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Down the Memory Lane: Revisiting Gangtok

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  "I had so many plans...this year was meant to be my year...!" cribbed me sitting aimlessly lying on the sofa, with the night suit on, nicely champi-ed hair, and mom's special tea being served. This could have been a blessing for me,  BC! (Before Corona, I meant this, genuinely!)  I wanted to visit home for some good 15/20 days. However, work never allowed, and above that long weekends were always prioritized for some nice gateways. One thing that the year 2020 has taught me is to never crib for what you do not have. Each time you spend is a blissful memory in the making, which will be reminisced by you in the future. Each word written above is to be treated as a carving on the stone! What have we travel-enthusiasts doing all this year? #Throwbacks ! Ain't we? Well, I call it remembering the good old days. While cribbing on the sofa, I picked up my phone, and with that terribly frowned face, stretching all my face muscles against the gravity started shuffling throug

I Travelled Amidst Pandemic! Guide and Details

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“TRAVEL and FOOD are two industries, which will not see a recession ever!” “Recession ho ya Inflation shaadiya to hoti rahengi na? Log unpe laakhon croro kharadchte rahenge na?”   (Whether its recession or inflation, people will get married, right? They will keep on spending lakhs and crores on it, right?)  This one is a famous dialogue from one of my favorite Bollywood movies, Band Baja Baraat.  I cannot comment on the latter, but the former holds a solid stance. No one saw this pandemic or any such situation coming. No one can ever predict it. Of course, it was after the pandemic that there are stories of “interpretations”, “predictions” that were made years ago. To be honest, I neither like reading about it nor believing in it. Now that the situation is in front of us, everyone is speculating about the odds on the future of travel. The travel industry is certainly going to take a lot of time to the brim. Being a passionate traveler, it takes a lot of courage to accept this truth

Take Time To Relax! You Deserve It

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Travel is never a tiresome activity. We do not get tired when you are doing something you love from the core of your heart. I am not a full-time traveler. I work at a corporate organization, so for me traveling is an entirely different experience. However, I have never seen traveling as an escape from my work. It has always been a dream for me. I love traveling that's it. I can never explain what traveling means to me. It is the calmness of the sea, the strength of the rocky mountains, the movement of the roads, the serendipity of the snow-clad mountains, the satisfaction of a chatterbox when she communicates a local, the list can never end. The enthusiasm travel fills in me cannot be defined, however, post lockdown a lot of things have changed in me. I have seen my perspective toward life-changing. I am a hell of a judgmental person, that's changing, you never know I might become a full-time traveler - just saying, maybe a hint. There are a lot of times I have been ske

Here's How I Am Making The Best Use Of Lockdown

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Covid-19 popularly known as the coronavirus entered our lives so casually and changed it drastically. The lockdown has brought our lives to a halt, a stop. For me, it has already been a month of lockdown. My office inculcated the work from home practice much before the official lockdown in India. In the initial time of the days, I was happy, moving around my flat, and doing my stuff. Little did I know that this was going to be a huge issue all around the world. The world is infected with the coronavirus. I had my tickets already booked for my home in the first week of April since my friend was getting engaged. Coronavirus canceled that too. Well, I am not sorry about it, since that was a much-needed step to be taken. What actually shook me was how all of a sudden our life has come to a halt? What has our life come to? So, below is a very personal note/write-up/understanding and observations. "Slow Down! You are running too fast in your life!" "He has grown too

How Uttarakhand Changed My Connect To Mountains

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In the lower Himalayas of Uttarakhand, I have covered a lot of things. I have done my part of hiking, camping, a road trip, and a blogger meet as well. However, it was earlier before my blogging days began, I tagged Uttarakhand mountains as “chote pahad”, which means small mountains. I have no freaking reason why? During my conversations with fellow mates, I would be often heard saying, “Mujhe chote pahad nahi jaana, let’s either go to Himachal or Kashmir now, enough of Uttarakhand!” Quiet guts, I must say. Today after traveling on my own in the last 4 years, gaining ample experiences, it comes as a shame for me when I remember saying this.  (Request you to take no offense, since this was said out of no knowledge and 10 years back!) Uttarakhand In A Gist Uttarakhand And Serendipity So, I had this opportunity to visit Uttarakhand yet again. This time it was after 2 years. I had travel planned from Delhi to Dehradun, Mussoorie, Dhanaulti, Rishikesh, and Haridwa

10 Travel Movies To Watch During Lockdown!

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Lockdown has made all of us a couch potato…. quiet literally! Honestly, things have drastically changed. Now, complaining about the scenarios and the pertaining issues would bring us to no solution. This will even more lead to mental stress and might also make you irksome even about the petty issues. And I am sure this is the last thing you would want to happen to you. So, coming to the main point, what are we discussing today? Well, speaking about being a couch potato, I have been off-lately binge-watching content on several OTT Platforms. These include basic Netflix, Amazon Prime, YouTube, and Disney+Hotstar. Since, this is one time where we all just stay home and stay safe – watching content is one of the productive things we can do, right? Believe it or not, we all want to be productive but there is surely no pressure. A wise person once advised me, “Aanya, Read, Watch, Write!” Well, I have not ever got much time to sit down and watch movies or series. So, this

Chikankari: From Persian Art to A Lucknowi Delight

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Lucknow , the city of Nawabs and Nawabi architecture has transcended into modern-day infrastructure. Nazakat and tehzeeb may not have remained the cornerstone of the city, it has in its core essence the art of its own. Unlike many ancient arts, Lucknow has preserved its identity in Chikankari . What is Chikan?  The art of Chikankari is exquisite and acuminous needlework. The aesthetic and gorgeous artwork of detailed embroidery of a white motif on transparent fabric has left people awestruck and captivated with its charm. Chikankari has witnessed many cultural crusades, be its commercialization of the artwork or a threat of getting extinct in the crowd of glitz and glam. However, the elegance and glamor that it has, made it survive every perilous phase.  The Lucknow Collection  This survival phase of Chikankari has its heart in the artisans of Lucknow. Had it been part of another culture, it may have met its fate, but faith in the tradition, love for the ar