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I heard of Baijnath temple located in the town of Baijnath in Kangra, Himachal from the locals while volunteering at Chaugan. I mostly like visiting temples for their location, history or architecture, and Baijnath temple won my heart for its elegant architecture. Amazing Architecture in the lap of the Himalayas It was a clear day when I visited this place. I was happy because this meant that I could clearly see the valleys, which otherwise…

Thankfully, hostel culture has picked up in India over the years. One of my favourites remains Zostel, for their vibes, culture and the ambience that they create for travelers. I volunteered with Zostel Bir in Himachal Pradesh for 6 weeks, and it was one incredible experience! Zostel is the only hostel in the Bir Billing area (at the time of my visit), apart from many guesthouses. Having been to many of their properties across India, I was…

I was traveling in Nepal when I got a message from my friend Nishesh. ‘Hey, would you love to volunteering at Zostel?’ I had not booked the return ticket and I had no plans. Having tried their hostels across India at various locations, Zostel is one of my favourites in India. So I was in at the mention of Zostel itself, and my application was accepted for Zostel Bir, in Himachal. I landed in Himachal for the first…

It was the 3rd week of March and the chilly winter had begun to get easy in the Kangra valley. A week into Himachal, I was besotted by this Dev Bhoomi, or the Land of Gods. I was in love with the landscapes, chirping wild birds and the majestic Himalayan Mountains, which were my giant neighbours at Zostel Bir. On a weekend, I headed off to try Escape trails Rajgundha Trek – an exclusive hike curated…

Dubai, the name synonymous with grandeur and elegance is undoubtedly one of the most visited destinations in the world. The Dubai Canal, the Dubai Eye, the Museum of the Future – there is no dearth of the places to explore and experience in this gorgeous destination, isn’t it? Dubai has been on my list that looks endless now, and I wish to visit there soon! These are the reasons why I want to explore Dubai.…

I had totally not expected this, but Rajasthan became my favourite destination in India for monuments replacing other places, even Delhi – known for its architectural monuments belonging to the Moghul era. The opulent Havelis, splendid forts, vibrant bazaars, royal heritage and delectable street food made me fall for Rajasthan the very first time I visited it! While I was checking out Jaipur’s attractions, I came to know about Chokhi Dhani Resort for the first time from…

Goa is a three letter synonym to the five lettered word party across India! Goa is much more than a quaint town full of awesome beaches and glamorous tourists. It is the perfect amalgamation of Old World Portuguese charm with a native Indian tadka. Studded with enthralling places to see and things to do, it doesn’t take too long to fall in love with Goa. So why not explore the off-beaten path to make the…

After a spellbound night under the stars in the Thar Desert, it was time to wrap up camping. Talking about all the fun about last night and discussing our levels of endurance for cold weather, we were headed to Kuldhara village in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan. The wheels of the jeep creaked as they landed on the highway as if desperately wanting to embrace a well-laid road after haggling between thorn-filled road in the Thar desert. Our guide…