Be A Part Of UNWTO’s ‘Travel.Enjoy.Respect’ Campaign

In the framework of the International Year on Sustainable Tourism for Development, 2017, the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) is launching a consumer-oriented campaign aimed at raising awareness of the value and contribution that sustainable tourism can make towards development. The ‘Travel.Enjoy.Respect’ campaign wants to engage tourists in making the sector a catalyst for positive change.

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The main message of the campaign is summarized by the UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai: “Whenever you travel, wherever you travel, remember to: respect nature, respect culture, and respect your host. You can be the change you want to see in the world. You can be an ambassador for a better future. TRAVEL, ENJOY AND RESPECT.

You can read more about the press release here.

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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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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 🙂 

All the above images had been taken by a Xiaomi Mi4.

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Sri Lanka Through My Mobile

It is not possible for me to carry my bulky DSLR every time. And in many tricky situations, I completely rely upon my mobile – Mi4, which has become a reliable travel tool for me over a period of many years. I had clicked various pictures of beautiful spots of Colombo from moving buses. So the snaps may fall short on picture quality, but I am confident the images will still catch your attention.

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Encounter With Wild Flowers

Being a wild traveler, I am addicted to wild flowers and herbs. Whenever I find them, I take my camera out of the box and click them. I hardly recognize these species yet they allure me with their unusual shapes and sizes.

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Win A Trip To Split

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A golden opportunity to visit the Croatian town of Split.

The winner can win the following prizes:

2 KLM Economy Class round trip tickets to Split on June 24th, 2017 (return on June 30th)
A 6 nights stay in a 4 star hotel in Split from June 24th till June 30th
A 2 hour private guided tour of Split
A zipline and rafting adventure in Omiš
An excursion to Hvar (including return ferry tickets and guided tour).

You can participate here.

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.