There are several getaways in and around Chennai that guarantee a break from monotony for travelers. Let’s take a look at a few of these getaway destinations, most notably Madurai, Kumbakonam, Pondicherry and Pulicat.
Visit the lotus-shaped temple town of Madurai and get busy discovering not just themagnificent temples but several hidden gems like the famed fish market at the heart of Madurai, the Gandhi Museum with the clothes he wore on his last day, and the Thirumalai Nayak’s palace among others. The aroma of jasmines, the Jallikattu festival, and the Meenakshi 10-day festival called Thirukalyanam are not to be missed and unique to Madurai.
Ever been with a starry-eyed young professional with promise, raring to take the world by storm and into his own hands? It was among that lot that I was a part of, and it had been quite a while since I had lost the sense of purpose of being with the family both mentally and physically. To not let matters get out of hand, literally, I planned an impromptu trip to a hill station in the southern part of India. My friends were quite puzzled on my travel plans when they knew my domestic harmony was at stake. My answer to them was simple. It is not the threat of losing my way with my family, but the thought of putting into perspective as to what I wanted to do with my life, the very inspiration of my tryst with travel.
Mysore is a dynamic city – full of culture and history. The route from Bangalore to Mysore is one of the busiest in the region and full of its own attractions too. From Ramanagara, which is now an adventure hub, to the gushing Shivasamudram falls in Mandya, the 150-km route along NH275 is full of scenic surprises. Customers are saving on the Bangalore to Mysore cab fare by choosing car rentals for a more wholesome trip experience. Even for business travelers, a rented car gives them more control over their schedule.
As a business hub, Mysore is an important centre of industry, tech and trade. Its offices and industrial sectors are spread across the city. When travelling for work from Bangalore to Mysore, an end-to-end solution is always preferred. A rented car is ideal for a business trip, a transport option available at all times for those meeting shuttles and site visits, along with the transit between the two cities.
Bangalore, a quaint town has emerged as a leading IT hub inviting national and multinational firms and professionals from all over India. Calling Bangalore aka Bengaluru as a city with heterogeneous population from across various tradition and culture will not be a far fetched statement. Bangalore airport which was earlier associated with the Indian Air Force predominantly has now turned out to be an active hub known as Kempegowda International Airport inviting international airlines to make a halt over here. It is now possible to travel to Middle East, London, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Singapore, Bangkok and many more popular international destinations from here.
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Travel has now become a part of our regular routine. More often if you are a traveler of air-conditioned coaches in trains, it makes it easy to travel by flights instead. It saves time and efforts. This can be possible only when we know when to book our flights unlike the train system where the tickets price remains stable and the earliest booking gets a confirmed seat though we cannot commit on the seating comfort. Flights have a different algorithm and so prices vary and the rules of railways just do not apply here. How do we get the best deal in air tickets? Travel search engines such as Skyscanner are a great help in helping us in this effort. A recent survey of Indian travelers revealed 72% do not know when is the best time to book flights. A survey by Skyscanner unveiled 69% of travellers incorrectly estimate that the best air fares can be found less than 12 weeks before departure, when in fact the best deals are snapped up by travellers who plan in advance.
We had a long pending visit to Ujjain and Omkareshwar and since young when I studied history, Ujjain has always enamored me. So finally, we decided to make it and our travel began with train tickets to Bhopal and travel in car from there on a round trip to Ujjain and Omkareshwar. One hard lesson we learnt is never trust cab services of Ola or Uber on a weekend. It took 45 minutes for us to get a vehicle to Madras Central and thankfully for clear roads and green signals, we would not have made it to our train on time.
We have been hearing so much about better services in long distance trains and to utter disappointment, Tamilnadu Express food remained the same as we have seen few years back. The only solace was cleaner toilets. We reached Bhopal at 8.30 PM the next day and stayed overnight at our friend’s place who won us over with their hospitality. Our friend suggested that we visit Kharjana Ganesh Temple in Indore on the way to Ujjain. The temple is maintained by volunteers and is a very famous temple in the area.
Ever heard someone who has been to Northern India, specifically the Himalayan range, and has returned saying “Well, it wasn’t much”? We dare you to find someone who would be so out of snap to have said that. The Indian subcontinent is home to the breathtaking Himalayan Range that spans across ten of the Northern-North-eastern states. What is more intriguing about the Himalayas is the opportunity it accords everyone to test their will against odds. It is a dream comes true for many of us to set afoot in the Himalayas. There is a specific notion towards the trekking experience many an Indian and people from the word over have so many fond and not-so-fond memories of. We have seen numerous fictional and non-fictional encounters in the current day that has its root at the trekking experiences of many world-renowned climbing teams, and people, per se.
One of the trips we endeavor to take and prominent in our bucket list is Zurich. We do not belong to the category with a long itinerary moving from one place to another packaging a tight schedule. We are the casual travelers interested in exploring the local environment and little known places from a traveler perspective. So it is Zurich having read, heard about it a lot from friends, magazines and websites. One of the key influence for this interest is Yatra website we connect often for our travel needs. They have such wonderful packages for Swiss and for a mountain lover with keen interest in enjoying nature at its best; it is not surprising Zurich made it to the top of the list. We have the itinerary made and should make it sometime very soon.
It’s Friday again. We are back with final episode of Director Naga’s Shanmatam series. It is going to be the continuation of the previous episodes where he talked about the abstract mind relating to various forms of Gods. Last week he has covered Vishnu, Shiva and Sakthi. If you have missed out on this episode, you can check it in MyTra – Director Naga Delves Deeper in Shanmatam
Human understanding always is based on the faith we have on the subject. In the shanmatam series, we have been seeing the origin of Hinduism which turned out to be more geographical than religion. We have also seen the different deities and their possible origins from the human perspective. Interestingly, we could even see the deities attached to regions of India. Possibly the relation of the deity to the regions will be another research subject that we have on hand.
It is Friday again. A quick recap on what has been happening with Mystic Traditions MyTra. We ran a contest in Facebook #AskNaga campaign for people interested in asking any question to the Director with such expertise and knowledge. People who have watched his Marmadesam, Rudra Veenai and Chidambara Rahasyam will vouch for it. The contest ran till April 30th 2016. The deal was questions selected by Director Naga will be answered by him personally. We had some interesting questions from the members of the Interaction forum and we are awaiting the final result from the Director. We will announce it soon.
We started the theatre section to showcase stage plays shot live for the benefit of stage play lovers all over the world. We inaugurated it with the Tamil stage play “Thodarum” by K.Vivekshankar. The subject being plagiarism, it is a nice play to watch uploaded in 6 parts. Do check out the Full Thodarum Play in MyTra.
Now to the video of the week from Director Naga exploring Ancient India and our practices. For the ones interested in getting to the exploration mode, this series on Shanmatam is a food for thought. We saw the origin of Shanmatam last week with a brief introduction to the six forms and in this video, he delves into the abstract and the human mind in his own style.
Transit stay is one of the reasons we avoid taking a break during our travel. Specifically when we travel by car, what we would need is a refresh point and a mild rest which would be just few hours. As we normally travel as a family, we look for a decent accommodation and we end up paying a good sum for the whole day though we use up hardly few hours. Now it is good news for transit passengers, roadies, and day travelers. If microblogging has taken the world by storm, here is an addition, welcome to the new concept of Microstays. We can book hourly stay for a minimum of 3 hours, 6 hours and 12 hours. The best part of it is the places available for stay are not some obscure lodges or inns but leading budget, boutique and star hotels.