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Shared by VivekTarange on 2010-08-06 18:27:42
Date of Trip : 2010-07-10 | Destination visited : Harischandra Fort-Malshej Ghat
Traveller rating
5 / 5
My views/experience about the destination
'Harishchandra Fort' is hill station like Mahabaleswar of Nagar District! It lies, on the boundary of Thane, Pune and Nagar and on the left hand side of 'Malshej Ghat'. If you want to study of fort, this is one of the best example. Height: 4000 Feet Ghat: Maleshj Ghat District: Ahamed Nagar History:- 'Harishchandra Fort' is more than three and half thousand years old. In 1747-48 this fort was won by 'Maratha' Empire from 'Mughal' and 'Late Krushnagi Shinde' was appointed as care taker. How to reach:- From Pune drive via 'Aalephata' and from Mumbai you can drive via 'Kalyan-Murbad-Malshej Ghat' and reach to 'Khubiphata'. After reached 'Khubiphata' you have to walk on the dam to reach 'Khireshwar Village' (Khubiphata-Khireshwar Village - 5 km/1 hrs). From 'Khireswar Village' one needs to walk for 1 km to reach 'Nageshwar Mandir'. This is the oldest temple since in eleventh sanctuary, and is the starting point of the trek. To reach the top of 'Harishchandra Fort' via 'Tular Khind' takes 4 hrs (If you start from 'Khireshwar Village').
My experience on food, shoping, sight seeing & things to do
Place for visiting:- 'Harischandra Temple'- Via 'Tolar Khind' you will be reach 'Rohidas Fort'. From 'Rohidas' it takes one and half hour to reach at 'Taramati Fort'. At bottom the 'Taramati Fort' there is 'Harishchandra Temple'. Just behind the Temple there is small cave. Once you enter the cave one can see an underground room. This is where 'Chandev Rishi' wrote his 'Tatvasar Grantha'. 'Kedareshwar Cave' ?ǣ On the left side of 'Harishchandra Temple', there is one more cave called the 'Kedareshwar Cave'. In this cave there is an ancient 'Shivlinga' which is 1 meter high and 2 meter wide. If you have to reach to 'Shivilinga' you have to cross water which is 4-5 feet deep in the rainy season. It takes 5 minutes for one round of the 'Shivilinga' and water is very cold (During the Rains). 'Taramati Fort'- 'Taramati Fort' is 4850 feet high. There are 7 caves at the bottom of Taramati Fort. In one of the cave there is a 'Ganesh Idol' which is 8 feet in height and is called the 'Ganesh Cave'. 'Konkan Kada'- 'Konkan Kada' is a main attraction for trekkers. It's 4500 feet from the bottom. This is best sunset point during winter. One younger committed suicide from here - saying that he doesn't want live without this beauty of nature. In his memory his name is written there in marble. Living Arrangement: 7 Caves are there for night camp Foods and Drinking Water: Available at 'Khireshwar Village' and on the top of the Fort Traveling journey time: Takes 4 hrs from 'Khireshwar Village' by coming from Pune and Mumbai
My advice to fellow travellers
Visit this place once in lifetime which is heaven on the earth especially in rainy season
Yes I would recommend this destination to fellow travellers
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Shared by AnjuKalra on 2010-07-21 19:29:29
Date of Trip : 2004-02-11 | Destination visited : Veneto and Venice
Traveller rating
4 / 5
My views/experience about the destination
The Veneto FAM trip was organized by ENIT (Italian State Tourist Board) and courtesy AlItalia. An amazing and a beautiful experience when I experienced the snowfall and witnessed the world famous Venetian Carnival, one of its kind for the first time, where temperatures were at -2 & - 3 degrees Celsius in the most romantic city. Wow!!!!!!! I can still feel the chill!!!!!!!!... We stayed at Veneto for 3 nights. Veneto is famous for the vineyards where you visit the wine cellars, vineyards and can experience wine tasting sessions.. Delicious!! You can also shop different kinds of wines at their outlets at competitive prices. If you are in Veneto, you cant ignore the villas.. they are so beautiful, rich in history and tradition and preserved so very well, with landscaped gardens and tapestries. There are villas and vineyards everywhere.. It looks like experiencing a film & shooting in reality. On the last day, we took the train to Venice (the ICE train).. again the 1st time for me to get to the Eurail. On arrival we took a " Vaparetto" (water taxi) to San Marco. It was freezing colddddddd but we all were very excited. Everyone was dressed in their favourite outfits. It was like a fancy dress competition. And not to forget the lovely and creative " masks", which is the most important feature of the carnival. The locals were getting their face painted.. so we decided to get adventurous and get our faces painted or get some tattoos done. A cool experience. It was a "happy" atmosphere. The excitement was building as we were waiting for the "Carnival Parade" and then it happened. everyone dancing, singing and cheering on the streets. I danced and paraded down the street with them. It was an amazing experience. Out of this world. I just loved every moment about it. A very well organized trip.
My experience on food, shoping, sight seeing & things to do
Food: Veneto - Delicious Wines. You can taste different varieties at the factory outlet and make purchases. Venice - local experiences of the city is a must so we got into a nice cozy local restaurant to taste the worlds famous" Pizzas", with margherita cheese dipping into our mouths. Yumm.!!!!! and a nice hot coffee to keep our body temperatures in control so we don't go numb. For the vegetarians, there is a limited choice so be prepared - my veggie friends.. but be happy you will get lots of pasta made in cheese and tomato sauce or pizzas to make up for your hunger pangs. - Food for thought! We come back again to explore San Marco Island. visit the Basilica of San Marco and the Doge's Palace, the bridge of sighs, the Grand Canal. Visit the Santa Maria dei Frari Basilica, a famous church built in gothic style. very peaceful and amazing architecture. The only thing which we all missed was the very famous Gondola ride since everything was frozen so could not do much. Shopping: You can shop for wines, souvenirs, masks, Murano Glass gift items etc. Things to do: Visit the San Marco Square and take an excursion to the Murano, Burano and Torcello islands. Your trip is incomplete without the " famous and romatic gondola ride".
My advice to fellow travellers
Beaware of your belongings. You must be very very careful of your belongings in Italy right from the time you have arrived at the airport. Don't trust anyone. Italians are not conversant with English, hence there is a language barrier to an extent. Be formally dressed during meetings, dinners etc. Food :For the vegetarians..well there is a limited choice available but the best way is to freak out on the fruits, juices and wholesome cereals during breakfast and maybe some pasta for your meal. Keeps you fit and healthy for a change! Carry maps along with you. Also carry copies of your hotel addresses when you are traveling locally. It helps! I would always suggest to carry extra copies of your air tickets, passport copies and hotel details and keep them in your luggage. You never know when you would just need them. Also carry Travellers cheques and little currency in cash. You would anyways have a credit card! So here's wishing a Happy and safe journey to all my fellow beings!! Happy Memories & Bon Voyage!
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Shared by Lloyd Dsouza on 2010-07-09 18:33:49
Date of Trip : 2009-12-18 | Destination visited : Jordan
Traveller rating
4 / 5
My views/experience about the destination
Jordan situated in the heart of Middle East, Jordan a land of many facets.......On arrival into Amman itwas cold and chilly as any of the European cities I have witnessed in the past. The highlight of Amman is the Citadel and the Royal Automobile museum, I was not to keen in seeing the Automobile museum it was nothing but an absolute waste of time. The excitement started on the second day after an hour drive from the Capital I reached the ?? Ajloun Castle? enroute the scenic beauty of the olive fields and vineyards, I was indeed unfortunate not to have been there on a clear day it was something I did not want , what a miss in getting the glimpse of the Holy city ?? Jerusalem? but yes something kept running down my spine and it was the cold and chilly morning of Ajloun. With a late afternoon drive to ?? Jerash? an ancient city which was discovered only a few years back ?? Just wondering how could a city be discovered! But yes that is the fact and you need to be there to believe it. But this time I was fortunate to see the Chariot race which happens only twice a day and I seen the second race, I was wondering if I was in 1100 BC seeing these men ride the Horse Chariot dressed like a Gladiator. Discovered another interesting fact after visiting the roman theatre in Jerash, that if you stood at the Epicenter of the theatre and screamed out your lungs your voice will echo but if you move a inch away from the epicenter and did the same thing there would be no effect to it, WOW something that was hard to believe. Late evening I reached back to Amman and did something that I always wanted to do ?? Have the traditional drink the ?? Aarak?. The third day was something that I was looking forward to ?? Mt Nebo? and the ?? Dead Sea? ( Lowest point on Earth ) both these places play a very significant role in the Holy book ?? Bible? . On Reaching Mt Nebo which is a 02 Hour drive from the Capital I was blessed since this was the last place where the ?? Prophet Moses? was seen and it couldn?t been a better place to visit this morning, after a short Prayer I left for Dead sea and stayed at the best Place which is on the banks of the dead sea i.e. Marriott ?ǣ Dead sea, a perfect place to experience the dead sea. I just couldn?t believe that you could float in this water irrespective if you know or don?t know to swim. But one thing you should remember that if you ever think of buying the dead sea products, Amman is the place and not the Dead Sea because the finished products are available only in Amman??. Do not miss out on buying the Dead Sea minerals. Each product has its own Medicinal value. But I just couldn?t believe two things at the Dead Sea, One was the drastic change in weather and the other was seeing another country ( Israel ) on the opposite side of the Dead Sea. You may need a Jacket in Amman because of the chilly weather but it?s the opposite in Dead sea you can survive in Tees and Shorts, Don?t you think I was right when I begun ? Jordan a land of many Facets. Morning was a holistic experience being at the Mt. Nebo but evening was ummmmmmmm??.. Watching Belly Dancers perform at the Hotel. The Fourth day was another Biblical experience visiting the ??Bethany- by Jordan? this is the place where Jesus Christ was baptized by ?? John the Baptist? something every Christian would visit. The distance to Israel from the banks is just a 02 minutes walk, but you need to have a valid visa to be there. En route to Petra I visited the ?? Wadi Rum? The desert of the east provides ample opportunities for exploration, by 4WD or camel. This is the old stamping ground of Lawrence of Arabia, and at Wadi Rum you can see where the English soldier led his band of tribesmen in the Arab Revolt. While I reached there in the afternoon it was different experience the weather was different it was much colder than the Dead Sea. But I was wondering what I will do in 4WD when there are no Sand dunes it would be an absolute waste of time??. But I got it wrong the experience was not about the 4WD it was all about the Sunset in the Desert, An awe-inspiring site the change in colors of the Rocky Mountains in the dessert, This was something I had never seen in my life??. Hence I have kept repeating Jordan a land of many Facets. Later in the evening I visited the ??Captains Dessert Camp? in Wadi rum it is a wonderful experience to stay here but I didn?t get the opportunity except to have a traditional coffee and move on to Petra. I was dead tired before while I reached Petra. The Next morning it was decided to visit ??Petra ??One of the world's most remarkable ancient settlements, the city of Petra sits in the steep sided canyon of the Wadi Musa. Known as the rose-red city, Petra has been hewn out of solid sandstone, its buildings carefully excavated caves, painstakingly carved by its founders over 2,000 years ago. But one thing you need to be sure while you travel to Petra you definitely to have a good pair of Shoes because from the gates to the main site is an hour walk one way and you cannot escape that if you need to see this lovely monument. I learnt a most important phrase while I was in Petra ??Do not ask a Bedouin his Knife , his wife and his life ?? he will never give it to you. The same evening I drove to Aqaba which is at the southernmost tip of the country, known for its duty free zone and the Biblical Red sea. The first thing I did in Aqaba was visited the local market for some shopping and the best things to buy is the Spices and the Dry fruits, do not get cheated by buying the Fake Chinese products, they are not worth the money . You may see a variety of Shops selling artificial jewellery, Do not buy this if you are an Indian since this all imported from India and sold in Aqaba. The other best thing to buy is Liquor only if you need it, it?s much cheaper than the ?? Amman duty free? but mind you there is a certain quantity you can carry , there is a duty check at the exit of Aqaba town. The next morning I visited Red Sea, the country's only seaside city. Enjoying balmy coastal temperatures year round it is the holiday destination of choice for domestic as well as international tourists. The city itself is full of attractions, including some fabulous historic and prehistoric relics. Today after a 05 hours drive I reached the Capital for an overnight stay . Today morning was a mixture of emotions , absolutely sad because I was leaving the Land of many Facets ?ǣ Jordan????. Ma?assalama (Good bye in Arabic)
My experience on food, shoping, sight seeing & things to do
Food - Indian Vegetarian is a little difficult but can be found in Amman, the Best restaurant for Indian food is " Kashmir" in Amman. Shopping - Dead Sea Products should be Purchased in Amman instead of the Dead sea. Night Life- There are no much Clubs and Discos but yes you may find a few in Aqaba and Amman.
My advice to fellow travellers
Important Note: - Please do not discuss on Border disputes between Israel and Palestine it doesn't go well with the Jordanians.
Yes I would recommend this destination to fellow travellers
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Shared by NehaVaidya on 2010-07-16 17:56:55
Date of Trip : 2010-07-03 | Destination visited : Thailand
Traveller rating
0 / 5
My views/experience about the destination
Thailand is relatively a very common destination for tourists who want to travel international from India. Pattaya as such is an OK place but not be missed a visit to the Coral Island & the Alcazar Show. People say Bangkok is a shoppers paradise...not really as per me. Better stuffs are available in India these days, but do visit the Temple of the Reclining Buddha there.
My experience on food, shoping, sight seeing & things to do
Thai food will not be liked by all Indians, but certainly do try the same atleast once for the experience. Indian food is widely available with Indian restaurants available at every corner. Must do sightseeing in Pattaya - Coral Island, Underwater World & Alcazar Show. Do walk for experience on the Walking Street there. City tour in Bangkok can certainly be given a miss. Visit Indra Market & Pratunam for cheap shopping for clothes, bags, watches & shoes. Branded shopping can be done in MBK Mall, Siam Paragon and various other high end malls.
My advice to fellow travellers
Do bargain during shopping and also if you wish to take the local Tuk Tuk in Bangkok & Pattaya. If you have travelled to other destinations like Singapore etc, then you will certainly not like Thailand.
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Shared by MangeshShinde on 2010-07-16 20:28:29
Date of Trip : 2009-02-13 | Destination visited : Mahabaleshwar
Traveller rating
4 / 5
My views/experience about the destination
Mahableshwar is a great holiday destination & hill station.
My experience on food, shoping, sight seeing & things to do
The food was very nice in mahabaleshwar because there are so many hotels & restaurants. Mahabaleshwar is famous for strawberries, honey, Jams, crushes and chikki. Mahabaleshwar is known for its numerous sightseeing points. We saw dinosaurs point, mountain range & old mahabaleshwar. We saw mahabaleshwar Mandir & panchganga mandir, which is famous for springs of five rivers.
My advice to fellow travellers
U can visit mahabaleshwar in jan to may because it is hill station & good place for Honeymooners. During the late-June to mid-September period, torrential rains virtually shutdown this hill station.
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Shared by OswinDcunha on 2010-07-17 00:22:32
Date of Trip : 2009-01-20 | Destination visited : goa
Traveller rating
5 / 5
My views/experience about the destination
Goa is one destination that you want to keep coming back to. I had been to goa with my friends on college trip. We had a blast, from Candolim beaches, water sports to sight seeing, you just never seem to get enough of the sun, sand and beaches. Its the best place to get away from the hectic work schedule, just lying on the beach or partying around. Goa has something for every one, if you are with your loved ones, Goa will never disappoint you it is the best get away
My experience on food, shoping, sight seeing & things to do
Well the sea food is awesome, as specially the tiger prawn fro rs 400 it was worth it, the fort agonda is amazing, you might get view of dolphins if you are lucky. if you are at a beach dont miss the water sports as specially the para-sailing is awesome. you can also shop for collectibles near the beach shops but dont forget to bargain but i think the best of goa is the night walk on the cold beach sand in moonlight
My advice to fellow travellers
My advice stay at one beach and enjoy nature if you travel too much you may miss the best part of it. It is the best get away from the daily urban lifestyle, the beaches and the forts are amazing. dont miss the water sport and dolphins. just relax and goa will enchant you.
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Shared by PanktiVora on 2010-07-23 11:31:10
Date of Trip : 2010-02-22 | Destination visited : New Delhi
Traveller rating
4 / 5
My views/experience about the destination
Delhi is a city of contracts.on one hand are Delhi's winding streets,passing through mosques,monuments,forts,lively and colorful bazaars with all sorts of items at steal prices,food stalls etc..while on the other hand,The imperial city of New Delhi displays the finely curved architecture of British Raj.The grand avenues and stately buildings of New Delhi are rich with history and culture.This city has something for every taste.You can find some gr8 nightclubs,theaters,restaurants,hotels etc. across the city...
My experience on food, shoping, sight seeing & things to do
This is the place to be for every shopaholic & food lover..Plethora of options to fit every wallet.karol bagh , Khan Market, Dilli haat,Sarojini Nagar are some good shopping areas.For high-end shoppers,take a trip to DLF Emporium..The most basic Dhaba has delectable food at gr8 prices.Visit the paratha gully(in Chandni Chowk) to savour the most unusual parathas & brilliant chaats..If History & culture interests you,must visit Red fort,india gate,Raj ghat,Qutub Minar,Aksar dham,Lotus Temple,Gandhi Smruti,National rail museum,Rajpatrh,Moghul gardens(only in Feb) etc...A trip on Metro is good fun..If have time also delhi monuments by the night as they are well lit up & have a charm of their own..the various museums across the city are worth a visit..also check if there are some exhibitions(eg:auto expo) happening while visiting....
My advice to fellow travellers
Bargain/Negotiate for better deals everywhere.Take a trip on the Metro.Check on the days you choose as some great places remain closed on particular days.@Females:please wear decent clothes. Dont travel alone late in the night.
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Shared by PanktiVora on 2010-07-23 12:17:21
Date of Trip : 2009-11-02 | Destination visited : Sikkim
Traveller rating
4 / 5
My views/experience about the destination
one of the most beautiful places on the planet ..its perfect for everything from a family holiday to a romantic trip or an adventure expedition....neslted in Himalayas, Sikkim has a gr8 view form evry spot..
My experience on food, shoping, sight seeing & things to do
Food is a delight if you are a non vegetarian.However there are fairly enough options for vegetarians as well..the Momos are a must have & are readily available throughout the state..We visited the Changu lake,which is like a half day picnic..its a beautiful glacial lake located at 12000ft above the sea level..The yumthang valley is also a must visit but needs an overnight stay...there are lots of monasteries around sikkim but the Rumtek monastry is very famous...there isnt much shopping in Sikkim except local items or souveniers..if have the time visit the nathula pass(ahead of Changu lake).its the India-China border..
My advice to fellow travellers
Carry walking shoes as most of the terrian is hilly...also carry adequate warm clothes as its pretty cold esply when one goes to Nathula pass, changu lake & Yumthang Valley.......
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Shared by PrathameshKhule on 2010-07-26 11:10:42
Date of Trip : 2009-07-10 | Destination visited : Alibaug
Traveller rating
2 / 5
My views/experience about the destination
Alibaug is a nice place to visit specially the fort in a deep sea,
My experience on food, shoping, sight seeing & things to do
Food was quite good.
My advice to fellow travellers
Never visit Alibaug its too crowdy.
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