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GOA- BEST PLACE TO VISIT IN MONSOON

Time to break another myth! Let’s talk about Goa beyond its sunny self: True, it’s one of the coolest beach destination in the world and it’s just awesome to get tanned at Baga and Candolim. But have you ever considered visiting Goa in Monsoon? No? Well, then you should.

Let me help you paint that picture in your mind. Think empty, drenched beaches; pristine greens, swelling waterfalls and all the financial benefits of an off season visit. Yes, now you know what I am talking about.

So, here are some compelling reasons and things to do in Goa during monsoon that will have you fall in love with its drenched form

  1. Travel cheap, very cheap !!

Check for yourself, tickets for August would come at around INR 8,000 (round trip) if you book a flight right away. That’s like half of what you pay during peak season! And for the lucky ones down south, witnessing rainy season in Goa is just a bus ride or a road trip away!

  1. World class accommodation at flat 50% Off or even lesser

And not just travel cheap but you could also stay cheap and other activities like water sports that cost sky high otherwise would come cheaper in Goa in July. The tariff literally slashes down 50% of what they would charge in the peak season. So, getting a fine hotel room at INR 500 right next to the beach is no big deal at all!

Tip: While Baga & Calangute are the most preferred beaches for accommodation, I suggest, pick a stay at Candolim Beach. Not only its empty throughout the night, if the weather permits, you could have a great bonfire time with some beer & friends! (Yes, its safe – but go in a group and stay away from the sea at night).

  1. Lesser the crowd, more the privacy to do whatever you feel like!

 

The inescapable problem of Goa- Solved! The beaches are much more peaceful and pretty due to the minimal crowd during monsoon season in Goa in August too. You can just run around making a fool of yourself!

  1. Witness the Dudhsagar falls in its mightiest form!

 

Goa’s iconic Dudhsagar falls is in its full glory during the rains which is one of the most amazing monsoon activities to do in Goa in September. Its powerful gush becomes almost dizzying! Stand close too close to it could get you completely drenched.

You can reach the falls either by train or by road through Panaji or Madgaon. And if your young bones are screaming out for more you could also trek up the fal

  1. Rent a scooter to ride in the rains at just INR 175/-

If you like the little drops of rain splashing across your face as you zoom through the wind, this is highly recommended for you. Moreover, since it’s off season the bike rentals come cheap. It’ll cost you around INR 175 to INR 250 (based on how well you manage to bargain) while in Goa in monsoon season

  1. Be a part of unending celebrations, even in Monsoon!

Monsoon in Goa brings in the joy of many festivities like; fertility feast of Sao Joao or St.John the Baptist, celebrated on the 24th of June, the festival of St Peter in July that’s celebrated by erecting floating stages in the rivers and various cultural programmes.

While in August, Divar island gets ready for the famous Bonderam Festival. The festival begins with a vibrant parade with multi coloured flags and the entire island comes alive with performances by famous local bands

  1. Do try the famous Goan Fish Curry!

Yes, you’ll get it at any other time of the year as well but the fishes are the freshest in Goa during monsoon and it tastes like heaven!

  1. Don’t forget to take the ‘Dil Chahta Hai’ selfieat the Chapora fort!

The haunting beauty of the Chapora fort and the Vagator beach makes it some of the best places to visit in Goa in monsoon. There are other forts as well which are great to visit but Chapora definitely make it to the top of the list when it’s all cloudy and beautiful.

  1. Witness greenery at its best in the wildlife sanctuaries of Goa

The wildlife sanctuaries are definitely the best places to visit in Goa in monsoon. Unlike other places, the reserves here are open throughout the year and to witness fresh, green and pristine milieu washed in the rain is an experience you just can’t miss.

Some of Goa’s popular wildlife sanctuaries include Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary, The Bhagwan Mahavir Sanctuary, Mollem National Park and Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary.

  1. Witness the foliage at the Spice plantations

The spice plantations are no less refreshing and pristine, washed up in the Goan torrents. The Savoi spice plantation is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Goa during monsoon that can reached through a serene drive along the verdant valley and tropical forests.

All the lover of rains must visit Goa in monsoon to see how the little drops from the sky illuminates the place and makes it unbelievably pristine and romantic. It comes alive in a lush green tropical vibe and everything feels fresh, wet and clean.

So, now that you’re aware of all the amazing things to do in goa in monsoon, you can satiate your rainy day wanderlust even when you’re badly strapped for cash.

Stay Tuned !!!

BEST DESTINATIONS TO TRAVEL IN MONSOON- DANCE IN RAIN

Monsoon holidays in India are surely a lifetime experience as the exotic locations leave you spellbound with its beauty. The hills and mountains get carpeted with lush greenery, the lakes overflow with sparkling water, the waterfall sceneries become heavenly to make you fall in love with Incredible India.

If you are one of those who don’t mind getting a wee bit wet, then these 10 amazing places to visit in monsoon in India are perfect for sipping a hot coffee and enjoying the hot pakodas:

 

1 . LONAVALA – MAHARASHTRA

Living in Mumbai and thinking of the best places to visit in India during rainy season? Well, there’s one right beside you – Lonavala! With the onset of monsoon, the Sahyadri mountain ranges and the ghats revive with alluring greenery, breath taking waterfalls and pleasant climate. For a quick escape from the bustling city, plan a trip to the quaint hill town of lonavala.

How to reach: It’s 1 hour 45 minutes (83.6 km) from Mumbai & 1 hour 26 minutes (67.1 km) from Pune by road. Lonavala has its own railway station & almost all the trains running on this route, halt here.

Attractions: Enjoy the extensive view of a stream flowing by at the cliff top called The Tiger point and relish in the tranquillity of Karla caves built by the Buddhist monks around 3rd to 2nd century BC. There’s a famous waterfall near Bushi dam which is a very popular spot for all the monsoon lovers.

2. GOA

Goa will be amongst the best places to visit in rainy season in India.The land of beaches is surely worth a visit during monsoons to enjoy sand, drizzle and picturesque sceneries. It’s the perfect place to get soaked in the rains and enjoy some truly delicious Goan delicacies.

How to reach: Goa is well connected by roads and a Mumbai to Goa road trip is worth everything in monsoons. Goa is well connected to other cities with Madgaon & Vasco-da-gama stations and Goa international airport in Dabolim.

Attractions: Go trekking or hiking at Dudhsagar waterfalls, visit Aguada fort for a scintillating view, Dolphin show, Cruize amid the beautiful sea bordered by the beaches, feel rich as a gambler at the Casino and get the thrilling experience of water sports in Baga beach.

  1. KODAIKANAL- TAMILNADU

Known as the “princess of hill stations” this is one of the best monsoon destinations in India. Situated in the Palani hills of western ghat it offers enchanting waterfalls, lakes and lush greenery and spectacular views of the ghats and hills.

How to reach: The nearest airports are Madurai which is 135 km away, Coimbatore which is 170 km away and Trichy at 200 km. It is about 9 hours (~450 km) from Bangalore via road. The nearest railway stations to Kodaikanal are Palani station at 64 km.

Attractions: Stroll around the Berijam lake and visit the Kodai lake which is the man-made lake surrounded by rocks and trees and enjoy the scenic view of the hills at Palni hills.

  1. ANDAMAN AND NICOBAR ISLANDS

A group of nearly 570 islands, this exotic location has amazing wildlife, thrilling water sports, pristine silver sand beaches, mountains, breath taking natural beauty and tribal tour. This place will never seize to amaze you and you are sure to fall in love with its incredible beauty. it has to be a must on your list of best monsoon destinations in India.

How to reach: Regular passenger ship services are available from Chennai, Kolkata and Vishakhapatnam. There are direct or connecting flight to Port Blair airport which is the capital city.

Attractions: Experience and know the history at the historic Cellular jail, Havelock island for scuba diving, snorkeling and other water sports and surfing at little Andaman.

  1. MUNNAR- KERALA

Munnar is truly a paradise in God’s own country. With silvery mist, incredibly vast tea gardens, lush green hills, romantic atmosphere and pleasant climate, this hill station is truly one of the favourite tourist places in India during monsoons.

How to reach: 3 hours 40 minutes(130.1 km) via road from Cochin if you take the NH49. The nearest railway station are Aluva and Ernakulam which are the major cities in Kerala. The nearest airport are Cochin at 110 km and Madhurai international airport which is 140 km away.

Attractions: Spot some exquisite wildlife at Anamudi which is also the highest peak in the western ghats, enjoy some nature walk at beautiful lakes in Devikulam and visit the Attukal waterfalls.

  1. SPITI VALEY- SHIMLA

 

Also known as “little Tibet” this place is untouched by man and hence retains its mystical and mesmerising beauty. There’s truly magic in the air of Spiti that is sure to make you fall in love with this place. Spiti is one of the best offbeat places to visit in monsoon in India (for the real bravehearts).

How to reach: The nearest railway station is in Shimla. The nearest airport is the Kullu airport at Kullu.

Attractions: Spot exquisite flora and wildlife at Pin valley national park, and appreciate the calmness and peaceful atmosphere of the Lhalung monastery.

7. SHILLONG- MEGHALAYA

One of the best places in India during monsoons is the city of Shillong which receives heaviest rainfall during the rainy season. Surrounded by picturesque valleys of Khasi and Jayanti hills, adorned by numerous waterfalls, Shillong offers a panoramic view of green natural scenery.

How to reach: By train- The closest railway station from Shillong is in Guwahati. It’s about 100 kilometres away and you can easily take a taxi from there. The Guwahati railway station is connected to New Delhi and other major cities across the country.

Attractions: David Scott Trail is an old trekking route that is counted amongst the most famous ones in Meghalaya.

  1. DARJEELING- WEST BENGAL

The perfect monsoon getaway of India, is the well known for tea industry along with a popular tourist destination, also known as The Queen of Hills, is situated at the foothills of the great Himalayas. Due to surrounded hills, it receives heavy showers during the monsoon.

How to reach: The nearest railway station in Darjeeling is at New Jalpaiguri (62 kilometres from the main town) which connects major Indian cities like Kolkata, Delhi, Guwahati, Chennai, Mumbai, Bangalore, Bhubaneshwar and Cochin. Or take a flight to Kolkata.

Attractions: Rangeet valley passenger cable car, Darjeeling monastery, adventure sports and the toy train. Don’t forget to try some authentic Darjeeling tea.

  1. RANIKHET- UTTARAKHAND

Ranikhet, one of the most beautiful monsoon destination in India is situated in Uttarakhand. Ranikhet, The picturesque location is surrounded by hills, blessed with a pleasant climate, lush green forests and famous for majestic views of great Himalayan Ranges.

How to reach: There is no direct train between New Delhi and Ranikhet. You can take Utr Samprk K Ex from New Delhi to Kashipur then take a taxi from Kashipur to Ranikhet.

Attractions: Valley of flowers, endangered animals including the Asiatic black bear, snow leopard and birds.

  1. JOG FALLS- KARANATAKA

The waterfall consists of four distinct cascades – known locally as Raja, Rani, Rover and Rocket. The four cascades merge to form the huge waterfall. The beauty of the waterfalls is enhanced by the lush green surroundings, which provides a scenic backdrop to the falls. A perfect place to drive to in the rainy season.

How to reach: Jog falls are 430 Kms away from Bangalore, about 6 hours drive.

Attractions: Dabbe falls, Linganamakki Dam, Tunga Anicut Dam, Thyvare Koppa Lion and Tiger reserve and Sharavati River

I feel above are the 10 best destination this season if you are planning your hearts out to exlpore in monsoon.

Happy Journey Loves.

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Love.

 

 

 

EXPLORE – THE LONDON’S BEST FLEA MARKETS

Hey Loves, Lets Flea 🙂

How you all are doing? I know its a month of May and you guys are definitely travelling with the families or friends. So, I thought to share with you all some of the London’s Best Flea Market.

London be the most happening place I ever visited long back. Just to share a thought on this as you all might be travelling somewhere this month.

A place for colours, sights and loads to choose from at an affordable fetch, flea markets are where you want to indulge yourself. And London is a treasure trove for the curio hunter. Hop on a guided tour of London’s best flea markets.

  1. PORTOBELLO MARKET 

On the map: Notting Hill

Boasts of: The Portobello Road Market known for its crave-worthy, new fashion and vintage hand-me-downs. No wonder our flagship store is just a stone’s throw away too.

Timings: 9am to 7pm on Friday and Saturday

 

2. SPITAFIELDS MARKET

On the map: Horner Square, Spitalfields

Boasts of: The Spitalfields Market housed under a glass canopy is where you pick the best of handicrafts and garments from indie designers at the Style market, admire exquisite artwork at the Arts market or simply choose to go the whole hog with the Traders Market featuring the best of style, arts, food and play.

Timings: 10am to 5pm from Monday to Friday; Style Market from 11am to 5pm on Saturday

3. BOROUGH MARKET

On the map: Southwark, Central London

Boasts of: The Borough market is a heritage site and a gastronomical spectacle. Munch on delectable local, ethically sourced and healthy food while also engaging in public demonstrations, debates and educational programmes on the slow food movement.

Timings: 10am to 5pm from Monday to Saturday

4. APPLE MARKET 

On the map: Covent Garden Piazza

Boasts of: The Apple Market in Covent Garden’s cobblestoned piazza is a great place to find one-of-a-kind, handcrafted knick knacks, garments and gifting pieces. Also find yourself entertained by miming and juggling acts.

Timings: 9.30 am to 6pm from Tuesday to Sunday

5. CAMDEN PASSAGE

On the map: Islington

Boasts of: The Camden Passage is a street market famous for its antiques, furniture, period and costume jewellery and fashion clothing — vintage and new. No wonder it boasts a starry line of visitors including Barbra Streisand, Emma Watson and Kate Moss.

Timings: 6.30 am to 5.30 pm from Monday to Sunday

6. COLUMBIA FLOWER MARKET

 

On the map: Columbia Road

Boasts of: Colours and scents take over  the Columbia Flower Market with flower sellers everywhere on Sundays. You will also find several shops selling fashion accessories and cute little tea shops. Pick a gift and a bouquet!

Timings: 8am to 3pm on Sunday

7. BRICK LANE MARKET

 

On the map: Brick Lane, East London

Boasts of: Second hand wares and great bargains especially leather clothes and cheap collectibles, street performers and a lively, vibrant atmosphere can be found here.

Timings: 10am to 5pm from Monday to Sunday

The above are the best flea markets I have ever heard of. If you all are planning to the trip to london. Set by the fleas and local shopping.

Hope you all liked this. Stay connected with me on www.instagram.com/thedreamctchr

Love,

Siddhi

 

GROUP TRAVEL DESTINATIONS

Hii loves, So I am invitng a guest posts on my blog too !  To help my readers explore the world. This is the guest post regardnig a travel series.

Author Bio:

Rohit Agarwal a traveller and blogger is of the same opinion and he has enumerated several such places in his blog Trans India Travels

Usually it is during a school trip, college tour, friends jaunt, a family picnic, or a cousin’s only outing that people travel in groups.Travelling in a group has a different kind of thrill to that of travelling solo or just as a couple. Choose some activities to do at this time so that the bonding with each member of the group becomes stronger. An unexplored destination with a less crowd will add to the pleasure.

This list may help you pick some good places.

1.TOSH

 

 

Nestled amidst the Himalayan slopes, Tosh is a less frequented quaint village in Himachal Pradesh. Indulge your visual senses as you take on the Tosh valley trek, a trail that will take you across the periphery of the mighty Himalayas. A village at the end of the Parvati Valley in Himachal Pradesh, Tosh is situated at a height of 7,874ft and leads to the beautiful Pin Parvati Pass. The Tosh River here is an offshoot of the Parvati River, which suckles into the main river at Pulga. As a group, you can go trekking on these slopes and explore the pristine beauty of the village and have a view of the snow clad mountains. A stay in the wooden houses in the serene atmosphere will be revitalizing.

2. DHAR

 

 

Tucked between the barren hills, Dhar in Madhya Pradesh is not a regular tourist spot yet it offers a lot to the visitor. Lakes, architectural structures, old embankments, forts and so on take you on a historical path.Dhar is located in the Malwa region of western Madhya Pradesh state in central India. It is the administrative headquarters of Dhar District. The town is located 33 miles (53 km) west of Mhow, 908 ft (277 m) above sea level. It is picturesquely situated among lakes and trees surrounded by barren hills, and possesses, besides its old ramparts, many interesting buildings, both Hindu and Muslim, some of them containing records of cultural and historical importance. For a good family time just picnic nearby the lake singing, dancing, savouring the local cuisine and viewing the spectacular vistas around.

3. CHOPTA

 

 

Chopta is also known as “Mini Switzerland“, and is getting popular year after year. Chopta Hill Station is located at an altitude of 2700 mts, in the Rudraprayag District of Uttarakhand State. Chopta is surrounded by dense forest, and offers majestic view of Snow Clad Himalayan Ranges and lush green meadows.

It is also the starting point of the trek to famous Tungnath Mandir (Panch Kedar Temple) and Chandrashila Summit . The Chopta region is rich in varied flora and fauna, with plenty of Rhododendron and Deodar trees all around.

Hidden amidst the snow-covered mountains and thick forests in Uttarakhand is Chopta a village not to be missed. Go hiking with friends amidst the towering trees, mystical meadows and the snowy backdrop of the Himalayas. Deori Tal, Ukhimath, Musk Deer Sanctuary are a must visit places to enjoy an outing as group.

4. ANTHARGANGE

 

 

This beautiful rocky hill range is situated at about 1226 Meters (4021ft.) high in Kolar district around Bangalore.Mystic caves, volcanic rocks, hilly terrains, rocky slopes all in one place that is Anthargange Karnataka. Take camping equipment when you visit this place during your college tour or family outing. Camping here amidst the lap of nature and getting back to the primitive lifestyle will take you away from the humdrum of the city life and leave you refreshed.

5.WAYANAD

 

 

Positioned in the midst of the evergreen forests of Western Ghats Is Wayanad. Hire a boat and go riding with friends in the fresh water Pookot Lake lying at the pedestal of the hills here. Rare species of birds, insects, and animals have made the forests here their habitat. Sighting them along with the lush green vegetation will be a good pastime.

These are some the famous places to visit in group or with family if you are planning this year !

Love to all 🙂