Manali

The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land; it is at last to set foot on one’s own country as a foreign land.

                                                                   –  G.K.Chesterton 

Day 5    Shimla to Manali road trip

 Through the winding roads that are coiled around the mountains like snake we travel 265Km to reach Manali. The best thing about making the journey in car is that you can pull over as many times you want to and not miss anything on the way.  

 

 

Following along the river Beas we reach manali at nightfall. Checked into Hotel Beas near the Manali Mall. 

Day 6 Manali City Tour

The next day we started out for the city tour, few temples, forest  and the Malani mall.

I found some beautiful place to get lost.I literally fell in love with this forest. The gigantic deodars reaching up to meet the sky. and blocking out the sun. Theses ancient forest will transport you to through time, where the concrete jungle has not spreads it’s roots .

 

Day 7  Rotang Pass and Solang Valley 

 

We started early from our hotel to Rotang. Rotang means pile of corpses named so due to people dying in bad weather trying to cross the pass. Not very encouraging is it.

It was cold but we did not find much snow, rather we trekked though the barren lands and explored the terrain. This was the first time I have climbed an altitude of  13500ft, never been so high up before.

Rotang pass  connects kullu valley with  lahaul and spiti Valley  that leads to picturesque leh. An adventure for another time.

 

What really pissed me off was the plastic littering the valley , inspite of guards handing over bags at the check points to  bring back the trash. The landscape was dotted with empty plastic bottles and snacks packets which were too heavy for the owners to carry back to vehicle.  

 

Solang valley was a feast to the eyes and the crisp mountains air was very refreshing.Trees of every colour dotted the valley from one end to the other. 

Paragliding and ropeway were quite popular among the tourist.

Day 8 Kasol , Manikaran

 

kasol the land of hippies and hot spring and the enchanting parvati valley.

The name manikaran  was derived from the legend of Shiva and Parvati.  Both the hindu and sikh have claimed the location as holly. The guruduara built near the hot spring has bathing facilities for the travelers.

The food for the langhar at guruduara  was cooked on the boiling waters of the hot spring at the Shiva temple. Rice ans lentils were boiled on the waters as hot as 98 degree C.  

Day 9 Kullu and Nagar

 

Roerich Museum sat upon the hill and caught the interest of  few travelers. It’s worth a visit if you are interested in history and culture. Away from the  city crowds and popular destination that are buzzing with tourist.

 

Nicholas Roerich  mainly known for his beautiful paintings and his long expedition to Tibet was a man of many talents and mysteries.

To be continued….

Party Bus: The Hottest Trend in Toronto

I live for the nights that I won’t remember and the people that I won’t forget

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Looking for the ultimate transportation that merges seamlessly with your party idea? Then look no further than a party bus Toronto. Party buses are specially designed luxury vehicles with plush interiors and plenty of entertainment features that can comfortably carry up to 30 or 40 people on board. Party buses have become a new trend in transportation simply due to the convenience of riding in numbers and the fact that you can start off your party right on the bus.

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You can hire a party bus for special events and ceremonies such as concerts, wedding receptions, birthdays, anniversaries and prom among others. The party bus experience makes the whole ride to and from the event so much more fun. Some people will even hire a party bus and have the chauffeur drive around the city to particular joints but most of the partying will be on board anyway.

In order to keep things interesting and guests entertained, party buses have quite a number of luxury amenities such as:

  • Sound and lighting is a must have in party buses. A great sound system will keep the fun tunes blaring all through. You can even carry your own music collection and hook it up to the AUX connection. Some buses even have a DJ booth. Led lighting helps to create and keep the party atmosphere within the bus.
  • Plush interiors and dance floors are also a common feature in party buses. Leather seats and carpeted floors with plenty of legroom for a dance floor are definitely something to look forward to in a party bus.
  • You can also get to enjoy your favorite drink in a party bus with mini coolers/freezers to keep the drinks chilled. Not all party buses however allow drinking on board and you will need to ask about this when renting the vehicle. For those that do, some will even allow you to bring your own drinks.
  • If you are willing to go all out, you can get a licensed party bus with a host. The host is a great idea as they will keep the bus lively, serve up the drinks and keep the music going.
  • The best part about luxury party buses is the onboard toilet. With all that partying, you do not need to make a stop every time someone needs to use the toilet. You can keep the ride going for as long as you need.

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With the wide variety of transportation options in the market today, it is advisable to take your time finding out what the limo company has to offer and whether this fits within your desired budget. Travelling in a group makes the cost of the service a lot more affordable as you can split it among 30 or 40 people. Party buses are arguably the most affordable luxury transportation available today if you keep that in mind making it a very popular trend in Toronto.

 

 

Shimla

“Traveling. It leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.”

                                                              – Ibn Battua 

I did more this November than the whole dame year. Hell of a way to catch up to life after a setback. 

The grand family tour of 2016 – 

Day 1 From Kolkata to Delhi via Rajdhani Express. Boarding time – 5:00pm

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Day 2  Arrival – 11:00 am  Delhi night stay at relative’s place.

Day 3 Delhi to Kalka via Shatabdi Express and then to Shimla via the Himalaysn queen

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The sights on the way to shimla via the Himalayan Queen( Kalka- shimla Toy Train) are simply stunning.In the year 2008 Kalka–Shimla Railway became part of the World Heritage Site Mountain Railways of India  alongside Darjeeling Himalayan Railway , Nilgiri Mountain Railway and Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus

 

When the train stopped at Koti ( not an official halt) almost everyone was down enjoying the view. Originally 107 tunnels were built on Kalka Shimla Railway Track while today only 103 tunnels are operational. 

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The schedule halt at Barog comes right after the train passes through the longest tunnel which is 1143.61m long. Barog tunnel is the straightest tunnel in the World .The little station named after colonel Barog has an interesting story behind it. 

Barog  commenced digging the tunnel from both sides of the mountain, to speed up construction. However, he made mistakes in his calculation and while constructing the tunnel, the two ends of the tunnel did not meet. Barog was fined an amount of 1 Rupee by the British government. Unable to withstand the humiliation, Barog committed suicide and was buried near the incomplete tunnel. The area came to be known as Barog after him.

Day 4 – Kufri, Shimal mall.

 

Grand hotel is located  close to the Shimla Mall. The mall road is dotted with several cafes including the India Coffee House and several other amazing places. 

We Started for Kufri a view point near shimla in the morning. Horse ride is the only way to reach the view point.

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Tourism is highly commercialized in Himachal Pradesh and the steady stream of tourist has driven up the prices. The beauty of Kufri was dimmed by the number of people trying to make money from horse rides, telescope view of peaks, photos with yak (which are specifically brought to Shimla for commercial purpose only) and surprisingly  even apple orchard. Apple trees and private orchards are common sight in Shimla. 

 

The Shimla skyline from scandal Point, lit up like a thousands stars on the hills. Perfect place to spend the evening. 

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Take refuge in the shops and eateries when the temperatures drops and winds gets too harsh

 

To be continued … 

 

My morning routine

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Good morning …. 

Nothing says good morning  better than a cup of coffee.Waking up early in the morning gives you ample time to set up a morning routine and invest on yourself.  

I am die-hard coffee lover but after learning what coffee does to the body when ingested on empty stomach and experiencing the same I switched to  Lemon water.

Lemon water 

 After relying on coffee to get me through the day during my college and first job experience, I suffered the ill effects of drinking too much caffeine. 

Lemon water boosts you immune system, aids digestion, flush out toxins from your body by enhancing enzyme function & stimulating your liver, boosts your energy and helps you lose weight.  I need to get my daily coffee fix after breakfast.

Get moving

Exercising daily has tons of benefit. Healthy body and mind is essential to your success. Set up a morning workout routine to maximize your potential for the rest of the day. Yoga is great for boosting your energy in the morning , centering your mind and body. Cardio is another great option to jumpstart your morning.

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Showering

Well showering after a good work out is always refreshing and good way to make sure you don’t crawl back into the bed again. Taking a shower and getting dressed up certainly puts me in the mood to work.  

 Inspiration

 Surfing through blogs and  vision board and chasing happiness . This is a great way to be inspired daily and remind yourself how far you have come and where you are going. Quite often we find ourselves in a creativity rut, running low on motivation. Get inspired daily as motivations does not last forever. 

 Setting daily goals 

Wring it down what I wish to achieve each day.Another new and creative way to visualize your goals is to draw them. It might seem mundane to  write down you goals everyday. Write down the answer to the question  “what will you achieve today?”.  It can be  “Craft email signature” or as simple as “sending out thank you note” or “grocery shopping”. Writing down help you to remember your goals and execute them. 

Plan a healthy breakfast 

Start the day with something healthy to keep the cravings at bay.Apart form that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, anyone aspired to loose weight will need to focus on having a balanced breakfast. That certainly does excuse a sunday morning when pasta can be breakfast too. 

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 OOTD 

Getting ready for work or college involves surfing through your wardrobe in search of a suitable outfit everyday. Get your wardrobe in order and organise it into capsules to make the process easier. My wardrobe is built on the 5 piece french wardrobe philosophy and curated often to suite my needs. 

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A sunday morning

A sunday morning at home ..

Being lazy is a something our generation does the best. Sometimes we need to de- stress and unwind by doing nothing .

Laziness is enemy to your dreams your health and it is a deadly habit, but once in a while we all allowed to be lazy and do nothing in particular but the things that make us happy . \

As per my morning routine I always start the day with lemon water instead of much loved coffee.

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For me it  will be a nice break-fast, pasta with chicken and herbs. Mid morning coffee is must and a book that will not end.

Spending quality time with one of my favorite companion is must. 

Spending some time with my pet …..

How do you spend your sunday ?

 

 

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Manage Your Money With the 50-20-30 Rule

Beware of little expenses; a small leak will sink a great ship.
                                                                                                                                                       – Benjamin Franklin

Success is managing you money like a pro. Leaving pay check to pay check is quite common scenario for most twenty- something. Forever waiting for the next paycheck to arrive. Budgeting and saving seems rather impossible when you in such situations. 

Every career girl  needs to manage her money and built up her saving for the opportunities that may arrive unexpectedly. This is one of the most simple and functional rule that I follow. It has changed the way I save and it is quite practical and simple. The 50 – 20 -30 rule is about allotting 50% of your money towards your needs – 20% towards  your savings – 30% towards your wants. 

 

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50%“Your needs”

Your rent, monthly transportation cost, groceries and other utilities that are required every month would be included under your needs. 50% of your budget goes into fulfilling your monthly necessities which are mandatory.

 

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20% “Your savings”

Savings are very important you never know when you might need extra money. Planing and early retirement or an investment.Every month put aside 20% of your paycheck in a separate savings account save yourself from temptation. Put the money out of sight and out of mind. At the end of the year you will be surprised  how much you were able to save with out much guilt and sacrifices. A little discipline with regards to money and budgeting goes a long way. 

 

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30% “Your wants”

I understand the list of wants is always full and we never run out of wants.This way you will be aware of spending 30% of your pay check on your wants. It can be spent on the dress you were eyeing for few days, clubbing, hobbies, or spa. But for the big trip you are planning that need a extra boost in budget simple twerk the rule a bit.
Instead of saving 20% save 30% and vice versa. You will have the extra money you need with out much compromise. Yes, it will require certain sacrifices but nothing good ever came easy.
 
 
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Life too short to wear boring jewellery

Accessories are the exclamation point of a woman
                                                                                    – Michael Kors

I am a huge fan of minimalism but I am kinda addicted to jewellery. The more edgy the better.  Studs, skull, blades, gothic heart, synth  are few of my favorites little wonders.

I came across the wonderful map necklaces from Olive Yew  and instantly fell in love with them. Life is indeed to short to wear boring jewellery. I love personalized jewellery they are perfect for developing signature style.

Adding statement jewellery to a simple outfits upgrades the look in an instant. Your basic wardrobe won’t look so basic when paired with these accessories. 

As a firm believer in 5 piece french wardrobe philosophy, I rarely indulge in my tinny jewellery addiction. But when I do, I go for interesting pieces that are versatile yet unique on their own.

The best thing about it is lasts forever, and for me jewellery are mementos, they keep memories alive. Jewellery shopping is painless and so much fun. 

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Walk walk walk

All truly great thoughts are conceived by walking. 
                                                                                                   – Fredrich Nietzsche 

Our generation focuses on getting things done with minimum movement, with the help of technology we have managed to achieve such efficiency. Moving around is not a necessity, remote control, electric appliances, e-commerce, online shopping had made our lives easier. We spend an insane amount of time sitting and that is killing us.

Dr. James Levine, who coined the new term ‘sitting is the new smoking’ believes that  “Sitting is more dangerous than smoking, kills more people than HIV and is more treacherous than parachuting. We are sitting ourselves to death.”

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According to “Fast Stats” 20.5% of teens aged 12-19 falls into category of significant high obesity levels .  

How can we change that?  Here are some interactive methods to help you walk more.

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#Walk home after work  

Small change goes a long way to make really big difference. Make little changes in your schedule instead a one big change. Take the stairs or walk a few blocks to avail public transport instead of Ola . 

 #walking help to think and brain storm

 Schedule short walk breaks thought out the day to get your brain in gear and burn few calories. Walk while you are on phone.

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# Banish the afternoon slump

Invest in a standing desk to reduce the amount of time you spend siting. Or upgrade your desk at the office. Moving around needs less motivation when you are already on your feet.  

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  # Walk with a group 

Group activities are great way to motivate each other

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#Walk around the city

The street can be very inspiring. Grab some friends or coworker to join you in the city expedition.  

# Keep the pedometer app on 
The app that you love so much are gonna help you count your step. Set goal and tweet your accomplishments.May be it will get other moving.
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#Walk your pet
A dog will definitely get you moving if nothing else does.  Dog walking, dog sitting, dog park visits ….  something to add to you morning ritual.
 
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# Treaking
Free your inner adventurer go for a long walk and explore unknown places. Once walking becomes a habit you will love pushing boundaries to see your limits. 
 
  
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Advice On How To Choose Your Bras

Finding the perfect bra is about taking the time, going to a place that knows what they’re doing, being relaxed and trying on plenty.                                                                         
                                                                                                   – Jackie Hill

 Choosing the right bra is going to basically perfect the outfit you have on. It is really important that you choose correctly and that you focus on what could work really well based on various different factors. Keep in mind that most women out there make mistakes when they buy their bras. They will often choose cups that are too small or bands that are too large. Think about the different options available and consider the tips that will be written below. They will help you choose all bra types from the sporty yoga bras to the really sexy night bras.

 

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Your bad mood could be due to that bad bra. Get fitted!

Shallow Breasts

Around ten percent of women have them. In some cases the breasts are going to develop like this because of breast feeding but some women are born with them. You want to choose bras that are offering a complete fullness. The push-ups need to have crescent-shaped padding so that lower breast tissue can be pushed up, making the breasts appear as if they are together.

Semi-Supported Breasts

Around 30% of women have such breasts. The fullness of a younger girl is not there but the appearance is definitely nice for most people. The great thing about these breasts is that you can choose any bra. They will all be stunning on you.

Self-Supported Breasts

There are around 16% of the women that have them. In many cases the word used to describe the breasts is implants. If augmentation surgery happened or an implant was put in, you have such breasts. The breasts are simply supported without or with the bra. In this case you can choose any bra type since its purpose would only to make the breast shape look more natural.

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Uneven Breasts

A little over 40% of the women have such breasts. One of your breasts is simply larger. Uneven breasts normally appear since people have one side that is naturally stronger and more used. If you are right-handed, as an example, the right side breast is going to be smaller as you have larger arm muscles. You want to basically choose a bra that will fit the breast that is larger. Contour-cupped is a very good idea. The bra cup that has a really thin foam layer will be great filler that can mold the small breast’s disadvantage.

Settled Breasts

Statistics show that 27% of women have such breasts. The breasts are basically hanging or deflated. Support is needed in this case. When you age, the breasts will not remain as firm. They will be malleable. The good news in this case is that you can choose the desired shape through the bra. You just have to choose one that is well-structured and multi-part. The cup needs seams since this offers the nice shape and a great structure.

Hopefully, the advice offered here is going to help you out a lot at the end of the day. Choose your bras based on the breasts you have, not the breasts you want to have! This is, most likely, the best advice you will ever get.

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All you need to know about 5 piece french wardrobe part 3

Minimalism is not the lack of something, it’s the perfect amount of something.
                                                                                                                                                       – Nicholas Burroughs

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I have written about 5 piece french wardrobe here and here. Love it or hate it the 5 piece french wardrobe is definitely a thing of beauty. 

 

A curated wardrobe is the modern luxury that most successful people posses. Instead of spending an insane amount of time  in the morning deciding what to wear, and loosing precious energy, they rely on their curate wardrobe. The 5 piece french wardrobe system is a great way to build a curated wardrobe that will resonate with your signature style. 

Many of us are stuck in the vicious circle of overbuying, impulse buying and finally returning a purchase. Fashion’s ever-growing ghost economy attest to the fact that impulse buying and returning purchases are on rise.While retailers urge you to buy more and fast fashion is much-loved by the new generation  the price it extract from the environment is staggering.

Minimalism is not about having less.It’s about making room for more of what matters.

I love the idea of a curated, environment-friendly wardrobe that is ethical and environmental friendly choice. Huge amount of waste is generated in production of fabric such as jeans and the production of cheap clothes often involved child labourer and under paid workers.

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Just because it is called  the French Wardrobe philosophy doesn’t necceessarily means it is about french style. It is more about how you buy clothes not what is your style preference. Well you do need things like the skirt that never goes out of style or the item  every girl needs to have in their closet.The popular philosophy is that your basic wardrobe allows you to spend more money on few special clothes. Additionally you will have more money to get your clothes tailored and achieve the perfect fit.Learn to manage and organize  your  wardrobe like a boss with the 5 piece french wardrobe method. It aims to achieve a well-balanced and functional wardrobe. A wardrobe that is not over flowing with random items that you don’t remember purchasing or wearing. Apart from that is the best way to maintain a curated wardrobe that grows by 5 piece every season.

While wearing the same outfit in a row for 2 day is frowned upon by most people it is not uncommon  to repeating outfits. Think about how much money would you like to spend on a items that you not wear more that 10 times or may be less.

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