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With schools closed for the summer, it's time to take the kids out for some fun. And when we say out, we mean somewhere far and fun. Here are five Indian destinations perfect weather-wise and are a great source of edu-tainment. Who says you can't learn whilst having fun?
The tiny state of Sikkim is a treasure, for those who know what to look for. Weather-wise it is perfect for a summer break and kids will definitely love a refreshing view of the mighty Kanchenjunga. Sikkim state is hundred percent organic. Sounds healthy already, right? Add to that clean mountain air, panoramic view of Kanchenjunga from Tashi Viewpoint and Ganesh Tok, a visit to Nathu La, Botanical Garden, Tsomgo Lake, Rumtek Monastery, Enchey and Pemayangtse monasteries (have a look at their priceless antiques). From Gangtok, it's easy to travel to the rest of the state. A visit to Ravangla is a must. Sikkim is also a very neat and tiny state, traffic is not a hassle, in short, a safe and perfect place to take little children around.
Ooty, Tamil Nadu
For young ones, Ooty can be all about chocolates and toy train rides. Both are a big hit with tourists of all ages. During the summer break no one will want to stay indoors in a cool location, a hike up the Doddabetta Peak sounds just the right thing to do. The view of the green valley below is rewarding. If with older children, a visit to the Pykara Falls could be fun for your family. When in Ooty, there isn't much to do other than be cool, relax and repeat.
Shillong is a destination you should have in your travel bucket list as a family. Perfect and kid-friendly, this small city is full of life. While it can get a bit monotonous after you are done with the usual around Shillong such as a visit to the Golf Link (a natural golfcourse), Shillong Peak and Elephant Falls, one always have the option to visit the Mawlynnong Village for the root bridges, Cherrapunjee for it's natural beauty and some cave adventure or do the lesser-known--drive upto Jowai and back and have a picnic outdoors. The undisturbed green rolling hillocks with a smattering of pine trees here and there are often ignored by tourists who visits Shillong just for the usual and the most popular, not knowing the fact that these locations are perfect for a memorable picnic. Keeping Shillong as your base, you can even explore Barapani Lake. That's a beauty right there.
If cool climes aren't what you are looking for, then maybe some fun with sea, sand and sun? Goa is perfect for kids, for they are sure to love some fun in the sand. The shallow waters of Arambol and Palolem are safe for kids, Baga and Calangute perfect for some fun watersports. If you are done with beaches, you can even head out to the Spice Village in Ponda.
With three months of 2019 almost over, brace yourself for an exhilarating few months ahead. The world of sports is primed to deliver some classic, unforgettable events. Last year, the FIFA World Cup enthralled audiences from all over the world. Billions were glued to their TV screens watching the glamorous extravaganza which brought the best footballers from the globe to Russia. While that may be hard to top, this year will just be as electrifying for the sporting community. Virat Kohli & Co. will travel to England for the summers in a bid to crown India as world champions for the third time. Mark your calendars and book your tickets for a summer of sports.
There isn't anything like cricket which gets an Indian off their seats. The national team starts their campaign at Southampton against South Africa before travelling to London, Manchester, Nottingham, Birmingham and Leeds. The highlight fixture will be held at the Old Trafford Cricket Ground in Manchester as India take on Pakistan in a match promising to deliver innumerable moments of ups and downs.
Though you might have entered the English shores for the love of cricket, take time to explore the heartlands of England when you aren't attending matches. Here is a guide of things you can do in the 6 English cities:
The Buckingham Palace in London tops many wish-lists and along with Westminster Abbey, the site of monarch coronation, are the most prized assets of the century long tradition of the British Monarchy. The Tower of London boasting of the Crown Jewels also makes up for a tantalising proposition. Nestled away in Islington, the Camden Passage is a treasure trove of independent boutiques, adorable cafes, and antique shops. From the exceptional bric-a-brac to one-off war memorabilia, find the hidden gems of London at the Camden Passage. If you happen to be a fan of Sherlock Holmes, then 221B Baker Street probably strikes a bell. Take your time off from cricket to visit the home of this fictional detective. The Sherlock Holmes Museum, a privately run museum, lies not too far away between 237 and 241 Baker Street. Explore Holmes' drawing rooms and other exhibit items from the several different adaptations of the fictional detective.
A footballing giant dominates this historic town hence, it makes sense that you take time to visit the bastions of Manchester United in their home stadium, Old Trafford (Read more about football stadiums around Europer here). This 75,000 capacity stronghold is a breathtaking sight for any sports fanatic. Manchester isn't just your average city- it's a hub of culture, knowledge and art. If you are into the latter, we recommend observing the street art of this glorious British city. The Northern Quarter happens to be the hipster haven of the city with some sublime pieces of large scale murals dominating its landscape. You can also find yourself among books on your short trip to Chetham's Library, which happens to be the oldest library dating back to 1421. The manuscript diaries, letters and deeds, paintings, and glass lantern slides trace their origins to the 17th century.
Mainly recognised from the legends of Robin Hood, Nottingham is the next city where the Indian team will play its matches. Your trip here should involve you taking a short trip to the once Middle Age royal fortress, the Nottingham Castle. Tucked around the corner is Nottingham's hero, Robin Hood's statue so, click away with this outlaw who took from the rich and gave to the poor. The 13th century ruin of Annesley Hall should be a definite next on your trip to this British town. Located on the edge of Sherwood Forest and one of the England's prime haunted destinations, prepare for the chills and creeps on your visit here Nothing sparks classy and vintage like the Rufford Abbey in Nottingham. A spectacular example of Cristercian architecture lies below this 17th century manor surviving the many developments that the mansion went through the years.
The second-most populous city after London, Birmingham is home to loads of weird and whacky stuff. Start by going on a Peaky Blinders tour roaming the suburbs of this hustling British town with a 1880s themed dinner reminiscent of the time from the show. Register for this stupendous tour here. Carrying onto our next stop on our list of creepy in England is the Curzon Street Station. This abandoned railway station tops the list of the innumerable abandoned buildings in Birmingham. Initially used as a station in the 1840s, the platform and tracks were destroyed leaving only neoclassical styled building erect. As your travel to this enigmatic town, you'll most likely come across the traffic roundabout known as the Spitfire Island. That does catch your attention, doesn't it? Well, watch out for the massive abstract artwork called the Sentinel depicting three and a half supermarine spitfire. Its scintillating design is a mind-blowing tribute to one of the nation's best WWII era shadow factories.
The last of Team India's destination, Leeds is a happening British metropolitan. Start by observing this city from among the clouds either during sunrise or sunset. The breathtaking view of Leeds and its neighbouring countryside will be an experience by unrivaled by only India winning the World Cup. Sandal Castle often goes unrecognized amongst the many manors that enamour the British Isle. While a lot of its structure was robbed by its later builders, the underlying earthworks and motte (an artificial hill used as a fort) are one-of-a-kind. The earthwork underneath the castle was revealed once it was reduced to mere fragments after all the stealing.
This major port of city of England will host India's opening match of the World Cup campaign. Other than indulging in a game of cricket, one can walk along the half-a-mile long stretch of the Southampton Walls. Built after a terrorizing pirate attack, the magnificent walls once protected the city from its potential invaders. The walls date back to the 14th century and are a fitting tribute to importance of the port city. You can also take observe or take a ride on the Hythe Pier Railway, the longest operational public pier railway which shuffles tourists and locals across an estuary.
Getting There: If you are an Indian passport holder, you'll most definetly require a visa to visit the British Isle. Find out the process of applying for a visa here. There are several airlines that run a direct flight from New Delhi to London - Jet Airways, British Airwyas, Air India, and Virgin Atlantic to name a few.
Team India's Schedule:
Match 1: Wednesday, June 5 - India vs South Africa, Southampton
Match 2: Sunday, June 9 - India vs Australia, London
Match 3: Thursday, June 13 - India vs New Zealand, Nottingham
Match 4: Sunday, June 16 - India vs Pakistan, Manchester
Match 5: Saturday, June 22 - India vs Afghanistan, Southampton
Match 6: Thursday, June 27 - India vs West Indies, Manchester
Match 7: Sunday, June 30 - India vs England, Birmingham
Match 8: Tuesday, July 2 - India vs Bangladesh, Birmingham
Match 9: Saturday, July 6 - India vs Sri Lanka, Leeds
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I needed a break from the shaking and rattling. Even the stunning scenery outside—brilliant skies, wispy clouds and a mountainscape dotted with yaks—couldn’t distract me from possibly the worst road I had ever been on. This boulder-filled stretch of 30-odd kilometres ran from Tawang to the Sino-Indian border, the famous Bum La Pass.
About 45 minutes into a journey punctuated by my co-passengers’ photography of our surroundings, we reached the first army checkpoint. We had been driving through western Arunachal Pradesh for over a week now. My co-passengers—my husband and a friend, both avid photographers—examined every inch of the landscape through their lenses, while I breathed in the clear, crisp air and walked the path my grandparents had taken over half a century ago during my grandfather’s stint with the IAS. I felt an odd sense of familiarity.
As we drove through the mountains of the Eastern Himalaya in a minimally populated Indian state, we saw more yaks and sheep than we did humans. The roads were not the best, but the stark mountainside, thick alpine forest and excellent food more than made up for it. After a night in Dirang, a small town with an extraordinarily high number of liquor stores, we had headed straight to Tawang, beyond Sela Pass. At 13,700 feet, the pass had been freezing and we’d had to stop to wrap up. The place is snow-covered most of the year, which meant brisk business for the little hut serving hot lal chai and celery momos.
The prayer flags fluttering in the biting wind indicated Tawang was close. It is home to the famous Gaden Namgyal Lhatse or ‘peak of the heavenly abode of joyfulness and complete victory’, founded by Merak Lama Gyatso in 1680 CE. In the Tawang monastery museum, I had been thrilled to spot a photograph of my grandfather with Jawaharlal Nehru, during the latter’s visit to Bomdila.
All this was three days ago. We were now headed to Bum La, which the Dalai Lama is said to have crossed to reach India when he fled from Tibet with his family. For me, the pass and the journey had a personal connection. My grandfather had taken the same route while mapping the region formally known as the North-East Frontier Agency. He lived with his wife in Bomdila before and during the Sino-Indian war, and I had grown up with stories of their wild and beautiful home. Before that, in the late 1950s, they had been stationed in Tibet, and were no strangers to adversity. However, they always spoke warmly of the people and customs of Arunachal.
The childhood stories came flooding back as I inadvertently kept a lookout for places that provided visuals to their words throughout the journey. While Dirang appeared dramatically different from their accounts, Tawang, with its narrow winding lanes and serene monastery, still held vestiges of the past.
We stepped out of the car at the checkpoint to stretch our legs. Our driver Anil went into the tented hut to present our papers. He came out soon, followed by an army officer who invited us in to wait. A flag meeting was finishing up at the border, and no civilians were allowed till the officials had left. Routine business. We gratefully accepted a cups of hot ginger tea. The tent, not usually meant for visitors, was filled with bunk beds, clothes and booming laughter as one jawan kept the others enthralled with a story in Punjabi.
The Punjab regiment had been stationed in the region for a year, and had just about got used to the cold. September was still balmy by their standards, I was told, as I shivered by the heater in my four layers of clothing. Over tea, we swapped war stories—theirs personal, mine borrowed from my grandparents. They were impressed by my grandfather’s feats across the Northeast and Tibet, and expressed gratitude for his service. I too echoed my gratitude to them, especially in these harsh climes.
Two more checkpoints and half an hour of bumps and rolls later, we arrived at Bum La, exhausted but excited. The land was flat and slightly dusty, as brown scraggy mountains with a sparse cover of grass rose in the distance. The highlands of western Arunachal witness the thinning of trees beyond 13,000 feet, replaced by the occasional desert shrub. Apart from a couple of large grey structures and an army tent, the area was desolate.
We presented our papers to the officer in the tent, a smiling young man who gave us a quick overview of the area and sent us to the ‘border’ with another jawan. The grey buildings were used for meetings, discussions and joint celebrations between the Indian and Chinese, and the border was unfenced.
As we walked the last few paces on the Indian side, I noticed a tower at a distance. “A Chinese lookout tower,” the jawan responded to my unasked question, “their only presence here.”
The area was quiet—no wind, bird or whistling tree—and the only sounds came from the occasional chatter of army personnel and the crunch below our feet. Less than a hundred metres ahead, we arrived at the border, marked only by a large pile of rocks called ‘rock of peace’ with small flags of both countries fluttering silently. It was not what we had expected, but in that desolate region where a cheerful flag meeting to discuss upcoming Diwali and New Year celebrations had just concluded, it seemed apt.
Placing one foot in China, I recalled another Sino- Indian border I had visited many years ago in Sikkim. It had high barbed-wire fences, gun-toting border patrol officers on both sides, and scores of visitors. This was a peaceful place, unlike what the news and the stories I’d heard growing up, with just one other family waiting to visit while the three of us gathered around the ‘rock of peace’, took pictures and waved in the direction of the Chinese tower to see whether they were watching. Back at the tent, over more tea and biscuits, we were presented with certificates marking our visit to Bum La—a small but significant token from the Indian army for making their day a bit more cheerful in a land that is so cold that the rice will not cook. I couldn’t wait to show it to my grandparents. Sixty years after they had traversed the region, I had retraced their steps
Tawang is accessible by road via the Guwahati–Bhalukpong– Dirang–Bomdila route. Guwahati, 543kms/14.5hrs away, is the closest airport and railhead.
Bum La Pass is approx. 37kms/2hrs from Tawang. Cars for a day trip to the pass can be hired at Tawang at INR 4,000 onwards
Arunachal Pradesh requires all travellers to obtain a valid Inner Line Permit (ILP) for the duration of their stay. It can be acquired in Guwahati at the deputy commissioner’s office or from the Arunachal Bhawan offices at Delhi and Kolkata.
In addition to the ILP, one requires a special permit from the DC office at Tawang to visit Bum La, which also needs to be stamped by the army command.
WHERE TO STAY & EAT
WHAT TO SEE & DO
Batrachophobes and Ophidiophobes aren't going to be so pleased with this but we can't help it! The slimy and slithering beings have a way of saying "come hither" and before you start to cringe with unspeakable fear, remember that they are more afraid of you than you are of them. Or at least that's what we believe in. And for those who love everything herp related, following is a list of places where you can go herping in India. If the idea of exploring the wet forest at night is something that keeps you up at night (in a good way), then this is for you.
Bringing to you the wonder that is, forests in India. You have the great and vast Western Ghats, the vast Thar Desert, Goan hinterlands and the dense montane forests of the north east India to pick from.
It doesn't really matter whether you have been to Arunachal Pradesh, are from there or got no clue, believe us when we say that the forest there are indeed lovely, dark and deep, and full of life. For a herping enthusiast, the entire state is a playground. The favourable altitude and climate has given the region dense and somewhat impenetrable rainforest (read leech-infested). There are more than 100 reptile species present in the entire state. The number just keeps increasing with new discoveries. The most recent one being the discovery of the Crying Keelback from Lepa-Rada district. The new non-venomous snake species is definitely the hottest topic in the world of herping.
Amboli in Maharashtra
Located in the Western Ghats of Maharashtra is Amboli, a biodiversity hotspot, teeming with life of all kinds. The real charm of Amboli comes out during the rainy season when the forest comes to life. The endemic and critically endangered Amboli Toad or the Tiger Toad is the star of this area. Malabar gliding frog and Malabar pit viper are other attractions that are irresistable to herping enthusiasts.
Agumbe in Karnataka
Watch your step! This is the home of the King Cobra, the world's longest venomous snake. Agumbe falls under the Shimoga district which is also known for it's natural beauty. The green cover is dense and refreshing. Agumbe is not just for the herp-lovers, but is also popular among trekkers and hikers. Many streams and waterfall dot the forest, giving it a refreshing touch. This home of the King Cobra is also a perfect to see nature's small-sized wonders.
Matheran in Maharashtra
You know of Matheran if you are a fan of hiking and nature trails. But did you also know that Matheran is a favourite home for the bull frogs and the bush frogs? The hopping beauties (yes, they are beautiful) rule the forest that make up Matheran, along with other species of frogs and spiders.
Coorg in Karnataka
Honey Valley in Coorg is one of the most sought-after herping destination in India. And how can it not be when it is a part of the Western Ghats, surrounded by great shola grasslands and lush evergreen forest. Rain-kissed destination that it is, Coorg is home to a large number of amphibians and reptiles. Some of the stars from Coorg are the Wrinkled Frog, the endemic Dancing Frog, Cat Snake, Malabar Pit Viper and Coral Snake, to name a few.
We love Goa. Do you? You are probably getting flashbacks of sea, sun, sand and shacks. We are talking about Goa in monsoon. Go to Goa in monsoon for two main reasons: a) This time around it is no longer a party destination, meaning, affordable accommodations and b) snakes of Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary. The sanctuary is a favourite home of the green Vine Snake and the bright and colourful Coral Snake.
Thar Desert in Rajasthan
If you are thinking what has desert got to do with herping, then think again. Answer is: a lot. The arid region where life seems hard, if not impossible, many species of scorpions, lizards, insects and snakes thrive. The Sochurek’s Saw-Scaled Viper, one of the world's fastest striking snakes with hemotoxic venom, calls Thar its home. If you see ripples in the dunes, you know what to expect, don't you?[article_slug] => best-places-to-go-herping-in-india [sub_category] => 1 [none] => none [featured_image] => orange-leopard-gecko-herping-India.jpg [excerpt] => Monsoon is the perfect time to catch the creepy-crawlies in action. That's when they are at their slithering best [category] => explore )  => stdClass Object ( [id] => 69427 [title] => The Hot & Happening India [description] =>
Sun. It's the sun that we are talking about. But instead of just focussing on places in India that makes you feel like the sun came to pay you a visit, we are going to talk about the Tropic of Cancer. Some lessons in geography, shall we?
Tropic of Cancer is an imaginary line, at an angle of 23.50 degrees North from the Equator, that passes through the middle of India. If you run this imaginary line around Earth (Yes, Flat-Earthlings, the Earth is spherical), it passes through 17 countries, India being one of them. The Tropic of Cancer passes through eight states in India: Gujarat (Jasdan), Rajasthan (Kalinjarh), Madhya Pradesh (Shajapur), Chhattisgarh (Sonhat), Jharkhand (Lohardaga), West Bengal (Krishnanagar), Tripura (Udaipur) and Mizoram (Champhai). In that order.
Mahi River is the only river in India that cuts the Tropic of Cancer twice, first in Madhya Pradesh from where it flows towards Rajasthan and enters Gujarat where it cuts for the second time. If you are the adventurous type and was looking for something different, following the Tropic of Cancer line across India would definitely qualify as something different. Follow the river all through Dhar and Jhabua in Madhya Pradesh, follow it some more as it enter Banswara in Rajasthan (you are on the Tropic of Cancer here!) and then follow the river back as it passes through Panchmahal in Gujarat and finally joins Arabian Sea at the mouth of Gulf of Khambhat. While you are still in Gujarat, head to Jasdan. The city is known for its beautiful handicrafts and diamond polishing. Looks like sun brought bling with it. Don't forget, Tropic of Cancer passes through this city.
Udaipur in Tripura is the city nearest to the Tropic of Cancer. Tripura, even though it falls under northeastern part of India, is a hot place. The city is famous for its Tripura Sundari Temple and was an erstwhile capital of the Maharajas of Tripura. Speaking of hot places in the northeast, Mizoram gives a good competition to the rest of country's hot places. And no wonder why. Champhai falls on the Indo-Myanmar border, and also the Tropic of Cancer. The town is important for the aforementioned reason and upon reaching there, you will be glad you visited. The town is a pretty one (pretty hot too).
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If You Are Wondering Why Is It So Hot
During Summer Solstice, that is, June 21, sun falls perpendicularly on the Tropic of Cancer. Right Angle means it's the wrong time to wander outside. Because it is hot, earth is at it's hottest. And on December 21, the same thing happens on the southern hemisphere, on the Tropic of Capricorn. That's Winter Solstice for you.
Does 'something different' sound like a fun travel idea to you?
What exactly is a walkable city? A city which favours pedestrians (of course), is convenient, green and is safe. These are some of the guidelines or check points to see if a city, or part of it, is indeed walkable. While discovering a city by public transport is definitely a big yes, walking around is another charm. One can enjoy a city at one’s own pace to discover hidden gems, unknown alleyways, and surprise hole-in-the-wall food joints. From all corners of the globe, here are a few walkable cities you can go to on your next holiday.
Manhattan can be overpowering sometimes, though the place is extremely walking-friendly. If you want to get away from the crowds, why not head to Boston? Two hours or so away, Boston is a very old, historical city and lets enthusiast walkers discover the place through plenty of trails and paths. Walk the 40-mile Harbor Walk to enjoy the waterfront and see city landmarks like the Christopher Columbus Park. The Freedom Trail (2.5 miles) is another enjoyable walking area for history lovers as one passes by King’s Chapel and other historical areas. And there’s also Acorn Street, probably one of the most Instagrammed streets from the US. Boston also provides plenty of walking tours to encourage visitors to explore the city’s food, architecture, natural beauty and even bars.
Getting there: From New Delhi, it is easiest to fly to Boston via halts in London (British Airways/Virgin Atlantic) or Paris (Air France/Jet Airways). There is always the option of flying directly to New York and then taking the train or another local flight to Boston.
Firenze is definitely one of the prettiest cities in the world. Art and history buffs can rejoice while shoppers will be delighted to walk around the cobblestone streets and bridges to discover local markets and shops. It is no secret that Florence often ranks the highest among most walkable cities but then, with its historic centre being limited to locals with permits, walking is the best option. Be delighted to enjoy the open-air museum the city is. Discover the famous cathedral, Santa Maria del Fiore, walk over to Ponte Vecchio to enjoy some shopping, breathe in art from every corner and museum, bite into the most delicious pizzas at the various pizzerias found in the area—the possibilities are endless.
Getting there: From New Delhi, there are many flights to Florence with a halt. Check Alitalia (halt in Rome), Swiss (halt in Zurich), Lufthansa (halt in Munich), KLM (halt in Amsterdam) among the many carriers.
A city of canals and bicycles, don’t be fooled. Amsterdam is a lovely city to walk around in and discover hidden gems. Walk to the Anne Frank Museum or Rijksmuseum, the red light area or the Dam Square, you will discover peculiar shops, rows and rows of flower shops, local bars, and of course, views of the canals that will make you be social-media friendly. While cycling around is almost the norm (every local owns one at least while shops offer one for hire), don’t follow the crowd and walk instead.
Getting there: Fly direct from New Delhi to Amsterdam on KLM.
So, Vancouver is huge. While it may seem impossible to walk from one end to the other, Vancouver is a walker’s paradise (in certain areas). The third largest city in the country, walking is encouraged thanks to various facilities, including pedestrian maps. One can walk to discover some of the iconic locations—Stanley Park, Granville Island, Downtown area, the Lions Gate Bridge etc.
Getting there: Air Canada flies direct to Vancouver from New Delhi on certain dates. Otherwise, plenty of carriers fly to Vancouver with halts, including Lufthansa, China Southern, Delta.
This might seem like a strange choice but Kolkata is a city where walking is a way of life for many. While the city has been growing, the central part of the city is a great walking area. See Victoria Memorial and the Race Course, enjoy the greens of the Maidan, enjoy shopping for clothes and trinkets at the various markets, gorge on local delicacies like puchkas and rolls on the streets, and most definitely take pictures of local life. The roads may have traffic but walking and exploring the city will be charming and will give you an insight into the lives of the local people.
Getting there: Fly directly into Kolkata, or first reach New Delhi or Mumbai and then take a connecting flight to the capital of West Bengal. You can choose to fly carries like Emirates, KLM, Lufthansa, Thai Airways etc.
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