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.
How many times have you traveled wishing that the journey never ends? Not many times, right. A trek up the scenic routes to Sandakphu would imbibe just this feeling within you. Your trekking route would run through a forest of rhododendrons with the occasional sight of Red Pandas. You will come across picture perfect, serene villages and some lakes that blow your mind away. There are hardly many journeys that can compete with the scenic opportunities of trekking to Sandakphu.
Gahirmatha Beach, which is a part of the Garhirmatha Marine Sanctuary, gives the visitors a rare opportunity to view large groups of rare Oliver Ridley Turtles. These species of turtles, which have been classified as a Vulnerable to extinction,travel all the way from the Pacific Ocean to breed on the coast of Gahirmatha. If you visit during March or April you could witness hundreds of baby turtles decorating the beach. If you want to know more about the one of its kind Garhirmatha Marine Sanctuary and other wildlife hotspots of Odisha then...
It is time to beat the stereotype on your next trip to Ladakh. Riding a heavy duty bike or a road trip is adventurous, but what about planning some adrenaline rushing time while in Ladakh? This remote Himalayan destination offers many scopes to gear up for some adventurous activities. From white water rafting in Zanskar river to mountain biking along the Khardungla Pass route, there is a world of fun awaiting you.
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.
Though the bulk time table changes for all trains will come into effect from October 31, there are about 60 trains that have already started running as per their new schedule. New stops have been added to some of these trains, while in others the destination stations have been altered. Watch this space and we will keep you informed about all these changes.
You may have heard about the famous Lakshman Jhula in Rishikesh, but did you know: Bhopal has its own miniature version of this iconic bridge. This suspension bridge is situated within the Sair Sapata, entertainment complex. Standing on the banks of the Upper Lake at Sewaniya Guar, Prempura the suspension bridge is visited by many tourists during their stay in this beautiful city. The total length of the bridge is 183.20 m and its breadth is 3.6 m. So, the next time you are in Bhopal do check out this bridge.
Spread across the length and breadth of India are many funnily named railway stations. Today we bring a list of stations that bear strong familial resemblance. From a father (Bap) to mother (MA), and grandfather (Nana) to Chacha (Uncle), Indian railways has it all. Want to learn more about these funny station names?
Normally you would feel that Jallandhar and beaches do not quite match. Jalandhar, in Punjab, might be lying between the historic Satluj and Beas rivers but it does not have any beaches! So, what are we talking about? The beach in question is of course named Jallandhar Beach, but it is not located in the picturesuque island of Diu. This beautiful beach is lined with palm trees and it is a joyous experience to watch the horizon through the leafy silhouettes of these palm trees.
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.
A quick search and you will realize that Ledo railway station in Assam, which falls under the Tinsukia division of Northeast Frontier Railways, is the easternmost operational railway station in India. But, till the early 1990s Lekhapani held this status. Lekhapani station that started its operations in 1890 was an important coal loading point. Coal coming from the nearby Tipong collieries used to be loaded here. But with the gradual decay of the coal industry in the region, Lekhapani's importance fell. And in 1993 commercial train services to and from the station were ceased. The last train to chugged to this station in 1997. If you want to know many such interesting facts...
Gujarat, the land where Mahatma Gandhi was born and started his freedom struggle, holds many museums and ashrams that will take you on a trip through his life and times. From his first ashram to his ancestral home, visit these museums and be awestruck at the achievements of the great soul.
India's cultural diversity can be truly enjoyed through the Dussehra celebrations. While in Andhra Pradesh, they celebrate Dussehra with floral decorations, in Tamil Nadu begging on the streets is a form of devotion. While at Delhi's Ram Leela Maidan thousands cheer when Ravana goes up in flame, in Mandore they mourn the death of Demon King and perform his last rites. To know more about unique Dussehra celebrations…
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.
If you are travelling by train anytime around Durga Puja, then there are many unique experiences waiting for you. You can get a preview of hundreds of pandals that lie close by the train tracks, listen to the dhaakis play their melodious tunes and view the glamorous lighting decorations. But there are many other experiences, to know about them...
If you are too bored visiting places in Himachal Pradesh that are a part of every tourist's tour itinerary than we have some great options for you. Naggar, Chail and Pragpur are three sleepy hill side villages that have clung on the old way of life. Their tranquillity and presence of beautiful heritage structures, makes these villages an attractive proposition for discoverers! Want to know more about them?
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.
Ambalapuzha Palpayasam: A delicacy with divine connections
19 Sep 2017
Palpayasam (rice pudding), made of milk and sugar, is a special delicacy in Kerala and the best variety can be tasted in Amabalapuzha. There is a legend associated with this sweet dish. It is believed that one day Lord Krishna, disguised as an old man, visited the Ambalapuzha Palace and challenged the King for a game of chess. It was decided that if the old man wins, he should get rice grains as per the 64 squares of chessboard. On losing the game, the king tried to meet the winner’s demand, but he realised that he did not have enough rice grains. The lord revealed his identity and asked the king to pay the rice grain instalments by preparing Palapayasam each time. Since then Sreekrishna Swami Temple at Amabalapuzha Palpayasam has been preparing this delicacy on a regular basis.
Andhra Pradesh is one of the hottest places in India, but did you know there is a village in this state where it snows during the winters? Yes, we are talking about Lambasingi in the Visakhapatnam district. When the temperatures in other parts of the state are severe, the temperature in Lambasingi goes only as high as 5 degree Celsius. Rightfully then, it is known as the “Kashmir of Andra Pradesh”. If you want to know more about the hill stations in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana...
Lost your train ticket? No PNR too? Don’t worry, you can still travel
15 Sep 2017
There is nothing to worry even if you have lost or misplaced your original (over the counter booked) ticket. The Indian Railways rules clearly have the provision to provide passengers with duplicate tickets against a small processing fee. All you have to do is approach the Chief Reservation Supervisor at the boarding station and submit an application requesting the issuance of a duplicate ticket. There many such helpful laws that you are unaware about ...
Mohammadpur Umri, a village in Uttar Pradesh is acclaimed as the village of identical twins (with approximate 20% of the population being twins). This phenomenon is not only common among human beings, but it is also reported that many cows here give birth to twin calves. Call it a coincidence or genetic disorder, but this small village is really special with so many identical twins!
In order to clear off the extra rush during the forthcoming Durga Puja, Indian Railways has introduced special trains for its passengers. These trains will be running between 11th September to 30th October 2017, which is predicted to be the peak season of passenger rush. Therefore, this special arrangement has been made to overcome the rush and to get maximum people towards their desired locations. The bookings of these trains have already begun and we hope you all reach at your preferred destinations to celebrate the holy festival with your family and friends.
Located in Doraha village near Ludhiana, the Mughal Serai fort existed quite ignominiously for centuries before it featured in the popular Bollywood movie, Rang De Basanti. After the success story of this movie, everyone started enquiring about the RDB Fort! But, not many know, Mughal Serai is not a fort at all. This huge rectangular structure was built by emperor Jahangir as a traveller's resting place (Sarai) and served as a halting point for Mughal caravans. The Sarai with its lush gardens fell into disuse after the wane of Mughal rule. It was Aamir and his band of friends shot the ancient structure into limelight when some picturesque shots of the movie were shot here.
Mandore, in Rajasthan, is an unique village. The Brahmin clans of this village either hold Ravana as their son-in-law or ancestor. As would be the norm then, Ravana is worshipped as a god here. There is a large Ravana temple in the middle of Mandore. During Dussehra each year, all the lights in Mandore are dimmed and cremation of the demon king is held. There are many other unique facts about Mandore, if you are interested ...
Maharashtra is well known for its beautiful shoreline and some great beaches. While some of the beaches here have gained immense fame, there are others which lay unexplored. A visit to such beaches would surely help you beat the tourist crowd and spend time in tranquillity. Imagine yourself enjoying the crashing of waves sitting in the midst of soft and white sands, without anyone to disturb you. Interested? We present before you a list of five beaches that are beautiful, tranquil and unexplored.
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!
One of the unique attractions of the Onam celebrations is the Pulikkali (Tiger Play). This ancient art form has been a part of Onam entertainment for more than 200 years now. On the day of this event (which is usually a couple of days after the main Onam day), hundreds of men turn up on the streets of Thrissur wearing their tiger masks and painting their body in Black, Yellow and Red. The tigers are then seen dancing, pouncing and beating their bellies as the procession moves on. Amidst all these tigers, you may also see some hunters and bears!
A land of diverse proportions, India is home to many interesting fairs and festivals that brings together the small joys of life. Once again as the half-monsoon and half-autumn month of September creeps in, India is ready to recreate the magic with a phenomenal blend of festivities along with the cultural showcase, that holds a special place in the hearts of locals and tourists alike.
The Barog Railway tunnel is one amongst the 103 operational tunnels along the Kalka-Shimla Railway track in Himachal Pradesh. Also known as Tunnel No. 33, the rumours are that there is something mysterious and eerie in its silence. It is named after a British railway engineer who was in charge of its construction. He shot himself and was buried in front of the incomplete tunnel. Strangely, the tunnel was re-constructed under the guidance of Baba Bhalku, a local saint who was thereafter awarded by The British Viceroy for his contribution. The tunnel is now the straightest tunnel in the world.
If your Rajasthan travel schedule is too packed to take any detours into the villages of Rajasthan, then Chokhi Dhani is the ideal filler. This open air restaurant will give you a feel of the rustic Rajasthani villages. You can stay entertained with many ongoing traditional live performances showcasing folk dances and live puppet show. Chokhi Dhani is also the best place to taste the authentic Rajasthani dishes, especially Dal Bati Choorma (that is made with pure Ghee here). Want to learn more about eateries in Jaipur?
While South Kolkata has a modern look, the Northern part of this great city has somehow managed to cling onto the old-world charm. And the markets of North Kolkata, mostly running since the colonial era, are the life sources for not only Kolkatans but people from across the world. From the lanes of College Street (known as the Colony of Books) to the colorful flower market of Mullikghat, the iconic markets will keep you enchanted while you are in North Kolkata.
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.