we drove out of Bengaluru in the wee hours of a Sunday morning. By the time we took a detour on to the vi...
Tags: Travel, Bengaluru, Shiva, R Niranjan Das, Niranjan Das, Gudibande, Byresagara, Chikballapur, Byre Gowda Byrasagara, Madhugiri, Perasandra


Taj Samudra - Sri Lanka's Stunning Waterfront Hotel

Sri Lanka, the island nation, is a mesmerizing mix of beaches, valleys, mountains, and forests. This compact destination has a wide array of cultures and unexplored hamlets ready to be explored. Quite hard to resist, Sri Lanka has been a favourite destination for couples for a while now. Romantic walks on the beach, adrenaline-pumping hikes in the mountains, discover ancient temples; there is something for every kind of couple. Here we share a list of things to do in Sri Lanka along with accom...
Tags: Travel, Sri Lanka, Indian Ocean, Sichuan, Colombo, Galle Face Green, R Niranjan Das, Niranjan Das, Navratna, Yumi, Grill House, Taj Samudra, Sri Lanka Walk, Deluxe Luxury, Taj Club, Taj Club Lounge


Lone Fisherman

A lone fisherman going about his daily routine early in the morning at Byrasagara lake, near Gudibande fort in Karnataka. March 2020. [Author: R Niranjan Das]
Tags: Travel, Karnataka, R Niranjan Das, Niranjan Das, Byrasagara, Gudibande


Mandaragiri- Tucked Away from Tourist Map

A nondescript detour off the Bengaluru- Tumkur highway led to a narrow road with intermittent tarmac that meandered its way past open lands and a few scattered houses.  In a few minutes I was at the base of Basadi Betta, a popular hillock which is also known as Manadargiri. A few meters before Mandaragiri hill, stands the tall statue of Thirthankara, welcoming people to his land.   A popular Jain shrine, Manadaragiri has caught the attention of travellers with the beautiful Guru M...
Tags: Travel, Bengaluru, Jain, R Niranjan Das, Niranjan Das, Basadi Betta, Mandaragiri, Thirthankara, Manadaragiri, Jainism Manadagriri


Panchapalli Dam: Soaked in Serenity

It was a pleasant drive on the first day of 2020 to Panchapalli Dam, tucked away in the forest stretches, south of Bengaluru. A detour from Anekal led to the town of Denkanikota, which falls under Krishnagiri district. The traffic thinned as we drove past the road side shops, and the road turned narrower as well. Dark clouds hovered throughout the drive with intermittent sprays, a dash of petrichor and fresh air.  Farm lands popped up on either side, and it was a delight to see them inte...
Tags: Travel, Bengaluru, R Niranjan Das, Niranjan Das, Panchapalli Dam, Anekal, Denkanikota, Krishnagiri, Tamil Nadu Large, Denkanikottai, Panchapalli, Bettamugilalam, Seimeri


The Most Spectacular Temple Towers in South India

Temple towers are generally the large entrance gates of Hindu temples in southern India. Also known as Gopurams, they are probably the most striking attraction of any temple. The taller and more colourful the Gopuram, the more spectacular it looks. Add to that the stunning sculptures and these Gopurams are absolute head turners. Though it is mostly the main entrance gates that take all the attention with its magnificent art works, some temples have multiple entrance gates which have e...
Tags: Travel, India, Unesco, Unesco World Heritage, Tamil Nadu, Shiva, Hampi, South India, Chola, Parvati, Pandya, R Niranjan Das, Niranjan Das, Cauvery, Krishnadeva Raya, Vijayanagara


Hostel Raahi, Jodhpur- Review

Tucked away in the residential area of Ajit Colony in Jodhpur, Hostel Raahi might for a moment beguile you as another house around the corner. Apart from its serene location, it is just 4-5 Kms away from Mehrangarh fort, the biggest attraction in Jodhpur, and less than 10 Kms from Mandore gardens. Hostel Raahi which was earlier a house has been converted into a hostel with both mixed dormitories and dormitories solely for women. True to the state’s character, the hostel is a colourful one...
Tags: Travel, Jodhpur, R Niranjan Das, Niranjan Das, Mehrangarh, Hostel Raahi Jodhpur Review, Ajit Colony, Hostel Raahi, Mandore, Hostel Raahi Ajit Colony Jodhpur Rajasthan