Indian Bloggers to follow on Instagram for Travel Inspirations

Today I thought of sharing some Instagram profiles of Bloggers who inspire the world to travel and explore various parts of the globe in interesting ways. Each of these have different styles of sharing about their Journeys. Some profiles are purely about Travel and some shares other aspects of life as well. So check out and see what aligns with your interests. Don't forget to put a comment, if you want to recomend anything to make this list more useful.

A great stay option if you are visiting Jaipur || Sanman Homestay

I have been planning to visit the Jaipur Literature Festival for the past 3 years, but something or the other kept preventing me. This year too, till the very last moment, it wasn't certain that I will be able to go. And booking a decent place to stay at such a short notice became a challenge. We checked online on Airbnb and came across Sanman Homestay, barely 8 kms away from Diggi Palace. It looked like a nice play to stay, though there was just one review, which was 5 star, for the homestay. We were slightly apprehensive because finding a room available in a good, reasonable homestay in Jaipur just a couple of days ahead of the Jaipur Literature Festival sounded too good to be true. However, as there was no alternative, we went ahead and made the booking.I have been planning to visit the Jaipur Literature Festival for the past 3 years, but something or the other kept preventing me. This year too, till the very last moment, it wasn't certain that I will be able to go. And booking a decent place to stay at such a short notice became a challenge. We checked online on Airbnb and came across Sanman Homestay, barely 8 kms away from Diggi Palace. It looked like a nice play to stay, though there was just one review, which was 5 star, for the homestay. We were slightly apprehensive because finding a room available in a good, reasonable homestay in Jaipur just a couple of days ahead of the Jaipur Literature Festival sounded too good to be true. However, as there was no alternative, we went ahead and made the booking.

Exploring impossible landscapes on Kheerganga Trek, Himachal Pradesh - By Ankit Gupta

Well this write-up gives you some insight of my experiencewith KheerGanga. I am not a avid trekker but I love to travel. So while lookingfor an outstation trip I was searching some place in Himachal. This time mysearch gave me KheerGanga as an option. I had done Triund trek (Mcleodganj)twice before this.So before finalizing  KheerGanga, I have read lot about it. And fromall my reading I concluded that it is more challenging than Triund. Lots ofpeople had mentioned the beauty of this trek. So I decided to do it.We were total three college friends. Its been 7 years sincewe are out of college and since then we were trying to find time to go on atrip together.We started on Friday evening from Delhi at around 8 PM. Wereached Murthal at around 10 PM where westopped for Dinner. After having aquick break we started around 10.45PM and then we drove for next 5 hours. Wethen stopped for a Tea Break. So after crossing Mandi, Sunder Nagar, Kasol wereached Barshaini. Barshini is the point till where you can go by Car/Taxi.Himachal State Transport also ply buses from Mandi to Barshaini.Barshaini gives you option to stay but they give you verybasic facilities. Although we didn’t halt at Barshaini. The point from wherethe Trek starts is basically a Dam construction site. They are constructing ahug dam on Parvati river. We parkedthe car. We then took our trekking bagswith necessary stuff like jackets, extra socks, towels, gloves, cap, torch andthen we headed towards our target. Its been said that the trek is 12 Kms long.The view of the Parvati valley from the point where trek starts wasspectacular. It gives you energy to start the trek. It attracts you and thenyou without wasting any time starts heading towards it.Along the trek you will find good number of shops which are managedby local villagers. They serve you Maggi, omlette chai etc along with dry snacksand fruits as well. You dont really need tocarry any food item for this trek.We started our trek at around 12 noon. After 2 kms we foundone café/shop and we stopped there for a quick break. After having maggi wethen started our trek and reached Rudranag. It is almost at the middle of trek.There is a waterfall at this point which looks like snake and thus this pointis named after it. To reach Rudranag it took almost 90 mins from the last stop.We had fruits/tea at a shop here and then we started again.So, after having a good break of about 20 mins we startedour journey again. And immediately  therecomes an interesting wooden bridge over river Parvati. This pics says all. Iwas quite scared crossing this bridge. JAfter this point the terrain becomes more difficult, and it isalmost 2 hours from this point to reach our destination. In this part there arewater streams, steep paths and beautiful views.We reached at around 4 PM to the top.  And the view from here are spectacular. Heris a glimpse of that.To my surprise, there were so many eating outlets along withplaces to stay. I must stay rooms and halls for stay were way beyond myexpectations. Here you will even find currency exchange counter as lot offoreigners come to this place.Atthe top there is a temple and close to it there is a Hotwater spring. It has proper arrangements for women. Water is quite hot but itis very very relaxing. We booked one room with three beds. The rent was veryvery nominal. He charged us 200/- per bed. The sky view at night was awesome.It was clear and mind blowing. We slept early as we were really tired. We wokeup at around 4 AM next morning. After roaming here & there for some time,we started our back journey at around 5 AM. Slowly slowly we have reached fromwhere we started. Surprisingly it took us almost 4 hours to descendwhichincludes 40 Mins break for breakfast. On this way we found apple and peachtrees.  Kheerganga was a beautiful experience but I was greatlydisappointed after realizing that it is becoming more & morecommercialized. We should respect the nature JI found this written over a rock on the trek.

Well this write-up gives you some insight of my experience with KheerGanga. I am not a avid trekker but I love to travel. So while looking for an outstation trip I was searching some place in Himachal. This time my search gave me KheerGanga as an option. I had done Triund trek (Mcleodganj) twice before this.

Well this write-up gives you some insight of my experiencewith KheerGanga. I am not a avid trekker but I love to travel. So while lookingfor an outstation trip I was searching some place in Himachal. This time mysearch gave me KheerGanga as an option. I had done Triund trek (Mcleodganj)twice before this.So before finalizing  KheerGanga, I have read lot about it. And fromall my reading I concluded that it is more challenging than Triund. Lots ofpeople had mentioned the beauty of this trek. So I decided to do it.We were total three college friends. Its been 7 years sincewe are out of college and since then we were trying to find time to go on atrip together.We started on Friday evening from Delhi at around 8 PM. Wereached Murthal at around 10 PM where westopped for Dinner. After having aquick break we started around 10.45PM and then we drove for next 5 hours. Wethen stopped for a Tea Break. So after crossing Mandi, Sunder Nagar, Kasol wereached Barshaini. Barshini is the point till where you can go by Car/Taxi.Himachal State Transport also ply buses from Mandi to Barshaini.Barshaini gives you option to stay but they give you verybasic facilities. Although we didn’t halt at Barshaini. The point from wherethe Trek starts is basically a Dam construction site. They are constructing ahug dam on Parvati river. We parkedthe car. We then took our trekking bagswith necessary stuff like jackets, extra socks, towels, gloves, cap, torch andthen we headed towards our target. Its been said that the trek is 12 Kms long.The view of the Parvati valley from the point where trek starts wasspectacular. It gives you energy to start the trek. It attracts you and thenyou without wasting any time starts heading towards it.Along the trek you will find good number of shops which are managedby local villagers. They serve you Maggi, omlette chai etc along with dry snacksand fruits as well. You dont really need tocarry any food item for this trek.We started our trek at around 12 noon. After 2 kms we foundone café/shop and we stopped there for a quick break. After having maggi wethen started our trek and reached Rudranag. It is almost at the middle of trek.There is a waterfall at this point which looks like snake and thus this pointis named after it. To reach Rudranag it took almost 90 mins from the last stop.We had fruits/tea at a shop here and then we started again.So, after having a good break of about 20 mins we startedour journey again. And immediately  therecomes an interesting wooden bridge over river Parvati. This pics says all. Iwas quite scared crossing this bridge. JAfter this point the terrain becomes more difficult, and it isalmost 2 hours from this point to reach our destination. In this part there arewater streams, steep paths and beautiful views.We reached at around 4 PM to the top.  And the view from here are spectacular. Heris a glimpse of that.To my surprise, there were so many eating outlets along withplaces to stay. I must stay rooms and halls for stay were way beyond myexpectations. Here you will even find currency exchange counter as lot offoreigners come to this place.Atthe top there is a temple and close to it there is a Hotwater spring. It has proper arrangements for women. Water is quite hot but itis very very relaxing. We booked one room with three beds. The rent was veryvery nominal. He charged us 200/- per bed. The sky view at night was awesome.It was clear and mind blowing. We slept early as we were really tired. We wokeup at around 4 AM next morning. After roaming here & there for some time,we started our back journey at around 5 AM. Slowly slowly we have reached fromwhere we started. Surprisingly it took us almost 4 hours to descendwhichincludes 40 Mins break for breakfast. On this way we found apple and peachtrees.  Kheerganga was a beautiful experience but I was greatlydisappointed after realizing that it is becoming more & morecommercialized. We should respect the nature JI found this written over a rock on the trek.

Ghazab Teri Adaa - An engaging musical commentary on the aftermath of War

After 'Tajmahal ka Tender, we planned to visit NSD Summer Theatre festival last weekend for 'Ghazab Teri Adaa'. The action of play takes place in imaginary time and place which revolves arounf the never ending aspiration for the expansion of the kingdom and is the constant battle for the continuous fights in the battle field. A beautiful play which engages audience through musical commentary on aftermaths of war. It's not only about musical commentary but a good mix of humor and emotions.The play begins with the farewell address to soldiers for 100th warEverybody assembles to bid farewell to soldiers. Women happily send away their husband and sons being unaware about the brutal consequences of war.  I don't want to disclose the story here, and encourage you to visit National School of Drama to see this play, when it's showcased again.Women of the kingdom came together and planned to make soldiers & kind aware of human values. Idea was to discourage wars.When soldiers came back from the war, each lady in the region declined to have any physical intimacy. Some humorous scenes take the story forward.This play is directed by Dr Waman Kendre, who joined NSD as Director in 2013. Prior to joining NSD, Waman Kendre served as Professor and Director of Academy of Theatre Arts, University of Mumbai.  Cast of the play included - Deep Kumar as King, Manish Kumar as Pradhan. Soldiers include - Abdul Kadir Shah, Raju Roy, Akhil Pratap Gautam, Jaganath Seth, Mohan Lal Sagar, Raghavendra Pratap Singh, Shahnawaz Khan, Vipan Kumar, Basu Soni, Naresh Kumar.Annapurna Soni as laya, Chorus by Annapurna Soni, Reena Saini, Anamika Sagar, Ankita Gusain, Aparajita Dey, Sampa Mandal, Shruti Mishra.Abla - Vandana Sharma, Sonal, Shilpa VermaRani - SonalDasi - Ankita Gusain

After 'Tajmahal ka Tender', we planned to visit NSD Summer Theatre festival last weekend for 'Ghazab Teri Adaa'. The action of play takes place in imaginary time and place which revolves arounf the never ending aspiration for the expansion of the kingdom and is the constant battle for the continuous fights in the battle field. A beautiful play which engages audience through musical commentary on aftermaths of war. It's not only about musical commentary but a good mix of humor and emotions. 

After 'Tajmahal ka Tender, we planned to visit NSD Summer Theatre festival last weekend for 'Ghazab Teri Adaa'. The action of play takes place in imaginary time and place which revolves arounf the never ending aspiration for the expansion of the kingdom and is the constant battle for the continuous fights in the battle field. A beautiful play which engages audience through musical commentary on aftermaths of war. It's not only about musical commentary but a good mix of humor and emotions.The play begins with the farewell address to soldiers for 100th warEverybody assembles to bid farewell to soldiers. Women happily send away their husband and sons being unaware about the brutal consequences of war.  I don't want to disclose the story here, and encourage you to visit National School of Drama to see this play, when it's showcased again.Women of the kingdom came together and planned to make soldiers & kind aware of human values. Idea was to discourage wars.When soldiers came back from the war, each lady in the region declined to have any physical intimacy. Some humorous scenes take the story forward.This play is directed by Dr Waman Kendre, who joined NSD as Director in 2013. Prior to joining NSD, Waman Kendre served as Professor and Director of Academy of Theatre Arts, University of Mumbai.  Cast of the play included - Deep Kumar as King, Manish Kumar as Pradhan. Soldiers include - Abdul Kadir Shah, Raju Roy, Akhil Pratap Gautam, Jaganath Seth, Mohan Lal Sagar, Raghavendra Pratap Singh, Shahnawaz Khan, Vipan Kumar, Basu Soni, Naresh Kumar.Annapurna Soni as laya, Chorus by Annapurna Soni, Reena Saini, Anamika Sagar, Ankita Gusain, Aparajita Dey, Sampa Mandal, Shruti Mishra.Abla - Vandana Sharma, Sonal, Shilpa VermaRani - SonalDasi - Ankita Gusain

Surfing around Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, California (USA)

I have visited San Francisco twice and both the times, surfing enthusiasts caught my attention near Golden Gate Bridge. Probably because I haven’t seen surfing at other places. But certainly it’s a brilliant experience to see these surfers crossing through the waves of chilled water. San Francisco is chilly most of the times and the water in the ocean is very cold. One of my friend was recently telling me about weather in SFO . He said, there is only type of seasons in San Francisco – Winters (chilly) or Heavy Winters (very chilled). In fact, this definition goes well with many other places. During my last visit, we noticed kite surfers  from Alkatraz ferry. I couldn’t make the video but these folks not only fight against the water tides but also with wind.Surfing  in very interesting sport in which a surfer rides with the waves, while staining on a board. Typically these intense waves are found in the ocean but at times, people practice it in lakes and rivers as well. At times, waves are created with boats which are predictable and better for learning & practicing. In fact, there is a trend of surfing resorts now where novice can come and enjoy surfing under the supervision of professionals. Although it’s hard for me to imagine doing surfing without ant experience.Kitesurfing looks quite challenging and more interesting. Apart from surfboard, there is a gliders to manage. In this wind power is also used to surf.It was not planned to visit this part of the ocean and see these surfing expert. I was badly missing a good zoom lens. It would have been more fun to capture the action.If you are visiting SFO and know surfing, probably it's a good place to network with like minded people and try surfing in the chill.

I have visited San Francisco twice and both the times, surfing enthusiasts caught my attention near Golden Gate Bridge. Probably because I haven’t seen surfing at other places. But certainly it’s a brilliant experience to see these surfers crossing through the waves of chilled water. San Francisco is chilly most of the times and the water in the ocean is very cold. One of my friend was recently telling me about weather in SFO. He said, there is only type of seasons in San Francisco – Winters (chilly) or Heavy Winters (very chilled). In fact, this definition goes well with many other places. During my last visit, we noticed kite surfers from Alkatraz ferry. I couldn’t make the video but these folks not only fight against the water tides but also with wind. 

I have visited San Francisco twice and both the times, surfing enthusiasts caught my attention near Golden Gate Bridge. Probably because I haven’t seen surfing at other places. But certainly it’s a brilliant experience to see these surfers crossing through the waves of chilled water. San Francisco is chilly most of the times and the water in the ocean is very cold. One of my friend was recently telling me about weather in SFO . He said, there is only type of seasons in San Francisco – Winters (chilly) or Heavy Winters (very chilled). In fact, this definition goes well with many other places. During my last visit, we noticed kite surfers  from Alkatraz ferry. I couldn’t make the video but these folks not only fight against the water tides but also with wind.Surfing  in very interesting sport in which a surfer rides with the waves, while staining on a board. Typically these intense waves are found in the ocean but at times, people practice it in lakes and rivers as well. At times, waves are created with boats which are predictable and better for learning & practicing. In fact, there is a trend of surfing resorts now where novice can come and enjoy surfing under the supervision of professionals. Although it’s hard for me to imagine doing surfing without ant experience.Kitesurfing looks quite challenging and more interesting. Apart from surfboard, there is a gliders to manage. In this wind power is also used to surf.It was not planned to visit this part of the ocean and see these surfing expert. I was badly missing a good zoom lens. It would have been more fun to capture the action.If you are visiting SFO and know surfing, probably it's a good place to network with like minded people and try surfing in the chill.

Main places to visit & explore around Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh (India)

Jabalpur is a well connected town in Madhya Pradesh state of India and there are some beautiful places to explore. I visited Jabalpur in 2010 and had posted few posts on the places I visited. Recently one of the blog follower wanted to know more about Jabalapur, places to explore and what's a good way to explore these places.

Jabalpur is a well connected town in Madhya Pradesh state of India and there are some beautiful places to explore. I visited Jabalpur in 2010 and had posted few posts on the places I visited. Recently one of the blog follower wanted to know more about Jabalapur, places to explore and what's a good way to explore these places. 

TajMahal ka Tender - A Satire on Red Tapism and sad state of officialdom


"Tajmahal ka Tender" is very popular play which is done by various theatre groups in India. And this time, it is happening at National School of Drama, Delhi during Summer Theatre Festival. 


The play is about bureaucracy in the country. The story revolves around the dream of Shahjahan to build Tajmahal and he consulted Engineer of CPWD for that. The whole story is beautiful written and directed as a play.  

Looking Back at May 2016 || Exploring the two forms of art - Representational and Abstract


Abstract forms of expression, be it literature, fine art, photography, or music, has always been something of an enigma. While some people swear by abstract, others simply refuse to acknowledge it as art. In contrast, representational art is comparatively easy to comprehend for those of us who do not have a philosophical bent of mind.

But that is the level at which abstract art works. It exists in a space that is beyond words. It is that layer that adds mystery and romance to life. The unspoken words, the unshed tears - all things that are understood only by people who exist as much on the meta level as on the physical plane. Abstract is the secret language they speak.

In contrast, representational is comforting. It is upfront. It has no hidden agenda. It has no secrets. It is what it is. It is innocent like a child even if it depicts gruesome incident.

Both forms of art have their own space, their own set of people who appreciate and understand them. And it is in this tone that we bring to you this special interview. When does photography become art? Read this to find your answers.  



Food Review:
There are very few things that are as exciting as good food. This month we bring to you three posts that are bound to make you crave food. Read at your own risk! :)





Hotel Review:

Who doesn't love to look at photographs of beautiful hotels, and when the hotels are set in majestic mountains overlooking stunning valley, a photograph is enough to make you want to book a room there. Open this link only if you want to head to Zostel right away.



Gadget Review:


Nowadays, one has to keep going back and forth in time to keep up to date with the new gadgets being introduced every day. It is not just cell phones, it is also health monitors, 3D equipment, ebook readers and the like. But today, we will talk about the latest phone on the block:
 

Good Old Travel Posts:

No month can be complete without talking about travel. And this month, it is our guest bloggers that shine. Look at these excellent posts about various parts of India. They will make you want to pack your bags and head out right away.

 





Tips and Tricks:

With the advent of color photography, lighting, though still important, has ceased to be the king of a photograph. Remember how it used to be with black and white photographs? Good lighting could transform a regular everyday scene into a work of art. You can do the same with your color, digital photographs. Here's how.


Soda Bottle Openerwala at DLF Mall of India, Noida

Last week, we went for lunch at Soda Bottle Openerwala in Noida. It’s in DLF Mall of India. I had heard a lot about SBOW, especially the one in Cyberhub Gurgaon. This post shares about my experience along with few photographs. Sorry, I couldn’t click all the food items we ordered but those can be searched online or on Zomato.We reached the place by 12:30pm and it’s best time to reach if you are planning to have lunch at Soda Bottle Openerwala at DLF Mall of India in Noida. It's known for Parsi cuisine, which is served by very few Restaurants in Delhi. There were very few tables occupied at that point of time and after 30 minutes, there was long waiting queue. We got a nice circular table for 6.Since it was a working day and some of us had to reach back at 2pm, we ordered main course and drinks in one go. And here is what we ordered (at least the ones I still remember :) ) - Tareli Machhi , Chicken Baida Roti, Eggs Kejriwal, Chicken Berry Pulao, Chicken Cutlet, Pav Combo, Vegetable Berry Pulao, Dhansak. And in drinks - Masala Pepsi , Parsi Choy, Irani Faluda and Ganne nu ras.Most of the dishes come in small quantity and served in old styled steel tiffin-box. At the same time, the prices are reasonable. And most importantly, most of the dishes served are unique and have nice flavor. I liked all of their Pulao/Biryanis. Chicken Berry Pulao had juicy chicken pieces with great aroma. Egg Kegriwal is also a nice dish. It seems Mr. Arvind Kejriwal liked this dish and they renamed it. Dhansak is the way dal is cooked by Parsis. It’s a thick gravy of dal and most of us loved it. I didn’t try Chicken Cutlet, but have heard good views from folks who enjoyed it with pav.Masala Pepsi was interesting, Ganne nu ras is sweeter than usual and Parsi tea was strong tea with lot of milk.The place has nice ambiance. It’s a mixed look of a modern restaurant and an old styled Parsi shop. You would be able to recall the scenes in bollywood movies from 80s.Overall we enjoyed the meal at Soda Bottle Openerwala. Bill was around 3.5K for 6

Last week, we went for lunch at Soda Bottle Openerwala in Noida. It’s in DLF Mall of India. I had heard a lot about SBOW, especially the one in Cyberhub Gurgaon. This post shares about my experience along with few photographs. Sorry, I couldn’t click all the food items we ordered but those can be searched online or on Zomato.
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