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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

The Lesser Known Tribes of Mizoram

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Quarantining has got me nowhere to travel or explore - not even to explore Mumbai. So, I have been reading a lot about the places about their culture. Something, I have love doing anyways. But #SelfIsolation and due to COVID-19 , I have got some more time to read and learn about the different places.  I have been to North-East India , but there are still places left to be explored. During coronavirus lockdown I got sometime to talk to some of my long lost friends and we were discussing about our plans, where somehow the conversation about Mizoram popped up. This was then attracted me towards them and below is my study and some travel information that might also inspire you to visit Mizoram. Mizoram is a landlocked state in North East India .It is a land of rolling hills, valleys, rivers and lakes. It is majorly a hill state with plains scattered here and there. Its southern part shares long international borders with Myanmar and Bangladesh, and northern part share domest