Recommended Travel Sites In India

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As summers are approaching, everyone must be excited to plan the summer holiday itinerary. One of the main worry that comes to mind while planning for a holiday is to find a travel site with good travel deals and offers.

I have been contacted by Gayathri Pillai , who wanted me to publish an article for her to let all my readers know of the recommended sites to keep in mind while travelling in India. I am sure the below information will be good while planning your dream destinations across India.

Book Your Tickets Online & Travel More At Cheaper Price

Summer holidays are round the corner and I am quite sure most of you must be planning for a long vacation. It can be a fun-filled journey with friends to relieve yourself from the stressful office hours, or a relaxation time with your family as your kids must have done with their exams as well. Whatever it is, travelling makes you happy, relaxed and comfortable.

Imagine what if you get a chance to travel to your most favorite destination at the most cheapest price? It is sure to be a wow! There are plenty of online travel sites that help you in having the most luxurious and comfortable journey. Have a look at some of the top online travel sites that ensure that their customers get the best comfort while they travel.

Musafir

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Musafir is one of the best online travel sites that caters all the travel needs of its customers in the most luxurious and comfort way. Right from booking your flight tickets (both domestic and International) to your accommodation at the most reasonable hotels, Musafir can be your ideal choice. They also help in deciding your holiday, making you pick the right choice for the kind of holiday you really want to have!

They have a wide choice from both Indian as well as International places. They are the best when it comes to Business travels. Look for Musafir Coupon Code if you are planning to book your journey for this summer vacation to avail great discounts in your expenses. Pay less for your tickets and shop more where you travel!

RedBus

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RedBus is also yet another online travel site that helps you in getting your bus tickets at the most affordable rates. You can also book your hotels for accommodation along with your travel, thus ensuring a comfy journey.

RedBus is currently giving an exciting offer where you can book tickets for Volvo

or any other luxury buses for just Rs.99 for a journey to selected places from Ahmedabad. You can book your tickets till March 31and the journey will be valid till April 7. Look for RedBus Coupon Code for availing attractive discounts on your tickets. You can also look for RedBus offers and discounts for enjoying a luxurious travel at the cheapest price guaranteed.

Yatra

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Alike Musafir and RedBus, Yatra is also one of the most trusted online travel sites in India that helps its needy travelers with the best and affordable travel facilities including booking tickets for flights, bus, trains, accommodation at reasonable hotels, planning the most reasonable holidays for you and lots more.

Look for Yatra Coupons, offers and deals for availing attractive discounts on your travel package. Now, you have many reasons to plan a wonderful journey. Book your tickets now and enjoy one of the most memorable journey in your life!

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Mussoorie Hill Station

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Mussoorie in 1860

Mussoorie in 1860

I used to live in Northern Plain parts of India, where in the scorching heat of summers , people rush up towards northern hill stations of India to get some much needed relief from the heat. Our family also had our favourite destination for each summer and that was call Mussoorie. A very popular summer retreat among Indian travellers from the British Raj in India. This hill station which was once accessed only by the high class Indians and British Governors is now accessible to every common man of India.

Without a doubt it was one of my favorite place too as we got the chance to visit Kempty Water Falls each year and dip ourselves in the water, icecreams  and many other joys.

Mussoorie is situated in the foothills of the Garhwal Himalayan ranges, is also known as the Queen of the Hills. The name Mussoorie is often attributed to a derivation of ‘mansoor’, a shrub which is indigenous to the area. Mussoorie is also a house of hunderds of Tibetans who practice Dalai Lama practices here everyday.

Tourism is the bread & butter for Mussoorie economy, so over the years a lot of natural beauty has been commercialised to reap those benefits. Some of the popular tourist places are:

Mall Road- Every person who visits this hill station will pay a visit to Mall Road. Basically it is the busiest high street selling handicrafts items, clothing, perfumes, street food and many more things. During the tourist season, a bit of over priced.

Kempty Falls- Very very popular during summers and over crowded as well. You can stand under the fall (which I have done a number of times), and relax in the water.

Lake Mist- A boating point and picturesque.

Looking for some tranquality and peace, a lot of famous temples and lodges in the wood.

Nag Devta Temple An ancient temple dedicated to Snake God Lord Shiva.This place provides an enchanting view of Mussoorie and the Doon Valley.

Sir George Everest’s House Park Estate is where one can find the remains of the building and laboratory of Sir George Everest from 1830 to 1843. It is after George Everest that the world’s highest peak Mt. Everest is named.

Cloud End This hotel is surrounded by thick deodar forest. The bungalow, built in 1838 by a British major, was one of the first four buildings of Mussoorie and has now been converted into a hotel.

Mussoorie is a beautiful, calm and serene place, but one might have to find it away from the crowd of tourists.

"Panoramic view of Mussoorie, Uttarakhand" by Michael Scalet from India - Mussoorie

“Panoramic view of Mussoorie, Uttarakhand” by Michael Scalet from India – Mussoorie

"Himalayas at dusk from Mussoorie, Uttarakhand" -

“Himalayas at dusk from Mussoorie, Uttarakhand” – by Nagesh

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Mussoorie – By Rajat Vas

 

 

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Budget Travel: Dalhousie

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“When one is travelling, one must expect to spend a certain amount of money foolishly.” – Robertson Davies

One of my motto while travelling is to travel on budget. A certain amount of money should always be kept in buffer for emergencies and some unexpected things that comes along the way. In my last series of posts on Dalhousie, I did mention that we planned an economical back packing trip around beautiful hills of Himachal Pradesh. Here is the planning for my 5 days trip to Dalhousie with accommodation, restaurants, transport sight seeing. We visited Dalhousie during winters, but if you are planning in summer, I must tell you something : PLAN IN ADVANCE, summer is popular, lots of people want to go there, and everyone is planning same things, you would not want to miss anything from your list 🙂

How to get to Dalhousie – There are a lot of way to get to Dalhousie via car/self drive, bus, train or flight. We opted for train as it is the most cost-effective and convenient way to reach Dalhousie. Pathankot’s Chakki Bank railhead is the nearest railway station from Dalhousie. Once you reach Chakki Bank, you can take a local bus ride to Dalhousie. It is a frequent service. Note: Bus Service starts at 5am in the morning. So if you are arriving by early morning train, you can choose to sit in waiting room at station or take a taxi. For a 4 seater car taxi it might cost you INR 700 and for a 6 seater taxi it will cost you around INR 1400, depending on the car and the no. of people.

Accommodation – Dalhousie is very popular summer retreat hill station, so undoubtedly during peak season hotels & cottages prices are very high. Things are not that cheap during winter as well. So we decided to stay in a youth hostel at Banikhet, 10-12 kms from Dalhousie.A lovely hostel with nice big rooms, comfortable bed, clean toilets, and a lovely view of the hills around. They are also listed in YHAI (Youth Hostel Association of India), do not have website of their own so providing the details below:

YOUTH HOSTEL BANIKHET
C/O Hotel Sahara Inn, Dalhouse Hills,Banikhet – 176303 Himachal Pradesh.
Contact Person: Mr.Subash Sharma Phone:1899-254527; 9418010527 Email: saharainn.hotel@yahoo.com

The owners are very very helpful and good people, always ready to help. A Double bedroom will cost INR 1050 per night for 2-3 people, they have options for dormitory, standard bedroom as well.

Food/Restaurants: I love Indian food, and there are many options in Dalhousie and Banikhet. Since Dalhousie is a popular destination, once again the prices in the restaurants are high too. Some restaurants claim to be the best and oldest in town, but in actual food does not taste good. We were victim of such restro on our first day in Dalhousie. Hence we decided to give a try to a small vegetarian restaurant called ‘Vaishnav Dhaba- Pure Veg’ near to our hostel in Banikhet and that was our food joint for breakfast, dinner for next 5 days. Absolutely delicious and mouth watering food. Every meal per person will cost you around 60-70 INR. It is opposite to Banikhet bus station.

Transport for Visiting Places: You absolutely do not need taxi to see places around dalhousie, unless very necessary. You want to save some money, get up a bit early and board on a local bus to various places like Dalhousie, Khajjiar, Kalatop,Lakkar Mandi. A bus ticket will cost between 10-40 INR per journey. It is very cheap as comparable to taxi which will cost you per journey around INR 1500 and above. Since it is a hill station with a low population, you might not find frequent service. You will have to morning buses and return by 6 or 7PM as life takes a halt in evening time on hills.

Places to Visit: I have already written posts on each visit of mine. Please browse through all Dalhousie posts from drop down menu to get more details.

As always do let me know if you are looking for further information. I will be glad to help you in planning.

Kalatop Forest

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Kalatop Forest

Kalatop Forest

If you are in Dalhousie, another must visit place will be a walk in the Kalatop Forest.

Kalatop is a dense forest filled with Deodar and Pine trees. Mysterious as its name, from far off it seems united, it can be followed, described, but closer it begins to separate, to break into light and shadow, can blind you with its beauty and pulls you deep into it. Within there is no form, only prodigious detail that reaches everywhere: exotic sounds, spills of sunlight, foliage, fallen trees, small beasts that flee at the sound of a twig-snap, insects, silence, flowers.

How to get to Kalatop- Take a local bus from Dalhousie and get down at Lakkar Mandi. You will see a board that will direct you to Kalatop Forest. It is 6kms walk in the beautiful forest, and every sec you walk it will be worth it. There is a paved path that will take you right upto the Kalatop Guest house. Alternate option is to enter the forest via car, you can take car upto rest house. Without a doubt, I will always say Walk Walk Walk (if you are reasonably fit).

Best Season– June- September. This is the touristy season too. Nov- Dec is quiet and not so cold. Once snowfall starts, it will be closed to tourists.

This walk is fairly simple and you can hire a guide to learn more about this Forest. We did hire a guide for our walk, he took us through some of the interiors of the forest and it was totally worth it. It is a good idea to spend a night in the cottages at to,p to get the experience of night in a forest.

Once you reach at the top there is a small café serving noodles, tea, eggs, cold drinks.

Cruise through the forest, relax and breathe in some fresh air.

Kalatop Guest House- Made by British

Kalatop Guest House- British Summer Home

The whole Gang :)

The whole Gang 🙂

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Once Again- Happy Me

Once Again- Happy Me