India, Travel in India

Two Must-Visit Summer Destinations In India

Summers are here and India tends to visit places which are off-beat, cooler and also surreal. In consideration to this fact, two must-visit Summer destinations are here; which are situated on the southern land and North-Eastern India- truly showing the diversity of this great land.

OOTY , also known as Udhagamandalam or Udhagai. Ooty has been termed as ‘The Queen of hill stations in India’

Situated 80 kms north of Coimbatore, It is one of the most popular tourist spots or summer getaways in India. Ooty is surrounded by picturesque beauty. The sprawling grasslands , waterfalls, tea gardens ,hill ranges , great lakes, dense forests are great sources of rejuvenation as well as energy booster for tourists.. The lovely climate conditions make it a perfect place to spend some quality time away from the hustle bustle of a city.

Ooty has good accommodation facilities with the choicest staying options available to satisfy any traveler need.

A few major tourist attractions of this place are the government Rose Gardens, Ooty lake, Stone house, the Tribal museum. With a perfectly balanced ecosystem, Ooty makes it a perfect holiday destination.

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Ariel view of The Nilgiri Mountain Railway(NMR)

The Nilgiri Mountain Railway(NMR), a World Heritage Site is one of the oldest mountain railways in India which connects Ooty with the town of Mettupalayam.

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TripOrTrap Featured on World Renowned Intuit Blog

Intuit has been known as a credible group that promotes and helps startups, generally, ‘Small Business’. Intuit has played a significant role over several past years to promote and exemplify the new entrepreneurs and  their plausible products, services. It shares insights, free resources, content, knowledge, information to boost such setups and further choose and interview exemplary entrepreneurs to share their business stories.

 This time it is Neeraj Bhatia, who featured in the exclusive http://smallbusinessindia.intuit.in/interview-business-profile/featuring-triportrap/ interview section.

 An avid traveler,  adventure enthusiast, part time blogger and most important, the founder of the TripOrTrap, a travel review site where tourists and travelers can find crucial insights and information shared by other travelers.  The reviews section is divided into several subcategories such as Hotels and Destinations with an aim to share honest feedbacks, comments and suggestions given by fellow travelers, thereby helping them to decide and plan their trip better.

 This is how TripOrTrap works — Based on the feedback of fellow travelers, the team of TripOrTrap rate the hotels, their facilities and their amenities such as the cafeteria and restaurant facilities, housekeeping and cleanliness, parking facility and overall hospitality. This helps in “transferring your experiences to all those who are yet to experience the good things of a satisfying holiday trip”, says Neeraj.

 So how did it happen? How did this idea clicked Neeraj?

He studied the travel business well and came out with a comprehensive conclusion that was about to change the traveler experience in India, which till now remained neglected. He gave a platform unlike other travel portals and sites which talked to the travel enthusiast to voice and review their complete journey and experiences.

 So, his team planned to start a hotel and a destination review website with the aim of saving travelers from the traps/wrong doings and misleading commitment made by travel agents , so rampant even now. “Travel planning is the most essential thing which our country needs because no demo, no trial packs are available to make sure one gets the optimum value out of trip each time”.

In TripOrTrap, hotel and other reviews are made by real travelers with an  aim to assist other fellow travelers to to find out hotel best suited to their needs. Since, we believe that traveling is the only segment where there is no ‘try-before-buy’, people can plan their trip based on reviews thereby mitigating the chances of impulsive and instinctive choices.

 So, Now you know where to look, when you are planning a trip!

 

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Kashmir Festival 2013 : Pack your Bags and GO

Agar Firdaus bar ru-e-zamin ast, Hami ast o Hami ast o

Kashmir is, undoubtedly, heaven on earth and It attracts many nature loving tourists to its doorstep to enjoy the surreal and calm beauty. To promote the tourism in this heavenly state and the tourism-centric economy, Ministry of tourism has announced a two week (May 13- 29) celebration termed as ‘Kashmir Festival 2013’.

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An outer view of Welcom Heritage Gurkha Houseboat, Nagin Lake, Srinagar

Kashmiri Hospitality and tradition cuisine will be the backbone of this promotional event, which aims to promote tourism and to aware the prospective tourists to visit not only the popular destination like Leh (Ladhakh) or Hindu Shrines likes Amarnath and Jammu but to popularise the adventurous side of Kashmir too.

Locations like Yousmarg, Manasbal, Verinag, Kokernag, Daksum and Lolab Valley has been given parity and promotion as well as other popular destinations of valley such as Sonmarg, Gulmarg, Srinagar and Pehalgam.

Main events of the Festival include a Jehlum River Cruise, Shikara Race on the Dal Lake, Photography Exhibition, Painting Competition, Golf Championship at Kashmir Golf Course, Polo Match at Sonamarg, Horse Races, Adventure Activities – Cycle Race, Roller Skating, Paragliding, Trekking Expeditions, Rafting Competition.

Local Hoteliers/ Shikara Owners(House Boat Owners) have also proposed lucrative 20-30% discount as special case for the forthcoming season. So, Now the travelers have choice and reason to visit this destination in this summers.

Happy travelling!

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Leh (Ladakh)- Surreal and Sublime

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Located in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh is the wonderland for travelers who wish to explore the awe-inspiring creations of Mother Nature. Leh, the capital of Ladakh is ultimate destinations for the travelers who venture out to hunt the spectacular moments of a journey with the splendid sensation of God’s miraculous creation.

Miraculously placed at the altitude varying from 9,000 feet and 25,170 feet Ladakh is a land of perfect blend of peaceful landscapes and adventurous spots. Ranging from vivacious landscapes, eye catching sceneries of glaciers amalgamating with membranous clouds to rich cultural heritage, Ladakh has it all. Having most of the part of population serving the Buddhist religion and culture, Ladakh is popularly known as Lama Land.

For trekkers and adventure lovers Ladakh is the seventh heaven and to reach out this heaven you can opt from air travel and road trip. Various Airlines operate daily flight from Delhi to Leh and the periodic flights are maintained from Jammu and Srinagar. But reaching Leh via road is the experience that you would cherish for lifetime and the people, who are fond of natural beauty, can not afford to miss the adventure and joy of a road trip to the magnificent land of high passes.

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The roads leading to Leh, Ladakh have two major routes. One is Srinagar to Leh and second is Manali to Leh. Both the routes have a lot in store to offer to its travelers in terms of astonishing range of panoramic sceneries and thrilling expereinces. Both places Srinagar and Manali, where the journey to the ‘land of mesmerizing landscapes’ starts from, have a good facility of road transportation available. Apart from the Ladakh tourism, private bus operators offer daily bus services and jeeps that run through the thrilling route to Leh Ladakh.

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As per the weather conditions the route from Srinagar to Ladakh generally opens from early May to late October, in winters the Zoji La undergoes heavy snowfall and route gets blocked. It takes 2 days of road journey to reach Ladakh offering such an enchanting experience that an airfare of 40 minutes can never offer. The drive passes through three main passes including Zoji La at 3529 meters, Namika La 3718 meters and Fatu La at 4092 meters. At these level of heights where level of oxygen falls, the travelers may undergo altitude sickness causing nose block, nose bleeding and various other suffocating experiences. One should step out for this journey with all possible altitude sickness curing measures.

Whereas the route from Manali to Leh, the highway from Himachal Pradesh opens from May-June to October-November, rest of the months it remains isolated, covered with the white layers of snow. The journey is 2 days long, offering the travelers with the non-stop flashes of splendid scenic beauty. The major passes in this panoramic journey are Rohtang La, Baralacha La, Nakee La, LachLung La and Tanglang La. Where, the Rohtang La is the highest pass in the series placed at 3,900m altitude.

Both the routes imprint such flashes in your memory that remain fresh for lifetime. While capturing the beauteous backdrops, melting glaciers, sun rays falling upon the mountains and the wispy clouds traveling along with you, in you eyes forever, it creates an aura as if you are going through the masterpiece of dream your mind ever imagined of having. This beautiful journey lands you to the Land of Lama, where a new slide show of new culture, panoramic prettiness and monasteries is waiting to make your journey worth.

The adventure doesn’t stops here, the land of Ladakh a lot more to offer you with, but one should never overlook this fact that adventure is delightful when you get a chance to share it with people, over enthusiasm may turn into stupidity, leading you nowhere, So be very-very careful about your life.

(Image and content courtesy:  Priyanka A)

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