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Why All Women Shoud Travel Solo Once In Their Life

female solo traveler blog

 

I come from a country, where travelling solo is a very big thing especially for a woman. There are various doubts and fear that comes to mind about idea to travel solo. Since childhood, we have been taught by our mom and elders that we should travel with friends and family. Earlier I also used to think that travel is always meant to be with friends and family. I have always been that cute kido who is pampered and loved by parents and relatives. But, last two years have totally changed my mind. I still remember the first time when I boarded a flight solo without informing anyone. I had many presumptions, like would it be safe? How I will manage alone? Will it be fun? etc. But, trust me that flight was the ultimate boost up to my confidence level.

Makes you more Adaptable

Solo travellers learn so many things and emergence out as mature and adaptable individuals. When you travel with friends, you have to take care of common interests, cuisine, places to visit etc. But, if travelling alone you are master of your own will. I do revisit places I like, eat at random restaurants and try local cuisine.

Pulls you out of your Comfort Zone

It takes a lot of courage to plan such a trip as you have to come out of your comfort zone. The most challenging things are travelling in public transport and fear of being accepted by strangers. To my surprise, people are much more friendly and helpful in the outside world. You need to follow Safety tips for solo travellers in mind.

Exploring new places and new people

People in small villages treat you with a big smile and are more than happy to share their experiences in life with you. You get to learn so much from different people and different places. Even I have made many new friends during my travel and have spent good amount of time with them.

More Confident and Independent

The best part is that every time you explore something new on your own. There were various occasions when I faced problems but I overcome all the odds to solve everything on my own. I am no more dependent on anything or anyone. I love my own company as it helps me to get self-realization.

Craving to travel solo again

Travelling solo has made me addicted to it .Now I look for any long weekend to pack my backpack and explore new places. Imagine the view of sun set on a lovely hill top and your solitude. No restrictions and you feel so free and energised. I am looking forward to my solo trip to my new destination real soon.

Hope this blog will encourage many other fellow females to boost their confidence and travel. Let me know your views in comment down below

Travel Tips

7 Places Where You Can Enjoy Birthday Freebies

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Birthday is a day filled with cakes, gifts, surprises, fun and entertainment. It’s a day when you feel like a king or a queen. To further celebrate and make your day special, there are many places and restaurants which provides Freebies on your birthday.

Here, I will be including some best places to enjoy your day for free:

Adlabs Imagica

It offers a world class distinguished adventure, snow and water park. Imagica gives “It’s My Happier Birthday” offer by which you can claim a free ticket +/- 3 days from your birthday to water park or Imagica theme park. Birthday crew is also given an additional discount of 5% on Pre Booking tickets online. Birthday girl or boy must carry a government Id proof to show in the ticket counters.      

Della Adventure Park

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Della Adventure park is very famous for its mind thrilling set of adventure activities. It is a luxurious and adventure resort situated in the beautiful region of Lonavala. Birthday boy/girl is offered free adventure passes. Friends and family get additional 15% off. The offer is valid for 7 days Pre and Post from your Birthday.

Barbeque Nation

barbque nation birthday

 It provides a very nice concept of grill-at- your-table’. Veg and non veg starters are so yummy to die for. Pre book a table and inform them that you are coming for a birthday celebration. They will surprise you with a beautiful birthday cake and staff will sing birthday song for you.

Spicejet ClubCard Offer

spicejet offer

 With SpiceClub members can earn loyalty payback points and other benefits. Enjoy a special offer for birthday buddies and claim your free ticket. So, plan your birthday destination today with Spicejet.

Subway

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 One of my personal favourite food junction serving delicious and fresh veg and Non veg subs. Just sign up for Subway Reward Program and you will get 20 birthday reward points as a freebie.

Starbucks

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 The world famous coffee chain also adds a smile to the birthday boy/girl. Sign up for Starbucks reward points and claim your free birthday drink to start your wonderful day.

Baskin Robin

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Icecream and sweet adds a flavour to your special day. I think no birthday celebration is complete without sweets and Icecream just need to join Baskin’s birthday club and claim your free Icecream.

Overall, there are various options to enjoy your special day with freebies. Do visit these outlets and have an amazing experience. Adlabs Imagica and Della Resort are the ones that we will personally recommend to you. How about you? Where are you planning to celebrate your next birthday?

Food Travel

South Indian Dishes Most People Don’t Know About

south Indian food

Indian cuisine encompasses a wide variety of regional and traditional dishes because of its much diversified culture, spices and geo locations. It is best known for spices, and mouthwatering tastes. The food not only appeals your taste buds, but also your eyes. 

 

South Indian cuisine includes the dishes of the five southern states of India: Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Telangana.

The similarities among these five states are the inclusion of rice as a staple food and use of lentils,  spices, red chilies, fresh green chilies, coconut, and native fruits and vegetables.

Some of the most common South Indian Dishes include Dosa, Idly, Bonda, Sambhar, Vada etc, but wait, there are many of the south Indian Dishes which exist but not so popular. To taste them you need to visit the place from where they belong. Most of these dishes are not served in many of the south Indian restaurants across India. South Indian food does not means only Sambhar Dosa and Idli. Let me introduce you to some uncommon south Indian Dishes.

 1) Kozhukkatta

Kozhukkatta

Kozhukkatta

It is a sweet dish from Kerala shaped like the dumpling made from rice flour which has the filling of Jaggery and Coconut inside. Yumm! This dish is traditionally made for Ganesh Chaturthi in Maharashtra as well. Looking at this mouthwatering dish will remind you how Po in Kung Fu Panda does when he’s near dumplings.

 

2) Manga Perukku

Manga Perukku

Manga Perukku

This is an appetizer or an accompaniment for lunch. It’s made with raw mangoes, coconut, mustard seeds, etc. It is a traditional Kerala dish especially in areas of Palakkad. Fires up your taste buds like nothing else.

 

3) Puttu

Puttu

Puttu

Basically rice powder and grated coconut steamed in layers in a cylindrical vessel. Puttu is a prime breakfast in Kerala and Sri Lanka. There are many types of Puttu available. Variations are made in the coconut, banana, meat, fish, etc. and the rice powder can be replaced with ragi, corn, wheat, etc. It is usually eaten with black gram curry, pappadams and banana.

 

4) Sukhiyan

Sukhiyan

Sukhiyan

Sukhiyan is a deep fried traditional Kerala tea time snack made from Green gram or peas and Mung bean, coconut and Jaggery filling. This is a highly nutritious food because the mung bean is a rich source of low-fat protein and fiber.

 

5) Pazhampori

Pazhampori

Pazhampori

In Malayalam pazham means Banana and pori means fry, thus the name Pazhampori. This however these are not the regular banana which we get from the market, This special banana is readily available in the local market only. The plantain species of banana is used for making this delicious sweet snack. Pazhampori or Banana Fritters is generally had in the evening with a hot cup of tea.

 

6) Pakarkaai Pitlai(Bitter gourd pitlai)

Pakarkaai Pitlai(Bitter gourd pitlai)

Pakarkaai Pitlai(Bitter gourd pitlai)

Many of us hate bitter gourd for its taste like me 🙂 , but this is one tasty and healthy dish. In Kerala and some parts of Kanyakumari people makes two dishes using bitter gourd, which tastes great. Let me share some facts about Bitter gourd:

  • Bitter gourd is used in diabetics treatment which brings down the sugar level.
  • It is also a blood purifier.
  • Bitter gourd is the excellent source of the vitamin.

This dish ‘Pakarkaai Pitlai‘ is usually had along with rice and ghee.

 

7) Paruppu Usili

Paruppu Usili

Paruppu Usili

This is a traditional dish which pairs well with Vatha Kuzhambhu and Mor Kuzhambhu. You can eat this either as an accompaniment to rice or mix with rice and take morkozhambhu as accompaniment. This one is a tasty and protein rich dish. The main ingredient of this dish is dal and vegteables like beans, plantain flower or cabbage.

 

8) Mor Kozhambhu

Mor Kozhambhu

Mor Kozhambhu

Morkuzhambu is one of the instant Kuzhambu varieties that do not need much efforts for preparation. It is taken with rice and paruppu usili. You can add pumpkin, Okra or sundaikkai also known as turkey berry. This is a simple, tasty, and traditional dish made at home especially during festive seasons.

 

9) Kancheepuram Idli

Kancheepuram Idli

Kancheepuram Idli

As you see in the image it is neither a regular shaped Idli nor the taste and it is a Rava Idli which we usually don’t get anywhere in but in Kancheepuram it is famous and yes, it is steamed with tumblers.

 

10) Mutton and Egg Dosa

Mutton and Egg Dosa

This is dosa topped with an egg and fried spicy mutton. The best in the list I’d say. Better than any pizza you could have. If you are in Kerala you must try this local dish and I am sure you will fall in love with it.

 

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Travel Tips

All in one Female Travel Packing Checklist For India

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India is a country with varied landscape and climatic conditions. Our rich heritage and culture attracts millions of tourists across globe to visit India. It is famous for its natural beauty and for spiritual enlightenment.

If you are planning your vacation in India, then you must be ready with vacation packing checklist. One general tip is to keep your bag as light as possible. You should keep clothes that will suit all climatic conditions.

If you are planning your stay in hilly or mountainous region keep something warm with you. Carry light clothes which are easier to wash and dry. Mostly you have to hand wash clothes while trekking. As per my travel experience I am jotting down few tips-

General Tips: Clothing

  • Carry 3-4 light full sleeves T-shirts as they are easy to wash and dry.
  • Always carry a large piece of cloth or scarf to cover your face from dust and light.
  • Carry 1-2 dark coloured jeans so that they can be used for extended period.
  • Keep at least 3 pairs of socks to cover your feet from sun tan and mosquito bites.
  • Pack 3-4 sets of leggings as they can be worn on multiple occasions.
  • Carry enough sets of inner wares (4-5 sets).
  • Keep 1 jacket if you are planning for colder treks like Himalayas.
  • One or two skirts or dresses for party and special gatherings.

HealthCare/Skincare

  • Apply mosquito repellent to all the visible part of the body.
  • Carry your sunglasses all the time.
  • Never forget to apply sun screen specially if you are planning to travel in summers.
  • Always consult your doctor for prescription before travelling for any kind of infection and allergies.
  • Keep 2 packs of pads for emergency situation and keep 1-2 loose in your handbag pocket.

Toiletries

  • Razors and lather cream should be a must in your packing list.
  • Toothbrush with covered lid and toothpaste.
  • Shampoo and conditioner of your choice.
  • Paper Soap is also very important thing.
  • You will sweat a lot in India, you keep Deodorants and perfumes.
  • Comb and hair bands.
  • Bathing soap with a covered case.
  • 2-3 hand towels and 2 full body towel.

Footwear

  • 1 pair of comfortable sport shoes to travel.
  • 1 set of sandals to match up your dresses.
  • 1 pair of flip-flops for beaches and daily wear.

 

Safety Gadgets:

  • Keep a cable lock for your suitcases
  • Carry a cash belt to safely carry your cash.
  • Pepper spray to handle unwanted situations

Entertainment/Electronic Gadgets:

  • Camera or DSLR to capture your beautiful moments.
  • IPad or Kindle to read books for time pass.
  • Headphones to enjoy music while travelling.

I have tried to jot down all the important vacation packing checklist. Enjoy your stay to the fullest and we welcome you to visit the incredible India.

 

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Travel Travel Tips

Places to Visit in Goa During New Year

Goa

We are about to say goodbye to year 2016 and I am sure most of us are planning a trip to celebrate the year ahead of us. Now can you guess a place with cheap booze and awesome sea beaches? Yes, the answer is Goa.  For all the Goa lovers and travellers, I am jotting down exclusive places that you must visit.

Baga Beach

For accommodation I will suggest get a room near Baga beach. There are a lot of cheap guest houses and hotels near the beach. To be more accurate get a room near the Tito’s lane. Baga beach is one of the most commercialized beaches with great crowd. You can find many local shops selling clothes, beach wears, chappals, hats, jewellery and what not. You can also find tattoo shops to get a fancy tattoo.

You can find a variety of restaurants on the beach offering delicious veg and non veg food. Most of the restaurants have sea food as a speciality. Candle light dinner on the beach is a must for all the people who are travelling with their loved ones.

You can also enjoy a variety of water sports at standard rates .These include boating, para sailing, jet skiing, banana ride etc. It also features clubs like Tito, Love sex and karma etc so you can booze, dance and enjoy the awesomeness at one place.

Anjuna Beach

Anjuna beach is a heavenly abode on occasions like New Year celebration and Christmas Eve. A visit during a full moon night adds a natural add-on to the beautiful beach. Place is famous for great tourist attraction.

 Wednesday Flea market

Is something you should jot down in your list of places to visit in Goa.It features a variety of snacks and goods from Tibet, Gujarat and Kashmir. Things like imported electrical and handicrafts are easily available here. You can also find t-shirts with pictures famous singers and rock brands.

Here also, you can find all kind of sports activity to rejoice and have fun.

Chapora Fort

Chapora fort is the famous fort featured in movie ‘Dil chahta hai’ .It is one of the masterpieces of Portuguese architecture and art. From the top you can have an eye-catching view of beautiful Goa. If you are fond of fishing do visit Chapora Village, giving you stress relief of soul and mind.

Calangute Goa

Calangurte beach is the largest beach in North Goa.It is a great tourist attraction during Christmas and New Year. It is a heaven for party lovers with a variety of pubs and clubs around the place. It is very famous for its awesome crowd and best nightlife. It is among the top ten bathing beaches in the world and is heavily crowded both during day and night. This beach is also popular as the ‘Queen beach’ of goa.

So, pack your bags and be ready for Go Goa!!!

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Travel Tips

5 Safety Tips for a Solo Traveller in India

5 Safety tips for solo traveller to be kept in mind while travelling in India which is a beautiful country sculpturing a variety of scenic beauty and ample of places to travel. Travelling is not just a hobby but it’s an experience. This post is all about how to travel safe and cheap across the globe with your backpack.

  • Inform Your Friends

The first thing is to inform at least one person about your travel. Be it your best buddy or your spouse or sibling. This acts as a backup for your safety. Before leaving for your solo expenditure take photocopies copies of your voter ID, Aadhaar card, train and flight tickets, hotel booking etc in advance and keep scanned copies in your mailbox.

  • Avoid Shared food

As every typical Indian parent would say “Don’t accept eatables from strangers” and do follow your instincts .It is very important that if you are not feeling comfortable talking to some stranger avoid it. Don’t trust people blindly and stay aware.

  • Tip for Train

If you are travelling by train, prefer booking upper berth and keep your valuable luggage like laptops, Ipad etc with you. I would suggest not wearing expensive shoes if travelling by train as there are chances of theft.

  • Money Keeping

Always keep your money segregated at 2-3 places. Keep small change for your local expense and keep larger amount hidden in your inner wear or socks. Don’t carry expensive and fancy bags which can lure robbers. Avoid keeping money in back pocket as it is easy to steal.

  • Travelling in Cab

Keep your friend posted about your location time to time. While travelling by a cab always take photo of the car number plate .Now a days you can also add emergency contact and share all your ride details with that contact.

  • Stay at Hotel

Always check for the room where you are staying and prefer renounced places. You should always check the reviews first for the play of stay. To visit the local places, enquire with the person at front desk or caretaker .They can tell you the safe places to travel.

  • Avoid secluded places

Be prepared for anything. Always remember that your life and safety is more valuable than materialistic thing. One important thing is to carry a pepper spray in your bag. Don’t go for secluded places alone. Have confidence and you can enjoy your travel.

In a nutshell, stay alert and travel safe. Keep above tips in mind and have a wonderful travel experience.

 

Happy travelling

Travel Video

An Adventurous and memorable trip to Della Adventure Resort Lonavala

Della Adventure Resort is a luxurious and adventure resort situated in the beautiful region of Lonavala. It’s around 77 Kms from Pune International airport and 92 Kms from Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport.

For all those who are looking for single day adventurous trip Della Adventure is the best place to spend your day. You can spend quality time with your friends and family enjoying multiple exciting lifetime activities.

It provides over 70+ activities varying every age group interests. It offers two kinds of passes – day pass and a jumbo pass. A day pass includes 50+ adrenaline pumping adventure activities excluding few activities like bungee jumping, ATV, long flying fox etc. A jumbo pass provides you all activities unlimited.

Some of the most eye catching activities include Swoop saving, Flying fox, Rocket Ejector, Paint ball, Buggy ride ,Aqua Zorb etc.If you are an adventure and courageous person do go for Bungee trampoline .

If you are a pet lover then you will be amazed to find a variety of pets like dogs, horses and jersey cow. They have beautiful horses and you can go for an amazing horse ride.Looking at calm jersey cow with their white and brown patched skin will definitely remind you of our villages .One interesting fact is that cows are named after actresses.

The  best part of the day is dog walk .It features a variety of dogs like Great Dane, pug, Labrador and my favourite St.bernard .Walk with St.bernard  -‘Joe’ was the most mesmerizing moment for me and I highly recommend going and meeting this lovely mate.

They provide you orange juice as a welcome drink to refresh your journey. Outside food is not allowed in resorts. Della offers 5 multi cuisine restaurants – Parsi Dhaba, Sports bar, Café 24,PNF Restaurant & bar and Crème Della. We had our food at Parsi Dhaba which serves delicious and authentic Parsi as well as Punjabi style food. Food is a little costly but it can be managed as the place is amazing .

One more advice is to carry your own water bottle and fill it from inside. Water bottle inside resort costs 130 bucks.

The best time to visit Della is on your birthday as the resort gives free pass to birthday boy/girl and an additional 15% off to the family or friends accompanying.Overall, it is a must to go place specially for people living nearby in Pune and Mumbai.

Tips from Yaar lets go

  •  Take your own water bottle as cost inside is 130 bucks.
  •  Avoid visit during monsoons.
  •  Wear sport shoes for adventurous activities
  •  Food @ Parsi restaurant is highly recommended compared to other 4 outlets.
  •  Check for discounts and offers on Della website before your visit.
  •  As mentioned earlier, visit during birthday and carry a DOB proof with you.
  •  If you want to stay, look for hotels in Lonavala as Della is a 5 star property and costs a fortune.
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