Umngot River: Pure & Pristine

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After seeing the beautiful images of Umngot river over a thousand times on Social media, I finally made up my mind to see it in real. I hired a cab from Shillong and headed to Umngot river, which lies at Dawki, a small town situated near the Indo-Bangladesh border. It took me nearly two hours to reach the place.

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It is probably one of the cleanest rivers in our country. The emerald green water, so pure and pristine. Surrounded by thick forest, the beauty of the river is unparalleled. It is a must visit place for any traveler. My driver told me that the river becomes crystal clear during the December-January period. Apart from enjoying the incredible view, one can take a boat ride, and do camping next to the lake. Local tour operators provide camping equipment.

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How to reach this place: This pristine river is located 95km away from Shillong. There are many options to visit this place. One can take a bus from the capital city to Dawaki. Megahlaya tourism department also conducts tours to this place. Their office is situated in the famous Police Bazar. I took a cab as I had very limited time and wanted to see many things.

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Meghalaya – The Land Of Exotic Flowers

I arrived in Meghalaya during the monsoon season and many may say this is not the right time to visit this North-Eastern state.
But as I had expected, the rains made the whole place a lot more beautiful. As I reached the state, it started raining and the lush green tress and vibrant flowers started dancing, as if welcoming me.
I could not recognize most of the flowers, but surely they were the most colorful ones I have ever seen in my whole life.
I snapped them in various parts of Meghalaya ranging from Cherrapunji to Shillong. Be it shape or color, their charming beauty made my journey more enjoyable.

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​Caliente: No Alcohol, Just Chili

Yep, you read it right. This Swedsih drink, which will be available this week in leading modern retail outlets in Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore, has chili, which releases endorphins in the body. Thus, it makes you happy or creates feeling of happiness just like alcohol.

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The flavors are mix of fruits and herbs. Not too sweet. Fresh fruit flavor hits the taste buds first and the delicate herb flavor is the aftertaste, which perfectly pairs with the food made with similar herb. Voila ! so for example in one of the flavours we use Bluberry and Lemongrass, so blueberry is the first taste you feel on the tongue and at the after taste is that of Lemongrass. Now with lemongrass taste in the mouth pairs with the food which has lemongrass in it like, Thai, Vietnamese, etc. Similarly other flavour is lime ginger so the after taste if ginger in the mouth pairs with Indian, Chinese, Sushi etc.

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CHILI, the body’s favorite drug: Caliente is the first bottled non-alcoholic drink giving you a rush. Because we’ve added chili that, similar to alcohol, activates the reward center in the brain, releasing endorphins and feelings of happiness. And as an added plus, chili helps to bring out other flavors, which means we can keep the sugar content low and still get drinks with great character.

This drink is already creating a buzz in Denmark and Norway.

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Mumbai’s Iconic Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus

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A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus or CST – formerly Victoria Terminus is one of the country’s oldest Victorian-Italianate-Gothic style architectural buildings.

Designed by Frederick William Stevens, it was built in 1887 in the Bori Bunder area of Mumbai.

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It was not a hidden gem. Quite popular among foreign visitors and locals alike. Located in South Mumbai, Cafe Universal has been serving since 1923. However, I found this place out of the blue and liked this cafe instantly. The exterior may not be flashy, but the interior of the cafe is quite soothing. You can find their whole menu here. I enjoyed my quiet moments at the cafe with my pomegranate juice 🙂

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Address: Shop-299 Shahid Bhagat Singh Road, Adi Murzban Path, Ballard Estate, Fort, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400001

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The European Side Of Mumbai

This was my third trip to Mumbai but first as a tourist. Earlier, I visited the financial capital of India due to some official work. I was quite excited to visit Mumbai once again but honestly speaking I wasn’t expecting any big surprises.

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But Mumbai proved me wrong.  I wasn’t just surprised but astonished by the historic British era buildings of south Mumbai.

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Simple architecture yet very attractive. These buildings, some colorful and some grey, took me to the bygone era.

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These beauteous buildings will literally make you feel that you are in an European country. At least I felt so.

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Being a huge admirer of India’s history, I was glad to discover a different part of Mumbai.
And If you are a history buff, then it is a must visit place for you. Meandering through the narrow lanes  and eating in small eateries, my trip became more than wonderful.

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And if you plan to travel on Sunday then there are many organisations which conduct heritage walk.

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Ghungroo – The Sounds of Yore: Delhi’s First Dinner Theatre

Delhi, the capital of India, is a unique city with rich heritage and culture. Also known as the heart of India, it is home to people from all over the country and therefore, the culture of all the states of India can been seen here.

Recently, I got an invitation by Rudra Experiences Pvt Ltd to attend Delhi’s first Dinner Theatre – ‘Ghungroo – The Sounds of Yore’.

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The artists, through their dance performances, narrated Delhi’s past glory and took the audience to the bygone days.
Starting from the first documented ruler of Delhi, Prithwi Raj Chauhan, tracing the journey of Bhakti Movement through Sufism, followed by stylised form of Kathak for the Mughal Courts, Tarana, ending in Bollywood, it showcases the history and spirit of Delhi, through dance, all in an hour’s time.

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It is so amazing that I personally believe everyone should attend it.

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A mesmerizing performance followed by a sumptuous dinner (an authentic Indian barbecue) will make your evening just perfect.

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The chefs used traditional recipes, researched over centuries, tested in the Royal Kitchens, slow cooked, delicately spiced, with subtle aromas and served the way it was meant to be: straight from fire.

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If you are a first time visitor to Delhi, especially if you are a foreigner, then I recommend you to attend this unique program. I am sure it will be a memorable experience for you.

You can find more about the event here.

Also, you can enjoy their performance here.

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