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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….

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 … 

 

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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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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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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Becoming Me

Life doesn’t bring us what we want, it brings us what we need. That is why often challenging and painful situations come into our lives.

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Don’t be reduced by what life throws at you. You are becoming who you are meant to be. When you get through the storm the sky will be clear once more.

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Be like a butterfly …

Count your moments, count your blessings …..

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The picture was taken at chokidhani  Rajasthani theme village. Had a wonderful time exploring the village lifestyle.

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Never give up …

Never give up on yourself even when it seems like the logical thing to do.

One of my friend took this picture while we were sitting on the rocks at the promenade in Pondicherry and just watching the sunrise. The Pondicherry trip was one of my most memorable trip.

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I am quite fond of mystical quotes by Rumi. This one particularly inspires me to seek and keep seeking. To try even when I fail, to get up everyday and hope for the better.

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