Matheran: Things to do in the smallest hill station

My visit to this stunningly beautiful place called, Matheran, in Maharashtra was planned in August 2019. Started early around d 6 am in a cab from Pune & we were at our destination around 10 am. And as the car was climbing the steep hill area with rain all around. My heart was pumping hard with all the excitement.
I had never visited such a place to date. Monsoon, big straight thin trees & in between only horses to take you inside the forests. Basically a Rainforest. Lush green & a sense of serenity, everywhere.

Reason to visit Matheran:

Matheran is one of the smallest hill stations in India & Asia’s only automobile free hill station.
And when I say automobile free. I mean every single letter of it because I saw it that way in broad daylight.
The only mode of transport is a toy train which is between Neral-Matheran for the locals & visitors.

If you plan for Matheran in monsoon, the things which are bound to be compulsory to carry are Raincoat &  Umbrella. Since we forgot raincoats, we bought it there itself with big plastic caps!

At Matheran 
Photo By: Astha Rani
Photograph By: Astha Rani
Journey up the hills:

We booked two horses for two people for two hours. And if you love horse riding, it will only add to your excitement. Matheran forests have close to 38 points to see.
We had a deal of 8-10 best points in two hours to view since we had to return Pune, the same day. Still, there are hotels & guest houses in the market area, in case anyone wishes to stay.

The first point was Monkey Point, though there were no monkeys around, it was raining pretty hard & fog all around, the view was not at all visible. And we were drenched in rain & the cool breeze was adding flavour to the pleasant affair.

Horse Riding at Matheran 
Photo By: Astha Rani
Photograph by: Astha Rani

The owner of the horse was leaving us at a particular place & from there we had to take a small walk to reach the point. A walk of like 5-7 minutes. And that walk was the most wonderful part for me, as I was taking steps on those red mud flowing paths with ups & downs, slippery majorily, but no fear of wild animals for sure. Only trees of all types which had those new green leaves of monsoon & there were few houses too in between the forest. On enquiring, we learned that those were houses of Parsis from the British time, some locked & some turned into guest house majorily booked by foreigners.

The surrounding seemed magically fresh. There will be times, when you are all alone on those mudsy paths & you can take lots of pictures too, but, as it would be raining, do carry a plastic cover for your phones.

Covering different points in Matheran:

The points which we covered were Echo, Hart, Khandala & Alexander. The view from points had waterfalls & skyrocketed mountains. It was greenery all around. Away from the hustles & bustles of city life, it was a treat to eyes & truly felt like never going back. That’s the magic spell of Matheran on you

Since the 2 hours deal was about to finish & we both took our own time in enjoying the walk together rather than only covering the points in numbers, our count was less. Moreover, we were hungry & badly craving for those hot steamed corns, we saw while entering the forest. Therefore, we sat on our horses to go back with some wonderful memories & a wish to come sometime soon again!

Exploring Pints in Matheran 
Photo By: Astha Rani
Photography By : Astha Rani

Last but not the least, Matheran is about young people who love rain (if visiting in Monsoon) & who love nature in abundance!
While walking you will have your own hundreds of stories with your partner & friends, which will surely bring an innocent smile on your face even after years.
Matheran is an experience. See it to feel it & write your own story!

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The Ultimate Guide to Types of Coffee

How many times have you been in a coffee shop and were clueless about all the fancy names on the menu and didn’t know which one to choose?

Bingo! We can relate to you as well, so we have come up with a guide which will help you not to stay clueless next time you visit a coffee shop.

Here you go!


A latte is a popular option among coffee drinkers. It is a combination of 2/3 of steamed milk and espresso topped with a layer of milk foam. It can be either plain latte or added with a flavour shot.

Above all this can always go on your regular routine days to make it special.

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Cappuccino is similar to Latte with more foam than steamed milk, espresso and sprinkled with cocoa powder or cinnamon at the top.

Therefore this is a go-to on any occasion like a date, casual meet-up etc.


This coffee is made by simply diluting hot water in a shot of espresso, the strength of americano depends on the number of espresso shots added or how much amount of water is used.

This is perfect to keep you awake any day.

Americano Coffee
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Espresso is served as a foundation for most of the coffees, it is made by boiling water under high pressure through finely-ground coffee beans and served in tiny mugs. This beverage is usually consumed when you have a bad ache.


Doppio means Italian multiplier, meaning “double”. This is a double shot of Espresso, resulting in 60 ml of drink. Works perfectly on bad headache days.

This cures your headache, also helps you to focus.


Flat white coffee is originated in Australia made with Steamed milk from the bottom of the jug without the creamy layer mixed with espresso shot.

You can consume flat white when you want to remain awake.


Mocha is a combination of latte and hot chocolate,not literally. It is made with latte (that is steamed milk and espresso) and chocolate powder or syrup and can also be topped with whipped cream.

However this coffee is dedicated to all the chocolate lovers.

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It is a coffee based dessert which is quite popular. It takes a scoop of ice-cream with a single or double shot of espresso to make affogato.

This coffee is just a reason to set your mood right on one of the bad days. It works, trust us.


Red-eye is made with a full mug of hot water and then espresso shots mixed in. This is typically had during dull mornings.

Irish Coffee

This beverage is made with Irish whiskey, black coffee, sugar and a thick layer of cream on the top. 

You can have this coffee when you have had enough of life and need a escape.


Filter coffee is less harsh than espresso made with Ground coffee beans and is left to steep in either hot or cold water, then filtered out, leaving the liquid behind.

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Coorg: Reasons To Visit And Its Evergreen Beauty

If you an ardent fan of natural beauty and a soul who wants to live in the lap of nature. Then Coorg is the perfect destination for you to spend a few relaxing moments in the beautiful lush green environment.

It was the month of December 2019 and I had my training in Bangalore regarding changing work culture scenario incorporates. Well, it was such a boring training that left me pissed off and I had to relax. I had heard about Coorg – a small hill station near Bangalore and wanted to visit that in no time. After checking for the necessary requirements, I made the necessary arrangements for travelling to Coorg “the Scotland of India”.

Coorg Photographed By: Rishav Singh
Photograph By: Rishav Singh
Start of my Journey from Bangalore to Coorg

I hired a taxi from Bangalore. I had chosen the route as Bangalore- Ramanagara- Mandya, Nagarhole Gonikopped to Coorg. This route covers Coorg in 07 hours which is full of lush green forests. Mystic beauties of flora and fauna in an around the roads. You will feel like you are travelling through heaven on earth which is so natural and pure. On my way, I also made a small visit to Nagarhole National Park and Tiger reserve where I saw great wildlife. You can find forest peace which would rejuvenate your mind and body.

Beauty of Coorg By Rishav Singh
Beauty of Coorg By Rishav Singh

Upon reaching Coorg I checked into a luxurious Homestay, Hotel Woodstock Villa which was in Singhsadra Hasur road. The Homestay was located amidst coffee plantation and the atmosphere around was very cool and refreshing. There was also a pond nearby the property which added more beauty to the view. In Coorg, there are many things to do, so I divided my day to visit each spot.

First Day in Coorg: Dubare Elephant Camp

On 1st day I went to Dubare Elephant Camp. It is a beautiful place and there are more than 100 elephants in the camp. Here I spent my time with the elephants by feeding them etc. After that, I went down in the Carrey river water to feel the aura of the place.

Namdroling Monastery in Coorg By Rishav Singh
Namdroling Monastery By Rishav Singh

Then I visited Namdroling Monastery– Namdroling Monastery is an excellent example of the Tibetan architecture. It is over an area of 80 sqm and 40 feet high statue of Genee Padmasambhava, Buddha Shakyamuni and Amitayus the main shrine was in a huge hall where hundreds of monk prayed together. Then I visited the Tibetan market for food & shopping just outside the Monastery and also Raylatuppe Namling Café which is an awesome place for setting back and having the taste of the world’s best coffee.

Second Day in Coorg: Trekking

Coorg has some of the highest peaks in Karnataka. The scenic beauty of Coorg makes trekking good. The place is charming and it has good weather. I visited Mandalpatti, it is also known as the market of the cloud. It is a place where you will find yourself surrounded by big Cotton clouds. It is a gem of Karnataka with lush green surrounding and majestic venues over the hilltop.

Then after that, I visited Omkareshwara temple dedicated to Lord Shiva of Hindu mythology. It is famous for its mix architecture. My whole day was spent in trekking to and fro and I was very tired by the evening so decided to have dinner in the famous restaurant of Coorg. I went to Raintree which is famous for the best local food and had Koli curry and Appam which was awesome and the ambience of the restaurant was also very much unique and cool.

Inside Namdroling Monastery in Coorg By Rishav Singh
Last Day in Coorg: Scotland of India 

On the last day of my visit to Coorg, I visited coffee plantation estates in and around Madikeri lawn where you can see plantation & learn about the process of making coffee. The tour lasted for an hour. The estates were full of lust green scenic beauty filled with mystic and a nice aroma of coffee beans.

Lastly, I would say that my three days visit to Coorg was very awesome and I was in heaven on earth where I could find full greenery with coffee aroma in and around. It’s a perfect place to visit and feel what nature has to offer to mankind. With my heart left around the jungles of Coorg and mind full of memories, I returned back to Bangalore and yes it was amazing to be in  SCOTLAND OF INDIA.

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What Should You Know About The Oil Spill In Mauritius?

The Republic of Mauritius is an island nation in the Indian ocean. Mauritius is popularly known for it’s an abundance of natural beauty on an island. Spectacular pools and waterfalls are other highlights which are a go-to for a refreshing dip. This beauty is even considered to be a prototype of heaven.

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Mauritius has been a tourist destination for over decades now. It has attracted tourists from all over the world, especially from African, European and Asian countries. The tourism sector has been the major contributor to the economy. Economic growth is the result of luxury tours of the state.


With a list of disastrous events happening in 2020, Mauritius oil spill is one among it. It is truly a heartbreaking event as it has contaminated pristine waters of Mauritius with 4000 tonnes of oil.


The “MV Wakashio”, a Panamanian-flagged ship, was sailing under ballast, without cargo, through the Indian Ocean. When it went off course and stranded on a coral reef, in the east coast of Mauritius, while travelling from China to Brazil. However, at the time of impact, the ship had approximately 4000 tons of fuel oil, 200 tons of diesel, and 90 tons of lubricant oil on board.

Due to bad weather and cracks in the body of the ship, the oil began to leak and came into notice on Aug 5th. Due to oil leaks government of Mauritius has declared an environmental emergency.


Oil spills have immediate effects on economic, social, and environmental aspects. Indigenous people have lost their livelihoods as fisheries and tourism areas are on hold. The cleanup costs are huge and caused a drastic effect on marine life by killing aquatic animals, plants and contaminating the ocean.

The Local NGO of Mauritius ECO- Sud has set up a Fundraiser for the management of the crisis in Mauritius which you can check out here.

What is happening in India? Read this blog to know more.

Floods: The tidal atrocity for the Low Lying Areas

2020 has probably been the most hated year among the millenniums. It’s not only due to the COVID 19 situation around the world. The people are distressed due to other things as well and one of those things is the occurrence of Floods in various parts of India.

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Due to the drainage problems in many cities in India, floods have become a major cause of problems. It’s sad to see major cities like Mumbai going through the troubles of flooding. I would be talking about places like Warangal, Jaipur and Assam. These cities have been severely affected due to the floods.

Warangal: Telangana State

Warangal has been flooding due to the heavy rainfall. Till date around 9500 people have been rescued from the Warangal district. Based on the statistics by Telangana Today around 6000 people were rescued from the Mandal Districts. round 3500 people were rescued and moved to 13 relief centres in Warangal City. The major part that has been affected due to the heavy rain is the low lying areas in the rural sector of the Telangana State.

Due to the impact being so strong the roads leading to the Warangal Rural Area has been cut off and the rescue operations are being looked over by Zilla Parishad chairperson Kusuma Jagadeeshwar and Mulugu MLA Seethakka.

Jaipur: Rajasthan State

Jaipur has been flooding 15th August and till date around 3 people have died due to the floods. Roads have been swamped and the traffic is now on a standstill in Jaipur. The low lying areas are the most effected in this case as well and around 3000 people have been rescued till date.

The 2300-year-old mummy known as Tutu had also been rescued from the Albert Hall in Jaipur. The houses were flooded and landslides rummaged many houses. It is said that the clogged drains are the main reason for the Flooding to happen. The drains have been clogged due to the heavy rains.

Assam State

The year 2020 came as bad news for the Assam State, around 2.8 Lac people have been affected due to the floods that occurred due to the overflowing of the Brahmaputra River. More than 100 people have been reported dead and around 27 out of 33 districts affected.

The Kaziranga National Park and Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary was also flooded which resulted in animals taking shelters in various places. One popular image of a Tiger taking shelter in the Deer’s shed can be seen floating around on the internet.

More than 3000 villages were affected and around 1.28 hectares of agricultural land was compromised. The floods also left 44000 people leaving in rescue camps.

In case you want to Donate to the Relief Fund of Assam you can follow this link.

Recipes to the Chicken Lane of India

If you’re a chicken lover like us, you’ll not regret reading this blog. Have you ever wondered how many types of chicken dishes actually exist? Well, there are infinite ways to cook a chicken dish, today we have picked some of the authentic ways of cooking a chicken dish from different regions of India. Ready to read the recipes of the chicken lane?

Yummy Chicken Dish
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Northern Region Recipes

Anardana Chicken:
Himachal Pradesh Chicken Recipes

Preparing this dish with Pomegranate Seeds is a speciality of Himachal Pradesh. The seeds give it an amazing tangy flavour which leaves a great aftertaste. The pomegranate seeds also add a pinkish colour to your chicken dish. You can enjoy this dish with Rice or Naan.

Chicken is marinated with pomegranate seeds powder yoghurt and later cooked in Ghee with spices to give it that flavourful tangy taste as well as a little spicy touch.

Above all the dish tastes amazing.

Bharwan Chicken Pasanda:
Uttar Pradesh Chicken Recipes

Famous since the Mughals, this dish has been in the recipe books from a long time. Because of its authentic mughal flavors which is famous in Uttar Pradesh. The courtyards loved this dish in the Mughal Era.

Cooked with the prime parts of the chicken and along with onions that have been caramelized. Mushy tomatoes are added in the cooking process, which is joined with Yogurt later.

Masalas for Tasty Recipes

Eastern Region Recipes

Mishmi Chambai:
Arunachal Pradesh Chicken Recipes

Mishmi Chambai is a dish for tribals of the Mishmi Tribe in Arunachal Pradesh. The dish is prepared with locally grown Mishmi Sticky Rice. The rice is later mixed with roasted and ground sesame seeds and ginger paste. It is usually a Rice and Chicken dish but locals have started using Pork, Beef, and Dry Fish as well to give this dish their own touch.

Cooking chicken in open fire and boiling it with ingredients like Bamboo Shoot, ginger, garlic and local coriander that is Shasung Bala are part of preparation of the dish.

Yen thongba:
Manipur Chicken Recipes

Yen Thonga is the most common chicken curry recipe in Manipur. They prepare this dish from locally available ingredients. The consumption of this dish is usually in Winters because of its hot nature. The more spice you put the more you would enjoy the dish in winters. It’s cooked along with spices and potatoes are also added later.

Panch Phoran Tarkari:
Mizoram Chicken Recipes

Panch Phoran Tarkari comes from Mizoram and cooking it with pumpkins, potatoes for the Vegetarian population and for the non-vegetarians you can use Chicken. Just like the name suggests, panch phoran spices take over the dish.

For those who don’t know, panch phoran is a mix of spices like Fenugreek, Fennel Seeds, Nigella Seeds, Mustard and Cumin Seeds. These spices are the ones that make this dish flavourful and also gives it a great aroma.

Wungwut Ngam:

Originating from Arunachal Pradesh the dish is also called “chicken with rice flour”. Roasted rice is ground to a fine powder but you can also dry roast the rice powder for a quick hack.

Its a very light on the stomach recipe and is best enjoyed in the winters. The roasted rice powder gives it a crunchy exterior and it is meant to be served hot.

Doo Kappa:
Meghalaya Chicken Recipes

This dish used to be a side dish but has made its way into the main course menu. Made with the leftover chicken pieces, like liver, gizzards, neck and such, this dish comes from the parts of Meghalaya.

A lots of green chillies go in preparing this dish, so if you are not a chilly fan then you would not enjoy it as much as the chilly lovers.

Chicken Rezala:
Kolkata Chicken Recipes

Chicken Rezala comes from parts of Kolkata, this dish also has a Mughalia origin. The colour of the chicken gravy is white, unlike other chicken recipes. Maintaining perfect balance is the key. It’s not too sweet or sour or spicy, which means that it can be enjoyed by everyone.

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Southern Region Recipes

Nadan Kozhi Curry:
Kerala Chicken Recipes

Nadan kozhi curry is a Kerala style of authentic chicken curry, naadan means local/native and kozhi means chicken.

The curry is prepared with slightly roasted spices that are blended together and gently simmered in coconut milk which gives a unique taste. this varies with a taste of people that if they want to use coconut milk.

Chettinad Chicken:
Tamil Nadu Chicken Recipes

Origin of the classic Chettinad chicken is from Chettinad region of Tamil Nadu. It is one of the best chicken you would want to taste.

Cooking of chettinad chicken is through marinating chicken in yoghurt, turmeric and a paste of red chillies, kalpasi, coconut, poppy seeds, coriander seeds, cumin seeds, fennel seeds, black pepper, groundnuts, onions, garlic and gingelly oil.

Bamboo Chicken:

Bamboo chicken is an oil free and nutrient rich dish, a traditional tribal cuisine of Araku vallley of andhra pradesh. This chicken dish prepared by stuffing the chicken in the bamboo shoot and then cooked on charcoal. It tastes as fancy as it sounds and definitely worth drooling for.

Apart from Bamboo chicken naatu kodi pulusu and gongura chicken are specialities of the state at different regions.

Hyderabadi Chicken Haleem:

Hyderabad chicken haleem is an authentic dish, famously found in the city of hyderabad, telangana.

This is a stew of chicken, lentils and mashed wheat made into a thick paste. It is originally an Arabic dish and came to the Hyderabad State during the rule of the Nizams. Native traditional spices helped in making unique Hyderabadi haleem taste, which became popular among Hyderabadis by the 19th century.
Haleem is an all-time favourite for native Hyderabadis, a high demand dish during the month of Ramadan.

Chicken dum biryani, telangana chicken, chicken pickle are the other highlights of the state.

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Western Region Recipes

Korri Gassi:

Korri gassi is a traditional chicken curry with origins from coastal region of Karnataka, In tulu language, Korri means chicken and gassi means curry. In the authentic recipe, the curry is full of flavours, coconut and tamarind which are the main ingredients of the curry.

Rajasthani Laal Maas:

Laal maas red meat is a meat curry from Rajasthan, India. Preparing it, takes yoghurt and hot spices sauce such as red Mathania chillies. This dish typically is very hot, spicy and rich in garlic, the thick gravy.

Traditionally, laal maas was made with wild meat (jungle maas), such as boar or deer and chillies were used to veil the wild odour of the meat. Now spicy flavour are the same but tender meat is usage.

Vindaloo/ Vindalho:

Vindaloo is a  standard authentic dish of Goan cuisine derived from the Portuguese, is a dish of meat,  marinated in wine and garlic. Local Goans cooks with the substitution of palm vinegar for the red wine, and the addition of dried red chili peppers with additional spices. It evolved into the localized and easy-to-pronounce dish “vindaloo”.

Saoji Chicken:

Saoji chicken is a an age-old dish with origins from a saoji community of maharashtra which is unique with taste that is hot and spicy made with range of masalas.

It includes dry and wet masala and different types of seed and nuts to make the curry. spices differ from family to family in Maharashtra according to their preferences.

Spicy Recipes
Know more recipes? Let us know in the comments.

These were some of the recipes we would love to try from across India. You should try these out as well!

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Gangtok: Switzerland of India and the Treasure of Sikkim

11th November 2017

I was in Kolkata on 11th November in the year 2017, after finishing my job interview in a public sector company. My mind and body were exhausted. On my cell phone, I searched on google, “nearby places to visit for rejuvenation”. Goggle answered Gangtok and after searching all its itineraries I finally decided to head to Gangtok.

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 I booked flight tickets from Kolkata to Bagdogra airport which is the nearest airport to reach Gangtok as the airport of Sikkim was not operational. When you travel by train, there are lots of trains originating from Kolkata and Seldah stations. Reaching New Jalpaiguri railway station which is the nearest station to Gangtok.

12th November

My Flight was on 12th November morning. I woke up early and after freshening up and all, I hurriedly went to the Dum Dum airport. After a few check-in and other formalities, I boarded my flight. I landed at Bagdogra airport in an hour by 10:55 AM. Surprisingly the airport was very clean and well maintained though it was small and full of scenic beauty. After checkout, I hired a taxi heading to Gangtok.

On the way to Gangtok
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The road journey from Badgodra to Gangtok was very beautiful with Tista River flowing alongside the road and trees covering all around, was giving an aura of soothing clean and composed feeling. The Taxi ride was awesome.

Upon reaching Gangtok: Day 1

In 4 hrs I reached Gangtok and headed toward my booked hotel (Hotel Travel Tarayana at mall road). After checking in, I took some rest. Later I Stalled at mall road which was full of happy people around, illuminated by the antique street lights and shops. The aura of the place reveals that Gangtok is cool and happy.

Amidst Gangtok valley
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I had my dinner, the famous dish of the place called Siddu and Soup which was very delicious. The very next day, I visited some of the attractions of Gangtok like Tasi view point, Ganesh Tok, Hanuman Tok, Flower show, cottage industry, a handicraft centre, Institute of Tibetology, Dor-dull Chorten, Enchey Monastry and Bunjungkri Waterfall. To summarise up the first day in Gangtok was very awesome. Visiting lots of beautiful places having scenic beauty, pictures location and significance of its aura.

Exploring Gangtok: Day 2

On 2nd day, my passes were ready for visiting Nathula Pass. The Jeep was booked and we were a group of 10 people visiting Nathula Pass.

As we all know Gangtok is under the mount Kangchenjunga (Third highest pick in the world). My journey with much zeal and enthusiasm. There were steep roads and slopes and there was a military post near the roads. It can be said that It was a military restricted area. It was a 2-hour journey to reach first Tsomgo Lake at 12400 feet. Next from there, we headed to Baba Mandir which was 13000 feet. We reached  Nathula by the afternoon, but we saw snow-covered mountains and the gently cold winds blowing made us feel as it was very cold there.

Nathula Pass in Gangtok
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The location was heaven on earth, it is a must-visit place if you are travelling to Gangtok. You can find small springs, curvy bumpy tracks around the mountain, they are very calm, natural and more just beautiful.

Due to the tiredness, we needed up having Maggi. With fond memories, I returned to my hotel with a heavy heart. The visit to Gangtok was one of my wonderful experience of a lifetime. Sikkim offers you a cool, vibrant atmosphere for proper rejuvenation and relaxation. It was a complete bliss to visit Gangtok once.

On the very next day, I booked a Taxi for Bagdogra Airport. While travelling back, I was melancholic as a part of my heart, I was leaving behind in the mountains.

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Tirupati: Trip to the Holy Land of Lord Balaji

In the chilling afternoon in the month of January, I was sitting in my office as usual with the lingering thoughts in my mind. It was my usual way to think about different subjects as my mind always wonders about some vivid thoughts about life. In a Sub-conscious, lazy posture laying back on my office chair, I saw a hazy image of Lord Balaji in my mind. Wondering what it was and soon after that, I realised that it was a call from God. I spontaneously decided to make a quick visit to the divine destination “Tirupati the land of lord Balaji”. With much zeal and enthusiasm, I booked the tickets on the very same date.

On the way to the Holy City Tirupati
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On the way to the Holy City Tirupati

My journey started on the 9th of February 2020. I was very curious about and was eagerly waiting for the day of my journey. Finally, the day arrived and with a light travel bag, I boarded my train to Tirupati station. The train arrived at the destination the next day at 10:30 PM at night.

A sound of continuous chanting of mantras made the atmosphere divine. The aura of the place created a soothing sensation in my mind. Without wasting any time I hired an auto to reach Alipri Mettu to start my divine trek from the bottom of seven hills.

Alipiri Mettu which is the place at the foot of the seven hills in Tirupati. It is the best route to climb Tirupati. I deposited my luggage in the counter beside the entrance and started my trek. The sacred journey had started at Gali Gopuram or Narmala Tonda (1st Hill). I collected the Divya Dashanam tickets from TDD counter. On the way, I found Sri Anjaneya Swamy Statue, Deer Park and Lakshmi Narasimha Temple and reached Tirumala at 4:00 AM in the morning. My journey was awesome with lots of divine experiences in climbing uphill step by step.

On the top of the Tirupati
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On the top of the mountain

On reaching the Hilltop, I did not have to wait for long hours in the waiting rooms. I just collected my luggage from the counter. Went to the amenity complex to freshen up and deposited all my belongings in the counter locker. I had breakfast which was very delicious, near the complex. Then I entered the Darshan complex, it took around 3 hours to get through the temple and get a glimpse of Lord Balaji.

The process of darshan was very streamlined. Finally, my turn arrived after 2 hours and I had the darshan of lord Balaji. I felt a Shiver and had Goosebumps all over my body on having the divine darshan of beloved lord Balaji. I then offered my donation in Hundi and stepped aside for prasad. After having Prasad I went to nearby complex to buy some temple Laddu which is very famous and delicious.

With heavy heart I promised lord Balaji that I would often come to visit this divine destination and prayed for the well being.   

Thus my journey ended on a sweet note and blessing of lord Balaji. 

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Mussoorie: Tale of the queen of hills

College trips give you some of the best memories and exotic experiences. So let me take you to the craziest college trip of mine to Mussoorie.

It was February of 2018, my last year of college. As planned we enrolled for the trip and started making plans, what to wear, which accessories, who will be roommates, etc. My excitement was at cloud nine.

On the way to Mussoorie
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The First Step to the Best Trip

Here comes the day, we departed about 5:30 AM in the morning. Everybody was very enthusiastic. We started dancing insanely as the journey started. It makes me laugh whenever I think about this day. We were also accompanied by our faculty teachers, unexpectedly they blended with us so nicely and took part in every activity.

After covering 200 km from Chandigarh to Dehradun, we reached our first spot, Forest Research Institute. It is a Premier Institution with beautiful infrastructure. Many movies were shot here. It seemed like a college from a Hollywood Movie.

Then we moved on to another place called Sahastradhara, which literally means ‘thousand fold spring’. The place has a magnificent view as the water drips from the limestone stalactites, making the presence of sulphur in the water and thus this place is known for its sulphur springs. After the tiring travelling throughout the day, it was very relaxing to enjoy the drips of sulphur water. We also had bread pakoras and chai there.

Kempty Falls at Mussoorie
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Almost reached Mussoorie

At the time of twilight, we were climbing the last hills to reach Mussoorie. We checked in at 7 PM. From the window panes of my room, I could see the twinkling lights all over the mountains making it appear like a Christmas tree. After some touch-ups, we went to explore the mall road. Shops, restaurants and hotels arranged in a queue and streets filled with tourists with winter gears caps and jackets. It was very cold and eating those hot steaming momos was a wow moment. The food was awesome so was the vibe of the market. It was 11 PM, most shops were being closed. Some of us tried hot milk and some of us tried ice-cream as midnight craving which was accompanied by the street dogs.

After getting back and hustling around over the hotel terrace and capturing the starry sky we get into bed.

Next Day!

Next morning, we departed for Kempty falls, it is about 15 km from the main city area. I feel it is a must-visit place if you go to Mussoorie. There is a 40 ft high waterfall and some cascades too. It was so refreshing and so photogenic. Water falling seems like frozen, so pure, so elegant. Little rainbows arch as sunlight crosses the droplets of dripping water, it gives a magnificent view.  We enjoyed a lot. Some also clicked a picture with rented traditional dress. And Maggie was delicious. We ended up spending a lot of time here and return we had to skip the gun hill point.

Kempty Falls at Mussoorie
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The weather, scenery and vibe everything is amazing about Mussoorie. The ravishing visuals of mountain peaks make you fall in love with this place. And the company of best friends made it more cherishing. Every journey has its destination. Ended so soon but will be remembered always.

This is it for now. Hope to catch you soon again.

“ To travel is to live”

 Nicolas Zangenberg

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Indian Food: They serve this to the Gods

I would say there is no food in the world tastier than the Indian food. I would not be surprised if any Indian living outside India says that they miss Indian food more than their family. We have 29 states, 9 union territories and all the states have their own staple, signature dish and desserts that are to die for.
So, what is it that makes Indian food so different and special?

There is no sincerer love than the love of food
-George Bernard Shaw


The culinary diversity of India is pure gold. 9 union territories, 29 states, 100’s of spices, 1000’s of dishes. Each region has a huge variety of dishes, ranging from traditional to modern era. From rice to roti, sambar to butter chicken everything is finger licking good. Indian families bond over food, you see unity in diversity.

Indian barbecue technique
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There are a handful of methods that Indians adopt to produce dishes with authentic taste. Methods such as ‘bhuno’, ‘dum’, ‘baghar’, ‘balcho’, ‘talna’, ‘dhunaar’, ‘tadka’ and many more. They say “it’s all in the way you cook it” and it completely makes sense.

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There are a lot of spices that go into a dish to give it a distinct flavour. It’s the spices that form the foundation of a dish, one extra spice or less and the results can be completely different. Some of the essential spices used in Indian cooking are Cardamom, Clove, Cassia bark, Black pepper, Cumin, Coriander, Nutmeg and mace, Mustard seeds, Fenugreek, Turmeric, Saffron. India is a country rich in spices and that is where it all came from.


Sweet, sour, salty, bitter, pungent, and astringent are six flavours that are witnessed in Indian cuisine. Indian food is tasty, colourful, aromatic, flavourful and absolute bliss. A proper indian meal will have all the flavours in it.

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You must have often heard your mother say “eat it, don’t you dare throw it”. yeah, it’s true that spices have health benefits, they work as antibiotics and make your immunity system stronger. Turmeric, black pepper, cumin, curry leaves and many more ingredients.

Lastly, Indians make food not just with ingredients and spices but also with a lot of love and emotions. They say ” A food that is emotionless is also tasteless”, there is a dish for every occasion and an emotion associated with it.

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