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Symbol of love, beauty & exceptional craftsmanship !!

The Taj Mahal has impressed people of every generation. It is the greatest “symbol of love” shown by Emperor Shah -Jahan in memory of his beloved wife Mumtaj Mahal. This symbol of love continues to live on and is considered living example of eternal love. An estimated 2 -4 Million people visit the Taj Mahal every year.

A World heritage site!!

The Taj Mahal was commissioned by Shah Jahan in the Year 1631. It is located in the city of Agra, Uttar Pradesh. It is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. The Taj Mahal is widely considered one of the most beautiful buildings ever created.

Travel tips to The Taj Mahal

People visit Taj Mahal throughout the year. Taj Mahal is closed on every Friday for prayers and maintenance work. However, it is open on all Government holidays. It takes approximates 3.5 hours from New Delhi to Agra via Yamuna Expressway. I advise parking your vehicle on Eastern Gate as it is less crowded. You also find all 5 star rated hotels at Eastern Gate. Limited number of people are allowed on full moon evenings to see the Taj Mahal. Taj Mahal looks and sees different with the time or amount of light that falls on it during different times.

 

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A short casual trip to Humayun Tomb, New Delhi!!

Let’s travel to explore the deep cultural history of India!!

India is one of the world’s oldest and most diverse cultures. Since beginning our Country has been ruled by different dynasties and Mughal era left a deep impact on cultural history of India. This is quite clearly evident when you travel to different historical monuments like Red Fort, Taj Mahel, Humayun Tomb etc.

        About Humayun Tomb:

Humayun Tomb is enlisted as one of the World Heritage site. This Tomb belongs as mortal remains to Mughal Emperor Humayun in Delhi, India. The tomb was commissioned by Humayun’s first wife and chief consort, Empress Bega Begum (also known as Haji Begum in 1569-70, and designed by Mirak Mirza Ghiyas and his son, Sayyid Muhammad, Persian architects. It is also the first garden-tomb of Indian sub-continent. This tomb is located in Nizamuddin, East Delhi. Tomb look really good as area is surrounded by lush green garden. It looks even more beautiful after rains. Sharing some of the images of Humayun Tomb:

Adjoining to Humayun Tomb, you also have Tomb complex of Isa Khan Niyazi, an Afghan noble in Sher Shah Suri’s court and he fought against Mughals. Isa Khan tomb also looks really beautiful.

  How to Reach?

You can easily drive to Humayun Tomb. Also, you may take Delhi Metro. Nearest Metro station would be either Jor Bagh or Race Course Metro Station (Yellow Line). Auto rikshaws also available.

    Reasons to visit:

Well, if you are on New Delhi visit and you have some spare time you may visit this place. Plus, the location of this Tomb is quite near to India Gate. If you look closely, this Tomb was very meticulously planned as  Nizamuddin Dargah is located nearby and it is built on banks of river Yamuna. During rains, Tomb area looks really fresh and lush green. You may spend sometime alone or with your friends looking at this beautiful Tomb.

” Keep travelling and exploring” !!

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” Life is a voyage of discovery”

 Khajjiar is a hill station in Chamba district, Himachal Pradesh, India. It is  located approximately 24 km from Dalhousie. When we planned our last visit we were totally unaware of beauty of Khajjiar. It’s a beautiful, serene place to relax and unwind yourselves from the busy work life. Sharing some beautiful pics from Khajjiar:

     How to Reach?

By Train: Take a night train from Delhi and arrive in Pathankot. For going to Dalhousie you can hire taxi from Pathankot Railway Station. We negotiated with a Cab driver and worked out a travel plan straight to Khajjiar (via Dalhousie). We stayed for 2 Nights at Khajjiar and next day morning came back to Dalhousie. We spend only an hour at Dalhousie and then came back Pathankot Railway Station. There’s nothing much to explore at Dalhousie.

    Activities to do in Khajjiar!!

The main attraction is Khajjiar Lake surrounded by lush green outfield and Deodar trees. People like to spend lots of time here clicking pictures and enjoying the serenity this place has to offer. There are fast food outlets around the lake area which you may enjoy.

Khajjiar is about 6,500 feet (2,000 m) above sea level in the foothills of the Dhauladhar ranges of the Western Himalayas and peaks can be seen in the distance. Try and stay at hotels with rooms facing these mountain ranges. View of snow covered Dhauladhar ranges is simply breathtaking. You can spend hours sitting and looking at  and looking at this sight. Sharing some images to enthral you all:

 

     Best Time to visit Khajjiar

Plan your trip between March to June. Spend maximum time at Khajjiar. We felt two night stay at Khajjiar is more than sufficient.

    An additional suggestion

Please carry sufficient cash during your trip. Most of the hotels don’t accept Credit/ Debit Card both at Khajjiar & Dalhousie. ATM is also remotely located and not sure you can find cash all the time.

” Keep travelling & exploring”

Mussoorie- The Queen of Hills

” The best trips of one’s life stay close to the heart, always”

Mussoorie has always been very special to me among all other hill stations. I have been here number of times, but each time it’s as fresh as first visit. During summers in India, we all like to visit hill stations. But, have you been to Mussoorie during monsoon (August). You will be speechless & mesmerised to see Mussoorie during monsoons. I’m describing one of my visits to Mussoorie in this blog. Look at these pictures:

Mussoorie entry points!!

Mussoorie has two points of entry. One referred as Picture Palace (state run buses stop here). Other entry point is via library stand. Entry point to Mussoorie can be decided where is your hotel located. At both the entry points you have taxi stand. “Mall Road” at Mussoorie is best you will find.

Something to tickle your taste buds!!

There is a shop near picture palace which serves ” jalebi and kesar doodh” . You can’t afford to miss that!!!!

 

My favourite pass time is roaming on Mall Road from one end to another. Take a trip to Mussoorie and experience it personally.  Enjoy your moment your way!!

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” AAMCHI MUMBAI- City of dreams” 

” Mumbai’s Infectious” . Mumbai has it’s own charm, persona and lifestyle. I love Mumbai for lot of reasons be it travelling in Mumbai Locals, enjoying wada pao, sitting on Marine Drives or visiting a Ganesha temple; just to mention a few charms this city has to offer.

We recently visited Mumbai in month of March. Among many places that we visited – Elephants Caves visit i would like to mention in my blog today. There is Ferry/Steamer departing from Gate of India every 20 min/ half an hour. You may get the tickets from the ticket counter @ Gateway of India. You must sit on upper deck to have a lifetime experience. Why?? Well, it’s an hour journey (one way) to Elephants Caves and sitting on upper deck you enjoy the cool breeze from Arabian Sea. it’s so so refreshing and unwinding, you won’t regret it. You find these beautiful birds chasing the ferry.

Elephanta Caves are a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a collection of cave temples predominantly dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva. We could only cover some of the caves and it has beautiful rock cut sculptures.

Make sure you take morning ferry by 9.30/10 a.m. and come back by 1 or 2 p.m. You will be thrilled to enjoy the two hours (two way) journey in Ferry. Take your camera with you, there’s lot to capture here. This is a different experience and you won’t regret it. Best time to visit Mumbai from November – March (Max).

” Keep travelling & exploring”- #travelislife

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Let’s explore Gujarat!!

This post is for people who love travelling to Gujarat and like Gujarati Cuisine. Gujarat is a very progressive state and “Gujarat ke hawa mein vyapaar hai ” (famous quote for SRK movie-Raees).

      Visit to Vadodara, Gujarat!!

I had two day official visit at Vadodara and Vadodara is famous for its palaces, parks, temples and museums. One evening I visited “Laxmi Vilas Palace. It’s a magnificent building and I was enthralled to see the beauty of this palace. Laxmi Vilas Palace is 10 min (approx. 4 Km) from Vadodara Railway Station and 15 min (approx. 6 Km) from Airport.

      How about having a traditional Gujarati Thali!!

I visited “Rasthal” to have traditional Gujarati thali. Rasthal is at walking distance from Vadodara Railway Station.They offer unlimited Gujarati cuisine @ INR 350 and I can bet you won’t regret eating here. You must relish the regional food during your travel and share your experiences. 

       Where to stay in Vadodara?

You have lot of options depending on your budget. I stayed with my guest at Grand Mercure, Vadodara. There are lot of  good food outlet and hotel around Rajaji National Park. You may visit this park to breathe some fresh air!

Gujarat has lot in store for you and each place has it’s unique characteristics to enjoy. You may also follow me on my Facebook page: /www.facebook.com/abhitrvlblog05 for information, travel guidance and pictures for the new places.

“Keep travelling & exploring” – #travelislife

TRAVEL- To unleash your emotions

Give yourself new opportunities each day……..

Our life is full of uncertainties . Many a times we tread along a same old, unending path just to exist in life. We are too lost in our lifestyle and money making , as a result we have lost our own true identity as to “Who we are”. To unleash your emotions, to give time to yourself just pack your bags and move on. Life is beautiful for those who want to explore it each day and live life to the fullest.

Ignite your passion outside of work. Travelling makes you a better person. Once a year walk out of your boring rooms and go someplace you’ve never been before. We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. Let’s collect moments and not things. In the end, we only regret the chances we didn’t take. So let’s DREAM, EXPLORE and DISCOVER the new world around us.

I’m passionate about travelling, exploring new places and carry out a journey which leaves pleasant memories behind to cherish for long. I love clicking pictures and only way to explore my passion as a Photographer is to travel. Purpose of my blog to make each one of us discover and realise ourselves and become a better person. I have finally managed to write something meaningful and seek your positive suggestions about my blog.

 

 


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