Yana Caves – ಯಾಣ ಗುಹೆಗಳು

Recently , I  ticked a place on my travel wish list which I so wanted to visit and that place is known as Yana Caves. These caves are located in the premise of a small village named Yana in Kumta which is near to Gokarna, Karnataka.

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Monsoon is not that great idea to visit this place but even after much of difficulties I managed to reach to the top. Certainly, I am not going to discuss any history related to this place as this blog is more of based on my observation.

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I was staying at MG rooms, which is near to Gokarna beach and from there the distance of Yana caves is approx. 55 km. So, I opted for a car rather being a nomad as I had only a day to explore places.

 

One can also opt for 3-wheeler auto, they will charge around Rs.1500/- per auto for trip to 4-5 places. In an auto only 3 people are allowed. Going from bus is also an option but for that you need to be punctual all the time because bus services here are quite rare.

 

Things to pack before going to the caves

  • Sunglasses, sunscreen, mosquito & worm repellent , hat, umbrella.
  • Keep raincoat, waterproof bag, plastic sheets, first-aid, lighter, pepper spray and Swiss knife.
  • Wear waterproof shoes, keep extra pair of clothes.
  • Do not wear white.

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Trek to Yana Caves

Entering to this is completely free. Reaching to Yana Caves would not be that easy for few because one has to trek for 2km and then have to walk up 200 steps.

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I assure you this might seems tiring but believe me the arena will keep you showing a magical show every minute. So, it will take around 1 hour maximum to reach to the top. While trekking few things you need to take care of which I am listing down below.

  1. At the very starting of the trek, you will meet a tailless black cat. Do not get into any superstitious story of ghost around . That cat will follow you up for 0.5km just because it knows tourist will offer something to eat.
  2. I was wearing slipper during trek as it was raining as I had no option but I would suggest you guys to wear waterproof hiking shoes and along with that if you could wear leech socks.
  3. Leeches, yes during monsoon especially this place is full of leeches. So, be very careful while going up or down.
  • Walk in the middle of the path as leeches most of the time hide under shade and at the corners.
  • Keep walking, don’t lean on trees, benches etc.
  • Keep small packet of salt along with you. If in case leeches start making love with your blood just sprinkle salt on it, it will immediately leave the surface.
  • Never try to pull out leech, if its already sucking your blood as it can make bleeding unstoppable.
  • You can use leech repellent, sprays.
  • On running water, you can not find leeches so you can be a water baby.
  • Keep first-aid along. Particularly antiseptic.

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One more thing, this trek has only one washroom is available there on half way.

Flora and Fauna

If you are fond of seeing variety of plants and small creatures then go ahead. This place is perfect for the exploration. As on the way to the top I met centipede, cat, snake, worms and obviously leeches. This whole forest is full of mosses, ferns, colocasia, berries and several other useful plant or trees. Do not try to eat any one it as it might be poisonous.

On the top

There are 2 hills one is named Bhairaveshwara Shikhara which is 390 ft in height and the Mohini Shikhara which 90ft in height where Shikhara” means “hill. The first one is open for general public whereas I didn’t see any way to Mohini Hill. At the bottom of Bhairaveshwara hill you will see a self-made Shiv Ling which is present in the Gangodbhava Temple.

Way inside to the cave is through the temple, so if you wish to enter the cave one needs to remove his/her footwear . You need to be very careful while stepping up as surface is full of algae ergo it makes it more slippery and no way to cop.

Rest the cave is not that huge, it will just take around 15-20 minutes to see and capture things. Visit to the temple is incomplete if you will not circle around the same through the caves.

Trekking Down

If you want to sip in tea or coffee at the top or at the starting. Then, there you will find only a shop at the top and in the starting. Be little extra careful when trekking down. I unfortunately visited in monsoon which made trek 70% more dangerous. I had taken great care while putting even a step. A walking stick can help which you can get from the mother nature.

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Overall, It was a really very unique and nice experience to cross several water streams and being a pebble walker. I indeed suggest all to visit this place to make yourself lost in the natural world for a while.

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Extra info-

  • I had a great company whole way, as I was travelling with my family and a very responsible driver named Sachin. So, for all who wants to explore Gokarna in a budget and that too  in your own chariot then you can certainly call Sachin. As he is well- aware of every nook and corner of Gokarna. You can rely on his driving skills too.

 

      Sachin – +91-9481204432 ( You can refer my name Shilpa, if needed)

Mentioned number of this person as many of you have asked me to   keep sharing the information, contacts which can help them too to make their trips more interesting.

  • No telecom network will work here.
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Wedding Cards DIY

“Recycling the invitation of joy”

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Wedding season always bring happiness, excitement also loads of invitation cards at home. Most of times we end up throwing it whereas few prefer to keep it as it has several divinities drawn on it. To deal with the cluster, I have worked on few amazing DIYs like making “Shagun Envelopes” from wedding cards.

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Trust me you can make really beautiful and never seen envelopes .  I have made few envelopes from two wedding cards ( see in the pictures ).

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In India, These Shagun envelopes are used for giving cash as a shagun means blessings for happy future. Particularly on any auspicious occasion, these lifafas ( Envelopes) are used. Hope you will find this way of using invitation cards interesting.

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Indian Girls On The Portugal Land

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Gigantic waves of aggravation and woebegone life had whipped us hard . It was the right time to revitalize our subfusc souls. We four women decided to head to the smallest state of India that is Goa.

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This time I opted for Duronto train to travel till Madgaon from Delhi. We got the train from the Nizamuddin Railway Station.  After the 2 days long journey we reached Madgaon at 4:00 in the morning .

 

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As we all had wanted to save money, we opted for the state minibuses rather hiring a cab till Arambol, north Goa. The cab charges around Rs.1900-2500 (Depends on how rich you look). We got in a small crowded bus till Kadamba bus depot. The bus stand is opposite to the Madgaon railway station main exit gate.

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Travelling in bus could be tiring

How to reach Arambol from Madgaon Railway Station by state buses. In total we changed 4 buses.From Madgaon Railway Station Bus stand we traveled to Kadamba bus stand we got bus from there to Panaji bus stand to get a bus to Mapusa then from there to Arambol. where we had booked the cottage.

Other Important Information

Money asked by cab driver-Rs.1900

Madgaon to Kadamba- Rs10 / person

Kadamba to Panjim – Rs.40 / person

Panjim to Mapusa- Rs.15 / person

Mapusa to Arambol- Rs.25 / person

The total time consumed in traveling in buses was around 3 hours. I would suggest if you can manage to travel by bus , do travel this way. Trust me you will save a lot. We saved Rs.1500.

We had made our booking for 5 days with the “Arambol Cottages” located in Arambol . This cottage allows you to stay at budget, moreover it is only 0.5km from the beach. Spotting beautiful birds, Gray Langurs are common around the cottage. We landed in  the cottage around 9:00 am. We decided to rest a bit, then we hired a car . Hiring a car could be a task if you haven’t booked it afore as people will charge you maniacally. We were blessed to have a helpful, responsible and a friendly cottage owner named Upender. He helped us to get an Alto car for Rs.1000/day, additional charges of petrol was on us.

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From left to right- Anita, Ruchi, Upender, Me, Jyotsna

Things to notice, before hiring a vehicle

  • Check for scratches,oils,documents in front of the owner.
  • Check for tyres as most of the roads are heated, uphill, downhill so grooves matter.
  • Check for fuel provided by them. (Do return vehicle with the same amount of fuel)
  • Look for a vehicle which has great mileage & less fuel consumption. ( Like I opted for Alto 800).
  • Do not forget to bargain. ( I bargained from Rs.1200 to Rs.1000)

Around 1:00 pm we headed to see Fort Aguada, which was 32 km from our place. The roads are curvy , might be fun during day time but drive carefully in the night.

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Fort Aguada

Fort Aguada has a parking lot for vehicles for free. Fort Aguada is located on Sinquerim beach. This fort is divided into two floors one upper part is where lighthouse is located and other dungeon part where Portuguese ships used to rest ( Closed for public). This Portugal fort was strategically built near the mouth of Mandovi river which was meant to look after the Arabian Sea. The meaning of Aguada is Jal/ Water storer because during 17th century ships used to come here to filled there drinking containers with fresh water. Inside the premise of the Fort Aguada , you will find a light house which was used to store around  2,000,000 gallons of water also.

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This fort shows one of the best living example of Portugal military architecture. Made of common stone to be found in Goa that is the laterite stone. Authorities have closed the entry inside the lighthouse for public. 

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Additional Information about the fort aguada

  • It is open all day of the week from 9:30am-6:00pm.
  • No tickets required for the entrance.
  • Photography and Videography allowed for free.
  • Carry water along.

Arambol Beach in the night

We came back to the Arambol around 7:30 pm. We all decided to explore local shops and have dinner somewhere. The moment we reached beach it was all dark. If you are fond of peace and least human activities, then do visit this beach. We found one shack there , who was offering candle night dinner on the beach. I had lemonade and veg noodles there. Rest, i did not like the place in the night.

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Additional Tips

  • Do not carry much cash.
  • Do carry something to save yourself irrespective of gender.

Second Day

Next morning, wasn’t a good morning for me as I had bout of dehydration, fever and hence ORS was my wandering partner. Still I pushed myself as for the rest of mates ,it was the first time visit to Goa and all were dependent on me to roam around. So, on second day we decided to explore Harvelam Cave , Arvalem/Harvalem Waterfall, Tiracol Fort and Ferry ride.

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Harvalem Waterfalls

I had not wanted my travel mates to experience , explored Goa  Rather i had wanted them to see bit unexplored. So, I chose this place. This waterfall is located in quite an aloof place in Sanquelim, in a short distance from Bicholim town. Use Arvalem instead Harvalem to ask the way to this location. This place is easily reachable through car and bike .From Arambol it is 48 km far. This place for sure give a sense of happiness.

 

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This waterfall is surrounded by the great topiary. The height of the waterfall is around 50m. Near this waterfall you will find soul releasing temple named Rudreshwari Temple and also Haravalem caves. We did not get the chance to see the caves properly because renovation work was happening at that time.

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Additional info

  • No washroom there or around.
  • Do not cross the water from where the red band commence.
  • Do not waste a whole day to see this, add in list if on the way.
  • No entrance charge.
  • No entry before sunrise and after sunset.

Tiracol Fort

The distance between Arvalem caves to the Tiracol fort was great, it was almost 62 km. After driving for an hour , we reached fort Tiracol around 4 pm. The fort has been converted into a beach heritage hotel.

 

Few areas inside are open for general public till 5 pm. The fort is famous for its view of Tiracol river estuary. Inside this 17th century made fort you will find a church named Holy Trinity/ St.Andrew Church ( not open for general public) and big statue of Lord Jesus named St.Andrew. The whole place offers serenity.Rooftop- Tavern Restaurant Lounge Bar and Verandah – Garden Cafe( Al Fresco ) are there. This top of the cliff situated fort is a must visit because of the splendid view it offers.

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View from the top of the Tiracol Fort

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Church St. Andrew and Statue of St.Andrew

It is one amongst those fort which is considered as the pride of Goa because this architectural piece aided in freedom of Goa. You will also find a village on the way named village Tirakhol.

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  • All uphill and downhill drive.
  • Locally people call it “Terekhol Quila/Fort”.
  • Timing – 9am to7pm.
  • Take a ferry to reach here.

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Ferry Ride

We were finding way on the GPS to go back to Arambol and internet left us on the verge of sinking our quad-craft. We landed at a ferry station.

 

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Luckily, we got ferry who had carried us along with our car to drop us the other side of the tiracol river which opens up towards mapusa. Which actually chopped half our way & time to reach Arambol. For the ride you can take ticket from the ticket counter.

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Car having ferry ride

Additional information

  • Park & take out your vehicle from the ferry, only if you are sure you can. Otherwise take help.
  • Charges for 4 people+car – Rs.10 ( isn’t unbelievable? ).

Third Day

Again, I was suffering from the high fever but again it was the time to push myself to keep all curious cookies energize. Today was the day for us to go for the water sports. I opted Anjuna Beach for this. Though I did not go for any water sports as I am hydrophobic and also I had fever. While waiting for them , i rested my feet at a shacks under the shade of umbrella placed ashore the sea.

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I was shattered to see the condition of sand there at Anjuna. It was all black and plastic was everywhere. I collected many plastic bottles, straws  thrown by tourists and localites.

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Black oily sand and plastic

I wish i could ban water sports and plastics  as its making water and sand polluted.

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Additional Info

  • Better to park vehicle in the parking area.
  • Do not hesitate in asking shacks and hotel for loo.
  • Do not forget to bargain for water sports.
  • Do not support using plastic and throwing them on beach.

Disco-Deewane

We came back to the cottage to adorn ourselves to go to the club. We had several options in calangute but we chose Mamboz. Before entering to the club we thought of ambling around the beach. As we were women, people asked us several question like

  • How much do you charge?
  • Are you free?
  • Do you wanna see, what my bottom has to offer you?

How shameful but I believe in fisting such bouncing jerks.

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Quad pic at Mamboz Club

I did not like the clubs much. First because of the music, second because of the interfering club workers. We were in Mamboz till 2:30am. Afterwards we headed towards our cottage. Caught by the police also as they doubted on us that we are keeping drugs with us. But unfortunately they did not find any.

Additional info

  • Girls entry are free mostly in all clubs.
  • Be careful, as people tend to mix stuffs in your drink. ( It actually happens)
  • Do not leave eve-teasers at all.
  • One person has to be not boozing if you have vehicle to drive or ride.

Fourth Day

I personally had great interest in seeing Dudhsagar waterfalls. So, this day was booked to see this waterfall which was around 100 km from Arambol. As I was sick, I asked my cottage owner cum boon companion-Upender, to take us there as he was the only person who we could  trust. Moreover, he agreed on taking us there.

 

I drove till Mapusa, from there Upender took the charge. It took around 2:30 hrs to reach there. Thankfully Upender was aware of every nook and corner which helped us in reaching there in less time. Going to the falls will cost you Rs.550/person ( life jacket, cab charges and entry charge)

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Steps to follow on reaching there

  • Park your vehicle in the parking.
  • Book seats in a cab provided by Goa Tourism ( Ticket available at the nearby counter) .
  • Rent Life SAving JAckets.
  • Be quick in sitting in the cab to grab seat of your choice.
  • Further entering into the Dudhsagar fall region you have to pay Rs.250/person.
  • They will give you 1 hr to have fun.

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This place i found over crowded, people were drunk there. You need to be careful before stepping in water as stones are slippery and water is quite deep. This waterfall provide a view of beautiful stream falling straight from 1070 ft height. During monsoon the gush of the fall is more mesmerizing says locals. Monkeys are nuisance there. So, do not carry anything to eat and drink as they surely gonna take all away or might attack .

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In return, we all had food at one of the nearby restaurant. Then we headed to see Basilica of bom jesus, Church of St. Francis and  Dauna PAula.

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Dauna Paula

Though it’s  a very famous tourist spot in south goa. We reached there around 7pm. All markets and the view were closed. Still you can spot localite fishing and catching squids, fishes etc. Rest boat lights on the surface of the sea create glitter effect on water. Afterwards we had dinner at chaperem. Then we headed back to the cottage.

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Fifth Day

The worst day of my trip. As i was so ill that i couldn’t  even get up from the bed. Whereas rest of the girls decided to roam around on scooty. I chose to be at cottage to sleep and take great care of mine.

I woke around 4 pm, then I decided to explore Mandrem Beach. I took help of my cottage manager to reach Mandrem. I walked straight to the bus stand. People call Mandrem beach as “Maandrem” .

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Though bus dropped me 1.5 km ahead of exact location. A local boy helped me by giving lift to the beach.

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I sat there silently , captured few creatures then as the sun was setting down fever was rising.

 

I kept waiting for my friends in cold but after 1 :30 hours of wait they end up saying they couldn’t find the way. On the way back I spotted local market and restaurants .  

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Around 8pm, we had dinner at a local junk food halt. Then we headed to the Dabolim Airport by booking a cab for Rs.1500. We had a very nice driver named Angelo, along with us. Who safely dropped us to the airport.

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I am still suffering from the bad health condition. Whereas I am utilizing this time in creating list of the places to visit this year. Hence more blogs are on the way.

 

” Little Tibet “

( It is an audio blog ; to let those experience words who have mastered the art of hearing. Link – https://soundcloud.com/mataktibum/little-tibet  )

 

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When you bunk a day with your best mate, then that day surely becomes a memorable day. On June 29,2017 all of the sudden I decided to visit “Little Tibet” in Delhi, famously known as “Majnu kaTilla”.

What’s special there?

  • – A different culture to experience.
  • – Shopping
  • – Tibetan Food.
  • – Photographic elements.
  • – Peace at monastery.

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How to reach?

Metro is the best mode of transportation to reach here. Get down at Vidhan Sabha metro station then take rickshaw or e-rickshaw for Rs.20 for two people till the foot over bridge connecting to Tibet monastery.

I had only one hour to do quick ‘snap and roam’.So, I entered from the main monastery gate , though thought of capturing a lot of things but I did not as sometimes you just need to enjoy atmosphere.

There ,I tried “Lhaphing” urf cold noodles .Actually available at many small stalls and shops there.

It is a very yummy Tibetan street food. Available in two varieties that is dry or soup dishes of it. The price varies from Rs.20 to Rs.30.

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The scent snake had started attacking my nostrils hard; simultaneously was activating my taste buds too. I headed to Tee-Dee, favourite spot since 2011.

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Ordered fruit beer, tingmo (Tibetan bread) and Tee-Dee special non-veg beef choupsey. Well, at the end it was the time to score food. Tingmo is a round traditional bread was soft and was moist as apt hence 9/10.This time the choupsey was low on quality and taste hence I would give 6/10.The total bill was of Rs.270.

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While crossing lanes and observing things I landed up in a garden full of tibetan prayer flags.It was all colourful. You all must have guessed now, that I took quite many pictures there.

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To go back to the metro station, you can find many autos ( for Rs.30) and rickshaws for ( for Rs.20/2 persons) and e-Rickshaws ( for Rs.10/person) .

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My quick ‘Snap and Roam’ time ended up soon …. ❤

 

 

Love of a mother

At that time, she hardly had strength to clutch anything like rest of us. Her eyes were adorned with tears. She had an image of flying wings in her eyes. Every time she was hearing the noise of an aero plane in the sky, she was hurriedly moving out to the balcony.

She felt a strange unwinding of blood knots. Finally, her hand slipped and she lost her motherly touch.

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It was a moment where she had frozen. She was completely sad still she managed to smile to the face which she will be seeing after several months or may be after a year. She barely could take a step forward with her trembling legs. She kept on staring towards sky. In her illogical world, colours of fin and the turning of aircraft towards south denote that particular flying ship, in which her daughter is flying.

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Pic- clicked by my mum ( she had thought this is the plane in which her daughter went)

Now, being in balcony is something she gives her half of the time.And people say they failed to find true love. Who will care as much as a mother, who will love you altruistically as mother? Who will wait for you like a mother ?

A wonderful soul, who believes in sacrificing her happiness to make an unscathed way for her child, that’s a mother.

Trip to Dosa-Land : Bangalore

It was so early around 3:30am, for a normal human being to wake up and to catch a flight to Dosa-land.  Me and my friend eventually, succeeded in getting our wandering ardor to taken inside aero plane.

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I love capturing clouds

With all those women-centric conversations we fluttered towards our journey to Bangalore. The jaunt became more comfortable and exciting when you find a blunt creature to chat with same as like yourself , which happened with me. This time we decided to try food in flying craft, though I am not that huge fan of flight food. This time we ordered vegetarian food and got fruit’s pieces, cutlet, vermicelli poha and sambar and my favourite was sweet bun, enough for a less eating varmint like me.

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Vistara Airways : morning breakfast

The journey finally got completed in 2 hr 30 min and tadaa!!!! We landed in to the first guise of Bangalore.

It’s always better to book a cab afore or on the spot by opting airport cab or from apps (you might find difficult if you have slow internet connection), if you have enough money in your wallet as from airport to the main city, minimum charges that one can assume is of Rs.500. In total it took 2 hours to reach to the main city because of the traffic, Hence it’s better to call Bangalore a “traffic paradise”.

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first glance of Bangalore City from the cab

I had very less on my “see and do” list, this time as I was there only for 4 days. On the very first day I thought of exploring local arenas and I ended up in exploring Indranagar food stalls. I tried pineapple juice there (a big no, never try having fresh juice in Bangalore as they do charge double and moreover it comes out tasteless) and momos ,

for that I would give 4.5 stars out of 5. So it’s a must try!!

Finding auto and asking for bargain is something which every north Indians will face certain problem in. This is not the first time for me, I had been to dosa-land before also but I never understood this state wise discrimination. So it’s better to opt for ola-moto or uber pooling and not to forget umbrella all the time as there is no fixed time of drizzle and scorching heat show.  As being a momos fan I tried momos in HSR layout also which came out to be good enough for my satiatory glands.  Very next day me and my friend been to Christ university, famous in Bangalore to try canteen food and amazingly we got opportunity. We tried Mysore masala dosa just for 30 bucks and it was the yummiest of all in this range.  We tried lemonade for Rs.15 it was also okish.

Third day me and few more of my friends decided to roam around in Bangalore, the list had included

  • Cubbon Park
  • Bangalore Aquarium / government aquarium
  • G Road
  • Brigade Road
  • Forum Mall
  • To hit famous food joints

Bangalore Aquarium / government aquarium

It is inside the fence of Cubbon Park. The aquarium is administered by the Karnataka State Government Department of Fisheries.

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For once it’s good to visit and it hardly affects the pocket of any.

Cubbon Park

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wildlife fun 

The Cubbon Park, this place is in the heart of city opposite to M. Chinnaswamy Stadium. To reach here, it’s better to opt for cab. I would not go in depth of history and infrastructure but it’s a must visit as this place allows you to explore the calm side of busy lanes.

My steps to this park was like unfolding nature because at the very starting I found few eating joints inside the park later the way inside to the stagnant water is little captivating as you will find yourself lost in the world of bamboo trees and this was the only part of this park I liked the most.

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Stinky water boating

They will charge you Rs.10 for entry to the park and Rs 20 for the boating. Well I would not prefer to go for boating. The whole water is more of like a home for algae and your nostril will faint for sure for a while. Unfortunately the rain had deferred our trip for around 3 hours. If you will also face any natural shower then having some snacks at park government canteen would not be a bad option.

 

Best of all try filtered coffee for Rs.15, Plain Dosa for Rs.40, and Cotton Candy for Rs.20 (I am sure a big smile will come on the face of cotton candy lover).

M.G Road and Brigade Road

These roads are famous for many fine dining restaurants and brand shopping. Going to Brigade road is good if you will go in the evening as you will see much street lights hence it is compared to Las Vegas and also named as “Vegas of Bangalore”. M.G Road is good for shopping and for food. If you have enough money in your savings bin they head towards “The Tao Terraces”, the nice ambience and food for sure will treat your mind and tongue so wondrously for sure, respectively.

Forum Mall

Much hyped place for sure as you will not find it different than any other mall but yes it’s a ‘nain-mataka’ place for youngsters. So, If you believe in Love at first sight and mad for pouty pics to upload on Facebook/insta then do visit for sure.  With the help of my Bangalorian friend, we headed towards Kormangla and decided to have Hyderbadi briyani from “Spice Hyderabad” restaurant which had cost Rs. 500 for Boneless Hyderbadi Chicken Biryani.

Third Day, I decided to go to Nandi Hills to see all lofty beauty of Bangalore from the top. It is a must to visit place.

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on the way to Nandi hills

To reach here , one has to pay Rs.10 as entry charges and Rs.50 as DSLR / cam charges.  To see the beauty of this brown giant rink one should reach here before sunrise this is what had been told to me, but it’s OK if you will reach afterwards also.

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on the way back from Nandi hills

The beauty and the calmness will remain the same. To reach here it’s better to have own convince then relying on rest.  It is at the distance of 60 km from the Bangalore city.

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lovely nature at Nandi Hills

This place is perfect getaway on weekends to have some relaxing bones and perfect DP places. I had started jumping off like an immature bee,

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My favourite “tree houses”

the moment I saw many tree houses unfortunately most of them were ruined.

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famous for downhill cycling 

Monkeys here are trained enough to do any hominid activity like snatching lays packet and having some bit of it with slice in one hand.

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view of some rural areas from Nandi top

Must to carry:

  • Warm clothes as early morning it little chilly
  • Sport or hiking shoes
  • Water and munchies (be aware of monkeys around)

On fourth day, we decided to head towards Kormangla to explore various cafes and food joints. My series of searching cafe ended at newly open “Cafe Medley” to have nice conversation with friends staying at Bangalore. We had ordered Veg-Lasagnas, veg-pizza, peach flavoured ice –tea (must), strawberry kissed banana smoothie and grilled sandwiches. We all 4 ended up paying some amount of Rs.1000 for all these.

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pic courtesy: Zomato

This place is perfect for quick meetings and in budget restaurants moreover offers a perfect colourful space and bamboo swings to relax .

Keep this in your Must visit Rota.In return I opted for train.

 

Here I ended my quick hippie-trippy junket to Dosa –Land. Will be updating more  on the nook and corners of  Bangalore, soon. Till then keep craving for more.

 

The Jodhpur: the Histro-cultural land

In search of finding blue, I found myself lost in this histro-cultural land

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The research had started a way before and bag packs were already packed a week afore with a list of to-do things in my travel diary. I had to choose very keenly, what to see, what not to as unfortunately I had only one and the half days to explore this culturally rich city.

I took Mandore express to reach Jodhpur from Purani Delhi railway station at 9:15pm, on Friday night.Find the pic here  .

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It took 9 hours to reach there. Around 4am, I felt strong chilled gust hitting my epidermal and Goosebumps worked as an alarm clock. I woke up to see out of the window to find the reason behind this amusing chilliness and I found small sand dunes all around with the green patches of thorny shrubs all over it. On the same note do not forget to carry thin woollen robe if you travelling by sleeper class or general.

The moment I stepped down from the train, the strong rays of rising sun hit my cornea.

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After clicking a bit here and there at station I headed towards hotel and my whole way to the hotel  I felt that its replica of Bhuj.  (http://www.caleidoscope.in/offbeat-travel/bhuj)

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The whole area was dry and most of the women were wearing red dupattas and most of the men there were in bright coloured turban and dhoti, but if you are fond of culture, tradition and architecture then you will fall in love with this city at a very first glance.

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With an itch of not wasting my whole day lying like a royal bee, I had first place to hit on that was the “Umaid Bhavan Palace”.

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Finding auto or local transport could be difficult for novices, though you can opt for lift but little scary to do that. Ola cabs are so frequently available there but keep GPS active on your multimedia box i.e. mobile. Fortunately in scorching heat I got an auto which took me to the palace and charged Rs.180.

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The whole way I was amazed to see all twists and turns of grey path to the palace, I know most of you will fall in love with same.

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After reaching on the top of this imperial settlement, I paid Rs.30 as an entrance fee to the museum no charges for the still camera.

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The museum shows the royal life in modern era with well conserve royal stances even from the basic to the high rendition like dining table, imported culinary, carpets, dresses and you will feel proud the moment you will see the achievements of great majesties of Jodhpur.

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They have got luxurious hotel rooms also to stay which is kind of impossible to see for common public as it highly chargeable and allowed to enter without prior booking. Do not forget to visit “Vintage Car Museum”. This place I would say 5 out 5, hence must visit. Perfect place for “DP ke liye photo” and to consider yourself as a part of royal world for a while.

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After wards I headed towards the “The Nai Sarak”, kind of heaven for shopaholic and foodies.

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One can find amazing leather work there. Various quirky bags, sling bags, mojaris (traditional shoes), yummy eateries.

So, must to-do list there?

  • Try “Makhaniya Lassi” for sure from Janta sweet Home which is at a very starting of the market, costs Rs.40 each (available in Rs.30 also).

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  • Leather bags ( do not forget to bargain as it’s not camel’s leather which they assure, moreover do not buy any animal skin product)
  • Try Lahsunia Bonda
  • Bhel-puri and Sev puri of Janta Sweet home is also must to try, costs Rs.40 each.
  • Jodhpuri Jutis alias Mojaris

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  • Buy Sangri and Jodhpuri Mirch
  • Try Mirch vada
  • Buy Sangri and Ker pickle
  • Jodhpuri crepe fabric made saari or dupattas (from handlooms).

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After that heads towards the “Sardar Market Cirdikot”, it’s a place where Clock towers has been placed like a mounted guard to keep Jodhpuris on punctual track.

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This place is under the regal provinces too as from the top of the fort one can easily see the all activities happening inside this royal fence. This place allows localite to showcase their culture and tradition to the tourists or travelers.

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Must to do list here

  • Buy Jhumkas (for Rs.100)
  • Buy Jodhpuri Bangles (Rs. 150-200)

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  • Be aware of hooligans
  • Do not forget to click (panorama) market and clock tower.

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Fortunately, in the evening I got the opportunity to attend one Jodhpur marriage which allowed me to experiment and explore with the local food and tradition. Gatte Ki Sabzi, Ker Sangri Sabzi (also known as Pachkutaa), Kaju Draksh ki Sabji, Traditional Kadhi, Gulab Jamun ki Sabzi, Saiv Tamatar ki Sabji, Lasan Ki Chutney, Besan barfi and much more. Moreover, I tried to be a quirky turban women like rest of the people there.

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You can also opt for visiting Bishnoi village and you can have the true vegetarian Jodhpuri food, though it will be a time taking process to satisfy the taste buds.

On second day, the sun was putting all heating blaze on our skin so do not forget to keep full sleeves clothes and a sun block.With few friends of mine, we headed towards a Dhabba (eating joint) to have breakfast.

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We all decided to try Jodhpuri Aalu ka Paratha, after 20 minutes of ‘starving and carving’ halt the parathas arrived and most of us were yanked to see the way they had made it. It was fried paratha and for about 15 minutes I struggled to get all oil soaked inside the tissue paper. Tasting the first bite of aalu paratha allowed my taste buds to expand as it was surely a yum treat for them though it was spicy but unforgettable till now.

We all landed up to see “Mehrangarh Fort” and “Jaswant Thada”.

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The history and culture have always allured me hence the fort was quiet humongous and magnificent at the first gaze. As an entrance charge, I end up paying Rs 60 plus Rs.100 for still camera. This place is perfect for a history lover and culture enthusiasts and architecture lover, might be heaven for some.

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All those Jharokhas and mirror palace reminded me of “Baji Rao Mastani” so do not forget to pose like a Princess.

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The best part of this fort is that they have categorized everything so well like they have cradle palace alias Palki Khana,

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entertainment yard where I met 97 years old personality , he is so good in demonstrating afeem and Hookah, moreover he poses when camera clicks.

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The stairs and the huge edifice structure were so beautiful. In only this part of fort and nearby area you will find blue coloured streets and houses so in tot you might not call Jodhpur, The blue city.

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To see all with much of interest and clicking you need at least 3 hours and do not forget to carry water with glucon D.

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“Csowkalao Mehal Terrace Restaurant”, do not forget to visit this place as sitting here and having glimpse of the fort is something you don’t want to miss for sure, though might be expensive for the pockets of some.

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We had to kind of rush as we had train to catch at 6:15pm towards Delhi.

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Do not forget to click Jodhpur Railway station because it completely embodies the state crowned heads and till now the phases of Jodhpur is still breathing in my travelling beam.

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