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This travel competition is only meant for Indian citizens.

One winner will win return tickets for two on Virgin Atlantic. The contest is very simple. You can participate in the contest here.

Don’t miss the golden opportunity to visit London. 🙂

 

Nongriat’s Double-Decker Root Bridge

I decided to explore the world-famous double-decker root bridge in Nongriat, Meghalaya after reading a couple of very interesting articles and seeing some wonderful images of it on Internet.

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I knew it would be a treacherous journey, but I had already made my mind.
The trip to this unique place was part of my Meghalaya sojourn. The owner of the guest house in Cherapunji, where I was staying, told me that I can explore this place on my own and that no guide was needed. So next day, I hired a cab to Tryna village and reached there at around 9:30am.

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Then started the first trek of my life – the trek to the root bridge. The trek covered over 3,000 steps and a couple of iron and small root bridges.

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It took me approximately 2 hours to cover this 3km arduous journey (one way). A couple of small shops have been built where you can buy some snacks, tea, coffee, bottled water etc.

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Surrounded by dense forest, the 250-year-old bridge is located in a small village ‘Nongriat.’

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According to the owner of my guest house, the man-made bridge was built to help local people cross over the river. I was mesmerized by the natural beauty surrounding the double-decker bridge and even went father to see the natural pool.

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It was indeed a good idea as the crystal-clear water of the pool left me gob-smacked. The enchanting natural beauty around the place mesmerized me and left a deep imprint on me.

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I trekked from one mountain to another and what an exhilarating experience it was. I was very tired while returning and might have taken hundreds of mini breaks. If you ever visit Meghalaya, make sure you don’t miss this beautiful ‘tiny paradise.’ Just do keep in mind that physical strength and good stamina is a must for this trek. Also, try to start your journey little earlier so that you won’t see crowds. When I reached the place, I found only few local workers, who were collecting pebbles.

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Kuala Lumpur’s Spectacular Thean Hou Temple

Even though I was quite occupied during my two-day trip to Malaysia, I couldn’t resist visiting the beautiful Thean Hou Temple in Kuala Lumpur.

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Built between 1981 and 1987, this world famous temple draws hundreds of tourists everyday, thanks to its stunning architecture. It is a six tired temple with four levels and is dedicated to the Chinese sea goddess Mazu. Also known as the Temple of the Goddess of Heaven, it has elements of Buddhism, Confucianism and Taoism structures.

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The amalgamation of contemporary architectural style and traditional designs made the temple stand out among other temples in Kuala Lumpur.

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Outside the temple, one can see statutes of representations of the 12 animals of Chinese astrology. The temple also has a Chinese medicinal herbs garden and a tortoise pond. A popular wedding venue among KL’s Chinese community, the temple attracts worshipers and tourists alike everyday.

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In short, your Kuala Lumpur itinerary must include this spectacular world famous temple.

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How to reach: The temple is just three km away from Bangsar station. Take a LRT to the station and then you can hire a taxi to the temple. I used Grab app and reached this place within 10 minutes.

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Win A Luxury Scottish Yacht Cruise!

A golden opportunity to win a luxury trip to Scotland.

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Maharashtra’s Impressive Elephanta Caves

My search for an attractive tourist destination in Mumbai ended when a friend of mine suggested me to visit Maharashtra’s famous Elephanta Caves – a UNESCO World Heritage site, which draws thousands of tourists everyday.

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Surrounded by thick forest and Arabian Sea, the caves are divided in two parts – an array five caves and two Buddhist caves.

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Perched on Elephanta Island, the collection of rock art is believed to be built during the mid-fifth to sixth centuries AD. According to Archaeological Survey Of India, a number of dynasties, including Chalukyas of Badami and Yadavas of Deogiri had their control over this majestic place.

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Among all the caves, Cave 1 turned out to be impressive. The main cave includes Andhakasuravada murti, Nataraja; Kalyanasundara murti and Gangadhara murti.
In my opinion, the Elephanta Caves is a must place to visit for those who admire ancient art and architectures.

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Exploring the entire place takes almost 1 and ½ hours. Elephanta Caves is just 10 kilometer away from the famous Gateway of India. The boat services for this place start at around 9am.

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Chaainsheel Bugyal – Trek Of The Year

A group of passionate bloggers and trekkers were recently invited the by Uttarakhand Tourism Board and CrazeMag to explore Chaainsheel Bugyal – a lesser known destination of Uttarakhand.

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The seven-day journey began from New Delhi and ended in Chaainsheel Bugyal.

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Day 1: Reach Balawat. The drive from Dehradun takes around 10 hours.

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Day 2: Balawat (6,283 ft) to Sunaooti Thach (10,400 ft); 5-6 hours, 8 km

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Day 3: Sunaooti Thach (10,400 ft) to Samta Thach (11,647 ft); 7-8 hours, 14 km

Day 4: Rest and exploration day.

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Day 5: Samta Thach (11,647 ft) to Tikula Thach (10,203 ft) via Sarutal; 5-6 hours, 8 km

Day 6: Tikula Thach (10,203 ft) to Dagaan Moriyaach (9,416 ft); 4-5 hours

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Day 7: Dagaan Moriyaach to Chinwa; 3-4 hours. Depart for Dehradun.

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The next trek will begin on October 2 and you can contact India Hikes team for an unforgettable journey.

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Qatar Airways Provides Luxury Global Chauffeur Service

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You can read more about the service here.

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Review: Sandisk Extreme PRO SDHC UHS-I Card 32 GB

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Erasing all doubts! SanDisk remains one of the pioneer firms in terms of memory storage solution.
Their constant innovation has made them one of the word’s reliable companies.

Sandisk Extreme PRO SDHC UHS-I Card 32 GB is one of the products that I would like to give a special mention here. This product offers 95MB/s read and 90MB/s write speeds.

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Some of highlights of the card, which is build for extreme conditions, are:

UHS Speed Class (U3) and Video Spped Class 30 (V30)for 4K UHD video

Available capacities: Up to 512GB

Shock-proof, temperature-proof, waterproof and X-ray proof.

UHS Video Speed Class 30 (V30), sustained video capture rate of 30MB/s and UHS Speed Class 3 (U3) designates a performance option – designed to support real-time video recording with UHS enabled host devices.

Lifetime warranty

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The card is pretty useful for those who use camera’s burst-mode frequently.  The card is managed by the Power Core™ Controller. I used this card on my Canon 750D and it worked well. Without much worry, one can shoot for longer period of time, thanks to the card’s storage capacity.

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I will definitely recommend this product for above mentioned reasons.

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