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Scotland of the East – Shillong

Scotland of the East – Shillong!!

Wait wait!! Before booking the tickets for the Real Scotland, have you seen the Scotland of the East?

If not then let me take you to this amazing journey of Shillong.

Shillong is the capital of the Meghalaya. It’s one of the beautiful hill in India. So when you’ll enter this breathtaking hill station, you might feel that it looks like Shimla.

As the name of the state suggests “Meghalaya” which means “clouds are coming” in Hindi, and that is why it’s also known as “The Abode of Clouds“.

Now let’s plan how you would like to travel..

As it is a hill station it doesn’t have a airport and nor the railways!!

So now we’ve limited options which will make your entire journey worth.

One can take a State Bus or a taxi from Guwahati and it will take approximately 2-3 hours( depends upon the weather)

On the way you’ll see some of the best views of the world..

Once you reach there… You can easily find some place for accommodation.

Now as it rains there almost everyday… Its very important to carry a umbrella or a raincoat!!

If you starts with the main city..don’t miss the happening “Police Bazar” for shopping and for the yummy food!

Double decker root bridge and single decker root bridge are the compulsions. If you’re visiting Shillong then it should be on your priority list. It will hardly take 2-3 hours of a journey.

Now let’s move to the Most rainiest place in the world..”Cherrapunji” , It’s rains for 200- 250 days per year..and some little shower could be happen anytime.  And from the top one can see the Bangladesh Border!! Yes If the climate is clear you can easily see the Our lovely neighboring country.

The we’ve some of the beautiful waterfalls in Shillong. The seven sisters falls and the elephanta falls are the most popular ones.

Then we’ve the most wanted place on our list..”Shillong Peak or Shillong Point” . One can see entire Shillong from there..but for this you actually need to make some prayers to your god to make the weather clear and if it’s raining then it’s very tough and the visibility reduces to even 20 Meters.

You might feel proud by saying that Meghalaya has Asia’s cleanest village. Don’t forget to go there.

Even for the army lovers it’s a win win show because here you’ll see the Headquarter of Assam Rifles. Assam Rifles is the oldest Paramilitary force in the country and by just seeing the building once can imagine how huge and beautiful it is!

It’s situated on a high hill so one can spot it easily once you’re in the main city.

Don’t worry air force brats..

Shillong has something for you too!!

The Air Forcr Eastern command is also situation in Shillong..once can take a guess by seeing all those jet and planes which are there for show case. This is one of the beautiful air command in the country as well!

“Mountains are love” is a very small and strong sentence.

All the people out there who Love mountains know how it feels to be surrounded by the mountains, the chirpings of birds, the peace, the cold cold air..    and one’s never gonna get disappointed once you leave this valley.

By Sarita Chahar

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The Thunder Dragon Land – BHUTAN

The goal before starting this beautiful journey to BHUTAN was to enjoy to the fullest and to make memories for the entire life time.

As we don’t get to see the India’s neighboring countries so often, that too with such closeness and supreme advantages.

Before visiting that place I didn’t knew that it’s one of the most happiest place on the planet!! The country which is nearly less than the size of Uttar Pradesh, could be so miraculous, and i think that’s why the famous saying “happiness comes in all shapes and sizes” must have come from there!!

This country unlike the other don’t strongly believe in Gross National Product, they focuses more on Gross National Happiness and it ranks 1st in Asia in Happiness Index !

The term “gross national happiness” was coined by the fourth king of Bhutan, Jigme Singye Wangchuck, in the 1970s and from then only they’ve been focusing on GNH.

As the country is entirely situated on the Greater Himalayan range, it’s cold throughout the year except the two three month ( April-May-June).

The places which I covered was the capital, Thimpu, Paro and Phunsling!

There are two modes of transport which we can use to go bhutan.

One can take a flight from Kolkata or Delhi. Bhutan has only one airport which is located at Paro. If somebodys taking flight then one should be ready for the adventurous trip because the runway is situated between the valley , and the valley is very narrow. Just to add little more spice in your trip, the landing at this airport comes in “Top 10 difficult landing in the World”.

They don’t have railways. So the next and last option is to go by roadways. Roads were bad earlier but now they’re pretty safe as they are handled by “Dantak“.

One can enjoy the rides with the bikes too as I earlier mentioned that it’s all on Himalayas, they have beautiful road with curves.

As it’s another country one is required to carry all the documents carefully. They do have toll checking after every 20km!

They have enormous things which will make you feel that you should shift here permanently!! You’ll see their houses are made up of same structure. They follow same pattern of designs. The only point they keep in mind while building their houses is “the more higher their house is , more the powerful the person is!! They even respect their national dress equally!!

The most important thing which you will spot there is the structure of the monasteries they have monasteries in every district unlike our mayor house or governor house! They have monasteries for their official work.

The super famous monastery is Paro Taktsang monastery (also known as Tiger’s Nest) clings to cliffs above the forested Paro Valley. One of the famous river of Bhutan is Paro-cho.

Today, Bhutan is a Buddhist democratic monarchy, quite an interesting combination .

There’s a strict NO to smoking, and to plastic and there lies the reason why it’s so clean. Once you enter the the capital you’ll realise that they don’t have a single traffic light. It’s a simple happy Buddhist country who believes in peace and they even ride their vehicles slowly.

Now let’s come to the important part of travelling “the food culture

they also have the mix culture of vegetarian and non vegetarian. One can easily spot a good veg or non veg restaurant!!

Don’t forget to try the yum yum momo with the soupy thupka!!

It’s indeed one of the most amazing journey which one should take in their lifetime because it’s worth your time. You might just change your goals after visiting Bhutan!

ARTICLE & IMAGES BY –  SARITA CHAHAR

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Ramnagri Ayodhya

Ayodhya, an Ancient city of India is the birthplace of “Lord Rama” and is famously known for the place where lord ram took jal samadhi.  Ayodhya is believed to be the city built by gods and is still connected to gods as according to the Hindu mythology, “Lord Hanuman” is still with us in Kaliyug and stays in his home Hanuman Garhi , Ayodhya and will be with us till the name of “Lord Rama” is there.

Hanuman Garhi in Ayodhya is the most popular religious temple with quite attractive architecture and admirable monkeys. You’ll find many Pandits and Junior Pandits there, you’ll feel so good when the chota pandits will give you prashad. On the wall of Hanuman Garhi , Hanuman chalisa is written everywhere on the white marbels. The loud voice of people saying “Jai Bajrang Bali and Jai Shree Ram” will give you immense power that you are going to automatically cheer and say “Jai Shree Ram” or “Jai Bajrang Bali”.

According to me, the best place to stay in Ayodhya are the small “Dharamshalas”, you can never get that peace in hotels or anywhere else. Dharamshalas are the best place to meditate and remembering God. You can also attain the morning and evening Arti and have a great memorable time. I’ll suggest you guys to have a talk with the pandits there as they can tell you many unknown mysteries.

Do not worry about the food and don’t even try to eat Chinese or Punjabi food present there in restaurants as Ayodhya is full of small trustworthy dhabas which serves tasty “Dal Roti” and amazing “Poori Sabzi”. The most decent and peaceful dish in Ayodhya is the “Prashad” you’ll buy for temples , the “Besan ke Laddoo” and “PEDA” are the emphasis of Prashad.

People of Ayodhya are really helpful and trustworthy as I parked my bullet at a Halwai’s shop on the trust of him. Ayodhya’s people are really possessive about the temples because they really are emotionally connected with them , so do not ask any question which can hurt their sentiments.

It is believed that many people visit “Sarayu Tat or Ghat” in Ayodhya and wash their sins by taking a bath in “Sarayu River”. Well you can enjoy the  boat rides and bathing session there. Just 10 kms away from “Sarayu Tat” , there is a beautiful ghat named “Guptar Ghat” which is believed to be the spot where Lord Rama took Jal Samadhi. There are many small shops in Ayodhya from which you can buy many religious products and toys.

The best time to visit Ayodhya is in January/February/March/April and October/November/December. You can travel with car or bus or a bike.

Overall, Ayodhya is a sacred decent place located in 135 km east of Lucknow Uttar Pradesh, India, where one can have a great peaceful and religious time. Do visit the place. Let’s Travel-Shavel.

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