How I Stayed In Sri Lanka

From villa to hostel, I experimented all kinds of accommodation during my recent Sri Lankan sojourn. Staying at a hostel has its own charm. You get to meet a whole bunch of new people from different countries. Unfortunately, it did not happen this time as I traveled in the off season. Most of the hostels were half empty due to the country’s extreme hot weather. In Colombo, I stayed at ClockInn Delhiwala and I must say it is one of the best hostels I have ever stayed. Be it food or cleanliness, this hostel deserves a big thumbs up.

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In Weligama, an auto driver took me to a hotel where I was the only guest. Although, the host was nice, I was bit paranoid as there was no other guests in the hostel.

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And in Bentota, I had a brief conversation with a boy, who took me to a villa, which is running by an old couple. Like Weligama, I was the only guest at their villa. I stayed there just for a night. I had a very long and interesting conversation with the owner over a cigarette break.

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In Galle, I had stayed in a sea-side hostel – Coco Palm Beach Hostel – with fewer guests. All of them opted for private rooms, while I stayed in a shared room. Apart from me, the hostel welcomed two girls from France and a couple from Britain.

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If you visit Galle, I strongly recommend to stay in this hostel.

Now let’s talk about famous hill station Kandy. I really liked this spacious and colorful hostel, the Backpackers VIBE, which is approximately 4km away from Kandy’s railway station. Though the staff is nice, the amenities are not worth mentioning. The shared rooms are just OK. They also have a bar, where you can chill in the evening with few drinks.

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So this is how I spent my days in Sri Lanka. Do let me know whether you liked these places 🙂 

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Aachen: Cathedral City Of Europe

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Aachen is a city that lives and breathes Europe. It is practically Europe in miniature. Aachen, on the border with Belgium and the Netherlands, has encapsulated the spirit, values and ideals of Europe since the days of Charlemagne. Indeed the Charlemagne Prize for services to European unity has been awarded at Aachen’s town hall since 1950.

Aachen Cathedral is both a local landmark and a monument to Europe’s illustrious past. After starting out life as the imperial palace’s chapel in 800 AD (the year of Charlemagne’s coronation), the completed building became the first cathedral in northern Europe and for many centuries served as the church of coronation for nearly every German king.

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Orchha – A Spiritual Journey

After a little bit of research, I made up my mind to take a short trip to Orchha, a small town in Tikamgarh district of Madhya Pradesh. I chose Orchha as it is within easy reach from Delhi, but the main factor was – my deep affection for ancient temples. Three days are enough to see the main attractions of this beautiful town, which lies on the Betwa River.

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Some of the must-visit places are – The Fort of Orchha, The Chaturbhuj Temple and Raja Ram Temple. While the fort was built by the Bundela Rajput chief, Rudra Pratap Singh, the temple was built by the Queen of Orchha Ganeshi Bai during the reign of Emperor Akbar. I was so fascinated by the fantabulous architecture of these structures that I spent many hours just gandering at them.

The Orchha Fort complex: The complex has many ancient monuments, including palaces and temple. The fort and other structures were built by the Bundela Rajputs.

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The Ram Raja Temple: Commonly known as the Orchha Temple, this place welcomes thousands of devotees everyday. img_2242

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Chaturbhuj Temple: It is yet another masterpiece of Orccha. Dedicated to Lord Vishnu, this stunning temple has a multi-storied complex.

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Cenotaphs: Situated on the bank of the Betwa river, Cenotaphs or Chhatris were constructed in the honor of its rulers. A total of 14 ‘Chhatris’ can be found here. Basically, these structures are empty tombs of past Orchha kings.

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Things to remember: Orchha is a spiritual place, so it is advisable to wear modest clothes. Alcohol and meat eating is prohibited around the Raja Ram Mandir. Accommodation ranging from budget to luxury hotels are available. So one can easily book a room on spot. Considering that it is a small town, don’t expect any fancy nightlife.

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You can read more about Orchha here.

 

 

 

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Win A Northern Lights Reindeer Sledding Trip In Norway

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Though the competition is open to residents of all countries aged 18 and over, accommodation in Norway, and flights to Norway is not included.

What is included? The prize is a Northern Light Reindeer Sledding trip from Envago app for 2 people in Dankarvågvatn, Tromsø, Norway, value $191 p/p, total value $382. The trip includes a visit to the Dankarvågvatn Nature Reserve, the northern lights experience and a Sami reindeer sledding trip.

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7 Reasons Why Your Next Holiday Should Be In Denmark

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1. World cities with a local feel: Copenhagen is the world’s most liveable city, and you’ll soon see why on a trip to Denmark’s laid-back capital. Forget exhausting weekends getting round the sights of a big, bustling cities; Copenhagen’s attractions are within walking or cycling distance from each other. Aarhus is easy to get to and nestles between fjords, beaches and national parks. Odense is like stepping back in time. We’ve gathered the best destinations here!

2. It’s a food-lovers’ paradise: If you love to travel to a new place and get a proper taste of the local culture through food, then Denmark is a destination for you. Not everyone can enjoy the world’s best restaurant, noma, based in Copenhagen and that doesn’t matter! Denmark’s food scene has exploded over the last few years and you can tuck into Nordic cuisine at many restaurants around Denmark. For cheaper options, try street food or sample old Danish classics like smørrebrød.

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Why Taiwan Is Ideal Destination For Female Travellers

Although small in size, Taiwan is a progressive country when it comes to gender issues (it even has a new female president who came to power in May 2016). The locals are warm, friendly, and extremely hospitable people, who are always more than willing to ensure you have a safe and memorable trip. In recent years, this underrated country has slowly become a new hotspot for solo female travelers. Here’s why:

Safety: Taiwan is ranked 3rd amongst the top 10 safest Asian countries for female travelers. Street signs and public transportation all have names in English and even though the crime rate is low, the metro system has “Safe Waiting Zones” closely monitored by video feed, to protect female passengers at night.

Culture: As a country whose top religions are Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism, Taiwan is by far one of Asia’s safest places for female travelers to explore. The country practices tolerance towards all humans, making it easy to feel safe while hiking through the jungles or even when roaming the bustling night markets.

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