11 days 5 European Countries in less than 1.2 Lakh, How to plan your Euro Trip

Europe trip is like dream for every Indian and in today’s blog I am going to tell you how I plan my Europe trip all by myself.

It was a 11 Day and 10 night trip , I visited 5 countries-  Czech Republic (Prague & Brno), Hungary(Budapest), Austria(Vienna), Germany(Munich) and France (Paris).

The complete trip cost us 2.5 Lac (2 person) including airfare, Hotels, Visa, Insurance and expenses.

We started from Bangalore, as there were no direct flight from Bangalore to Prague we decided to take a flight to Dubai, and then take a flight to Prague from there.  The flight fare including return journey was 40000 per person.

You can actually save a lot of money if you are going to break you journey. From Dubai we researched and we find out there were so local European airlines are having flight from Dubai and it the tickets are quite cheap as well, so decided to go with a local airlines and booked our ticket with Smart Wings (a local Czech airline).in spite many negative reviews the services of the airline was quite satisfying and I am really happy with it.

Day 1 Prague-

We arrived at Prague in the midnight, since the city is quite small you will not get any local transport after midnight and all the services will resume only after 5 in the morning. So we decided to stay inside the airport only till next morning. Next morning the first this we did was bought a local SIM. A local SIM is very helpful if you are travelling alone. We purchased the tickets of public transport and went outside the airport to catch a metro. We checked in in the hostel and we went to visit the famous Prague Castle.

The Prague castle complex was huge and there were so many things to see, moving on we visited all the famous place sin Prague.

Day 2 Brno-

We started our day in Prague, we revisited all the place in the morning again had our breakfast and we started our journey to Brno (bus fare-400 rs/person). One of the popular cities to visit in Czech.  Brno was even cheaper than Prague and also less crowded.

Day 3 Budapest-

The next day we headed towards Budapest by bus (bus fare-700 rs/person). It was 5 hours journey from Brno to Budapest. Buses are one of the cheapest way to travel across Europe and also it is the convenient way too.

We reached Budapest in the evening and the first thing we did was we went and see the famous chain bridge. The city of Budapest was magical and it is full of great architectures.

Day 4 Budapest-

After breakfast we headed towards the great chain bridge again to see the Buda Castle. It was so big that it will at least take half of your day to visit the entire place. In Budapest we have also experience the thermal Spa. And it is one of the main thing to do while you are in Budapest. We ended or day with some Goulash and wine.

Budapest

Day 5 Vienna-

After exploring Budapest, we again took a bus to Vienna (bus fare-1200 rs/person). Our plan was to stay in Vienna just for a day but as we reach there we feel that Vienna is place where you can spent at least a week as it was so beautiful. Vienna was a totally different place compare to Budapest and Czech.  

As we have only one day in hand we decided to visit the castle. Even the Splisberk castel was very big to see, even it has maze inside.

Day 6 Munich-

After spending a beautiful day in Vienna, again we took a bus to Munich (bus fare-1500 rs/person).

Munich was quite crowded and it’s a modern city and it’s big. Munich has lot of things to see including the Olympic stadium and a BMW museum. It was so cool to see the BMW museum. Love the vibe of the city.

Day 7 Munich-

The seventh day also planned for Munich as this place has lot to visit. We did shopping also from Munich. We visited the famous English Garden in Munich. It was a huge huge park and it looks really pretty in autumn.

Munich Is not that small to cover all the sightseeing place by walk so you have to purchase tickets to access the public transport. It was quite different in Munich than other places we visited.

Day 8 Paris –

As we are in Europe for the first time we decided at least experience the euro rail once, so for Munich to Paris we decided to purchase the tickets of euro rail.

We purchased the ticket from the Munich itself and it cost us around 180 Euro for both of us.

We took the train in the afternoon and we reach Paris in the night. Paris was bigger than I imagined.

Even the station was huge that we couldn’t figure out for some time how to go out of the station.

They have various options for public transport. As we booked our stay in Paris through Air bnb we were really confused at first to get the exact location and how to reach that place. And around 9 pm we finally checked in to our room. And that was our first experience of Paris.

Day 9 Paris-

It was officially our second day in Paris but we feel like we are staying here for so long as already we have experienced so many things. As it was my Birthday, we decided to first visit the Eiffel tower. After changing two metro lines we finally get to see the famous Eiffel tower. It was as beautiful as we see in the picture. Since it was that famous it was heavily crowded and we need to wait for 3 hours to get the tickets. After getting the tickets also they separate queues for each level. In short if you are planning to visit Eiffel tower, plan your day accordingly or purchase your tickets online.

Day 10 Paris-

It was our last day In Paris, we decided to for for hop on hop off bus. And we visited all the famous places in Paris, we went for a cruise in Shein River. We tried some French cuisines and we went for shopping as well.

Day 11 Paris-

The 11th day we had a connecting flight via Zurich to Mumbai. And that how we end our epic Europe Trip. All planned and executed by ourselves.

Some advice to pan your trip-

At least purchase tickets three months prior.to get the best deal.

Book your stay in a hostel or go for Airbnb.

Purchase the bus tickets in advance.

Use local transport cabs are expensive.

Why you should ditch tour Packages And plan by your own

Now a days travel packages are so much trending that we never thought of actually planning our own trip by ourselves and unknowingly we are missing out a whole lot of things.

Recently I completed my self-planned Euro trip and I must tell you, the trip was fun, convenient, and cheap and stress free.

It is always easy to just choose a travel package, pay your tour organizer and skip all the hustle and just start your trip. But if you plan your trip by yourself and do all the bookings, prepare all your itinerary and then start your trip it is always more exciting and I am guaranty you that you will be thrilled all the time.

So let’s discuss what are the pros and cons of tour packages –

If you go on a package-

  • If you are taking package you can simply choose the package as per your choice pay the money and you don’t have to think of anything.
  • Overall cost depends on the trip organizer.
  • Everything will be arranged by the trip organizer.
  • The moment you land in your destination you will get all the necessary things.
  • From Hotel to Food and transport will be arranged by the tour agencies.
  • You do activities based on the package.
  • You will travel with a group people to some pre-selected sightseeing places.
  •  You will be back as per the selected itinerary.

If you didn’t go on a package –

  • You are planning your trip all by yourself.
  • Overall cost depends on you.
  • You are selecting your travel dates based on your time.
  • You are booking accommodation based on your choice.
  • Since nothing is pre decided you can do whatever you want.
  • You can choose your own mode of transport.
  • You can have food of your own choice.
  • You meet new people, you make new friends.
  • You can decide your own itinerary.
  • And last but not the least if you want to stay back for some more days, you can definitely do that, no one is going to stop you.

So as you can see planning your trip by yourself means you can explore the place more, you can have a better experience of everything , food, transport ,people what not. And if you just travelling for be in the hotel and simply doing nothing, then there is no point to travel only.

At the end of the trip not only you will be happy but also you can save hell lot of money.

So yea, I prefer planning my trip all by myself, hope you will also give it a thought to.

Thank you for reading and happy travelling !!!!

10 places to go for Pandal hopping this Durga Puja in Bangalore

Hello to all Bengalis living in Bangalore. I know how hard it is to be outside of Bengal during Durga puja, especially when you have to go office in Puja days. Honestly, being a Bengali I feel heartbroken every year I skip Durga Pooja and didn’t go home.  Anyways Durga puja is not just meant to celebrate in West Bengal but also hugely celebrated other parts of India as well as the world. And in Bangalore since the Bengali crowd is gigantic, Durga puja being celebrated here as a significant festival.

So if you are also in Bangalore and heartbroken just like me, this post is for you. I am going to share all the Durga puja details happening in Bangalore.

1.      Bengalee Association Ulsoor-

It is one of the oldest Durga puja in town and they are going to celebrate their 70th year in 2019. You can also look forward to bhog every day starting on Maha Saptami, at noon.  And they are going to organize dandiya on Navami. 

                Location-Bengalee Association

               1A, Assaye Road, Sivanchetti Gardens, Bengaluru

 

 

2.      Sarathi Koramangala Durga Puja-

This association celebrate durgapuja in a grand way, from food stalls to cultural functions you will get it all.

Location –Mangala Kalyan Mantapa.

Opp. Ganesha Temple, KHB 7th Block, 1st A Main Road, Koramangala, Bengaluru

 

3. Amader pujo by Kanakpura road Bengali Association-

The KARBA is going to celebrate the durga Puja with foods, cultural event and more,

Don’t forget to add it to your pandal hopping list.

Location-Elaan Convention Center

46, Opp. Brigade Millennium, 7th Phase, JP Nagar, Bengaluru

4. Utsav Durga Puja –

Another grand celebration in JP Nagar.

Location –Sri Kala Mantapa

70, 15th Cross, Phase 3, JP Nagar, Bengaluru

5. Socio Cultural Association , Indiranagar

Socio Cultural Org going to celebrate their 51st Durga Puja these year. More than food stall you can expect some singer’s performance also.

Must visit during durga Puja.

Location –Sisu Griha Montessori and high School

3, HAL 3rd Stage, Bhoomi Reddy Colony, New Thippasandra, Bengaluru

6. Sarjapur outer ring road Bengali Association-

Apart from food and cultural events few Bengali singers coming to perform this year.

Location-BBMP Ground

Sarjapur Road, Doddakannalli, Bengaluru

7. Bharsa Bengali Association HSR Lay out –

Proud winners of the Sharod Samman Awards for the BEST DURGA PUJA 2018 in BANGALORE. BARSHA is now fully geared up for our 4th Year Durga Puja Celebrations for 2019.

This place has it all from mini flea market to book fair, band performance everything.

Location: BBMP ground, HSR lay out.

8.       Whitefield Cultural Association – WCA

This year they are giving tribute to Shri Satyajit Roy.       

Durga puja celebration along with a small fair and few performance.

Location-Inner circle Ground, Whitefield.

9.      Sanskritik org –
 

Another Puja in JP NAGAR.

Location-Elite Banquets,136, KR Layout, Puttenahalli Lake road, JP Nagar 6th Phase,

Next to Sri Satya Ganapathi Temple, Bangalore – 560078

10.  KAGGADASAPURA BENGALI ASSOCIATION-

          Location Kaggadasapura, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India.

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6 night 7 days itinerary to Kashmir

Kashmir is a heavenly place, it is the most beautiful place to visit in India. This place has its own charm and charismatic vibe. Kashmir is on every traveler’s wish list.  But people scare to visit this place because of the political situations but trust me politics doesn’t affect even a percent to Kashmir tourism. Tourists are treated as guests in Kashmir’s. They love to host you to come and visit their home with love and affection.

I travelled Kashmir in 2018 February to celebrate my marriage Anniversary. It was magical experience to us, we met lovely people there and they guided as for each and everything like we were there own child.

It was an unforgettable memory for me.

Day 1-

Arrive in Srinagar. Check in at hotel. Freshen up and go on a local city tour where you can visit places like-

Dal Lake- The heavenly beautiful and one of the top attraction of Srinagar is Dal Lake. You can go for a Shikara ride (boat ride) to explore the beautiful lake, and enjoy the mesmerizing views of mountains. Or even instead of a hotel you can directly check in in house boat of Dal Lake. There were plenty of beautiful houseboats available to stay inside the lake.

Apart from Dal lake you can also visit Nehru Park, Floating Post Office, Shankaracharya Hill Temple, Jama Masjid, Tomb of Zain-ul-Abidin’s mother, Shalimar Bagh, Nishat Bagh, Chashme Shahi, Pari Mahal, Hari Parbat Fort, those  are the key attractions of Srinagar.

Take rest in Srinagar hotel/houseboat.

DAY 2

Srinagar-Sonmarg –Srinagar

After breakfast head towards Sonmarg. Sonmarg is 80 km from Srinagar and it lies at an altitude of 2800 m above sea level. Also called as “Meadow of Gold”. It’s a beautiful valley. You can go for different activities like trekking, skiing, pony ride.

Places to visit in Sonamrg-satsar lake, Gadsar Lake. Gangabal Lake, Baltal Valley, Krishnasar Lake, Thajiwas Glacier, Vishansar Lake, Zoji-La Pass, Nilagrad River.

Enjoy the whole day at Sonmarg and head back to Srinagar.

Day 3

Srinagar-Yusmarg

Yusmarg is less explored place in Kashmir. Yusmarg lies in the Badgam district of Jammu and Kashmir, some 50 odd kms from Srinagar. This place is heavenly beautiful and less crowded. If you love apple trees this is the place to visit. On the way you can see plenty of apple farms and this place is a postcard perfect place.

Places to visit in Yusmarg- this beautiful place is for relaxation and simply go for a stroll, or take pony ride to the nearby lake. Doodhganga is river abot few Km away from Yusmarg, you can go by walk or simply take a pony ride. 4 hours of patchy trails through a deep forest would lead you to Neel Naag Lake .

You can go back to Srinagar but I will recommend to stay over there and the only place to stay in Yusmarg is JKTDC Hutment Complex.

Day 4

Yusmarg-Gulmarg -srinagar

Yusmarg to Gulmarg is just 98.6 km via Srinagr, and it takes around 3 hrs to reach Gulmarg .

Gulmarg is a town in the Baramulla district, The town is situated in the Pir Panjal Range in the western Himalayas.Gulmarg is famouse for skiing. You can go for Gondola ride also.

After spending the whole day in Gulmarg come back to Srinagare.

Day 5-

Srinagar-Pahlgam

Pahlgam in one of the beautiful place in Kashmir. It is 87.6 km away from Srinagar. Take up to 2 hrs 20 min to reach there from Srinagar.

You can stay as many days you want in this place. Some travelers spent all their days in Pahalgam. This is the place where Amaranth Yatra starts.

Places to visit in Pahlgam- Aru valley, Betab valley,  lidder view park ,mamal Temple.

Day 6-

Phalgam-Srinagar

After spending the last day in Pahlgam entirely, next head back to Srinagar.

Explore Srinagar all over again and do Shopping . you can buy pashmina sawls, Kasmiri wooden handicraft items, carpets, papier mache artcrafts(persian artcrafts), Kashmiri tea,Keasar, Spices. Etc.

Day 7 –

Srinagar to Delhi

Take you flights from Srinagar airport and come back home with memories.

Kashmir is beyond explanation, it is not just a place it is an emotion. It is very hard to describe its beauty in words, you have to be physically present to explore and feel the same.

Happy Travelling.

10 Tips for first time traveler

If you are a first time traveler, planning a trip by yourself to either inside or outside of the country, this post will help you planning your trip smoothly.

I traveled abroad first time in 2015 to china. That was my first planned trip to a foreign country. Being a Chinese language resource it was my dream to visit China one day, and I planned it with one of my fellow worker (who is now my husband) to accomplish it.

In this post I would like to share few mistakes which I have done on my first international trip.

  • Planning without research:

I planned my trip, without checking any information about the place, without doing any research, and we wasted money and time planning it later.

  • Book tickets in hurry-

I have booked the tickets in a rush and because of that by mistake I entered my details incorrectly. Remember even a small spelling mistake can cost you a thousand bucks.

  • Don’t forget to check the weather-

We booked our trip in the month of October and it was very hot during that time. So always check the weather and carry cloths accordingly.

  • Carry adequate cash-

Since I was not sure what places to visit , I was not carrying extra money with me and as a result I have to borrow money later from a friend who was staying there.

  • Save each and every important location in your map-

You can save offline locations in your map beforehand, or at least you can plan how to reach there, so that you won’t get lost in a new city.

  • Check review of Hotels before booking –

Mistakenly I had booked a hotel in Hong Kong which was so small that once you stepped in it will get over (I am not kidding).

  • Check for the sightseeing places-

Make list of the sightseeing places so that you don’t have to waste more time during your trip.

  • Check in early-

If possible check in early, because it is uncertain to get a desired seat.

  • Try local food-

Have local food otherwise you will end up spending a lot for food only. I spent around 7k bucks extra for trying Indian cuisine there.

  • Don’t shop extra-

Shopping is good but excessive shopping is very bad in every manner, your luggage will be run out of space, chances will be very high to pay extra in the airport for overweight.

So these are my top tips if you’re travelling by yourself for the first time, hope it will help to make your trip a successful one :).

TOP 8 Things to DO in Mauritius-

Location-

Mauritius, officially known as the Republic of Mauritius, is an island in the Indian Ocean.

The main island is located in the southeast cost of the African continent.

With its white beaches and crystal clear water, this place is idyllic destination for a perfect holiday.

Best time to visit

The best time to visit is May-December, when the weather is cool and dry, expect some beautiful beaches, cocktails and seafood, and sundrenched days on your Mauritius holiday.

The Island has warm tropical climate year around.

We visited Mauritius in October ,2016 and I personally love the vibe of the place it’s not like an ordinary beach holiday , it also a place where you can feel alive, with many activities and places to visit you will never feel bored in your Mauritius holiday.

Our stay-

We stayed in Le Palmiste Resort and SPA in Mauritius, its locates near the Trou-aux-Biches. A beautiful resort, and it’s just a 5 min walk to the beach.

Mauritius has many things to offer, from scenic beauty to adventurous activity this place has it all-

Let’s see some of the top attraction of Mauritius-

1) Excursion to Ile Aux Cerfs-

Ile Aux Cerf Island is one of the most popular place to visit in Mauritius, you can check with any local tour partner or just hire a speed boat to reach there.  This place is famous for its clear water and white sand beach. You can also have authentic lunch in the island and indulge yourself in activities like parasailing, speed boat rides, water skiing, wakeboarding and banana rides and the Ile aux Cerfs Treetops Adventure. One full day is necessary to explore the island completely. If you are golf lover you can enjoy playing golf in the Ile aux Cerfs Golf Club.

2) Mauritius City Tour-

There are lot more in Mauritius apart from the beaches, you can dedicate one full day to explore the beautiful city of Mauritius.

  • capital city Port Louis-

Port Louis is the capital of the Mauritius, it is known for it French architecture. From museum markets and foods, this place is the central of Mauritius.

  • the French colonial buildings-

Building from the Colonial Period now used for the government. Quite grand for the island and it has an interesting architecture.

  •  Blue Penny Museum-

Among the top things to do in Port Louis, Mauritius, visiting the famous Blue Penny Museum is a must! Discover the rich Mauritian culture, art & architecture in this museum. The main attraction of this museum is the red one penny and blue two-penny stamps. These rarest Post-Office stamps were issued in the year 1847 and can be found in this museum.

  • Ford Adelaide

Named after the Queen Adelaide, the fort has been built between 1834 and 1840, under the direction of William IV. Great historical place to visit.

  • Caudan Waterfront-

It’s a one stop destination for everything from shopping to Casino it has all. You can experience local food, restaurants offers great authentic food, you can do banking, watch movies or simply relax by the sea.

  • The Cap Malheureux Church

The Notre Dame Auxiliatrice Church is famous for its lovely red roof, it is a beautiful place to visit. It’s a picturesque place where you can take as many beautiful pictures you want .

  • Marie Reine Da La Paix

Marie Reine de la Paix is an open church on the side of Signal Mountain, where you have a beautiful panoramic view of Port-Louis.

3)  Volcano of Trou aux Cerfs-

One of the famous natural tourist attractions in Mauritius is the Trou aux Cerfs dormant volcano located about 1 kilometer from the town of Curepipe. The dormant, volcanic crater is around 605 meters above sea level, with a diameter of 350 meters and a depth of around 100 meters. Interestingly, Trou aux Cerfs is also known as ‘Murr’s Volcano’.

4) Ganga Talao or Grand Bassin

Ganga Talao (commonly known as Grand Bassin in Mauritius) is a crater lake, about 550 meters above sea level, located in the mountainous Southwest district of Savanna. This place is famous for the temple of Lord shiva. You can find the gigantic Shiva statue here, which is 108 feet long and the highest statue in Mauritius.

5)  Seven Colored Earth-

The seven Colored earth or The Colored Earth of Chamarel is a great tourist attraction, where you can see different colors of the soil at one place. Basically it the colors evolved through conversion of basaltic lava to clay minerals.

This place is quite big to explore, it has a little zoo, waterfalls, children’s park basically it is a big nature park  6) Mauritius National Botanical Garden-you can do activities like ATV ride, zip lining etc

6) Mauritius National Botanical Garden-

                   If you are a nature lover you must visit the national botanical garden of Mauritius, this place is beautiful and full of nature.

  7) Southern Island Treasure-
if you are not doing an Island tour in Mauritius, it’s not worth the money. It’s a little expensive but it will be a lifetime experience for you. you can simply book a speed boat private or you check any of the tour agents for group or shared tours, it will be a full day speed boat trip to the islands of Mauritius, were you can visit small islands, get sun drenched, jump into the sea, snorkeling, have wine/local drink in the boat, have lunch in the beach and what else, this is just what you call paradise!!!

8) Water activities-

As I told you before Mauritius offers many activities to do, from deep water fishing to under Water Sea walk you can do whatever you want. Mauritius offers activities like – SUP (stand up and Paddle), Windsurf, Laser Sailing, Parasailing, Water Ski, Pirate Boat Trip, Kayaking, Sun Tanning on Floating Beach, Kite surfing, FLYn’DiveTM, Semi Submarine trip, Seabob Adventure, Underwater Sea Walk Excursion and many more.

I have done parasailing and under water sea walk and believe me you will rediscover yourself by doing these activities.

Happy travelling !!!

6 Perks of traveling with only a Carry-on luggage

What is a carry-on luggage?

A hand luggage or a cabin luggage is considered as a carry-on-luggage, which is allowed to carry along with you inside the air craft instead moving it to the cargo compartment.

So basically, it’s the small bag or trolley which is allowed inside the flight, without considering it as a check in luggage.

What should be the size of a carry-on luggage?

Though different airlines has different sizes, still you can consider the standard size as-22” x 14” x 9”, which includes the handles and the wheels (for a trolley), this size is based on the size of overhead cabins so that your bag can be easily put inside it. Airlines usually provide a place to check the size of your carry-on near the check-in counter. If your bag fits in the hole, it is OK to take it onto the plane. Talking about the weight it shouldn’t be more than 7 kgs.

How many carry-on luggage I can carry-

It is just one dear. Yes you cannot carry more than one carry one luggage with you.

What all are not considered as a carry-on luggage-

Your personal items are not considers as carry-on-luggage, so you can carry it along with you, below are few examples of the same-

Camera bag

Purse

Sling bags

Laptop bags

Diaper bag

Coats or jacket.

Magazines/books

Pillows

Now let’s see what are the advantages of travelling only with a carry-on-luggage-

1. You can save on check-in luggage money-

Most of the airlines(domestic or International) give you options to choose your travel mode, like you can choose if you want to travel only with your hand luhggage or you want to go with a check-in and hand luggage both. If you choose only hand luggage your fare will be way lesser than a normal fare.

2. No extra weight-

If there is no other luggage, no need to worry about extra weight, you can travel light. Trust me it’s awesome.

  • Less stress/hustle free-

We are always in hurry, whether we are travelling or doing something else. While in hurry we always hustle we don’t want miss out on our belongings, if you are carrying more, you have to worry more but if there is only one, there is no way losing it. Common you are enough mature to take care of at least one bag!

  • More flexible-

You can walk around searching for the best accommodation, squeeze on a crowded bus, and run to catch a train—tasks that would be stressful, or impossible, with a large amount of luggage.

  • More security-

If you’re carrying only one, it is easier to keep it safe. And you can always have an eye on it. Less risk to get your stuff stolen or lost.

  • You save time-

At airports-

If you are travelling with only hand luggage, there is no need to stand in the long baggage drop queue, you can check-in only collect your boarding pass and you are good to go. No need to wait for baggage after landing, just get down from the flight and head towards your destination.

Packing-

Less space, means less packing, pack only the essential stuff saves a lot of time

Pro tip:  pack those items (wearable) which you can mix and match, and create more outfits.

Finding things –

I know it’s always a struggle to find something out from our packed suitcase, but if you carry less, it’s easier to find anything out in a go.

In a word it’s liberating. With less luggage you are free to do anything, you can go anywhere you want, and you can explore more, no need of worrying too much. You can be you when you are travelling!!!

Necessary things you need to know before planning your Leh Ladakh Trip|best month to visit -things to carry

Hello There!

In this blog I am going to write about all the necessary things to remember before planning a trip to Leh Ladakh.

Location and what it is famous for-

Ladakh is a region administered by India, located in the northern part of the Indian subcontinent, and a part of the larger region of Kashmir. Its one of the least populated places in India and its culture and history mostly related to Tibet. Ladakh is cold deserted area lies in great Himalayas.

Ladakh Is famous for its magnificent landscapes, valleys, rivers and it offers great adventurous activities like trekking, hiking, biking, ATV rides, rafting to the travelers. It has beautiful monasteries to visit. From children to aged Ladakh is place for every type of traveler.  

Best season to visit-

Mid May to July – if you are traveling by road, this is the best time to visit Leh-Ladakh, since this time Srinagar-Leh road opens up and government buses started its services. And it a beautiful rout to enter Leh. This time the temperature is going to be little cold and the snow will just begin to melt.

Mid May to July– the snow will be melt by this time, and you can enjoy the colors of Leh-Ladakh. Tso morir and Pangong Lakes are open for tourist. Weather will be soothing but early May you can get many road blockages due to snow.

Aug to September– its monsoon time in Leh, so be careful if you are travelling during this time. Landslide in avalanche areas are quite common. But river will be in full swing and the weather will be quite comfortable.

September to October– best time to visit Leh, the entire place will be full of colors. Weather will be quite normal. Both the Manali –Leh and Srinagar-Leh highways will be open. Road conditions will be better.

October to November-By this time it will be very cold. Not advisable to visit places like Khahrdungla, Pangong, Tsomoriri. Even the locals move out from those places because of winter. Most of the hotels, restaurants will be closed. Highways remain open.

November to march– Coldest season in Ladakh. No highway communication. This is time for famous Chaddar trek, you can enjoy walking over the Zanskar River.

Hotels in Leh_Ladakh-

There were many hotels in Leh. From budget to luxurious you can find every type of hotels and accommodation in Leh. Hostels are also pretty famous in Leh. It is not necessary to book a hotel in advance you can always arrive there and look for one. But always carry extra cash since you don’t want to waste more time standing in the ATM queues.

In Nubra, Pangong, Tsomoriri you can enjoy staying in Camps.

Tour packages Vs personal trip-

If you are not sure at all where to visit in Leh you should opt for package tour, but if you have done your research well then no worries take the risk to travel alone. Definitely you will have more fun and explore more if you are visiting as per your itinerary.

Minimum 10 days are required to visit Leh_Ladakh completely, so try to plan at least 10 days trip or more than that.

Foods-

All types of foods are available in Leh, so don’t take stress about it.

If you are wondering which local foods to explore, please read my blog “Taste of Tibet”.

Things To carry-

  1. Camera and it accessories- doesn’t matter if you are good photographer or not, a camera is must to capture the picturesque landscapes. And extra memory card if you have.
  2. Carry your ID card and some photocopies of it, needed for inline permit.
  3. Medical insurance.
  4. Map of Ladakh.
  5. List of important contact since phone batteries will dry their quickly.
  6. Charger or power bank.
  7. Torch.
  8. Water bottle.

Medical Kit

  1. moove/iodex
  2. Dettol/savlon.
  3. Headache medicine
  4. Dizziness and body pain medicine.
  5. Disprin/Aspirin.
  6. Band-Aids.
  7. Diamox (medicine to suffice oxygen.
  8. Indigestion tablets.

Wearable Items-

  1. Goggles –reflectors or dark shades.
  2. Sunscreen lotion with high SPF.
  3. Mustard oil for fry nose.
  4. Lip balm.
  5. Gloves.
  6. Winter wear.
  7. Wind proof jacket.

Disclaimer- as Ladakh is situated in high altitude one can have breathing problem in the, initial days of your trip. Don’t get panic, be prepare for it and carry appropriate medicines, oxygen bottles are easily available in the market, take at least 2 days rest when you arrive in Leh to get acclimatized.

Happy travelling !!!

Five Hacks To Use To Save For Travel

In this post I am going to Share my top hacks to save more and travel more.

I know how much we got excited by seeing someone’s travel post, or by seeing some beautiful random destinations picture while scrolling or feeds in Fb or Insta. Who does not like travelling, believe me it’s an addiction the day you started exploring you will start having more hunger for travel.

So without making the introduction long let’s get started with below hacks-

1. Maintain your expenses/ Fix a budget-

First and for most, no matter how much you earn it always necessary to save. Always keep a note where you are spending and how much you are spending.

Fixing a budget or calculating your monthly expense can give you an idea, how much you are spending every month or where your money flows every month.

2. Shop (wearables) when its necessary-

Ladies it’s especially for you. I only shop when I am going to travel somewhere. Based on the destination I do my shopping. By doing this you will never regret, and you will always have new cloths for your vacation and you always re use it whenever you want.

3. Fix the destination/ Plan well in Advance/ Use apps to plan your trips-

Whichever destination you are having in your mind, just check the prices and fix it for your next trip. Calculate the days/moths to save the money for it and book your tickets accordingly.

Wherever you wanna go plan well in advance. It will not only save your money but also gives you an idea what to explore there.

Use apps like Sky scanner to check the flight fare or the cheapest month to fly to your destinations.

4. Go for homestays or hostels/ Try local food when you travel/ Opt for public transport-

It’s always better to stay in a homestay or hostel than a hotel. You can meet many people and experience new culture and top of it it’s cheap.

Whenever you are travelling always opt for local foods, they are cheap and healthy.

If you are not taking any packages then opt for public transport, they are fast and always available.

5. Try reading blogs or watch travel videos/ Write blog, reviews and more-

Reading blogs or watching travel videos on YouTube before planning your trip is always helpful. You can find many blogger are ready to help you out , an you can find many ways to travel your destinations.

You can always start writing you travel stories and share it to Tripoto or other travel sites to earn point which you can use for travelling.

Happy Travelling!!

Lost in the Blue

Imagine a place filled with blue water and surrounded with hills, and just where the hills touches the sky the clouds surrounded the peaks of the mountains like a scoop of vanilla in a cone.

Yes this fairyland do exist in this world and its none other than the beautiful Pang gong Tso or the Pangong Lake.

Geographical Background-

Pangong Lake or the Pangong Tso or “the high grass land lake” is an endorreic basin in Ladakh Himalayas situated at an altitude of about 4350 meters (14,270 ft.). It is 134km long and extended from India to Akshaichin region of China occupied Ladakh. Approximately 60% of the lake lies in China. This lake is 5 km wide at its broadest point. It is not a part of Indus river basin area and geographically it’s a separate landlocked basin without any outflow.

I stayed there for a single night and that mystical stay will always be memorable to me.  We reached via Nubra-Agham-Shyok (Nubra valley-Agham-Shyok village-Durbuk-Tangste-Pangong Tso) rout, as the journey was quite long, it was afternoon when we saw the first view of the lake. The weather was quite cold there. A camp was booked for us in Pangong. The place has nothing but the beautiful lake and that is the only charm of the entire place. With different shades of blue, sometimes brown and also little hint of red makes the lake look marvelous all the time. Believe or not I can spend my whole day just by watching the beauty of the lake.

Since it was already afternoon, we quickly freshened up ourselves and headed towards Pangong to enjoy the evening or you can say the remaining day light. We decided to walk, it was around 10 mins walk from our camp.  Already the sun was about to set. We somehow manage to reach the bank of the lake. My first curiosity was, what will be the temperature of the water? So I put my hand inside the water and within a fraction of a second It was clear on my head that no matter what you shouldn’t touch the water ever again. It was horribly chilling!!! I felt like half of my palm got cut off from my hand as there were no sensation at all.  After enjoying the view for few hours it started getting dark and we decided to go back to the camp. Since the lake lies little down to the actual land we have to climb a little to reach the camp. While we were walking towards the camp suddenly the weather became very windy and it started drizzling. The camp was still little far and we decided to take a halt in a small restaurant. We had some snacks and it started raining heavily outside.

The lake become famous after the movie 3idiots. You will find many restaurants and hotels having their name based on the movie, like 3 idiots Café, Ranchos café etc. We were sitting inside 3idiots Café that time. Sipping our tea and seeing rain pouring in Pangong. And at that moment I felt, we should have stayed there for one more day at least.

Next day I woke up quite early, I went outside of my tent and I saw the beautiful lake again. It’s like a blue silk cloth spreaded all across the place. It was breathtaking, I decided to go to the lake again. Since no one was up I decided to go alone. I took my camera and started heading towards the lake. I found all my clicks were amazing as the lake itself! When I reached there I saw very few people in the bank. Few of them are bikers, who were about to start their journey for that day, one or two couples making memories and one two persons with camera to capture the moment like me. I sat in a place, took many pictures of the lake, sky and the clouds above, an unparallel landscape. In sunlight the lake looks more beautiful, you can see the colors are changing in fraction of second. After sometime I felt to go nearer to the lake, I was afraid a bit being alone, but gradually I went to the water and touched it again. The temperature was same but I felt good this time. I started taking a walk along the lake side amidst thousand hues of blue. It was a bliss and lifetime experience for spending precious time with pure nature. I walked and walked for quite some time and then I turned around and saw that I have already left the point far behind from where I started. Now I was little scared since I was not carrying my phone and there were nobody to help me out. I started walking again. After sometime I could see our tent and reached the camp. Since there were no defined pathway to the tent it was a little difficult but I managed my way home.

When I reached the camp I felt good but I always long to get lost in the divine blue again.

Bottom-line

 Nature’s treasures are not for ever if we are not enough wise and aware. Ask yourself if you are ready for Ladakh! Let’s not transform ladakh into a landscape of trash. Try hard to minimize your environmental footprint over this pristine paradise.