One Day Stay At Horcho Guest House: Spacious, Nice & Clean

Staying at a homestay is the best way to explore local culture and cuisine. During a recent trip to Ladakh’s Nubra Valley, me and my friends decided to stay at Horcho Guest House, located in Hunder. Surrounded by rugged mountains and dense forest, this is a perfect place to spend some quality time there. It was a pleasure to behold the whole area. This is what I felt after just one day stay. A variety of colorful flowers will welcome you when you enter the guesthouse. The owner of the guesthouse told me that he has turned this into a homestay so that travelers get an authentic experience. He has also cultivated variety of vegetables ranging from cauliflowers to pea around his home. One can freely enjoy the surrounding areas which are filled with streams and forests. I woke up early morning and decided to take a long walk. The chirping of birds and the gentle stream sounds made me more than happy. It was a perfect journey, which left great memories.

Rooms are clean and tariffs start from Rs1,000.

All the images have been taken with a Honor 9 Lite.

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Veerabhadra Temple – India’s Pride

My wish to visit Lepakshi’s famous Veerabhadra Temple and explore its architectural beauty has come true! I managed to visit the place during my recent rip to Bengaluru.

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Words will not be enough to describe the stunning 16th century temple, which is just 140km from Bengaluru. I was enthralled by the huge temple complex and its architectural splendors. Dedicated to Lord Veerabhadra, the temple could be divided in three main parts – Mukha mantapa, arda mantapa and the garbhagriha. The Vijayanagara architectural style is quite visible on the temple.

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And one can clearly notice carvings and paintings at almost every part of the temple.

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One of the most attractive features of the temple is a massive monolith structure of Nagalinga. Overall, the whole temple is a masterpiece.

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How I reached the place: I took a city bus from Gunjur Pallaya (where I was staying) to Kempegowda Bus Station. It took me around 1 hour and 15 minutes. From Kempegowda, I took another bus to Hindupur. The bus journey was approximately 3 and half hour journey. From Hindupur, I boarded another bus to reach the temple. So basically it was a one day trip from Bengaluru.

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The European Side Of Mumbai

This was my third trip to Mumbai but first as a tourist. Earlier, I visited the financial capital of India due to some official work. I was quite excited to visit Mumbai once again but honestly speaking I wasn’t expecting any big surprises.

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But Mumbai proved me wrong.  I wasn’t just surprised but astonished by the historic British era buildings of south Mumbai.

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Simple architecture yet very attractive. These buildings, some colorful and some grey, took me to the bygone era.

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These beauteous buildings will literally make you feel that you are in an European country. At least I felt so.

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Being a huge admirer of India’s history, I was glad to discover a different part of Mumbai.
And If you are a history buff, then it is a must visit place for you. Meandering through the narrow lanes  and eating in small eateries, my trip became more than wonderful.

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And if you plan to travel on Sunday then there are many organisations which conduct heritage walk.

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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.

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