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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.

                                                                   –  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….

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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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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Meet my favorite travel companion

Books are uniquely portable magic  
                                                                  – Stephen King 

Traveling is awesome and exhilarating experience. Going to great places and seeing the vastness and wealth of nature never fail to amaze me. Well long distance travel is often boring especially if you do it alone. Travelling alone can be challenging. Spending time with oneself will teach you a lot about yourself. 

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I hate sitting idle and while travelling there is ample time to do nothing. Reading is the best option that I love. I generally buy new books before a journey and read them though out the journey. 

Books are my best friend and the best part, reading the book again always reminds me of the trip I read the book on for the first time.

Though I prefer a book I can hold on to, you can opt for a brand new kindle if you prefer so. Here are some reason why  you should consider  reading while traveling.

# Way better than sitting idle and staring in the ether. Instead Travel Read Learn  and Eat Pray Love.

# Saves you form the persistent unsavory travel companions that you may come across.   

#A reason to stay away from you smart phone and  messages. Get away from the phone office you deserve a vacation.

#Unplug from the social media and banish FOMO. 

#The perfect opportunity for a social media detox. Facebook, instagram, snapchat and twitter will survive, without you checking on them every hour. 

#Great time to get started with your reading list, the one you have been putting together for a really long time. 5 books that taught us to be badass  are great reads if you don’t have a reading list yet.

#Well for once your phone won’t run out of battery and you will be able to make call when you actually need it. I am sure you have had your phone battery misbehaving when you need it the most.

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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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Why you should consider switching to lemon water instead of coffee in the morning.

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. I  relied  on coffee to get me through the day during my college and first internship.

Instead of having proper diet which is hard to procure in college I was dependent on coffee. It lead to several health issues and coffee was the crux of it all.

What lemon water does to you body

It 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 loose weight.

It helps you to loose weight and fight symptoms of common cold which is very beneficial to me as I am susceptible to cold. Loaded with health benefits  

I get my daily coffee fix after breakfast. Guess you don’t really forget your first love, even if it is toxic ! 

What coffee does to your body

Coffee contains caffeine the most commonly used psycho-stimulant available that blurs the line between drugs and beverages. Psychoactive drugs like caffeine alters the way our mind functions .

Coffee helps you to loose weight and boost your energy. Found in coffee tea , soda , chocolate energy drinks, prolonged daily use of caffeine might lead to dependency.

Stopping the use of caffeine abruptly or reducing intake may lead to onset of withdraw. Caffeine abuse survey revealed 14% used despite harm and advice to stop or reduce While 45% reported unsuccessful efforts to control caffeine usage .

In defense of coffee. It is simple awesome and not something most of us live without.Coffee is the reason  Why it is ok to be twenty-something and still not know what to do with your life.

People who know me know about my Obsessive Coffee Disorder.(OCD). But I have made the conscious decision to switch to lemon water in the morning. 

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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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