Guwahati, Shillong, Cherrapunjee Tour 4 N / 5 D

Well 4 days is not enough time to fully explore Guwahati, Shillong and cherrapunji completely.. but here I am sharing my itinerary with you, certainly it is also not less time to miss out this places.
Day 1 : 
22 Dec 2018 : Fly in to Guwahati
On reaching, we checked in and later, go out for a visit to the Kalaksgetra, a spot where they exhibit a light and sound show displaying the Assamese culture and history.

You can even select a night cruise on the river brahmaputra.

Return back to the hotel and spend overnight.

the-cruise-ship-alfresco

the-cruise-ship-alfresco

Day 2 :
23 dec 2018: Guwahati to Shillong
Dept from hotel post breakfast for local sightseeing
1. Boating to umaima lake-
umaima lake

umaima lake

It takes around 3.5 hours to reach this gorgeous hill station of Shillong. On the way, drop by the Borapani lake,this lake is the biggest artificial lake in the state of Meghalaya and which is also known as Umaima Lake.It is beautifully surrounded by Sylvan hills.
2. Wards lake-
ward's lake

ward’s lake

One of the most popular attractions of shillong, you should visit it once. Wards lake is also artificial lake which is encircled by an extensive lush garden and ducks..Take a walk around this horse shoe shaped lake on the cobble stone path. It look amazing in evening and get closed by 6 pm so you plan accordingly.
3. Botanical garden
Close to the wards lake is a botanical garden that boasts of several of orchids along with a number of other floral species. In the middle of the lake is a wooden bridge where you can enjoy the lovely view.
4.Lady Hydari park – Tranquil park with small zoo
lady hydari park

LadyHydari park

5.Don Bosco museum- exhibit s and articraft on regional culture and tradition
6.Police bazaar- Police Bazar, is a well-known market situated in the heart of Shillong. It is one of the most important shopping centers for the residents of not only Shillong but for various parts of Meghalaya and all the tourists who visit Meghalaya. You find a lot of shops along both sides of the road. They sell: Food, electronic items, clothes- material, woollen, smuggled winter wear from Thailand, gadgets, medicines, beauty kits, grocery, bakeries, bags, vessels etc. you name it and it is available in the shops.
Police bazaar Shillong

Police bazaar Shillong

Police bazaar Shillong

Police bazaar Shillong

Police bazaar Shillong

Police bazaar Shillong

7. Golf – Shillong Golf Course, situated in the East Khasi Hills district in Meghalaya, prides in being one of the oldest, largest and finest natural golf circuits across the world.
Checked in to the hotel in Shillong after that and explored local cuisine and market from 4pm to 8pm.
(Remaining places like Elephant Falls, Mary Help of Christians Cathedral, Air Force Museum, Wankhar Entomology Museum, I covered while returning from cherrapunji.)
P.S. Twilight hits NE earlier compare to the western side. It leads to lesser duration to explore the places . This problem gets even more noticeable during winters as the sunset approximately around 4 pm in many parts of N E.
Day 3 :
24  Dec 2018 : Shillong to Chirrapunji
Start real early in the morning (7-8 am) to cherrapunjee which will take away your entire day but it will be worth it. If you could start even earlier you will be blessed with lovely naturalistic views on your way. Visitation Spots at cherrapunjee will be easily directed by the driver who will escort you and also the locals are very helpful out there.

Visit the Spectacular Seven Sisters Falls,Rama Krishna Mission Ashram, the Mawsmai Cave and the Thangkharang Park.Nohkalikai Falls is the tallest plunge waterfall in India. Its height is 1115 feet. The waterfall is located near Cherrapunji, one of the wettest places on Earth.

ramakrishna mission asram

ramakrishna mission asram

Later we proceed for a day excursion to Mawlynnong.
As we did a huge mistake by spending too much on visiting Seven Sisters Falls,Rama Krishna Mission Ashram, the Mawsmai Cave ,Thangkharang Park and Nohkalikai waterfall.
So dont commit the mistake we did, if you are planning to visit double decker bridge, you should take 2 days for cherapunji. First day complete the lower chera part, icluding caves, ashram museum and waterfalls and in evening by 3pm proceed to the nongrait village as it is far away from cherra and road is dangerous (thousands of u pin roads) and covered with beautiful  dense trees. Once you reached take rest enjoy local khasi food, view, milky way and local oranges.
Next Day, early morning start your trek to the village is named as the cleanest village in Asia. Pay a visit to Nongrait Double decker Living Root Bridge.Getting there, however, is no simple task and The effort of climbing the 7000 steps and the sense of achievement is incomparable. Walk around the charming Mawlynong Village . Stop at the beautiful rainbow waterfall .
As we completed whole chera trip in one day, we reached there by 3 pm and started our trek by the time we get back (exact 8 pm) we were totally exhausted. After that at 9 pm we attended the christmas mass which is just next to our home stay. Thats how we celebrated our Christmas eve.

nongrait doubl decker bridge

nongrait Iron bridge

Nongrait double decker bridge

Nongrait double decker bridge

Nongrait double decker bridgeNongrait double decker bridge

Day 4 :
25 Dec 2018
Next,proceed for a visit to Dawki. The small border town in the Jaintia Hills is known for the picturesque Umngot River, which is a must visit site in Meghalaya. Enjoy the scenic beauty. Experience a boat ride in the crystal clear waters where you can feel like floating in the air as the water is so clear. Explore the Indo -Bangladesh Broder which is near to dwaki.
Dwaki

Dwaki

Dwaki

Dwaki

Dwaki

Dwaki

Indo-Bangladesh Border

Indo-Bangladesh Border

Indo-Bangladesh BorderIndo-Bangladesh Border

Indo-Bangladesh Border

Indo-Bangladesh Border

then on my way to guwahati, I covered Elephant Falls, Mary Help of Christians Cathedral, Air Force Museum(must visit, closed on monday), Wankhar Entomology Museum.
Elephant-Falls-Shillong
On reaching Guwahati, we checked into the hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure and later retire for the night.
Day 5 :
26 Dec 2018
In the morning, after breakfast, check out from the hotel. The 4 day of the Itinerary has something in store for you even on the last day of the tour. Visit the famous Kamakhya Temple and proceed to the airport for your onward journey.

International Women’s Day 2019

It’s the day to celebrate
It’s the day to think
For all that the world have doneGo out and celebrate!

To the charming colour pink

They blocked off her way
They chased her that day
They stormed all her life
Her blurred eyes did say

An unarmed woman
With self arrested courage
They pulled down her confidence
With their harsh and sharp image

They found her so helpless
They made her to cry
They turned her life to hell
And forced her to die

But let me say a word
A word full of hope
She made her way out
And learned how to cope

A woman, a mother, a wife
With patience she strives
Caring, bearing and working

Still struggling with life…

#internationalwomensday #sexism #CivilRights #Discrimination #IWD #InternationalWorkingWomensDay ##InternationalWomensDay2018 #womensrights #PledgeForParity #intelligenceissexy #intelligence #smartwomen #marriage #growth #empoweringwomen #workingwoman #balance #guysforequality #heforshe #feministmen #womendeservemore #powerofparity #standforwomen #istandforwomen #leanin#BeBoldForChange

Cultural heritage of Kashmir

Song written by Abdul Ahad Nazim (1807-65) also known as Waiz Shah Nur-ud-din

yim zar vanahas bardar,
karsana su yar boze? 

 ya tui khanjar ta mare
na ta sani shabha roze,
(At his threshold my wailing I would utter, O when will my love listen to me? I would that he did slay me, Or else requite my love)

mas dyutnam kalavalan
chivaravnas akiy pyalan
chum duri ruzith zalan
karsana dava soze
(The brewer of love gave me a cup of wine, A single cup made me delirious and drunken,
I could not contain myself for joy; But now he keeps off and causes me pain – O when will he give me another draught of the wine of love?)

kya mati goy myon kinay
atish bortham sinay
ashakh kamisana dinay
marun rava roze
(Love, why are you angry with me?
You have filled my breast with the smart of love.
Is it fair to let me suffer and die? )

bithith khalvath khanas
mushtakh panay panas
ashakh manz varanas
mashokh tanha roze
(Alone, in a lonely tower, the beloved sits, unconcerned for love; while the lover roams desolate plains, Will the beloved keep aloof from him?)

bulbul bihith ba gul
mushtakh az gul bilkul
nay rozi bulbul ta nay gul
akh lola kathah roze
( The bulbul nestles close to the rose, Doting in it and deep in love; soon the bulbul and the roses die, only a memory of love remains. )

kya mati karitham sitam!
Nizam chu praran yitam
chus tashna darshun ditam,
yi dam na pagah roze
(How cruel you have been to me! Athirst for love, I am waiting for you O come and show yourself – This hour won’t last, tomorrow brings another day)

A 16 Days Trip to Paradise : Kashmir – Ladakh – Manali

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People ask me (quite often these days) is it safe to travel solo or with your gang of girls in Kashmir and Ladakh. So I would say yes, no different from anywhere else in India but don’t walk around by yourself at night and try not to wear tight cloths otherwise guys stare at the girl wearing western in Srinagar.

Way back in 2015 when I made my first visit to this enchanted land, I think I understood what they meant by paradise. But I also thought I had seen better places. Until it hit me in the face, I didn’t realize my ignorance.
There cannot be another paradise and there cannot be another place that can compare to the beauty of Kashmir and valleys of Ladakh.

So here is my itinerary,I hope this will help

Day 1: Srinagar

On your arrival at the Srinagar International Airport, you will be taken…

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A 16 Days Trip to Paradise : Kashmir – Ladakh – Manali

People ask me (quite often these days) is it safe to travel solo or with your gang of girls in Kashmir and Ladakh. So I would say yes, no different from anywhere else in India but don’t walk around by yourself at night and try not to wear tight cloths otherwise guys stare at the girl wearing western in Srinagar.

Way back in 2015 when I made my first visit to this enchanted land, I think I understood what they meant by paradise. But I also thought I had seen better places. Until it hit me in the face, I didn’t realize my ignorance.
There cannot be another paradise and there cannot be another place that can compare to the beauty of Kashmir and valleys of Ladakh.

So here is my itinerary,I hope this will help

Day 1: Srinagar

On your arrival at the Srinagar International Airport, you will be taken for a 35 minutes drive through the heart of New Srinagar city, passing the Abdullah bridge which connects the banks of the Jhelum river. Visit the famous Mughal gardens of Nishat and Shalimar. Later drive for an hour of Shikara ride in the lake have lunch try some local dishes and proceed to “Badamwari”.If you happen to be here in the month of April you can
visit the Indira Gandhi memorial Tulip Garden, that remains open only for a few days during this time, before going to Chesham-e-Shahi.

Day 2: Gulmarg

On the second day, early in the morning at around 7 AM, leave for Gulmarg. It will take you a maximum of 1.5 hours to reach this beautiful hill station where you can enjoy a number of activities apart from sightseeing. Gulmarg is an enchantingly beautiful place with snow-covered slopes and splendid landscapes.The gondola ride up to the second phase was out of the world. Be sure to take it to the second phase for otherwise it is a waste. I could see the LOC from there and it was amazing. The snow-clad slopes were out of the  world.Return to Srinagar in the evening and enjoy a comfortable overnight stay at Hotel.

For online ticket : gulmarggondola.com/gondola_tickets.php

Day 3: Pahalgam

Early in the morning leave for Pahalgam the ‘valley of shepherds’ which is situated at the confluence of the streams flowing from river Lidder and Sheeshnag lake. En route to Pahalgam visit the Awantipura ruins, an 1100-year-old temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu. On arrival into Pahalgam, we took the horse ride up to Baisaran which went through a valley full of Pine trees. The top with a large amount of flat green land & surrounded by mountains with snow top you will feel like you are in Mini-Switzerland. And then drive to Aru itself is about 40 minutes or so. The taxi driver normally gives you two hours to look around. That’s plenty. Once you get there, hire horses. The costs are fixed and they have a board displaying the amounts. Make sure you wear comfy clothes and shoes. Next, proceed to Betaab Valley. Once again, the driver will park the cab and give you an hour to look around.This is more for family outings because people take picnics there. Night stay in Srinagar.

Day 4: Srinagar

The first thing on your agenda should be the alluring Mughal Gardens.The Mughal gardens include Cheshm-E-Shahi, Shalimar Bagh, and the Nishat Bagh. All of these gardens are located in the boulevard road in Srinagar. Start with Nishat Bagh going ahead with Shalimar Bagh and then Chesham-e-Shahi.Located close to the Chesham-e-Shahi garden is the famous Pari Mahal you can spend few beautiful moments here after the
‘Srinagar garden visiting spree’.

In the afternoon you can head for the famous religious attractions in the city that will include the Shankaracharya temple, Jama masjid, dargah of Ziarati Hazrati Youza Asouph
and Hazratbal shrine.
By evening you can go on a shopping spree in Lal Chowk and the Polo View market are great shopping stops. Buy something for back home that will remind you of this wonderful day spent.

Day 5: Sonamarg to Kargil

On the Fifth day, After breakfast, proceed to Kargil via Srinagar-Leh Highway. Enjoy a short halt at Sonmarg (Known as the gateway to Ladakh & the Meadow of Gold) to admire the views. One can enjoy a pony ride to Thajiwas glacier. Notice the gradual change in the colours of the mountains as you travel to Kargil. Cross the Zozilla pass & Drass region. Visit the Zozilla War memorial & Kargil War memorial on the way to pay tribute to the Indian Army. It was in this very region in which the Indian Army fought and won the famous war of Kargil. Overnight stay in Kargil.

Day 6: Kargil to Leh

On the six days, En route, visit Mulbek (known for its huge Buddha Statue) and Lamayuru monastery (The oldest monastery in Ladakh). Admire the confluence of Indus – Zanskar Rivers and the effects of Magnetic Hill (Defiance of the law of gravity). Visit Gurudwara Patthar Sahib and Kali Mata temple and reach Leh in the evening. Overnight stay in Leh.

Day 7 : Leh

Leh local sightseeing Hemis, thiksey, Stok royal residence, SOS kids town, shey monastery and Druk White Lotus School (Rancho School). Explore the Leh market or just relax and unwind. Night stay in Leh

Day 8: Leh to Nubra

After breakfast leave for Nubra Valley, driving through Khardong-la (altitude: 18,380 ft), and then visit Sumur village, Hunder village and Samstaling Gompa(monastery) in Sumur. Later check in to your camp(in Deskit/ Hunder village) and enjoy in-house activities like dance, bonfire, barbeque.

Day 9: Nubra to Leh

On the Ninth day, visit Deskit monastery and the Sand Dunes where you can enjoy a short camel safari using the double-humped camel found there and then explore Panamic, known for its hot water spring enriched with a high amount of Sulphur.Night stay in Leh

Day 10: Leh to Pangong

Full day excursion to Pangong Lake on approx. 300 km round trip, located on the Indo-China Border, en route crossing the Chang-la pass (altitude 17370 ft.). After sightseeing around the lake, drive back to Leh.

Day 10: Leh Local SightSeeing

After breakfast, visit Shanti Stupa,Spituk, Sankar Gompa & Leh Palace and after visiting one is free to walk around in the Leh market .

NOTE:

“Because of cloud burst we were not able to explore turtuk and hans village so we pick the night bus 9:30pm to Manali.

Perhaps if you are traveling alone or with one or two friends, you can buy or book tickets of Manali – Leh bus service of HPTDC. I will take two days to reach and halt in Keylong.”

Day 11: Manali

Rest for a while and do nothing just enjoy the surroundings and natural beauty of Manali.

Day 12: Solang Valley and Rohtang la

Visit Solang Valley and Rohtang la, picturesque valley and very good for the nature lover and photographer. You can also enjoy paragliding, Zorbing, Mountaineering, Trekking.

Day 13: Local Sightseeing in Manali

You can visit Hadimba Temple, Manu Temple, Vashist Village, Tibetan monastery, Museum, Mall road.

Day 14: Kullu

Kullu area is known for apple orchards and trout fishing beside a range of adventure activities such as walking, trekking, and rafting. You can also visit Beas river, Nigger castle, boat club, and The Roerichs heritage.

Day 15: Delhi

Explore Delhi and Dilli food.

Day 16: Shopping and Flight back to Home.

LADAKH CALLING!!!

All way lead to Pangong!

Well with Ladakh, once is insufficient, twice is insufficient, a whole lifetime is insufficient. Ladakh is the stuff dreams are made of. Street excursions can never be the same again, after a tryst with this stunning land parcel set in high sky!

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Feel Good to paint one of the most Beautiful scanrios- Pangong Lake

The greater part of us who have been sufficiently blessed to go to Ladakh would’ve gone to the fantasy like yet absolutely genuine Pangong Lake. We would’ve crossed the quite often snow clad strong Chang La and would’ve savored that some tea and the warm welcome from the Indian Army on. We would’ve step by step slid into the Changthang just to have our heart skirt a beat at the primary sight of an electric blue strip and would’ve said a noiseless supplication trusting Pagal Nallah wouldn’t turn insane before the day’s over.

My new painting… Scenic beauty of Kashmir

A daytime, dusk or moonlight ride, taking in the cool air scented with the aroma of blossoms, seeing sprouting lotus blooms akin sparkling diamonds, passing floating gardens of vegetables and pausing at idyllic gardens, is essentially mystical. No outing in Srinagar is finished without a Shikara ride.

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Scenic beauty of Kashmir valley through acrylic colours.