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The Musafir Stories - India Travel Podcast

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The Musafir Stories is an audio podcast that documents Indian travel tales. Each episode, we share the journey of travelers in their own words and relive their experience with you, our listeners. The sole aim of our podcast is to share the rich experiences of traveling in India and inspire listeners to take the leap of faith, grab those backpacks and set out to explore the beautiful and exotic country, India!
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This week, The Musafir Stories speaks to Deenaz Raisinghani, a backpacking mom who has been traveling around the world with her little kiddo! Today's destination: Parvati Valley, Himachal Pradesh Nearest Airport: Bhuntar Airport or Chandigarh AirportNearest Railway Station: Pathankot Railway stationPrerequisites -  NAPacking -  Your usual winter gear along with other essentials for travelling with a kid. >Also make sure to take care of the baby's eating, sleeping and pooping schedules!! >Travel as light as possible. >Travel a baby carrier >Emergency medications for the family>Handy snacks for the journeyTime of the year -  June (Feb to Jun is a good time to travel)Length of the itinerary:  10 daysItinerary Highlights: - The trio of Deenaz, Arianna and the dad start from Ambala for this 10 day road trip. - Parvati Valley is situated in the state of Himachal Pradesh and covers the region where the river Parvati and Beas meet and pass along a bunch of villages like Jari, Tosh, Kasol, Malana, Manikaran amongst others. - The valley has some great views of the mountains and the forests and some hot springs too!. - The first stop is at a little town called Jari, in a homestay that is right by the river alongside a village called Baladi. Reaching the homestay involves a bit of a trek and crossing a bridge, but is definitely manageable. - Day trips from here to places like Tosh are a great option that offers great cafes and views of the mountains, but be prepared for the crowds!- Another option is day treks to close by villages like Baladi that have some wonderful treks and offer an opportunity to interact with the local Himachali people. - It's a good idea to get a buffer day if there are any sick days during the trip. - After spending a few days at Jari, and doing day trips, the family decides to experience camping near Kasol - Arianna's first camping trip!- More hiking expeditions this time trekking via Chalal and Katagla, and a trip to Kasol town. - There are other options like Kheerganga, Pin Parvati pass, Malana, Grahan Village and other multi-day treks that one can indulge in and enjoy the verdant valley!- Deenaz also shares little tidbits about interactions with the locals as well as a little adventure of getting the local brew of Himachal - the Lugdi!- Finally, Deenaz shares some quick tips about inculcating travel in kids at an early age, the challenges and how to overcome them! Listen on!  Links:Link to Deenaz's blog (https://backpackindianmama.com/)Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/backpackingindianmama/Instagram : backpacking_indian_mama (https://www.instagram.com/backpacking_indian_mama/) (https://www.instagram.com/backpacking_indian_mama/)Footprints of the Shadows by Piyush Dewan : https://www.amazon.in/Footprints-Shadows-Part-I-ebook/dp/B07KNN49W6Photo by Harigovind Kaninghat (https://unsplash.com/@harkan?utm_source=unsplash&utm_medium=referral&utm_content=creditCopyText) on Unsplash (https://unsplash.com/search/photos/parvati?utm_source=unsplash&utm_medium=referral&utm_content=creditCopyText)Follow the Musafir stories onTwitter : https://twitter.com/musafirstories?lang=enFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/themusafirstories/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/musafirstoriespodcast/?hl=enwebsite: www.themusafirstories.com (http://themusafirstories.com/)email: themusafirstories@gmail.comitunes -  https://apple.co/2LPtTA3Google podcasts - http://bit.ly/2toY7lj website - http://bit.ly/2xFZqOV Saavn - https://bit.ly/2J5rIqiSpotify - https://spoti.fi/2HLPSVipocketcasts - https://bit.ly/2xu3Ewgcastbox - https://bit.ly/2sqBDQiOvercast - https://bit.ly/2LN9wnfStitcher Radio - https://bit.ly/2JiBbhwaudioBoom - https://bit.ly/2oZZowSTuneIn - https://bit.ly/2xyQH4aRadioPublic - https://bit.ly/2snY9u0 iHeartradio - https://ihr.fm/2xvOG8RDeezer - https://bit.ly/2L7GmOo
This week, The Musafir Stories speaks to Karan and Parul, the couple on a break from work traveling around India and the world!Today's destination: Kashmir Great Lakes trek!PS: Please be sure to check on the travel advisory before traveling to the region. Nearest Airport: Srinagar airportNearest Railway Station: Udhampur railway stationPrerequisites - Some level of fitness!Packing - Pack trekking shoes, sticks, ponchos, warm clothes and a day pack with necessary first aid, medication and snack! Please note that the there is a support team to take care of transportation of luggage while trekking.Time of the year -  July to September is a good time to visit.Length of the itinerary: 8-9 daysItinerary Highlights:The group start of the trek from Srinagar to Naranag village, where they explore old temple ruins before starting of the trek.Day 1: First stop at Butshree pass, for refuelling! The first day of trekking is quite steep and one of the more difficult days of the trek. The campsite is by the Nundkul lake below the glacier mountain - Harmukh. You will encounter a couple of army camps/check posts during the trek, government IDs are required to be produced. A beautiful evening spent under the stars, playing Maafia and enjoying the views and making new bonds!Day 2: Break day (already)! The group spends time exploring nearby lakes like Gangbal, a daring dip in ice cold water of Gangbal and more Maafia!Day 3: Rain Gods show up! The group sets off from Nundkul to Satsar Valley, passing the Zajbal pass enrolee! Some majestic views of the lakes Nundkul and Gangabal from Zajbal pass. The group finally reaches Satsar Valley - the valley of 7 lakes and enjoy a very special local cuisine!Day 4: The destination for Day 4 is Gadsar valley - lots of green meadows and a relatively easy day of trekking. The group decides to spend some time exploring lakes, watching the night sky and relaxing before heading off to Krishansar lake the next day.Day 5: Gadsar valley to the Krishansar and Vishansar camp with a brilliant views of the twin lakes from Gadsar Pass.Day 6: The group descends to the twin lakes of Krishansar and Vishansar, enjoy another dip in the lakes and more beautiful views of the night sky!Day 7: The final day of the trek as the group descends to Sonamarg with a bittersweet feeling! A week cut off from civilization, making bonds & forging friendships and enjoying nature's bounty, but at the same time, happy to be heading back to civilization!Links:Link to the blogpost:http://grasskode.xyz/post/travel/kashmir-great-lakes/Link to the blog:http://grasskode.xyz (http://grasskode.xyz/)IG: @grasskode & @capturedbypaulinaFollow the Musafir stories onTwitter: @musafirstoriesFacebook: @themusafirstoriesInstagram: @musafirstoriespodcastwebsite: www.themusafirstories.com (http://www.themusafirstories.com/)email: themusafirstories@gmail.com (mailto:themusafirstories@gmail.com)itunes -  https://apple.co/2LPtTA3Google podcasts - http://bit.ly/2toY7lj or voice or google search "Ok Google, play The Musafir stories podcast"website - http://bit.ly/2xFZqOVSaavn - https://bit.ly/2J5rIqiSpotify - https://spoti.fi/2HLPSVipocketcasts - https://bit.ly/2xu3Ewgcastbox - https://bit.ly/2sqBDQiOvercast - https://bit.ly/2LN9wnfStitcher Radio - https://bit.ly/2JiBbhwaudioBoom - https://bit.ly/2oZZowSTuneIn - https://bit.ly/2xyQH4aRadioPublic - https://bit.ly/2snY9u0iHeartradio - https://ihr.fm/2xvOG8RDeezer - https://bit.ly/2L7GmOo
This week, The Musafir Stories speaks to the trio from F5 Escapes.F5 Escapes is redefining how women travel in India, encouraging them to get out of their comfort zone and explore the world. They plan and organize travel tours for women to travel in groups and solo as well! Hand crafted itineraries to suit their needs.To know more about F5 Escapes checkout their social media pages:Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/F5Escapes/) : https://www.facebook.com/F5Escapes/Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/f5escapes/) : https://www.instagram.com/f5escapes/Twitter (https://twitter.com/F5Escapes) : https://twitter.com/F5EscapesYoutube (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWGFUxtraAUnvxgmM7V_KEw) : https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWGFUxtraAUnvxgmM7V_KEwWebsite (https://www.f5escapes.com/) : https://www.f5escapes.com/Photo credit by Guille Álvarez (https://unsplash.com/@guillealvarez) on Unsplash (https://unsplash.com/)Follow the Musafir stories onTwitter (https://twitter.com/musafirstories?lang=en) : https://twitter.com/musafirstories?lang=enFacebook (https://www.facebook.com/themusafirstories) : https://www.facebook.com/themusafirstoriesInstagram (https://www.instagram.com/musafirstoriespodcast/) : https://www.instagram.com/musafirstoriespodcast/website: www.themusafirstories.com (http://www.themusafirstories.com/)email: themusafirstories@gmail.com (mailto:themusafirstories@gmail.com)itunes -  https://apple.co/2LPtTA3Google podcasts - http://bit.ly/2toY7lj or voice or google search "Ok Google, play The Musafir stories podcast"website - http://bit.ly/2xFZqOVSaavn - https://bit.ly/2J5rIqiSpotify - https://spoti.fi/2HLPSVipocketcasts - https://bit.ly/2xu3Ewgcastbox - https://bit.ly/2sqBDQiOvercast - https://bit.ly/2LN9wnfStitcher Radio - https://bit.ly/2JiBbhwaudioBoom - https://bit.ly/2oZZowSTuneIn - https://bit.ly/2xyQH4aRadioPublic - https://bit.ly/2snY9u0iHeartradio - https://ihr.fm/2xvOG8RDeezer - https://bit.ly/2L7GmOoAt the time of publishing this episode- Sindhu is taking a break as a lead from F5 Escapes.
This week, The Musafir Stories speaks to Dhiraj from the blog, Team G Square as he discusses his journey to some of the hidden gems of India.Today's destination: Orchha, Madhya Pradesh!!Nearest Airport: Gwalior Airport or Khajuraho Airport (HJR)Nearest Railway Station: Jhansi Railway station (about 18kms away)Prerequisites -  NAPacking -  Depending on the time of the year you visit, make sure to carry hats, eyewear and sunscreen. Best time to visit is between November and February as the plains get very hot after that.Time of the year -  JanuaryLength of the itinerary: 3 daysItinerary Highlights:- Dhiraj and his 'team' cover Orchha as a part of a bigger MP road trip that lasted about 10 days.- The Orchha itinerary can be broken down into 3 areas - the palaces, the temples and the Chattris with the Vulture sanctuary.- Orchha is the home of the Bundela Rajas in the 16th century, who were originally based in the Varanasi region, until the invasions by the Delhi Sultanate began after which they moved to MP.- The town is home to a number of palaces of different architecture shapes and sizes. Notable among the palaces are the Raja Mahal built in 1538 which is one of the biggest and most beautiful of the palaces. The palace has innumerable jharokas and chattris that amplify the beauty of the palace.- Next on the list is the Jehangir Mahal, also a very beautiful palace that has shades of Mughal/Indo-islamic architecture that makes it stand out. Legend has that this palace was built for the visit of Emperor Jehangir, son of Akbar, who visited here just for a night!- Another unique palace that is high on the list of must see palaces is the Sheesh Mahal, which is now a boutique hotel and was one of the palaces built during the fag end of the rule of Bundela Kings.- An interesting and smaller palace is the Rai Parveen Mahal, believed to have been built for the Rai Parveen, a courtesan in the court of King Indrajit Singh. The legend goes that she was so beautiful and talented that even Emperor Akbar was blown away by her beauty and wanted to have her as a part of his entourage of courtesans. However, she did not budge and chose to stay with the Bundela King and was eventually moved to this palace.- Other smaller structures/palaces also adorn the town, although they have not been very well maintained. Notable among them are Dasiyon ka mahal, Dauji ki Kothi, Himma Hamir ki Kothi, ShamDua ki Kothi, Rasaldar ki Kothi etc.- Moving on from the palaces, one cannot overlook the umpteen number of temples and their marvellous beauty that Orchha has to offer. One of the first temples to catch your attention is Chatturbhuj temple that is one of the grandest temples of Orchha.- Legend has it that the Chaturbhuj temple was built by King Madhukar Shah for Lord Rama, but the Lord instead chose to stay at the Raja Ram temple, which was previously the Rani Mahal.- The story behind the Raja Ram temple is that when Rani Ganesh Kunwari performed penance to invite Lord Rama, he was impressed by her devotion and agreed to accompany her only if he is to be the King of the first place they stop at, which ends up being the Rani Mahal. The Lord also puts a condition that he will remain the only king of the place and hence he is worshipped as King in this region.- Other temples that are notable are the Shiva temple, Vanavasi Ram Mandir, Radhika Vihari temple, Panchamukhi temple and Lakshmi temple. All in all, Orchha provides a great treat for lovers of architecture and temples.- On the last leg of the journey, one can stop by the iconic Cenotaphs or Chattris of Orchha that are situated on the banks of the river Betwa.- The 14 Chattris were built as a homage for the Bundela kings and were constructed between the 17th and 18th century. Being situated on the banks of the river just amplifies the beauty of the cenotaphs.- As an icing on the cake, the region is also home to some endangered species of vulture and houses a Vulture Sanctuary. One can spend hours admiring the beauty fo the history and architecture, the beautiful sunset and eerie vultures or Orchha! All in all, a great trip uncovering some hidden gems of India!Links:Link to the blogpost:Chattris of Orrcha (https://www.teamgsquare.com/2017/08/mp-diaries-orchha-chhatris-grander-than.html)Palaces of Orchha (https://www.teamgsquare.com/2017/08/mp-diaries-palaces-of-orchha-medevial.html)Temples of Orchha (https://www.teamgsquare.com/2017/07/mp-diaries-temples-of-orchha-medieval.html)Vultures of Orchha (https://www.teamgsquare.com/2017/07/mp-diaries-vultures-of-orchha-one-of.html)Paintings of Orchha (https://www.teamgsquare.com/2017/08/mp-diaries-orchha-chitra-katha-painted.html)Link to the blog- TeamGSquare (https://www.teamgsquare.com)Follow the TeamGSquare on:Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/teamgsquare)Twitter (https://twitter.com/TeamGSquare)IG (http://instagram.com/teamgsquare)Follow the Musafir stories onTwitter (https://twitter.com/musafirstories?lang=en)Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/themusafirstories)Instagram (https://instagram.com/musafirstoriespodcast/)website: www.themusafirstories.com (http://www.themusafirstories.com/)email: themusafirstories@gmail.com (mailto:themusafirstories@gmail.com)itunes -  https://apple.co/2LPtTA3Google podcasts - http://bit.ly/2toY7lj or voice or google search "Ok Google, play The Musafir stories podcast"website - http://bit.ly/2xFZqOVSaavn - https://bit.ly/2J5rIqiSpotify - https://spoti.fi/2HLPSVipocketcasts - https://bit.ly/2xu3Ewgcastbox - https://bit.ly/2sqBDQiOvercast - https://bit.ly/2LN9wnfStitcher Radio - https://bit.ly/2JiBbhwaudioBoom - https://bit.ly/2oZZowSTuneIn - https://bit.ly/2xyQH4aRadioPublic - https://bit.ly/2snY9u0iHeartradio - https://ihr.fm/2xvOG8RDeezer - https://bit.ly/2L7GmOo
This week, The Musafir Stories speaks to Charles Worringham, an Australian academic and clean energy evangelist, who shares his experience of traveling with a purpose. Listen on!Today's destination: Around India, exploring some of her energy challenges and innovative solutions!Nearest Airport: Indira Gandhi International airportNearest Railway Station: NAPrerequisites - Be open to travel, be open to learning!Packing - NATime of the year - NovemberLength of the itinerary: 1 monthItinerary Highlights:- Charles tells us about the objective of the trip and how one can look for a purpose in travel, be it history, culture, adventure or just learning about something you love!- More about the planning and preparations, the books Charles read up before the big trip: India calling - Anand Giridhardas (https://www.amazon.in/India-Calling-Intimate-Portrait-Remaking/dp/1250001722) (https://www.amazon.in/India-Calling-Intimate-Portrait-Remaking/dp/1250001722)Looking away - Harsh Mander (https://www.amazon.in/Looking-Away-Inequality-Prejudice-Indifference/dp/9385288458) (https://www.amazon.in/Looking-Away-Inequality-Prejudice-Indifference/dp/9385288458)Inspite of the Gods, the strange rise of modern India - Edward Luce (https://www.amazon.in/Spite-Gods-Strange-Modern-India/dp/0349123462/ref=sr_1_1?crid=1AO814J40I06U&keywords=in+spite+of+the+gods+the+strange+rise+of+modern+india&qid=1560488987&s=gateway&sprefix=gods+rise+%2Caps%2C230&sr=8-1) (https://www.amazon.in/Spite-Gods-Strange-Modern-India/dp/0349123462)The City of Djinns - William Dalrymple (https://www.amazon.in/City-Djinns-Delhi-William-Dalrymple/dp/9385936557) (https://www.amazon.in/City-Djinns-Delhi-William-Dalrymple/dp/9385936557)- The trip begins in Delhi where Charles meets some interesting personalities, experiences the local Delhi food, the Delhi metro and as luck would have it, the phenomenon called 'demonetization'!!- Charles also makes an impromptu visit to Unnao, UP to see an interesting energy project- Ahmedabad was next on the itinerary, even though Charles gets a stomach bug, but he still manages to do some sight seeing through a heritage walk around the old city and a visit to the Sabaramati Ashram of Mahatma Gandhi!- Following this, Charles makes his way to Mumbai where he meets more interesting people, experiences the Mumbai local and a visit to IIT Mumbai!- Charles then stops by in Pune, where he sees some first hand innovative ways in which energy efficiency was being achieved at the grassroots. - Hyderabad is next on the itinerary where Charles meets an energy efficiency expert and learns more about commercial building standards. Stops at IIIT Hyderabad and Golkonda fort were also part of the trip although he misses out on the Hyderabadi biryani!- As he descends further south, Charles visits Bangalore to meet some very interesting people at IISC and discovers a local Australian connection in a very innovative startup in Bangalore.- The trip slowly begins to wrap up with a final stop at Kochi, where Charles engages in some touristy things as he discovers the wonderful history of Fort Kochi and the surrounding areas!Notable mentions in the episode:Debi Goenka (https://twitter.com/mangrovesindia?lang=en)Himanshu Thakkar (https://www.indiawaterportal.org/author/himanshu-thakkar)Brookings India, Delhi (https://www.brookings.edu/center/brookings-india/)Simran grover - boond energy (https://www.linkedin.com/in/simran-grover-238b8918/?originalSubdomain=in)IIT mumbai Rangan Banerjee - (http://www.ese.iitb.ac.in/faculty/rangan-banerjee)Rajkiran Rilolikar (https://www.linkedin.com/in/rajkiranbilolikar/?originalSubdomain=in)Harish Hande - Selco foundation (https://www.selcofoundation.org/selco_team/harish-hande/)TV Ramachandran IISC (http://ces.iisc.ernet.in/new/?q=user/31)Pollinate energy (https://pollinateenergy.org (https://pollinateenergy.org/) )Links:Link to the Charles' blog (https://indiapowerreview.com/) (https://indiapowerreview.com/)Follow the Musafir stories onTwitter (https://twitter.com/musafirstories?lang=en)Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/themusafirstories)Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/musafirstoriespodcast/)website: www.themusafirstories.com (http://www.themusafirstories.com/)email: themusafirstories@gmail.com (mailto:themusafirstories@gmail.com)Cover Photo by Riccardo Annandale (https://unsplash.com/@pavement_special?utm_source=unsplash&utm_medium=referral&utm_content=creditCopyText) on Unsplash (https://unsplash.com/?utm_source=unsplash&utm_medium=referral&utm_content=creditCopyText)itunes -  https://apple.co/2LPtTA3Google podcasts - http://bit.ly/2toY7lj or voice or google search "Ok Google, play The Musafir stories podcast"website - http://bit.ly/2xFZqOVSaavn - https://bit.ly/2J5rIqiSpotify - https://spoti.fi/2HLPSVipocketcasts - https://bit.ly/2xu3Ewgcastbox - https://bit.ly/2sqBDQiOvercast - https://bit.ly/2LN9wnfStitcher Radio - https://bit.ly/2JiBbhwaudioBoom - https://bit.ly/2oZZowSTuneIn - https://bit.ly/2xyQH4aRadioPublic - https://bit.ly/2snY9u0iHeartradio - https://ihr.fm/2xvOG8RDeezer - https://bit.ly/2L7GmOo
This week, The Musafir Stories speaks to Divyam Goenka, a young trekking enthusiast and founder of Kyuriosity, a Bangalore based trekking community.Today's destination: Savanadurga Trek!!Nearest Airport: Kempegowda International Airport, Bangalore (BLR)Nearest Railway Station: Bangalore Railway stationPrerequisites - Some trekking experience doesn't hurt!Packing - Make sure to carry enough water to stay hydrated and some energy bars for when the going gets tough!Time of the year - November to February is a good time to do this trekLength of the itinerary: 1 dayItinerary Highlights:- Divyam and his friend hit the road after an impromptu plan to do the trek. The hill is situated about 70 kms from Bangalore and is well connected by roads.- The Savanadurga peak is over 1200 m high and is Asia's biggest monolith rock!- The best option would be to start early in the day so that you can hit the peak around sunrise. The official timings of the trek are sunrise to sunset.- Make sure to stock yourself before hitting the trek as it can be tiring if you get dehydrated. There are a couple of options at the foot of the hill that offer very good food.- Make sure to follow the trail markers or the lamp posts all the way to the summit, and avoid getting lost (although you have to try really hard for that!)- You will encounter fort walls along the trek at a few places, these are the remnants of the fort built by Kempegowda, the founder of Bangalore and later used by other rulers like Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan.- The trek is medium level of difficulty, unless there is rain, or you choose to do it on a hot day.- Make sure to start early so that you can catch the sunrise and a view of the nearby Manchabele dam and Arkavati river!- The views from the summit are quite beautiful and well worth the climb, make sure to catch visit the Nandi statue at the summit!- Once you spend time at the summit, you can head back down and have a wholesome meal at the little shack at the base of the hill.- If you have more time on hand, you can indulge in activities like kayaking near the dam!- All in all, a great day trek, to a place that has a lot of historical and geographicalsignificance!Links:Link to the Kyuriosity:Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/kyuriosityofficial/)Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/Kyuriosityofficial/)Other links:https://www.karnataka.com/bangalore/savandurga-fort/IG: @kyuriosityofficialFollow the Musafir stories onTwitter (https://twitter.com/musafirstories?lang=en)Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/themusafirstories)Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/musafirstoriespodcast/)website: www.themusafirstories.com (http://www.themusafirstories.com/)email: themusafirstories@gmail.com (mailto:themusafirstories@gmail.com)itunes -  https://apple.co/2LPtTA3Google podcasts - http://bit.ly/2toY7lj or voice or google search "Ok Google, play The Musafir stories podcast"website - http://bit.ly/2xFZqOVSaavn - https://bit.ly/2J5rIqiSpotify - https://spoti.fi/2HLPSVipocketcasts - https://bit.ly/2xu3Ewgcastbox - https://bit.ly/2sqBDQiOvercast - https://bit.ly/2LN9wnfStitcher Radio - https://bit.ly/2JiBbhwaudioBoom - https://bit.ly/2oZZowSTuneIn - https://bit.ly/2xyQH4aRadioPublic - https://bit.ly/2snY9u0iHeartradio - https://ihr.fm/2xvOG8RDeezer - https://bit.ly/2L7GmOo
This week, The Musafir Stories speaks to Rajat Ubhaykar, a journalist from Mumbai who talks about his journey around India on trucks and highways!Today's destination: India!Nearest Airport: n/aNearest Railway Station: n/aPrerequisites - n/aPacking - n/aTime of the year - AprilLength of the itinerary: n/aItinerary Highlights:- Rajat talks about his roller coaster of a journey traversing India on trucks as he set out to document the lives of truckers and the highway economy of India.- Rajat's journey was covered in 2 legs, first leg was Mumbai-Srinagar-NE, the second leg covered the eastern and western coastlines of India.- Rajat talks at length about the lives of the truckers, the kind of stereotyping they are subject to, the reality of life on a highway, and how things evolved over the 2 years of his journey.- Rajat's travelogue about his journey is set to hit the book stands later this year, make sure to check it out!Links:Links to blog post- https://roadsandkingdoms.com/2017/truckin-on-in-india/On building of truck bodies in Sirhind, Punjab - https://www.outlookbusiness.com/enterprise/trend/life-in-the-slow-lane-1826On hitchhiking with nomads from Jammu to Srinagar - https://www.outlookbusiness.com/enterprise/trend/a-season-of-exodus-1889Two pieces on trucking on NH39, India's most unsafe highway that passes through Nagaland & Manipur - https://www.outlookbusiness.com/enterprise/trend/when-not-just-goods-but-fear-too-piles-1976https://www.outlookbusiness.com/enterprise/trend/a-convenient-arrangement-2084On overloading and corruption on the highways - https://www.outlookbusiness.com/enterprise/trend/death-on-wheels-2197More about the Guest:Twitter: @rajatubPhoto by Harsh Fuloria on UnsplashFollow the Musafir stories on[Twitter](https://twitter.com/musafirstories?lang=en)[Facebook](https://www.facebook.com/themusafirstories/)[Instagram](https://www.instagram.com/musafirstoriespodcast/) website: www.themusafirstories.comemail: themusafirstories@gmail.comitunes - https://apple.co/2LPtTA3Google podcasts - http://bit.ly/2toY7lj or voice or google search "Ok Google, play The Musafir stories podcast"website - http://bit.ly/2xFZqOVSaavn - https://bit.ly/2J5rIqiSpotify - https://spoti.fi/2HLPSVipocketcasts - https://bit.ly/2xu3Ewgcastbox - https://bit.ly/2sqBDQiOvercast - https://bit.ly/2LN9wnfStitcher Radio - https://bit.ly/2JiBbhwaudioBoom - https://bit.ly/2oZZowSTuneIn - https://bit.ly/2xyQH4aRadioPublic - https://bit.ly/2snY9u0iHeartradio - https://ihr.fm/2xvOG8RDeezer - https://bit.ly/2L7GmOo
This week, The Musafir Stories speaks to Subhadip Mukherjee from the blog [Indian Vagabond](https://indianvagabond.com)Today's destination: Mysore or Mysuru!Nearest Airport: Mysore Airport (MYQ)  Nearest Railway Station: Mysore Junction (MYS)Prerequisites - Book early if you plan on traveling during the festive season of Dussehra (usually around Oct)Packing - Pack light, make sure to carry appropriate clothing as it tends to get hot during summersTime of the year - NALength of the itinerary: 2 daysItinerary Highlights:* Subhadip takes us on a speed date with the royal city of Mysore or Mysuru, the home of the Wodeyars!* We start the day by making an early sprint to the Mysore Zoo, one of the older zoos of India and is home to a variety of animals. Plastic bags are not allowed inside the premises, so plan accordingly. The Mysore Zoo used to be home to penguins in the 1980s! Yep, it's true!* After the zoo, we head towards the St. Philominas church, built in 1936\. Don't miss out the relics of St. Philomina inside the church premises.* Next stop to the railway museum to get first hand expereince of the cabs and wagons of the Mysore railway network that dates back to the British era.* Jaganmohan palace and art gallery is a treasure trove for the art lovers. Noteworthy are the paintings of the famous painter Ravi Varma in this art gallery.* You can spend some time at the Karanji lake, enjoying the nature and a serene boat ride!* After savouring some art and nature, it is time to head to the Chamundi Hills that houses the famous Chamundeshwari temple and the statue of Mahishasura, from whom the city of Mysore gets it's name. Do stop for some fine viewpoints of Lalith Mahal palace enroute the Chamundi hills.* Our first evening is a great time to head to the Mysore Palace (Amba Vilas palace), the iconic palace that symbolizes Mysore. Get a view of beautiful Indo-sarcenic architecture and interiors including arches, Darbar-e-aam, Darbar-e-khaas and ofcourse the beautiful lighting during weekends and Dussehra.* One can also shop for sandalwood artifacts and momentos as well as mysore silk sarees in the vicinity of the Palace. If you want to explore the palace further, you can also visit the 12 temples within the Palace complex.* Lalith Mahal is another one of the popular palaces in Mysore which is now a heritage hotel, but be prepared to pay for luxury!* Another popular destination that one can spend an evening at is the Brindavan Gardens and KRS dam. The musical fountains and the variety of flowers and gardens are the mainstay of the garden. Make sure to catch a good spot to view the musical fountain show during the evenings. One can also enjoy a boat ride by the KRS dam, but this can be quite crowded during weekends.* Other places of interest include Srirangapatna (which deserves an itinerary of its own), Ranganthittu bird sanctuary, Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav sanghralaya, National museum of Natural history, Folklore museum, Kukkarahalli lake among others!* And last but not the least, do not forget to binge on some mouth watering Mysore Masala Dosa and Mysore Pak, the iconic dishes of Mysore!Links:Link to the [blogpost](https://indianvagabond.com/2016/09/29/places-to-visit-in-mysore/)Link to the blog:[https://indianvagabond.com/](https://indianvagabond.com/)Thanks to [Ashim D’Silva](https://unsplash.com/@randomlies) from [Unsplash](https://unsplash.com/) for this beautiful picture![Facebook](https://www.facebook.com/subhadip.mukherjee.india)[Twitter](https://twitter.com/subhadipindia)[Instagram](https://www.instagram.com/subhadipindia/)Follow the Musafir stories on[Twitter](https://twitter.com/musafirstories?lang=en)[Facebook](https://www.facebook.com/themusafirstories/)[Instagram](https://www.instagram.com/musafirstoriespodcast/)website: www.themusafirstories.comem...
This week, The Musafir Stories speaks to  Medhavi Gandhi, the founder of Heritage Lab (heritagelab.in), a unique media platform for citizens to interact with museums!  Today's destination: The Indian Himalayas in paintings by Nicholas Roerich! Nearest Airport: NA Nearest Railway Station: NA Length of the itinerary: 5-8 years, 25,000 kms Itinerary Highlights:  -  Medhavi takes us on the Himalayan expedition covered by Nicholas Roerich and his family in the early 20th century (1923) in search of the mythical kingdom of Shambala, that is believed to be home to the King who will bring peace and harmony to humanity.  * Roerich's expedition started from Sikkim through Punjab, Kashmir, Ladakh, the Karakoram Mountains, Khotan, Kashgar, Qara Shar, Urumchi, Irtysh, the Altai Mountains, the Oyrot region of Mongolia, the Central Gobi, Kansu, Tsaidam, and Tibet" with a detour through Siberia to Moscow in 1926\.  * The journey was done on horses and mules, with minimal resources and it is during this expedition that Roerich painted more than 500 marvellous paintings of the himalayan landscapes, architecture and people.  * Roerich also uses very novel ways to paint, using crushed rocks minerals in his paintings to give them a unique finish.  * The expedition wasn't witout controversy - Roerich was often accused of being on a spy mission and was also detained in Tibet for over 5 months in very harsh climatic conditions.  * After the expedition, Roerich settles down in Naggar, Kullu in Himachal Pradesh - it is now converted into a house museum and run by the Naggar trust and still houses a lot of his important paintings.  * Other important paintings of Roerich can be found in the Nicholas Roerich Museum, New York.  * A huge collection of his paintings is also available in National Gallery of Modern Art, Allahabad Museum, International Roerich Trust, Naggar - Himachal Pradesh, Government Museum and Art gallery, Chandigarh, Shri Jaganmohan palace, Mysore,  Chitrakala parishad, Bangalore.  * Some of his paintings that were passed on to his son, have been the subject of a legal tussle for his estate that has gone of for the longest time, with paintings worth several lakhs reportedly stolen and sold abroad.  * Over his lifetime Roerich made over 7000 paintings, but his Himalayan paintings and the mystery of the expedition live one! Some notable paintings from Roerich's Himalayan expedition detailed in Medhavi's blog * A view of Kanchenjunga from Sikkim (Tashi view point) * A view of Kanchenjunga from Darjeeling (Tiger hill) * Tashiding Monastery, Sikkim (Bhumchu festival/Banners of the east) * Mt Kailash (tibet) * Kinner Kailash (HP, 28 colors of the ranges) * Lahual (Himachal), Rohtang Pass;  * Buddhist MOnks, Sissu waterfalls * Ladakh - shooting star in Changthang plateau * Buddhist sculptures on boulders (Zanskar range) * Maitreyi Buddha, near Mulbek monastery * lamayaru Monastery, Leh (Yuru Kabgyata festival, masked dance) * Lake sheshnag, Kashmir (enroute amarnath yatra, Shiva's serpent) * Naggar, Kullu Links: Link to Medhavi's website: [http://www.theheritagelab.in/](http://www.theheritagelab.in/)Link to the blog post: [http://www.theheritagelab.in/himalayas-paintings-roerich/](http://www.theheritagelab.in/himalayas-paintings-roerich/)Twitter: @medhavigandhi @theheritagelabInstagram: @theheritagelabFacebook: @heritagelabImage Credit : [The Heritage Lab, Painting at Nicholas Roerich Museum, New York](http://www.roerich.org/) Follow the Musafir stories on [Twitter](https://twitter.com/MusafirStories)[Facebook](https://www.facebook.com/themusafirstories)[Instagram](https://www.instagram.com/musafirstoriespodcast/)[website: www.themusafirstories.com](https://themusafirstories.com) email: themusafirstories@gmail.com itunes -  https:...
This week, The Musafir Stories speaks to MSN Karthik - a traveller, a film maker and a youtuber!  Today's destination: Bodhgaya, Bihar! Nearest Airport: Gaya Airport or Patna Airport Nearest Railway Station: Gaya Junction Prerequisites - Just leave your worries home! Packing - Nothing unusual! Time of the year - Best to travel when the festive season is upon us, important festivals being Buddha Poornima (May) or Kalchakra puja (Oct-Nov) or other world healing pujas (watch for them in the calendar) Length of the itinerary: 3-4 days  Itinerary Highlights:  * Karthik begins the journey by explaining the significance of Bodhgaya, the home of Buddhism. Here is where Prince Siddhartha found enlightenment after traveling all the way from Lumbini, present day Nepal.  * Karthik enlightens us about the Bodhi vriksha or Bodhi tree, it's history and importance. We talk more about the timeline of the Mahabodhi temple - one of the most important structures in Bodhgaya which is over 2000 years old, how it was patronized by Ashoka, plundered by foreign invaders, left in ruins and finally discovered again in the 19th century.  * The temple is a beautiful structure, that lies in a sprawling complex with over a thousand stupas, a number of other temples and statues of the Buddha. There is a 80 ft statue that was contributed by the Japanese government that signifies 80 years of Buddha's life.  * Karthik also speaks about the teachings of Buddhism, the interactions with monks who have travelled from all around the world and how their views converge.  * Karthik talks about the other temples and monasteries built by representatives of different countries and the kaalachakra maidan, a huge field that is the venue of all congregations including while his holiness Dalai Lama is visiting.  * Karthik further talks about his experience with Vipasana, its importance and what the retreat involves.  Links: Link to the youtube documentary: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3xA42Eu6Fds&t=0 Link to the channel Adwhyta: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCU7XVC0jMY1tGEUf6m3lC0w Linik to Vipasana meditation centers: [www.dhamma.org](http://www.dhamma.org) twitter: @MSNKarthik instagram: @MSNKarthik facebook: @adwhyta Photo by Mattia Faloretti on Unsplash Follow the Musafir stories on [Twitter](https://twitter.com/MusafirStories)[Facebook](https://www.facebook.com/themusafirstories)[Instagram](https://www.instagram.com/musafirstoriespodcast/)[Website](https://themusafirstories.com)email: themusafirstories@gmail.com[itunes](https://apple.co/2LPtTA3)-  https://apple.co/2LPtTA3 [Google podcasts](http://bit.ly/2toY7lj) - http://bit.ly/2toY7lj or voice or google search "Ok Google, play The Musafir stories podcast" [website](http://bit.ly/2xFZqOV)- http://bit.ly/2xFZqOV  [Saavn](https://bit.ly/2J5rIqi)- https://bit.ly/2J5rIqi [Spotify](https://spoti.fi/2HLPSVi)- https://spoti.fi/2HLPSVi [pocketcasts](https://bit.ly/2xu3Ewg)- https://bit.ly/2xu3Ewg [castbox](https://bit.ly/2sqBDQi)- https://bit.ly/2sqBDQi [Overcast](https://bit.ly/2LN9wnf)- https://bit.ly/2LN9wnf [Stitcher Radio](https://bit.ly/2JiBbhw) - https://bit.ly/2JiBbhw [audioBoom](https://bit.ly/2oZZowS)- https://bit.ly/2oZZowS [TuneIn](https://bit.ly/2xyQH4a)- https://bit.ly/2xyQH4a [RadioPublic](https://bit.ly/2snY9u0)- https://bit.ly/2snY9u0  [iHeartradio](https://ihr.fm/2xvOG8R)- https://ihr.fm/2xvOG8R [Deezer](https://bit.ly/2L7GmOo)- https://bit.ly/2L7GmOo
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Chirag Patel

wrong information provided. For tawang, you don't pass through Shillong. There are vehicles from Guwahati to arunachal Pradesh directly ..

Jul 21st
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The Musafir Stories

Chirag Patel Thank you for writing to us Chirag! As you rightly point out, it is possible to go from Guwahati to Arunachal directly. The guest was doing a road trip with her family and Shillong was on the itinerary and thus they made a stop there as she calls out around the 8min mark. Hope you liked the episode!

Jul 22nd
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Priyanka Naidu

Very informative and loved listening to it. Thank you ❤🙏

May 13th
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The Musafir Stories

Priyanka Naidu Thank you Priyanka! Glad you liked it!

May 13th
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Arjun Narayanan

I almost felt as if I went there. Thank you for this

May 3rd
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Arjun Narayanan

Hey team. Wonderful to listen to this Mysore journey. I'd like to add two more things here. Mysore gets its name from Mahishasur, whose huge statue is there. Also, a major place to visit for book lovers is the residence of RK Narayan, whose Malgudi was inspired from Mysore :)

May 3rd
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The Musafir Stories

Arjun Narayanan Thank you Arjun! Yes we missed mentioning the connection of Mahishasura to the name of Mysore! Thank you for the feedback!

May 3rd
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ruhid pasha

Hi guys i heard this podcast from starting till end it was nice and intresting , u guys were relly made up good podcast i really apprciate that and i was never been a good traveler. But after hearing this i will make sure iam gona visit MYSORE ( THE TIGER'S PALACE )

Apr 27th
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Vigil J Vijayan

ruhid pasha will try. thanks

May 20th
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Ojasvi Jain

ruhid pasha I agree. sooo good

May 17th
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Manoj Goud

not related to travel directly but got to know that how hard it was traveling on those days, thank God we are born in these days.

Apr 6th
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The Musafir Stories

Manoj Goud Yes, travel is an intrinsic part of the paintings though and it is great to look at how different people viewed travel. Hope you enjoyed the episode!

Apr 6th
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Rajiv Warrier

Never knew that such a place existed.Thank You.

Apr 3rd
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The Musafir Stories

Rajiv Warrier Thank you Rajiv!

Apr 3rd
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Manoj Goud

I m really wondering how I skipped this for long, really good show, u should really include people from outside India, as they have different view then we do.

Apr 2nd
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The Musafir Stories

Manoj Goud Thx Manoj! Yes we have one coming up in the next month or so with someone from down under! Stay tuned!

Apr 3rd
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Manoj Goud

good one, sound like nice place to visit, surely on my travel list

Mar 31st
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The Musafir Stories

Manoj Goud Thanks Manoj! Glad that you liked it!

Apr 1st
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Rajiv Warrier

Good one.Thanks.

Mar 28th
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The Musafir Stories

Rajiv Warrier Thank you Rajiv!

Mar 28th
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Manoj Goud

good show ,not really a travel story but liked it, will check his YouTube channel to find it more about the place.

Mar 27th
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The Musafir Stories

Manoj Goud Thank you Manoj! Some of the conversations will be about experiences from the place, glad you liked it. Do check out Karthik's youtube channel linked in the shownotes for the Bodhgaya documentary as well as his latest sci-fi short film!

Mar 28th
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lekshmi dharmarajan

Your podcast makes me so happy and inspired me to plan a solo trip. Thanks for your efforts.

Mar 23rd
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The Musafir Stories

lekshmi dharmarajan Thank you so much Lekshmi! Very happy that you found the podcast useful! Keep listening!

Mar 25th
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Akhil Mevada

would love share by journey to KUMBH 2019 and KASHI .. it amazing and enchanting

Mar 14th
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Akhil Mevada

The Musafir Stories we can do BANARAS

Mar 18th
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The Musafir Stories

Akhil Mevada Thank you Akhil, we've already covered Kumbh Mela on the podcast, but if there is another destination you'd like to pitch, please write to us with details on themusafirstories@gmail.com to be considered for the next season

Mar 18th
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Manoj Goud

This is called a Travel story, She know everything about the place, I will definitely plan for Dalhousie very soon, I found the sound quality very good for the last two shows

Mar 13th
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The Musafir Stories

Manoj Goud Thank you Manoj! Yes, it's always great speaking to someone who has lived at the place!

Mar 14th
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Manoj Goud

good show again, I thought it's just a book promotion but given a try anyway and found shivya is really a master of words, the way she describe incident in her life her travel stories are really nice, I m also thinking about being vegan and she kind of provided a boost to my idea. Thanks guys.

Mar 13th
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abhimanyu jamwal

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Mar 25th
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Manoj Goud

The Musafir Stories sure, I will

Mar 16th
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Akbar Basha

great job Sachin & you are really Saaaachin of Travel..and shout out to Podcast.. Great job guys.. Keep rocking..Cher's😊😊

Feb 24th
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The Musafir Stories

Akbar Basha Thank you for the kind words Akbar!

Feb 24th
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Akash Gupta

now there's a guy who knows Goa.

Feb 7th
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The Musafir Stories

Akash Gupta Haha totally! And this is only the tip of the iceberg! Kaushal has extensively traveled Goa over the last decade or so!

Feb 7th
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Akash Gupta

This is the podcast I needed because I am one of those people who thinks of quitteing his job for the love of travel. I really gained some perspective on different ways of travel. But this is one of the shorter podcast I listened and wanted to be longer.

Feb 1st
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The Musafir Stories

Akash Gupta Thanks Akash! We will try to bring more episodes about this topic in the future hopefully!

Feb 1st
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Manoj Goud

wow superb show, it's like I m on that trip, keep this good work guys, I made my trip to Sikkim just after listening your prodcaste about it.thanks love u guys

Jan 27th
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The Musafir Stories

Manoj Goud Thank you so much Manoj! Glad that you liked the episode! All credit to our wonderful guests and their storytelling!

Jan 29th
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दीपक जोशी

शानदार भाई

Jan 12th
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The Musafir Stories

दीपक जोशी Thank you Deepak!

Jan 13th
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