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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 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
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Shared by RakeshKumar on 0000-00-00 00:00:00
Date of Trip : 2009-08-07 | Destination visited : Goa
Traveller rating
4 / 5
My views/experience about the destination
I have been staying for one month in Goa and most of this time at Palolem. It is an amazing place to meet people and here you have no problem finding travel companions, drinking buddies or players for a soccer game! People should know than you can do more there than just partiing or sunbathing with activities like canyoning (which I tried) or scubba-diving and fishing (which I still have to do) being available (and cheap) there, I will miss this place!
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Shared by VinodSain on 2010-07-15 11:06:52
Date of Trip : 2010-04-14 | Destination visited : Matheran
Traveller rating
0 / 5
My views/experience about the destination
A popular weekend getaway for people from mumabi. Matheran is a very nice & quiet hill station for trekking. It has many point around 30-40. It is very good place for athletes. Very close to Mumbai and ideal stress buster. Matheran is one the best weekend destination in Maharashtra. The weather is pleasantly cold through out the year. Thousands of visitors visit the place every week. No cars!! No traffic, no noise, no pollution, Matheran is what a hill station should be. Board a train from Mumbai CST (Karjat or Khopoli local) to nerel about 2hrs. of journey. From nerel either toy train or shuttle cab.cab will take 20 minutes.
My experience on food, shoping, sight seeing & things to do
You will get mostly all types of Indian Food. Just relax and enjoy the weather. Echo Point, Panorama Point (Sunrise Point), Porcupine Point (Sunset Point), One tree Hill, Garbut Point, Heart Point, Rambag Point, Charlotte Lake are some of the places to visit. Matheran has a very small market place. Matheran is most famous for its 'chikki', a strongly recommended purchase.
My advice to fellow travellers
Get a Karjat of Khopoli bound train from Mumbai CST and get down at Neral. From Neral you can get a joyous ride to hills in the mini train. By road you can reach only upto Dasturi. From there you have to walk on your feet or you can ride on horse back or hand pulled rickshaw. You The best time to go to Matheran is probably from September to June as the monsoons get really heavy during the rest of the year.
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Shared by NehaVaidya on 2010-07-16 17:46:33
Date of Trip : 2010-04-08 | Destination visited : Kenya
Traveller rating
0 / 5
My views/experience about the destination
Kenya is a must visit for people who emjoy wildlife amd if not then they will certainly start loving it...it gave us a chance to be in the wilderness and experience nature at its best. The mighty King of the Jungle - The Lion was at its best and surely a must see in its natural habitat...If given a chance visit Kenya during the migration when animals migrate from Serengeti National Park in Tanzania to Masai Mara in Kenya. Kenya certainly is a destination for both backpackers for whom various campsites are available and for luxury travellers with best of properties like the Fairmont Mt. Kenya Safari Club being one of the many!!!
My experience on food, shoping, sight seeing & things to do
The food is amazing in Kenya with options of game meat, normal continental and ofcourse for the Indian clientele our very own desi khana...A must visit for amazing food is The Carnivore Restaurant in Nairobi. Sightseeing would mainly be the national parks and when in Masai Mara dont miss the Masai Village which gives one the insight into the life of the local Masai Tribe and their daily lifestyle. One must certainly pick the souvernirs there of the BIG FIVE along with some handmade costume Masai Jewellery made in the Masai Village.
My advice to fellow travellers
Kenya is a relatively save place now, but do not try to venture out along after the dark in the national park. Do carry a torch along and keep it handy at all times. Yellow fever vaccination is a must and should be taken minimum 10 days prior to departing to Kenya. Do carry photocopies of your yellow fever vaccination certificate along with the original as the same might be asked at the immigrations once you land in India.
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Shared by MayaNayak on 2010-07-16 17:47:26
Date of Trip : 2010-03-02 | Destination visited : Leh
Traveller rating
5 / 5
My views/experience about the destination
It was my dream to visit Leh. Ideal place for a trekker. Beautiful place up in the mountain ranges of the Himalayas and lots of activities to do. For a regular traveler it can be a nice place to relax and take in the fresh air (just what we wanted)
My experience on food, shoping, sight seeing & things to do
The local food is yummy..simple and delicious...their famous momos is a must have.. do not miss the German Bakery! One can visit the dilapidated monasteries and the gompas. cute little lamas with red cheeks are the major attractions though! Shopping is good in leh if you prefer silver jewllery and pashminas which comes expensive. one must bargain though. dry fuits though are very cheap!
My advice to fellow travellers
Advisable to rest to start with. The climate gets on you. Drink lots of water even if you are not thirsty. Helps to keep the altitude sickness away. Wear sports shoes. girls, no heels. big big mistake!
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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 SunilMenon on 2010-07-19 18:28:11
Date of Trip : 2010-05-17 | Destination visited : Murud Janjira
Traveller rating
5 / 5
My views/experience about the destination
Visiting the beach-town of ??Murud Janjira?? is akin to embarking on a historical voyage of discovery down the sands of time. A distance of 150 kms (it takes a little over 5 hours) separates this beautiful beach town from the city of Mumbai. Enjoy the drive along the rustic trail as you pass old towns and sleepy villages, enroute. As you approach Murud along the winding road, the beautiful coastline becomes visible on one side while the imposing ghats flank the other side. The sight of the waves lashing the white sandy beaches enlivens the soul as the pre-arrival excitement reaches a crescendo. The entrance to Murud town is heralded by a nondescript gate/post that announces the destination without any fanfare. The 2 kms long Murud beach is surprisingly clean and covered by white, firm sand interspersed with shades of black - remnants of silt left behind by the sea each time it recedes. While the sea is relatively calm here, the danger zone on one of its extreme ends is appropriately marked to warn the unwary tourist of the perils of the sea. There were no signs of any life-guard on the beach which only indicates that extra-caution needs to be exercised while frolicking in the sea. The water flaunts a dark hue possibly due to the colour of the silt that lies beneath. Don?t forget to feast your eyes on the sunset at the beach as dusk sets in stealthily. Sunset is beautiful and bathes the landscape in myriad hues of gold and orange.
My experience on food, shoping, sight seeing & things to do
The food at the resort was not only palatable; in fact it was a gourmet?s delight. We were pleasantly taken aback at the choice of dishes and more importantly, the veg/non-veg buffet meals served were consistently delicious throughout our stay, reinforcing our resolve to recommend this resort to all who would care to lend a ear. For those who enjoy sea-food, there are some mouth-watering treats awaiting you at the Golden Swan Resort. There is also plenty to choose from Indian Tandoori, Chinese and the spicy Konkani cuisine. There are other hotels in the vicinity that also (reportedly) serve great food but we were not tempted enough to sample their fare. The AC deluxe cottage that we stayed in was very decent; in fact it was value for money. The spacious rooms and bathrooms were well-maintained and clean. There is a bunk-bed in one of the rooms which, contrary to our expectations, turned out to be a king-sized bed large enough to sleep all six of us. The exclusive sit-out that this category of cottage offers doubles as your perch to soak in the beauty of the resort in addition to spending time together and enjoying snacks/beverages amidst natural settings. Additionally, there are a couple of independent/unreserved sit-outs within the resort for the guests occupying other accommodation types. While alcohol is not sold/served in the resort, one can enjoy a drink in the confines of the room or at the sitout. There is a small park for children within the resort that is replete with swings, hammocks, sea-saw, slides, et al. Beach-chairs are positioned at the periphery of the resort facing the water-front for that relaxing siesta/??Classic?-reading experience allowing the moist sea breeze to soothe the body, mind and soul. Ample parking space is provided within the resort premises for guest vehicles. As if symbolic to the resort?s name, swans frolic around the resort unperturbed by the human presence around. The resort provides direct access to the beach. Walk through the rear gate and down a flight of stairs to get to the beach. One can hire bicycles at nominal rates from the resort itself for a quick ride through the sleepy town or for the simple joy of cycling on the beach mesmerized by the sound of the waves lashing the shore. An array of bicycles are on offer (though not all in mint condition) for hire ranging from geared to the ungeared and in sizes suitable for all age/gender groups. You can also experience horse-riding and parasailing on the beach offered by local operators, at your own risk. Visit the 2 island forts in the vicinity - the Janjira and Kasa (Padmadurg) forts. The impregnable, oval-shaped Janjira Fort that successfully warded off multiple attacks of the mighty Maratha and the English is nothing short of an engineering marvel. It was constructed towards the end of the 17th century by Malik Amber an Abssynian minister serving the Sultan of Ahmednagar. It is rumoured that Shivaji lanched more than a dozen futile expeditions to capture the fort. The fort is spread over 22 acres of land with a 40 feet high wall and 19 towers some of which still have cannons mounted on them. The fort still houses the ruins of a mosque, a palace, a bath and a sweet-water well. A visit to the fort is a historical indulgence like none other. One can reach the main entrance of the fort by taking a short boat ride from Rajpuri Jetty. The Kasa fort was built by Sambhaji on a rock almost a mile into the sea, possibly as an attempt (vain though) to outdo the Janjira Fort. The fort lies sprawled across 8 ?? acres of land and offers visitors a brief glimpse of the fierce battles that ensued between the Siddis and the Marathas. The sight of the mighty canons still entrenched within the fort?s crumbling walls is indeed awe-inspiring. The fort is inaccessible for most of the year and the gates are opened only with prior permission from the Port Trust authorities. Visit the isolated 2km long Nandgaon beach with its sea front lined with palms. The approach to this beach is flanked by betel nut plantation and is not easily visible. While the winding, muddy road leading to the beach is not particularly impressive, the beach springs a surprise by suddenly appearing out of nowhere. Visit the nearby Siddhi Vinayak Ganesh Temple that has reportedly been in existence since 1036 AD and is thronged by devotees and tourists alike. Myth has it that the ??panchang? (Hindu calendar) is blessed by this particular Ganesha. Ahmedganj Palace ?ǣ This palace is the estate of the present Nawab of Murud but is out of bounds for unsolicited visitors. Spread across 45 acres, it reportedly has a mosque and the tombs of the previous rulers. One can however catch a glimpse of the architectural beauty of the palace from the outside. 4 kms from Murud is the 100 feet high Garambi Waterfalls ?ǣ a popular picnic spot. The water from the scenic falls is supposedly pure enough to drink. Marvel at the falls, drench yourself to the skin and listen to the thunderous roar of the water gushing down in torrents. Nestled in the woods, this cascade is a delight to behold and one can spend hours watching the beauty of nature unfolding. Situated at a distance of about 4 kms is Khokri, home to the 3 massive 500 year old stone tombs of the erstwhile rulers of Janjira ?ǣ Surul Khan, Yakut Khan and Khairiyat Khan. These tombs built in the Indo-Saracenic style fall under the auspices of the Archeological Survey of India. Sample the popular Murud sweets, coconut chikki and barfi readily available in the local markets. In case you happen to visit Murud during summer, don?t forget to buy a box of Alphonso mangoes grown within the resort, for a steal.
My advice to fellow travellers
A great place to hibernate when you desperately need that ??break? from the rigours of daily life. It offers a blend of rich historical experiences and absolute tranquility by the shores of a not-so-tempestuous sea. Don?t forget to carry your own booze if you intend staying at the Golden Swan Resort else you may have to request the house-keeping staff to source them from the local market albeit at a premium.
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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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