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Leh-Ladakh Diaries Day – 2

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This article is a continuation of the last article on Leh Ladakh where I am sharing my sisters Leh Ladakh experience thru my words. So that if someone planning the trip to Leh Ladakh they get real-time experience.

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Monastery at Leh-Ladakh

Beginning the day two with glooming sunrise, after having breakfast they went for sight-seeing of several places at Leh which includes Thiksey Monastery, Sindhu Darshan, Sindhu Ghat, Rancho school, Shanti Stupa, Hall of Fame Military Museum, etc. It was a traveler bus through which they traveled throughout their entire journey. Firstly, they visited Thiksey Monastery which is also called as Thiksey Gompa. It is one of the largest and most famous Monastery in Ladakh and is located at an altitude of almost 3,600m in the Thiksey village. Thiksey Monastery has a beautiful architectural design blended together with red, ochre and white colour. They also saw the wheel of life, which you can rotate and can make any wish of your choice. It is also one of the architecturally grand Buddhist Monastrey in Ladakh. To reach at the top of this Monastrey, one has to climb about 200 stairs. My sister and some of her friends faced altitude sickness problem since as you climb the stairs, you are a reaching a much higher altitude level. They were already prepared for this, since were guided by the tour guide about it. Inside the Thiksey Monastrey there were several monks which are also called as Lama’s, they stay and workship inside the Monastrey. There was an entry fees for the Monastrey, which is used by the Monastrey trust for the maintenance of the Monastrey. She said though this place was a bit out of leh but was totally worth to visit since it has mesmerizing views of the surrounding area. Overall the location was very pleasant, colourful at the same time was very peaceful too.


After visiting Thiksey Monastrey, they all went to Rancho School. This is a school which became famous after the release of Aamir khan’s movie 3 Idiots. The original name of this school is Druk Padma Karpo School also known as Druk White Lotus School. On arrival at the entrance of the school, they all were taken inside the campus by a guide. Since there were already a group of people visiting the School. My sister and her friends were asked to wait for about half an hour in one of the special classroom can say information room of the school. The classroom was having several things to purchase like T-shirts, refrigerator magnets, caps, books, pen, pencils and several other things all having some message engraved on them. It is said the money they collect by selling those several things, they used it for the education purpose of the several poor students of the same school. There were several pictures also showing the history and several achievements of the School. After some 35-40 minutes, the guide took all of them to visit the campus. A strict instruction was given to all of them, not to make noise and take photographs at the restricted area, since the School was going on. The first thing they saw was a café, where they offer coffee and few snacks which were chargeable. Then they went to the 3 Idiots movie spot which is said to be the most popular spot among the tourists, were you can give several pose and click various photographs. This School was conferred as one of the most beautiful schools in the world by BBC London in the year 2016. The tour guide also said about the damage the School faced by the flood and cloudbursts in August 2010, which destructed the School completed.

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With knowing the inspirational stories and hardwork of the students and School authorities, they visited Sindhu Ghat. It was a beautiful riverbank situated near the Shey village in Leh. It is famous for its scenic beauties consisting of rocky Mountains, sandy landscapes and greenery everywhere with the flow of the Sindhu River. The Sindhu River also known as River Indus originates near Mansarover Lake in Tibet passes through several Indian regions and then reaches to Pakistan. It is said to be a holy place. Since many people come and worship at this place calling it as Sindhu Darshan. Cultural Programmes are organized at this place by many tourists people which includes sight-seeing, campfire, etc. Apart from this Sindhu Ghat is also famous for River Rafting, which gives a perfect opportunity for the adventure and thrilling activities lover. After a beautiful half day journey, they all went back to the Hotel for Lunch to take rest and enjoy night at our own choice.

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Visit Leh Ladakh – To Explore Beauty of Mountains

Ladakh a land of high passes is renowned for its remote mountain beauty and culture. It has snow-clad peaks which kiss the clouds, serenity exists in peaceful lakes and time seems to stand still since there is no rush and bush in their life. Life in Leh is full of divine, spirituality and you will find surprises at every turn of your journey. You cannot predict about nature and climate at Leh-Ladakh because it frequently changes. You will find hot during daytime and during night time you might require winter wear. If you are planning to visit Leh Ladakh you should carry Umbrella, winter wear as well as summer wear.

Leh LadakhKnow About Leh Ladakh

Ladakh is one of the most sparsely populated regions in Jammu and Kashmir and its culture is closely related to Tibet. Leh is the largest town in Ladakh followed by Kargil. Majority of people living in Ladakh are Shia Muslims and remaining are mostly Tibetan Buddhists. A few years back Leh-Ladakh was a place visited by the majority of foreigners, but recently it has gained popularity as a tourist destination among Indians too. Top tourist attractions in Leh-Ladakh are Chang La, Khardung La, Nubra valley, Pangong lake, Leh Palace, Shanti Stupa, Hall of Fame, Thiksey Monastery, Alchi Choskor Monastery, Magnetic hill, Zanskar valley, Lamayuru Monastery, Hemis national park.

How to Reach Leh Ladakh

There are several ways to reach Leh, one can take a direct flight to Leh from Mumbai. You can also take a flight from Delhi to Leh from major airlines such as Indian Airlines or Jet Airways. One can take road journey either from Manali or Srinagar. It takes a two-day journey from Manali to Leh with a night halt at Sarchu. On the other hand, Srinagar to Leh also takes a two-day journey with a night halt at Kargil. But most of the tourists who prefer coming by road routes comes from Srinagar than Leh and then Manali. All the road routes are open from May to October.

Leh LadakhSince Ladakh is situated at a very high altitude i.e. above 10,000 meters above the sea level, anybody traveling at such a high altitude are bound to find difficulty in breathing. One could also suffer from high altitude sickness which happens due to the low atmospheric oxygen level. Some of the common symptoms of high altitude sickness include giddiness, lack of sleep, digestion problem, loss of appetite, etc. So, some of the safety measures should be considered if you are planning to visit Leh Ladakh.

  1. Travelers are asked to take enough rest once reaching Leh-Ladakh to acclimatize to the higher altitudes.
  2. It is recommended to drink plenty of water to remain hydrated.

Places to Visit

Although Leh-Ladakh is considered as a hardy adventurous destination, it is also an ideal honeymoon destination for newlywed couples. Some of the romantic places to visit Leh Ladakh honeymoon packages include Pangong Lake, Nubra valley, and Sham valley, etc. Although Leh-Ladakh is a huge region with numerous places to explore, still travelers prefer either 7 nights 8 days or 8 nights 9 days package. The best time to visit Leh Ladakh is from April to June. During this time period, one can get the clear vision of scattered landscapes and clear sunny weather.

LadakhFrom July to August, the weather in Leh-Ladakh cannot be predicted, because during this time period many regions of Leh-Ladakh experiences rain, landslides, and even cloudbursts, still many travelers visit during this time too. From the September month, Leh-Ladakh experiences snowfall at many places thus giving a start to the chilly weather with shining sun in the afternoon. From October to March, this place becomes unbearably cold thus tourists don’t prefer to visit Leh Ladakh during this time. However, adventure seekers and hardy travelers prefer during this time for unreliable treks and also for a trek on the frozen river called as ‘Chadar Trek’ for which Leh-Ladakh is famous all over the world.

Knowing about the beauty of Leh-Ladakh, it becomes everyone’s dream to visit Leh Ladakh at least once in a lifetime. Recently my sister with her husband visit Leh Ladakh. She went through Heena Tours and Travels for 7 nights 8 days packages. She preferred Heena Tours amongst the other tours because Heena Tours is specialized in providing pure veg with Jain food.

Since Leh-Ladakh is a place with the majority of people having non-vegetarian food, you will hardly find pure Veg restaurants and Pure Veg Food there. So, if you are a vegetarian it is best option to go through Heena Tours and Travels. She shared the experience of her entire journey with me, which I am going to describe in this blog.

Experience of Leh Ladakh Trip

She took a direct flight from Mumbai to Leh using GoAir. After reaching the Leh Airport, they were received by one of the tour members and were dropped at the booked Hotel. They were also a few other couples from other places of India and also three families from out of India. Since they reached during lunchtime, the tour guide asked everyone to have lunch and then to gather at the Hotel’s lobby to share a few tips and to discuss the scheduled of the following days.

He, first of all, made everyone aware of the symptoms of the high altitude sickness and asked everyone to carry their own personal water bottle wherever they go and to have plenty of water. He then said the first day is for rest to acclimatize to the high altitude sickness problem since they were at above 10,000 ft above sea level. He further said many among them might find difficulty in breathing because of the low atmospheric oxygen level and might also fall prey to altitude sickness.

For some of them, it was not much than a boring speech with no meaning unless they saw some females and kids started having breathing problem and dizziness. It was only after that, those people took the words of that tour guide seriously. He discussed all the symptoms of high altitude sickness and also shared the essential remedies for it.

  1. He asked everyone to take complete rest till next day.
  2. He also asked everyone to speak less.
  3. To have plenty of water or to have water mixed with some energy powder like Glucon-D, Electoral powder, etc.
  4. To carry a camphor in the handkerchief and to smell it whenever they feel scarcity of oxygen or breathing problem.
  5. To carry the necessary tablets with them, whenever they travel like Crocin, Calpol, Avomine, etc.
  6. He also discussed the group oxygen cylinder and about the personal oxygen cylinders which travelers can carry with them and can use during emergency or while having major breathing problems at several other high altitude places like Khardungla and Chang la.

Even my sister was affected because of the high altitude, she had a problem in breathing and also dizziness during the beginning hours and it took her about two to three days to adjust to the high altitude atmosphere. The same day they took complete rest in the hotel room and some of them preferred to visit the Leh market which was nearby the hotel.

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GOD’S OWN COUNTRY-Kerala under floods

Kerala is witnessing the worst nature’s call with enormous and dreadful pouring of water from everywhere which resulted in disastrous floods. Almost it has been a week, be it a newspaper, news channel or social media all are inundated with images and posts of the furious floods of Kerala. At present the condition of Kerala is very bad, everywhere you will find people battling with rising waters, risk of bridge crash and shortage of basic necessities like food, medicines and shelter. Kerala Floods have now become the Most dangerous natural calamities of nation.

Kerala : the place close to my heart

You must have seen my blogs on #GoKerala which was God’s own country in real sense. But why then God showed his anger on his own state. I don’t want to argue with God right now but I want you people to help people and donate in any way you can. The best is CM fund or state fund. I donated through NGO, paytm and Amazon as i felt safe and scam less. But be aware of such scammer as your help may not reach the needy. I believe if you can really help, nothing like it. I have my close friends staying there and they have arrived at their Mumbai home and trying to help from Mumbai so that it reaches the people who are in actual need. Today’s (23/8/18) newspaper had every information needed to donate through right agency and hence I thought to share with you .

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Today’s Times of India newspaper for Kerala flood help numbers

The flood situation is something that can happen to anyone. Who can understand this better than a Mumbaikar, who themselves has experienced the consequences of dreadful floods during 26th July. Thinking about that day when the entire Mumbai was drowning in water, it gives a goose bump even today. This flood is 10 times more than Mumbai flood. I know when I didn’t see my dad for three days in flood. I can imagine the pain people must be going through while searching for their kins.
Because of disastrous rain, Kerala till now have experienced the loss of more than 8k ,crore rupees and lives of several people, which is increasing with the passing days, the death-toll in this flood hit state has reached to more than 350 people. Since, Kerala is a tourist place and has very beautiful and pleasant weather during Monsoons, it is said many foreigners and tourists people have also been trapped at many places. So, at several places of Kerala, relief camps have been organized to help people and also to remove them from danger. More than 60,000 people are leaving in the relief camps, from that about 40,000 are at Wayanand. A total of about 53,501 people have been shifted to 439 relief camps. The worst affected areas of Kerala are Kozhikode, Idukki, Malappuram, Kannur, Thrissur, Ernakulam, Kochi, Alappuzha and Wayanand, etc.

Looking at the condition of Kerala, the Chief minister of Kerala Mr. Pinarayi Vijayan said, “The water level of several dams in Kerala has increased, crossing all the danger levels, especially the Idukki dam. So, they were forced to release those Dam water”. He also said they are trying their level best to help the flood affected people in all possible ways and are also asking helping hands from all the other states. He also undertook a aerial survey of rain-ravaged areas in Idukki and Wayanand, said Kerala was in the midst of an unprecedented flood havoc and calamities, which in turn has caused immeasurable misery and devastation. He announced a compensation of Rs 10Lakh to the people who lost their homes and land and Rs 4Lakh compensation to those who lost their lives in the floods.

Hearing about the incidents on the News channel and also reading about them in the Newspaper gives a goosebumps. I just imagine how much the people in Kerala must be suffering, seeing all their valuables, land, home, their relatives, etc flowing along with the disastrous flow of water in front of their eyes and they can do nothing, just can cry out for help or can blame the nature and God. 2 fisherman were drowned on last Saturday, when their boat capsized off Tiruvandrum, while in another incident the bodies of a mother and daughter were found in a waterlogged area behind their house at Kuttanad in the Alappuzha districts, this are the few incidents which came in limelight, there are many such incidents of flood victims who lost their lives and properties which are unknown to us. If you see on news channel you will find people especially the kids and old people crying out in pain for help and asking for food and medicines like beggars. Many rich and sophisticated people have come on footpath, their condition has worsened to such an extreme extent that even you will find tears rolling out of your eyes if you see them.

Although the red alert has been lifted from 12 districts of Kerala but still the water level has not significantly decrease in these areas. Various government agencies are carrying out the rescue operations and also preparing to deal with a possible outbreak of water-borne diseases. Both the Centre as well as State governments are coming forward to save the God’s own Country. Although the rain has subsided now in the several parts of Pathanamthitta, Ernakulam and Thrissur districts, many districts are still inundated, where injured and affected people are waiting for rescue boats and helicopters. Many residents who had moved to the terrace or the other floors of their buildings have raised alarm for help because of their deteriorating health.

How other states and nation are helping Kerala floods affected people

The Maharashtra state government has also given a hand of support with around 7Lakh litres of water in the wagons for the flood victims in Kerala. Each wagon contains around 50,000 litres of water. Even from Bollywood many Filmstars have come forward to help Kerala financially. UAE also offered a financial assistance of rs.700Crore. HAM radio operators are helping in rescue operations in flood devastated Kerala by tracing stranded people through their last cell phone location and then sharing that information with officials and army people. Also, over a dozen of FMCG firms, including ITC, Coco Cola, Pepsi and Hindustan Unilever have announced to supply water bottles, medicines, food and other necessity items to flood-hit areas in Kerala. Maruti Suzuki India said, they will donate a rupees of 3 Crore for Kerala Relief Work.

It has been witnessed that people from all over the country are providing helping hands in all possible ways. A Kerala based Mumbaikar Mr. Karthik Murali has created a group of 20 friends and created packages and cartoons of necessary things, for Kerala flood victims. Likewise many people, firms, organizations etc, depending on their capacity have taken initiative and are doing their best to help Kerala flood victims.

It is also said Rail and road traffic services have been restored in most of places in Kerala and many people returned to their places safely but many of them found their electrical appliances and furniture completely ruined. Also, at some places of Ernakulam and Thrissur districts the incidents of snake bites have been noted.
In flood affected areas of Kerala, around 32,000 people have been rescued and 3500 people have received medical help by the armed forces. Knowing, about such a critical condition of Kerala and of the people staying there, we can try to help in all possible ways and should pray God to help them come out of this dreadful condition.

 

PS : KERALA STATE HAS BEEN VERY CLOSE TO MY HEART AND THAT MADE ME #blogforKerala. Kerala Tourism has always done best to give tourist new experience every time you visit but today they are experiencing the worst. Lets help Kerala to rise again and live like before. Together we can.

 

11 Incredible Things to do in Jamaica with the Family 

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Things to do in Jamaica

 

Some parents think that Jamaica is not family-friendly due to the negative exposure on the media. Well, Jamaica couldn’t be more family-centered destination. Several Jamaican properties are primarily built to cater families only so imagine kid-friendly activities such as water parks, camping, candy booths and many more without the annoying bar noise or drunk guests.

 

Some families prefer a personalized house rental in Jamaica where parents can avail babysitting services and leave their kids on supervised activities while they relax by the beach, go on adults-only adventures or just take some alone time. But of course, since you went on a holiday together as a family, you have to share some exciting adventures in the island that are fun for all members of the family.

Check out this list below to find out about the awesome things you can do and see with your family in Jamaica.

Visit Devon House 

This place is one of the most significant national landmarks in Jamaica. This 19th century mansion was previously the home to the island’s first black millionaire named as George Stiebel.  He earned his wealth in Venezuela and decided to spend the rest of life on his homeland so he came back to Jamaica and build this mansion.

 

Swim with the Dolphins

 

That surely sounds exciting! This is one of those fun activities that all members of the family can truly enjoy. Bring your entire family to Dolphin Cove and fulfill an amazing opportunity to have close encounters with the dolphins. They are simply adorable and a chance to swim with them is one of the best memories that could last a lifetime. There are also opportunities to encounter friendly sharks and rays after you’ve made friends with the dolphins.

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swim with dolphin  (image source : pixabay)

Take a Cruise

Ever been on a family cruise? You should do it! What is more relaxing than cruising with the family? You can see Jamaica on a different perspective while having a relaxing and exciting cruise along Montego Bay. Island Routes Reggae Catamaran Cruise offers all-inclusive family cruises that includes an exciting snorkeling and giant water slides.

Dunn River Falls

This is one of the most visited attractions in Jamaica and once you get there, you will understand why. Don’t let the crowd discourage you to visit this touristic place, you will surely miss out if you do. I sincerely advise you to spare a lay in and head early to Dunn River Falls to beat the crowd. Smaller kids may skip hiking up the top falls and enjoy the tiny attractions on the lower stage of the falls.

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Bobsled at Mystic Mountain

This is for the thrill-loving families! If you want to pump up some adrenaline into your family, then head over to Ocho Rios and visit Mystic Mountain Rainforest Adventures. Even just getting to the park itself is already an adventure as you’ll need to ride one the chair lifts that traverses across a rainforest. Try the famous bobsled ride that goes around the Jamaican forest.

7-mile beach

Yes, you read it right! It looks endless. This super long heavenly beach will surely make your jaws drop and your visit to Jamaica wouldn’t be complete without visiting this beach in Negril. It is easily the  most beautiful in Jamaica. This pristine white beach has plenty of features that you can easily spend a day here. You can spend some time on the loungers and bask under the sun or take up some water activities such as kayaking, snorkeling, boating, and tons others.

Chukka Caribbean Adventures

Another great attraction in Jamaica that mostly visited for adrenaline-pumping adventures ranging from ziplining to ATVs to river tubing to hiking. Their highlight activity is the zipline that goes through a rainforest giving a thrilling experience. Please note that kids have to be at least 6 years old to ride the zipline.

The real Jamaica tour

Don’t be one of those families who travel to a destination without getting a clear grasp of its customs, culture and history. Sign up your whole family to a complimentary Jamaica tour and get to know the island paradise. You will have the chance to see the ‘real Jamaica’ on the locals’ perspective. You’ll meet interesting people from the community and learn interesting day-to-day activities of the Jamaican people. Contact the nearest tourist office to know more details of the tour.

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excited kids exploring the cameraSource: https://pixabay.com/en/kingston-jamaica-children-camera-91742/

Spend a day at Aquasol Theme Park

Perfectly situated in Montego Bay, families can enjoy a good day out in Aquasol Theme Park. There countless of rides and attractions that caters to every age. Older kids can enjoy the motorized rides while the younger ones can enjoy short slides or enjoy the playground with other kids.

Food trip

Experiencing a destination through food gives you unique, savory insights of its culture and history. Jamaica is home to exquisite cuisines that has been inspired from many generations of merging cultures and interesting history. Jamaican cuisines are beautiful blends of Caribbean spices and its rich lands and waters. You should not miss Jerk Chicken and Ox Tail, both may sound odd but I promise you won’t regret tasting these top two Jamaican classics.

Head over to Discovery Point

Ever wondered where Christopher Columbus first set foot on this Caribbean wonder? Take the whole gang to Discovery Point and relive the moments when the world discoverer first stepped on Jamaican soil. 

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Maharashtra Ecotourism|Building a Greener and sustainable tourism

India because of its diversified nature is said to be one of the most popular Eco-tourism destinations in the world. Whether it is snowfall in Himalayan region or ancient caves in the Khasi and Garo hills and also be it the backwaters of Kerala or the unique sand dunes of Thar desert, India right from the decades has been a famous Eco-tourism hub for many. Among all the states of India, Maharashtra is called as a hotspot of Eco-tourism in India. Maharashtra Ecotourism is said to be the land of diverse factors with varying topography with unique and varying species of flora and fauna. Eco-tourism destinations not only allow the travelers to see some of the beautiful and rare natural wonders but also allows them to help the nature indirect way, because in majority of Eco-tourism places the money gained from the travelers is used for conserving and preserving natural environment.
If you are an Eco-adventure traveler and love to go for a trip which is full of natural world then let’s go for a refreshing journey through some of the best ecotourism destinations of Maharashtra.

Saguna Baug-
For an Ecotourism lover, Saguna Bagh is a best place to visit under Maharashtra Ecotourism . It is a place developed by a Gandhian freedom fighter Harikaka Bhadsavle with a strong motive of creating a farming outfit which can effectively support the social worker. Today hundreds of people visit Saguna Baug to find peace, happiness and gain the knowledge of hard-earned field of Agriculture. Trekking and various adventure activities can also be done at this place. The best part of saguna Baugh is that they cook what they grow and recycle the waste from kitchen to give fertilizer to farm which the are cultivating. Nothing is wasted here, every thing is utilized properly. You are not allowed to throw plastic inside the campus.

Karla Caves-
With lots of ancient architecturing of caves, Karla Caves is situated at the lap of Sahyadri range. Greenery and waterfalls lovers are the most attracted to this place. The mosses surrounding the caves and the mystic environment around the caves definitely looks picture perfect spot for Eco-tourism lovers to visit. During Rainy Season you can also various species of migratory birds. You can also enjoy visiting Karla Fort too. It is also a well known destination for people going for Trek. People here are so grounded that they dont believe in wasting and spoling the environment.

Bhimashankar, Pune-
Bhimashankar lies in the ghat region of the Sahyadri hills and it looks like a beautiful green carpet during Rainy season. It looks fresh and pure. It gives the view of bio-diversity of nature. With the abundant flora and fauna, dazzling scenic beauties, rare animal breeds, it is the place to explore with family and friends and make them aware that even eco-tourism travel can be so beautiful and appreciable. You can easily travel by road from several places of Maharashtra to Bhimashankar and the nearest railway station is Shivaji nagar railway station of Pune. Mostly trekkers who are expert in trekking, come here and enjoy the activity. Newbies should avoid it.

Matheran-
Matheran is said to be a hill station and has almost 28 view-points scattered all around the place. Matheran is famous for its amicable climate and various trekking points. This place is favourite of many tourists especially the people or students from the Mumbai who loves Eco-tourism, for them Matheran is their nearest and favourite spot during Rainy season. There are various trekking routes in Matheran, the most famous one goes from Garbert Plateau. There is also Chanderi caves for the trek lovers and the going for Kalavantin Pinnacle Trek helps the trekkers to explore the fort and also have a mesmerizing view from the peak. The best time to visit Matheran is from March to May, and during rainy season it is the best to visit Matheran.
The rain adds to the flawless beauty of this place. The roads and lanes become muddy but people dont want concret roads as they believe in sustainable tourism. They believe that this is the beauty of Matheran.

Morachi Chincholi-
Morachi Chincholi, the name itself gives hint about the place. It is basically a village of tamarind trees and a town of peacocks dancing all around. It is said to be an auspicious one day picnic spot for fun and nature lovers. Nature has always showered blessings on this place. This place is located near Pune and is well connected by road transport. The main attraction of this place is its unmatched natural beauty and spotless fresh colours of the nature. It is also a hub of various recreational activities. There are several activities like puppet show, magic show organized there especially for kids. The location of this place is best for the people looking for break from daily life and who are in search of peace and love from nature. Local earn through the natural resources available and do not sell Chinese or technical things around this place.

Igatpuri-
One of the well known tourist spot in Maharashtra, Igatpuri is situated near Nashik. This place becomes alive will all around liveliness during Monsoon. It gives a true symbol of natural beauty with a complete freshness in the air. It is a place decked with several waterfalls, straggling greenery and lakes. Bhatsa river valley and Camel Valley are two main attractions of this place. You will get a spending view of nature and different species of flora and fauna, once you visit this place.

Kolad-
If you are planning to make your trip memorable as well as adventurous then Kolad is a perfect place to visit. It is said to be a beautiful destination in Maharashtra with picture-perfect homestays, sprawling campsites and many adventurous activities to try. Whitewater rafting is the most famous activity to perform in the waters of Kolad. Zip lining, canoeing and trekking are some other famous activities available in Kolad. Some of the nearest places to visit for nature lovers are Tamhini falls, Bhira dam and kuda caves, etc. Turquoise water and lush greenery make it even for exciting place to visit for Eco-tourism lovers. Dont forget to read my article on Durshet Forest Lodge. 

Tapola-
Tapola is popularly known as mini Kashmir. It is basically a small village at around 25kms from Mahabaleshwar. This place is quiet famous for boating and its rare scenery and natural landscapes. If you are planning to visit Mahabaleshwar, Tapola is a beautiful place which one should not miss. An Eco-tourism lover will love to visit Kas Pathar at Tapola which turns into bed of flowers during Monsoon. A nature lover will like the view of Koyana Dam while if you are an adventure lover than enjoying several activities at Shivsagar Lake will be best for them. During the Season of Strawberry’s the fragrance of Strawberry farms will touch your heart.

After reading my blog, I am sure the search of nearby and efficient destinations in Maharashtra by Eco-tourism lovers will definitely end. What do you think about my take on  Maharashtra Ecotourism. Please comment below and add your suggestions too.

Visit Zoo with Kids

A zoo is a place where animals find peace within the arena, displayed to the public and they may also show you some good natural behavior when you visit them. When someone says let’s visit zoo, the first thing that comes to our minds is  We are going to see lot many animals, especially Wild animals. They are a very important part of our ecosystem.

zoo visitBut the original thought of what zoo is very much far from that till I saw Singapore zoo for the first time. The pink Siberian crane in 100 numbers makes you feel that you want to be the part of their families as they look so peaceful and super cute. I have seen many animals, birds, fishes and giant giraffe in the zoo which are super happy in a zoo.

zoo visitZoo trip with kids is the best thing because kids learn all animals name in one day itself and will never forget for whole life. They not only learn names but also their behavior, their species name and different types of animals in one day. Zoos also show how they take care of animals when they are sick along with their history and the kingdom from which they belong. 

In India, the situation is a bit different for the zoo as people don’t give importance to the life of animals and they misbehave with animals and hence so many animals become violent when you irritate them. So when you go to zoo with kids always make sure you teach your kids to behave properly in the zoo and never disturb animals.

Me With AngelZoo teaches people about how nature is important for us.It also gives us a clear idea of animal conversation. What is the best part is, it gives scientists the opportunity to study wild animals as Saving these jeopardize species is one of the major concern.

Previously wild animals are imprisoned only for human pleasure. But now people came to know their importance even in India and even Govt is taking proper measures to save animals. 

With my Hubby and AngelA zoo is a place where animals live in bondage. They are put on display for people to view. The word “Zoo” is a short form of “zoological park”  or “Zoological garden”. There is a dedicated staff who takes good care of the animals, care of our wildlife some of which are on the fringe of extinction. If we see very keen, Zoos are the most beautiful places in nature. In many zoos, Animals are also studied and bred. People are getting a chance to learn about animals and it also helps zoologists preserve the spices out in the wild.

Most popular zoos in India:-

  1. Mysore Zoo, Mysore
  2. Nandakanan Zoological park, Orissa
  3. Arignar Anna Zoological Park, Chennai
  4. Nehru Zoological Park, Hyderabad
  5. Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park, Darjeeling 

Right now our country is in the state of losing species at a fast rate which a big concern for us. 

If we look from the other side of the coin, Zoo teaches us that it plays a very important role in bringing all of us closer to animals and inspires us to take necessary actions to save our wildlife.

I have visited so many Zoos (Indira Gandhi Zoological Park, Nehru Zoological Park) and spent long hours roaming with the new friends (Wild animals ) there. It is totally a different world. Not everywhere they kept animals perfectly, which is what I have seen. There is always a room for improvement.More attention should be paid to improve if you are really worried about the great care and protection.

We must take corrective measures to save our wildlife in Zoos. We can set educational programmes for students and let them understand the importance of conservation of wildlife.

Same way, Animal welfare programs makes us understand the conservation and recovery of species in the wild. People can donate to their best in Zoos. They can even visit the Zoo as good Zoos attract committed and skilled people to learn about their wildlife. 

Zoos try to help save them. If you want to be more environmentally conscious, you have to learn and understand the special extra care of those wild species from the ongoing global threats.Otherwise, without them, the world would be an inferior place.

PS: I am participating in the #blogchatterA2Z challenge and today’s letter Is Z,  so my article is related to Zoo Visit with Kids.

Yatch ride in Mumbai with kids

Yatch ride in Mumbai with kids is an amazing way to start your summer vacation. Recently I and my family got a chance to do a yatch ride along with the jet boat. Yatch ride is kind of speedboat or jet boat, where you can enjoy, relax in the middle of the sea, away from hassle bussle of crowded Mumbai.
Yatch rideRecently I got to know about the Floating restaurant in yatch near Worli sea link where you can spend good quality time with your family for lunch or dinners and sail under the Worli sea link. This is really fun when you move to the Worli sea link as you see the Marvel architecture so closely. Yatch rides with kids can be fun if you have many friends, where you can arrange good food, good company and music.
Yatch rideIn Mumbai, I have seen people booking the whole yatch for private parties during their birthdays, anniversary and also on valentines day. This year we did yatch ride with my kid during valentines day, which made us realize that the organizers and owners of this yatch take special care to Decorate this in a special way with balloons and decoratives. Yatch comes in different sizes depending on people you book from, from couple to 20 couple or too small engagement parties, every type of yatch ride is available in Mumbai.
In Mumbai, yatch ride provides various indoors games for kids so that kids can learn group work and also they arrange special kids food so that child takes away a lot of memories.

Tips to follow while doing yatch ride with kids

If you are going with kids in yatch do remember few things
  1. Always keep swim jackets for kids ready
  2. Do not leave a kid unattended in any situation
  3. Make sure your kids don’t go at edges to touch water
  4. Follow the guidelines given by lifeguard
  5. Don’t make your kid jump too much in yatch
  6. Yatch something gets lots of big waves so can be slippery
  7. Try and wear grip and comfortable shoes, possible wear,waterproof shoes.
  8. Make your kids learn good swimming if you are regular yatch rider. Blogchatter A2z
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Winter Vacation
Xmas time is the most amazing time as you have a winter vacation from 24th December to 2nd Jan usually in Maharashtra. From childhood, my parents have kept summer vacations for our native place and winter vacation for fun vacations. Even native place vacations were as good as winter but due to summer seasons, we could not do a lot of activities in native place, which is in my case in Rajasthan.
So as soon as we used to get Xmas vacation, my dad used to take either to Mahabaleshwar, Matheran, Lonavala or Khandala. In Maharashtra, winter vacation is more important as they are shorter but the cold temperatures make it more worthy and loving. I still remember my trip to Mahabaleshwar and Panchgani during Xmas vacation. Every hotel or restaurant is being designed for Xmas, with a lot of Santa Claus or snowy clouds design inside the rooms.
1) Mahabaleshwar: When you travel by car from Mumbai to Mahabaleshwar you can see all the small houses to big hotels on the way is being lightened up by colorful leds and star-shaped candles hanging right on top as pole star on each house or restaurant. Since Mahabaleshwar is a famous hill station in Maharashtra, we keep on going during summers also but winters are more amazing.
mahabaleshwarYou get to enjoy hot Maggi, hot tea, corn bhel, coffee and lot of spices to keep you heated. But that fun cant is explained in words, it has to be experienced only. The only problem in winter is that Mahabaleshwar faces a lot of fog in the morning which creates mishaps like accidents and so on. So be careful before you step out on a foggy day.
2)Lonavala and Khandala:  which is very close to Mumbai and most common destinations for one two days trip too. As you must have read my waterpark post in the last article, you must have got an idea how Lonavala has so many attractions like Imagica. Lonavala and Khandala are most visited destinations for Mumbaikar as they are serene n divine during winter and rainy season.
Xmas vacation with kidsWhat I love the best is the mountain drive or we call it as ghats, bit dangerous but still an adventurous one. During the rainy season this becomes most accidents prone area and hence you must be careful before you start. But winters are not so problematic. During Xmas vacation, Lonavala and Khandala have a lot of resorts organizing various camp activities for kids, so that they can enjoy winter to fullest. Don’t miss hot spicy sweet corn on Khandala ghat during winters. My kids love eating corns, carrot and sour raw mangoes in the topmost hill of Khandala.
3) Lavasa and Ambey valley: Place very near to Mumbai but its similar like a foreign destination. Once you are in Lavasa or Ambey valley, you would feel like either Switzerland or hilly European countries as it is so clean and neat and well maintained. Sometimes you don’t want to leave above places just because of its cold weather and chilling temperatures. Make sure you take sufficient clothing once you are there as your kids might feel very cold at this place during winter vacations.
Lavasa
Tips to remember while you go for Xmas vacation with kids during the vacation
  1.  Always carry extra jacket as you would never know about the temperatures.
  2.  Make sure you don’t fall sick as you are traveling. Colder temperatures can make ur kid very ill.
  3.  Always wear comfortable cloth whilst traveling.
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Best Water Park for Kids in Mumbai

Summer vacation without water park in Mumbai is like bhaji without pav. Just kidding but its really good way to beat the heat of this scorching summer. Today I am gonna share some insights abt Best Water Park for Kids in Mumbai.

From childhood, my vacations in summer had at least one day in waterparks. Nowadays even all foreign tour packages in summer add one day at waterparks like I had in Singapore. Adventure cove park in Singapore is the best water park for kids as well as for all age groups. If you consider safety, compared to India its 10 times better in Singapore.

The equipment, water rides, lifeguards, water jackets, floaters, everything in Singapore is of high quality. But Indian water park is not far behind nowadays. They all are improving much more now to give better fun and entertainment to customers. Today I shall give you list of best water parks in Mumbai which is safe and have amazing rides. For water parks in Phillipines do Read this.

The first best water park in Mumbai is

  • Aqua ImagicaThis is situated in khalapur near Pali district. Its approximately 2hrs distance from main Mumbai. The rides are for all ages. If you are water baby then you will love it for sure. The most amazing ride is the whirlpool ride. It was just a thrilling experience. But do not go if you have any health issues like heart problems or any disease which can give you a shock. Never leave a kid unattended except if your kids are a good swimmer. Don’t try and force your kids to go to rides which they aren’t comfortable.

Food and soft drinks are available along with a lot of souvenirs to take from Aqua imagica. Now they have packages of aqua imagica plus Adlabs imagica along with a stay at Novotel hotel. I would recommend everyone to enjoy at least for one time to go and enjoy aqua imagica. Ps try and go as early as possible because later you need to stand in long queue for each ride. So start as early as possible as the park opens up.
Price per ticket ranges from 900-1500

  • Water kingdom: Situated in Borivali, you have to use water boats to reach to Essel world and water kingdom. It is one of the oldest water park and largest pool water park in Mumbai. The best part is waving time which is full of heavy waves, music and lot of masti.

Water KingdomEvery 30 min gaps you will find waves with music starts. It has a lot of space for relaxation near the wave pool. All other rides are so good for all ages and safe to enjoy. Again the problem is a long queue for every ride. All the best water parks in Mumbai provides facilities for food, changing rooms, washrooms and lot of souvenir to take back.  Prices range from 625-750

  • Tiku ji ni wadi -Situated in Thane Ghodbunder road, easy to take a cab from Thane station is one of the best water parks in Mumbai. Tiku Ji ni wadi has derived from word chikoo fruits as the place has a lot of chikoo trees, where people sit in swings and relax. The second zone of tikujini wadi has biggest lazy river where people can just sit on the tube and swim and relax in water if they want to enjoy high rise water bodies.

TikujiniwadiThey have a buffet section included in tickets. The other section of tiku Jini wadi has amusement park for kids. And most attractive part is dinosaur model which look like real animals.
Price ranges from 750-1000.

  • Suraj water park: This is too situated in Thane near the tikujini wadi only. The major attractions of this water park are they have different rides compared to the tikujini wadi. The lord Shiva with sun backdrop is the high light of this water park in Mumbai.

suraj Water park Price ranges from, – 700-900

  • Wet and joy park

Wet N JoyThis is situated in Lonavala. This is biggest in area wise and has a lot of places to click photos as it has a lot of graffiti on walls. From Mumbai, It takes two hours to reach this park but its Worth to enjoy during summer.

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Vacations with kids

Vacations are those days usually for the purpose of recreation or tourism. It is a leave from regular work for a specific trip or journey. During my childhood days, I used to desperately wait for the vacations because during vacations we used to visit our grandparents at our native place.
When I think about my vacations as a child, the life we lived in the village with friends and the food and environment we experienced, cherishes my childhood days and I realize how much we had fun during vacations at that time period which our children of present generation fail to experience.
flying with kids
Nowadays, the scenario has completely changed, people from villages have shifted to live the lifestyle of the cities, there are hardly few people who are still staying in the village areas waiting for their children and Grandchildrens to visit them during their vacations. When no one stays at a native place the question to take our kids at the native place doesn’t arrive.
flying with kids
At present, the parents, today are making their kids join different classes to keep them all time busy. So, the kids of today’s generation just can’t differentiate between vacations and working days because for them all days are same. According to me, this is not completely correct, at some point you are spoiling your kids childhood, you are trying to make them smarter than their age, you are forcing your kids to move with the competitive world forgetting that they are just kids and it’s their age to live without tensions and enjoy each and every day.
It’s not like that you should not send your kids to different classes and make them perfect or should keep them update but the only thing is everything should be done at a proper time and with proper management. During vacations you should allow your kids to enjoy their life on their own, should allow them to do whatever they love to do, through this you will not only get the chance to know the hidden talents of your kids but at the same time you will allow your kids to live stress free life during vacations.
Vacations nowadays are filled with assignments and projects from school whereas in our times we do used to have assignments but they were fun to do. Those assignments were more of learning and gaining knowledge.
The scenario has changed completely when we talk about vacation, nowadays we plan the foreign tour, well in advance according to children’s vacations before going to the native place and enjoying with cousins and living native life.
I still miss my native place where I used to take my pets like cow and Buffalo for morning walk and feed. The most amazing part was diving in the small well. Plucking mangoes, Imlis, custard apple from any farm used to make us run like cats and dogs.
Wish  I get those lovely moments again with angel.

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