Some things travel teaches us

we have came across lot of teachers who inspire us through the journey of life. But when we are on the journey for some destination even the travelling experiences teaches us some lessons.

Patience: Many times while traveling you will encounter set backs. For instance, if you take a local bus in India, don’t expect for that bus to leave on schedule. Many times the local buses wait until all of the seats are full before they will leave. Sometimes it could take an hour or longer.

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You can choose to get uptight and irritated that you have to wait, or you can find a way to enjoy that time by reading a book or striking up a conversation with the person next to you. If you are on a backpacker’s budget and trying to go the cheap route, you will encounter many things that will test your patience. After a while, these things seem insignificant and you end up finding ways to pass the time.

Live in the moment: In many places, you have to be on guard while you are traveling. You want to make sure nobody steals from you, mugs you, takes advantage of you, etc etc. Also, you will find that things do not always go as planned when you are traveling. You learn to go with the flow and make the best of what is thrown at you.

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Travel can also teach you to live in the moment by being in constant awe of your surroundings. When you are in a new place, you tend to pay attention to the smells, scenery and noises around you more than you would at home. If you do this long enough while traveling, it can become a habit so that when you get home you may find yourself viewing your surroundings in the eyes of a traveler.

Our day to day problems are not such a big deal: Sometimes we tend to live in a little box and think that our problems are monumental. But compared to what some people have to deal with on a day to day basis, many of our problems really are not that bad.

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Don’t take things for granted: Do you ever wonder what it’s like to live in a small hut in the middle of nowhere? Well, this is many people’s reality in other countries. It can be an extreme shocker to see how some people live in other parts of the world. I know a lot of people who don’t realize they have it really good and they complain about everything because they know nothing except their “world”. They have not visited other places, nor do they care to.

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These are just a few of the things I have learned from travel.

Mathura – Vrindavan

For those seeking solace in the temples & spirituality in the air must visit Mathura-Vrindavan. These epic areas hold an important historical reference being the birth place of Lord Krishna & invite each traveller with a warm environment. Sing along the holy chants with the devotees and leave back with wonderful memories of the city. For all Lord Krishna lovers, visit during the month of August or sepetember for Janamashtami to experience the magnificent celebrations. Stay over until the pooja ends and taste the delicious ‘Chappan Bhog’ Prasad.

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Places in India to Travel on a Low Budget

Kodaikanal: Located in Tamil Nadu, about 7200 ft above the sea level, Kodaikanal is called the ‘Princess of Hill Stations’. It clutches to an unexplainable magnificence and boasts of some of the best street food at the lowest prices. There are lovely places to stay which would never burn a hole in your pocket. Moreover, you can try your hand at a few adventurous activities or just revel in the incredible beauty of nature.

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Darjeeling: A beautiful and gratifying travel destination, Darjeeling is famous for its traditional yet charming little hotels, home stays and cottages that are unexpectedly low-priced. The scenic exquisiteness of the snow laden mountains, marvelous views of the sunrise and the sunset, delectable food available at sensible rates and the divine savor of the renowned Darjeeling tea make it a place worth adding to your travel bucket list.

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Hampi: If you love architecture and take pleasure in marveling over the magnificence of palaces, temples, and incredible royal buildings, then, I am sure Hampi will take your heart away. People spend days and weeks in this wonderful city in Karnataka where traveling finds an altogether different manifestation. You can stay at any of the affordable cottages or hotels, rent a bicycle or a bike, eat out at amazing eateries and experience a kind of survival that doesn’t exist in most other places

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Gokarna: A faultless beach town in Karnataka, Gokarna is admired by Indians and foreigners alike. It is the idyllic travel destination for those in search of quietude, splendor and some appealing places of worship. You can stay at one of the multiple guest-houses and home stays at cheap prices and spend days without really worrying about the expense of living through a town as pristine as this.

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McLeod Ganj: This picturesque city is a suburb of Dharamshala and is extremely popular with travelers who look forward to some out-of-the-world experiences. You just need to take a train to Dharamshala and then move on to McLeod Ganj through a looping bus route or a private car. This place offers you with some of most reasonably priced and outstanding places to stay, marvelous eating joints and cafes, wonderful museums, temples and galleries, and cheap guided treks.

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Varanasi: Who said that the lust to travel cannot be merged with an essence of spirituality? Varanasi (Benaras) is one of the seven holy cities of Hinduism and is continually sprouting with the purity and divinity that it withholds. There are a large number of guesthouses and hotels that can fit well within every budget. Also, Varanasi offers amazing yet affordable food options and striking locations for tourists. Just take a walk along the ghats or marvel in the colorful vibrancy of the city and its temples.

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Goa: Goa is one of the most touristy places in India and yet I’d never say that it’s overrated. Everyone needs to come across the spirit of Goa at least once in their lifetimes. This delightful and blithe Indian state has some of the best beaches, restaurants, home-stays and churches in the country. When you’re in Goa, you can find the cheapest of accommodation options, rent a bike and roam around, eat at small yet incredible food joints, spend hours on the beach, take a dip in the sea and also, consume very cheap liquor. Up for a party? Goa is your place!

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India-Myanmar-Thailand Highway Becomes Operational

The Myawaddy-Thinggan Nyenaung-Kawkareik section of the Asian highway linking India, Myanmar and Thailand has been put into service.

Myanmar Vice President U Nyan Tun, Thai Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak and Chairman of the Kayin National Union General Saw Mutu Sae Po attended an inaugural ceremony of the service on Sunday, Xinhua reported.

With the 25.6-km-long section becoming operational, travel time between Thinggan Nyenaung and Kawkareik will be reduced from three hours to 45 minutes. The construction of the Asian highway section started in 2012 with the assistance of Thailand. The Asian highway runs from Moreh in India to Thailand’s Maesot via Myanmar’s Tamu, Mandalay and Myawaddy.

The section, also part of the East-West economic corridor of the Greater Mekong Subregion, will not only enhance trade between Myan- mar and Thailand, but also contribute to better links among people in the region. A cornerstone laying ceremony was also held at Myawaddy on Sunday for the building of Myanmar-Thailand Friendship Bridge No.2 to link Thailand’s Maesot with Myanmar’s Myawaddy.

Notably, it has been quite sometime that Myanmar and India has been talking about introducing bus service between Imphal and Mandalay.

Longest City Name in the World

Although the capital city of Thailand is known to the world as Bangkok, local people refer to it as Krung Thep but this is just a shortened version of the actual name which consists of 169 characters and makes for a challenging tongue twister after a few drinks. The full name is:

Krungthepmahanakhon Amonrattanakosin Mahinthara Yutthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udom Ratchaniwet Mahasathan Amonphiman Awatansathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukamprasit.

This roughly translates to:

City of angels, great city of immortals, magnificent city of the nine gems, seat of the king, city of royal palaces, home of gods incarnate, erected by Visvakarman at Indra’s behest.

Why Smartphones are best for travellers ?

There are many reason to take a smartphone whenever we travel. Smartphones really help us to limit the usage of other gadgets and as it is compact and easy to carry saving the space, i think that’s a big benefit.

Pros:

  • No need to pack a separate flashlight, map, calculator, music player or GPS device.
  • There are thousands of useful travel apps out there that work offline, there are also some photo editing apps which helps to do some color corrections for your photos.
  • It’s easy to get connected when you need to, even if you’re not using cell data. Most of the Cafes, airports and train stations usually have Wi-Fi.

Also, some of the smartphones nowadays comes with a better camera. I use Nokia Lumia 925, and for bigger surprise this smartphone has a better camera which also gives freedom to use manual settings.

Cons:

  • The biggest con is battery life as most of the smartphones lasts for a day
  • Viewing websites which are not mobile friendly, annoys a lot

Top 10 Compact Cameras for Travelers By National Geographic Travel’s Director of Photography Dan Westergren

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UNESCO World Heritage Sites in India

A UNESCO World Heritage Site is a place that is listed by UNESCO as of special cultural or physical significance. There are in total 30 World Heritage sites in India. Below are some of them.

Ajanta Caves, Maharashtra

Ajanta Caves, Maharashtra

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Hill Forts, Rajasthan

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Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Mumbai

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Elephanta Caves, Maharashtra

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Photo Credit: madeleine_h

Hampi, Karnataka

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Photo Credit: abhiomkar

Kaziranga Wild Life Sanctuary, Assam

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Photo Credit: Sri Dhanush

Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh

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Photo Credit: Paul Mannix

Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu

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Photo Credit: WikiMedia

Mountain Railways of India

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Photo Credit: Krishna G S / Flickr

Qutb Minar, Delhi

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Photo Credit: rachaelvoorhees

Red Fort , Delhi

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Photo Credit: archer10 (Dennis)

Rock Shelters of Bhimbetka, Madhya Pradesh

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Photo Credit: WikiMedia

Churches and Convents of Goa

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Photo Credit: spo0nman

Sun Temple, Konarak

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Photo Credit: YamezA

Taj Mahal, Uttar Pradesh

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Photo Credit: Stuck in Customs

Nanda Devi and Valley of Flowers National Park

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Photo Credit: aloshbennett

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