All posts filed under: UNESCO-World Heritage Sites

Leh Ladakh – An Epic Road Trip to the Land of Endless Discoveries!

My Leh Ladakh trip was the most awaited trip of this year. Finally after a long waiting time I got an opportunity to travel to one of my dream destinations and that too a Road trip.  Yippee!! 🙂 🙂 Ladakh is a region of Indian state Jammu and Kashmir. It is best known for it amazing landscapes, diversity, culture and outstanding environments. Being surrounded by the world’s best mountain ranges of Himalayas and Karakoram make Ladakh a perfect destination for travel adventure. Planning for such epic trip was a bit pain since we were 20 travelers.  After long hours of research and recommendations, we opted to get a customized tour package and luckily we got a good deal with Himalyan Escape. Himalyan Escapes is one of the leading e-travel services company based in Srinagar and it provides travel related services to tourists. So our tour cost includes accommodations in hotels or tents, breakfast and dinners, all transport arrangements, sightseeing and inner line permits. And on complement to it Royal Enfield bikes from Leh to Nubra. …

The Golden Temple of Dambulla, Sri Lanka

Well, it was a bit nostalgic feeling to say goodbye to our lovely hosts of the Globetrotter Tourist Inn in Sigiriya. No doubt, I was quite overwhelmed with the all kinds of hospitality and love that we have received in our Sri Lanka Trip. Srilankans are helpful and caring people. Globetrotter Tourist Inn, we found it through Airbnb.com and without any doubt, it was one of the best places to stay in Sigiriya, and firstly it is close to the Sigiriya Rock Fortress and it is surrounded by the paddy fields. Our host recommended us Manju, our driver plus guide, who has his personal car. Manju was our travel companion for a few days. Getting a personal car is the best thing happened to us on the Sri Lanka trip. It made our journey comfortable and chaos free. Earlier day, we climbed  1200 steps of Sigiriya Rock Fortress  and we were completely exhausted, but Manju asked us to get ready early in the morning since as per our itinerary plan, we had to travel a day …

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 …

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 …

Sundarban Diaries

I was laying on the edge of the Elmar and watching the open blue sky. The Elmar – our small boat was cruising through the infinite backwaters of the Bay of Bengal. I was surrounded by the largest mangrove forest and the largest delta of the Ganges. The pleasant wind was blowing against my face and I was effortlessly going with the flow of nature, passing through the various channels and creeks of the Sundarban delta. I was exploring the least explored destination of the India. I spent two days on the small boat with the curiosity of witnessing The Royal Bengal Tiger and capturing the unseen beauty of Sundarban with my naked eyes. It was all about the serenity of forest, wandering in the wild, appreciating the power of nature and living the life of native people on the some remote island. Was it all real or just a dream?  Now, I am back in Mumbai with the beautiful memories of Sundarban. I am completely in love with it. The Sundarban is the land of Bengal tigers …

Mission Mumbai – A Street Walk Around CST Station & Hornimam Circle – Part 1

As I’m on my Mission Mumbai, I have started exploring places in Mumbai. It is quite interesting to know your own city in better way. This time I visited the area around CST (Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus) station and Hornimam Circle. The historical and one of the crowded stations of Mumbai.CST station is formerly known as “Victoria Terminus”. It is built in British time. It is a UNESCO world heritage site # 945. After exploring the CST station, I started to walk down to the street leading to Hornimam circle via Boza bazaar. Mostly of the footpath was occupied by the local market of clothes, bags, electronic items or jewelries. It took me around 20 minutes to reach Hornimam Circle. It is also known as Elphinstone Circle and is one of the venues for the famous Kala Ghoda festival. Hornimam circle is circular garden at the center of the place which is mostly surrounded by catchy office premises, shops and restaurants. After relaxing sometime in the garden; I had a look around the nearby area. I came across magnificent structures …