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Hii Guys!! I hope you all are amazing as always and also keeping precautions and keeping yourselves safe in such tough times. So, as you must have read from the title itself that this blog is all about house hunt in Goa. And here I will be sharing my personal experience of our little home in Goa away from home in Delhi. In this article, I have included everything you need to know before settling down in Goa for both short term and long term as a couple or a family and even alone. 

P.S. – We are a couple with both having remote jobs. Looking for a homely flat/house for about 6-7 months.

P.S 2 – WE FOUND THE BEST PLACE!

So, now you know what is coming ahead. Believe me, this is all my “SAAR” in these small paragraphs. I have tried to cover each part of our struggle in finding the perfect place. I would be dividing the article into days as Day1, Day2 for your better understanding and so that it helps you to plan your house hunt and would also provide some tips and tricks to find the best-suited house for you.

Our flat requirements were pretty simple. We were looking for a fully furnished 2BHK with a proper kitchen, fridge, microwave, gas stove and cylinder, minimum utensils, 2 beds with mattresses, washroom, washing machine, a balcony, cupboards, mirror, hall with sofa, ACs in both the rooms and cozy home-like vibe. Also, car parking was a must and we both are afraid of dogs so a place where the owner doesn’t have dogs or cats. Apart from this, we were not much stressing on wifi as you must be thinking because we both have remote jobs

I wanted it to be as near to Baga and Calangute beaches as possible. I just feel the vibe of these beaches and connect to them the most. Also, another reason being, if we found a place near it would be easier for us to commute even after work on regular days for an evening or after-dinner walk along the beach. After all, this was the whole purpose of moving to Goa.

We did three things for searching for the best place.

Facebook

I joined Goa Facebook groups and pages as much as possible and kept posting there. I started posting about my flat/house requirements way ahead, so that when we reach Goa, at least we had some options in hand that we can see some places asap.  Also, it helped us to take our decision of moving to Goa as finding a place that we both like with proper washrooms, beds, kitchen, and entirely furnished with network connectivity was our priority. Later we realized that since we will be coming by our car we would need a flat/house with parking at premises facility.

A special tip here -> DON’T FORGET TO CHECK THE COMMENTS OF OTHER RELEVANT POSTS. They are so helpful. I even dropped messages to those comment posters and even called many, about 50-60 random people.

My personal experience, Facebook pages, and groups might land you a stealth deal if your budget is quite high.

Resources :

We have been to Goa about 2 times now, and we had built some small connections here. We used every bit of connection to help us out in our search as we were in Delhi, so it was not possible to come again and again just to see the places. Goans are usually nice in this sector. They helped us a lot. Some even showed very good options that I will be sharing later in the article. To be specific, we messaged people from whom we have rented the scooters when we visited earlier and the Airbnb owners at whose places we stayed. I even messaged the caretakers of the bnbs, if they might have any options.

Websites

Another option for us sitting in Delhi, looking for options was websites like Magicbricks, housing.com, and others. I did not reach out to anybody at these websites because I was keeping this as an option to consider and call people when we reached Goa.

So, let’s come back to our 3-day hunt for the perfect place in Goa.

DAY 1

Here, I am counting my day 1 as the next day from the day we reached Goa. Both I and my partner are working and have our offices ( 10:30 – 7:30), so we kept deadlines and decided to extend it in case we were not able to find a place we both could agree upon.

Luckily Day 1 for us was Saturday. So, we had no office and more time for searching. I had already messaged some of the acquaintances like the scooters rental people and the Airbnb owners if they had any options. One of them had responded with a very good option. Two options from the same owner. As we were too tired and had to check-in at our Airbnb, we decided to see these options on Day 1 and take the journey ahead from there.

Option 1 – A fully furnished very beautiful Villa. I Rent – 25k excluding water and electricity bill.

The interior of the villa was very nice. It had everything we wanted along with the parking and kitchen and all. But … yes there is a but, the place was situated in the area where the water clogging on the road as usual and it was far from the market. Also, one thing it was kind of newly constructed with not many people staying around. So, all this leads us to – NO for this villa.

If we were shifting with the family we would have for sure taken this place. As connectivity and everything would not have been an issue then.

Option 2 – A 2BHK floor I Rent – 25k excluding water and electricity bill.

The interior of this one was okayish. And also, the owner lived on the ground floor. We did not like the flat that much, it was like if we did not find anything we can take it otherwise no.

Day 1 ended with nothing much in our favor and I had started losing hope. Also, as our budget was about 18-20k finding a good place in that range was becoming difficult. On the way back to our Airbnb, I again started my search contacted people from Facebook groups and pages. I also noted down 6-7 flats in the nearby areas from Magicbricks and Olx. Yes, OLX isn’t it strange as in Delhi Olx is almost of very little use. But in Goa, strangely people use Olx, housing.com, 99acres like websites.

DAY 2

The first thing I did on Day 2, that was Sunday was to call all the owners of the flats and even some brokers. Though our budget was not to pay brokerage but still we were looking for some hope. Sunday appeared to us in the start as a waste day for us reason being, all of the owners of the flats I contacted were either in Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore and had given keys to brokers who were not ready to show us any flats on Sunday (it is a holiday for them).

So, I only talked on calls and fixed meetings for Monday. We got lucky in the evening one of the brokers agreed to show us 2 flats and another owner arranged for a visit to another flat on our continuous asking.

We wanted to finalize something asap before Tuesday as we were tight on schedule and also because of our offices. Another thing we had booked Airbnb for 3 days only, which we were planning to extend in case of no clue with our hunt.

Let’s come to the options now.

Option 1 – 2bhk fully furnished flat in an apartment near a resort | Rent 20K + Brokerage 10k excluding bills

Nice place with hotel-like interiors. It was fully furnished with ACs and all. But no parking space. Yet, the place was nice with a good vibe, so, we kept it as an option.

Option 2 – 2bhk furnished floor | Rent 25k +Brokerage 10k excluding bills

The place was not at all good. And after hearing the price we were like “Man, what is this”. Also, the owner had a very big dog. So, it was a “NO, NO” for us.

Option 3 – 2bhk in a resort | Rent 22k excluding bills

It seemed to us from photos that it is a very good flat in a resort. But when we went to the location and saw it, it was the total opposite. The flat was on the top floor of the resort. And it seemed to me like no one was living there for a very long time. Everything was broken, windows and all.

Even the resort was in a demolished state with no one nearby. When we were talking to the owner, the main gate of the flat thrashed and closed and it was a “BIG NO”. We are so scared, we just ran off the place asap.

So, till now we had 1 option: 2bhk fully furnished flat in an apartment near a resort | Rent 20K + Brokerage 10k excluding bills.

We decided to go to this 20k flat again at night and see how it looks at night and where can we park our car as the flat did not have on-premises parking. AND WE GOT LUCKY THAT NIGHT.

While looking for the place, we found a house on which it was written: “House to let”. Ohoohooo, I was like “Stop the car bro, stop the car, I will go and see if someone is there.” To mention here it was around 11:30 P.M. But, we had all our luck to our side, the owner Aunty of the house was awake and infact out for some reason. I rushed towards her and asked, “if the flat is still available”. She said “YES”.

She asked if we wanted to see the flat at that hour. I immediately said “Yes”. She was too cute and nice. The vibe was overall excellent. We went to see the place, it was very nice on the first floor. It was a well-furnished 2Bhk with ACs in both rooms, fridge, washing machine. As a cherry on top, it was very spacious with a balcony and a parking space. We were so happy with the place. It felt like home.

We did not say much to Aunty, as we both had these thoughts in our mind and we needed to discuss them. But, internally I felt it was a stealth deal. We discussed the same while returning back to our BnB and agreed that we will finalize this place after seeing the options for tomorrow(if we did not find the desired place).

DAY 3

Day 3 was pretty hectic for us. We had to go to places and it is a Monday, it was an office day.

Option 1 – 2BHK in a resort, third floor I Rent 24K excluding bills

We had one more flat to see today. It was again a 2BHK flat in a resort. It was a nice flat, a spacious one though. And was a good place. But, now we were comparing it with Aunty’s flat. Also, we started comparing it in terms of stability and help as we are new to Goa and don’t know the locals, in that case having someone to help us out was also emerging as a necessary condition.

Option 2 – 2BHK in a very bad condition

The broker who took us to this flat also showed another option. But it was too bad. Not worth it at all.

I think you must have guessed till now. So, “YES” we took up Aunty’s 2BHK which is very close to Baga and Calangute only about 5 mins drive by car. And we both are so happy that we found THE PERFECT PLACE to be our HOME AWAY FROM HOME for the next few months.

So, the old school Moral of the House Hunt is – “To keep your eyes and ears open. Don’t hesitate to ask for help or to communicate with the locals. They will surely help you out. Don’t forget to check out OLX and Facebook groups.”

P.S. – My Suggestion tries to start your search for the right place way ahead I will say about 1 month before.

The largest city in the state of Meghalaya is Shillong . It is aptly called ‘Scotland of the East, a hidden gem among the valleys, hills, and mountains. It is   often proclaimed as a bustling hill station. Shillong retains the charm of the British colonial period. It is located in the northeastern part of India at an altitude of 4908 ft. Shillong offers the best place to enthral with its beautiful waterfalls, dreamy landscapes, and mesmerising hotspots. It further unravels its scintillating attractions from Lady hydari Park; elephant falls, Don Bosco Centre for Indigenous Cultures, Umaim lake, and so on. 

I personally feel a week is not enough to explore the serenity of this calm place encircled by pine trees. After all, Shillong is the only hill Station that is accessible from all sides. It is known for its soothing climate, suitable for all seasons. It  has its own ancient culture and heritage. One can find the Maharam, Khyrim, Mylliem, Bhowal, Langrim, and Mallaisohmat tribes. Till now, Shillong has hosted numerous musical concerts such as NH7 Weekender 2015, Submerge dance crew, etc. 

You won’t regret your trip to this cute and unique green hill station at all. Also, if you are looking for panaromic beauty and sceneries, Shillong is your long lost paradise. This small town has so much to offer which excludes a certain romance, especially in its striking highlands. And also, the places serves as the incomparable destination for all the monsoon lovers.

Best Time to visit Shillong:

Serenity of Meghalaya
Serenity of Meghalaya

Although Shillong could be seen any time of the year because the beautiful hill Station is a must-visit destination for anyone throughout the year. But, just like tropical India, Shillong experiences different climates. The summer here experiences 25 degrees Celsius. People flock together to explore this city and its surrounding areas. It is also considered as the peak season. During winters the temperature in Shillong is 16 degrees Celsius. The summer months start from March to June, which offers clear views. It is the peak season. Where tourists flock The city and its surrounding regions.

 The Winter season lasts from November to February, which is an ideal time to visit despite seeing the lesser number of tourists. It is the best winter destination for honeymooners due to the eccentric views of snow-clad peaks giving a mesmerising experience. The epic season is during the monsoon. One gets to experience the heavy rainfall, which is common to see, but it is ideal for a romantic getaway or an adventurous escapade as the lakes and rivers are in full swing. During this monsoon season, the tribal festival of behdienkhlam occurs, which gives a glimpse into this culture. 

Shillong has an array of attractions to quench everyone’s thought of wanderlust.

Places to visit in Shillong:

This cosmopolitan city unravels many uninterrupted views and scenic drives which surprise you at every level. The first place that strikes about this place. When someone talks about Shillong, it is Cherrapunji, the wettest place in India to receive the maximum amount of rainfall. 

Here are some of the best ecstatic places to visit in Shillong.

Umiam Lake:

The sparkling waters of the Umiam lake are located 15 km away. From  the main city Shillong. You can add this place on your itinerary to have  an opportunity. To visit this pristine beauty of heaven on Earth. This artificial beauty also derives its name as Barapani, which means vast lake. The place offers an array of activities from kayaking, Skiing to scooting. The tourism of Meghalaya has developed various water activities to attract its tourists. It is the best sport for some happy picnic moments. Experiencing houseboating on the lake. To the other shore of the lake is called Lumpongdeng island. 

Night camping at the lakeside and waking up to watch the scenic views is nothing less than a paradise.

All Saints Cathedral:

This colonial-style architecture with wooden roofs is a hidden beauty in this city is  All Saints Cathedral. It is one of the remaining churches in Hill Station. Severely damaged by an earthquake in 1897. It is set in the lush green lawns surrounded by old trees opposite the state central library.

Elephant Falls:

Calmness in Shillong
Calmness in atmoshpere

Explore the serenity of the elephant falls, which is a few minute’s drive away from Shillong peak. The falls is a series of three waterfalls initially called as 

Ka Kshaid Lai Pateng Khohsiew’ in Khasi. Later it was named Elephant falls due to its lookalike rock structure of baby elephants. This place is a magnificent beauty with an enormous amount of serene and calm atmosphere.

Shillong Peak:

Shillong Peak is the treasure of locales. At an elevation of 6449 ft, it gives total picturesque views of the entire town. The Hill point of view sometimes is obstructed by clouds during monsoons. The viewpoint is famous among tourists. The peak is believed to be the abode of the deity which protects the city.

Local visits to shillong teer result
Local Visits

Don Bosco Museum:

Don Bosco Museum is built-in a hexagonal shape with seven floors. It is the replica of  the seven states of North East India. Truly one of the best places to visit in Shillong, which preserves its history. The Don Bosco Museum, located in Mawlai, is the largest museum for indigenous culture. The museum has a specialised library that consists of 10,000 volumes. 

Lady Hydari Park:

This built-in Japanese-style Park is a recreational area for Shillong Sites. Lady hydari Park was named after the wife of the General-Governor of Assam. The park has a spacious small zoo within itself. The Park is blessed with  beautiful lawns, gardens and  a mini-zoo. Spring is the best time to visit the park as the garden is filled with blooming flowers. 

Laitlum Canyons:

Laitlum Canyons is a stunning place for a good view of panoramic hills and scenic beauty. Just a 45-minute drive away from the city. To explore this canyon. Laitlum is one such place which has been explored recently. The site is almost serene to witness the beautiful deep canyons, hills,  gorges, and valleys. 

Police Bazaar

From shopping for handicrafts, clothes to tasting the local and international delicacies or looking for budget hotels to crash in, Police Bazaar will cater to all your needs in Shillong. One of the busiest places in Shillong, which offers charming Meghalaya merchandise to regional apparel junk Jewelry, and alike. Police Bazaar has everything to offer.

Some of the other places to visit are the Air force museum, Mawphlang, ward’s lake, David Scott trail, Phan Nonglait Park, spread eagle falls, and so on.

How to reach:

Shillong is the most significant capital in Meghalaya, situated between the heavenly Garo and Khasi hills with eccentric, beautiful spots. 

Car ride on road in sunny weather, motion blur

By Air: Shillong airport is located in umroi. It is located  40 km away from the city. But Guhawati airport is the better option which is located 104km from Shillong. Guwahati is well-connected to all major cities in the country. From Guhawati It takes 3 hours to reach Shillong. 

By Rail: The nearest railway station in Shillong is Guhawati. It is located 105 km away from Shillong as there is no railway connectivity in Meghalaya. 

By Bus: Buses run by the Assam State Transport Corporation and Meghalaya Transport Corporation are the main interstate buses that pass through the two major highways of Shillong. The roads are smooth and in good condition. So you can travel via private car, cab or  bus and explore the hidden treasure amidst greenery. 

Things To Do In Shillong:

Shillong, the land of caves and waterfalls with thriving wonders of nature, will make a fantastic down memory lane. Here are the top things to do in Shillong which will relish your memories. 

The Iewduh Market:

Visit this Iewduh Market, which is also called Bara Bazaar. It is a favourite spot to explore, with several stalls selling numerous things. 

Pay a visit to Mawlynnong:

Mawlynnong : Meghalaya
Mawlynnong

The cleanest village in Asia, which is a 4-hour drive from Shillong. The place has a single-layered living root bridge. Visiting this village should be your top priority. When you visit shillong. As it has been declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. From there, one can reach the vantage point called sky view. 

Camping under the stars:

We were staying in the cosy tent under the full view of stars in the sky. Sitting beside the bonfire and camping with Friends is the best feeling. Shillong offers the best experiences under the night of camping. Some of the hotspots for camping are Mawlynnong rainforest, Khasi Hills, and Dawki.

Shillong Golf Course:

Golfer hitting golf shot with club on course vintage color tone

Also known as “Gleneagle of the East”, the Shillong golf course is the largest and oldest natural golf course in the world. The beautiful rhododendron trees and green pastures sprawled on the green grass is a must place to visit. 

Discover the Uniqueness of Shillong:

Shillong has the best of everything to offer. From lovely churches, stunning waterfalls, Caves to Cascading hills are the best to discover. However, the cafes in Shillong are icing on the cake, which serves the best snacks. Shillong’s favourite Tibetan momos and mouth-watering burgers, German sausages, are the best dishes here. 

Conclusion:

Shillong being the far east city, is still left untouched. Visiting Shillong is the best experience to withstand the serenity and its beauty. Shillong should be your following checklist to see in North East India. The people here are kind and down to earth. Shillong has the best of everything to offer, from historical treasures for nature lovers to rich indigenous cultures. 

Also, if you are looking for more details and trip experiences and advice. Stay tuned. Till then why not have your next holiday destination as Goa. Excited? Want to know more.

Kashmir- the land of love

Kashmir the land of heavens is an ideal testimony. It has the best form of pristine lakes, eccentric snow-clad mountains, with a tranquil atmosphere. This queen of beauty is often referred to as ‘Switzerland of India’. There is no doubt that Kashmir is called paradise on earth. The enclosed snow-clad mountains are the backdrop of a mighty range of pir panjal. The landscapes of the great Himalayas range offer picturesque beauty. It will awe you with its unfiltered beauty. 

Kashmir is a complete package with a long list of places to explore. It will stun you into silence to enjoy its serenity and further to enjoy the limitless nature of its heaven. Here are some of the attractions to explore. 

Kashmir is one part of the state divided into three parts. Namely Kashmir, Jammu, and Ladakh. Kashmir tourism has opened the gates to its Valley. With the ongoing COVID-19 restrictions the state allows travelers with a negative certificate to enter. Travelers must follow a set of guidelines issued by the government. The unparalleled beauty of Kashmir also offers impressive adventure activities from trekking, canoeing, water rafting, snowboarding, etc. 

Here are some of the places to must visit in Kashmir. It will leave you enthralling with an indelible print. If you are visiting Kashmir for the first time, never miss these eccentric places in Kashmir.

Best Time To Visit Kashmir:

Although Kashmir experiences all the seasons. The best time to visit is throughout the year. Each season offers different experiences. From witnessing the blossom of flowers and greenery in alpine meadows. During the March to October period, it is an offshore season where tourists flock together. And they witness the different species of colorful tulips looking vibrant in their surroundings. 

To experience the snowfall, hop on these adventure activities in Gulmarg between October to February which is also an ideal time to explore. To capture its bewitching beauty. Greater Kashmir is a mountainous valley in the temperate zone. It witnesses all the four different seasons together namely summer, monsoon, autumn to winter. 

Mustard field with Beautiful  snow covered mountains landscape Kashmir state, India
Mustard field with Beautiful snow-covered mountains landscape Kashmir state, India

From early March to May and May to August is the best time to visit, this pristine beauty of heaven on earth. The peak season is during the summer for sightseeing and exploring its enchanted beauty. 

Places to visit in Kashmir:

Your vacation can turn out to be memorable with our intricate details. We offer to you about places to visit in Kashmir. From the boat ride of shikaras in the sparkling dal lake to the religious well-known Amarnath temple. Each place has its attractions and offerings. But if you are looking to go on vacation here. Then visit these four destinations for sure: Srinagar, Gulmarg, Pahalgam, and Sonamarg. 

1) Srinagar

Srinagar is undoubtedly the first place to visit in Kashmir as well as India for travelers. The place offers a close-up view of Kashmir culture and food. Sitting on the banks of the Jhelum river. Srinagar is the capital of Jammu and Kashmir, India. Srinagar City offers a lot of attractions. From taking a whimsical ride on shikaras in Dal Lake and Nagin Lakes. Watching the migratory birds in Dachigam Wildlife Sanctuary. Visiting the holiest sites of Amarnath temple, Shankaracharya temple. To the blossom of tulips in the Mughal garden. Srinagar is bliss with a mirage of attractions. It is enclosed by the mighty green mountains. These attractions will complete your trip to Srinagar. 

2) Pahalgam 

Snow mountains in Pahalgam, kashmir

Pahalgam is located on the banks of the Lidder river. At an altitude of 2740m, it is a magnificent beauty with marvelous views. Of lush greenery and green meadows. This city gets its name as the valley of shepherds. Surrounded by snow-clad mountains. It is the beginning place for the annual journey. The sacred cave of Amarnath temple. Pahalgam is an ideal destination for romantic getaways and honeymooners. So they can enjoy spending beautiful moments in the Aru Valley and Betaab Valley. Some of the attractions in Pahalgam are Tullian lake, Betaab valley, Aru valley, Baisaran to name a few. From river rafting, golfing to shopping. These are some of the activities. A traveler can explore Pahalgam. 

3) Gulmarg 

One of the popular skiing destinations in India is Gulmarg. This place is also known as the snow paradise of Kashmir. Located at an altitude of 2650 meters, Gulmarg is a meadow of flowers. It is a getaway for the people. From the scorching heat of North India. From the pine trees, lush greenery forests, and lakes overflowing on the Pir Panjal range. It offers splendid views. One can enjoy adventurous sports. Such as skiing, trekking, and paragliding. Take gondola rides for a fun panoramic view of the valley. Gulmarg is all about its exotic sightseeing and other activities. Gulmarg is a haven for romantic lovers. Some of the attractions here include Father reishi shrine, Maharani temple, Apharwat peak. The Strawberry Garden, Gulmarg Biosphere reserve to name a few. 

4) Sonamarg

It is the land of gold in Kashmir with beautiful landscapes. Sonamarg is the last town on the way. To Ladakh from Kashmir. It is one of the best places to visit in Kashmir. This place is famous for pristine lakes and breathtaking views of the meadows. These ideal attractions will warm up your soul. From camping near the sparkling green view of lakes. To trekking down to the Baltan Valley in Sonamarg. Not only this, the valley is bestowed with a variety of flowers. And is also a host of adventure activities and amazing views. 

5) Leh

Leh Temple and river in Leh Ladakh, India
Leh Temple and river in Leh Ladakh, India

Leh is one of the safest places to visit in Kashmir. It is the land of Berry biker’s dreams. Leh is every traveler’s destination during summer. It is set amidst the two mountain ranges. The Karakoram and the great Himalayas with a quaint setting. Leh is popularly known as little Tibet. For its Buddhist monasteries, magnetic hills, and pristine lakes. Leh is on the list of every bike traveler. Leh in itself is a place of immense beauty owing to the mountains and snow.

Things To do in Kashmir:

‘Heaven on earth has not only exotic attractions to visit. But also offers adventure activities, spiritual activities, and things to do in Kashmir. Here are some of the enthralling activities to have a blast in your vacation. 

Boat morning in Kashmir
Boat morning in Kashmir

Shikara Ride on the Dal Lake:

Admire the distant beauty of mountains. As you lay back on the shikara ride on Dal Lake and Nagin lake. The touch of cold water will soothe you. As you trail on the surface of the lake. Witnessing the Kashmiri lifestyle. The glory of nature will give you an awesome experience. 

Gondola ride:

Enjoy the Gondola ride amidst the snow-clad mountains at the Gulmarg Valley. It is the world’s second-largest operating table which takes place in three phases. This ride is best to experience both the summer and winter seasons. 

Golfing at World Class golf Course:

One of the offbeat things to do in the Gulmarg valley. Golfing in the world’s highest and largest golf course. Furthermore, the place offers amazing views of lush greenery and snow-capped mountains. The experience will leave you mesmerized for years. 

Trekking in Kashmir:

Kashmir is home to a lot of trek sites. The sprawling meadows of Kashmir add beauty. To the trekking experience on alpine lakes. Such as Gadsar, Marsar, Gangabai and more. This trekking experience adds to the list of adventure activities. That will leave you fascinating basking in joy. 

– Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulips Garden 

Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulips Garden - kashmir
Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulips Garden – kashmir

It is one of Asia’s largest tulip gardens with a variety of varieties of flowers. Every year in Kashmir the locals celebrate this festival with great joy. Tourists visit this attraction in April of course, to enjoy the full blossom of flowers. 

Skiing & Paragliding:

Paragliding is the quintessential experience. In the amazing valleys of Sonamarg, Gulmarg, Sanasar. Each second of these moments will give you an enthralling lifetime joy. The beauty of meadows is surely a good thing to behold. Enjoying skiing with your friends. Some of the places for skiing are Patnitop, Madha top, or Gulmarg. Undoubtedly, these activities will leave you mesmerized by their white marble beauty. 

River Rafting:

River Rafting in the Lidder river will pump your adrenaline rush. It is one of the adventures activities to do. Places such as Pahalgam and Sonamarg in Kashmir are the best places. To do this thrilling activity and immerse oneself. But one must follow the safety instructions. Given by the instructors for a safe and thrilling experience. 

– Shopping:

Kashmir is home to artistic artifacts and hand-woven silk shawls. From the pashmina shawls, handlooms. For souvenirs, expensive Doda sapphire, friends. Kashmir is bestowed with these beauties. Certainly, shopping is one of the reasons for Kashmir to visit. 

Some of the other things to do in Kashmir are:

  • Pony ride excursions in the Kashmir Valley.
  • Exploring the wildlife at the Wildlife Sanctuary.
  • Mountain biking in the valleys of Kashmir
  • Visiting the religious retreats to worship.
  • Experiencing a luxurious stay at the houseboat
  • Treating yourself with delicious Kashmiri cuisine.

These are among the things to do in Kashmir. 

How to reach Kashmir:

Kashmir is well-connected by rail, road, and air from the other major cities of the country.

Sunset view of an airplane on airport runway under dramatic sky

By Air: Srinagar airport is well-connected to major cities of India. There are prepaid taxis at the airport which take you from the city. Curfews are common here. So reaching the airport early can help you without any fuss. 

By Train: The Jammu Tawi railway station is the nearest to Kashmir. Several trains are operating to Delhi to and fro. But Delhi is the nearest station to Srinagar. 

By Road: Kashmir has both good facilities to travel via road. Both state-run and private buses provide facilities. At their terminals for passengers. The Jawahar tunnel connects Jammu to the valley of Kashmir. Many luxury buses are available in this tunnel. Pre-bookings are open for booking in advance. 

In fact, traveling in these buses makes it comfortable for travelers. It allows travelers to reach Kashmir by enjoying scenic views. Also, the route seems non-tiring because of the mesmerizing view.

We feel You

With months into lockdown, the pandemic has only increased our urge for travelling. Everyone is looking forward to travel to some of the best destinations in India, if not outside India. But owing to the pandemic and lockdown restrictions, just like any other sector, the travel and tourism industry has been hit hard. As of now, no one knows when to commence travel easily. At the same time, all the travel enthusiasts are waiting for the lockdown to end desperately. I can surely feel you guys. 

Though, the country has started to unlock in phases with several cities easing their lockdown restrictions. However, international travel may take time to commence. Hopefully, everything will get back on track soon. But, there is no problem in planning a trip ahead. Right? 

So, here we are hoping to trade you. From the comfort of the couch to adventure and exotic trips. 

July and Travel

This July, the government started to lift the lockdown and ease-out travel restrictions to restore the tourism industry. But the concerns around the ongoing pandemic are still raging. Some cities are still in lockdown mode. But most of the cities continue with the restrictions taking the much-needed care. Slowly crawling to get back and restart their businesses. Waiting for the pandemic to over is not the only way to start traveling either. In the same way, the travel industry is pounding its way to new forms of staycations, getaways, monthly stays and long weekend sanitised stays at nearby places.

But if you are wondering what places you can visit with your family and friends after lockdown. Don’t worry we are here for you. We curated the three best destinations. You can go with your friends that will not burn your pocket. But you can travel with the necessary precautions to such places for a therapeutic calmness and to refresh yourself and come back to normalcy. 

Get Set Go

Here are the top three best places to visit after lockdown. They are Goa, Manali, and Srinagar. These destinations are renowned places famous for their blissful nature and adventure. The government of these particular places is now allowing visitors from other states. But you will need a COVID-19 negative report or first dose vaccines certificate to travel. Happy news for all travel lovers is that no quarantine is required after reaching the place. It seems happy vacay times are back. But don’t forget to exercise social distance and maintain caution every time. “ Kyuki jaan hai to Jahan hai ” 

Also, don’t forget, the Arogya Setu app is a must-have for all places. Please follow the guidelines by the central and state governments for all health and safety measures. So, without waiting any further let’s dive into these three best places that will help you get rid of mental stress, anxiety, etc out of your body if any. 

Three Places to visit after lockdown:

Goa

Goa after lockdown
Goa after lockdown

You can plan your trip for the perfect post-quarantine vacation to goa. Goa offers an array of options. It is one of the safest places to visit after lockdown. The beach state has attracted tourists with amazing deals on hotels and resorts. Goa is known as a place where your party begins. Goa is one of the few states to quickly respond to the deadly disease. But trust me it is undoubtedly considered the best and safest place to plan a short trip to the paradise of beaches. Apart from this, one must not dare to miss out on the ravishing nightlife pubs and goan churches. It not only caters to the ultimate adventure but also excites the party animal in you. If you are planning to visit exotic and dreamy places, Goa must be on the top of your list.

Places to visit in Goa:

Goa never fails to stun you with its plethora of tourist attractions. Beaches like Vagator, Calangute, Candolim, Baga, Anjuna are some of the few beaches to visit. Club Cubana, Fort Aguada, The Church of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception are sightseeing places to visit. While Grand Island, Divar island, Chapora fort, Dhudsagar waterfalls are for historic and nature lovers. For the shopping freaks, the Anjuna flea market is the best choice to indulge.

Travel guidelines after lockdown

Tourists planning a visit to goa must adhere to the covid precautions. The Goa government has extended the lockdown till July 12. But tourists are allowed to enter the state. Things to carry while traveling are face masks, face shields, sanitizer. Social distancing is compulsory. COVID-19 negative report or home quarantine is not mandatory. But the Arogya Setu app must be downloaded by all passengers. Also, the COVID-19 test is mandatory on arrival. Travelers must undergo thermal screening.

Things To do:

Goa offers many things to do. Such as shopping, sightseeing, and indulging in various activities. But safety is important for travelers. You can check with the concerned facility. To assign you safety gear, and more before departure.

Top restaurants in Goa:

Restaurants such as Earthen oven, Spice goa, Peep kitchen, Chef Soumyen’s Kitchen, Barbecue bay are some of the top restaurants. They offer complete takeaway and delivery services available. Some of the local food franchises are also operating with social distancing.

How to reach:

For safety concerns, if you are using any kind of ferry services to reach a place. Maintain social distance and Wear a mask. Avoid being in overcrowded areas. For a hassle-free services pre-book your air tickets and accommodation in advance

By Air: Dabolim is the main airport which is also an international airport. It is situated at a distance of almost 29 km from Panaji, the state capital. It is well-connected with other major cities as well as internationally.

By Rail: The main railway stations of Goa are Madgaon and Vasco-da-Gama. These stations are well-connected to all major cities in India. You can easily reach Goa by train. From Delhi, it takes about 12 hours to reach these stations. From there, you can easily book a cab to your Airbnb or hotel.

By road: Tourists can also reach Goa via road. The kadamba bus stand in Panaji is the main bus station. Goa has major bus services both government and private buses that connect majors in and out of the state to other major cities in the country.

Manali

Manali
Manali

Himachal Pradesh is yet another state that has opened its borders without any quarantine rules. If you miss going on snowy adventure trips with your friends, then pack your bags and head over to the hill stations of Himachal Pradesh. Inarguably one of the ideal locations for a perfect and relaxing getaway in Manali. The perfect hill station is suitable for all types of travelers. Nurtured by sparkling Beas rivers and snow-capped mountains, Manali is every back paper’s paradise. It is located in the Kullu Valley. The ‘Land of snow’  is among the best destinations to visit after lockdown. It is a heaven for tourists who love mountains, snow, and greenery and who do not. Right?

Ever since the government announced its ease of restrictions, the images of traffic jams on the road leading to the state have gone viral. Most of the hill stations are highly populated with tourists. Over the last few days Manali, Shimla, Kullu, Kasol, and Naggar have seen a lot of tourists. 

The scenic mountains and gushing rivers bring some sort of peaceful atmosphere. The mountains and chilled atmosphere will never cease to amaze you. Visiting such a cool and calm place is what everyone needs after such a lifetime of lockdown. There are many tourist attractions to explore to leave you spellbound with its immense beauty.  From the pristine snow of atmosphere to Unparalleled picturesque Landscapes, Manali has so much to offer.

Places to visit in Manali:

From a peaceful escape to Hadimba Temple, surrounded by pine trees. It is famous for its blissful atmosphere and unique architecture. Some of the other tourist places to visit in Manali are Solang Valley, Museum Of Himachal culture and folk art, Tibetan monasteries, Clubhouse, Vashisht hot water springs. The Jogini falls, Manu temple, Kothi, Rohtang Pass is best for experiencing solace. These are a few important places to explore this vivid beauty. You can explore the best of this hill station and rejuvenate yourself for a memorable experience.

Travel guidelines:

E-pass and COVID-19 negative reports are mandatory to enter Himachal Pradesh. It is essential to keep a record of these two documents for travelers from other states are allowed to enter the state. All passengers should have the Arogya Setu on their phones. Travelers should undergo thermal screening on arrival. Violation of covid rules like roaming without face masks will result in fines or even imprisonment. Also, don’t forget to wear a face mask and shield, sanitize yourself and maintain social distancing.

Things to do in Manali:

This stunning hill station is a heaven for adventure seekers and nature lovers. Some of the activities you can enjoy are snowmobile exploration, zorbing, paragliding, river rafting, trekking, camping, etc. The panoramic views of mountains and fascinating river crossings can be easily explored via walking or cycling. The entire serenity and charm make it a perfect getaway.

Top restaurants in Manali:

Manali not only offers adventure and soul-driven trips. But also famous for lip-smacking food with good ambiance and gorgeous views. Some of the eateries have the best locations to keep yourself content during vacations. Some of the top restaurants in Manali are 

  • Mount View Restaurant
  • Basil Leaf Restaurant
  • The Open Air And Multi-Cuisine Restaurant
  • Drifter’s Cafe
  • Johnson’s Cafe
  • Coffee house

These are the top few restaurants to name a few. But these restaurants follow the guidelines of allowing only 50% capacity people. Takeaways and delivery services available to ensure the safety of the customers. 

How to reach:

Considering the ongoing pandemic. The state of Himachal Pradesh has lifted most of the restrictions. But has issued new rules for travel. There are no restrictions for intrastate travel. But tourists traveling from interstate issue an E-pass.

By Air: The nearest airport is Kullu Manali airport located approximately. It is 50 km in bhuntar from Manali town. Direct domestic flights from Chandigarh and Delhi are available. But due to weather foreseen conditions, you can even opt for other modes.

By bus: With an extensive network of state-run transports, Manali is well-connected to other major cities. The distance might be long but the view is worth it. You experience an insane amount of calmness and something I can’t express in words. I will suggest, travel by car and you have achieved the greatest of contentment. 

By Rail: The nearest railway station to Manali is the Joginder Nagar railway station. It is well-connected to all major cities of North India. Ambala and Chandigarh are feasible options to reach Manali.

Srinagar

Srinagar
Srinagar

It is a home to cozy houseboats and pleasant lakes. It is the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir. This old city is famous for Dal lake, Kashmiri apples, and cuisines. The sun-kissed peak of the mountains at the backdrop. The tranquillity comes from the flowing of the river Jhelum. It is considered suitable for you to travel after lockdown to witness the charm it brings each time. It is the city of paradise. From the historic attractions to gardens and lakes, The place captures the alluring hues of colorful nature.

Visiting each garden in the city will leave you mesmerized by its beauty. Also, the lakes here are quite the charm. Riding in the vibrant shikaras with a backdrop of Pir Panjal mountain range at Dal lake can be expressed in words. It adds the magnificence of its ethnic beauty.

Places to visit in Srinagar:

While you are in Srinagar, you need to visit some of these places that will fascinate you even more. The important lake in Srinagar is Dal lake. It is referred to as the ‘crown of Kashmir at the international level. Srinagar takes pride in itself for its lakes. Some of them are Wular lake, Nagin lake, Manasbal lake, etc. Some of the tourist attractions to visit are Apple orchards, tulip gardens, Gulmarg, Pahalgam, Pari mahal, Shankaracharya Mandir, Jamia masjid, Shalimar bagh, and so on.

Travel guidelines:

The J&K government has issued a weekend lockdown. E-pass and COVID-19 negative reports are mandatory to enter Srinagar. And, it is essential to keep a record of negative RT-PCR documents. Passengers are required to fill up the ICMR Health form on arrival. They are required to undergo a COVID-19 test at the airport. All passengers should have the Arogya Setu app on their phones. Health screening is conducted at regular intervals. The rapid antigen test(RAT) is conducted at Srinagar airport for passengers. Home quarantine of 14 days for tourists is still not lifted if you are not carrying the Arogya Setu app and test report results.

Things to do in Srinagar:

Enjoy after lockdown
Enjoy after lockdown

If you are planning to visit Srinagar any time soon, here are a few things to do in Srinagar. The ‘Heaven on Earth’ is famous for its sightseeing attractions and adventure activities. A surreal abode for cultural vultures. Go Birdwatching in manasbal lake, seek blessings at Shankaracharya Mandir, go rafting at sonmarg, go skiing at Gulmarg, stay in a luxurious houseboat, go paragliding are a few of the things to do here.

Top restaurants in Srinagar:

Due to the ongoing pandemic, the restaurants are allowing only 50% capacity of people for dine-in. A few of the popular restaurants that deliver in Srinagar are Lacima cafe and pizzeria, Mughal Darbar, Lhasa restaurant. Ahdoos is the top joint eatery among travelers and local people. The Chinar at The LaLiT Grand Palace is the best outdoor restaurant. Each of these restaurants serves Kashmiri delicacies. In addition, you can enjoy the good ambiance, courteous staff, along with breathtaking views at dusk. It is the ideal destination for you to visit after lockdown.

How to reach:

Follow the guidelines and SOPs issued by the government. Although the government has sped up the vaccine drives. It is necessary to sanitize yourself and maintain social distancing.

By Air: Srinagar airport is well-connected to all the airports of major cities in the country.

By Rail: There are no operational stations in Srinagar. But Jammu is the nearest railway station. It is well-connected to the Indian railway network.

By Road: It is well-connected to most of the cities via road. State-run buses and deluxe operate at regular intervals from the respective cities.

Conclusion:

A trip to these destinations with your family and friends is all that you need to unwind and feel at peace. Please stick to the rules and regulations laid out by your hosts. If you venture outside make sure to sanitize yourself, wear face masks. Lastly, follow the social distancing for your safety as well as for locals and places. The government of each state has issued new travel guidelines. Follow the guidelines given the scenario it is necessary to prepare yourself. After getting rid of lockdown and this pandemic. You can spend some time in the solace of these best places in India. Wash your hands regularly, maintain social distance, wear face masks while going out. To keep yourself safe from getting affected.

Dalhousie The Serenity of Himachal
Dalhousie The Serenity of Himachal

Dalhousie is an ultimate Hill Station get away from all your chaotic work life. It is also known as Little Switzerland of India situated in the Chamba district of Himachal Pradesh. Moreover, Dalhousie weather is a perfect place for both summer and winter lovers. Dalhousie is surrounded by high-capped snow mountains. The hill station is situated at the western end of the Dhauladhar range. Its picturesque images of Victorian-style buildings and magnificent British mansions leave you awestruck.

This hilly station is a summer vacay from the scorching heat. From lush greenery mountains to gushing sounds of rivers flowing in the streams to mountain breeze. The town has everything from lush green mountains, gushing rivers, and smooth mountain breeze. In addition to, the town completely charms you with its aura of pleasant weather and pristine air.

Dalhousie is among the few places in north India for a summer vacation. This vintage beauty attracts thousands of visitors each year. The city has so much to offer from local shopping experiences to trekking, nature sightseeing, and nature trails. The dainkund peak, waterfalls, and eccentric lakes are yet other attractions. In this article, I’m going to tell you about how you can enjoy the most in Dalhousie.

Nine Best  places to visit in Dalhousie:

Dalhousie has so much to offer. Some of the best places to visit are as follows:

Khajjiar:

Khajjiar Lake View - Dalhousie
Lake View – Dalhousie

This lake is one of the must-visit places in Dalhousie. Chamba is a small town located about a few meters away from Dalhousie. Also, known as the “Mini Switerzland”. You can feel the freshness of the thick pine and Deodar trees. The snow-capped mountains further mesmerize you. You must visit the Khajjii Nag temple and cozy swiss meadow. Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary is yet another attraction. This place is ideal for picnic lovers and trekking activities. You can visit it any time of the year.

Panchpula:

Panchpula is known for its beautiful green pine and Deodar trees. It has beautiful river outlets and stunning waterfalls. Panchpula is also famous for the memorial monument of Sardar Ajit Singh. This fantastic picnic spot is located at a distance of 3.5km from Gandhi Chowk. Moreover, during the monsoons, Panchpula looks serene and eccentric to visit.

Dainkund peak:

The  Dainkund region is the highest peak of Dalhousie. It is also known as Singing Hill. The whistling sounds across the trees and the colorful flower valleys create a musical sensation. The experience is magical. Camping near the dainkund peak is itself an experience to seek, which is worth exploring.

Satdhara falls:

The lush green forest of pine and vegetation trees surrounds Satdhara falls on the Panchpula route. The falls offer stunning views of a blend of seven streams known for their medicinal and healing properties. It is an ideal spot for travelers and honeymooners as the spring water joins in unison and blends into Satdhara falls.

Bakrota hills:

One of the renowned places in Dalhousie is popularly known by the name of upper Bakrota hills. It is one of the highest areas in Dalhousie and offers beautiful hilly mountains to watch. The tourists most visit it as it provides a serene and calm atmosphere. It will leave your soul immersed in the utmost atmosphere filled with peaceful bliss.

Subhash baoli:

Named after the freedom fighter Subhash Chandra bose. The place Subhash baoli is an eccentric beauty is which connects to ancient history. The thick snowy mountains surround the place and are an ideal spot for a picnic. The site has an enduring natural spring which is located 1km from Dalhousie. The Place has medicinal values and healing properties.

Ganji Pahari:

Ganji Pahari offers stunning views of landscapes filled with flora. It is a good Hill that is well-known as a picnic spot and trekking destination. During the winter season, snow covers the Ganji Pahari area, which gives eccentric views and is located at a distance of five kilometers from Dalhousie.

Kalatop Khajjiar Sanctuary :

One can explore the flora and fauna of the Himachal region in the Kalatop Khajjiar Sanctuary. It is home to exotic species such as Black-headed Jay, blackbirds, etc. One can spot around more than one hundred alien bird species in this Sanctuary. It also features a trekking trail which offers a fantastic experience.

Chamba:

Chamba District I Near Dalhousie
Chamba District I Near Dalhousie

It is a town that is across the backdrop of pristine rivers and green hills. It is an important tourist attraction for its national museums, number of inscription paintings, and ancient history. Further, the place offers various shopping centers for artifacts and handlooms etc.  Rang Mahal and her-e-Punjab Dhaba are some of the tourist spots in the Chamba Valley.

St. Francis Catholic Church:

It is also one of the popular attractions in Dalhousie. This church is the epitome of ancient British architectural designs. Its spiritual sanctum gives utmost serenity to the whole atmosphere. Therefore, the church counts among the prominent places in Dalhousie.

Things To do in Dalhousie:

Workation at Dalhousie
Workation at Dalhousie

You can do multiple activities in Dalhousie. Whether you are a summer lover or winter love, this place something to offer to everybody. Some of them are paragliding and boating, Also, must not miss the divine Chamunda Devi temple. If you are planning on taking a day’s rest you can plan a picnic in the Panchpula magical woods. Tibetan market is yet another attraction for tourists and shopping. They have very beautiful exclusively made handicrafts

My personal suggestion would be also not to miss the hot water spring at Subhash Baoli. In addition to sightseeing and trekking excursions, Dalhousie is a place of serenity, calmness, and freshness. You can even plan for a yoga session with friends and family to rejuvenate yourself. Connecting with nature in such beauty is splendid.

How to reach Dalhousie:

By Air: Traveling via air is not possible in Dalhousie. As it doesn’t have its own Airport. To reach Dalhousie, one can take a  flight from Pathankot domestic Airport. The second Airport connected to reach Dalhousie is Gaggal Airport which is located 140 km away from the town. To reach Dalhousie, it has domestic and international airports as it is well connected by air, road, or train. You can reach Dalhousie via Cab/Private taxi.

By Train: The Pathankot railway station which is located 80 km away from Dalhousie is the nearest airport.  Hire a private taxi from the railway station, and it takes three hours to reach the destination. Many superfast and express trains are linked with the major cities to reach Dalhousie. Delhi is the second city which is the nearest station to Dalhousie. The train journey will take at least 10-11 hours, or an overnight train is also an excellent option to reach Dalhousie from Delhi. Kathua railway station is also the second railway station from Jammu and Kashmir. Also, it takes around three hours to reach Dalhousie by road.

Travel by road for the best view of  weather
Travel by road for the best view

By road: To travel to Dalhousie from the road takes more time. But one can enjoy a convenient and memorable journey by hiring a cab or self-driving. The Haryana Road transport Corporation and Himachal Pradesh Road Transport Corporation are government bus services that allow buses from nearby cities to Dalhousie. From Delhi, similarly, it takes 11 hours to reach Dalhousie.  One can explore the scenic views while traveling to Dalhousie.

Travel trips to Dalhousie:

  • Always carry a document with your travel plans as per itinerary.
  • Pack your clothes according to the season and the month of travel. For Summers, you can carry sweatshirts, full Sleeves, t-shirts. If you are traveling during the winter season, you take heavy woolen clothes to plan a  trip to Himachal Pradesh.
  • Identity proofs issued by the government need to be shown at the hotel or the check-ins. Always keep a digital copy of your documents on your smartphone.
  • Please check the hotel amenities and ratings.
  • Suppose you are traveling with elders. Then always ask your agent to book a nearby hotel or resort with basic amenities.
  • Carry a set of emergency numbers and a first aid kit. For instance, carry emergency contacts about the accommodation to save in your mobile devices and share it with your family members.
Temperature
Wander into the freshness

Things To Carry:

To conclude, don’t forget to keep these things in your bag when planning a trip to Dalhousie

  • Carry an extra set of dresses
  • Sunscreen and body lotion
  • Pair of trekking shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • First aid kit

Lansdowne Village
Lansdowne Village

Grandeur of North India

Lansdowne, a serene Hill Station situated in the lap of Uttarakhand, is one of the lesser-known places in India. It was a popular Hill resort for Britishers. The cantonment board administers the entire town and is named after the British ruler, Lord Lansdowne, who visited India in 1884. Indeed, Lansdowne is a much cleaner and well-maintained village that houses the command of Garhwal Rifles of the Indian Army. Lansdowne weather is serene throughout the year. The winters are almost frigid. It is one of the hill stations with enriched beauty and lush green forest, which will enthrall you.

Lansdowne is ideal for a perfect getaway during the weekend and holiday retreat. It has blue pine and dense oak forests on all sides at an altitude of 1700m above sea level. Lansdowne weather is the best if you want to seek solace and rejuvenate your mind from the hustle of crowded city life.

History and Lansdowne

The Hill station offers breathing views of the Himalayas with many beautiful sunrise and sunset viewpoints. Also, Lansdowne is famous for its history and temples. From the Garhwal Rifles Regimental War Memorial, St.Mary’s Church, Kaleshwar temple, St.John’s Church, Durga Devi Temple, Bhairav Garhi Temple, to Mahadev Temple, Bhim pakora, Bhulla Tal, Tip-in-Top every place has a story to tell. The serenity of the place and the experience will leave you spellbound.

Each year during the autumn season. The Annual ‘Sharadotsav’  is organized in Lansdowne. Going to overnight Camping, having a boating ride at Bhulla lake, Trekking to Snow Point, and Hiking at Tip-N-Top, and Birdwatching the migratory birds, seeking blessings at religious sites are some of the best things to do in Lansdowne. The Darwan Singh Sangrahalaya is a two-story historical museum that is one of the popular Lansdowne attractions.

Also, a must-place for history lovers, as the History of Lansdowne dates back to the year 1887. The first battalion of Garhwal Rifles from Almora was stationed here, which led to the development of a recruiting center in this town. Evidently, the place served as a first base for the Garhwal freedom fighters. But currently, the present business is a command office and division of Garhwal Rifles and the army.

Places to visit in Lansdowne:

Lansdowne, a not-so-crowded Hill Station, is one of the closest Hill stations from the Delhi NCR region, perfect for a weekend getaway. Here is a list of the top 11 tourist spots in the hidden gems of the village, which you must explore for a memorable Vacation.

Bhulla Tal Lake:

Bhulla Tal is an artificial lake. The credit of its maintenance goes to the Indian Army. Bhulla Tal is a quiet lake and ideal to spend time in the lap of nature is located 1km from the Lansdowne city center. You will be enthralled to witness the flower garden, which creates a riot of colors. Undoubtedly, a boat ride to explore the picturesque lake is a fun activity. There is also an amusement Park, coffee cafes, Souvenir, and nursery close to it.

Tip N Top:

Tip N Top is a quiet hill viewpoint in Lansdowne. The place is a major tourist spot because of its amazing sunsets and sunrises. For this reason, it is cherished by lovers, honeymoon couples, families, and friends. Also, if you are a Star-gazer, visiting this hilltop will relieve your experience with sweeping views of the Valley.

Tarkeshwar Mahadev Temple:

Tarkeshwar Mahadev Temple is about 1800m above sea level. Beautiful Deodar and pine trees encircle the serene temple. Santoshi temple and Tarkeshwar Mahadev Temple are must-visits in Lansdowne with lush greenery, and the spiritual environment will rejuvenate your mind.

Darwan Singh Museum:

It is named after Victoria Cross holder Darwan Singh Negi is a historical museum. It is one of the prominent attractions in Lansdowne. The museum has an old collection of arms, ammunition, old uniforms, certificates and photographs. It also displays the rare collection of Garhwal Rifles.

St. Mary’s and John’s Church:

Indeed an old charm of the town is the St.Mary’s Church which was a preaching center converted into a museum. Also, St. John’s Church floats for its British architectural designs, which is the only running church for mass on Sundays.

Bhim pakora:

The Historical place will leave you amazed by its name itself. As two perched large stones, one above the other attracts thousands of visitors each year. The top rock is movable, but no one is able to do so, which tricks everyone.

Hawagarh:

Hawagarh offers exquisite views of the snow-covered Himalayan valleys. It is one of the major tourist attractions and trekking expeditions in Lansdowne. Also, the popular route is  Jaiharikhal which transverse to the khyber pass.

Things To do in perfect lansdowne weather :

You can totally enjoy it to the fullest in Lansdowne. Apart from sightseeing and simply wandering in the beautiful place. You can go for a nature walk, bird watching, and shopping. Further to extend your experience why not trekking.

Nature Walk

Beautiful view in nature
Beautiful view in nature

Enjoy the leisure walk through the winding roads of Lansdowne, which will leave you compelling to nature. From listening to the hummingbirds, fresh breath of air, to watching the mother earth’s core. Soak yourself in this endless beauty and take a stroll through the snow point in Nawagarh to capture the gushing of winds through your face.

Bird Watching

Due to its clear blue skies and pine trees, Lansdowne attracts migratory birds that flock worldwide. The hamlet here is home to 600 exotic species, which is closest to Jim Corbett National Park.

Jungle Safari

Surrounded by lush green forest and its wilderness Lansdowne offers the best jungle Safari experience. The Kalagarh Tiger reserve, which covers the northern part of the famous Jim Corbett National Park is exclusively famous for sightseeing big cats. It is one of the most enthralling experiences to witness the wildness of animals in Lansdowne.

Shopping:

They saw great things come in small packages. The place is a shopper’s stop for buying Souvenirs at Alaknanda market or Lansdowne market to gifting your loved ones leather gift items from Javed’s shop opposite Garhwal Rifles Camp. Further, it is full of shopping centers, Cafes, and restaurants.

Trekking & Camping:

Trekking at Lansdowne
Trekking at Lansdowne

One of the exciting things to do in Lansdowne is trekking to Bhim pakora. Because of the lush green open grounds, overnight Camping at Lansdowne can add to your experience in so many ways. You can easily set up a tent and enjoy the born fire in your own cozy little way.

How to reach Lansdowne:

Train to kotdwar 40 kms away from Lansdowne
Train to kotdwar 40 km away from Lansdowne

By Air: One can travel to Lansdowne Air via Jolly Grant airport in Dehradun. It is the nearest airport about 117kms away from Lansdowne. You would be amazed to know that it takes only about 30 mins from Delhi to Lansdowne by plane. The flight rates are also so affordable that while writing this article, I booked myself a ticket again for a visit.

By road | Delhi to Lansdowne: It is best connected via roads. In fact, it is well-connected to all major cities in Uttarakhand. If considering from Delhi, it is a 6 hours scenic drive that leaves you spellbound.

By Train:  Taking a train to Kotdwar, which is 40kms away from Lansdowne. Kotdwar is well-connected to all major cities in North India.

By Bus: One can travel to Lansdowne by State-run or private buses from Delhi, Dehradun, Kotdwar, Haridwar, and Mussoorie.

Accommodation and Accessibility:

Lansdowne has the best accommodation and Accessibility facilities. Places like Jaiharikhal offer panoramic views and a calm environment that we can easily explore in a local taxi. And one can access all the tourist spots of the city on foot. Places like Gandhi Park are the main center of the location to enjoy a breath of fresh air in their lush gardens.

Nature surrounds the Gumkhal region and offers rejuvenating vibes, which is essential to keep yourself sane and calm. There are plenty of accommodation options. But very few resorts and hotels offer the best facilities to enjoy the best of all the Lansdowne offers. As a consequence of this, you might have to try a little hard to find your happy place.

Delicacies of Landsdowone

Chinese food
Chinese food

Nevertheless, it is full of small cafes and restaurants which offer tasty and hygienic food at moderate prices. For instance, Kalanda Cafe is best for snacks and dosa. At the same time, restaurants near Gandhi chowk are the best place for backpackers and budget-friendly. There are expensive resorts that feature in-house restaurants with lip-smacking cuisines. Additionally, there are roadside Dhabas that offer authentic momos, hot chili Noodles, fried rice, and other Indo-Chinese dishes.

Conclusion

Each year during the autumn and summer season, it conducts Art festivals and major religious festivals like Sharadotsav and Ashtami, which attracts thousands of pilgrims. Untouched by the epitome of beauty. Lansdowne is the best way of connecting with yourself. To conclude Lansdowne is the best place to cherish and relax away from the hustle-bustle of city life.

Candolim Beach – rich in Goan Culture

If you want to explore the different aspects of Goan culture, you must make someplace for the Candolim beach in your Goa to visit list. The Clubs, party spots, shacks, and dispersed shopping hubs flank the Candolim beach. Also, Candolim beach is the part of the Goan trio of beaches. It comes along with Baga and Calangute in the trio.

Candolim beach is also located in North Goa, like Baga and Calangute beaches. It stretches along with the Aguada fort. Candolim beach is known for its beauty with fewer crowds. This feature makes it a regular spot for foreigners in Goa. The nightlife at the beach is lit like Baga beach. 

Candolim is also cherished for its water sports. Water activities like parasailing, snorkeling, jet-skiing, and scuba diving are a must when you come to the beach. Candolim beach has a very similar vibe to Baga beach in terms of nightlife and Anjuna beach in terms of shopping. There are two markets to visit at the Candolim beach.

How to reach Candolim beach:

  • From Goa International Airport- Dabolim: The distance between the beach and the airport is about 38kms, and it takes around an hour to reach the beach from the airport.
  • From Vasco de Gama railway station: The beach is around the same distance of 38kms from the station. 

You can take a taxi, bus or a cab to the beach from any of the options. My suggestion would be that you should go to your Airbnb first. And better to choose your Airbnb somewhere near the beaches, which makes connecting between them easy and less tiresome.

Best time to visit Candolim beach

The beach offers a mesmerizing view and activities throughout the year. But to make the most of your experience, you should visit the beach in the months from April to November. And if explicitly speaking about time, the best time to visit the beach is between 6 am to 6 pm. So, you enjoy the beautiful sunset and sunrise.

Water Sports at the beach:

As discussed earlier, Candolim beach is famous for its water activities. Here you get a variety of water sports to make your adrenaline rush high. Some of them are:

  • Parasailing
  • Snorkeling
  • Bumpy boat riding
  • And Scuba Diving.

Nightlife at Candolim beach

If you ask me to rank Candolim beach in the sector of nightlife. I would honor it with the second rank after Baga beach. The nights and parties here are not to miss if you are a party person. Let yourself go with the flow of the Candolim beach.

Some places that you should not miss for thrilling nightlife are:

  • Bar-Square Goa: This is an open-air restaurant cum bar famous for its craziest parties. You can enjoy both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages at the restro. 
  • SinQ Beach Club: The club is known for a super amazing and party frenzy crowd. To add to the place, you have a dance floor to set on fire and an indoor night club to hang out with friends and family. The club also has a billboard area for you to chill and play.
  • Bar 1: The club is known for its multilevel dance floor. The party level here is thrilling and amazing. It also has an open-air bar. The seating arrangement is posh with a separate seating arrangement for ladies. So, if you want to go to a full vibe club with your girl gang, this club must be on your hit list.

Must-visit restaurants:

Some restaurants to try the Goan cuisines and taste a variety of prawns, fishes and other food items are:

  • Inferno: It is the most famous restaurant at the beach, especially known for its delicious cuisines and sweet mocktails. The place sets the vibe with its music and lively ambiance.
  • Teama: Teama is retro cum club about a mile from the beach. It would be best if you visited the restro at night. Here you can enjoy your food with live karaoke performances and entertainment programs organized at the restro regularly.
  • Claudina’s Shack: This is yet another restaurant that will amaze you with its amazing watery Goan cuisines.

Places to stay near the beach:

There are several resorts in and around the beach for you to enjoy your holidays here. If you want to look for something more affordable and homelike, you must consider the Airbnb. 

The Airbnbs are well maintained and serve as holiday homes away from homes. The ambiance of the Airbnb is hostile and clean. I stayed in an Airbnb, which was very near to the beach and was affordable too. But if you enjoy the lavish side of the holidays or are on a honeymoon, you must stay at some of the amazing resorts at Candolim. 

Some of them are:

  • Casablanca
  • 360-degree beach restaurant
  • De Alturas resort

Shopping at the Candolim beach:

  • Newtons Market:

The Newtons Market is more like a supermarket in Candolim. You can buy everything from here from fruits, vegetables to local wine, and green tea. You can also shop from the branded stores located here.

  • Delfinos Supermarket: 

Delfino’s is a well-known supermarket near the beach where you can shop for personal products, home amenities, and other things.

So, this was pretty much about the famous Candolim beach of North Goa. I hope you find the article and my experience helpful in planning your visit to the beach. For more such travel guides with tips, stay tuned. 

Arambol Beach – a well-developed North goa beach

Welcome to the Arambol beach- Traveller’s Guide.

Arambol beach is the newest developed beach in north goa. This newly developed beach has since then been a top tourist attraction. The Arambol beach is situated along with the fisherman’s village. The beach has two other beaches namely Mandarin and Keri beach along its side and shares the same shore. The beauty of the Arambol beach is surely going to mesmerise you. 

To add to its beauty is the Bohemian vibe which attracts a lot of foreign tourists. The beach offers all kinds of activities for a full pack entertainment with its open-air music events, beautiful beach shacks, live concerts and vibrant party clubs and restaurants at the beach. 

The beach also holds two of the most beautiful events of Goa: The Indian Juggling Convention and the Tribal Dance Festival. 

Now, let’s dive into more deeper details about the beach.

How to reach Arambol Beach:

  • From Goa International Airport- Dabolim: This north Goa beach is about 60kms from the airport.
  • From Vasco de Gama and Madgaon railway station: The distance between Arambol beach and any nearby railway station is also 60kms approximately.

If you want to have an affordable trip to goa, you can for sure choose a bus as an option for commuting. But I would personally not suggest it as, like me, you may have luggage and must have been tired of the travel, so opt for a cab. Though the cab might charge you around Rs.1500 I think it is worth the tiredness. In this way, you will save yourself of the more tiring and hectic travel of many buses along the way. 

Best time to visit Arambol Beach:

The best time to visit Arambol beach is during the winters. You can choose to come here anywhere between late October to March. The weather for travelling is the most pleasant and favourable during this time of the year. 

Water activities at Arambol Beach:

Arambol beach offers a wide variety of water sports for you. The water sports range from the simple parasailing to the most exotic bumper rides. Other activities are:

  • Surfing
  • Jet-skiing
  • Banana ride

Nightlife at Arambol:

The nightlife at Arambol is totally lit. The parting vibe here has no match. You will surely love the beachside parties at many of the beachside clubs at the Arambol beach. Some of the never miss clubs are:

  • Sporting Heros Club: The experience at the sporting club is just amazing. To add on to the fun of beverages and tasty Goan cuisines, there is karaoke and a pool in place. Even if you are a solo traveller, this place comes with the opportunity of making new friends from all over the world.
  • Coco Loco Club: I liked this club a lot. The food is amazing and the vibe is extraordinary. Many events take place all along the season. You can enjoy Latin and Reggae music at the club. And also the club offers free salsa lessons to the guests. 
  • Ash Arambol: Ash Arambol is famous for its vibrant music and theatre performances. The place is preferred mostly by the Russian people.

Must visit restaurants at Arambol

  • Cafe Maitree: It is a front beach restaurant. The must-try cuisines here are Indian, Italian and European delicacies. The restaurant has a variety of vegetarian and gluten-free food items on the list too. 
  • 21 Coconuts Inn: The restaurant is a venture of the 21 Coconuts Inn resort. You will find many affordable options here. The restaurant snacks and breakfast section is finger-licking. You must try the pancakes they are worth every penny.
  • Cheeky Monkey: Cheeky Monkey is famous for its Mediterranean cuisine. I got a surprise dessert, later I found that it is the tradition of the place to serve a surprise dessert each day. Let me know in the comment section, what it was. 
  • Laughing Buddha: Though the place is not at the beach, only 50 meters away. This restaurant is particularly a place for delicious Indian cuisines. 

Places to stay near Arambol Beach: 

There are several resorts in and around Arambol beach for you to enjoy your holidays here. But, if you want to look for something more affordable and homelike, you must consider the Airbnb. 

The Airbnbs are well maintained and serve as holiday homes away from homes. The ambience of the Airbnbs is hostile and clean. I stayed at an Airbnb which was very near to Arambol beach and was affordable too. But if you like to enjoy the lavish side of the holidays or you are on a honeymoon you must stay at some of the amazing resorts at Arambol. 

Some of them are:

  • Lotus Sutra
  • Sunshine Guest House
  • Rush 4 Resorts
  • Rama Beach resort

Other places to visit near Arambol Beach

  • Paliem Lake: Paleim lake is about a 15-minute walk from Arambol beach. This is a sweet water lagoon lake surrounded by hills. You can enjoy swimming in the lake. 
  • Our lady of mount Carmel church: Carmel church is a short trek from Arambol beach. The tourists visit the church for its beautiful white structures.
  • Kalacha Beach: It is a lush green beach for the exotic beach experience. The beach is famous for its sweet water lagoon and new water tidal pond. You can enjoy your own small beach parties and barbeque at the Kalacha beach. 

So, this was pretty much about the famous Arambol beach of north Goa. I hope you find the article and my experience helpful in planning your visit to Arambol beach. For more such travel guides with tips stay tuned. 

Anjuna Beach – the hippiest beach of North Goa

Anjuna Beach is one of the best beaches in North Goa. From adventure water activities to beachside parties and romantic dates to shopping, everything is on the list when you come to Anjuna beach. The beach is suitable for all budget experiences. You can enjoy a lavish beachside honeymoon experience or the more adventure thrilling experience with your friends. Anjuna beach welcomes all. 

Both the ends of Anjuna beach are activities centred. On the southern end, you will find the rocky headland while on the northern end you can enjoy the various water sports. The sunrise and sunsets at Anjuna are a sight to behold. 

Apart from all the beach experience, you should not miss the magical beachside shopping fun at Anjuna beach. But note that the Anjuna flea market is open only on Wednesdays. So, if you have a Wednesday on your holiday days, you must visit the beach on Wednesday. You can enjoy beachside affordable shopping with enchanting music in the air.

If you visit Anjuna two things must be one your list: Purple Martini and Anjuna Flea Market.

How to reach Anjuna Beach:

  • From Goa International Airport- Dabolim: Anjuna beach is only 24kms from the airport. 
  • From Panjii – The distance between the beach and Panji is about 18kms. It will take around 40-45 mins by bus from Mapusa.

You can take a cab from the airport at an affordable rate from the airport. From Panjii, Goa’s capital you can easily board a bus. But, I would suggest you take a cab to the beach or any Airbnb nearby taking your tiredness from the flight into consideration. 

Best time to visit Anjuna Beach:

The best time to visit Goa is the winters. The months begin from November to March. The weather of Goa, during this whole time, is at its best. 

I would not recommend you to go to Goa during the summers, as it is too hot. 

Water sports at the beach:

The beach offers tremendous water sports activities. Some of the not to miss water sports at the beach are as follows:

  • Parasailing
  • Banana rides
  • Snorkelling: exploring the underwater world
  • Boat ride 
  • Jet ski ride

Nightlife at Anjuna Beach:

Anjuna is a party hotspot. The parties here are totally engaging and fun. Some of the clubs that offer rocking parties experience are:

  • Cafe Lilliput: It is an amazing cafe for you to enjoy delicious cuisines under the starlit sky.
  • Curlies: The place might appear off if you visit it in the daytime. Curlies come to life at night. The place has a special touch for everyone from party lovers to haters, everyone can enjoy the most perfect beach vibe. 
  • Club Cubana: Club Cubana is located on the Arpora hills. The view from the club is breathtaking. The club has it all, tasty delicacies, spectacular vibe, amazing parties and all at an affordable rate.

Must visit restaurants:

Purple Martini:I visited many restaurants at Anjuna, but no restaurant can take over Purple Martini for food, taste, ambience or view. Purple Martini is a paradise. The sunset I saw at Purple Martini was mesmerizing. I tried the non-vegetarian cuisine here. It was the best in taste and evenly cooked. The spices used were in perfect quantity. I can just go on and on and on about Purple Martini. 

You will fall in love with purple martini. 

Other places to eat are:

  • Eva Cafe: The cafe on the rocks at Anjuna beach.
  • Oasis cafe: For the ambience of wall plates, local eateries as well as international cuisines. Goan fish curry is a must to try.
  • Cafe Looda: For delicious North Indian food.

Places to stay near the beach:

There are several resorts in and around Anjunabeach for you to enjoy your holidays here. But, if you want to look for something more affordable and homelike, you must consider the Airbnbs. 

The Airbnbs are well maintained and serve as holiday homes away from homes. The ambience of the Airbnbs is hostile and clean. I stayed at an Airbnb which was very near to Anjuna beach and was affordable too. But if you like to enjoy the lavish side of the holidays or you are on a honeymoon you must stay at some of the amazing resorts at Anjuna. 

Some of them are:

  • Casa Anjuna 
  • Country Club de Goa
  • Inn Anjuna 
  • Evershine Guest House

Other places to visit near the beach:

  • Anjuna Flea Market: The most happening place for you to shop is the Anjuna flea market in North Goa. Here you can find everything from hippies jewelry to souvenirs to cheap clothes. To add on to your shopping experience, there is music all in the air. You must visit Anjuna Flea Market. Note that the market is only open on Wednesdays.
  • Agauda Fort: It is a Portuguese monument that dates back to the 17th century. The Aguada fort faces the Sinquerim beach which is on the same shore as Baga. You can explore the lighthouse present here.
  • Chapora Fort: It is yet another fort, built by Portuguese. It offers a mesmerizing view of three beaches, Anjuna, Chapora, and Vagator.
  • St. Anthony’s Church: The tourists are attracted to the church’s fine architecture, structure, and neo-gothic style. It is dedicated to St. Anthony of Padua.

So, this was pretty much about the famous Anjuna beach of north Goa. I hope you find the article and my experience helpful in planning your visit to Anjuna beach. For more such travel guides with tips stay tuned. 

Baga Beach – boundless enjoyment options

Baga beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in North Goa. It is a famous destination among beaches when it comes to north Goa. It is known as the heart for nightlife and sports activity. The beach shares its coastline with Calangute beach.

The beach is primarily known for its nightlife. It is the only beach where the party never ends, and you can find people at the shore the whole night enjoying with their families and friends. The beach has everything to set your party mood, consisting of music, tasty food, and unique cuisines, beautiful shops, adventure sports, and all with the peaceful sound of the sea. 

The exotic beach came to life back in 1960, when a bunch of hippies from San Francisco gathered here to enjoy their summers. Since then, the beach has been the most famous tourist attraction of Goa. 

How to reach Baga beach :

  • From Goa International Airport- Dabolim: The beach is only 15kms from the airport. 
  • From Vasco de Gama or Madgaon railway station: The beach is about 50kms from the Vasco da Gama railway station. 

You can easily book a cab to Baga beach from any of these locations. Even you can opt for buses for cheaper and affordable travel. The bus charges around 15-25Rs per head for the trip, whereas the cab may charge you around Rs. 1000. 

I would suggest you book an Airbnb near the Baga beach. So, that when you come with all your luggage, you get time to relax at your Airbnb and then explore north goa. Most of the beaches and other tourist places are nearby to Baga beach, which you can easily cover with a rented scooter or bike. 

Best time for Baga Beach: 

The best time to visit Baga beach is the later monsoon and winter season. Goa being in the tropical monsoon climate, is generally hot and humid throughout. So, if you come in winter, you would experience the best season for traveling. Also, the beach is lit during the Christmas season, which is December. 

Water activities at the beach:

Baga beach offers many sports activities. Some of them are 

  • Parasailing
  • Jet-skiing
  • Banana riding
  • Bumper riding
  • Kneeboarding 
  • Wakeboarding and many others.

Nightlife at Baga Beach:

When it comes to nightlife, you must not miss some of the fantastic clubs on the shores. Some of them being Club Titos, this nightclub dates back to 1971 and is one of the most happening clubs in north goa. Cafe Mamos is another party club with a lit nightlife. To spice up your evening, even more, they have international DJs and entertainers. Next is the club kamaki, which offers impressive Goan cuisine and delicious food along with parties all night. 

Must visit restaurants at the beach:

Jamie’s Restaurant: If you are on a date or your honeymoon, this place must be marked at the top when it comes to food. This beach restaurant serves as the best place for a beautiful romantic dinner date with your partner. You can enjoy all the best cuisines at this resto. 

Next comes Fire and Ice restaurant; if you with family and friends, this might serve as the best place to have the best Indian food. The cost of food is also affordable, and the quality is impressive. 

You even should not miss Britto’s Bar and restaurant. This beachside restaurant dates back to 1965. The Goan cuisine at the restaurant is a must-try. The iconic hotel has the perfect ambiance, which is very near to the shore, letting you enjoy the best waves music and enjoy healthy and tasty Goan cuisines.

Places to stay near the beach:

There are several resorts in and around Baga beach for you to enjoy your holidays here. But, if you want to look for something more affordable and home like, you must consider the Airbnb. 

The Airbnbs are well maintained and serve as holiday homes away from homes. The ambiance of the Airbnb is hostile and clean. I stayed in an Airbnb, which was very near to the beach and was affordable too. But if you like to enjoy the lavish side of the holidays or you are on a honeymoon, you must stay at some of the fantastic resorts at Baga. 

Some of them are : 

  • Baga beach resort
  • Nimbus resort
  • Paparazzi resort
  • Fiesta resort

Other places to visit near Baga beach are:

  • Aguada Fort: It is a Portuguese monument that dates back to the 17th century. The Aguada fort faces the Sinquerim beach, which is on the same shore as Baga beach. You can explore the lighthouse present here. 
  • Our Lady of Piety: It is a church located at the divar island and dates back to the 1650s. The preferred time to visit the church to explore the best is during the second Sunday of March when the annual feast is carried out.

So, this is pretty much about the famous Baga beach of North Goa. I hope you find the article and my experience helpful in planning your visit to the beach. For more such travel guides with tips, stay tuned.