Christmas and New Year’s Eve in Goa, India
Goa has a unique blend of Portuguese and European culture but predominantly the western culture is overshadowed here. So, Christmas is celebrated in Goa with a great fervour and enthusiasm.
Goa receives the maximum tourism in India in the months of December and January particularly because of their pleasant weather conditions. Goa is completely soaked in the colours of festivity during the Christmas time with hymns and carols sounding everywhere.
You can enjoy everything here from the international music DJ’s, home made chocolate cakes, endless varieties of Goan delicacies for foodies, magnificent firework shows, the streets crowded with foreigner tourists, the high end trance parties and the decorations of clubs, restaurants, churches, all around will allure you more towards the festive vibes of Goa.
Also, Goa’s exotic beaches (video on Goa beach), old Goa churches, full streaming water sports activities add some more charisma to your visit, during Christmas and New Year times, comparatively than the rest of the year.
So, the first thing that you can do to enjoy the tranquility of Christmas and New Year Eve in Goa, take a rental vehicle which is easily available in Goa and find out what you can explore in Goa that makes the place world famous Continue Reading
Rann of Kutch, the white desert, Gujarat, India
Here, comes the best time to visit Rann of Kutch, the white sand desert. When the full moonlight falls on the white sand of Rann of Kutch it imparts you a heavenly experience!
Winters are just the right time to visit Rann of Kutch although days are little warmer but the nights are expected to drop down the temperature mostly in single digits. So definitely you can plan for Rann of Kutch, Gujarat in this winter.
Rann of kutch
This is the most mesmerizing place I have ever seen anywhere else nestled between endless Thar desert and mighty Arabian Sea having a unique combination of sand and salt.
It is said that on full moon night, this shines like a diamond with a serene calmness all around.
We have rented the cottage nearby Rann during the winter cultural festival of Rann of Kutch, equipped with all basic eminities showcasing the village culture in a miniature form.
Best time to visit Gujarat is during winters, when the cultural fest called ‘Rann Mahotsav‘ is flaunting with live music, dance, Camel ride, Kutch’s craft work.
India is famous all over the world for its art and craft . So this kutch craft work is the must to take away home.
Snowfall in Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India
Let’s visit the city which attracted the Britishers to establish it within the vicinity of Himalayas of Northern India. Let’s explore Shimla!!!
Shimla is a famous hill station in the Himachal pradesh of India lying in the foothills of Himalayas. Shimla is famous for its colonial architecture, surrounded with snow capped mountains, the churches, the classic institutions and the spirit of the hill town called the mall road in Shimla.
Shimla is like the best weekend getaway places for the people living in and around Delhi and Chandigarh. Shimla is highly appreciated for its good connectivity, hub for foodies and it’s festive fervour.
Himalayan Railways, Kalka to Shimla, the toy train
After all you are going to visit more than 806 bridges and 103 tunnels through the train route of Kalka to Shimla. Wow! That’s going to be a adventurous ride!
Although it will take more time to reach Shimla but the beauty around will keep you busy throughout the way with the magnificent view of deodar and pine trees and the lush green valley.
You can also see the people getting off the train in the midway, having some of their favorite clicks and getting back to the train. Enjoying the toy train ride is the must to do while going for Shimla.
The Ridge road, Shimla, Himachal pradesh
The first thing that attracts you in Shimla is the famous ridge road, a large open area, which is the hub of all the cultural activities of the place, lying just above the Mall road, Shimla.
Amongst the most remarkable landmarks of Ridge road, Shimla is the the neo Gothic style of infrastructure called the Christ Church, Shimla. Ridge road is connected with the Mall road which is the biggest shopping as well as hopping spot of Shimla.
The Mall road, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh
The mall road, Shimla, is the main street lined up on both sides with restaurants, cafes, clubs, offices, shops flooded with tourists rush.
Also you can enjoy a lot of beautiful landscapes while moving through the Mall road having a cup of coffee with your favourite ice cream flavor. You just walk up the Mall road and return back down for having that Shimla feel.
Jhaku Temple in Shimla, Himachal Pradesh
Jhakhu Temple In Shimla is the highest point of Shimla and is steeply elevated. The Jakhu temple is about 2.5 km away from the ridge road of Shimla and is dedicated to Lord Hanuman that has an deity of about 108 feet. You can reach to the temple by hiking, ropeway, horse riding or by taxi.
I suggest you to go for hiking but just keep an eye for the monkeys around. The story relating to the Jhaku temple is among one of episodes of Ramayana. Here, Lord Hanuman has stopped for sometime to take the rest while searching for the Sanjeevani to revive Lakshmana.
Kufri, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh
Kufri is about 20 km away from the city capital Shimla. Kufri is best to visit during the winter season by the months of December and January to get the mesmerizing view of snow laden mountains with beautiful Himachal valley.
You can enjoy a adventurous horse ride, climbing you up though the snowy slippery roads and valley on the other side. Enjoy the thrilling experience!
Don’t even try walking up the hill top from Kufri, otherwise you could get a big blow from the climbing horses in the midway. I observed a number of visitors in the midway who started walking up the way but that is even more risky than the horse riding.
Kufri is famous for its skiing adventures and for its high skiing slopes. Yak ride is also available to take you more higher in hills. You can also enjoy amusement park, Himalayan Jeep Safari or Adventure park.
Narkanda Hills, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh
Narkanda Hills are about 60 km far away from Shimla and visitors arrive here mostly during winters to enjoy the tranquility of nature with the lush green forests and Snow White mountains. The place is famous for peach and apple plantations.
Tattapani, Shimla in Himachal Pradesh
Tattapani is about 60 km away from Shimla and is famous for their hot springs. It has been a long time, since I visited Tattapani but still I remember that it was really a good place. Tattapani is famous for its hot sulphur springs because of their medicinal and healing purposes.
In the winters of India, you will definitely going to enjoy the hot springs of Tattapani, Shimla. Although in Himalayas, there is no limit for the places to be visited but I personally visited these places so far.
Do you know Shimla is the only place in South Asia that has natural ice skating rink in India? incredible-india Also Annandale which is the helipad of Shimla is surrounded with large golf course lined up with deodar trees. So, for golf lovers here is the place for you!
Shimla is the starting as well as ending point for the famous MTB Himalayan Bike race in which 500 km needs to be covered in 8 days. Interesting! So, if you have that craze of bike riding in mighty Himalayan ranges, you can go for it.
Also you can visit the oldest boarding school of Asia called as Bishop cotton school which produced many renowned personalities. So, a lot of things are still there for you to visit, but it all depends on your entire days of traveling. Can you tell me that the Shimla comprises of 2 Shimla?
Tea Estates of Darjeeling and Gangtok in Sikkim, North Eastern India
Last year, when we visited Darjeeling and Gangtok in Sikkim for the first time, we were really get amazed by the natural beauty of our North Eastern India.
What I believe, if human invasion is less in our vast natural resources then they will certainly uphold their aesthetics.
Gangtok ,Sikkim in India
A famous hill destination in the north eastern region of India but new for us to explore. Gangtok mostly comprises of Lakes, mountains and specially a glimpse of the third highest peak Kanchenjunga.
Gangtok is a hill town enriched with Buddhist culture and as a symbol of Gangtok, colourful prayer flags waving high always stealing the attraction of tourists.
Tsongmo Lake ,Sikkim in India
Tsongmo or Changu Lake, is a glacial lake in the East Sikkim of India which is about 40 kilometres away from Gangtok on the Gangtok-Nathula highway.
Here is, the magnificent Tsangu Lake View when elevated by ropeway and if you find the snow in the month of June in India, then definitely the trip is going to be a magnetic one. Here, are some videos on Darjeeling and Gangtok
Darjeeling ,West Bengal, India
The curvy roads of Darjeeling with in colourful flowers blooming all around in the greens on both sides of the road will make you feel not less than in Switzerland.
We thoroughly enjoyed the days exploring the magnificent scenic beauty of Darjeeling.
Darjeeling Tea Gardens Darjeeling is world famous for their exotic Indian Tea Estates for their huge range of varieties and flavours.
The five hour exciting drive overlooking the magnificent Himalayan Ranges with Tea Gardens on both side of the road imparts impressive view. As all of us know Darjeeling is world famous for their exotic Indian Tea Estates, also find out what-makes-india-world-famous
This is the first thing that attracts you after coming to Darjeeling. So, a visit to a Tea Garden in Darjeeling is must to do and definitely bring one of your favourite tea flavours.
Here is the video made on the best views of Darjeeling Tea Estates Hope you will like it! video_darjeeling After that we visited Himalayan Zoo, the famous Japanese Temple, Rock garden, the Tibetan Handicraft Centre.
Meditation Bowls, bells and Buddha paintings and Statues are the perfect things to buy from Darjeeling and Gangtok. Tibetan singing Bowls, that’s what you will surely want to take away home from your visit to Sikkim.
Tibetan singing bowls are used for meditation and healing purpose from the long time. The sound coming out from the Tibetan singing bowls produces the positive vibes to heal the depression, stress disorders and pain.
It is believed that there are enormous benefits of using the meditation bowls. The benefits of the singing meditation bowls includes lowering stress level, blood pressure, cholesterol levels, improves the quality of sleep, deep relaxation and much more.
First to place the bowl in your palm gently but firmly. Then you have to move the accompanying mallet on the outer edges of the bowl by rotating your arm in a circular motion, not wrist.
Here, is the video made during our shopping in Gangtok in the Tibetan handicrafts showroom .video At least give a try. Hope you will like the video!
Our stay was at Little Tibet resort, reflecting the culture of Tibet in a miniature form and we really appreciated the theme.
Darjeeling Himalayan Railway The foremost thing to do in Darjeeling is to take a ride in the Toy train, I mean Darjeeling Himalayan Railway that climbs from New Jalpaiguri to Darjeeling which is also included in UNESCO World Heritage sites.
Buddha Park of Ravangla
Buddha Park of Ravangla features a 40 m high statue of the Buddha in the center of the park and the serene vibes will take you more closer to yourself.
There is a high statue of Buddha as a centralized piece of about 130 feet in the Buddha Park of Ravangla in Sikkim district. Incredible India!
The site comes under the large religious complex of monastery. The monasteries are of high prominence under Tibetan Buddhism.
Buddha Park in Ravangla is having a high statue of Buddha as a centralized piece in the park, all surrounded by the lush green natural beauty, mesmerizing the Buddhist Culture. video_gangtok-3.mp4
The statue of the Buddha marks the birth anniversary of Gautama Buddha.The video shooted here, during our last year’s trip to Sikkim, itself, revealing the serenity and purity of the place.
You definitely need to visit the place to feel the real calmness of monasteries.The video is shot by the high Quality DSLR camera Hope you will like the video!
Namchi in Sikkim
Namchi in Sikkim is situated at an high altitude above the sea level. Namchi is fast becoming a tourist spot and pilgrimage centre and the place has famous Akshar Dham temple.
Here, Char Dham and Twelve Jyotirlings of the Hindus have been replicated in this worth watching complex to benefit the devotees and tourists.
Further in the post, coming up with the videos of our best view collections of Gangtok and Darjeeling. Visit indiastravelling.com for for more pictures.
So, returning back with the wonderful memories of Gangtok and Darjeeling to cherish us forever.
Though it is difficult to capture the natural beauty of our beautiful North Eastern himalaya but as a human behavior we try to grasp everything that draws our attention. Sure, to add here that Indian Railways offers some of the magnificent train journeys in Himalaya of India.
The first day in Gangtok on my breakfast table, sitting near a window in the hotel and having a breath taking view of the valley. All the videos are made up by high Quality DSLR camera
Ban Jhakri Waterfall in Gangtok
Ban jhakri waterfall is high and located in a landscaped park with forested area at about 7kms from Gangtok town. If you have the traveling tiredness then here is the best place to relax. wordpress.com is just the right platform to express your experiences of life.
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Tsungu lake After then we proceeded towards the visiting places of Gangtok and the first site to be viewed was snow laden valley called Tsungo Lake which is 40 km away from Gangtok darjeeling-and-gangtok
Let’s have a lifetime view of tsungo glacier lake from the top of the valley elevated by ropeways. After all we are talking about incredible-india
Chaar Dhaam in Namchi
Here is the video of exact replica of all the four Dhaams and twelve Jyotirlings of our Hinduism in one complex which is of great center of attraction that offers the most nostalgic views among the Himalayan ranges.
Enjoy the Backwater in Kerala, India
Have you enjoyed the backwaters in Kerala? Have you ever been to backwaters in Kerala video on backwaters Kerala Hi, here, I take you to the one of the finest harbors of the world! Guess where?
This is Kochi where you can enjoy a backwater cruise through the serene lakes all lined up with the coconut trees on the both sides.
What is best about Kochi backwater is due to its location on the out skirts one canenjoy the local and migratory birds. The most scenic view going through the local villages.
What is most unique about Kochi backwaters is the splendid combination of landscapes and lush green natural beauty because of its location in the outskirts.
You can enjoy the good number of backwater cruises of the state like from Cochin to Alleppey and Kollam.
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