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The Tetra Hotels Are Coming To Magnificent Remote Locations With Its Futuristic Pod Concept

An engineering firm living in 3018, called WSP is working on a futuristic concept of hotel. The Tetra Hotel, as they call it, will be popped in some of world’s most magnificent remote locations. Consisting of 42 free-standing futuristic concrete pods, the hotel will allot 62-foot-tall, triangular pods with multiple stories, for stay. While the top floor will be having a skylight with bed under it, the level below will have restroom with shower. The level below bathroom will be living room and finally lowest level will be an office with desk provided.

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The common areas would be glass-encased so the guests can enjoy unobstructed views of the surrounding landscape. That’s not all, these areas will have bars, restaurant and separate areas for exhibition.

Talking about the locations, WSP has eyes on places like Canada, New Zealand, Norway, Cape Verde, Portugal, United Kingdom, Spain and Andorra. The first location, however, is to be revealed within a month or two. The pod hotels are designed to be built in remote locales, using local raw materials only; keeping in mind a sustainable development. These structures will be carbon-neutral, and are inspired by David Ajasa-Adekunle’s TetraShed modular office concept.

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Reasons Why A Weekend Trip To Kausani Will Totally Spoil You

Kausani has been rightly titled as the Switzerland of India by Mahatma Gandhi. This picturesque hill station is a haven that satiates wanderlust and takes you away from the monotonous city life.

Snuggled in the Himalayas, Kausani is a part of Kumaon region in Uttarakhand which is bestowed with rich biodiversity. While there are many reasons to visit Kausani, we have listed the top 9 that you won’t be able to resist.

But before we move ahead with the list of reasons to visit Kausani, here’s a quick run through some important information that will help you plan a trip a Kausani.

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Summer season is the best time to visit Kausani, when the weather is pleasant and offers respite from scorching heat. However, the lovely hill station can be visited anytime of the year. If you love snow, winter is also a good time to visit Kausani.

Kausani Weather

  • April to June: With temperature ranging between 10 degrees celsius and 27 degrees celsius, the three summer months are considered to be the best time to visit Kausani. This is also the peak season. So, make sure you book accommodation and transportation well in advance.
  • July to September: Monsoon brings average rain showers in Kausani, eventually leading to a greener vista and pleasant weather.
  • October to February: During winter months, temperature in Kausani ranges from 0 degree celsius to 15 degree celsius. Average to heavy snowfall turns the whole landscape into a white wonderland. Don’t forget heavy woolens at home if you’re visiting Kausani in winters.

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Cemented trail covered in mist

Kausani is easily accessible via different modes of transportation.

  • By cab: Car rental and cab facilities to reach Kausani from Delhi are easily available. If you want to drive to Kausani, go for ZoomCar and Cars On Rent. You can reach Kausani from Delhi in a cab/car in 10 hours 30 minutes. If you’re coming from Chandigarh, the journey is 12 hour 30 minutes long.
  • By bus: Direct buses from Delhi to Kausani are not yet available. One has to board a bus from Delhi to Haldwani and then from Haldwani to Kausani. Estimated time to reach Kausani from Delhi, in bus, is 10 hours.
  • By train: If someone prefers train, he needs to take train from Delhi or Chandigarh to Haldwani and then from Haldwani board a bus heading towards Kausani. Estimated time to be taken to reach Kausani from Delhi, in train, is 12 hours 30 minutes.
  • By air: Nearest airport from Kausani is located in Pant Nagar, 178 km away (5 hours). This domestic airport is directly connected to Delhi. From Pantnagar, one can opt for a bus ride or cab to reach Kausani. Estimated time to be taken to reach from Delhi to Kausani, via air, is 8 hours.

Easy connectivity, and all-year-round pleasant weather too are the reasons to visit Kausani. But the most compelling ones are as follows:

1. It is a quick weekend getaway from Delhi and is blessed with pristine beauty.

Road to Kausani

Kausani is among the most beautiful weekend getaways from Delhi for people in search of sheer tranquility and pristine natural beauty. The hill station is located in Uttarakhand, and has been called ‘Switzerland of India’ by Mahatma Gandhi, owing to stark similarities of the mountainscape. With pine groves strewn through, Kausani is a great place for nature walks. And while you explore the deepest secrets of its woods, you’ll attain sheer tranquility.

Distance from Delhi: 412 km (9.5 hours)

2. Kausani is a trekker’s paradise.

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For those who love to lose themselves in nature’s lap, Kausani is a treasure. You can choose from the lighter ones like treks Rudradhari Falls & Caves to the slightly challenging ones like the trek to Pindari – the options are plenty. On treks of higher altitudes, there are fair chances for you to spot animals like Snow Leopard, Musk Deer, and Blue Sheep.

Trekking places in and near Kausani: Rudradhari, Kafni Glacier, Baijnath Temple, Pinnath, Pindari, and Sunderdhunga Glacier

3. You get to camp under the stars in Kausani.

Camps in Kausani

Camping in Kausani is done in unexplored surroundings that give a peace of mind, by keeping you closer to nature’s beauty without compromising on basic necessities. If you’re a peace lover, stargazing, nature walks, and bird watching tours will engage you. Adventure-seekers can indulge in various activities such as mountain biking, rock climbing, and rappelling.

Best camps in Kausani: Eco Adventure Camp, Padampuri Camps, and Camp Kalsi

4. Winters in Kausani turn it into a wonderland.

Snowfall in Kausani

Winters in Kausani bring snowfall, which eventually make the mountainscape look like a wonderland. Snow covered hills and chilling weatherthat too in a tranquil hill-station like Kausaniisn’t something you’d want to miss.

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5. A delight for the ornithologists and the bird lovers, Kausani will surprise you with colorful bird population.

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Birdwatching is one of the best things to do in Kausani. As you’ll wander through the walkways embraced by bushes and trees, the birds will keep you company in Kausani. Peacock, Great Hornbill, Grey Winged Blackbird, Safed Teetar, Common Hill Partridge, and Red Billed Blue Magpie are some of the birds you can expect to see here.

6. The tea estates will leave you hanging around, both for the taste and the views.

 Tea Estate in Kausani

The Kausani Tea Estate, one of the top tourist attractions in Kausani, is spread across 208 acres of area and can be counted as that perfect chilling heaven for a tea-lover. The staff members of the estate guide the visitors and tell them about the tea manufacturing processes. Also, tourists can taste and buy Darjeeling-style long grain & other kinds of teas at affordable price.

7. Rudradhari Falls and Caves form the ultimate backdrop you want for your selfies.

Rudradhari Waterfall near Kausani

Located amid the paddy fields, terraced farms, and rich pine-covered woods, Rudradhari Falls & caves combine to form one of the most beautiful places to visit in Kausani and thus make a perfect backdrop for your selfies. It’s located just 12 km away from Kausani, in Adi Kailash Region, and can be reached through an easy trek. As per the legends, this place is associated with Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu.

8. There are ashrams that tell inspiring tales of history.

Anasakti Ashram

While in Kausani, you’ll come across ashrams like Lakshmi Ashram (also known as Sarla Ashram) and Anasakti Ashram. Lakshmi Ashram was built back in 1964, and it serves as an orphanage for girls. Tourists visit this place for the views, history, and inspiration.

Right next to Lakshmi Ashram is Gandhi Ashram (Also known as Anasakti Ashram), which mainly is a museum built as a tribute to Mahatma Gandhi. He once visited Kausani and fell in love with its scenic beauty. His book Anashakti Yog was written here. Many of Gandhi’s books and pictures are kept on display for public viewing.

9. Religious shrines in Kausani cast magic.

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The spiritual aura of Kausani is yet another of many reasons to visit Kausani. Baijnath Temple, Katarmal Temple, and Bageshwar Temple are among the most famous temples in Kausani owing to the legends and history. Also, the panoramic view adds on as a bonus.

Baijnath Temple is located on the banks of Gomti River. This 12th century is a visual treat as the sculptures and carvings showcase excellent artistry of the olden era. Bageshwar Temple holds Uttarayani Fair every January and attract a huge crowd. It’s nestled near the confluence of Saryu and Gomti. The 9th century Katarmal Sun Temple is acclaimed for its history and metallic carving and sculpture.

Now that you’re convinced. Get set to and explore this lovely paradise. Don’t forget to share your experience.

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Ditch The Long Road & Fly To Kolhapur From Mumbai Within 90 Min!

Traveling To Kolhapur from Mumbai just got easier! Thanks to Air Deccan the duration of travel has reduced to about 6 hours to 90 minutes. The Mumbai-Kolhapur flight has come as a boon for the travelers, and in fact the services are frequent, operating three times a week; Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Sundays.

The flights will take off from Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport at 1:15 pm and will land at Kolhapur Airport by 2:25 pm. The return flight from Kolhapur, will leave at 3:05 pm and will land in Mumbai at 4:05 pm. The aircraft is an 18-seater Beechcraft with ticket prices as low as INR 2,500; as 50 percent of the seats are reserved under Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik (UDAN) scheme by the Government of India, launched with an intent to connect regional destinations by air.

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With passing time, increase of frequency to six times will be under the plan. The airline, Air Deccan is indeed vigorously working on connecting regional destinations with major cities. Soon, Delhi will be connected to places such as Agra, Shimla, Dehradun, Pantnagar, Kullu and Ludhiana by air. Recently, Air Deccan connected Shillong with Agartala, Tripura through its low-cost air service. They are also serving to connect other smaller towns such as Jamshedpur, Nashik and Jalgaon.

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This Cliff Camp 60 Feet Above English Channel Is Not For Faint Hearted

An adventure-enthusiast, Eddy Young has introduced a B&B in Dorset that puts all the adventure stays to shame. Here, you’ll be sleeping on a hammock suspended 60 feet above the English Channel. And of course you won’t dare to toss and turn while you sleep!

This unique cliff camping experience, or portaledge, is described as “a tent in the world of vertical life.” Young’s Adventure Solutions, the company mentions on their website “a sense of adventure is most important,” and we couldn’t agree more. “The clients will stay tied to a harness and the portaledge sinks a bit in the middle to stop you rolling off,” says Eddy Young.

Cliff camping in Dorset

Talking of the pricing, it would cost you around 640 USD for a single guest/adventurer to stay overnight, the cost of dinner is included in the tariff. But if you are traveling with another like-minded traveler, the cost comes down to 355 USD per person. And if there are more than three people in the group, Young’s Adventure Solutions need to be contacted directly for arrangements.

However, if staying overnight sounds a lot for you, you can opt to have lunch and behold sunset from the hammock B&B. It would definitely cost a lot cheaper. Until now, according to a report by Daily Mail, this cliff camp has hosted just 6 people. Even though the whole experience, even a sight of it, makes us wonder how dangerous it would be, Young assures it indeed is safe and comfy.

Cliff Camp 60 Feet Above English Channel

Don’t know about others, but if you are already smitten by the idea of cliff camping with Young’s Adventure Solution, make sure you carry warm and comfortable clothing, shoe, prescribed medications and other essentials you think you cannot go an adventure-filled day without.

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Luxury Coaches In The All New Tejas Express To Go SMART! Indian Railways Is Zooming @200 Kmph

Indian Railways is taking a giant leap forward and this has been clearly evident in the recent advancements. This development comes in the form of all SMART and luxurious coaches of Tejas Express. The new futuristic trains from Indian Railways will take customer experience to another level. And the snapshots of the supposed development would leave you stunned. As the coaches turn smart, the definition of Indian Railways journeys is all set to be changed from convenience to luxury!

The onus has been put on the improved experience and safety of passengers. To ensure all of this, they have introduced an array of ultra-modern facilities in the Smart coaches. In coming times, the Indian Railways is already looking to escalate the introduction of similar smart coaches in trains.

Indian Railways's new train Tejas to be flagged off from Mumbai for Goa tomorrow, arrived in platform number 18 of CST on Sunday morning. Express photo by Nirmal Harindran, 21st May 2017, Mumbai.

To see all this taking effect smoothly, the Rail Coach Factory (RCF) Kapurthala has been assigned the responsibility to deliver around 107 SMART coaches in the current financial year. SMART or Specific Modified Aesthetic Reform Travel coaches will be unveiled to the world with Tejas Express and will flaunt modern aircraft-like features thus ensuring optimum comfort. The manufacturing cost of one coach would come around 3 crore rupees which will vary depending on the class (executive class or chair car) of the coach.

“SMART coach will have all the features of Tejas, this is a project that was given to us by the Railway Board and we have taken it up as a challenge. Last year, the Tejas Express that was rolled out between Mumbai and Goa had SMART coaches but this year’s coaches will have many more features,” says Satya Prakash Trivedi, GM of RCF

“Basically we are manufacturing Tejas coaches, which can also be called SMART coaches. The second Tejas rake will roll out in May and third will be ready sometime in June or July. In total we will make 107 SMART coaches this year, that is roughly 6 train rakes,”

“Based on the feedback that we received for the first Tejas Express, we have added features such as Venetian blinds on windows, automatic interconnecting doors between coaches that will either open/close automatically or passengers will have to press a button next to the door. We have also changed the color-scheme of seats a bit. The overall experience would be completely aircraft-like,”

Highlights of the SMART coaches of Tejas Express

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  • Ergonomic seating with improved cushioning and upholstery
  • New color scheme and anti-graffiti vinyl sheets
  • Attendant calling buttons
  • Wi-Fi facility
  • Smart windows with automatic Venetian blinds
  • Adjustable and personalized reading lights
  • Dust sealed gangways, fire and smoke detection and suppression system
  • LED lighting
  • CCTV systems
  • Vending machines for tea and coffee
  • Integrated Braille displays, toilet occupancy indicators
  • Bio-vacuum toilets with modular sensor-based fittings
  • Electronic Passenger reservation chart

The Tejas Express train which will be second of its kind with SMART coaches is believed to run on the Delhi-Chandigarh route. The first one was operated between Mumbai and Goa!

Indian Railways is making rapid as well as remarkable advancements and we couldn’t get any happier!

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A Virtual Tour Of The Resort Where You Can Meet Asiatic Lions In The Lap Of Luxury!

Shaggy brown mane, golden paws, and a mighty roar, this describes the great Asiatic Lion; and if you’re an enthusiast, Woods at Sasan, located on the fringes of Gir National Park is going to be your wonderland.

Created by 1000 Island, this is the first ever hand-crafted eco-boutique luxury and spa in Gir Forest, and the only place where one can see the gorgeous Asiatic Lions in the wild. With minimal intrusions to the wildlife, the resort is built within an 8-acre mango orchard and offers ultimate luxury.

The property is just 60 km from the ancient Portuguese settlement of Diu and 40 km from Junagadh (a medieval town). Besides the big beast, the Gir is also home to over 300 species of wild birds. It could be the best place to lose yourself in the wilderness and be at peace.

the beautiful woods at sasan resort amid green field

The gorgeous Woods at Sasan amid a vast green field!

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This wildlife experience comes with some serious luxuries.

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Inside the minimalistic yet gorgeous restaurant at Woods at Sasan

a gorgeous living room of a resort

A classy and uncluttered living room for those lazy moments

a gorgeous bedroom with national park views

A tastefully designed bedroom with views of the wild world!

an open air restaurant at woods at Sasan

An outdoor restaurant for a cup of coffee amid the serenity

making mud pots

And if you’re bored waiting for the lions to appear from their dens, you can try your hands on pottery while your kids learn some cooking lessons.

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A Look Inside Kew Gardens’ Revamped Temperate House

The world’s largest Victorian glasshouse, the Temperate House, at the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew opened its doors following a 5-year restoration project costing £41 million. First opened in 1863, the reopening of the Temperate House marks the 155th anniversary of this iconic structure.

After reopening, the glasshouse contains over 10,000 plants from 1,500 species, including some of the rarest and most threatened plants on Earth.

In 2011, a government report said that a renovation was required within three years if the structures were to survive. 155 years is a long time and the structure started showing major signs of ageing. So a grand restoration project started in 2013 and the greenhouse was covered in a large tent.

The renewed Temperate House is opened with about 69,000 elements removed, cleaned, and restored/replaced, and 15,000 new panes of glass installed.

people holding plat pots in Temperate house

A photo by Chris J Ratcliffe

A photo by Jeff Eden

A photo by Jeff Eden

A photo by Olivia Heath

A photo by Olivia Heath

a beautiful view of Temperate House

inside the grand Temperate House

Richard Barley, the director of horticulture at Kew, said in a statement released by The Guardian: “It’s been amazing watching this project unfold, the building emerges gloriously and some of the world’s rarest plants safely reach their home.”

The project’s lead architect, Aimée Felton said: “The restoration of the Temperate House has been a complex and immensely rewarding project, recalibrating contemporary understanding of Victorian architecture and the development of past innovations,.”

Although it may take decades for the plants to grow fully, it’ll be a great opportunity for those who have been waiting for the renovation to end. It’ll also be a good chance to see the plants in a new light for tourists as well as the local community.

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Rachna’s Sri Lanka Family Tour Will Make The Wanderer In You Envious

They say traveling leaves you speechless and then turns you into a storyteller. But what would you expect when a writer embarks on a vacation?! Well, the narration will be your own gateway to the places she set foot, food she savored and the experiences she’ll cherish till the end of time. Rachna Prabhakar went to explore Sri Lanka with her husband and kid for five memorable days. Her story is surely something that will spark envy, but the little details she provides will be your first-hand guide to Sri Lanka. Right from the places she visited, to shopping, hotels and more, you’ll find key takeaways if your Sri Lankan vacation is around the corner too! Let’s dive to her voyage now.

When you travel, you escape from routine and responsibilities. And that’s exactly what our Sri Lankan vacation gave us – a drift away from emails, calls, messages, chores etc. We booked this 5 days 4 nights Sri Lanka family tour package and Travel Triangle helped a great deal in getting us in touch with travel operators from planned our destination. And we are glad we chose Amara Lanka. Right from the contact person and our driver-cum-guide, to the choice of itinerary and service- it was all perfect!

We chose to travel on 25th December during the peak tourist day and season in Lanka. We reached Colombo really early on 25th and met the representative at the airport. Our itinerary began from Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage. And because we spent our earlier night at Bangalore Airport and we reached Colombo at an unearthly hour; we snored through our travel to Pinnawala. Sri Lankan roads and perfect driving skills helped us sleep like babies.

Trip Type: Family
Duration: 4 nights 5 days
Dates: 25th December – 29th December 2017
Total Trip Cost: INR 37,000
Agent Name: Amara Lanka Tours
Inclusions: Breakfast, airport transfer, sightseeing, entry fees
Exclusions: Flights, visa

1. Pinnawala

Enjoying in Pinnawala

Our journey began from Elephant Orphanage, one of the places to visit in Sri Lanka. Contradictory to common belief, the elephants aren’t kept in bondage, making it a happy place to spend time and play with elephants and their babies.

The elephants were so friendly, we couldn’t really get enough of them. So, after the orphanage we went ahead for an indulging elephant ride, arranged by a privately-run organization. We were greeted by a lovely elephant, a 75 year old Raja, on a little high mound above the lake. The idea was to go down to the lake, get in the waters and climb back up. It may sound easy, but doing so riding an elephant was indeed thrilling.

Shopping experience
Being a place that’s majorly about elephants, you can find many shops in Pinnawala selling merchandise made out of elephant dung, like elephant dung paper for those who are interested in such novelty. But that’s not all, you can bag other handicraft items as well, but I would say they are certainly on the expensive end.

2. Sigiriya

Rachna's family in Sigiriya

After Pinnawala was a 2-hour long journey to yet another gem, Sigiriya or Sinhagiri as it’s also called. We travelled through narrow pathways in tall grasslands, and when you begin to doubt the possibility of civilization this far, you suddenly chance upon a few cottages. This is the place you come to when you crave an escape from city’s humdrum for a little while, so you can connect with nature without having to compromise with basic necessities.

In the evening, we climbed the iconic Lion Rock. The climb was long, extremely crowded but we still had fun since it was a different experience. The flight of stairs, as it takes you upwards, allow you a magnificent view of the surrounding, and you may stumble upon monkeys and friendly dogs as you make your way towards the top.

Distance between Pinnawala and Sigiriya: 98 km (2.5 hours approximately)

3. Dambulla

Rachna Dambulla

On the way to Dambulla, we visited Premadasa Gems, watched a quick film on gem mining and shopped for couple of knick and knacks. However, if you want you can buy masks, paintings and other handicrafts, but you may find them expensive. Getting back on the road, we finally reached Dambulla Cave Temple in another 15-17 minutes. The climb to this marvel is short, the interiors are enchanting, and oh, the views! The scenic panorama will have your jaws dropped. There are a number of Buddha statues and the rooms capture sunlight and illuminate the entire place very beautifully.

Distance between Sigiriya and Dambulla: 19 km (half an hour approximately)

4. Kandy

Rachna's click in Kandy

Since shopping is one of the best things to do in Kandy, we went ahead for it. After a good shopping session, we visited the Temple of Tooth Relic. The Buddhist temple is a part of the royal palace complex of the erstwhile Kingdom of Kandy.

We got free by 8:30 pm and decided to go somewhere for dinner. But it was rather disappointing to see that many restaurants were either closed or almost closing, but KFC came to our rescue and that’s where we had our dinner.

Shopping experience
You’d be bewitched looking at colorful crafty items arrayed in the market, and if you are looking for practicing your bargaining skills Kandy’s markets would be a great place to go for it. Our driver took us to a small art and craft place called Skilled Hands. They had a pretty decent and good collection of masks, the very famous paintings on velvet, artifacts, fridge magnets and other knick-knacks. We picked up a few masks and paintings as souvenirs.

We also visited Kandy City Centre as the shopaholic in us just wasn’t going lazy. The mall has some interesting places to shop in such as Glitz. Many items were quite reasonable and good in quality.

Distance between Dambulla and Kandy: 73 km (2 hours and 15 minutes approximately)

5. Nuwara Eliya

Rachna's kid in Nuwara Eliya

Nuwara Eliya is a beautiful hill station with picturesque locations. Our first stop was at Hanuman Temple; where, as per the legend, Lord Hanuman stayed before he went for rescuing Sita. Later, we had lunch at a humble vegetarian place just outside the temple called Hotel Annapurna offering good food and great hospitality. Next, we visited Ramboda Waterfalls and the Tea Factory. As the day was coming to an end, we dined at Indian Summer restaurant for dinner and were pleasantly surprised by the wonderful Indian flavors.

Distance between Kandy and Nuwara Eliya: 77 km (2.5 hours approximately)

6. Sitavan and Bentota

Temple in Sri Lanka

The next morning we left for Bentota but before that, we drove though Nuwara Eliya and visited Seetha Amman, a temple of historical and cultural significance. The stark contrast of the color of the temple against the dark green trees of Ashok Vatika was a sight to behold. If you are driving to Bentota from Nuwara Eliya and are an adventure enthusiast; you must try river rafting and other watersports on the way. It was the longest drive and so we slept through the exhaustion of packed days.

Rachna in Sri Lanka

We passed through the town of Avissawella and had a fabulous Sri Lankan lunch at Avissawella Rest House. This was like one of the hidden gems and if you happen to pass through this town; do step in here for Rice and Curry. We reached Bentota in the evening and checked in to Hotel Laluna Resort.

Distance between Nuwara Eliya and Bentota: 520 km (5.5 hours approximately)

Rachna and her husband in Sri Lanka

7. Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery and Ambalangoda (Bentota)

Kasgoda Turtle Hatchery

On the way to Ambalangoda; we went to the Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery that is worth a visit. If you are interested in arts; you must pay a visit to Ambalangoda Mask Museum and also the Batik Factory where you can get a glimpse of how the very popular masks and batik work are done.

Ambalangoda Mask Museum

8. Colombo

Shopping in Colombo

We then drove down to Colombo and reached the city around 3.45 PM on the last day of our tour. We had lunch at Manhattan Fish Market and really enjoyed the food. We drove around the city, checked out the malls and shopping centers but they were all too expensive to pick up anything from.
Distance between Bentota and Colombo: 83 km (2 hours approximately)

RHO Sigiriya by D – Sigiriya

RHO SIGIRIYA

Image credit: RHO Sigiriya Facebook

RHO has a lovely swimming pool overlooking a serene lake and the owners had also set up a wonderful barbecue for the evening. We were so overwhelmed with RHO Sigiriya. Come night, we were exhausted and slept like logs until 9 am in to the next morning. We were served some amazing Sri Lankan breakfast and thereafter, we bid goodbye to the place. We enjoyed the stay here most of all. RHO Sigiriya is a property in the middle of a tranquil locality, blessed with lush greenery.

Hotel Liyya Residence – Kandy

liyya Residence.

Image credit: Hotel Liyya Residence

We checked in to Hotel Liyya Residence where rooms were small but neat and comfy. The hotel’s interiors are made to look classy with warm tones. If you are looking for more privacy, the Deluxe Room would be a perfect choice as the rooms also feature a private balcony.

Hotel Serene Bungalow – Nuwara Eliya

Serene Bungalow

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The only downside in our vacation was the stay at this hotel. For starters, it didn’t seem like a hotel; forget the 2.5 stars the travel operator marked them with. But since we were there already; we stayed put for the night and got out first thing in the morning.

Hotel Laluna Resort – Bentota

Laluna Resort

The resort overlooks the backwaters. We were staying in one of the rooms in the first floor and hence the views from the patio were scenic, tranquil, and beautiful. We visited the beach in the evening and had loads of fun.

  • Sri Lankan restaurants and most shopping places close early for the day. Hence, be prepared for such eventualities.
  • If you are shopping in Sri Lanka, make sure you bargain because most often you will be surprised to know that the final price you pay is much less than half the originally mentioned price.
  • Check for authenticity of handicrafts if you are interested in picking up only originals.
  • Don’t underestimate the traffic conditions, especially when in Kandy. We were to watch the Kandy Cultural Dance Show but unfortunately traffic was so bad that we couldn’t get to the place on time.
  • You may get charged at least four times more than a local would for visiting any place in this country. Make sure you interact with locals to confirm the prices of different items, even estimate transportation tariff charged by drivers.
  • Spending time with the elephants in Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage and riding an elephant to take the tour around the lake
  • A challenging yet beautiful climb to the Lion Rock
  • The artistry in and views from Dambulla Cave Temple
  • Souvenir shopping in Kandy’s Skilled Hands
  • Watersports enroute Bentota
  • Our time at the Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery
  • We missed a few activities due to lack of time
  • Madu river safari
  • Floating market of Pettah
  • A few places in Colombo like Gangaramaya Temple and Barefoot Gallery
  • Kandy Cultural Dance Show

Rachna had the best time of her life while she was on her Sri Lanka family tour. It’s time you too gift yourself and your loved ones the priceless gift of travel with a customised Sri Lanka tour package by TravelTriangle.

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Foreigners Can Now Travel To Nagaland, Mizoram & Manipur Without A Permit!

The Home Ministry has decided to relax the 6-decade-old PAP or Protected Area Permit regime from Nagaland, Mizoram & Manipur for 5 years, which is undoubtedly a great news for foreigners planning to visit these 3 states in the near future.

However, it does not apply to the foreign tourists travelling to India from Pakistan, China, and Afganistan. Under
Foreigners (Protected Areas) Order, 1958, all the areas that fall between the Inner Line and the International Border of some states were declared as protected areas.

Those protected areas include the entire Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram, Nagaland, Manipur, Sikkim, some parts of Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan, and J&K.

In Sikkim, there are some parts that fall under protected area regime or are restricted. In order to promote tourism in these 3 states, the government keeps exempting such restrictions time to time.

a tourist with monks

One of the officials said, “A review is underway to lift the PAP from other areas too.” As per the guidelines, a foreign national is not normally allowed to visit a protected or restricted area unless the government is satisfied that there are extraordinary reasons to justify his or her visit.

In normal cases, foreigners (except the citizens of Bhutan), who wish to enter the protected areas are required to obtain a special permit from a competent authority having the power to issue such permits.

Necessary powers have been given to various authorities to issue such permits without the prior approval of The Ministry of Home Affairs to facilitate foreign tourists subject to the certain exceptions.

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Delhi-Mumbai Super Expressway To Beat Rajdhani’s Travel Time By 4 Hours & We’re Tripping Already!

The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways plans to construct a Delhi-Mumbai Super Expressway that will sort all your weekend plans soon. And once this Super Expressway is completed, it will enable the commuters to travel between the cities in a matter of just 12 hours. You read that right!

Considered to be a part of the Bharatmala Pariyojana programme that focuses on constructing a total of 34,800 kilometers across India, you will soon be able to zip zap zoom via the Delhi-Mumbai Super Expressway and cover a distance of 1,400 odd kilometers at a speed of 120km/h in 12 hours approx.

Delhi-Mumbai Super Expressway

The best part is, the work has already begun. The route at present takes about 25 hours to travel from Delhi NCR to Mumbai. And to have cut this time by half, is indeed an achievement in its own.

Gurugram —> Jaipur —> Kota —> Vadodara —> Mumbai

At present, the traveling time of Rajdhani Express from Delhi to Mumbai stands at a total of 16 long hours. Sounds tiring right? Well in future you don’t have to go through all such hassles and thanks (in advance) to the Delhi-Mumbai Super Expressway.

This not only means that finally a long weekend in Mumbai and Delhi would soon be possible for the locals of both the cities in near future but this Delhi-Mumbai Super Expressway will also beat the travel time of the super fast Rajdhani Express by 4 hours.

Delhi highways

Apart from all that, launch of this Delhi-Mumbai Super Expressway will not only cut down on your extra expends on booking last-minute flights but will also save all your time and effort that went into standing in those never-ending queues for booking railway tickets.

While the project of this Super Expressway is expected to be concluded in a period of about 15 months, do let us know what you feel about this great initiative in the comments below.