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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.

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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….

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.

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 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 bit more successful each day

Success is work in progress and we need to work on it every single day. It’s ok to be twenty-something and still not know what to do with your life, remember success does not come over night. Little changes everyday makes huge difference in the long run. Here are the list of things that successful women do every single day.

 
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 Tick Tock 
Punctuality is a habit, that need to be practiced everyday. Job interview, lunch date with a friend, an important meeting with business associate, being on time shows respect and presission.Most people who are never on time, never get any work done on time either. 
Time management is important skill that will aid you in other areas of your life too.
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Be Kind

Golden rules of happiness  heavily emphasise on being kind and supporting others. Remember collaboration is the new competition. You don’t need to push someone down to rise up. 
 
 
 
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 Network 
It’s absolutely ok if you are not perfect making friends is not difficult.Socialising with other people at work can help you beat stress and inspire you. Life changing opportunity may come through the people in your network. You never know when those the important connections you made 
 
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 Health is wealth 

I love to wake up and stretch , to start my morning with a blast. Taking care of your body is first and foremost if you want to be productive. Healthy body is imperative for a healthy mind. You need to craft a morning routine and focus on your health. 
 

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De clutter 

Clutter is distracting and not so creative. Clean and organised work studio will make your work so much easier. 
 

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Keep learning

 Successful women are always learing new skills and keeping up with the fast changing  work environment.it no hardship to take online classes to develop a new skill like coding or negotiation.Keep up with the new trends in the industry and top skills. Check out the 5 books that taught us to be badass.  

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Why you need to Craft a morning routine

Successful people swears by following a morning routine crafted to fit their needs.Be it working out, checking emails, catching up with the NEWS, or meditation. A great morning routine paves the way to a productive day. It the foundation upon which you build your masterpiece.

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Every mourning is your time to start fresh. 

When the morning goes right, it gives the rest of your day momentum and sence of normalcy. Crafting a morning routine ensure that you wake up everyday knowing what you are going to do next. It requires are measure of discipline and determination to carry out the routine. 

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 Me time

We are often too tired at night to schedule in a me time.The morning routine is your “me time” a brand new way to put yourself first and invest on yourself. Morning is best time to work on your personal project , a hobby or writing. Do something in the morning that makes you happy and when you do this you will be happier throughout the day.

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 Inspiration 

Get your daily dose of inspiration in the morning. One of the best way to start the day is to be inspired in the morning. 

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 Exercise 

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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 Health

Focus on you health and start your day with a healthy break-fast. A health breakfast will keep the craving at bay. Why you should consider switching to lemon water instead of coffee in the morning for more healthy benefits.

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Increased productivity

Waking up early in the morning means more time to work on your goals and chance to achieve more. 

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 Achieve your goals

 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. 

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Rock Bottom

 

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Chasing Happiness

Happiness is a work in progress.Happiness is beautiful and addictive. Practicing  5 Golden rules of happiness is a great way to chase happiness, but don’t forget to enjoy the chase.

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They say the mind replays the memories the heart can’t delete. This one one of the moment, that keeps repeating.Our happiness caught in a frame, the one that will never change. This is the best thing about photographs they remain the same even when the times and circumstances change.

It’s absolutely Ok if you are not perfect, neither is this picture. This is us, us being happy. Happiness does not need to be perfect.

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Following you heart even when it does not make sense does lead to great destination and happiness. 

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Some find happiness in travelling the dusty roads off the remotes regions. While some find it in house with the white picket fence.Some deems perfection to be happiness. What is happiness to you?  

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5 Books that taught us to be Badass

Fact or fiction, book or magazine, the benefits of reading is immense.Words have the power to change us and inspire us and so does a good book. Successful people know the benefits of reading a good book.

Apart from being entertaining and relaxing read and a good book boots creativity and inspires us. Some books that changes us.

 

Girl Boss by Sophia Amoruso

The above quote is the reason she went from being a homeless girl to CEO of a $100 million clothing company. Packed with great advise and insight into work life, this book is must- read for all career girls.

Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg

This is a empowering book for every women.Your opinion matters and Lean In will teach you how to voice it in a loud world. Packed with powerful advice and inspiration that will equip you to tackle difficult challenges.

I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai

There is lot to learn from Malala’s life and her fight against injustice. She stood up for the right to education. The inspiring story with a tragic end, will teach you to be brave. Dear heart, courage is all you need to make your dreams come true and inspire a whole generation.

The Girls by Emma Cline

Many of us (including me) are searching for a place where we belong. The main character, Evie’s search takes her to the wrong place and transform her in the end. Life is unexpected and never really goes as planed. Lena Dunham says “This book will break your heart and blow your mind.”

 

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

This book is my favorite. Elizabeth Gilbert put in word some of the most oblivious things about creativity that are so hard to pinpoint. This book will teach you all  about living creatively.  My post inspired by Big Magic includes Why it’s ok to be twenty-something and still not know what to do with your life. and  It’s absolutely Ok if you are not perfect

 

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Why It’s OK To Be Twenty-Something And Still Not Know What To Do With Your Life

There comes a time in our life when we ask our-self “What the hell  am I doing ? Do I want to continue with this career all my life ? Is it really what I want ? Am I happy with the direction my choices are taking me?”. If you have been through this phase, then you know it is not a walk in the park. If you are going through this phase then you are well acquainted with the felling of instability and loss of confidence.

 

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You are not alone 

Some people are lucky enough to land their dream job right after graduation and be sure of their career path. May be you are not one of them, but you are not alone. There are so many other out going through the same indecisive phase. 

Take you time to decide what career to pursue. Take a gap year, volunteer, travel, EAT PRAY  LOVE. Explore you passions, interest, hobbies. Take time to curate your life and listen to your heart.

      Just Breathe

Just breathe by Anna Nalick is one of my favorite song. Some times all you can do is just breath. Don’t let societal pressure to pursue a full-time job as soon as you graduate drive you nuts.Your happiness matters and only you can find your way to happiness.

 

No don’t change who you are at least not to fit into a job you really don’t like.Embrace yourself, it will make the process of finding a career that suits you better so much easier. Define you won brand of success. What is success to you ? What do you want to achieve  in a year or 5 years ? 

Don’t loose your motivation .

The most important thing ever. Don’t loose you motivation just because you are not sure which career path to choose. Once you figure it out, you will learn a lot about yourself and difficult situation.

Remember “Everything will be okay in the end. If it’s not okay, it’s not the end.”

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5 Golden Rules of Happiness

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1 Travel often to find the facets of life that invigorate you.

Once a year go to a place you have never been before. Travelling is addictive and teaches you a lot about yourself. New places, new faces, new situation will definitely teach you something new. 

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2  You are your own best friend and worst enemy. 

Don’t be too hard on yourself. We all have bad days and failure and regrets. You are not alone.

Bad things happen, life does not go as you plan it, people die, friends become strangers but through it all you always have yourself.

If you don’t care for yourself then who will?. Value yourself for who you are before expecting others to value you. Make your own rules for success.

3 Unravel your passions, interests, and hobbies.

Writing and blogging is my passion what is your? I can’t live without books and coffee either. Do something that make you happy everyday, don’t let go of your passion and hobbies.

4  Take the time to care for yourself. 

Take care of yourself, before you take care of others. In our busy lives we often forget to take care of our-self. Schedule me time daily if possible and take time to go over your needs in respect to health, relationships, career goals, life in general .

5 Help others do the same to improve their lives! Pay it forward and multiply the happiness.

This is something I have experienced in my college life. This is amazing and very fulfilling, rising up together is better than rising up alone.

Society ,family and parents prompts us to compare and be better than others. They tell us to rise above other but not how to rise with other.

Helping others improve their life will improve you ten fold and teach you a lot.

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