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Nilgiri Mountain Railway – A UNESCO World Heritage

Nilgiri Mountain Railway – A UNESCO World Heritage

The Nilgiri Mountain Railway was declared UNESCO’s world heritage site in 2005. British built it in 1908 and train runs on 1,000 mm track known as meter gauge and also known as a toy train. Nilgiri mountain railway runs from Metupalaiyam to Ooty (Udagamandalam) via Coonoor in the Nilgiri Hills. The track is 46 kilometers long and passes through 16 tunnels and over 250 small and big bridges. There are 108 curves in this journey. The train starts from Metupalaiyam…

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Diu Island – Daman and Diu A Former Portuguese Colony

Diu Island – Daman and Diu A Former Portuguese Colony

I visited Diu Island during my 17 days trip of Gujarat. We started from Ahmedabad then went to Little run of Kutch, Bhuj, Great Rann of Kutch, Junagarh, Gir National Park, Somanath and finally ended in Diu before returning to Ahmedabad. It was my second trip to Gujarat, I could not go to Diu during my earlier trip. Diu island is popularly known as Daman and Diu but both Islands though fall under one Union Territory are very far from…

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Jaipur City – Places to Visit Other than it’s Forts

Jaipur City – Places to Visit Other than it’s Forts

I had spent my first day in Jaipur city exploring its majestic forts. It was a hectic but interesting day full of history but Jaipur forts are only a part of the great history of Jaipur city. There is much more to see and experience in Jaipur. The other interesting places in Jaipur are City Palace Jaipur, Jantar Mantar, Hawa Mahal, Albert Hall Museum and Chokhi Dhani. I had planned to visit all these monuments in a day because of…

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Jaipur Forts – The Royal Heritage of Pink City

Jaipur Forts – The Royal Heritage of Pink City

Jaipur is also known as pink city of Rajasthan because most of the bazaars and houses in city are painted in Pink colour. Jaipur is capital of Rajasthan and it is full of monuments likes forts & palaces, there are traditional bazaars as well as modern shopping complexes, there is something for everyone. In last two-three decades, the city has developed a lot and it had also became an important center for textile export as well as for handicraft products….

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Ajmer and Pushkar – A Short Trip to Twin Cities

Ajmer and Pushkar – A Short Trip to Twin Cities

Ajmer and Pushkar are like twin cities and most of the people visit both cities. Interestingly Ajmer is popular for Sufi saint Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti’s dargah and Pushkar for the world’s only temple of Lord Brahma. Ajmer is comparatively bigger in size but most of the places to see are in 5-7 Km radius and Pushkar is much smaller & can be explored on foot. There are no big monuments or natural attractions but there are some interesting places…

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Things to do in Hyderabad India – My 3 days Itinerary

Things to do in Hyderabad India – My 3 days Itinerary

Hyderabad is a perfect amalgamation of old and new, there is so much to see and there are some interesting stories related with every monument of the old city and the newer Hyderabad can compete with any world-class city. I have been to Hyderabad thrice and every time I experience something new.  There is so much to see, experience and do in the city that I love to go again & again. There is a hidden charm & feel in…

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Shekhawati Region of Rajasthan – Open Art Gallery

Shekhawati Region of Rajasthan – Open Art Gallery

Shekhawati region of Rajasthan is one of the less visited and lesser-known regions of heritage rich Rajasthan. Shekhawati is in the Northen part of Rajasthan, approx 260 Km from India’s capital Delhi and approx 100 Km from the city of Jaipur. This region is full of art and history, there is something in every lane, it’s kind of open art gallery where you come across something beautiful at every nook & corner. It is still a sort of offbeat place…

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Bikaner’s Places to See in One Day

Bikaner’s Places to See in One Day

While we were traveling to Jaisalmer and I decided to break our journey. We stayed one night in Bikaner before moving to Jaisalmer. I and my friend traveled by our beloved Indian Railways (I prefer train if the airport is more than 100 Km from the city). We traveled by overnight train from Delhi and reached Bikaner next day early morning. As usual, I have advanced booked our hotel and upon arrival they gave us early check in. We had…

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Kalka Shimla Toy Train Journey

Kalka Shimla Toy Train Journey

I love to travel by “Toy Trains”, these trains still have an old world charm. I am fascinated with these toy trains and can travel to a place if there is a toy train travel involved. We have been planning to travel to mountains to get some respite from hot weather of Delhi. I finalized and planned our recent trip to Shimla and decided to travel by toy train from Kalka railway station to Shimla. We traveled from Delhi to…

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Hotel Shankar Kathmandu – Nepal

Hotel Shankar Kathmandu – Nepal

I traveled to Nepal twice, first time I went for a solo trip and the second time I took my parents. During my second trip, we stayed in Shankar hotel in Kathmandu. We stayed there for 3 nights.It was originally a palace built in 1894 for Gen. Jit Shumsher Rana and later on in 1964 converted into a hotel. I booked our rooms by sending a direct email to them and paid during our stay. The process of booking was…

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