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 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 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Tram

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.

Kumortuli

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!

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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.