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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 Aakash Mehrotra from Delhi who talks to us about his childhood connection to the land of Landour, Uttarakhand!Today's destination: Landour, UttarakhandNearest Airport: Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun (DED)Nearest Railway Station: DehradunPrerequisites -  NAPacking -  Lots of books! Carry warm clothes as the hill stations are quite chill.Time of the year -  AprilLength of the itinerary:  3 daysItinerary Highlights:- Aakash talks about his childhood connection to Landour and the charm of this Raj era cantonment sharing some quick tips as to when one can travel.- He also shares titbits about his lodging, Rokeby Manor, a heritage property built in 1840 and one of the early constructions in Landour.- Some more trivia about the history of Landour, it's founders, it's legends and myths.- Aakash also shares stories about Pahadi Wilson, one of the famous residents of Landour and how his story inspired Rudyard Kipling to write the book, The man who became king.- Aakash talks about the famous points in Landour - the Char Dukaan, Sister's bazaar, Emily's kitchen, Landour Bakehouse among others. There are also heritage buildings like Kellog Church and St. Paul's church as well as a private sanctuary - The Jaberkhet wildlife sanctuary.- Finally we discuss about the legend and most famous celebrity of Landour - Ruskin Bond, his early life in Landour, his cottage and the influence of Landour on his works.- We wrap up the episode calling out other famous celebrity connections to Landour!Correction: The author of "The Man who would be King" is Rudyard Kipling and not Ruskin Bond as mentioned in this episode.Links:Link to Aakash's blogpost:https://handofcolors.me/2018/04/01/the-secret-miracles-of-landour/#more-2093https://handofcolors.me/2018/04/17/rokeby-manor-a-colonial-charm/Link to the blog: https://handofcolors.me (https://handofcolors.me/)Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/handofcolors/Twitter: https://twitter.com/aakashmehrotra?lang=enFollow 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://www.themusafirstories.com/)email: themusafirstories@gmail.com (mailto:themusafirstories@gmail.com)itunes -  https://apple.co/2LPtTA3Google podcasts - http://bit.ly/2toY7ljwebsite - http://bit.ly/2xFZqOVSaavn - https://bit.ly/2J5rIqiSpotify - https://spoti.fi/2HLPSVipocketcasts - https://bit.ly/2xu3Ewgcastbox - https://bit.ly/2sqBDQiGaana - http://bit.ly/2NClUYYOvercast - 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
Contest Alert!!!----------------We're giving away a copy of Rajat Ubhaykar's book - Truck De India, a hitchhiker's guide to Hindustan, to one lucky listener!All you have to do is listen to Rajat's episode - Around India on trucks (https://audioboom.com/posts/7258364-tms-specials-around-india-on-trucks-and-highways-with-rajat-ubhaykar) and answer two simple questions and send them to our email - themusafirstories@gmail.com (mailto:themusafirstories@gmail.com) before Nov 10, 2019.1. From which city did Rajat start his first leg of travel on trucks?2. Name any one driver with whom Rajat hitches a ride, who finds mention in the episode.IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIWinners of #GetFeatured on The Musafir Stories!- Tarun- SangeethaCongrats!! We will reach out to you on very soon to schedule a recording session!IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIThis week, The Musafir Stories speaks to the Nomadic Thunker, Elita, as she takes us to a lesser explore gem of North East India, Manipur!Today's destination: ManipurNearest Airport: Bir Tikendrajit International Airport (IMF)Nearest Railway Station: Dimapur Railway StationPrerequisites -  Government issued Photo ID will be required at checkposts. Please be sure to check the ground situation before planning your travel as there might be closures.Packing - Pack some warm clothes if you're traveling during the winter months.Time of the year - JanuaryLength of the itinerary: 4 daysItinerary Highlights:- Elita covers Manipur as a part of her 49 day North east itinerary. Please be sure to check the ground situation before planning your travel.- Elita starts off her journey from Imphal where she flies into. It can be quite economical to hail a shared taxi from the airport to the city.- The first point of interest after settling down in Imphal is the Ima Keithel Women's Market, one of the biggest women-run market in the world! The market is a must see while in Imphal and is a great opportunity to pick up some local souvenirs.- Having spent some time interacting with women traders and getting a first hand experience of their warmth and hospitality, Elita heads back to the rest for the day.- The plan for Day 2 is to travel to the border town of Moreh, which borders Myanmar's Tamu. The town is the eastern most frontier of India, opening up to the South East Asian market.- The journey involved taking a shared taxi to Moreh, and some interesting experiences passing through army checkposts. The market is a minor trading hub for nearby villages and a lot of traders sell their produce here. One can walk about to the sister town of Tamu in Myanmar with the necessary ID documents.- Elita spends some time interacting with the local traders and buying some edibles. Once spending some time here, Elita heads back to Imphal in the same shared cab.- The Day 3 itinerary is planned for a visit to the Loktak lake, the largest freshwater lake in Northeast India and is famous for the phumdis/vegetation floating over it. The lake is located at Moirang in Manipur state, India.- The lake is also the location of the Keibul Lamjao National Park, famous for the Sangai deer or the brown antlered deer, found here in large numbers.- After spending some time watching the natural marvel of the Loktak lake, Elita heads to the INA martyr memorial. The INA Martyr's Memorial complex is a war memorial at Moirang, India, dedicated to the soldiers of the Indian National Army and some haunting stories of the freedom struggle and World War 2.- Day 4 was a reserve day which Elita uses to check out the war memorial in Imphal. Travleres can also check out the Kangla fort/palace, Thalon Caves, Govindajee temple, RKCS art gallery if they have time on hand!Links:Link to the blogpost-https://nomadicthunker.com/2017/04/micro-stories-of-hope-manipur-loktak-khwairamband-bazar.htmlhttps://nomadicthunker.com/2017/04/indo-myanmar-border-photos-friendship-gate.htmlhttps://nomadicthunker.com/2017/04/khwairamband-bazar-imphal-women-market-manipur.htmlLink to the blog: Nomadic Thunker (https://nomadicthunker.com (https://nomadicthunker.com/) )Link to #BeYouForYou expressive writing workshopshttps://nomadicthunker.com/be-you-for-youSocial media: Instagram https://www.instagram.com/nomadicthunker/?hl=enContact: https://nomadicthunker.com/contactImage Credit: Thank you Grasskode! http://grasskode.xyz/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://www.themusafirstories.com/)email: themusafirstories@gmail.com (mailto:themusafirstories@gmail.com)itunes -  https://apple.co/2LPtTA3Google podcasts - http://bit.ly/2toY7ljwebsite - 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
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The Johari bazaar also has some buildings that have retained the old architecture that is unique to Rajasthan and Jaipur.- Are also talks about the other famous by-lanes of Johari bazaar like Haldion ka raasta, Ghee-walon ka raasta, Moti singh Bhamiyon ka raasta among others as well as a flavour of the local sweets - Ghevar and Fini!- Close to Johari Bazaar is Badi Chauper, a large square that is also very close to Hawa Mahal - another iconic monument of Jaipur.- Other places of interest near Badi Chauper is the Flower market that can be quite interesting for foreign travellers.- The next point of interest is the Hawa Mahal, one of the more popular palaces of Jaipur. The facade is brilliant but hidden behind is a whole complex, that is filled with stories and Rajas and Ranis.- Other points one passes by after walking around Hawa Mahal includes an old administrative building, Sirehdyodi bazaar, which leads to the Sirehdyodi Gate.- Another gate in the vicinity is the Nakkarkhana gate, an internal gate used for protection.- Jaleb chowk is another square where armies used to gather, but this is mostly empty now.- As one passes through Jaleb chowk, one can either head towards the City palace or Govind Devji temple, one of the very popular and older temples of Jaipur.- The walk can either end at this point, or trailers can choose to visit some of the more popular monuments like City Palace or Jantar Mantar depending on time and interest.Links:Link to the blogpost: https://jaipurthrumylens.com/2019/06/20/self-guided-jaipur-heritage-walking-tour/Ghevar: https://jaipurthrumylens.com/2018/09/03/ghevar-in-jaipur-rajasthani-sweet/Link to the blog: Jaipur Thru my lens (https://jaipurthrumylens.com (https://jaipurthrumylens.com/) )Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Jaipurthrumylens/Twitter: https://twitter.com/arvjprInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/arv_jpr/?hl=enPhoto credits Mitchell Ng Liang an (https://unsplash.com/@mitchellngyummy) from Unsplash (https://unsplash.com/)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://www.themusafirstories.com/)email: themusafirstories@gmail.com (mailto:themusafirstories@gmail.com)itunes -  https://apple.co/2LPtTA3Google podcasts - http://bit.ly/2toY7ljwebsite - 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
International Podcast Day Convention 2019 in Bangalore: Join us!!! Register now: https://podcasts.hubhopper.com/o2podcollective-international-podcast-day*************************************************************************This week, The Musafir Stories speaks to Sudharsan SN, a polyglot and a linguist who runs a youtube channel called Indic Living (https://www.youtube.com/user/sudharsansn)Today's destination: Dhanushkodi - the story of a ghost town!Nearest Airport: Madurai, TNNearest Railway Station: Rameshwaram, TNPrerequisites -  n/aPacking - light clothes, hat, sun screen and lots of water!Time of the year: Oct - Feb is the best time to visit as the temperatures soar during summerLength of the itinerary: 1 dayItinerary Highlights:- Sudharsan shares his experience visiting Dhanushkodi for the first time in 2002.- He draws out the history of Dhanushkodi leading up to the Rameshwaram cyclone of 1964- The lives of the fishermen before and after the cyclone- The ruins of Dhanushkodi, the railway station, the temple, the church- The inspiration for Sudharsan's book and the storylineLinks:Follow Sudharsan on Twitter : https://twitter.com/sudharsansnTime and a Cyclone Book : http://www.sudharsansn.com/cyclone/release.htmlLink to Sudharsan's youtube channel:https://www.youtube.com/user/sudharsansnPhoto by fahad pgd (https://unsplash.com/@fahadpgd?utm_source=unsplash&utm_medium=referral&utm_content=creditCopyText) on Unsplash (https://unsplash.com/s/photos/dhanushkodi?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://www.themusafirstories.com/)email: themusafirstories@gmail.com (mailto:themusafirstories@gmail.com)itunes -  https://apple.co/2LPtTA3Google podcasts - http://bit.ly/2toY7lj 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 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
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Pratik Jani

This podcast literally transfers me to the place of travel everytime I listen. Thanks for putting up a great show. 👏🏻

Nov 2nd
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priyankasj28

You guys should do another traveling on a budget episode. Especially for women travelers. An update if you will

Nov 1st
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Anushka Dodhiwala

Hi, I really enjoy listening to all the travel stories and places covered in this Podcast. However, I would love it if you also inculcate a little more concrete info on the place like best time to visit, how to reach there etc. Thanks!

Oct 31st
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Arjun Singh

love to go to India to visit

Oct 23rd
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Anushka Dodhiwala

i am so glad to discover this podcast which gives me a holistic insight for my next travel plan

Oct 18th
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Abhishek Kumar

They do allow cameras now...

Sep 30th
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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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Priyanka Naidu

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

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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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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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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Rajiv Warrier

Never knew that such a place existed.Thank You.

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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Manoj Goud

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

Mar 31st
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Rajiv Warrier

Good one.Thanks.

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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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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Akhil Mevada

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

Mar 14th
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