Tips, Things to do & Sights in Rome
Rome was the first city on our exciting & elaborately planned vacation. This was our first time in Europe & we were excited, nervous, but mostly very happy!
Let us tell you, we loved Rome a LOT! If you are History & architecture nerds, Rome is the place to go. The lovely cobbled roads & the elaborate architecture of almost every building, every Piazza ( A square is called a Piazza in Rome) left us awestruck. I wanted to take everything in & never forget how every mile of the city looked.
We have all been there, sitting on our work desks day-dreaming about that perfect vacation by the beach sipping on a cool drink. But blink-blink, you’re back to reality! If you’re looking for the next Budget getaway in India, you’re at the right place! Here are some 5 Must-see destinations which are light on the pocket, but heavy on adventure. So, read on:
India is a land of many religions, cultures & people. It seems like every state is a treasure trove for travellers who want to explore. It has something for all kind of travellers! From the mighty Himalayas to the chaos of Kolkata, the beautiful backwaters in Kerala to the dusky dunes of Rajasthan; India is this and so much more!
The over-planners which we are, we constantly fret over what all to pack for our travels, apart from our clothes & other necessities. There are some things which we never leave home without. Here’s a list:
Think lush green valleys, Tibetan flags blowing in the wind, bright blue sky & people walking in their traditional clothes, Gho & Kera. Yes, I’m talking about Bhutan, Land of the Thunder Dragons. Bhutan is mystical & truly other worldly. The only country in the world which measures itself in Gross National Happiness. It’s a big idea for a tiny state & they implement this idea fully.
A City of lakes, culture & love!
As soon as you set foot in the beautiful city of Udaipur, Rajasthan, you’re greeted by the vast & picturesque Lake Pichola. Udaipur is very rightly called the Venice of East! Dotted by historic forts & houses painted white, its a sight to behold.
The Neemrana Hotels have always been a favourite with us! With their properties steeped in history & magnificent views from their forts; it truly makes for a captivating place to stay.
For me Rishikesh has always meant two things: The Beatles & Peace! And what a great combination it is. Which is why I return to Rishikesh time & again to be rejuvenated.
If you have never been to Rishikesh, it’s a humble hill-station in Uttarakhand, India. To reach there, one can easily drive from Delhi. The drive will take around 6-7 hours; however the route is beautiful so it makes for a great road trip. Another way to reach is by train to Haridwar & then an hour drive to Rishikesh. It’s best to visit here from October- February, as in summers it gets hot.
Sitting in a place where all I can hear is the frogs croaking and rain pouring.
We are in a beautiful town called Coorg, Karnataka. This is famous for coffee, spices and is lush green.
Here is a picture of the balcony, where we can relax while soaking in the view of the hills.
We drove 3 hours to get here, the drive was great peppered with the rains. It’s a little scary here at night as its just 2 ladies. Trying to distract myself by watching American Idol on their big ass TV.
Whenever there is signal that is.
Back in June, 2014 I visited Bhutan. Though very near to India, it’s strangely unlike India in all the good ways. It’s clean, less populated, people are genuinely nice to tourists and the sky has just the tinge of blue which makes you want to stare at it forever.
I knew it would be a trip to remember as soon as I got down from DrukAir, Bhutan’s only flight. It was a small but one of the most beautiful plane rides. I got to see the whole Himalayan range and most importantly Mt. Everest. First time I spotted it through my tiny window, I couldn’t believe it. The sheer grandeur and massiveness of the Everest takes your breathe away. It also makes you wonder, how can humans climb this! We flew way up in the sky to catch a glimpse of the peak. And to think people make effort to climb that huge mountain is scary to say the least. It also reminded me, how human strength and mind can work to achieve the most impossible things!