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Leh (Ladakh)- Surreal and Sublime


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.


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 ‚Äėland of mesmerizing landscapes‚Äô 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.


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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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!


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!


Million of People choose writing travel reviews to express the gratitude creatively.

Visited a hot destination and want to let the whole world know! When returning from a pleasure trip, You were awed by the beauty of the destination or you wanted to suggest something to the Property owner ; Writing a travel review always help you to achieve it. But the question is where to start and How? Well, your online travel review partner is here to help you post your experience. You can write about the hotel, you stayed in, or you can simply review about the destination where you spent the quality time.

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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