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Happy New Year 2015

Happy New Year 2015 to each one of you by TripOrTrap Family! 2014 has been an awesome year for us where we started our website with a preview to provide a platform for Real Travellers to Read Hotel Reviews, Share their Travel Experience and Go to various place of India. We hope that 2015 is going to be much more brighter and exciting for us and our users.

HNY 2015

HNY 2015

In the end, we wish health, Luck and fortune to each one of you.

Keep Travelling, Keep Following!


15 Travel Quotes

Here are few travel quotes collection by famous authors, unknown writers and proverbs on travel, wanderlust and travel quotations.

  1. “Unexpected travel suggestions are dancing lessons from God.” Kurt¬†Vonnegut
  2. “Visits always give pleasure; if not the arrival, the departure.РPortuguese proverb
  3. “Sometimes you find yourself in the middle of nowhere, and sometimes, in the middle nowhere you find yourself.”– unknown
  4. “When you travel, remember that a foreign country is not designed to make you comfortable. It is designed to make its own people comfortable.” –Clifton Fadiman
  5. ‚ÄúI did not fully understand the dreaded phrase ‚Äúterminal illness‚ÄĚ until I saw Heathrow for myself.‚ÄĚ–Dennis Potter, 197
  6. ‚ÄúIf you‚Äôre not living on the edge, you‚Äôre taking up too much space.‚ÄĚ–Unknown
  7. ‚ÄúFor the born traveler, travelling is a besetting vice. Like other vices, it is imperious, demanding its victim‚Äôs time, money, energy and the sacrifice of comfort.‚ÄĚ–Aldous Huxley
  8. “Travel broadens the mind ‚Äď but you must have the mind.”–G.K. Chesterton
  9. ‚ÄúThe adventures that seem the scariest, most difficult and dangerous are usually the ones that you will look back on, smile about, and remember forever.‚ÄĚ ‚ÄďCraig Guillot
  10. “The trail is the thing, not the end of the trail. Travel too fast and you miss all you are traveling for.”–Louis L’Amou
  11. ‚ÄúThe open road is a beckoning, a strangeness, a place where a man can lose himself.‚ÄĚ–William Least Heat Moon
  12. ¬†‚ÄúThe real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.‚ÄĚ –Proust
  13. ‚ÄúWe live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.‚ÄĚ–Jawahar Lal Nehru
  14. “Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body. But rather, to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming….”Wow, what a ride!””–Harvie Edward Ward
  15. “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”–Mark Twain

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Pledge to Vote : Every vote counts

Google India has started a holistic campaign, keeping into mind the next Parliamentary Elections 2014 in India. The Campaign as such is  called as Google Politics & Elections which will act as Elections hub to study, watch, discuss, participate in digital campaign trail of various participating agencies such as Election Commission, Political Parties and Ordinary Voters.

Google India started the project with the video featuring¬†Mr. Shyam Saran Negi, – oldest voter in¬†Himachal Pradesh¬†& Independent ¬†India’s first-ever voter. Mr.¬†Negi lives in ¬†picturesque village called Kalpa, located at an altitude of 10,000 feet, in Kinnaur district¬†¬†and he wants no Indian to miss out on the coming electoral battle as he has never missed to vote since 1951.

Google India has this Link where voters can Pledge to Vote with a message and as along with the Pledge can check latest Trends of Political Parties.

We hope, India’s 81.45 crore electoral population will choose a fair and stable government who will try to increase the Tourism, spread the Incredible India brand overseas and make policies & infrastructure for the betterment of Tourism in India.

Happy Voting & Happy Travelling!

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Indian general election, 2014 Schedule for 16th Lok sabha polls

Today Chief Election Commission has announced the  16th Lok Sabha in India from April 7, 2014 to May 12, 2014,making it the longest election in Indian History , to be done in 9 phases. There are 543 parliamentary constituency in India and all will go for voting in this election time.

The Phases schedule are here for everyone’s convenience :-

Phases Date States/U.Ts
Phase 1 07 April 2014 2
Phase 2 09 April 2014 5
Phase 3 10 April 2014 14
Phase 4 12 April 2014 3
Phase 5 17 April 2014 13
Phase 6 24 April 2014 12
Phase 7 30 April 2014 9
Phase 8 07 May 2014 7
Phase 9 12 May 2014 3

The state wise distribution of election date is also minutely crafted by the EC. Here is the¬†Bird’s-eye view:

Sr No. States / Union Territories Election Date
1 Andaman 10-Apr-14
2 Andhra Pradesh 30-Apr-14
3 Arunachal Pradesh 09-Apr-14
4 Assam 07-Apr-14 12-Apr-14 24-Apr-14
5 Chandigarh 10-Apr-14
6 Chhattisgarh 10-Apr-14 17-Apr-14 24-Apr-14
7 Dadra Nagar Haveli 30-Apr-14
8 Daman and Diu 30-Apr-14
9 Goa 17-Apr-14
10 Gujarat 30-Apr-14
11 Haryana 10-Apr-14
12 Himachal Pradesh 07-May-14
13 Jammu and Kashmir 10-Apr-14 17-Apr-14 24-Apr-14 30-Apr-14 07-May-14
14 Jharkhand 10-Apr-14 17-Apr-14 24-Apr-14
15 Karnataka 17-Apr-14
16 Kerala 10-Apr-14
17 Lakshadweep 10-Apr-14
18 Madhya Pradesh 10-Apr-14 17-Apr-14 24-Apr-14
19 Maharashtra 10-Apr-14 17-Apr-14 24-Apr-14
20 Manipur 09-Apr-14 12-Apr-14
21 Meghalaya 09-Apr-14
22 Mizoram 09-Apr-14
23 Nagaland 09-Apr-14
24 NCT OF Delhi 10-Apr-14
25 Odisha 10-Apr-14 17-Apr-14
26 Puducherry 24-Apr-14
27 Punjab 30-Apr-14
28 Rajasthan 17-Apr-14 24-Apr-14
29 Sikkim 12-Apr-14
30 Tamil Nadu 24-Apr-14
31 Telangana 30-Apr-14
32 Tripura 07-Apr-14 12-Apr-14
33 Uttar Pradesh 10-Apr-14 17-Apr-14 24-Apr-14 30-Apr-14 07-May-14 12-May-14
34 Uttarakhand 07-May-14
35 West Bengal 17-Apr-14 24-Apr-14 30-Apr-14 07-May-14 12-May-14

We hope, India’s 81.45 crore electoral population will choose a fair and stable government who will try to increase the Tourism, spread the Incredible India brand overseas and make policies & infrastructure for the betterment of Tourism in India.

Happy Voting & Happy Travelling!

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List of the twelve Jyotirlingas in India

In Hinduism, Twelve (12) temples called Jyotirlingas are dedicated to Lord Shiva. Also Called as ¬†Jyotirlinga, ¬†Jyotirling ¬†or ¬†Jyotirlingam the literal meaning of the word is : ¬†Jyoti¬†means ‘radiance’ and¬†lingam¬†the ‘mark or sign’ of Shiva,¬†Jyotir Lingam¬†thus means ¬†The Radiant sign of ¬†Almighty.


It is believed that Lord Shiva first manifested himself as a Jyotirlinga on the night of the Aridra Nakshatra

(ŗ§¶ŗ•ćŗ§Ķŗ§ĺŗ§¶ŗ§∂ ŗ§úŗ•ćŗ§Įŗ•čŗ§§ŗ§Ņŗ§įŗ•ćŗ§≤ŗ§Ņŗ§āŗ§ó ŗ§łŗ•ćŗ§§ŗ•čŗ§§ŗ•ćŗ§įŗ§ģŗ•ć /DvńĀdaŇõa JyotirliŠĻÖga Stotram) describes the 12 Jyotirlingas:

Saurashtra Somnatham Cha Shrishaile Mallikarjunam ||
Ujjainyam Mahakalomkare Mammaleshwaram ||
Parlyam Vaijnatham Cha Dakinyam Bheem Shankaram ||
Setu Bandhe Tu Ramesham Nagesham Daruka Vane ||
Varanasya Tu Vishwesham Tribakam Gautamitate ||
Himalaye Tu Kedaram Ghurmesham Cha Shivalaye ||
Aetani Jyotirlingani Sayam Prataha Pathennaraha ||
Sapta Janma Kritam Papam Smaranen Vinashyati ||

Here is the list of 12 Jyotirlingams in India:-
Twelve Jyotirlingas
# Jyotirlinga State Location
1 Somnath Gujarat Prabhas Patan,Saurashtra
2 MallikńĀrjuna SwńĀmi Andhra Pradesh Srisailam
3 Mahakaleshwar Madhya Pradesh Ujjain
4 Omkareshwar Madhya Pradesh Island in the Narmada River, Omkareshwar
5 Kedarnath Uttarakhand Kedarnath
6 Bhimashankar Maharashtra Bhimashankar
7 Kashi Vishwanath Temple Uttar Pradesh Varanasi
8 Trimbakeshwar Shiva Temple Maharashtra Trimbakeshwar, Near Nashik
9 Baidyanath Jyotirlinga Jharkhand Deoghar
10 Nageshvara Jyotirlinga Uttarakhand Jageshwar
11 Rameshwar Tamil Nadu Rameswaram
12 Ghushneshwar Maharashtra Aurangabad

May Lord Shiva bless all people of the world on the auspicious occasion of Maha Shiv-Ratri!


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Explore The Taj Mahal virtually with Google Maps

Explore the Taj Mahal with Google Maps

Explore the Taj Mahal with Google Maps

One of the new seven wonders of the world,¬†India‚Äôs much-admired heritage site globally¬†Taj Mahal, is now available in the format of virtual tour,¬†simply by using Street View on¬†Google Maps. ¬†For those who can‚Äôt make it to India,¬†Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) and Google has provided web users the ability to explore¬†monuments like Taj Mahal, Humayun’s Tomb, Red Fort and Agra Fort on Google Maps¬†¬†in 360-degree view in their internet browser

Banned in the past due to privacy concerns, Google has now come up with 360-degree panoramic imagery of 30 monuments.¬†On premi√®ring this service,¬†union minister of culture Chandresh Kumari Katoch said¬†“Today, this partnership with Google makes it possible for billions of people across the world to see and explore our magnificent heritage, to take a walk at the Rock Cut Jain Temple, to marvel at the Nagarjuna Konda Buddhist Stupas and to relive history in Fatehpur Sikri. With the release of these new panoramic images, we aim to create a dynamic, immersive online experience by which people within India and around the world can understand and engage more of India’s diverse cultural heritage”.

Google had signed an MOU with the Ministry of Tourism, India to map 30 monuments using its ‚ÄėStreet View Trekker‚Äô technology for the first time in India.¬†As the special Google cars cannot enter into the Taj Mahal, it is instead being mapped by a backpack Trekker 75 Mega Pixel camera specially designed by Google.

Many other websites already provide virtual tours on net, like this one. 

Here’s a video bringing you through Google Maps Street View to the Taj Mahal.



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The Brahadeewarar temple : Architectural excellence of ancient India


Panorama of the temple.
Photo credit: Wikimedia commons/Mugilkmv
The Image stood first in Wiki Loves Monuments India 2013 contest.

Situated in the city of Thanjavur in Tamil Nadu, The Brahadeewarar temple, is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple is also known as The Peruvudaiyar Kovil, The Big Temple , The Brihadisvara Temple, Rajarajeswara Temple and Rajarajeswaram. Built by the great Chola King Raja Raja 1 (985 -1012 A.D), the temple complex is an architectural excellence of ancient India.


Statue of Rajaraja Chola at the Brihadiswara Temple, Thanjavur.

Brihadeeshwara temple is the best¬†example of excellent Chola architectural and engineering skills,¬†finest contribution to Dravidian temple architecture¬†and it has stood the testimony of time with its magnificent central dome;¬†The 64. 8 Mt. tall vimanam (tower over the sanctum sanctorum)¬†is a great attraction for one and all. ¬†It has been notified as India’s most prized architectural sites and it has been part of UNESCO¬†¬†World Heritage Site¬†and Great Living Chola Temples.


Night view of Brihadeeswarar Temple

The temple has ¬†gigantic ‚ÄúMahalingam‚ÄĚ in the shrine, measuring 4 meters in height. ¬†The second largest Nandhi in India, a¬†monolithic Nandhi chiselled out of a single rock is also¬†facing the sanctum.

Nandhi Mandapam

The Great Nandi facing temple.
Photo credit:

The entire temple is made of granite and it is the first complete granite temple in the world. The granite stone quarry is not available surroundings of the city, It is not known where this massive granite was brought from.


All granite temple: The Brihdeeswarar Temple.


Second gopuram of Brihadeeswarar Temple, Thanjavur.
(Pic Credit: Wikimedia Commons/Bernard Gagnon)

The most widely belief about this temple is that at noon the shadow of the temple disappears. The Brihadeshwar Temple is One of the outstanding temples in South India and as widely believed it is so designed that 14 tier pyramid shaped vimanam never falls on the ground at noon during any part of the year.


This picture was taken from the left corner of the temple (behind the temple). The staircase which is small in picture will lead you to darshan of God Dakshinamurthy.
(Pic Credit: Wikimedia Commons/ŗģĶŗģ£ŗģēŗĮćŗģēŗģģŗĮć)

The Brihadiswarar temple is one of the rare temples which has idols for “Ashta-dikpaalakas” (Guardians of the directions) ‚ÄĒ¬†Indra,¬†Agni,¬†Yama, NirŠĻõti,¬†VaruŠĻáa,¬†VńĀyu,¬†Kubera, ń™ŇõńĀna ‚Äď each of whom was originally represented by a life-sized statue. However, only four out of eight -Agni, VaruŠĻáa, VńĀyu and ń™ŇõńĀna are preserved today.

Thanjavur can be reached easily by road, rail and air. Hence, tourist can come and watch this true Architectural excellence of ancient India.

Happy Travelling!

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Karnataka’s First luxury Train- The Golden Chariot


The Golden Chariot – The Pride of the South India Rail journey

Royalty, Heritage, treasure of archaeology and cultural ethos manifest into one luxury train, which has been named after Stone Chariot in the Vitthala Temple at Hampi( A world heritage site); We are referring to India’s first disabled-friendly luxury train- The Golden chariot.


Exterior view of The Golden Chariot
(Pic Courtesy:

The train has got inspirations from India‚Äôs original luxury train ‚ÄĚPalace on wheels‚ÄĚ with greater detailing on comforts of the travellers. With 44 guest cabins,¬†two multi-cuisine restaurants,¬†on-site lounge bar, conference car, Spa,¬†gymnasium- Karnataka‚Äôs luxury train, The Golden Chariot vies with its illustrious counterparts in India and abroad.

Travel like royalty! Pic Credit: Official Facebook Page

Travel like royalty!
Pic Credit: Official Facebook Page

It has been awarded the title of “Asia’s Leading Luxury Train” at World Travel Awards, 2013 and Owing to its world class facilities; Golden Chariot has earned the recognition as one of the seven best luxury trains in the World from Vanity Fair Magazine.


Colour of The Golden Chariot is deep purple & gold.
(Pic Credit:

This train bears the royalty in its colour combinations and logo too- purple and gold- while its logo is a mythological animal having elephant face and the body of a lion. Whereas Purple symbolises elegance, sophistication and Royalty; on the other hand the use of golden colour showcase the golden jubilee celebrations of the Karnataka State.

Depending on the selected itinerary, Route of the train truly signifies as standing testimony to the skill and craftsmanship of Ancient southern India at Mysore, Srirangapatna, Sravanabelogola, Halebeedu, Belur-the 11th century cradle of Hoysala architecture and a world heritage site, Hampi, and thereafter entering into the triangular heritage site of Badami, Pattadakal, Aihole and The Nagarahole National Park (Kabini) is witnessed by travellers and the luxury train terminates in Goa.

The Golden Chariot Train is equipped with various kinds if modern amenities to satisfy the tastes of foreigners well as the domestic travellers. 11  coaches of this train are named after dynasties that ruled the region : Kadamba,  Hoysala,  Rashtrakuta,  Ganga,  Chalukya,  Bahamani,  Adil Shahi,  Sangama,  Satavahana,  Yadukula and  Vijayanagar.


The Golden Chariot offers 2 memorable itineraries. The itineraries are named Pride of the South and Splendor of the South.

Pride of the South:-

Pride of the South tour is a 7 nights and 8 days itinerary during which several tourist places in Karnataka are covered. The destinations covered during Pride of the South are

Bengaluru (Day 1), Mysore (Day 2), Nagarhole National Park  (Day3),  Hassan, Karnataka,  Belur and Halebidu (Day 4),  Hospet and Hampi (Day 5),  Aihole,  Pattadakal  and Badami (Day 6), Goa (Day 7), and back to Bengaluru (Day 8).

Splendor of the South:-

Splendor of the South tour covers tourist places in 3 South Indian states. During this 7 nights and 8 days itinerary, tourist places in Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Pondicherry are explored. Destinations covered during this itinerary include  Bangalore (Day 1),  Chennai (Day 2),  Pondicherry (Day 3),  Tanjavur (Day 4),  Madurai (Day 5),  Thiruvananthapuram (Day 6),  Alleppey and Kochi(Day 7)  and return to Bangalore (Day 8)

Executive Travel in India Photo Credit: Facebook official Page

Executive Travel in India
Photo Credit: Facebook official Page

Departure Schedule of The Golden Chariot

The Golden Chariot Departure Calendar ( October 2014 to April 2015)
Sr. No. Month 1st Week 2nd Week 3rd Week 4th Week 5th Week
Date Date Date Date Date
1 Oct-14 6-P 13-P 20-S 27-P
2 Nov-14 3-S 10-P 17-S 24-P
3 Dec-14 1-S 8-P 15-S 22-P 29-S
4 Jan-15 5-P 12-S 19-P 26-S
5 Feb-15 2-P 9-S 16-P 23-S
6 Mar-15 2-P 9-S 16-P 23-S
7 Apr-15 6-C 13-C 20-C 27-C
P Pride of the South tour
S Splendour of the South tour

(This is not final Calender and can vary with actual journey schedule. Please Re-check with the authorized authority.)

Indeed, embarking journey on a luxurious voyage and passing through timeless Historical Heritage Sites, memorable Palaces, Wildlife and Golden Beaches with the comfort of luxury train like The Golden chariot is an amazing experience and each traveller should witness this.

Happy Travelling!


Freedom in the Mind, Faith in the words, and Pride In Our Hearts. Celebrating the spirit of India. Feel joy and pride of being an Indian.
TripOrTrap family wishes one & all a very Happy 65th Republic Day 2014.
Jai Hind !
One Nation, One Vision, and One Identity.

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Happy 65th Republic Day of India!

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Theyyam- The ritual dance form showcasing the faith in divine.

To appease Nature, spirits and ancestors in ancient temples or ancestral homes (Tharavadu), artistes who’re believed to be the incarnate of God, perform a performing art form that is quite popular in the northern districts of Kerala.

This ritual dance form is a mix of art & ritualism. It embodies myth, dance and music & is called as  Theyyam  (Teyyam,  Theyyattam  or Thira).  The word Theyyam comes from  Deivam  that stands for God in Malayalam.

Each marked with a distinct costume, there are more than 400 different theyyam in Kerala. (Pic Credit: Kerala Tourism board)

Each marked with a distinct costume, there are more than 400 different theyyam in Kerala.
(Pic Credit: Kerala Tourism board)

Theyyams dress themselves in predominantly colour red for facial make up as well as in dazzling costumes, marked by headgears of varying size whereas each self made costume & facial make-up vary according to the role and myth of the forms.


Make-up of Vishnumoorthi Theyyam
(Pic Credit: Wikipedia Creative Commons)

In the Malabar region of Kerala, the districts of Kannur and Kasaragod this art form has more dominance & from December to May, the region come alive with the sound of anklets, folk musical instruments & the thrill in the air.


Theyyam,of northern Kerala showcase the faith in divine.
(Photo by binux on Flickr)

During the course of a Theyyam performance, the dancer along with the drummers recites a story in the form of ritual songs, of the deity to be propitiated. This performance is backed by playing folk musical instruments like chenda, tuti, kuzhal and veekni, played in a certain rhythm. So, Theyyam is a performance is a combination of playing of musical instruments, vocal recitations, dance, and peculiar make-up and costumes.

If you happen to be in Kerala these days- apart from Backwaters, spices gardens, Munnar hills fragrance; there is one more reason to spend winters here!