10 places in India you can go if you have a shoe-string budget 136

I don’t know if it happen with everyone, but it definitely happens with me. All throughout the month I crib about the amount of work that I have to complete and how I don’t get enough holidays, or how I am unable to travel often because I am so loaded.  Whenever a long break comes, up until the last day before the tiny vacation starts I have no idea what ill do for the next 3/4 days, usually I end up just lazing around which is very ironic to the amount of cribbing I do.

I have done enough research to find a few possible destinations to go for short trips and here is the list of all of them.

  1. GOKARNA
    Ideal duration: 2 Nights/3 Days
    What it will cost you: Bangalore to Gokarna and back by bus: INR 800
    Stay: Comfy homestays start at INR 200 in Gokarna
    Food: Lots of eating options near the beach at INR 200 for two per meal
    Banana boat ride: INR 300 per person
  2. RISHIKESH
    Ideal duration: 1 Night/2 Days
    What it will cost you: Travel to and from Delhi: INR 300
    Stay: INR 150 per night
    Food: INR 200/meal
    River rafting: INR 400 to INR 1300 per person
    Beach camping: INR 1600 per person (includes 1 Night stay, 3 meals and river rafting)
  3. DARJEELING
    Ideal duration: 2 Nights/3 Days
    What it will cost you: Travel from Kolkata to Siliguri or New Jalpaiguri by bus and back: INR 490,
    Toy train up to Darjeeling from NJP: INR 250
    Jeep ride from NJP to Darjeeling:INR 150/person
    Stay: INR 400/night
    Food:INR130 for two
  4. DHARAMSALA AND Mc.LEODGANJ
    Ideal duration: 2 Nights/3 Days
    What it will cost you: Delhi to McLeodganj and back: INR 1000
    Stay: INR 130/night – INR 500/night
    Food: Tibetan and Chinese cuisine at little cafes @INR 100 – 200 for two
  5. SIKKIM
    Ideal duration: 2 Nights/3 Days
    What it will cost you:Kolkata to Siliguri (Train): INR 183 one side
    Siliguri to Gangtok (Bus): INR 165 one side
    Stay: Budget hotels are available at INR 600 up, but there are dorms too for INR 120 or single rooms for INR 250
    Food: Plenty of cheap places around, momos being the specialty here: INR 100 up per meal
  6. HAMPI
    Ideal duration: 2 Nights/3 Days
    What it will cost you: Train travel from Bangalore to Hospet and back: INR 300
    Hospet to Hampi: INR 10 (bus), INR 100 (auto)
    Stay: Homestays or Guesthouses starting from INR 50-200/night, Budget accommodation: INR 300 to INR 800/night
    Food: All three meals put together: INR 200
    Tonga rides to ruin sites: INR 50-100
  7. NAINITAL
    Ideal duration: 2 Nights/3 Days
    What it will cost you:State transport buses, Delhi to Nainital (roundtrip): INR 368,
    Private Volvo bus (roundtrip): INR 800
    Stay: Spoilt for choices here, budget stay starts at as low as INR 150/night.
    Food: Lot of Punjabi food around, meals can start from INR 200 for two
    Boating: INR 150/hr for paddle boat
    Ropeway: INR 150 (roundtrip)/person
  8. MUNNAR
    Ideal duration: 2 Nights/3 Days
    What it will cost you: Buses from Ernakulam or Cochin and back: INR 180 – INR300
    Stay: Cottages start at INR 600
    Food: INR 100 per meal
  9. UDAIPUR
    Ideal duration: 2 Nights/3 Days
    What it will cost you: Delhi to Udaipur (State transport bus) : INR 650
    Stay: Starts at INR 400/night for shared dormitories
    Food: Street food is a must try: INR 50 /person
  10. VARANASI
    Ideal duration: 2 Nights/3 Days
    What will it cost you: Delhi to Varanasi and back (train): INR 652
    Stay: INR 200/night
    Food: Street food starts at INR 30 for two, Local food at INR 150 for two
    Boat ride on the Ganges: INR 250/hour

Let’s get, set and go!!!!

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Hey Woman! Stay Girl!! 2

It was a rainy evening just a few days back. I and my daughter decided to go to a chats corner to eat some tasty and spicy chats. While we were there, a group of college-aged girls came in. Suddenly there were loud laughter, noise and an air of fun. I also noticed many heads staring at these chirpy young girls who cared for none. I have this habit of watching people face and it fascinates me. Every face has so many things to tell. Whether we want to share or not, our faces always tell others what kind of mood we are in. You must have seen many times people passing by all alone, yet smiling to themselves? Or someone, scowling? And here in the chat corner too I started to observe, especially the women face.

What I saw was somewhat sad. I saw those girls, happily jumping, squealing, having fun with each other without a care in the world and not bothered about anything else around them. Then I saw a little older that is middle-aged women, walking in a hurry and with visible tension in their faces. I saw a mother, angry at her child for being stubborn, I saw a wife waiting for her husband who was vividly late, I saw a woman who looked like someone who came straight from having a hard day and got loads in her head, busily giving instruction to someone regarding a party preparation for the next day. These women showed such signs of stress that it was hard to miss the changes in a woman from being carefree to a responsible person.

These women were once been like the other carefree girls without any care in the world. What changed that? It’s easy to brush it off as “life happens”. Did marriage change all? is it the husband, is it the in-laws, is it the high-profile career that you are chasing so hard for years, or anything else?

We might give many reasons, however, deep down I believe it always comes down to us as to how we handle our life. I agree, for many, there are those unfortunate people in life who drag us down to make us feel miserable. Still many a times it is we who let carry too many responsibilities simply because we do not learn how to let others help us. We are too egoistic to share or to ask for help.

Many married women lose those friendships that they had for more than a decade of years simply because of the responsibilities she believes that it is her own. Dear woman, share your work, let others also be a part of what you do and cheer up. Life is too short to spend it off without enjoying the little moments. Things that you decided too kiddish are something that needed to be sane and happy.

Hey woman, here are a few things that you should do to keep that young girl in you alive and not to lose out yourself in the world of responsibilities.

  • Call that friend you were meaning to call for a long time just because you had a fight years back and never got around to patch up. Trust me! There is nothing happier than catching up with a childhood friend.

  • Sing and dance with your children even if you are not good at it. Well, we are not trying to participate in any concert. But you should, if you are really good at it.

  • Learn to say “No” to family demands when are tired of carrying on. Your body may be able to do it. But not your mind.

  • Do not worry about what people are going to think. You have already come too far to build a rapport with people around you and simple things do not matter because everyone is busy with their own lives.

  • Do not try to save every penny for your children. You are making them study hard is to teach them to be independent and to earn their way. Enjoy the little pleasures you could buy.

  • Do not try too hard please everyone. People always have something against when they are dissatisfied with themselves.

  • Make time and spend time with your inner self.

These are some of my ways. But each woman might have her own way of dealings with things in life. Whatever you do, do not lose out that chirpy and bubbly girl you once had been. Keep her alive, give her more importance than to the one which pressure and stress had made you today.

Lucknow Memoirs 3

Some cities are close to our hearts. Mostly because we have spent a lot of time there especially our childhood. For me the city holding,  that special place is Nawabon ka Shehar Lucknow!!

Situated on the banks of River Gomti, it has an old world charm and enthusiasm of new age too. A beautiful city emerging as a cosmopolitan, saving essence of its culture, Tehzeeb.

Whether you choose to travel by train or by air, the moment you land, you can feel the aroma of Lucknow. The language though mainly hHindiis spoken with a touch of Urdu and typical accent, and few words are the patent of this city!

The roads and lanes are good, comparable to any other city. The best time to visit is between Oct-Feb when it is the onset of cold till peak cold arrives. Summers are hot and humid too. The temperature may go up to 45 degrees.

The city has rich cultural heritage. Make sure to visit places like Bada ImamBara, Chota ImamBara and Residency. You will brush up with the slice of history and its grandeur.

The amazing thing about the city is that many big malls have come up with awesome architecture and  Brands to envy of but the city manages a balance between the two.

My personal favourite time to visit them is the early morning where you can see the beauty of pebbled streets and can relish the amazing breakfast of khasta kachori and jalebi at a small shop near 8 number crossing called Aath number chauraha!

The city has one of the most amazing food with distinct flavours and taste. It has many delicacies both vegetarian and non-vegetarian which are recorded in Indian cookbooks.

Different areas of Lucknow are associated with different tastes. So when you visit old Lucknow, Chauk, Ameenabad do stop for the ultimate kebab junction. Whenever you visit don’t forget to taste the most famous of kebabs ” Galawati kebab” famously known as Tundey ke kebab , served with saffron flavoured roti called sheermaal .You will  give your taste buds a treat.

Radhe Lal ki lassi is something which is subtle sweet with the saffron aroma.

Prakash ki kulfi in Ameenabad is a place running since 1960s.More than 50 years and the place has kulfi which is distinct in taste and preparation!

And yes do taste Lucknow ki chaat , if possible visit Royale café in Hazratganj which is like  Connaught place of Lucknow and serves the best basket chaat called tokri chaat .

The trip cannot be complete without shopping. The city of Lucknow boast of some awesome street markets.So shop till you drop for chikankari suits in Hazratganj , Ameenabaad  according to accessibility and budget.

A hidden treasure is Nakkhas market which is famous for its sunday market and the attraction is pets and birds. Just for the fun and some old world chaos you can visit this too.

Overall a  must visit city at least once to take away beautiful memories!!