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Always On The Move – Army Wife Aditi Mathur Kumar

Aditi Mathur Kumar is an author, blogger, traveler, digital media girl and an army wife all rolled into one! Juggling a corporate job and an army husband just didn’t seem worth it, so Aditi decided to take the unbeaten path! And ain’t she glad she did! Enjoying the company of her hubby, while typing away on her laptop – Aditi is now able to enjoy the best of both worlds and the perfect work life balance! Every working woman’s dream come true!

Today, she chit chats with us about what army life has to offer for those married to the olive green.

Is the army life all you hoped it would be? Did you have any exposure to army life before you got married?

Before getting married, I had very little information or exposure to the army wife life, so I did not know what to hope for exactly. According to my very limited and superficial knowledge based purely on Bollywood movies and a couple of army wife teachers in my school, I hoped it would be very opposite of boring, and that it defiantly is. The army wife life is exciting, and it keeps you on your toes – which is a good thing. The army ingrains a certain strength and courage in the wives as well, just by association and it is a beautiful thing for me. Also, the pride that comes with it is unmatched.   

Was leaving behind a fast moving career in advertising for the quintessential life in cant tough? How did you adjust? 

Quitting my job wasn’t tough at all, and I haven’t regretted it ever. Advertising was super fun and I had big career plans, but when it came to picking one out of the two, I chose staying with the husband. It helped that I was in the Digital Advertising field and had plenty of opportunities to work from home on project basis, and honestly I am not sure how I’d feel about leaving behind a career I worked so hard for, if I did not have this advantage. I know I am not fit to teach, and most other corporate jobs require you to be stationed in one city which I can’t commit to. So already being in the internet advertising world was a blessing for me. Also, I took to writing in my free time and it is working out good so far, haha.

What you miss most about your life before army? What are things about army life that you enjoy the most?

I sometimes miss living in Delhi/Gurgaon because of the exposure, opportunities, access and quality of life (my kind of life, that is – fast, fun and productive with friends close by, good schools for my kid etc. Might not be everyone’s idea of a quality life, I understand).  The things about Army life that I enjoy the most are the green cantt area and the opportunity to explore India with every new station.

What are some things about army life that you love to hate?

The recent outbursts about the functioning of the Army on all news channels and social media upset me a lot. I read somewhere that if we as a nation, sincerely want to extend our support for the Armed Forces, the best way to start is by ensuring our soldiers have the wherewithal to do what our nation asks them to do. And by assuring the soldier who goes to safeguard our borders in extreme conditions that he doesn’t have to worry also about watching his back. The Indian Army is constantly fighting a battle against terrorism and can do without this dirty name calling and blame games.

You wrote your first book when you were pregnant and your husband was deployed. Most women would have been anxious and unhappy. How did you manage to stay motivated and write a best selling novel at the same time?

This question makes me feel so good about myself, ha! The thing is, I had stopped all my freelance work as soon as my second trimester started – mostly because my family didn’t want me working all day. But then my husband urged me to write the book I always wanted to write, saying this was the best time to do it. Fear of boredom motivated me, in a way and full credit goes t my husband for pushing me. I’m glad I wrote it then, otherwise it would have been pushed back to a few more years because writing an article as a new mom is tough enough, a book would have been impossible for me.

Being a travel blogger and an army wife, you must have seen many beautiful places in India. Which cities across India have you lived in? Which places appealed the most to you and why?

I’ve lived in quite a few cities, and have loved the experience of settling down in every new city and town. But my favorite place to live still remains Delhi/NCR for the reasons I mentioned above. A lot of people say that Delhi is too crowded, too fast and too unsafe – all of which is true, but I still like it because I have family and close friends there, and that is all that matters.

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What is your first reaction when your hubby tells you that you’re moving? Have you ever had to move, out of the blue, without any warning? How’s that been like?

Yes, a few times. But when you’re married to the olive green, you need to learn to expect sudden moves. That is one lesson I learnt pretty fast as an Army Wife, and sudden moves doesn’t surprise me anymore. I might get upset at times because of being away, missed birthdays and other occasions, but never surprised. Packing the entire house up and setting up a new place are a different story, though.

Which is the biggest hurdle you feel when packing and moving your entire house so many times?

The fact that I can’t buy fancy furniture that might not handle being moved across the country every few years or so, is my biggest hurdle. I have a lot of things, but everything is bought keeping durability in mind, and during this, design and trends take a hit. I am always stalking furniture websites for offers, though, just for fun. As far as packing is concerned, I am always scared about damage to my crockery but thankfully nothing has been broken as yet.

Do you use packing and moving services when shifting? If yes, How do you finalize on a particular vendor? How has your experience been with the packers and movers that you have used?

Yes, always! Hiring professionals who know what they are doing is always better than stressing it out yourself and ending up in some sort of damage to your furniture, clothes or other items. I always go by local recommendations and online reviews. I finalize the vendor only after comparing a few potential ones on various points like price, reviews, policies etc.

EZMove.in is a digital aggregator for packers and movers across India. Would you be open to trying our platform the next time you plan a move?

Definitely. Have already read a few good reviews about it and for the next move, I’m going to put EZMove.in in my compare list.

Being an army life must have made you a moving pro. Do you have any special tips and tricks to share with us?

I’m hardly a pro, but my one advice is: please hire professional mover and packers whenever you can, and don’t dismiss the idea just because you think it is too expensive. Because it’s not, and is totally worth it.

We at EZmove.in wish Aditi the very best in all her future travels and projects!

Are you an army personnel or spouse, always on the lookout for trustworthy packers and movers? Let us help you by making your relocation completely hassle free.

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Messing with the Mrs – An Army Wife’s Life!

As Indians, we all love and admire our armed forces and our dashing officers in their brassoed ranks. Supporting these amazing men are the equally strong  silent ranks of the army. Yes, I am talking about the army wives – the ones who uproot their entire lives, just to support their soldier.

They have a tough life themselves. The constant house moving, far flung postings and separation from their hubbies does take a toll on them! But as someone said, when life gives you lemons, make lemonade! Shuchi Singh Kalra, however does one better! She chops them up and makes a mean martini!

Despite having studied medicine, Shuchi Singh Kalra has managed to carve out a successful career for herself as a writer. Taking the constraints of her husband’s job in her stride, she has managed to set up and successfully run the Pixie Dust Writing Studio.

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‘Done With Men’ was her first novel in 2014 followed by her second book ‘I’m Big. So What!?’ in 2016. Today she shares with us the ups and downs of army life, followed by some pro moving tips!

How has army life been treating you? Could you tell us how many places you have in India have relocated to?

Frequent moves and the opportunity to set up home in different corners of the country is what I love most about the Army life. Many people I know look at me sympathetically whenever I tell them that we are moving, but nothing excites me more than being a nomad. So far, I have lived in Baroda, Udhampur (J&K), Patiala, Ambala, Secunderabad, Mhow, Leh, Bathinda and Jodhpur. I have moved 8 times so far, in different capacities.

Which of the places that you moved to did you enjoyed the most and why? 

Each place has something unique to offer but I think I had the most fun in Leh because it was like an extended vacation. Comforts and facilities were scarce, there was no internet or even running water but the sheer beauty of the surroundings more than made up for it. It was there that I wrote my second book.

Constantly moving to a new place does take a toll on friendships. Have you been able to keep in touch with friends made along the way?

I am very selective about the friends I make and while I’ve had a good time with many, there are only one or two that I’ve wanted to keep in touch with.

How does it feel living this “nomad” kind of life? How different is it from everyone else’s? Which one would you have preferred?

It is very different and sometimes it is difficult for family and friends to understand too. It is exciting but not convenient, there is novelty but there are long periods of uncertainty and instability too. Despite everything, I wouldn’t trade this lifestyle for anything else.

Despite being an army wife, you have successfully managed to carve out a career for yourself. What are the challenges and obstacles you have face?

The foremost challenge is to get a decent internet connection wherever we end up. Once that is sorted, I am pretty much on track with my work. Army spouses also have a lot of organisational commitments so those sometimes come in the way, but I have somehow learnt to put my foot down whenever necessary.

When you come to know that you have been posted elsewhere, what is your first thought?

My first thought is to hop onto Google and check out all the nice places to eat and see in and around the city.

Does packing, moving and unpacking still seem like a daunting task to you?

It is daunting, exhausting even, but I’m used to it now. It is a good excuse to throw away all the hoarded stuff and deep cleanse the household which is otherwise rarely possible.

Before learning about EZMove, how did you choose a particular Packers and Movers? How has your experience been with them? Would you be willing to try EZMove for your next move?

I have tried packers and movers only once and my experience with them wasn’t that great. They tend to dump stuff in boxes in a very unorganized manner and we ended up with a lot of damaged goods. I’d love to try EZMove for my next posting though – something tells me it’s going to be different.

Do you have any funny anecdote or hilarious moving story?

It’s not really funny but there was this time I decided to be super-organized and Martha Steward-ish with the packing. I numbered the boxes and maintained a diary with a list of each minor item in those boxes, all of which were meticulously numbered. Upon reaching the destination, I realized I had left the diary behind in the old house so I had no clue how and where to look for stuff.

Lastly, since you are a moving pro, could you share a few tips or tricks with our readers?

Do the above and make sure you carry the goddamn diary with you. Better still, make a list of items and tape it on the box for backup.

We at EZmove.in wish Shuchi the very best in all her future endeavors!

Are you an army personnel or spouse, always on the lookout for trustworthy packers and movers? Let us help you by making your relocation completely hassle free.

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Top Seven Things To Do in Ludhiana

Top Seven Things To Do in Ludhiana

Ludhiana is a lively, vibrant and historical city in the state of Punjab. Located on the old banks of the Sutlej river, the city enjoys a very favourable climatic conditions throughout the year.

If you want to see old India that still retains its heritage charms, Ludhiana is the city you should not miss. Here are some places that you can visit while you are in Ludhiana.

Lodhi Fort
Built by Sikandar Lodhi around 500 years ago, the fort was once the residence of the Muslim ruler and displayed his military prowess. Though the fort is partly in ruins today, you will still experience the history and heritage.

Punjab Agricultural University Museum
Also called the Ajaib Ghar, this is a place you should not miss if you want to experience the lives of people in Ludhiana during the 18th and 19th centuries. The museum also hosts the colourful Kisan Mela once a year.

Gurudwara Charan Kamal
One of the greatest Sikh shrines, Gurudwara Charan Kamal is the lengendary spot where Guru Govind Singh took a sip of water from the pond and fell asleep. Best time to visit this great shrine is during the December when the annual fair is held.

Phillaur Fort
The magnificent fort dates back to the reigns of Sher Shah Suri. It was later converted into a military fort along with a post office. The fort now houses a police training academy and a finger print bureau.

Tiger Zoo
Established in 1993, here one can see tigers freely wandering rather than in a cage. Black bucks, sambhars, rabbits and lots of peacocks can also be seen. It is a good picnic spot for the children. All in all a good family outing can be planned to this place!

Hardy’s amusement park
Another children’s delight! Maybe the only park of it’s kind in Ludhiana, it is a must visit for families. Rides and pools keep the children very happy during summer – the best time to visit!

Phir-I-Dastgir Shrine
The Pir-I-Dastgir shrine is located in the north-western part of the city of Ludhiana. Also known as the Abdul Kadir Galani it is located within the Ludhiana Fort. A must visit for history buffs!

These are some of the must do things when you are in the Punjabi city of Ludhiana. Not in Ludhiana? Don’t worry we have you covered! See our posts on Things To Do in Pune, Things To Do in Mumbai and Things To Do In Gurgaon.

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Places To Explore In Indore

Places To Explore In Indore

Like every other Indian city Indore too has a rich culture, history and awesome cuisine of its own. Never been to Indore? You sure are missing out on a lot! Moving to Indore? Well! Aren’t you in for a treat!

Breakfast with Poha and Jalebi
Indore is where foodies find lots of delightful picks to pick from. The city’s most popular breakfast and probably the one you would also like is Poha and Jalebi. During your stay in the city, the most awesome spot to be at with a hungry belly is 56 Dukan. Be sure to thank us after you’ve had your fill!

Gandhi Hall
Built in 1904, Gandhi Hall serves as a major venue for culture and art exhibitions. It can accommodate a total of 2000 people at one go. The hall is a good venue to explore and pursue the artist in you, during your stay in Indore.

Rajwada
Rajwada is an iconic structure of Indore, built around two centuries ago by Holker dynasty. It is also popularly known as Holker Palace. It is popular for its spectacular architecture – which is a mix of Mughal, Maratha and French. The palace is used for cultural and art exhibitions.

Chhatris
Are you an architecture or history buff? If so, Indore will be your paradise! Exquisite examples of Maratha architectural style can be found in the Chattris of Indore. Chhattris are the cenotaphs built in the memory of the Holkar rulers. These cenotaphs are linked by common prayer halls, which also have delicately carved arches and pillars.

Central Museum
The Central Museum houses artifacts which gives its visitors a glimpse for the history of Indore. On display are several old coins from the Holkar regime and pre Independence era. Highlight of the museum are stone sculpture of Hindu deities and Jain saints which are several centuries old.

Kanch Mandir
The Kanch Mandir is a popular Jain temple. The temple is beautifully decorated with mirrors, with the floors, roof and walls all being covered with mirrors. Devotees and visitors are expected to maintain silence inside the temple.

Lal Bagh Palace
One of the most spectacular buildings, Lal Bagh Palace was built by Maharaja Shivaji Rao Holkar. The Palace was inhabited by the Holkars until 1978. Exhibits of contemporary Indian and Italian paintings and sculptures can be found on display. The Palace is open to visitors between 10:00 am and 05:00 pm on nominal charges.

These are some of the must do things when you are in the historical city of Indore. Not in Indore? Don’t worry we have you covered! See our posts on Things To Do in Pune, Things To Do in Mumbai and Things To Do In Gurgaon.

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Wonderful Places To See In Coimbatore

Coimbatore is known as “The Manchester of India”, thanks to the textile industry that laid the foundation for India’s rapid growth in this sector.

Besides textiles, it also has many feathers in its hat. It is one of the fastest growing tier-II cities in India. Hosting a number of start-ups Coimbatore has made a mark in the commerce, education and healthcare sectors.

Some quick facts about the city of Coimbatore
It is the second largest city in Tamil Nadu
It has a number of ancient and sprawling textile mills, engineering & automobile industry, healthcare and educational institutions
The city has many spiritual centers and an attractive place for visitors
The city is very well connected with major towns of India via train, bus and flight

If you want to see glimpses of a rapidly growing India – Coimbatore is a good pick. As a visitor, you have a number of things to see and do here.

Valankulam Lake
If you love photography, this is a must see place while you are in Coimbatore. The lake offers some great views – rare migratory birds, beautiful landscapes, and a serene, tranquil environment!

Gass Museum in the Forest College vicinity
This place is a treasure trove for people who love to take selfies with animals. Worry not! These animals are dead, stuffed and preserved. If you want to see varieties of antique wildlife treasure preserved, don’t miss this place!

Monkey Falls
For those who love watching nature, listening to the sound of waterfalls, Monkey Falls is the place to head to. True to its name, you should be careful about carrying eatables as monkeys abound.

Valparai
If a road trip delights you, an uphill adventure to Valparai is what you need. The entire trip brings you closer to nature. The serene atmosphere makes your entire truly memorable.

Kari Speedway- For F1 freaks
Have 10 bucks? Get in to enjoy the most thrilling ride of your life – yes in a bus! Board Bus No. 7 that tarts from Gandhi Park to give you the ride of your life around town in less than an hour and half.

Race course
The Race Course at Coimbatore is a locals favorite for morning and evening walks.

Isha Yoga Center
Yoga at the Spanda Hall will cleanse your body and mind leaving you refreshed. It’s unique dome shaped structure breathes relaxation`and meditation.

These are some of the must do things when you are in the beautiful city of Coimbatore. Not in Coimbatore? Don’t worry we have you covered! See our posts on Things To Do in Pune, Things To Do in Mumbai and Things To Do In Gurgaon.

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Moving a dog by train

Moving your pet by Indian Railways

As mentioned in our previous post Planning to Move Your Pet by Airways, today we will talk about moving pets by trains.

Moving a dog by train is quite simple and comfortable. Following are the documents that you will require before moving your dog:

  • Dog’s vaccination records
  • Fit to travel certificate from a vet
  • Your dog’s license

Dogs can travel with you in First AC. The caveat here is that you need to have two berths in your name. So, if you are travelling alone – book two tickets in your name itself. If you have family or a partner along then that’s a ticket for each of you, which will suffice.

On reaching the station, head straight to the baggage counter. There they will book your dog as “extra baggage” for a fee. The fee is calculated based on the weight of your dog and the distance of travel. This fee usually varies between 600 to 1000 Rs.

You will not be able to pay this luggage fare until the train chart is prepared which is about two hours before the train leaves the station.

In First AC there are two types of compartments or coupes – one with only two berths and the other with four.

If you are lucky enough to get a two berth coupe – then enjoy a trouble free journey with your dog! Get down at stations, let him take a stroll and enjoy his favorite pass time – sniffing everything on the platform!

ProTip: It is possible to request a 2 seater coupe from the Commercial Manager – Passenger Reservations.

Just try to ensure that your dog doesn’t get loose, causing trouble for fellow passengers. They are within their legal right to ask for your dog to be removed. Other than that, you are good to go!

If you have seats in a four berth coupe – your fellow passengers should not object to the dog, otherwise he will have to be moved to a box in the luggage or brake van.

If this happens, leave your dog in the brake van with food and water. You could go and check on him at intervals. Please be aware that the box provided in the brake van wouldn’t be clean or very comfortable, so it would be wise to check it out before the journey begins. If unclean, request the railway staff to clean it. They are also amenable to taking care of your pet during the journey if you pay them a little.

Please remember that all this valid for all trains except Rajdhani trains. No pets are allowed on Rajdhani trains.

Please do not attempt to move your pet in other compartments of the train, for you will be:

  • Fined for all unbooked pets.
  • The TT can ask you to de-board if the unbooked pets create trouble for other travellers.

Indian railways is dog friendly, however the same cannot be said for our feline friends. Cats are not considered pets – but wild animals! Horses, cows, donkeys, sheep, goats and even camels are welcome aboard our railways – but not cats.

You will need a certificate from the Department of Wildlife, Government of Delhi, that your cat isn’t a wild animal. Besides this you need the standard vaccination records as well a fit to travel from a vet.

In case you have any questions, feel free to drop that in comments! Are you planning a move with a pet? Do read our next blog for Tips and Tricks for travelling with Pets!

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Planning to move your pet by airways

Planning a move is always stressful for the entire family, more so for the young ones. However, the one group of people for whom the move is inexplicably difficult is our pets. For their world just became topsy-turvy – with unknown men coming in and packing up their dog house/litter along with their toys and treats.

With airlines in India having different rules, it is better to plan their move along with yours, so that there are no unpleasant surprises. There are only two major airlines Air India and Jet Airways which allow you to bring your pet along. While SpiceJet and Vistara also do allow pets their routes are currently limited.

If you have decided to transport your pet via airways, please read the following carefully to avoid last minute hassles.

Requirement for carriage of pets:

Please ensure that you have the following documents for transporting your pet, be it a dog, cat, bird or rabbit as checked–in baggage or cargo.
• A fitness certificate from a vet.
• Vaccination records.
• For transporting birds and rabbits, a letter from the State Forest or Wildlife department is required that the species of bird or rabbit is not endangered.
• The crate for your pet should be an IATA-approved cage. This ensures that it has enough space to lie down, stand and turn around.

Protip: You may like to purchase the crate in advance so that it gives a chance for your pet to become accustomed to, ensuring a more comfortable journey.


Besides meeting the above requirements, different airlines have different regulations – so it is best to iron these out so that the D-day goes without hang-ups
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• Pet animals can be carried as an accompanied baggage or shipped as Cargo – for both however, the pet in transported in the cargo hold only. For both booking has to be made separately atleast 72 hours in advance.

• Booking travel for an “unaccompanied” pet is only done through the airlines cargo office. Also such travel is possible only on direct flights and not connecting flights.

• If you are bringing your pet along, only Air India allows pets in the cabin only if the combined weight of the pet and the carrier are less than 5 kilos. If your pet is above 5 kg, it needs to be checked in.

• Pregnant pets, unweaned litters and pets below the age of 8 weeks are not accepted for travel.

• Call in to make the reservation for your pet because it cannot be done on the phone. There is a limit to how many pets the airline can take on each flight, so find out in advance if there is space for your pet.

All said and done air travel is an expensive way to move your pet. You may also like to consider train travel, which we will cover in our next post Moving your pet by Indian Railways.

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

Pondicherry is half-Indian, half French! The French colonized this place long time ago, but the city has not yet completely recovered from its French-mania. The 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

  • Churches
  • Old lighthouse
  • French war memorial
  • Pondicherry museum
  • Arikamedu

So the next time you are thinking about visiting a great Indian city that is interesting, don’t forget to give Pondicherry a visit.

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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.