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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Splendid Beauty Of Hindu Kush Mountain

The majestic beauty of Hindu Kush mountain range made me completely numb and dumb. While travelling from New Delhi to Bishkek, I somehow managed to capture the splendid beauty of this mountain, thanks to a window seat. All the images had been taken by my Mi4.

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Cafe Universal Since 1921

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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My Time, My Mood

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Mumbai’s Yazdani Bakery

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Famous for its handmade breads and cookies, this iconic shop in Mumbai has been operating since 1953.
The exterior part of the cafe may not impress you, but their cookies and breads are highly recommended.
Situated in Fort, Mumbai, this bakery has been honored with the Urban Heritage & Citizens Award.

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Pre-Loaded Sim Card For Tourists Arriving In India On E-Visa

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Dr. Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Tourism and Culture, has  launched the initiative of the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India for providing pre-loaded Sim Card to foreign tourists arriving in India on e-Visa in New Delhi.

Addressing on the occasion, he said that this unique initiative will facilitate the foreign tourists in communicating with their acquaintances immediately after their arrival in India. Earlier, the Ministry of Tourism had also launched a 24 x 7 Tourist Helpline 1800111363 in Twelve foreign languages so that the foreign tourists can get the required information in their own language. The minister presented the First Kit containing Sim to a representative of Travel and Tourism sector. Shri Vinod Zutshi, Secretary, Ministry of Tourism, Shri J.S. Deepak, Secretary, Ministry of Communications and senior officers were present on the occasion.

You can read more about the press release here.