8  Must Visit Places in Barcelona That Would Make You Fall in Love With It

8  Must Visit Places in Barcelona That Would Make You Fall in Love With It

 

This beautiful city was the first halt on my months-long solo backpacking trip to Europe. Undoubtedly, it turned out to be one of the most exhilarating experience and a perfect start for this long trip.

The city that has been a home to the European artists during the Renaissance Era and Modernisme Movement is speckled with a number of buildings singing the glory of Art Nouveau. Even a week-long visit to this city would not let you experience enough of its art and architecture. However, if you are supposed to choose the ‘must visit’ places then the following list would surely do justice to your exploration.   Read more

Bhedaghat: A Gorge that would make you Fall……..

Bhedaghat: A Gorge that would make you Fall……..

……..in Love with Madhya Pradesh… 😉

 

She roars like a lioness as she plunges down the rocks creating a smoggy riot named Dhuadhaar and tumbles down the rocky path creating the wavy music. Then, like a tired child, she falls into a deep slumber in a cradle of the silky marbles. Sunbirds sing lullaby to her as she quietly slithers through the rocks, leaving them sculpted with indefinite designs.

Narmada, one of the only 2 rivers flowing into the Arabian Ocean, has a dramatic scenery in store for you.

Khajuraho Temples, tiger havens, weavers’ hub Chanderi to architectural treasures of Maheshwar and Mandu, Madhya Pradesh serves you a travel platter to relish forever. While most of the travellers are crazy about the wildlife, I chose to be amidst nature at Bhedaghat. India’s own version of a Canyon, this place is an oasis of natural art.

So what is there which might interest you?

 

Stare at the Roaring River, but don’t take her lightly

Still enjoying her childhood, giggling and gushing, the Narmada at Dhuadhar roars like a thrilled child on a roller coaster. It creates such wonderful scenery that it appears to be some desktop wallpaper come live.

Bhedaghat Dhuadhaar travel Madhya Pradesh

Located around 20 km away from the city of Jabalpur, this place is surrounded by tiny villages and the verdant yet rocky ranges. As we walked through a little market at the entrance, I hardly expected Dhuadhaar to be so enchanting. A teenaged child had volunteered to accompany me and show the falls around. He did approach as a guide but eventually joined with no other purpose but to evade away from his boring job of making lemonade. Its first sight literally took my breath away. We couldn’t talk, the roaring overpowered our voices and we had to shout in order to be audible to others.

I could sit there forever and ever. I would not mind jumping into it, the alluring nature and deceive you to be one with it.

 

The Leap of Faith

While I Just imagined diving into it, I luckily spotted the brave-heart local diver Guru, the hero of Bhedaghat. Confident of his dive in the death fall, he signals his rate. 100  Rupees a jump… 300 rs. A jumppp…. As the tourists would agree, he would move down on the slippery rock and goes straight into the booming river.

Bhedaghat Dhuadhaar travel Madhya Pradesh

‘pachaaas rupayeeee jummp’.. (50 INR a jump), yeah don’t forget to add the ‘wow’ factor to your boat ride and encourage the rising stars of Bhedaghat.

 

No safety gears and no fear. Straight he went as if it was some play.

The day I had watched the famous documentary on the divers of Bhedaghat, it was one of many things I wished to witness here. The way they take a leap and jump into the 600ft deep water and then again climb the slippery rocks is commendable.

The raw talent of India is truly unfathomable.

 

A Jovial Boat Ride with Hilarious Commentary

Boat ride?

Yeah, people might think what is there in just a boat ride? What is so interesting?

Then here comes the twist, passing through the movie locations and museum with a live commentary mocking the movie scene is something you would want to enjoy end number of times.

Bhedaghat Dhuadhaar travel Madhya Pradesh

Passing through the naturally sculpted rocks, the blue rocks and the pinking rocks form a variety of designs. Somewhere you would be shown a monk engrossed in meditation and another side the children(naturally sculpted) would be seen playing on rocks. And the most exhilarating experience would be to pass through the deep gorge where the movie ‘Mohenjodaro’ was shot and the guide would give the commentary of the whole sequence in the funniest manner.

The thrill garnished with a pinch of fun and laughter is what would make your day

Camp at the Edge of the Gorge

The hotels at Bhedaghat are quite expensive no matter what the season is. However, you can try the Parikrama Lodge and can get some discount if you are good at bargaining.

However, we found a better option. There are villages located at the edge of the canyon. You can go to one of them, pitch a tent and enjoy the night under the stars.

‘pachaaas rupayeeee jummp’.. (50 INR a jump), yeah don’t forget to add the ‘wow’ factor to your boat ride and encourage the rising stars of Bhedaghat.

The Balancing Rock and the Madan Mahal Fort

The ‘Butter Ball’ of Mahabalipuram is too famous and has overshadowed its twin in Jabalpur. The rock stands dramatically at the edge of another one. While roaming around the newly built roads of Madan Mahal town, one would hardly imagine a desolate and green forest right near the town. You must take an auto or any other vehicle in order to explore the vast area of Balancing Rock and the Madan Mahal Fort that is now cluttered in ruins.

Chausath Yogini Temple

If you have that history lover in you, you can take the effort to climb the stairs and visit this temple on a mound. And if you are not much religious or history-freak then you can give it a miss.

 

Off the Grid in Orchha, A Rejuvenating Experience in a Bundeli Village

Travel tips

  • How to Reach: Jabalpur is the main railway station to reach Bhedaghat, Govindghat and the Fort. But the Madan Mahal Station (at 10 minutes distance) is more convenient to reach anywhere.
  • Gurudwara Premnagar or Madan Mahal Gurudwara are within walking distance from Madan Mahal Station and may provide you a stay if you are with your family or in a group. Dear solo travelers, they won’t welcome you much. (I, as a solo female traveler, wasn’t allowed in)
  • Where to Stay: Hotel Satyam at Madan Mahal is a cheap stay option. At Bhedaghat, it is almost impossible to find a hotel that costs below INR 1000. Hotel Parikrama may reduce a little on bargaining.
  • If you are a family, the room at the Tourist Rest House would be a perfect and the cheapest place for you.
  • Bhedaghat has a number of good restaurants, but the dhabhas near the main falls ‘Dhuadhaar’ would serve you the authentic/desi taste.
  • Morning time is best for the boat ride at Bhedaghat.
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Ayodhya Beyond Its Controversy, What’s in for a Traveler?

Ayodhya Beyond Its Controversy, What’s in for a Traveler?

Ayodhya is a gem for the travelers as it is totally untouched when it comes to the development from the point of view of tourism. The town of Ayodhya has the temples built by the kingdoms of ancient India that also includes the Kingdoms of South.  While roaming around this temple town, I came across the temples built by the kingdom of Orchha, Golconda, Datia, Banaras and many more. Thus, you get to see the architecture style of each ancient kingdom of India right here in this town. Read more

Kathmandu in a Day; A Crazy Ride With a Night Long Friend

Kathmandu in a Day; A Crazy Ride With a Night Long Friend

Munching on a special bhel near the Lumbini bus stand, I was irked by the strong taste of mustard oil in it and was also preparing myself to travel in a jam-packed bus to Kathmandu. And at the back of my mind, I was praying God to send a lady passenger in the next seat so that I can have a peaceful sleep without much worry. Though, Nepal is quite safe when it comes to solo female travel no matter which country you are from, what you are wearing.

“ I arranged girl sit with girl sit, ok mam?” a person in charge informed us in ‘his’ English and did this without even asking for it ! (God really listens? Hahah) Read more

Planning a Trip to Nepal by Crossing the Border? You Must Read This….

Planning a Trip to Nepal by Crossing the Border? You Must Read This….

While devouring the inordinate tranquility in the Buddhist Town of Shravasti, a Srilankan coupled created enough excitement for me to visit Lumbini. I was just a few kilometers away from Nepal border and had no plan of crossing it.  But the destiny had different plans. The only train moving to Gorakhpur from Shravasti was delayed by 5 hours and there was no chance I could reach Kushinagar before midnight.

And thus was born an impromptu plan to visit Nepal.  Considering that I had no internationally valid ID proof, I was a bit skeptical about the entry. After reaching Nautanwa, I took an auto to reach the border and realised that it wasn’t really a border but looked more like a busy crossroad near Bhindi Bazaar in Mumbai. Read more

The Abandoned Havelis of the Millionaire Merchants of Mandawa

The Abandoned Havelis of the Millionaire Merchants of Mandawa

Shekhawati Region of Rajasthan has recently come to tourist limelight for its opulent havelis and open air art galleries. The distinctive feature of the art is the frescoes that have remained untouched from the brutality of nature and lack of maintenance. Another interesting fact is that the Marwari, Jain or Shekhawati merchants who dealt in business of opium and spices,  are no longer the owners of their lavish creation. Once they shifted to the big cities like Bombay and Kolkata , their havelis were left in hands of the caretaker’s family or were just left abandoned. The life of these caretakers took a dramatic turn after the new property laws post India’s independence.  They were given the ownership of these havelis.

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The Forgotten Kingdom of Tanjore – Your Guide to this Temple Town

The Forgotten Kingdom of Tanjore – Your Guide to this Temple Town

This ‘Rice Bowl of Tamil Nadu’ is also the capital of art and literature of Tamil Nadu that was nourished even under the rule of Marathas and the British. The sweet smiling people of the city add to the beauty of the city along with colourful dancing dolls and shining Thanjavur paintings. This city proves to be a perfect destination for an art and architecture lover and for an explorer in search of a new haunt. It is said to have been named after a demon named “Tanoj”, who wished the town to be named after him. Reaching to this city is quite easy from any main town of Tamil Nadu. There are many amazing places to see in Thanjavur.  Read more

The Golden City Jaisalmer – A Travel Guide

The Golden City Jaisalmer – A Travel Guide

It is said  that if you want to explore the traditional cultural of Rajasthan, head straightaway to Jaisalmer. And this indeed is the best advice. The city of Jaisalmer has successfully preserved and revived its traditional art and culture. The colourful Bandhani Lahengas, paghdis (turbans), most expressive puppets and tinkling ornaments, make this a cultural paradise. There can never be enough description about the architecture on this city that has a magic to leave each one awestruck. Here is the list of things to do in Jaisalmer, so that you don’t miss out the best part of it. Read more

An Alternative to Goa Trip; Beach Town Udupi

An Alternative to Goa Trip; Beach Town Udupi

The moment we hear the name ‘Udupi’ , the spiritual town and  image pops up in the display screen of our mind and at the same time our foody mind scrolls through all the possible images of Udupi  sambhar, vada , idli and dosa. But this little town has one more image of it to show you, the vast blue image of it.

 A few of the beaches in this town are as beautiful as the beaches in the islands of Andaman. Unlike the beaches of Goa and other famous tourist towns, the beaches here are clean and well maintained. Infact, while in Goa, I totally avoided the crowded beaches and instead opted for the exploration of Museums, spice plantation, Portuguese colonies and the temples of Goa.

But Udupi, was altogether a  different experience. Read more