India, Travel in India

The first chapter of my stained Diary Pages!

India is an abode to some of the most tremendously blessed landscapes around the world. Its not just the strategic locations, but the beauty these landscapes ensembles, which makes them extraordinary.  Munnar, a small town in the backdrop of rolling mountain scenery is surrounded with mountain landscapes which are contagiously beautiful are rare in southern region of India. The craggy peaks, the manicured tea estates and crisp mountain air, Munnar is a perfect spot to let cool yourself after the sticky heat of the lowlands. It could be a tough task to photograph these landscapes because usually, the weather remains hazy or cloudy for much of the year and the camera or the eye could not get a clear view of things and hence cannot be captured effectively. Perhaps, the only way to get it right is to plan well and be at the right place at the right time in the right seasons.


Image Courtesy: Prasanna Vijapur.

The morning view of the mountain pass that connects Suryanelli and Kolukkumalai Tea Estates, located to the east of Munnar Town is an example of surreal beauty. People here seem full of life and easy going. To explore this place morning is the ideal time, when one could make a backbreaking journey through some remote roads to reach just in time for sunrise kissing the peak of the mountains.

A visitor might get fooled by the bustling noisy and grubby namesake town of the region but the real attractions lie in the surrounding hills that can make every trip to this place rewarding.

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Advance Reservation Period (ARP) Reduced : Indian Railways

Breaking News:

rail2Ministry of Railways has taken the decision of reducing the Advance Reservation Period from 120 days to 60 days (excluding date of journey). The decision is applicable from 1st of May  2013 and will be applicable to Indian travelers only. Foreign Tourists can still enjoy ARP of 360 days, as before.

Advance Reservation Period is the time  period in  which any passenger can reserve the seats, berths or compartments for trains in India. Indian Railways had, in the past, increased this limit but the menace of touts and bulk booking of tickets by agents has made it to consider the reduction in booking period. It has been (allegedly) observed that touts book the tickets and sell it on premium to the prospective passengers. It has been, also, observed that due to hectic life style, people are not opting to book the train tickets months ago. Increase in Cancellation charges and reduction in ARP can be beneficial for the people who are planning to go on travel and are expecting to get a confirmed booking.

Happy travelling!


Rail Bandhu : 2 years & beyond


Rail Bandhu- an On-board Magazine celebrates its 2nd year of publication.

Every year from 10th to 16th April, Indian Railways observes ‚ÄúRailway Week‚ÄĚ for the celebration of the glorious past of Indian Railways and 2 years ago, Indian Railways launched ‚ÄúRail Bandhu‚ÄĚ an On-board magazine with the aim of interacting with the passengers as well as providing the passengers direct method to communicate and educate about the news related to Railways in particular and related content for entertainment in general.

In last two years, Rail Bandhu has bridged the gap between passengers and Indian Railways- Available at all premier trains and now at waiting Halls, VIP lounges.  Magazine also accepts articles, train travel stories from general public via email <>.

We, at, wishes our salutation to Indian Railways and Rail Bandhu and wishes to bring more alike moves so as to make travelling more smooth, full of entertainment and memorable.

Happy travelling!


World Heritage Sites in India

India is a country which has been blessed with the natural beauty as well as the cultural heritage. All parts of this country have its own heritage, customs and traditions. UNESCO, being an international agency of United Nations, strives to preserve and conserve the heritage and natural beauty of any country so as to promote Education, Science and culture.

From the year 1983, India has got 30 properties which have been included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Out of these, 24 have been characterised as Cultural Heritage sites and 6 are characterised as Natural Heritage sites. These all properties are marvels of this great land and India has submitted 33 more properties to be included in this esteem list.

You have Caves to Mountains, Sanctuaries to Buddhist Monuments in this list. Two sites out of these 30 have been earlier added into World Heritage in Danger List ‚Äď Manas Wildlife Sanctuary and Hampi. However, with the great conservation efforts; both the sites have been removed from danger list and now, No World Heritage site from India is in this list. would like to express its gratitude towards Archaeological Survey of India, the premier Government agency; for protecting, conserving, maintenance and doing archaeological research for protection of our national treasures.

The Details of 30 UNESCO’s World Heritages Sites in India as follows:-

Sr.No. World Heritage Sites in India State Year
1 Agra Fort Uttar Pradesh 1983
2 Ajanta Caves Maharashtra 1983
3 Ellora Caves Maharashtra 1983
4 Taj Mahal Uttar Pradesh 1983
5 Group of Monuments at Mahabalipuram Tamil Nadu 1984
6 Sun Temple, Konarak Odhisha 1984
7 Kaziranga National Park Assam 1985
8 Keoladeo National Park Rajasthan 1985
9 Manas Wildlife Sanctuary Assam 1985
10 Churches and Convents of Goa (mostly at Velha Goa) Goa 1986
11 Fatehpur Sikri Uttar Pradesh 1986
12 Group of Monuments at Hampi (Bellary Distt.) Karnataka 1986
13 Khajuraho Group of Monuments Madhya Pradesh 1986
14 Elephanta Caves Maharashtra 1987
15 Great Living Chola Temples Tamil Nadu 1987
16 Group of Monuments at Pattadakal Karnataka 1987
17 Sundarbans National Park West Bengal 1987
18 Nanda Devi and Valley of Flowers National Parks Uttarakhand 1988
19 Buddhist Monuments at Sanchi Madhya Pradesh 1989
20 Humayun’s Tomb, Delhi New Delhi 1993
21 Qutb Minar and its Monuments, Delhi New Delhi 1993
22 Mountain Railways of India :- West Bengal,
A. Darjeeling Himalayan Railway Tamil Nadu, 1999
B. Nilgiri Mountain Railway Himachal Pradesh
C. Kalka-Shimla Railway
23 Mahabodhi Temple Complex at Bodh Gaya Bihar 2002
24 Rock Shelters of Bhimbetka Madhya Pradesh 2003
25 Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park Gujrat 2004
26 Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Maharashtra 2004
27 Red Fort Complex / Agra Fort Agra 2007
28 The Jantar Mantar, Jaipur Rajasthan 2010
29 Western Ghats/ Sahyadri (39 properties) Kerala (20), Karnataka (10),        TN (5), MH (4) 2012
30 Six majestic forts in Chittorgarh; Kumbhalgarh; Sawai Madhopur; Jhalawar; Jaipur, and Jaisalmer. Rajasthan 2013

Travelling to these places, would not only make us proud, as an Indian and of its culture but it also make us proud of the vast history of archaeological marvels of our country. However, Preserving and maintenance of these properties lies with us as a responsible citizen too.

In the end, we would like to stress here the moral responsibility of every proud citizen of India to conserve and maintain these national treasures and project clean image of the Country.

Happy Travelling!


Indian Railways: Glorious 160 years & Google Doodle

160 years ago, the place was Bombay (now known as Mumbai) and 3 steam engines Sahib, Sindh and Sultan were ready to run a 34 km journey from Bori Bunder (now known as CST) to Thane. On 16 April 1853, the Great Indian Peninsula Railway, operated the journey of 57 minutes which can be called as the birth of Indian Railways.

Indian Railways, covering the length and breadth of this vast land, is also the one of the largest rail networks of Asia. With the pressure of transporting approx 9 billion people, It is rightly said as “The Life Line of India”.


Google Doodle features India’s first passenger train journey

Google India today featured this historical 160th¬†anniversary¬†of India’s first¬†passenger¬†train journey in the form of Google Doodle¬†on its homepage. However, we would also like to pay our tribute to contribution made by Robert Maitland Brereton, Great India¬†Peninsula Railway and several zones,¬†divisions¬†& numerous dedicated Railway employees who work day & night in order to connect India as a one nation!


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However, there are a few things that have to be kept in mind while writing a travel review.

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Here is the blog piece written by Mr. Neeraj Bhatia, CEO & Founder of 

In India, among foreign travelers as well as general travelling community, theme based tourism is very popular. You have yoga tourism, Wellness tourism, rural tourism and on the same ground, I read that MoS (shipping), Milind Deora, launched a project termed as Lighthouse tourism.

Government in yesteryear also has tried to conserve the rich heritage of our Lighthouses.

Lighthouses are not only ambassadors of heritage of our vast shore line but also protecting them can help the general public to get awareness about our rich maritime history and public can be instrumental in conserving them too. Earlier Government has issued stamp in 1985 honoring  Minicoy Island Lighthouse, Lakshadweep. 

As a start, 15 lighthouses are being adopted in this project but later on many other landmarks can make their place into this project.  The project started with Kanhoji Angre lighthouse (Earlier known as Khanderi), spread over 18 acres off the coast of Thal near Alibag ( Maharashtra). I visited this place in 2009 and it only has a temple where locals were present but it was totally invisible on any tourist map. With an estimated time frame of 18 months and planning to add PPP (Public-private partnership), I wish that these kind of projects should be encouraged by the government. It not only conserves the history but also spread the knowledge about a particular area. I would congratulate Director General of Lighthouses & Lightships for this kind of brave efforts.

Journey is always a fun, if you know the stories behind it and a traveler travels not for the sake of a journey but for being involved and become a part of that place.

Happy Travelling!

Lighthouse Tourism- A very first in India