Bhimtal – The Unpopular But Prettier Cousin of Nainital 99

People from Delhi-NCR looking for a quick break in the hills often rush to Uttarakhand as they feel Himachal Pradesh deserves a longer trip. As far as Uttarakhand is concerned, almost everyone’s been to Nainital, but how many of you have thought of paying its not-so-distant cousin, Bhimtal, a visit? While Nainital is absolutely beautiful, it is also almost always extremely crowded.

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Bhimtal, on the other hand, offers all the beauty of Nainital, a tad bit more to be honest, and much more breathing space to enjoy it due to the lack of people and properties.

Just a 7-hour drive from Delhi, Bhimtal is the perfect place for a peaceful weekend trip. The hills and the lake that is bang in the middle of them will give you just the breather you’ve been looking for to get away from the hustle-bustle of city life.

For those who think the Nainital mall road is a must do, they will be delighted to know that it is a 45-minute, beautiful drive from Bhimtal. Also, the lake in Bhimtal is a much better alternative to the crowded Naini lake, as it is much cleaner and definitely more peaceful.

A trip isn’t half as fun without great food and Bhimtal doesn’t disappoint at all on that front. Laced with cute little cafes, Bhimtal ensures that your munchies have the most satiating endings. Two cafes that you cannot afford to miss are – iHeart Himalayas Cafe and Café Italiano. The former is run by a foreigner couple and they serve the best chocolate cakes ever, while the latter is the property of a hotel and you must try their pizzas to believe how delicious they are!

So, the next time you want to visit a hill station that’s amazing yet away from the tourists’ lists, Bhimtal is where you should be headed. Believe me, this place seems to be under the most beautiful magical spell of nature.

Truly a place to lie down under the shade of nature, close your eyes and experience serenity.

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Lucknow Memoirs 125

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!!

10 places in India you can go if you have a shoe-string budget 199

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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