For those who are new to traveling in India, might consider planning a trip in the country as a herculean task. An industry that was once ruled by travel agents and tour guides, has now evolved dramatically with DIY digital platforms and apps – making trip planning not only easier, but also cheaper.
Did you know that “Spiti” means “The Middle Land” – the land between India and Tibet. Once closed for centuries to the outside world – Spiti is still the least populated region of India, surrounded with ferocious mountains, wild glaciers, thunderous winds, but really simple Buddhist people. The roads to Spiti valley opened on 17th May this year, and will remain operational until the end of October.
Most of us know of famous fests around the world with a trip to the next Tommorowland, Coachella, Oktoberfest and Burning Man planned in our bucket list. But how many of you have already check listed the 10 most famous cultural fests in India? If you failed to notice – India, the hub of varied tradition and vivid culture – is also the venue to some landmark global events – such as the legendary Kumbh Mela and the yearly Jaipur Literature Fest. Adding on each year are new events that are celebrating India’s rich landscapes, music, dance, history, and also our growing market of independent cinema and music.
Possibly the eldest ‘sister’ out of the seven sisters of India, Assam is the most picturesque and vivacious state of all. A paradise of unexplored wilderness, natural mysteries and colorful cultures, Assam offers the traveler an unforgettable trip. The huge Brahmaputra River transcends across the state in all its mighty glory, for you to witness its beauty. A green sea of tea fields and authentic silk work welcomes you to this humble abode of culture and nature.
Maps, they tell your entire story. Every place you traveled, every lane you trotted and every memory you made. Sometimes the story is only yours, and sometimes it’s about you and that special person. And when a moment you both cherished is over – a map is all that is left in time to revisit that story – that maybe changed your entire life. Well, that’s what Mrs. StreetTrotter gifted Mr. StreetTrotter this valentines – their love story zoomed in a map. – All thanks to Mapify.
A video glimpse of our homestay – A ten cottage homestay sits calmly in the hills of Garhwal, Uttarakhand. Its a mountain farm with an infinite view of the Himalayas. It’s The Goat Village.
Dal is a lake in Srinagar (Dal in Kashmiri means lake), the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, India. This urban lake, which is the second largest in the state, is integral to tourism and recreation in Kashmir and is named the “Jewel in the crown of Kashmir” or “Srinagar’s Jewel”. The lake is also an important source for commercial operations in fishing and water plant harvesting.
A 10 cottage homestay sits calmly in the hills of Garhwal, Uttarakhand. The kitchen staff prepares a simple and authentic meal with ingredients that are locally produced in the farmlands around. Often you will hear the bells of the grazing goats and cows, while you sit by the huge windows of your room that open up to an infinite view of the Himalayan mountains. There is no electricity to charge your gadgets so you can happily bid a goodbye to technology. A solar lamp will come your way in the night, while the mornings are an early start with the first ray of bright sunshine. This is a typical day in THE GOAT VILLAGE.
This photo series is by Naveed Hussain, my neighbor’s son who is my brother’s age and who grew up next door to me all these years. Today, he is a beautiful and a talented young boy, with a passion for his camera and his roots deep inside the heaven called Kashmir.
India has over a thousand islands to its name. Rich with soft sandy beaches, lush forest cover, turquoise water beneath the brilliant blue sky, these islands are amongst the most beautiful in the world. Though the state of Goa dominates the holiday season with its beautiful beaches and cool hangouts, there are some places which offer a much more relaxed atmosphere with their pristine nature. There are islands which haven’t been explored much and due to this they still retain their unblemished beauty. In this list we explore five of the unexplored islands of India which you’ll love and prefer over Goa.
Earlier in the evening, when the bus from Kaza pulled in at Khibber (the second highest motorable village in the world nestled in Spiti Valley at about 14,000 ft.), the driver offered to help find me a place to stay for the night. But before he could proceed to tell me about his friend’s very comfortable homestay, I had jumped down the cluttered stairs with my backpack and shamelessly asked the woman with the egg crates and a green plastic cycle if I could stay with her for the night.
The lake is spread over to 3-4 kms. The area is full of the Bramhakamal flower – which has a mythical association with the creator of the universe. The rare Phenkamal – a high altitude plant – purple petals with a white fading. The stillness of the area was all so overwhelming. I was reminded of the famous phrase by Rudyard Kipling – “Surely the gods live here, this is no place for men.”
For hikers, there is nothing more rejuvenating than an offbeat trek. And without any exceptions team StreetTrotter earlier this month indulged in a perfect vacation that led them to the famous Nagtibba trek. In collaboration with The Goat Village, a green village curated in the hills of Garhwal – two of our bloggers hiked up to the highest point of Nagtibba, bringing you back their experience in the form of this photo journey.
Dear girls of the world, – ‘Ten, Nine, Eight, Seven, Six, Five, Four, Three, Two, One.’ This is exactly how long it will take for you to press click and book your tickets to confirm the best decision of your life of traveling solo. Don’t worry as I won’t turn this into a cliché – I will not ask you to quit your job, overlook your career, be lost or take up a fancy travel-friendly profession. Honestly, I did none of the above and still ended up traveling on my own terms and finding my true self in between sabbaticals. So I will rather try to make this as REAL as possible…
Paro, the name has a poetic element in it. The very sound of it conjures up an image of a young girl in my mind, lively and beautiful, just like the river. This photo essay will take you through the spectacular Paro Valley in Bhutan, named after the river, Paro Chu, which runs through it.