Saturday, 17 August 2019

I would like to share my travel experience while traveling through Nepal, which makes it more understandable while going through the Itinerary instead of just writing down.

First day I took a cab from my home in Delhi to the International Airport at T3 to board Royal Nepal flight. It took me just one hour to land in Nepal. Airport was very small as compared to other Asian countries and it was messy all around when I reached to conveyor belt . There was only one long single belt taking a round with baggage divided into 3 -4 sections. It took me almost 45 minutes to get my luggage from the belt which is faster then I thought that point of time by looking around the crowd. After getting out of the Airport, there is a counter for buying a local SIM. I bought one for 7 days. It took 40 minutes for this SIM card to get activated. It helped me a lot during the trip. If you you want to exchange the money there is a counter just before the SIM card Shop. Exchange rate is fixed whenever you go in Nepal. As an India. the rate is INR 1 = Nepalese rupee 1.6. 
I would suggest all Indian travelers whoever not aware about the fact that one must carry smaller notes like Rs.100 as much as possible because there are places in Nepal where Rs.500 & Rs.2000 notes are not acceptable generally. Face mask is also very handy as some part of Kathmandu was very dusty when I was there in the month of May. May be the things got better now as there were lots of construction going on that time. Most of the people in Nepal can speak and understand Hindi language so language is not a barrier at all.
I got out of the Airport and started to walk up to my Airport hotel. Believe me or not. it took me just 20 minutes to reach to my Airport hotel. There are many hotels lined through Airport road with a cheaper rates. The hotel I booked was for just INR 700 Per night. It has neat and clean rooms and bathroom. The advantage of staying close to the Airport is that Pashupatinath Temple is very near, you can walk up to the temple.
Today I got up early at 5 am and went to Pashupatinath Temple on feet. Morning time is generally very good to visit the temple because of the less crowed. You can have good Darshna in the morning time unlike during the day. I roamed around the temple as there are lots of things to see and there are some view points as well to take the beautiful pictures of temples and its Ghats on the banks of river The Bagmati River runs through the Kathmandu Valley of Nepal and separates Kathmandu from Patan. It is considered holy by both Hindus and Buddhists.

After Pashupatinath Temple, I went ahead to see Budhanilkantha temple is open air Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Budhanilkantha Temple is situated below the Shivapuri Hill at the northern end of the Kathmandu valley. The main shrine is the reclining statue of Lord Vishnu in the middle of the recessed pool of water. The statue is 5 meter tall black stone structure-carved from a single black basalt.

Rest of the day I roamed around the open markets of Thamel, which is very interesting. Later i went back to my Hotel Vishal which is located in the middle of the Thamel market area. I found it very good because you could explore the market any time you want to. You step out the hotel and you will be in the Market. There are many good restaurants & Bars in the area.

I went to see The Lord Shiva temple often called as Kailashnath Mahadev Statue , is located 20 km from Kathmandu in a place called Sanga on the border of Bhaktapur and Kavrepalanchwok districts of Nepal. The statue is probably one of the tallest Shiva Statues in the world. It is 144 feet (44 m) tall and made of using copper, zinc, concrete and steel.

After having lunch at I went to see Later drive towards Nagarkot . It is a village in central Nepal It’s known for its views of the Himalayas, including Mount Everest to the northeast, which are especially striking at sunrise and sunset. The surrounding scrubland is laced with trails and home to many butterflies. To the west is the ancient, pagoda-style Changunarayan Temple, dedicated to Vishnu and a Hindu pilgrimage site.
After visiting all these places I got tired and went straight to the hotel.
Today I got up early and started my journey to Pokhara by road. Since i am from Uttarakhand and most of the part of our state is covered by the huge mountains. It looked the same while going to Pokhara because of the similar Vegetation, Mountains, rivers and forest land etc. I was feeling being at home. I stopped en-route to visit auspicious Manakamana Temple. Name of the place is Mugling where I got down that is actually a base point to take cable car to reach up to the Manakamna temple. It covers 2.8 km distance in 10 minutes. The cable car usually operates during the daytime from 9 am to 5 pm and stops during lunch break from noon to half past one.

I was in the queue when it rained and It rained heavily. Due to being at the top of the mountain the weather turned out to be very cold and I was like shivering in the month of May. Somehow, I have managed to have Darshana in 3 hours waiting in the queue. Upon arrival at Manakamana Temple , go for Darshna. The temple is situated in the Gorkha district of Nepal. This sacred place of the Hindu Goddess Bhagwati, an incarnation of Parvati. The name Manakamana originates from two words, “mana” meaning heart and “kamana” meaning wish. Your wishes will be granted here.
I took again a cable car to come down at the base and straight away went to Pokhara. Since it was dark at the time when I reached to Pokhara so I did not waste my time. I checked in to the hotel Moonlight, located by the beautiful lake called Pokhara. I went to sleep.
DAY 05 : POKHARA- JOMSOM ( BY FLIGHT ) - MUKINATH(Drive by Local Sharing Jeep)
I was borne and raised in he mountains until the age of 22 years and I have been seeing the mountain cities since my childhood But let me tell you after seeing this place Pokhara that this is one of my favorite hill destinations I have come across in my life so far.

Today I had to take flight to Jomsom so I woken up early at 5 and went to Pokhara Airport as i had to catch flight to Jomsom. It was 20 minutes flight but very scary i must tell you. I had booked my hotel at Jomsom near the Airport. So when i landed i picked up my bag and walked up to my Hotel. It is good to carry woolen stuff if you are planning to Muktinath dham trip. I checked in the hotel and got out of the room quickly as Jeep was waiting for me and some other people for ridding us to the Muktinath Dham. It was a local sharing Jeep. I reached to the temple and did my Darshana. The Muktinath Dham is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and considered to be one of the eight most sacred temples in the world. Other seven being Srirangam, Srimushnam, Tirupati, Naimisharanya, Thotadri, Pushkar and Badrinath.
Finally reached the Muktinath Dham
Jeep got us back to the hotel.
I again got up early and the luckily weather was clear. flight scheduled at the right time. Small flight got us back to Pokhara by 11 am. I got back to the hotel as i landed which is about 2 km away from the airport. I took rest for about 2 hours in the hotel and I got myself refreshed and decided to explore the city Pokhara. So i asked some locals about Buses & routes and went for sightseeing trip of Pokhara on my own.

I had visited first thing was the Davi’s fall. Then I got my self out o f the Davi's fall and went to see Gupteswor Mahadev Cave on the other side of the road. Later I had also seen Bindebashini Temple and Barahi Temple with one hour boating at Phewa Lake. Let me explain what I had seen during the sightseeing.
Pokhara: Three out of ten highest mountains in the world; Dhaulagiri, Annapurna and Manaslu are within a linear distance of 50km from Pokhara. Due to its proximity to the Annapurna mountain range, the city is also a base for trekkers undertaking the Annapurna Circuit through the ACAP region of the Annapruna ranges in the Himalayas
Davis fall's: Witness a unique waterfall that lies 2 Km from central Pokhara City. The water fall directly goes into a deep and narrow canal with no ends. It is believed that this deadly waterfall took the life of a tourist named David, who fell down into the cannel and was never found, and hence the name David waterfall, named in his memory by the people of Pokhara. This place has many nick names like Davy's fall, David's fall or Davis's fall, all mean the same thing `The Davis Water Fall'.

Gupteswor Mahadev Cave: Gupteshwor Mahadev cave is one of the longest caves in Nepal. On the way to cave, there are shining stones seen everywhere and in the temple is big stone that looks like snake's head and tortoise which is consider as the image of the lord Shiva. Second part is very beautiful and you see shining stones and different types of rocks like bee hives.

Let me confess that one must come to see Pokhara and Muktinath Dham when you people are around in Kathmandu.
It was a wonderful day indeed.
Morning I took a bus back to Kathmandu. It took me 8 hours to reach Kathmandu due to some construction near entrance to Kathmandu. I checked in the same Vishal Hotel. I rested for an hour and half later got up and walked through the Thamel market, did some shopping for my friends and relatives back home. later got back to hotel.

While going to the Airport I stopped at the Pashupatinath temple for Darshana again and thanked God for all his blessing throughout the trip. It was wonderful experiences I had gained in the trip which is unparalleled to any other trip in he past. I would like to visit Nepal again whenever get chance. I would also recommend people to visit Nepal once in their life time as Napal feels like India.

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Golden Triangle Tour

India stands for unity in diversity and epitomizes the sense of oneness among people of this country in spite of their physical or psychological barriers. It is a huge country area wise and getting a complete picture of this great land in one go in something that requires a great amount of time and resources. However, you can have an idea of Indianness in short span of time by visiting some finest historical places of India categorically Delhi, Jaipur & Agra.  
We often call it a golden triangle tour circuit. These are much traveled and the most admired cities of India. “Delhi – Jaipur – Agra” can be covered in 4 to 5 days time at ease and this route is a highly sought after the North India’s best tour packages. The influence of British and Mughal architecture can easily be felt in their buildings & monuments.
Besides, there are plenty to offer ranging from beautiful landscapes, gardens, Forts & Palaces, vibrant bazaars, malls, natural beauty, multi cuisine restaurants, traditional eateries serving mouth watering dishes to travelers.
In addition to this, the golden triangle tour provides travelers a fine spectrum of the country’s topography. Not to forget the prominent buildings & monuments and its exquisite architecture that brought a global recognition to the nation and providing unrelenting support to the world of Art.
Taj Mahal is one of the main attractions among all the notable attractions of this circuit. An extra ordinary carving on marble will leave you spell bound. Please have a look at these cities and their attractions.

Delhi: Delhi is a capital of India and a blend of historical, religious and contemporary structures. Delhi’s food culture is also something which every tourist looks forward to. The most exciting places for shopping in Delhi are Chandni Chowk, Connaught Place, and Lajpat Nagar & Sarojini Nagar. Following are the major attractions of Delhi needed to put in the itinerary.
# Akshardham,# Qutub Minar,# Humayun’s Tomb,# Red Fort,# India Gate
# Jama Mosque, #Laxmi Narayan Temple,# Parliament House, # Raj Ghat, #Jantar Mantar,

Agra: Agra is a city of Taj Mahal situated 200 km south of Delhi. Monuments of Agra are the masterpiece of Mughal architecture. It is one of the Seven Wonders of the World and also the UNESCO world heritage site. The popular Bazaars or markets of Agra are Sadar Bazaar & Kinari Bazaar. Below is the list of major attractions of Agra.
#Taj Mahal,# Red Fort,# Fatehpur Sikri,# Sikandra Fort,# Itmad-Ud-Daulah Tomb.

Jaipur : Jaipur is popularly known as the “Pink City” of Rajasthan. Jaipur is very rich in history and culture. It also offers magnificent Forts and Palaces, once the land of great warriors Rajputs known for courage. Jaipur city was founded by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh 2nd in 1727. The beautiful places, museums, religious places, gardens, traditional fairs & festivals keep this city and its vibrant culture alive throughout the year. Johri & Bapu Bazaars are famous markets for quality gems & Jewelry along with traditional and modern outfits etc.  Go through the major tourist attractions of Jaipur.
# Amber Fort,# Nahargarh Fort,# Jaigarh Fort, # City Palace, Hawa Mahal, Jantar mantar, # Galtaji Temple

Golden Triangle Tour will certainly be a memorable and unforgettable one for travelers.

Monday, 17 July 2017

Same Day Agra Tour from Delhi

Same day Agra tour from Delhi has become easier since The Gatimaan Express train has been introduced, which starts from Delhi (Hazrat Nizamuddin railway Station) at 08:10 Hrs and reaches Agra (Agra Cantonment railway stations) at 09.50 hrs. In the evening train departs from Agra (Agra Cantonment railway stations) at 17:50 hrs and arrives Delhi (Hazrat Nizamuddin railway Station) at 19:30 hrs. This train takes 100 minutes to cover 200 km distance between Delhi and Agra at an average speed as 113 km/h.

It operates at a maximum speed of 160 km/h (99mph). Executive Class ticket costs INR 1,505 (US$ 23) while travel by AC Chair Car would cost Rs. 755 (US$ 12)

Breakfast & Dinner is served on board during journey. The major attraction of the trip is the Taj Mahal in Agra. Train timings suit every traveler or day trippers making it more attractive. Agra sightseeing tour includes visit to the Agra fort and Fatehpur sikri also as they are the masterpiece of Mughal art and architecture.

Making it in same dayreturn from Delhi is the most interesting way to cover Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri. One can also chose to go by car as express highway between Delhi & Agra is realy good. It takes only 3 to 4 hours to reach Agra from Delhi including a break halfway through. There are many trains operate between Delhi and Agra but not as fast as Gatimaan does.

Day trippers are frequented on this trip just to see none other then one of the most beautiful masterpieces of Mughal architecture, the Taj Mahal. It is UNESCO world's heritage site and also listed in one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Taj Mahal is an iconic monument of India, one must not miss to visit when in India. Taj Mahal was built in white marble by Mughal emperor Shah Jehan. Taj Mahal is a mausoleum dedicated to his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. It took emperor twenty two years to finish the construction of Taj Mahal. The finest & skilled artisans inlaid the white marble edifice with precious stones and conjured up lacy stone screens around the cenotaphs of the emperor and his beloved. Apart from the visit of Taj, there are also two most prominent historical monuments to visit in Agra such as Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri. Fatehpur Sikri is 40 km away from Agra, the abounded city Fatehpur Sikri, was planned as a great town by Akbar with great care and planning in the honor of Sheikh Salim Chisti but had to be abandoned only after fifteen years due to scarcity of water in the town.  

Friday, 22 July 2016

Taj Mahal Tour by Gatimaan Express Train from Delhi

07:00 Hrs
You are picked up from your hotel/residence in Delhi/NCR and transferred to Hazrat Nizamuddinn Railway station board Gatimaan Express Train to Agra.
08:10 Hrs
Train departs at 08:10 AM from New Delhi railway station. Breakfast will be served in the train, which is included.
09:50 Hrs
Train arrives at Agra Cantt railway station, Agra. Our compnay's representative will receive you from the railway platform itself on arrival and your guided city tour starts. You are going to visit today the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri.

10:00 Hrs

Taj Mahal Tour 

: Grieving Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan built Taj Mahal in 16th Century in the memory of his wife Mumtaj Mahal, who died in childbirth at the age 39 years. The mausoleum got its name from her, hence called the Taj Mahal. It is a unique man made creature listed as one of the wonders of the world, made of while marble. At the time of construction, the marble had been imported from the place called Makarana near Jodhpur in Rajasthan by using animal carts. According to legends, it took 20,000 labors & artisans to complete the construction of Taj Mahal in 22 years. Their physical endeavor made it possible. Exceptional engineering work and intricate carving on the marble stone at Taj draw attention of millions of tourists from all across the globe. Taj Mahal is the UNESCO world heritage site.Taj Mahal is closed on Friday.
11:30 Hrs

Agra Fort Tour

 : After the visit of Taj, We go to see the Red Fort in Agra located near by on the bank of river Yamuna. As it sounds, it is made of red sand stone, built by Mughal Emperor Akbar in 15th Century. Some portion of fort is occupied by Indian Army, no public access to this part of the fort. It is again a fine example of Mughal architecture and craftsmanship dating back to 15th Century. The emperor Shah Jahan who built Taj, was incarcerated by his own son Aurangzeb in Agra Fort. The Shaken and ill conditioned old Shah jahan spent last eight years of his life in Agra Fort. According to legends, He used to look at Taj from the window of his room at Red Fort. It is a magnificent view of Taj Mahal from Agra Fort across the river Yamuna.
13:00 Hrs 
Aftter the sightseeing tour of Taj Mahal and Agra Fort, you will be taken to the five star hotel for Buffet Lunch.
14:30 Hrs

Fatehpur Sikri Tour 

 : After finishing the sightseeing tour of Taj Mahal & Agra Fort, we go to see the magnificent Fatehpur Sikri. Fatehpur Sikri is located 40 km away from Agra, popularly known as the Ghost City or Abandoned City. Mughal emperor Akabar built this city in 15th century in effort to shift his capital from Agra to new location 40 km away on Sikri ridge to honor the Sufi saint Salim Chishti. It took emperor 15 years to complete the construction of a planned walled city including a series of royal palaces, harem, courts, a mosque, private quarters and other prominent buildings. It is made of red sand stone. It is also a UNESCO world heritage site. Unfortunately, Akbar had to abandoned the city shortly after its completion, due to a dearth of water in this area and its proximity with Rajputana.

16:30 Hrs
Arrives back to Agra. Eexplore the city's culture by strolling down the markets/Bazars of Agra untill train departs. You can spend some quality time hanging out through the restaurants with wide range of cuisines, marble shops, carpet shops and leather items shops.
17:00 Hrs
You will be dropped at Agra Cantt railway station to board Gatimaan Express train to Delhi.
17:50 Hrs
Gatimaan Express train departs from Agra. Dinner is included and will be served in the train.

19:30 Hrs
Train arrives at Hazrat Nizamuddinn Railway station, Delhi. Upon arrival, you will picked up from railway station and transferred to your hotel in Delhi.


Friday, 7 August 2015

North India GroupTour - July & August 2015

We have finished our first "Malaysian" group tour of North India for July & August 2015. It was a successful trip including the visits of "Delhi- Rishikesh - Haridwar - Jaipur - Agra - Varanasi". We had also put our clients this time in an overnight trains, just to get them an experience of  the Indian Trains & they had lots of fun on board.

We had prepared an itinerary for them by keeping in mind as they were all first timers:
All the itineraries we prepare are tailor-made.
Next group is on its way to India for August - September 2015

Wednesday, 22 January 2014


Why Taj Mahal is so significant?  though there are numerous exceptional structures mushrooming all across the world now days. Answer to this is to visit the monument and go through the history behind it. There was a divine purpose to build this beautiful marble building. It is believed to say that Emperor Shah Jahan dreamt of the map of heaven and ordered his artisans to build the replica. Lots of money from treasure house and physical endeavor of artisans made it possible.

It is called a symbol of love or an epitome of love as it indicates the unconditional love and passion of an Emperor for his wife when you look at the Taj Mahal is exceptional. The Emperor Shah Jahan ordered his workers or artisans from all over the world in 16th century to build the Taj Mahal. Grieving Emperor built it after death of his wife Mumtaj Mahal; hence building was named after her. Taj Mahal is listed amongst the Seven Wonders of the World.

It took 22 years to build Taj Mahal with the help of 20,000 labors, artisans all the way from Persia, Italy and different parts of India. It is an astounding mausoleum that attracts millions of visitors every year from all over the world.Mumtaj Mahal died at the time of giving birth to her 14th child. Thereafter Emperor decided to build the marble mausoleum in the memory of his beloved wife who suffered to death.
Visitors are delighted to see the engineering work such as intricate carving on the marble stone used to build Taj Mahal. It draws an attention to the millions of tourist towards Mughal architecture style. India visit can not be considered accomplished without Taj Mahal visit. Taj Mahal is located in Agra city in northern state of India called Uttar Pradesh. It is also listed amongst the world UNESCO heritage sites. Apart from it, there are many more worth visiting attractions to see in and around Agra such as Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri. These two are also world UNESCO heritage sites.
Agra is an important tourist place to visit when you are on India tour. Agra is well connected by all the major cities through trains and roads. It is 200 km away from national capital Delhi. It takes merely two hours to get Agra. Its proximity has been the reason to joy for day trippers between New Delhi and Agra. There are some fast trains to use for Day Trip to Agra from Delhi like Shatabdi train. One can do Same Day Agra Tour from Delhi either by train or by car easily. It has become the best way to explore the city of Taj in a day trip.