Beyond ghats and gullies – Places to visit near Varanasi
Lakshmi Sharath | A Travel Blog Of An Indian Backpacker
by Lakshmi Sharath
1w ago
Rocks and ravines, canyons and cliffs, waterfalls and valleys, forts and stupas, pre-historic art, and artisans – there are so many tourist places to visit near Varanasi beyond temples and rivers, ghats, and gullies. There are rugged terrains that hold many secrets. Rocks that tell a story through art. Sacred stupas and silent sculptures add to the hallowed land. Formidable forts, lost ruins, and ancient monasteries create a tableau of stories. If you are looking for heritage and offbeat places around Varanasi, then here are five fascinating places to visit near Varanasi that you can explore ..read more
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Ancient Baleshwar Temple in Champawat in Uttarakhand
Lakshmi Sharath | A Travel Blog Of An Indian Backpacker
by Lakshmi Sharath
1M ago
The blinding winter sun adds a touch of warmth to the cold morning. Towering pines whiz past us as we drive uphill from Tanakpur to Champawat in Uttarakhand, a distance of about 73 km As we swerve along the winding roads, the journey feels longer than just a couple of hours. The dense forest cover morph into valleys as the cloudless skies fan out, creating a deep blue parasol above our heads. It reminds me of the stories around the infamous Champawat tigress who had claimed 438 people. She was eventually put down by the legendary Jim Corbett who had penned his misadventures in his Maneaters of ..read more
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Places to see in Tanakpur
Lakshmi Sharath | A Travel Blog Of An Indian Backpacker
by Lakshmi Sharath
1M ago
Located on the foothills of the Himalayas and on the banks of the Sharda River and surrounded by dense forests is the charming town of Tanakpur in Uttarakhand. Rugged and raw with pristine views, Tanakpur is often referred to as the ” Gateway to the Kumaon Himalayas. ”  The town is also adjacent to the Nepal border as a bridge across the Sharda River separates India from Nepal. However, Tanakpur is also a destination for pilgrims and devotees as the Devi Purnagiri Temple is located 20 kms from the town and you have to do a short trek of 3 km uphill to reach the temple which is one of the ..read more
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Dalt Vila and Puig des Molins of Ibiza – The Acropolis and the Necropolis
Lakshmi Sharath | A Travel Blog Of An Indian Backpacker
by Lakshmi Sharath
1M ago
My guide Carlos Espin greeted us saying “ Let’s start the day with something beautiful” and he took us to some of the most pristine views of scenic landscapes as we soaked in the island way of life. Ibiza had a laid-back vibe about it, a happy place for everyone. whether you are partying or sunbathing on a beach or walking around charming villages, or binging on food and wine. Our day however did start on a beautiful note as Carlos said, ” Ibiza has both an acropolis perched high up on a hillock and a necropolis, which is buried below the earth and they are both over 3000 years ago. ” He was r ..read more
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Aurika Coorg -Pet friendly resort in Coorg
Lakshmi Sharath | A Travel Blog Of An Indian Backpacker
by Lakshmi Sharath
2M ago
Pet friendliness has a new address – Aurika Coorg by Lemon Tree Hotels. Last week, my husband Sharath and I travelled with our dogs, Raju and Aishu to Aurika Coorg, a luxury pet friendly resort in Coorg, set amidst 45 acres of rainforest and coffee plantations in the Western Ghats. And the dogs were mesmerised by what they saw and experienced. A vast expanse of greenery, plenty of space to run around and plenty of things to sniff at, unlimited treats and toys, delicious food, and comfortable food. If only they could write this review, they would probably gush and mush and woof at so many fasc ..read more
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Book homestays in Madhya Pradesh for authentic rural tourism
Lakshmi Sharath | A Travel Blog Of An Indian Backpacker
by Lakshmi Sharath
3M ago
What’s in a name you may question? But if you ask the sisters-in-law, Rekha and Kamla Khushwaha, who live in a little nondescript village called Ladpura Khas located near Orchha in Madhya Pradesh, they will say it’s everything to them.  Blushing and laughing, the two beautiful women, twinning in a soft pink saree playfully push each other on a rustic swing, while a community of women sits around in a makeshift hut playing the tabla and harmonium and singing Bundelhand folk songs. They are all clad in a sea of pink sarees adding a dash of bonhomie to the atmosphere.  I look around and ..read more
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Five ways you can support Responsible Tourism in Madhya Pradesh
Lakshmi Sharath | A Travel Blog Of An Indian Backpacker
by Lakshmi Sharath
3M ago
During a recent trip to Madhya Pradesh, I was listening to a presentation made by Dr Harold Goodwin, Founder and Director of the International Centre for Responsible Tourism  where he said that ” Tourism is a polluting industry.” And that made me realize that from chip packets to carbon footprints, we leave behind unwanted souvenirs of our visit at every destination. In the quest to explore different places, we forget to be a responsible traveller. Dr Goodwin asked us a pertinent question, ” Is tourism going to use you, or are you going to use tourism? ” It is the onus of every stakeholde ..read more
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Responsible Tourism Initiatives of Madhya Pradesh
Lakshmi Sharath | A Travel Blog Of An Indian Backpacker
by Lakshmi Sharath
3M ago
Sitting on a rustic charpai in a remote village called Ladpura Khas and surrounded by a bevy of women clad in shades of baby pink sarees, we were swept away by the bonhomie and the warm, genial hospitality. It was a riot of colours as the entire village was out here to greet us. A group of women regaled us with local Bundelkhand folk songs, playing the tabla in full gusto as I lost myself in the garrulous conversations interspersed with loud laughter. Sisters-in-law, Rekha and Kamla had recently opened their doors to tourists in a verdant idyllic setting and their homestay, named after them ha ..read more
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Flavours of Mauritius Indian Cuisine
Lakshmi Sharath | A Travel Blog Of An Indian Backpacker
by Lakshmi Sharath
4M ago
There is something familiar and yet exotic about the flavours in Mauritius and I am not just talking about the sights and sounds. The island country is a mixed pot of influences – from Indian to Chinese, Continental to Creole and the culinary traditions mirror these multi-ethnic communities who have made Mauritius their home. The Mauritius Indian cuisine is unique in its taste and has its own recipes. If you are a vegetarian like me and you are looking for Mauritius vegetarian food, you will realize that while the cuisine seems very Indian it is distinctly different. This is where falooda ..read more
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Kondapalli- The toy town of Andhra Pradesh
Lakshmi Sharath | A Travel Blog Of An Indian Backpacker
by Lakshmi Sharath
4M ago
My fascination for the traditional toys of Kondapalli started with a family heirloom – a faded, quaint wooden toy representing the deities, Rama and Sita along with Lakshmana and Hanuman. Painted in shades of teal, green, beige, and red, the miniature was set in a frame and had an old-world charm about it. It was no mere toy – the handcrafted figurine was given to me by my mother who had received it from her grandmother and since then, it had become a permanent fixture in my Navaratri golu – the festive display of gods and goddesses, demons and mortals with stories crafted around them. This ev ..read more
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