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Top Things To Do In and around Ghaziabad

Ghaziabad did not have had enough share of popularity and limelight like cousin Noida; but then it has its own heritages, attractions which can compete with the best of Indian cities. However, gradually; if not sooner, the beautiful city is regaining its due credits; thanks to its strategic location, corporate establishments and a lot of wonderful things that attract both native and international tourists to it. As a traveler, you have a lot of things to do here, including spending time religiously or partying with friends and more.

Dudheshwar Nath Mandir

This is one of the most famous local temples in Ghaziabad, which is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple is said to have a very strange origination story. It is believed that a ow milked herself and filled up a pit dug by herself. Hindu devotees built a temple at that very spot. If you are religious, and want to see a vibrant, colourful temple with a mythological history; this is surely the place you should visit.

Sai Upavan

Sai Upavan is another truly and simply pure place to visit for a scenic and tranquil experience. It is a heaven for those looking for serenity, peace, harmony and some shelter for divine refugee. Located beside the Grand Trunk Road, the revered monastery houses the shrine of the great Sai Baba. The wonderful limelight filled with natural resources and the Hindon river flowing nearby, make entire place a heaven.

Hastinapur wildlife sanctuary

Spread over a whopping 2073 sq kilometres in between Meerut and Ghaziabad; Hastinapur wildlife sanctuary houses a variety of animals and birds. The entire sanctuary is filled with wonderful resources. The entire place is dotted with beautiful plants and trees, making it simply heaven for nature enthusiast.

Other great places to see –

  • Drizzling land – for amusement
  • Fandoo Zone – Play areas, video games and parlors
  • Hind ki Chadar – Light show
  • Swarna Jayanti park
  • These are just some of the most famous places to be while in Ghaziabad. If you wanted to explore the essence of a beautiful city, which is religious, modern, and famous for everything it stands for; give Ghaziabad a visit.

What is so great about Pondicherry that Most travelers Love it?

Pondicherry is half-Indian, half France – that is French colonized this place long time ago, and left it sooner it was better for them; but the city has not yet completely recovered from its French-mania  and western influences are still apparent in its street, lifestyle, and culture. Go out to explore it and you may find you are in France all together.  Architecture, language, cuisine, road signs – all scream or sing French, French, and French. The crowd is educated; no one is unnecessarily in a hurry, and everyone bears a natural smile on their face. But to credit all its goodness to French would be wrong, it is in fact India that practically shaped the city to its core today. Yoga, peace, meditation, spirituality, greenery, peaceful wisdom have an Indian connection here!

Great Things to Do in the land of Aurobindo

Pondicherry is a unique Indian city. In addition, it is popular for a variety of interesting things, one being the worldly popular Aurobindo Ashram. If you want to train yourself with the best meditation techniques, and want to find the inner peace in a serene system; nothing beats this Ashram.

Auroville is yet another attraction. Sri Aurobindo’s spiritual associate, Mirra Alfassa, aka the Mother, founded Auroville in 1968. Her objective in finding Auroville was to create a town where people from everywhere could live in peace and progressive harmony. This is a world in itself – you can spot people from different origins, busy getting over their personal demons. Therapies, personal classes, workshops keep this place engaged and happening.

You have not visited Pondicherry if you haven’t seen its beaches. Unlike most Indian beaches, in Pondicherry you will not find heavy crowd. These spots are calm, and cool. Go, give them a visit if you want to enjoy the serenity of the city amidst a cool, serene environment.

Other wonderful places to visit in Pondicherry

  • Cuisine
  • Churches
  • Old lighthouse
  • French war memorial
  • Pondicherry museum
  • Scuba diving
  • Arikamedu

So the next time you are thinking about visiting a great Indian city that is interesting for everything it stands for, don’t forget to give Pondicherry a visit. The wonderful city with a big heart is what Pondicherry is.


Awesome places to visit in Chandigarh

Chandigarh is post-Independent India’s first planned city. The city is joy venue for many unique awesomeness including its low crime rate, organized structure, favorable climate, urban planning etc. It has been a preferred tourist spot and hosts a number of great limelights. This article briefly covers some of the most amazing things Chandigarh has in its credit.

Rock Garden

A secret project of an ace artist Mr. Nek Chand, The Rock Garden is a sculpture garden located near Sukhna lake. Mr. Chand was a govt official who secretly cultivated this garden in his spare time. This garden was hidden from public for 18 years. Thoughtful placement of strategically built rock structures, interlinked causeways along the waterfalls of lake, pottery and sculptures of dancers, animals and other substances and creatures make this place a heaven for artists.

Rose Garden

Actually named after the former President of India, Zakir Hussain, the Zakir Hussain Rose Garden is the largest botanical garden in Asia. You can find a variety of beautiful rose species here, other than many medicinal herbs. The landscape dotted with colorful flowers, the greenery and the freshness is a unique experience for anyone in need of peace.

International Dolls Museum

Dolls, dolls everywhere. The International dolls museum is maintained by The Indian council of child welfare. Established in 1985, the museum hosts dolls and puppets from different countries around the world; with its special focus on the Indian section and toy train.

Terraced garden

This well-maintained botanical garden is strategically nestled at the foothills of Himalyan Shivalik range. Spread over 10 acres of land, it was established in the year 1979. The garden has been a preferred picnic spot and an awesome get away for those who want to spend some restful moment in the lapse of nature.

Cactus Garden

Spread over 7 acres of land it is the largest succulent botanical garden in Asia and hosts more than 3500 species of cactus. Anyone who is in love with Cactus, and want to study their unique traits finds this garden a heaven.

Other awesomeness in Chandigarh

  • Museum and Art Gallery
  • Mohali Cricket Stadium
  • ChattBir Zoo

Thanks for reading the post, for more articles and things to do in other Indian cities, we welcome you to red our earlier articles.


Great things to do and see in Chennai

Every Indian city is special on its own for sharing a unique personality and trait, for being standalone on something wonderful. Talking about Chennai, we must say, you will never get bored during your stay here. The southern welcoming door to the Indian subcontinent has many interesting and thoughtful things that keep a curious soul fully fed. Food, culture, adventure, nature, entertainment, fun – name whatever you are interested to indulge in and Chennai would have something to offer that you can cherish for life. A list of things to do in Chennai is literally incomplete in single article coverage. So, we are highlighting only a few today. If you have had your share of sweet memories of stay in Chennai, do not forget we are waiting for your comments.

See alligators in their natural habitat, see them in action, take classes to learn them closely

A wide variety of reptiles, specially alligators wait for your footfall in this very thoughtfully and strategically protected Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology (MCBT); CrocBank in short. If you a wildlife passionate and want to take classes on reptiles to expand your info bank, this is a good place to be wise.

Unleash the bookworm you at Anna Centenary Library

Located at Kotturpuram, Chennai, this is built at a cost of ₹172 crores and the largest library in South Asia. Great place to be with books and a have a cup of coffee.

Discover the history, culture and thoughts at Cholamandal Artists Village

If you have always wanted to learn and see the rich traditional South Indian art and cultural works, this is perhaps the finest place to be.

See South India in one place – Daksinchitra

This is one of a kind limelight in Chennai. Highlights the cultural lifestyle of five major southern states of the Indian sub-continent. It This living-history museum is dedicated to South Indian heritage and culture. Shop the traditional stuffs, arts and crafts products at actually good price.

Explore the rich folk dance and music at Kalashetra

It is an arts and cultural academy dedicated to the restoration of traditional values in Indian art and crafts, most importantly Bharatanatyam dance and Gandharvaveda music. Great place to hang out if you are love music and live music.

Live the serenity of Thiruvanmiyur Beach

This is perhaps one of the best beaches in India to closely watch a great sunset calmly. No hustle and bustle. Only you, and the company of silence.

Other great things to do and see in Chennai

  • Visit the legendary The Royal Enfield Factory
  • Enjoy the elegance ecosystem around as you have your afternoon Tea At Café Amethyst
  • Enjoy your weekends at 10 Downing Street with beer and music
  • Get your kids all the fun they need at amusement park Dizzee World
  • enjoy a great cuisine in Malgudi restaurant

Other meaningful places to see

  • Gangaikondaan temple
  • Theosophical Society Gardens

More places and more coverage on Chennai’s best places to visit and see in upcoming article.


A traveler’s guide to top things to do in Kolkata

Think Kolkata. Think culture, arts, entertainment, traffic jam, sweets, and hangouts The city is a hard subject. It is an incredible mix of tradition and modernity; sound and serenity and as a traveler, you would never have any dull and boring moment if you step out to explore it. The city has many things to do to keep you occupied and engaged. We cover only a few. Your comments and suggestions that might make this article even more authentic are welcome.

Rosogulla and misti Doi 

If you miss to taste the traditionally prepared rosogulla and misti doi during your stay in Kolkata, you miss the true essence of the city. Available at any local sweet shop, rosogulla is a ball of cottage cheese dipped in sugar syrup and misti doi is sweet curd. Bengalis are fond of sweets and to start your fun-filled adventure in the city, you should begin tasting these two historically traditional treats.


The only operating tram network in India and the oldest operating electric tram in Asia, running since 1902. If you need to experience the charm of riding a different carriage, and want to see the beautiful and busy town travelling on wheel on its middle, book your seat for a ride.

Street food – Rolls, chowmein and more

Just like any other metropolis, Kolkata too has a very vibrant and lively street food culture. Rolls – veg and non-veg, chowmein are a total hit here, available at temporary food kiosks near hangout centres and limelights. You can not necessarily expect high level of hygiene but you can get the taste of truly filling foods.

College street

Great for bookworms, the place is simply a nice source of spending some quality time among the literature and thoughts. Situated strategically near to many educational institutes, you can get a variety of thoughtful reads – ask the subject and get it. Old and new books, literature across generations, and a constant influx of knowledge seeking folks make the place truly awesome.

Hand-pulled rickshaw

Although the practice is banned, but you can still get to see the traditional hand-pulled rickshaws around the city. The poor pullers do not necessarily have means of livelihood other than rickshaw. Using the mode of transport s somehow inhuman, so you can avoid it altogether. However, you can always donate money to the pullers without asking them for a ride.


Literally translated as Clay artisan’s place – this is where the wonderful clay idols of Gods and Goddesses are made for festive worshipping. A great place to see the vibrancy of the town and devotion in the making, Kumortuli offers you awesome opportunities to click great pictures.

Other places to see in Kolkata

  • Marble Palace
  • Victoria Memorial Garden
  • Science City
  • Nicco Park
  • New market
  • Holy Dakshineswar Kali Temple
  • Belur Math

Want to see and explore other Indian cities as well? Read our earlier articles!


Things to do in Gurgaon

Gurgaon was only a few decades ago an almost forgotten village of historical importance. Thanks to the strategic and timely establishment of high-end offices of Indian and multinational companies, and the development that followed thereafter, the city today competes with the most modern cities of the world and is no longer a poor cousin of Delhi. A major business hub, other than hosting architecturally aced buildings, the city boasts of world-class sporting venues, top-notch museums, and many other awesome stuffs. Think about dining, entertainment, culture or adventure and Gurgaon would have something to offer.

CyberHub, DLF Cyber City

The most modern and a truly rewarding place for finest dining and entertainment, CyberHub boasts of round the hour happening activities. The entire hub is a testimony of international design, its open space architecture, well planned, laidback ambience is food for all. The open air amphitheatre plays host to art shows and tock concert. Some of the leading food brands such as Hard Rock café, Wine Company, Vaango, Nando’s, Dunkin Donuts, Oh Calcutta are all housed here – making the visit fuller.

Aravalli Biodiversity Park, MG Road

If you love to explore the awesome variety of natural wonders wildlife has to offer, this place perhaps has no alternative. Aravalli Biodiversity Park has over 1,000 different types of plants, 90 kinds of butterflies, over a lakh species of insects and reptiles, 190 species of birds to name a few. Walking down the path, you can see the amazing nature in all her glory. Other than all the natural species, the highlights include an orchard, a fernery, a medicinal plants conservator and a butterfly garden. If you are in for a visit during winter and spring, do join the cultural activities.

ISkate, Ambience Mall

This is one of the best, experts say, indoor skating rinks in the country, taking up a massive 15,000 sqft. It also has a karaoke bar, party hall, and café. So, other than all the fun on rink, you can enjoy your time with friends and even host a party.

Epicentre, Apparel House, Sector 44

If art is what you are looking for and enjoy watching concert, plays, film screening; epicentre is the place. A massive exhibition hall, auditorium, art gallery and amphitheatre make the place a uniquely entertaining place. With all the wonders and happenings, it is indeed a great cultural and social hangout zone.

Kingdom of dreams, Sector 29

Fun, and merriment meet at Kingdom of dreams. The country’s first live entertainment, theatre and leisure destination is just perfect for dining and entertainment. A range of new age shows and leisure sources make it a great source to relax after hectic weekdays.

Other great places to visit in Gurgaon

  • Museum of folk and tribal art, Sector 4
  • Heritage Transport Museum
  • BluO, Ambience Mall

There are many other unique things to do in Gurgaon. While we cover yet another article, please consider reading our other articles to learn unique and interesting things to do in other Indian cities.


Things to see in Bhubaneshwar

Bhubaneshwar is often dubbed as a Temple Town for it boasts of a variety of thoughtfully carved out ancient temples that reflect the beauty and grandour of old-world architecture. However, the city is simply much more than that, boasting everything from highly organized parks to state of the art museums and more. Read and explore the top things to do and see while you are in Bhubaneshwar.

The Lingaraj Temple

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The 54 m-high Lingaraj temple (king of lingas, the phallic symbol of Lord Shiva) is dedicated to Tribhuvaneswar (Lord of Three Worlds). Thoughtfully surrounded by dozens of smaller temples and shrines; the temple is believed to be around thousand years older. The main temple is restricted to Hindus, but there is a viewing platform; from where anyone can catch the sight. Reflective of the great Kalinga architecture; the temple offers a holistic viewing pleasure – The main gate, guarded by two moustachioed yellow lions, granite blocks, thoughtfully carved out designs – everything is a blessed food for the eyes.

Lingaraj Road, Old Town Bhubaneshwar, Odisha, India

Nandankanan Zoo

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Truly paradise on earth, Nandankanan is one of the best organized zoos in the world. Spread over 400 hectares in the Chandaka forest, it receives footfall of more than 2.5 million visitors every year. The zoo houses 67 kinds of mammals, 81 species of birds and 18 varieties of reptiles, and also has a botanical garden. If you have long been craving to see white tigers, black panthers, deer, and many other animals and birds in their natural glory, this zoo is the best place.

April to September – (07.30 hrs. to 17.30 hrs.)

October to March – (08.00 hrs. to 17.00 hrs.)

Park & Garden Remains closed on Every Monday

Near Police Station, NK Rd, Bhubaneshwar, Odisha, India

Udayagiri and khandigiri caves

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When at Bhubaneshwar, it is always a great idea to visit Udayagiri and Khandigiri. If you have been looking to find the art of ancient world, their superb talent at the best, the caves are simply the awesome. The caves have got their names from the hills they are situated. They offer information into the Kalinga empire and Jain religion.

Khandagiri, Bhubaneshwar, Odisha, India           

Other remarkable places to visit in Bhubaneshwar

  • Odisha state museum
  • Pathani Samanta Planetarium
  • Indira Gandhi Park
  • Rajarani Temple
  • Tribal Museum
  • Dhauli Giri
  • Regional Science Park

There are so many interesting things to do and see in Bhubaneshwar that one single article is simply not enough. The city has always been perfect holiday destination for many for tranquility and peace. Do visit the temple town at least once in your life to experience a unique, awesome world of holistic hospitality.


The 5 Best Things to Do in Thane

Nicknamed as the Lake city of the state of Maharashtra, Thane is a beautiful island city situated 7 meters above sea level.  Once the city were home to 66 lakes! This little-old fashioned sibling of Mumbai is surrounded by magnificent hills that add to its popularity amongst travelers. If you are planning a visit to Thane, the city offers a plethora of excursions to choose from.

Here are the 5 activities you must do while in Thane

Bird watching at Thane Creek

Thane Creek is a one-of-its-kind bird conservation center in the country.  It’s a fine example of Maharashtra’s unspoilt natural beauty. The place is home to more than 205 bird species which include some endangered species like greater flamingo, White Stork, Asian Open Bill Stork, Dunlin and Eastern Golden Plover.  The views are jaw-dropping here. And the best time to visit the place is in Monsoon months. Head down to the creek in evening hours, so you can enjoy a beautiful sunset.

Enjoying the cool sea breeze at the Kelva Beach

If you often seek a weekend escape in close vicinity to Thane to take yourself and/or family away from the chaos of urban life, Kelva beach is the answer. It is a largest beach in the state offering 7-km long stretch of spectacular shoreline. The place is also home to Kelva Fort and Sheetladevi Temple. Upon arrival, play with the water, sit down under one of the suru trees, and enjoy the cool freeze to feel relaxed.

Taking a walk around the Upvan Lake

Surrounded by the picturesque Yeoor Hills, Upvan Lake is a major attraction of Thane. Once a stone quarry, it is one of the biggest lakes of the city. Visit the place in evening and you will find many people enjoy bike rides. Don’t get surprise if you meet one of the TV serial crew. The place has some cool eating joints where you can tuck into chat, sandwiches, Frankie and pizza watching the lake views. You can go on a boat tour, horse riding or simply take a stroll around the lake.

Go rock climbing at Naneghat Hills

Situated in the Malshej region of Thane district, Naneghat hills is an ancient mountain pass which is now a perfect spot for travelers who want to enjoy trekking, climbing and sightseeing the nature. Winter and monsoon are best time of the year to visit the place and explore the many caves and water cisterns. Those seeking an adrenaline rush experience should climb to the peak of Naneghat Hills, known as Nanacha Angatha. Watch sunset from the top of the cliff! The place is also popular for camping. Visit the place in rainy season and you will see incredibly beautiful waterfalls and the splendor of nature all across the valley.

Tucking into culinary delights

If you are a gourmand, the city is surely not going to disappoint you. You must try finger-licking good Vada Pav and Missal Pav that are typical Maharashtrian snacks. You will also find many options of buffets and thalis across the city. From road side stalls to chic eateries and fine dining restaurants, you will find it all in Thane.

When are you visiting Thane? The city has got pleasant surprises for everyone.


5 Tours You Must Do While in Indore

Indore, the largest city and the commercial capital of the state of Madhya Pradesh in India, is best known for its religious temples, vibrant bazaars, mouth-watering food, enchanting history, proximity to some magnificent natural sights and modern lifestyle. The city has also been selected amongst the top 20 smart cities of India as announced by the Union Urban Development Minister Mr. Naidu in Jan-2016.

If you want to explore the best of Indore, nicknamed as Mini Mumbai by the locals, take these 5 tours in the city and its surroundings.

A Historical Tour

If you are a history buff, Indore is truly the place to be. Visit the Holkar Palace, famously known as Rajwada, to soak up the glory of this 200 years old seven-storey architecture flaunting a spectacular blend of French, Muslim and Maratha style. Next city destination is Lalbagh Palace. Surrounded by a huge garden, this 3-storey palace built by the Holkars rulers is currently serving as a museum with many artifacts on showcase.

A Religious Tour

The city is home to many holy places; Kanch Mandir, Gomatgiri, Annapurna Mandir and Bada Ganapati are some of the most popular temples while there are many other small and big religious spots dotted across the city and its surroundings. If planning for a weekend tour with family, Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga and Omkaleshwar are popular destinations.

A Natural Tour

Indore is a gateway to some stunning waterfalls, Ghats and forests in Western region of the state. Drive 35 km from the city towards Mhow and you will reach a popular tourist site called ‘Paatal Pani’; the best time to visit the place is in rainy season. Sitala Mata fall, Choral Fall and Tincha Fall are some other must-see natural attractions in the region.

A Shopping Tour

If you are a shopaholic, Indore won’t disappoint you ever. The street bazaars and retail stores here offers a great variety of clothing, accessories, footwear and purses. Zari work fabric is a specialty of the city. Head down to the State Emporium Mriganayani to find a nice collection of Maheshwari and Chanderi sarees, dress materials and stoles. Or you can take a stroll by safari bazaar to buy potli purses for your ethnic wear. There is a market for every need when you are in Indore.

A Food Tour

Indore is a Mecca of gourmands in India. If you want to sample the most authentic test of Indore, you must try Poha-Jalebi, baked samosa, Dahi Vadas, Kulfi Falooda, kachori, Maawa Baati, Garadu, Aloo Tikki and endless varieties of Namkeen while in the city. There are many food joints in the city that remain open till midnight. If you are a night owl, go to Sarafa Bazaar near Khajuri Market for some taste-tingling dishes – you must visit the 56 dukkan here for a great variety of sweets and spicy delicacies.

So, which of these five tours you are going on first?


You will love doing these 7 things in Coimbatore

Often acknowledged as the Manchester of the South, Coimbatore is one of the largest metropolis of South India and second largest city of the state. Situated at the Western Ghats on the banks of the Noyyal River, the city is home to abundance of flora and fauna and an impressive range of natural sights.

Regardless of the time you arrive in the city, weather is mostly pleasant year-round. If you are going to visit Coimbatore, a fast growing economic hub with rich history and cultural heritage, we have got you 7 best things you must do while in the city and you are sure to lose your heart for the place.

Mingle with the dwellers: The people here are adorable and friendly. Grab a chance if you can visit the locals’ houses and experience the best of hospitality. Or you can always chit-chat with the natives at a local café, store or mall.

Tuck into the south Indian cuisine at Annapoorna restaurant: Shree Annapoorna restaurant chain is famous for their lip-smacking sambhar and coffee. Here you will find the best of south Indian meals cooked from century-old recipes.

Go for a walk at the race course: If you are an active traveler looking for a dynamic place where you can take a walk, socialize with new people and feel one with the nature, head down to the race course.

Channel to your spiritual soul at Isha Yoga Center: Situated in the hills of the Velliangiri Mountains, about 40 kms from the city of Coimbatore, Isha Yoga Center is a place for self-transformation to experience inner peace and well-being. Surrounded by complete tranquility, the place attracts people from all across the world who want to walk the spiritual path, practice yoga and feel relaxed. Or you can enjoy trekking the Vellingiri hills.

Ride the most famous streets of the city in a bus: If you are travelling on a shoestring budget, get on board the No.7 bus that offers a round-trip to Gandhi Park and takes the passengers to some of the most famous streets of the city in merely an hour and a half time.

Feel electrified at Kari Speedway: It’s a racing circuit! It is one-of-a-kind place in the country and thus makes the locals proud of it.  If you are a racing fan or a one dream to be the next Narain Karthikaeyan, you have got to visit this place. Watching the racing track is an enthralling experience for speed lovers.

Drive to the heavenly beautiful hillstation of Valparai: Situated above 3500 feet above the sea level, Valparai hill station is a magnificent place to soak in the best of nature’s beauty, breath in purest of air and enjoy the uphill adventure. Located 104 Km away from the Coimbatore city, the place is surrounded by Green Spread Mountain ranges and lush green forests. Plan a road trip Valparai via Pollachi to make a stop-over at the Anamalai Tiger Reserve Sanctuary and enjoy a dream road trip!

Coimbatore offers endless opportunities to feel amazed, relaxed and enthralled. Try these 7 exclusive experiences of the city!