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Helping Hands at the time of devastation : Uttrarakhand Flash Floods

Man made tragedy or Nature’s Fury- People of Uttarakhand and tourists from many parts of India have faced too much to describe.

We, at TripOrTrap family, pay our homage to the people who’ve lost their lives and loved ones in India’s most devastating Flash Floods. Our Armed Personnel, Para Military troops, Air force and volunteers are the Real Heroes who have put their lives to the risk and had successfully done the search and rescue operation in the Hills. There are many things to learn from this as correctly pointed out by¬†chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Transport, Tourism and Culture Sitaram Yechury about the unbridled expansion of tourism industry and had cautioned the industry to learn from the catastrophic tragedy in Uttarakhand.

However, the helping hands at the time of devastation has made us proud.

We are here publishing the Helpline numbers for the general public:-

Uttarkashi: (+91) 1374-226461
Chamoli: (+91) 1372-251437, 9411352136
Rudraprayag: (+91) 1364-233727,9412914875
Control Room (Uttarakhand): (+91) 135-2710334, 9557444486

People using Internet can use the Google People Finder to obtain the information about someone and can also, update any information about anyone.

We wish that People should come ahead and contribute to¬†Prime Minister’s¬†National¬†Relief Fund¬†(PMNRF) or to¬†Uttarakhand Chief Minister’s Relief Fund to help the Flood Victims.

In humanity, we trust!

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And the winner is…

What a great response from all the contestants!!
We are so humbled by your responses and wants to thank each one of you for your zeal and passion for the traveling.
The contest India: Been there Seen that Part I was our attempt to encourage budding travel bloggers and to provide them platform to showcase their creativity.
We got 23 entries for this travelogue contest and many of them had written any memoir or blog for the very first time. We run this contest on 3 different platforms- One being our website, Secondly on Youth 24×7 and Thirdly on¬†UE site.
We thank all the participants and Request them to participate in ISTBT- Part II contest.
The Winner of India : Been there, Seen that is DEEPAK AGARWAL. 
Congrats Deepak and For rest of you, Participate in IBTST- II starting from July 1st and ending on Aug 15, 2013.
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IBTST- II Travelogue contest: Details

We are in the process of Launch of IBTST- II (India: Been there, seen that Part II) Travelogue contest


Launch of IBTST- Part II (Travelogue Contest)

Have you just returned from a recent trip? Are you truly satisfied with the overall service standard of the hotel you stayed in or the travel broker you were dealing with? Was the place ¬†‚Äėawesome’ or ‚Äėawful‚Äô ?

We would love to hear from you, even if you say, ‚ÄúUff, What a disgusting trip it was!‚ÄĚ is inviting travelogues, stories, and travel memoirs from all travel enthusiasts and writers. Submit your tour story today and get yourself enrolled for the contest to win exciting prizes and gifts. Contest dates are July 1st- Aug 15th.

Keep seeking this space for more details.


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List of finalists of IBTST- 1 (India: Been There, Seen That Part I )

It’s giving us immense pleasure to declare that We have zeroed down to 3 finalists for our Travelogue Contest : India Been there, seen that held in March-May 2013.¬†
Wait for few hours and after that we will have “A Winner”¬†
Three Finalists names are:-
With the result, we will also, start our IBTST2 Travelogue Contest.
Do participate in that to win in future.
Check out : or for more!

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Wait is going to be over soon! We are finalising the result of travelogue contest  held in the month of March-May 2013.

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“India- Been there, seen that” travelogue contest

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Visiting the holy temples that reassure Shiva’s mythology across India

Lord Shiva, generally referred to as ‘The Destructor’ or ‘The Parmatma’ in Hindu mythology has been in existence since the evolution of the entire universe. Present in the prayers of most individuals and with followers all across the globe, the Lord is considered to be the Supreme God in Hinduism. Devotees throng the innumerable temples in countless numbers that are present¬† throughout the length and breadth of the country.

‘Shiv Ratri’ is the time when the descent of followers to the temples increases manifold times and all gather to seek the blessings of the deity. Pouring in milk that is considered holy for Shiva, the followers¬† make a beeline to offer their prayers. There are thousands of ‘lingams’ in India , but some have a specific importance attached to them. From ages, they have been considered to be the best places to visit, in order to get the blessings of the Lord.

The important ones are called ‘Jyotirlingas’ and are twelve in number. Somnatha, Mallikarjuna, Mahakala, Omkara, Kedara, Bhimshankara, Vishvanatha, Tryambaka, Vaidynatha, Nagesha, Rameshwara and Ghushnesha. We will be visiting four of the top ones that you can’t afford to miss. Let’s take a sneak-peek for experiencing and making memories.

  • Kedarnath Temple: ¬†The northernmost of the jyotirlingas, it is present in the Himalayas that adds a sense of mysticism to it. Being snow capped for six months of the year, the temple opens from May to October. The last leg of twelve kilometers have to be covered either on foot or on a pony. Getting to Kedarnatha can be by bus or train. Called as the home of the Lord, the place is a must visit for every Shiva devotee. The lingam at the temple is in the shape of the hump of a buffalo and has its own importance in Hindu mythology.Image
  • Somnath Temple: Situatedon the western coast of Gujarat, India, near Saurashtra, this temple has its importance in the turn of events of the Lord’s life. The temple’s meaning depicts ‚ÄúThe Protector of Moon God.‚ÄĚ It has been destroyed by various kings and rulers, but restoration work is always on the move at the place. You can visit the place all the year around. Catch the latest flight or train and get going.


  • Shiv Dol: ¬†This temple stands on the bank of the Borpukhuri tank in the heart of Shivasagar, Assam, in the North-East. It is believed to be the tallest temple in India, has height of 104 feet and its perimeter is around 195 feet at the base. The golden-dome has a height of eight feet and every year a huge fair is organized during Shivratri to offer prayers. Visit the place to experience the magic.¬†Image
  • Nageshwar Temple:¬†The most prominent Shiva shrines in India, it is located on the outskirts of Dwarka, Gujarat. A lot is said about the mythology that goes about the origin of this temple. The shrine is a huge attraction for devotees from across the country and even tourists throng the place to catch a glimpse of the place.

ImageThe above mentioned places have facts and stories that differ from place to place and lend more mysticism about them. Lord Shiva, rules the entire universe and placing your offerings in front of the Supreme god, you will get lucky. So, pack your bags and book your tickets for that ultimate divine experience. If, you have visited any place or other shrines, do share your experience.