And This Is My Moscow

Rainy weather and cloudy skies gave a cold welcome to me upon my arrival in Moscow.

But that did not dampen my spirit to explore this historic city. In just three days, I managed to cover a number of famous spots, including iconic Red Square. Stunning architecture and fascinating culture make Moscow a unique cosmopolitan city in the world.

 

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From bar-hopping to clubbing, from shopping to capturing the beauty of the city, I did my best to make it a memorable as well as fun trip.

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But what intrigued me was the lack of western travellers. Almost everywhere I found a lot of Chinese and Japanese tourists, taking selfies 🙂

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Moscow University. Is not it pretty ?

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Cathedral of Christ the Saviour

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Bolshoi Theatre

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GUM (department store)

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Saint Basil’s Cathedral

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What I liked most about the city: Bars and their lip-smacking foods (My favourite – Russian Salad). IMG_20160414_225759

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Wide roads, big buildings and exceptionally stylish people. Even I found a cab driver very charming. 🙂

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What I did not like: A big big communication gap between local people and travellers.

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I tried to communicate with local people but failed miserably due to lack of English knowledge. At the same time, a couple of people smiled at me, said ‘hello’ especially in bars. 😛

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One recommended place – Izmailovsky Flea Market. You can find authentic Russian products, including Russian dolls and leather jackets, at cheaper rate, compared to other places.

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What I missed: Moscow’s iconic metro stations as most of the time I travelled by taxis. 😦

Love to party? – Head to Bolotnaya Naberezhnaya area, where you can find a plethora of nightclubs there, but I opted for RED.

Recommended drink Khortytsa Ice Vodka (smooth and sweet)

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So this is Moscow. Accept it as it is and you will like it the way I liked it 🙂

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PS:– I booked my Moscow trip with Visit Russia and I must say they are very good at managing a trip. Highly recommended.

And don’t forget to check out my photo blog here. 🙂

 

Beauty Of Sokolniki Park

Moscow is home to some magnificent parks and Sokolniki is one of them. Situated in the Sokolinki District of Moscow, the park comes alive with numerous fast food stalls and playgrounds for kids. I was lucky to discover the park as it is just next to Holiday Inn Sokolinki – where I stayed for three days.

I spotted many kids playing and skating, with most of them being closely watched by their mothers. 🙂 I was there for at least two hours, seeing people talking, taking a walk, drinking, some even dancing and making love. I was surprised to see some mothers with their toddlers in the park, while it was snowing. It could be too cold for them or may be not – after all they are Russians. You can also spot many beautiful birds and squirrels in the park.

Believe me, it is an unmissable attraction of Moscow !!!!

And don’t forget to follow my photoblog.

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Sighișoara – Why Are You So Pretty ?

My curiosity and excitement to see Europe was at extreme as it was my first trip to this part of the world.
I stayed in Brasov and paid a short trip to Sighisoara, a medieval town situated on the Tarnava Mare River in Mures County, Romania.

This small historic town, listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, is simply wondrous. One of the highlights of the town is its colorful buildings, surrounded by many cafes.
If you are planning to visit Romania, then your itinerary should include Sighișoara. The top attraction of the city is the Medieval Citadel, which is frequently visited by hundred of visitors everyday. It is a small town which anyone can explore by foot. I did it.
I took a bus from Brasov to Sighișoara and it took approximately two hours to reach there. I did not stay there and explored the town for two hours on foot.

“A piece of art” – my final words about this pretty town.

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Welcome To Vulcan

Not far away from Brasov, Vulcan is a tiny yet picturesque village. My friend drove me to this place and I spent some quality time there. And what I found out that the village and its people are nice 🙂 I guess this is an universal fact. Now you guys enjoy my snaps !!!

Sikkim – A Different India

A few years ago,  I made a trip to Sikkim along with a couple of my friends. And I realized why everyone wants to explore this beautiful state.

I won’t write too much how I started my journey from Delhi to Sikkim, rather I would allow you to enjoy the following images which I captured during the trip.

Pristine beauty….

Welcome to our state 🙂

Rare Red Panda …

A tiny waterfall, yet beautiful…

On my way to Gurudongmar Lake….

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A plain valley…

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Statue of Guru Rinpoche, the patron saint of Sikkim.

Spreading peace messages…

Paragliding In Bir And Billing

Where – Bir & Billing, Kangra, Himachal Pradesh.

Why – It is close to New Delhi and has a reputation to provide best service not only in India but also in Asia.

Service Provider – (Friends tour and travel) http://www.birbilling.com/

Tips – Do carry a small video camera to capture your experience. They charge Rs 500/- and the quality is not up to the mark. Also do carry a windcheater.

Climate – Your paragliding depends on the weather. It must be clear, windy and sunny.

Experience – Mind-blowing. The images say it all.