Sunday, July 21

The unforgetable road trip.

        Planning a perfect road trip is always fun, but when you miss the train and your planned holiday turns out to be a road trip, it is even more adventurous and exciting, And that becomes one of your best and unforgettable road trips.

Our journey started from Delhi on a cold winter morning. It was a family holiday trip with  people of all ages  meeting after so long. The trip was made after analyzing all the travel plans and dates,with the assurance to make it the best trip and a memorable one. But never did we imagine that it will turn out to be a road trip for few of us. :)

The first day of the trip was to the magnificant taj,the historic qutub minar and the magnificent town of Mathura where we  felt the gopikas dancing to the tunes of krishnas flute.

The beautiful TAJ
qutub minar.
When we were about to board the train to manali from simla a thought struck us,No matter your age or occupation, the feel of the fresh air and the long drive could be great stress buster.So we decided to leave the train and reach the destination by road.The road trip was not only destressing , it also helped us form some beautiful memories.To feel the true pulse of a country a road trip is a must.

Speaking with the locals,knowing the importance of a place and having a hot tea filled with the love and affection of the locals was amazing.:) And the water rafting in kulu which is on the way to manali from simla
was awesome.

On our way to kufri

shhhhh... sorry to have disturbed you!!!

Planning the road trip was the most trickiest part as we had only half an hour to plan, and thus we decided to rent a car till Manali. And then trek for a while till Rohtang top. And then stay for the night at the camping grounds

The beas river overflowing with ice cold water.

Shimla (The Queen of Hills) has been one of the most famous holiday destinations in India.Traces of colonial authority are still prevalent in this region, testifying a unique vintage feel.For all the shopoholics, Shimla has the Mall road which is famous for all the, handlooms, handicrafts, and also has some branded show rooms for those who are keen on brands.. We also visited the  Vice-Regal Lodge which is a very popular attraction of Shimla,Surrounded by pine trees and gardens It is built in the Scottish style the building has beautiful wooden interiors. Located on the Observatory Hill the building houses Indian Institute of Advanced Studies. A part of it which is a museum is worth a visit
Indian institute of advanced studies-Simla

Busy streets of Simla

The mall road-simla

the Rohtang pass was a full fledged, inescapable ‘destination’ for tourists from Manali. At a height of 4111 feet,Rohtang pass is 51 KM from Manali,and presents a striking view of the snow capped mountains and the valleys.Climbing the mountains made us hungry and Once we reached the Rohtang we feasted on the Maggie and the pakados that the road side shops offered for 50 buckes at 0 degree. Had a chance to try my hands on the adventure sports too like the paragliding. :) 
snow filled Rohtang

At 0 degree
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Ice barrigades..:)

The next day our plan was to start from the camping area to Manali and head to Amritsar, and luck was that the car that we had rented had a flat Tyre and we were already running out of time. So we had no other option that to get lift from a lorry driver who was kind enough to drop us till, Manali bus stop. And we were relieved to get into a bus to our next destinatio,Amritsar via mandi and pathan kot.

The bus was very crowded and the journey was for around 11 hrs. There was a halt in Mandi for refreshments and food.Well a long journey could make anyone tired and a halt in a place where u don't even find a bathroom is even tiring. Luckily we found a place in a hilltop and that was IIT Mandi and the attender was kind enough to let us inside the campus for few refreshment..:) :)

Finally after reaching amritsar we visited the important tourist places there like the golden temple,Jallian Wala Bagh and the wagha border and headed back to delhi.
In the wagha border.
The bullet holes

the golden temple

Tips for the road trip:

1.check the car that you are hiring.
2. Always plan a road trip with group of friends who have the same wavelength.
3.have a good navigation system
4.A good backpack with a good quantity of clothes ,a torch, and shoes.
5.carrying some snacks, ur ipod/mp3 layer loaded with good music,some chocolates is always preferable.
6.plan you route.
7.Camera,a Map,sunglasses,a swiss knife,plastic bags
8.A first Aid kit(especially when you are trekking)

To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted.”- Bill Bryson

This blog is written as a part of the Perfect road trip contest conducted by AmbipurIndia.

Thursday, July 18

Brain Wizz-Part2

Check here for the part-1 of Brain Wizz.

Squeeze your brain,fasten the thought process,improve the impulse for you know all the answers to the questions asked in a quiz comp. But those who are faster in remembering the answers hit the jackpot. Here are few questions!...These are the first 10 questions asked in the landmark quiz.More to follow.

1. The Story of My Life, an autobiography by Helen Keller is dedicated to which eminent person who helped direct her education and considered himself foremost a teacher of the deaf?

2. In the cricketing Caribbean West Indies, which country though not an island forms part of this group?

3. What list is this and whose name fills the blank: _____ ➜ Albus Dumbledore  ➜ Draco Malfoy ➜ Harry Potter

4. NASA launched which queen as the fastest manmade object in history on August 5th 2011 on a mission that will end in a high-speed crash into her husband about 630 million km away?

5. If India = Bharat and Japan = Nippon, Greece = ............?

6. It is called the Mehran in Pakistan and is the largest selling product of its type in the country. Its direct Indian equivalent is also the largest selling product of its kind in this country. What brand?

7. The Lokayukta Act 1984 was the first of its kind in India. It was the brainchild of which Chief Minister who was inspired by the successful working of the Swedish ombudsman?

8. The attacks on Krishna as a child by Putana, Trinavarta and other demons so frightened Yashodha that she insisted that the entire village move from Gokul to a more auspicious place downstream on the banks of the Yamuna next to a tulsi forest at the base of Govardhan hill. What place was this?

9. This word of Greek origin means “mound” or “built up”. It is used to describe a class of steroids that increase protein synthesis and build up cellular tissue especially in muscles. That it was a favourite ingredient in the diet of some Indian athletes came to light recently. What word is this?

10. Which river arises in the Doda district of Jammu and Kashmir, flows through the city of Jammu and then crosses into Pakistan to join the Chenab?

Tuesday, July 2

Love the train journey

    PUSH, PUSH , A LITTLE MORE and with a shrill she faints. Well this is not the scene in a maternity ward, but the unanimous voice of hundreds of people trying to get down from the train.This is also a test where one side ie people trying to get down from the compartment try to show their strength to those who try to board the train. And finally the stronger group wins the match and only the smarter ones from the weaker side sneak into or get down from the compartment. Others have to try their chance in the next station.


No doubt Passengers constantly complain about the crowds, the heat, the madness.

"A person can learn a lot from a dog, even a loopy one like ours. Marley taught me about living each day with unbridled exuberance and joy, about seizing the moment and following your heart. He taught me to appreciate the simple things-a walk in the woods, a fresh snowfall, a nap in a shaft of winter sunlight. And as he grew old and achy, he taught me about optimism in the face of adversity. Mostly, he taught me about friendship and selflessness and, above all else, unwavering loyalty.”
― John Grogan, Marley and Me: Life and Love With the World's Worst Dog"
A person can learn a lot from the train journey also or fronm anything as a matter of fact and the experience is unforgettable.

1. Nothing beats pushing and fighting with the crowd to get a seat in the train. The satisfaction that one gets is invincible..:)
2.We get to make train friends or even compartment friends due to the psychological bond that is formed by doing the similar actions and facing similar problems while travelling.So one more tab added to the list of friends.
3.I bet the stuffs that we get in train like the pens,hair clips,wallets 1 RS samosas, we don't even get when we search for them outside.
4. Want to build the public speaking skill ? get into a crowded train. Even those people who are scared to speak in front of the crowd are made to fight back for the places and even shout!
5.Forgot to workout in the morning? no worries. Get into a train, don't sit. Stand .

Now, a narrow-minded person would jump to irrational conclusions, screaming discomfort, and then blaming the government and municipality for the sorry state of affairs that is our railways.

But the more intelligent ones among us know that this is just another opportunity to learn so many things.

"Experience is not what happens to you; it's what you do with what happens to you."-Aldous Huxley