Shantiniketan, West Bengal

Shantiniketan is a famous town near Bolpur in the Birbhum district of West Bengal. It is mainly known for the famous university Vishva Bharati, set up by Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore, one of Bengal’s greatest figures. It is well-known for its contribution to education, art, and literature.

HISTORY

In 1862, Maharshi Debendranath Tagore, father of Rabindranath Tagore found this place very peaceful. He renamed it Shantiniketan, which means abode (Niketan) of peace (Shanti). In 1863, he founded an institution here. In 1901, Rabindranath Tagore started a school. Later he established Visva Bharati University here.

How To Get To SHANTINIKETAN

Shantiniketan is well-connected by rail and road from Kolkata. The train journey is short (about two hours) and scenic, to enjoy local food and music. It is good to reserve your seats in advance.

Road trip to Shantiniketan is amazing and refreshing as well. It will take approximately three hours.

What To See

Vishva Bharati university campus, the most important place in town which opens for visitors after 1 pm. This university offers a variety of courses. The most renowned ones are Sangeet Bhavan, the music department, and Kala Bhavan, the art department.

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Amritakunj is the open air classroom which is absolutely unique. Kala Bhavan is a worth visiting place where you can witness the works of some of India’s most renowned artists and watch students engrossed in creating their own masterpieces. Continue reading “Shantiniketan, West Bengal”

Coorg: From Mountains to Commercialized Homestays

I decided to travel to Coorg on my Birthday since I didn’t intend to be surrounded by familiar people. As I drove through the mountains and the soaked roads, the scenic view and the alluring wildlife was breath-taking. The view was not only admirable and angelic but eerie, alarming and absolutely horrifying to look at since I was acrophobic. Solo trips are the best because you decide what to do and be doubtlessly spontaneous with your plans. Little did I know that I was about to be stopped by a family as their car had wrecked in the middle of nowhere. No sooner than, the family I had helped were grateful to have been dropped at their hotel.

As I drove in my car to finally decide that I should call it a night, I began searching for rooms. There were beautiful, affordable, freakishly constructed homestays at every nook-and-corner of the place. On one hand, there were too many restaurants, while on the other, there were homestays. Since I was on a tight budget, I settled for an astonishingly, unalterable homestay constructed on the cliff side of the mountain.

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Sometimes, travelling to a place alone, helps you live in that place like a citizen,rather than a tourist. Travelling with families have a different perspective on enjoying a holiday altogether though. But when you travel alone, it’s quiet, serene, emotionally spacious and timely. Coorg might be the “Scotland of India” but there is a whole different Continue reading “Coorg: From Mountains to Commercialized Homestays”

Jaipur, the Pink City of India

The obligatory first stop on rivers of North India’s so-called Golden triangle is a switch in dust and modernization’s haphazard sprawl. It’s so much easy to lose an old city created 18 Century by farsighted Maharaja. It may appear an ordinary boring City to you until you know it’s specialties. Known as the Pink City of India the capital of Rajasthan attracts many visitors during the year due to its rich Heritage and Culture. It is a place where one can find the fusion of cultures and traditions with westernization. Age old structures and palaces in, a home to the valiant Rajput, have kept the old world charm intact and still reverberate with its grandeur.

The temples in this Regina of Jaipur are famous for its faith and reliability are famous for its faith and reliability of people towards their god. Temples like Birla Mandir, Khole ke hanuman Ji and many other places have an important place in the heart of a jaipurite.

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There are a lot of things to do when one visits Jaipur: Continue reading “Jaipur, the Pink City of India”

The Inexplicable Delhi

From the colonial-era parliament buildings to the bustling streets of Old Delhi,  India’s capital is a city so full of intrigue, thrill, tranquillity, and spirituality that it has fixated and confounded travellers for millennia. Delhi is a fascinating mixture of old and new where towering minarets rub shoulders with bustling metropolises.

Long before you set foot in Delhi, you know it like the back of your hand, which more often than not is due to sheer necessity as opposed to mere curiosity. You’ve seen the photographs, devoured the films and have been fed innumerable stories from media channels across the world.

 

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Delhi offers a smorgasbord of treats for travellers from across the world, but even veteran travellers have difficulty in grasping the magnitude of chaos that surrounds this historic city. But don’t be put off.

Underneath the glass and concrete of New Delhi’s urban facade is a pulsating cultural community where its traditional roots, colonial connections and the contributions of its home-grown expertise become entwined. Here you’re just as likely to find yourself mesmerized by one of its many monuments as joining in kite flying or reading the couplets of a local poet to the sounds of a local mosque. Culture could also mean Bollywood music by the musicians or ghazals in a street corner, not to mention the  thousands of shows staged year-round at the city’s many museums and concert halls.

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Eating here can be both a buoyant and tumultuous affair: spoons are abandoned in favor of fingers and food is enjoyed with unparalleled glee. Whether it is eating in a world-class restaurant or pulling up a stool in Karol Bagh, hungry travellers will never be bored by the diversity of Delhi’s cuisines.

Delhi is a city that has been repeatedly demolished and reborn, with memories of past empires in every neighbourhood.

Delhi embraces everyone with iconic landmarks, an unforgettable cuisine and ancient, protected streets where colorful traditions flourish.

 

The article is written by Aarushi Bhardwaj. Please write comments to modify, or you want to share more information about the topic dsicussed above.

Kasol, Himachal Pradesh

An alluring helmet situated in the city of Himachal Pradesh with Parvati river drenching the green valley Kasol has emerged as the “Tripper’s Paradise”. I was very excited to visit Kasol to seek peace and find loophole from the tiresome schedule. May- June being the ideal time for trekking, I booked my hotel rooms and trek package beforehand.

Kasol is 1580m above the sea level and owing to the location, roads are the only flexible means of transport. The nearest railway station is Pathankot but being no direct trains to Pathankot from my city, I reached Chandigarh, which is approximately 281km from Kasol. By the time I reached Chandigarh, it was around 7.30pm. I had my dinner and by 10 pm I reached sector 43 bus station. I also checked the cab prices but buses turned out to be the most economical option. There are buses from Chandigarh to Bhuntar. The Volvo bus left Chandigarh at 11.15 pm. Being tired from the train journey I dozed off. When I opened my eyes at 4 am I was between beautiful hills and chilling breeze, I was in Bhuntar. After another 4 hours on road between steep roads and staggering view, I finally reached Kasol around 10 am.

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Day 1

After having breakfast, I decided to hover around the city. The chilled breeze and the small lanes in the city are enough to pretermit all your worries. After wandering the city with foreigners being a common site, I headed to the famous Malana village. 21km away from Kasol and after an additional 1-hour trek, I reached the secretive meadow of Malana. The place being famous for its hash, people smoking pots was a common view here. I headed to explore the beauty of the place and the beauty kept me bound. After having my dinner here, I headed back to Kasol where I had hotel pre-booked. Booking hotels pre-hand is always the best way to assure you get the stay at fair prices.

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Day 2

At 9 am I left my hotel and we were off to trek our way Kheerganga which marks the extreme end of the Parvati valley. Walking amidst green slopes and crossing the coniferous trees, the pristine scenic beauty never gets your eyes away. I witnessed the power of nature in form of varied captivating rock formations. Enroute we halted at a few stops including Shiva Temple and Rudra Naag Waterfall. After about 5 hours of trek, we finally made it to the impeccable surroundings of Kheerganga. After spending the evening relishing soft music around a bonfire and having dinner, I went to my tent to rest.

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Day 3

Waking up in laps of nature’s spellbound beauty was one of the most relishing feel ever. After having breakfast, we headed back to Kasol crossing streams and woods. Reaching Kasol around 5 pm and bidding adieu to my camping mates, I had tea and bread at a local tea-shop. Capturing and absorbing all the fun and this mesmerizing beauty, I headed back to catch my train way home to Chandigarh.

 

The article is written by Shivani Gothwal. Please write comments to modify, or you want to share more information about the topic discussed above.