Chinsurah, situated in the Hooghly district of West Bengal, would not be on many traveler's list of must visit places. But the city has plenty in and around it to keep you engrossed for some days. While most parts of West Bengal were ruled by the British, Chinsurah had its Dutch rulers. This gives monuments in this city a touch of uniqueness. The Dutch lifestyle and architecture can be viewed with a trip to this city.
Winter destinations below Rs 7000. Go have a blast!
15 Dec 2017
Most of us would love to just pack our bags and head off on a holiday every weekend, and when there are winter vacations coming – nothing can stop us. However, our budget doesn’t always permit us to go on an extravagant vacation every now and then. So does that mean there would be no holiday when you are low on funds? Certainly not! for we have dug out some of the amazing places where you can head off without making a dent in your pocket. These beautiful locations in India offer cheap travel, economical stay and delicious food within Rs.7000. So, what is stopping you? Pack your bags and off you go!
Largely known as the Paragliding Capital of India, Bir Billing is not confined to offering only paragliding as an ideal pastime, while at this paradise surrounded by snow capped Dhauladhar mountain ranges. Camping under the stars, trekking through beautiful trails are some of the other attractions of Bir Billing. What more to do and see around when in this paradise?
Remote Location Wait List (RLWL) is one of the prominent wait list categories in the Indian train booking system. But not many know, that there is nothing remote about this specific quota! RLWL quota is also available for metropolitans and big cities that may come up during the journey of a train. Any bookings for intermediate stations (where the passenger is both boarding and de-boarding at an intermediate station) comes under the periphery of RLWL. Read about more such RLWL unknown facts.
Chittoor town in Andhra Pradesh is best known for its close proximity to the world famous Sri Venkateswara Swamy Temple. But there is a lot of beauty, history and adventure potential in this town. From witnessing the historic past of Chittoor at Chandragiri Fort to visiting a serene hill station at Horsley Hills, there are many scopes for the travellers.
North Gujarat is best known to the tourists for its Rann of Kutch. And why shouldn't it be, for the Rann is a marvel worth exploring. But there is much more to see and do when you are in this part of Gujarat. From the unique Great Indian Bustard Sanctuary to Indus Valley civilization ruins of Dholavira, there are endless touring options here.
India braces up for the final festival season of the year!
5 Dec 2017
The wintry month of December holds the biggest events in India at full swing and offers a month-long cultural extravaganza. Uniting every soul in the country, December is the perfect portrayal, from the unexplored tradition of the North-Eastern states to the colourful blast of celebrations in West Bengal. Like every year, this year too, visitors can enjoy food, music, drinks, and exquisite exhibitions, that are held at various events in the country. To top it all, we have the Santa coming at Christmas and with it will be time to wave a goodbye to the year.
The grand Canyon of Bhainsrorgarh in Kota district of Rajasthan is a hidden jewel of India. It is as mesmerizing as its US counterpart and perhaps more beautiful. Nestled in the Chambal valley, the best views of this canyon can be enjoyed from the Garadia Mahadev Temple in Kota. Apart from these two, there are many other marvelous tourist places worth exploring while in Kota.
Being a remote and culturally distinctive land, Malana is full of secrets. Apart from being the hash capital of India, Malana claims to have one of the oldest democracies in the world. The laws of this land might look weird, but they have been followed by the villagers for many centuries now. Some of the prohibitions are just meant to protect the centuries-old customs and cultural heritage of the Malanese.
Bhopal's food has a distinct Mughlai essence about it. It is no wonder than that the city is filled with restaurants that cater Mughlai food that is finger licking good. For the yummiest food one can visit the organic restaurant – Under the Jamun Tree. While if you want the best experience venture to the Noor Us Sabah.
Kapurthala has been fondly bestowed the nickname - ‘The Paris of Punjab'. This beautiful city is filled with many attractive monuments, palaces and forts. What is interesting here is the French influence on most notable monuments of Kapurthala. Maharaja Jagatjit Singh, who was the most famous ruler of Kapurthala, was a great admirer of French architecture. So, when he decided to build a series of attractive monuments, he used the services of reputed French architects.
Stories - that evoke fond memories of your mom’s warm chocolate chip cookies, getting snugly tucked in with your beloved teddy bear or huddling in a tent in your backyard while dad reads you the classics by lantern light. Nothing was more comforting than listening to a story before bed, enjoying its brilliant colours and doe-eyed characters, your eyes growing heavier with the passing of each paper page. Those very stories took us to a dreamy India, a fantasy land of fun, happiness and where the life was much simpler and adorable.
Beat the tourist hot spots for a trip to the beautiful villages of Bolpur. Enjoy time tick at a slow pace amidst lush greenery. Filled with many unexplored tourist and cultural attractions, these villages will rejuvenate your senses. From the green surroundings of Ballavpur to the historic Kenduli, a trip here is worth it!
Situated close to the Indo-Pak international border, Tanot Mata Temple of Jaisalmer is revered by one and all. What is so miraculous about this temple? Well, during the 1965 Indo-Pak war around 3,000 bombs dropped to destroy the temple, but not a single bomb exploded and the temple remained undamaged! Then again, during the 1971 war, the Pakistan Tank regiment approached with the task of demolishing this temple and, guess what, all the tanks got stuck in the sand! Just a short distance from this temple is another unexplored destination waiting for you, in Longewala. Want to know more?
Mumbai is known for its array of street food options. And we will tell you where you can get best street food by spending only Rs. 100. From fulsome Maharashtrian thali to kebabs, from delicious Parathas to yummiest Misal Pavs, we have it all on the list.
Just when you thought that all the festivities and the associated fun is over, we bring to you some good news. November is a wonderful month for planning a holiday in India. The weather is cool and dry, and the mood is festive, too. Continuing the festival season, the spirits remain high as there are many cultural and religious events in November as well. And their grand celebrations are just not-to-be-missed. Exclaimed?
It could be a rumour, an urban legend or even plain truth, but most of us have heard of some ghost stories or paranormal occurrences from friends or family. And few of you could be ‘lucky’ enough to have a first-hand experience. But if you are looking for a complete chill up your spine, we have found spots that are famous for ghost-sightings and are picture-perfect haunted. Who knows, it might shake out the cynic in you!
It will be hard to not be enamoured by these mysterious!
27 Oct 2017
Not everyone can handle India. You will either love it with all your soul or get started to exploring more of its mysterious corners. It does not matter whether you are a tourist or a native, you have to open your mind and be willing to escape your comfort zone to truly connect with what makes India mysterious and yet special to the core.
Women with vermillion on their nose, those flamboyantly decorated roads, that strong fragrance of freshly-made Thekuas and an enthralling ambience. Sounds familiar? Yes, it's time for the Chhath Puja and the nostalgia is hitting us back again. Chhath Puja is a carnival of joy and love blended with devotion, which every Bihari, living in any part of the country, just can’t miss. So, here we have clubbed some amazing reasons of why it’s a must to visit home during Chhath. Just read more and add yours.
Today, Kolkata Metro is celebrating its 33rd anniversary. In 1984, after an eager wait of nearly two decades, the City of Joy finally got the wave for running the first Metro rail system in India. The first metro run was between Esplanade and Bhowanipur. Earlier initiated as an alternative transport system to decrease the transport woes of the locals in the city, it has now gone on to become an alternative to 6.2% of roads in Kolkata. Also, apart from being the oldest, Kolkata metro has the cheapest fares in the world. It is said that “Elattuvalapil Sreedharan”, popularly known as Metro Man, was behind this great effort.
Is Diwali kuch meetha ho jaae!
18 Oct 2017
Even after a heavy meal, we still find space for desserts-though we know we shouldn’t. It is because the joy of eating sweets cannot be compared with anything else. It fills us with an ecstasy that is almost eternal. India is very much famous for such delicacies. All festive occasions in India overflow with mouth-watering sweets and each one of them is equally loved. When you have such a wide array of sweet choices, it becomes a little hard to decide whether which sweet tops the list. So, just before you get ready to gorge on the sweet delights this Diwali, here we are with a list of luscious sweets, from every part of India.
With more than 1.55 lakh post offices, India has the largest postal network in the world. Adding incredibility to it, our country is also home to a floating post office as well as the highest post-office in the world! Amazed? Well, this unusual list is just not stopping here. Such unique postal-offices reflect our country’s age-long traditions of the disparate postal system which were later unified in India, post-Independence.
The last quarter of the year is around the corner and it is the most happening season of the year. Almost all of India is under heavy preparations to mark their favourite festivals with joy and merriment. So, apart from Diwali, if you are missing on any important events of October, here we are with a fresh new list. Read on and make sure you do not miss on the sanctity, importance and the fun of these Indian festivals.
Packing your bags and picking your destination for international travel is no longer a mystery for us. But hey wait, before you set your heart on exploring the world, how about discovering some wonders closer home? Here's a snapshot of a few places in India that'll remind you of their overseas counterparts, minus the hefty travel expenses.
Because Dandiya season is here & you cannot afford to stay calm!
20 Sep 2017
Navratri is here and Gujarat, the KING destination of Dandiya, cannot afford to stay calm. The state is all ready to sway and move to the beats of Garba and Dandiya music. The stage is all setup, colourful dresses (chaniya-cholis) are ready and not only the locals but even the visitors across India are excited to be a part of spectacular Navratri celebrations in Gujarat, yet again. So, just pick up your dandiya sticks, head on to these venues and soak in the ultimate garba fever.
India is a land of contrasts. Here, the old and new blend beautifully to create unforgettable travel experiences. It was actually these impeccable travel experiences that tell us more about geography, history, art or for that matter even English which we learnt in our classes. So, this Teacher's Day, let's once again re-live the tales of Indian destinations, but exclusively in school style!
A quintessential part of Hindi cinema, trains, have always been a metaphor for all kinds of situations. They signify carefree journeys and make for some amazing visuals too. We can’t even imagine how the song 'Mere sapno ki raani...' would have looked without a train backdrop. From triggering the flames of romance to relating with the very essence of life & freedom with train journeys, let us re-live the times when Bollywood paid melodious tributes to our lifeline - Indian trains.
Did you know India is home to the largest sundial on our planet? Jantar Mantar of Jaipur possesses this amazing masterpiece. Samrat Yantra tells the time that lags behind only two seconds from the actual local time. Constructed by Maharaja Jai Singh in the 18th century, Jantar Mantar is the biggest stone observatory in the world. This UNESCO World Heritage site holds fourteen geometric devices which are used to compute time of the day. Amazing isn’t it? But, wait here, for Jaipur has a lot more for you to explore and get surprised of.
Sometimes it is exciting to go on a mini-vacation with no rigid itinerary. And then, what's cherry on the cake, is a vacation that comes along with the thrill of a road trip. As the long weekend is approaching again and if you haven't planned a vacation yet, then here are some destinations you can go to. What’s more, you can book a cab through RailYatri and hit the road right away . Enjoy the ride and have a blissful trip!
There is a rustling behind the bushes. The peafowl stops mid-sip and rushes away. Slowly, a large, striped tiger emerges from nowhere. Hidden in the shadows at first, then illuminated by the golden sunlight falling on his tawny coat, the most wished for beast is finally in front of us – meeting us eye to eye and without making a backward glance, walking ahead with the world's most prideful walk. Yes, it's THE TIGER!
If you too wish to spot this rare spectacle of the wild striped cat, then here we are with an unusual list of tiger reserves in India, just for you.
You haven't seen the true North Bengal if you haven't seen it during rains!
20 Jul 2017
If you are a nature lover, then North Bengal is definitely calling you this monsoon. This part of Bengal is undoubtedly the best summer destination but the joy of travelling here during those pitter-patter rains is equally mesmerising. While the gardens at Suntaleykhola offers you a peaceful stroll through those lush green orchards of oranges and strawberries, it's enthralling top view gives you a chance to touch those misty clouds. And while you leave after adoring nature and soaking in the serenity of the place, do not forget to take back some scrumptious strawberries!
Monsoon adds the charm to a drive through picturesque VIP Road.
20 Jul 2017
A green carpet spread all over, Bhopal is truly one of those magical monsoon destinations to visit. But a holiday in Bhopal would be incomplete without a drive through the famous VIP Road. Both sides of the road offers a clear view of Upper & Lower Lakes of Bhopal which are usually brimming during monsoon. There are variants of colourful flowers that adds to the picturesque scenery around. This beautiful road leads you to a more beautiful lake, where you can admire nature while sitting in a cosy cafe and sipping a hot cup of coffee.
When beauty of Morni Hills gets amplified with the touch of rain.
20 Jul 2017
Monsoon transforms the landscape of Chandigarh and offers travellers a scope to visit places that are nothing less than paradise during rains. At a distance of 45 km from the City Beautiful, the Morni Hills offers a laid-back charm with lush greenery and serene lakes around. This quaint hamlet with its breath-taking views of those misty mountains, enchanting lakes and the foggy environs, gives you a completely serene experience.
Here's why Butterfly Beach is a secluded piece of paradise!
18 Jul 2017
A hidden land of adventure, peppered with some stunning views and aquatic life, that's Butterfly Beach in Goa for you! Situated at the northern end of Palolem Beach, the tiny beach cove is adorned with shimmering white sand and blue water along with millions of butterflies flying at the hilltop. Also, what sets this beach apart, is those dolphins which are easily seen playing in a carefree manner. With palm trees swaying with breeze, whispering sweet melodies with a mesmerising sunset from behind, this paradise is at its best during monsoon. Due to limited accessibility, it is often termed as a secret beach and can be reached by a short trek through forests or a boat ride from Palolem Beach.
Slice of France in Puducherry: Bastille's Day, game of Petanque and much more...
13 Jul 2017
Once a French colony, you can see myriad shades of its culture in the quaint city of Puducherry. Besides its quintessential architecture, food and language that reflects a slice of France, this particular sport in Puducherry has a unique tale to tell. Come Annual Bastille's Day(14th July), and the city gets all excited about this unique game of 'Petanque'. It is played with a general rule of keeping both feet planted on the ground all times, even while throwing metal spherical bowls known as boules. This was one of the legendary customs brought by the French army during World War II and has still retained its popularity.
So, is any one of you planning for a spa session for long? Well, some elephants are luckier than humans too! Yes, this misty, drizzling season of monsoon is also a spa season for elephants in Kerala. Since elephants are known to play a vital role in Kerala’s grand temple processions, the Punnathoor Kotta Elephant Yard in Gurvayur organises a spa therapy programme for them every year. Here elephants have a gala time as they get soothing massage, refreshing baths and a chance to get feed on specially- curated nutritious menu.
If you thought monsoon isn’t the season to travel, you are definitely missing out on a whole lot of amazing travel experiences! Sweet-smelling wet soil, the sound of raindrops and the hovering clouds cast a magical charm. Not convinced? Look out for more reasons to travel during monsoon.
The charm of summer quickly wears off and we are already trying to figure out how to stay cool, calm and bug-free in this scorching heat. And especially when you are travelling, it becomes really important to have some awesome summer hacks up your sleeves for you to enjoy your trip. So we give you a list of some super cool ways to keep away your summer travel blues. Check them out...
Long and winding route to student travel concessions
11 May 2017
When the educational institutes decide to take their students on an excursion, they have to undergo a long and tedious process to get student concession. This process would need multiple visits to railway offices and is a time consuming process. But the enthusiasm of students can make this process happen. Mind you, student concessions can only be availed for physical over-the-counter ticket bookings.
Indians have an ineffable love for mangoes. Its 500-1000 varieties not only differ in shape, size and colour but also in its scrumptious taste. Though it’s not possible to describe all the varieties, tap to know about some of the delicious ones.
Eating quality meals on train journeys have always remained top priority for the passengers. Did you know: 1980s saw a new trend among passengers. This was the carefree era of food adventurers, who did not care for the hygiene. But, their bad experiences led to a more cautious approach towards food on train. Modern day passengers have a wider choice and options, thanks to the technology enabled food services, such as RailYatri a lot of food problems for train passengers in the recent years have been solved.
Long train journeys would be unthinkable without the toilets. But did you know, when you are using these toilets and their toilet seats you are exposing yourself to germs and bacteria. Exposure to these could lead to various diseases. This is why time has come to care for your health.
It is widely believed that there is an initial time when you definitely want you and your partner should know each other. And travelling is truly one of those coolest things you can do together with your loved one. While solo travelling could be inspiring, a train journey with your loved one would unbox many aspects about each other, bringing you much closer and strengthening your love & bond. So, here are a few reasons on why you should go on a train journey at least once with your loved one
Winter season is certainly everyone's favorite, not just because of the change in attire but the marvelous food. It's the best time to spree on seasonal delicacies, that are not only delicious but full of multiple benefits. While Sarson ka saag and Gajar ka halwa are known to keep us warm, Winters are incomplete without binging on many other seasonal delicacies.
India boasts of many funnily named places and the stations which bring giggles onto the faces of passengers in an instant. From the famous Kala Bakra station near Jalandhar to the Billi railway station in Dhanbad division, there are plenty of stations bearing funny animal names.
Storybooks always play a vital role in our childhood. Heroic characters, descriptions and numerous emotions in these stories have painted our minds with vivid colors. We in India got to know the different parts of our country through these wonderful story books. This Children’s Day let’s relive those memories and take a literary trip through the eyes of this wordologist and relive the nostalgia.
Only 72 Lower Berth seats are available for Senior Citizens in Sleeper Class
12 Oct 2016
Going by the rule, Senior Citizens should be allocated lower berth seats following the special quota made for them. But, this rule also states that only six lower berth seats are kept under the senior citizen’s quota per coach. This means typically in a train, there are only 72 seats for the aged in the sleeper class, which is often not sufficient.
Travelling in a train has always been an adventure right from our childhood. No one would disagree if I say that all of us might have travelled on trains at least once. Travelling in Indian trains gives you the funniest, crazy and sometimes bizarre experiences. Due to the diversity that our country possesses, a journey in an Indian train ensures that we encounter a variety of people who entertain us in our long journeys.
Everyone knows what RAC (Reservation Against Cancellations) means, but there are many rules about this quota which the common passengers are not aware of. Do you know – under what circumstances your RAC ticket can be moved to Waiting list? Read about many more unknown facts.
Have you time and again failed to book Tatkal tickets? There are simple ways to counter the heavy rush at IRCTC website during the Tatkal hours and book your ticket, super fast. You simply need to keep some documents ready such as ID proof, bank details, passenger’s name, age and relevant station codes. Keep important information copied in a notepad to quicken the booking process. One suggestion would be not to have any Berth Preference.
There may be many reasons stating the drawbacks of train travel; but Indian Railways has its own charm, which makes a train journey irresistible for a true Indian. Humble locals, powerful trains, chained bags under the seats and endless loud talks are few of the things that bind us strongly to our culture.
Precautions to take when travelling during pregnancy
27 Aug 2016
Though travelling during pregnancy is not ideal, but there are times it cannot be avoided. So, how to make your travel safe? First of all, one should plan the trip well in advance, which gives you a chance to book seats in a good train with ideal choice of berths(read lower berth). Also, the expecting mother should be kept away from lifting heavy luggage or travel related stress.
Pets are an inseparable part of our lives and when we travel we want to take them along. Most of you might not be aware that Indian Railways has a set of norms for travelling with pet dogs on long distance trains. What are these norms? Well, for a start you can reserve a space for the dog in the Brake Vans. Apart from that, you can carry the dog in various other ways.