Author: Manisha Tajne

100 Places To Visit In India

Mission India 100, My India Travel Bucket List, 100 Places To Visit In India  What’s on your bucket list?   What is Bucket List?? Bucket List – A number of experiences or achievements that a person hopes to have or accomplish during their lifetime. (Standard Dictionary Definition) What do you want to do before you kick the bucket? Wondering??  Well, then it is time for you to think about the things you want to do before you die. Life is short but you can make it large by doing the things that make you happy. Luckily, I know what makes me Happy. What I want to do in my life.I am so thankful for a moment and a thought that made me start ‘The Travel Junkie’ blog and I can proudly say, it is one of the best decisions I have made in my life.  My life is changed completely after that and I am happy about where I am now. Slow progress towards your dream is better than no progress. So, what is on my Bucket …

15 Best Things To Do in Goa

It’s been nearly a few months since my Sri Lanka Backpacking trip and I started feeling my wanderlust again. So this time I chose to backpack Goa and it turned out the craziest trip of the year. Back in 2012, I have been to Goa with my friends and guys trust me, it was just like a normal leisure Goa trip, but in backpacking I experienced Goa never like before, in crazier and wicked ways. Though Goa is the smallest state of India, but it has become the most popular destination among the tourists and bachelors. Interesting fact is that every bachelor in India at least once wants to go Goa and just to experience the nightlife. Goa defines the ultimate freedom and leisure. I love that feeling to sit next to the beach with a glass of red wine and do nothing but feel the passing time, see the people and wait for the sun to go down. So here we go, if you are looking for some adventure, then try Goa in backpacking …

#366Strangers – Portraits of 366 Strangers

“The beginning of every New Year brings with it the opportunity and the excuse to make a new start.” Knowingly or Unknowingly, Capturing the innocence of strangers, I have met on my travels is one of my favorite things to do all the times. While going through my travel photos one day, I realized how many strangers, I have captured through my lenses. I have been considering of sharing all those strangers photos with you guys and the New Year, what could be the best occasion to start something new. As it said “Picture tells a story”, So here I go with the #366Strangers Hash tag on my Instagram account. I will be posting all the strangers photos that I have captured on my travels under #366Strangers Hash tag. I am so excited about this thing since it would be like reliving the moment whenever I recall the time and place from where I had captured that photo. If that excites s you too, then join me on my journey of stranger’s photography. Connect me on my Instagram account. Click below link to …

2015 in Blogging Review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 8,600 times in 2015. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 3 sold-out performances for that many people to see it. Click here to see the complete report.

Thank You 2015, Welcome 2016

So the time has come to say goodbye to our 2015. Looking back, it has been a great year for me and I would like to take an opportunity to thanks 2015 for all wonderful times and beautiful memories. I learned a lot in 2015 and I am ready to step out in new ways in 2016. Life is made up of special moments which make it worth of living. Before I welcome 2016, I want to cherish some of the best moments that 2015 has given me. And here we go, Welcoming 2015 in Matheran.  See First trip of the year.                          My first Marathon                                          First flight experience – Mumbai -> Chennai -> Mumbai Friends reunion in Chennai .                   A road trip to Pondicherry .        Buying my first DSLR, Nikon D5300. My first …

Polonnaruwa & Sigiriya, Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka Itinerary Day 3 On day 3, we had a big day ahead since we planned to visit the ancient city of Polonnaruwa and Sigiriya rock fortress. After having a big English breakfast of bread-butter-jam, eggs and some fruits in the morning we met Manju. Manju owns a tourist car and he was our car driver cum guide for the next few days. When I first saw Manju, I was quite surprised by his look. He was so neat and clean. Manju was a big fan of Hindi movies and he told us once upon a time he was addicted of Hindi movies and he stopped watching TV to get rid of his addiction. He knew some Hindi movie dialogues as well. We decided to go Polonnaruwa first since it was a bit far and it needs more time explore. Polonnaruwa is an ancient archeological city and one of the UNESCO world heritage sites. On the way on our journey, at one point we saw few monitor lizards roaming on the road and that …

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Sri Lanka

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage is an orphanage and nursery for Asian Elephants. It is one of the famous tourist attractions in Sri Lanka. The orphanage is established to feed, nurse and house baby elephants found abandoned by their mothers. On day 2 of our Sri Lanka trip,  we started early in the morning since we wanted to go Pinnawala village and visit the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage. The distance from Colombo to Pinnawala is around 90 kilometers. At Bus stop, we made inquiry about travelling options to Pinnawala.  We met one Tuk Tuk driver, who was ready to take us to Pinnawala, but he was asking too much money.  After some discussion, we agreed on rate of 35 LKR for per kilometers. It was around 2 hours journey, so we decide to go by Tuk Tuk. Though, the buses are cheaper than Tuk Tuk. There was a beautiful lake nearby bus stop along with some local shops & restaurants. We went there and had breakfast.  I tried Sri Lankan breakfast of Noodles, Daal and coconut Sāmbhar. After …

Visiting Sri Lanka For The First Time

Sri Lanka, “The land of Lanka” is my first international travel destination. 🙂 I was extremely excited about my Sri Lanka trip since the first time ever my passport was getting stamped.  I was about to cross the boundaries of my country and travel into another county. The feeling and excitement was just like a dream come true.  I was along with my two friends all set for our backpacking trip. Everything was unplanned except our first day accommodation in Colombo. We had a rough plan of the places we had to visit in 9 days. Just a few days ago, I came back from my backpacking trip and I have almost traveled most of the Sri Lanka. And no doubt, I am in love with this country. I have captured Sri Lanka in my camera in my own ways. Now, I have 2000+ photos and I desperately want all it to share with you guys. I did city tours, village walks, climbed rocks , swam in the ocean, hiked through tea farms, stayed and experienced  local …

Puducherry (Pondicherry) You Must Visit At Least Once

Puducherry (Pondicherry) or Pondy is one of the seven union territories of India. The place was in our rough plan when I was in Chennai along with my few friends for one wedding function.  After the wedding function, we had one whole day extra for our leisure time. We decide to go for a day trip to Pondicherry.  We booked a personal car for a day and the next morning we started our journey towards Pondicherry. Pondicherry is around 150 kilometers from Chennai via East Coast Road (ECR).  I was super excited since ECR journey is considered as the one of the best road journeys of India. We were mostly driving through the coastal areas and indeed, it was an amazing road journey though the climate was bit humid and hot. Pondicherry Beach was the first stop where we stopped.  It offers beautiful seafront.  There is a huge statue of Gandhi Ji at one on the entrances along with long promenade for walking. Frankly, summer is not so good to visit Pondicherry. Initially, we got …

Kolkata To Sundarbans – A Journey Through Basanti Road

Back in March 2015, I have got a change to explore The Sundarbans, one of the most amazing places of India, so called “Amazon of East”. I traveled to Sundarbans from Kolkata through Basanti road and this rustic road journey turned out the most memorable journey I ever had. We traveled through many villages one by one on Kaccha/Dirt road. I still remembered, at the time, when we were started towards Sundarbans, one of the members from coordinating team us already told us “Abhi bahot majja aane wala hai aap logo ko” (Now, you guys are going to have a fun). Indeed, this journey was an unique experience (As good as equal to Bumper ride).  Most of the times, our coordinators were telling us real incidents, the villagers stories and how they spotted the Royal Bengal tigers and other wildlife in forest. For me , it was the most rustic route I have ever been to and the interesting part was I witnessed urban and rural life in a single day. As we were moving away from the …