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Ladakh – a snapshot

Bucketlist Travels recently organised a mixed group trip to Ladakh. Nanditha, a HR Professional from Bangalore and a part of this group, beautifully encapsulates here, her experience of the enchanting Ladakh. You can also check out the trip pics on Facebook here

 Over to Nanditha… Oh btw, humor-wit happens to be Nanditha’s second name ;-)  

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How to Travel from Delhi to Kolkata, and Back, in 83 Hours!!!

 

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or, really, How Not to Travel in North India!!! :)  

This could be a trick question in some general affairs examination: what do you do when you have a week long break from work? The most common answer would probably spin around planning well in advance for an awesome holiday. Yet, if you are among those who are planning-impaired for whatever reason (like me), the responses to such questions are meandering essays which would make any reader blink in surprise and shock. Which is not to say is what your reaction will be after reading this account, but still, you are forewarned.

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Rajasthan

 

Thar Desert

Thar Desert

The Lure of Desert Sands

While travel most often seems to begin with a thought and the near-immediate execution of the same, circumstances can sometimes prevent you from making a much desired trip for years. Such has been the case with me and the desert sands of Rajasthan. Despite having spent the bulk of my childhood in Delhi, with parents very willing to travel, I somehow never made it to any of the famed palaces of Rajasthan, let alone ride a camel. (In fact, the only camel-riding memory of mine comes from a visit to a zoo, I think in Madras/Chennai).

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My camera, flashes, reflectors, tripod and Pushkar…

Lovely hues Pic: Raju Alexis

Lovely hues Pic: Raju Alexis

The tale of the wife, the mistress and holy drops of water…

Once upon a time, Lord Brahma decided to do a fire worship and decided upon the city of Pushkar as the chosen venue. Now as per the prevalent rules of the time he was supposed to have his wife, Savitri, along with him, but somehow she did not turn up. Being the pragmatic gentleman that he is, he married a local village belle, Gayatri, to do the honors  For whatever reason, this upset Savitri and she cursed Brahma, one of the members of the holy trinity of the powerful triumvirate comprising of Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu, that his presence in temples to be limited only to one town in the whole world, and thus only in the town of Pushkar in the entire land of Hindustan will you find a temple dedicated to Brahma!!

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Ladakh – the splendor and that creative touch to its landscape!

Stunning Ladakh

Gompas, glistening-in sunrays- snow-peaked mountains, barren but equally mesmerizing landscapes, little lamas, grazing yaks, nomads on isolated mountains making yak cheese and butter, ever smiling locals who with contented-smiles-on-their-faces put most of us to shame who complain with all our luxuries,….etc. are some of the first thoughts that come to my mind as I think of Ladakh.

Apart from these thoughts, one also feels the emotions tugging at our hearts, when we think about what the brave soldiers of the Indian army go through in this desolate part of our country, while we led a secure life.

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A drive to remember – from Dehradun to Kalsi, Ponta Sahib, Chakrata and back!

Visit to Chakrata Pic: http://www.holidayiq.com/destinations/photos/Chakrata-Photos.html

Anticipating any long drive or travel gets me thinking about it, and wondering about the place and the people that I would meet there. It keeps my thoughts busy and me, very alert. Therefore the visit to Chakrata, in the hills, had me in a tizzy long before the day dawned, for we were living in Dehradun, a picturesque town in North India, and you cannot miss the sights and lights of the hills, every night from our city.

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A family secret through generations –Aranmula Mirror

Aranmula Mirror (Kannadi)
Pic: http://www.karmakerala.com/

Aranmula is a small village on the banks of River Pamba, in the state of Kerala. Aranmula, ‘ar’ meaning six and ‘mole’ meaning bamboo, got its name when Lord Krishna, acting as the charioteer of Arjun, (from epic Mahabharata) was brought to the famous Parthasarthy temple on a raft made of 6 bamboos. Completely exclusive to Aranmula; the Aranmula Mirror (or Kannadi, as its known in Malayalam) is a mysterious creation by members of four families, who have kept the secret of making it, close to their hearts. For years, the secret has only been handed down from one generation to next, and hence the making of this mirror is still a secret! What is so typical or mysterious about this mirror, you may ask. The Aranmula mirror is made up of metal and not glass!!Records dating back to the 16thcentury, reveal that the metal mirror was in use in far off places like Egypt and Baghdad. One of the temples in Khajuraho depicts a woman looking at herself in the metal mirror while putting bindi to her forehead. Archeological excavations at Harappa have also brought about proof of the presence of a metal mirror made of copper. The Rig-Veda also mentions the presence of this metal mirror. Hence, it has been deduced by many, that the originators of this craft, migrated to South India and set the production of their craft in this small village, that has now become world famous. Or conversely, their craft was procured by travelers of yore and sold around the world! By the way, the British Museum in London has on display a 45cm tall Aranmula metal mirror in its collection!! Aranmula village is also known for its ancient temple dedicated to Lord Sri Krishna as Parthasarthy. According to another legend; around the 18th century, the artisans who were working on a crown for Lord Parthasarthy accidentally discovered the reflective property of a particular copper-tin alloy. They failed at reproducing the same effect in their subsequent works. Parvathi Amma, a widow in the community happened to dream about the correct composition of the metal and disclosed the information to the artisans. Since then, this craft is a close guarded secret within the family through various generations. Aranmula Mirror comes in varied size and priced upscale from 2000 INR and above. Most of the 5 star hotels in Kerala stock it in their curio shops to be sold as a unique gift. FIND us on Facebook   and enjoy travel tip, interesting trivias, photo travelogues etc everyday. You can also subscribe to our blog to read interesting travel stories, news from around the world…
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Beer Festival

Beer festival Pic: http://www.telfordswarehousechester.com/2012/10/13/telfords-oktober-beer-festival/

People across the world take their beer very seriously; why else would you have Beer Festivals of international stature across the world at different periods of time? The Oktober festival @ Munich is the world’s most famous global beer festival, known as much for the beer as much as for the beer girls & the sauerkrauts. 14th China International Beer Festival at Xinghai Square in Dalian, a port city of Northeast China’s Liaoning province recently concluded on July 26, 2012. The event had more than 30 beer breweries from domestic cities and foreign countries such as Germany, the U.S., Czech Republic, Sweden, Ireland, Denmark, Japan and South Korea that took part in the beer festival, which offered over 400 different brands of beer!! Ta’ Qali, a small village in Malta is currently hosting ‘The Farsons Great Beer Festival’ that starts at 20:00 hrs every night till coming Sunday (5th August 2012). The festival offers the best local and international beer brands, coupled with the latest and most popular in local entertainment. Ta’ Qali is known for its national stadium which is the home stadium of the Malta national football team These festival are not just about beer, food is another highlight during such events; when foreign chefs make delectable food for the visitors. The inaugural Mumbai International Beer Festival was held in October 2011 in Mumbai, the first of its kind in India, there was live music, great food, brew education, blind tasting session,… etc as its highlights. Such beer events are regularly held all over America and gets participation from about 200 breweries offering over 800 beers! Few organizers take the excitement one level up by awarding the breweries in various categories! Want to make a beer tour in Belgium / Ireland / England, contact priya@bucketlisttravels.in and let us craft one trip for you…:) FIND us on Facebook   and enjoy travel tip, interesting trivias, photo travelogues etc everyday. You can also subscribe to our blog to read interesting travel stories, news from around the world…  
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Get Ready for Sunburn Goa 2012

Sunburn Festival 2012 Goa

The 6th edition of Asia’s biggest dance music festival kicks off on the beaches of Candolim –Goa in the last week of December. Sunburn, is a 3 day dance-music festival going to be held in, 27-29 December 2012. This 3 day festival, for the last 4 years, has been attracting thousands and thousands of people from both India and overseas. Renowned Indian and International DJs entertain the crowd with their enthralling music during these 3 days. If you are a family or a group of 4 adults planning to attend this festival or generally vacationing in Goa; and if you happen to be looking for a holiday home in Candolim, Goa; then send in your query at priya@bucketlisttravels.in, for we might have the best stay option for you!! For details about the event visit http://sunburn.in FIND us on Facebook   and enjoy travel tip, interesting trivias, photo travelogues etc everyday. You can also subscribe to our blog to read interesting travel stories, news from around the world…
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The BucketList Travel Company – Travel Differently!

Most of us would have at some time or the other picked up a travel magazine or switched on a TV channel showcasing a cuisine or a place and got instantly transported to a different location – only to be crudely brought back to the present where one ended up wondering “what am I doing slogging day in and out when there is so much out there to see & do?” Just like everyone else, we too were sailing in the same boat, till we decided to do something about it. From that thought process arose “BucketList Travel Company“. Today we are in the business of experiences. Providing you with travel, stay, people and food experiences that are one-of-it’s-kind and everlasting. What kind of travel experiences, you can ask? Well, we are quite clear what it’s not! And that’s the one-city-a-day, ‘look, quick, that’s the Eiffel Tower!’, if its Tuesday, it must be Tuscany’ kind of thing. Our kind of travel? Well, it’s different. Very different. More oriented on Experiences,than travel. It’s about travel that is tailored to one’s needs & desires. And not the other way round. It’s about getting under the skin of a city. Not seeing the sights and catching the last bus out. There is so much to explore, so much to discover that it sometimes seem unfair to be tied to the rigmarole of life’s routine monotony. Do we satisfy ourselves with arm chair traveling or do we set ourselves free and earn that little travel candy that our tired souls and thirsty mind truly deserve? You decide. BucketList Travel Company (BLTC) was born as a thought process of our conversations. The four of us who come from various fields had one thing in common – our love for travel experiences. Our passion for travel experiences encouraged us to create a platform where all of us can meet and share the same; a platform that helps people realize their travels and dreams. Hence we are in the business of experiences. Providing you with travel, stay, people and food experiences that are one-of-it’s-kind and memorable. The video below captures the essence of what we think BucketList Travel Company is all about… (if you are not able to view the video click here) Subscribe to our blog posts through e mail and stay tuned for travel information from around the globe. ….You can also follow us on Facebook BucketList Travel Company  
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