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A Chit Chat with finalists of “India : Been there, Seen That”- Part I Travelogue Contest

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 got 3 finalists and after intense voting on various social media mediums, Deepak Agarwal emerged as the winner.
We interviewed three of the finalists and get to know more about them. Here are few excerpts of that interview:-
TOT : Introduced yourselves to us along with the things you do (other than blogging)?
Deepak Agarwal:-  ImageHi, I am based out at Bangalore and love travelling, watching cricket, playing squash (Ranked 7 in Bangalore seeding), movies, music,having new experiences and writing!
Riya Gupta:- ImageI am basically from Jammu but now living in Delhi. Reading and dancing is my passion.
Jatin Bavishi :- I am living in Delhi and Defining my hobbies in clear-cut categories will just be an unfair to everything I do. Whatever I do, becomes my hobby. However, my biggest obsession is photography. I do photography anywhere and everywhere; and it may not be from my DSLR. For me, photography is a powerful art, and as long as I could express myself by virtue of a frame, it is commendable. I have traveled to a lot of places in the past one year, all with the intention of photography. 
TOT : How was the experience of writing for “India: Been There, Seen that”?
Deepak Agarwal:- It was a long engaging contest, I love writing and I love travelling. The project IBTST gave me an opportunity to express both my forte And I cannot be happier that I won the contest!
Riya Gupta:- Of course, it is great when you get to read the personal experiences of people travelling through some of the most beautiful destinations of the country. I liked the idea of IBTST but my only complaint was that the contest results were way too delayed.

Jatin Bavishi:-  IBTST is a very good platform. I had never earlier written for a blog. I read the description of the blog, and I really liked it. Somehow I felt travel writing is important. Travelling is just the story before interval. It is writing about your experience that makes the story complete. I would like to thank and congratulate for taking such a good initiative for people like me.

TOT: Any place in India where you people yearn to go?

Deepak Agarwal:- I have not explored north east completely, there are certain places in Shillong and Assam that I would want to explore and possibly gain more from the experience.

Riya Gupta:-  Goa. I have heard so much about the place from friends and other people but never got a chance to visit it. The beaches and churches are yet to be explored and captured down in my camera as well as my memories.

Jatin Bavishi :- Place in India I would yearn to go is Munnar, Kerala.

TOT : Last question, Any journey which turned out TRAP for you rather than being a TRIP?

Deepak Agarwal:- Journey can never be a trap; journey is what you want it to be. A hotel wrong booked? Then, probably that’s the least of your trouble if you think that its a big deal. I have had bad experiences but never a one where I could not turn it around in my favor. I had once taken an navy ship from Kerala to Lakshadweep and then I realized how much sick sea makes me! However, I am spreading the news of the website! Already doing my bit and will continue doing so. All the best!

Riya Gupta:- Not yet and I wish it doesn’t ever and I recommend the website as I don’t want anyone’s trip to become a trap rather than an experience of a lifetime.

Jatin Bavishi :- No, as of now, no journey has turned out trap. But, it can happen anytime! I would love to promote I have a strong base of people, and I would surely recommend this site if they ever wish to write their travel experience. thanks all the participants and is looking forward for people to Apply for IBTST- Part II which has started from July 1 – Aug 15, 2013.

Happy Traveling 🙂

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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  ‘awesome’ or ‘awful’ ?

We would love to hear from you, even if you say, “Uff, What a disgusting trip it was!” 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.

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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 “The Protector of Moon God.” 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.


“India- Been there, Seen that” Travelogue Contest

Image presents “India been there, seen that” travelogue contest. The travelogue contest is a major attraction for bloggers who just love to travel and explore. Lets not miss a chance to grab this exciting opportunity and who knows, anyone can be lucky enough to get their hands on such exciting prizes.

Rules and Regulations

1. The contest is valid for persons residing in India.

2. There is no limit to travelogues a participant can write but make sure that all your travelogues are on different destinations and contain original work.

3. All Entries will have joint copyrights of and the participant.

4. Decisions announced by will be final and no requests/complaints will be entertained once the winners are announced.

5. We reserve the right to cancel or postpone the contest if circumstances demand.

6. Any legal initiation will subject to the jurisdiction of the Ludhiana Courts.

By participating in “India- Been there, Seen that” Travelogue Contest, participant agrees to be bound by the terms and conditions mentioned above.

Prize Details don’t believe in number game so all the prizes are overlapping!! You never know you might alone hit the bull’s eye and grab all segment of prizes.

Canon Digital Camera – It will be the proud possession of Mega Prize winner. This camera will help you to shoot videos, images and capture the essence of your next trip.

Indian Travelling Guide Book – Namely “Highway on My Plate: The Indian Guide to Roadside Eating” by Rocky Singh and Mayur Sharma. This book is ideal for those who don’t want to miss out on the diverse cuisines that India offers, and are looking for the perfect guide to good eating. This Book will be awarded to 3 Travelogue Entries who had included Roads/Highways, Road Trips or Road side eateries in the story.

Affiliation for a year with 5 most appreciated Travel Blogs will have chance to be an affiliate for a year with Any article submitted in this period, subject to Terms & conditions, will make them earn USD 20.00 per article.

What should be the part of your Travelogue?

• Your own personal travel experience.

• Memorable and good-to-share travel pics! (The limit is 5 pics per travelogue)

• Review about the hotel or accommodation you stayed in.

• Detailed coverage of the place (Let us be there virtually!)

• Interesting places to visit and important monuments and symbols etc. (Period! Yup that’s the idea)

• Things to do & what must not to miss out (Hang out places- Place which are icing on cake)

• Food & Cuisines, also notable restaurants & eat-out points.

• How to reach & direction of the places. ( Be our Guide)

How to enter the Contest

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