Kizaranga National Park-Passing through the NH-37

What is the first think that comes to your mind thinking about Kaziranga National Park in Assam?

For me it is-One Horned Rhinoceros,Yes Kaziranga is famous for One Horned Rhinoceros.

But Kaziranga is much more than that and one witnesses its beauty while passing through NH-37,the Highway that connects Upper Assam passes right through Kaziranga and most of the time you will find Herd of Elephants like these

Herd of Elephants

Herd of Elephants

Kaziranga starts after crossing Jakhalabandha(A Small Town in Assam) which is around 50 kms frm Nagaon,I often travels through this route just to look at animals at their Natural Best and most of the time I am not disappointed.

Herd of Deer

Herd of Deer

The Above picture shows a Herd of Deer(if you can spot them) relaxing,sorry of the bad quality of the image.

Kaziranga remains open for 6 months i.e. from November to April,but from this years onwards if everything goes well,kaziranga will remain open from 8 months i.e. from October to May.

Stork

Stork

And sometimes you will find few water birds looking for their meal.

Most of the time I hop on to my Bike and take this pleasant,scenic road..It helps me to calm down,feel the nature pretty close to me.

Road to Eternity

Road to Eternity

rhino-land

When Kaziranga is opened for tourist,Elephant Rides and Jeep Safaris are available which takes them inside the park to have a look at varied flora and fauna.

And also to have a closer look at them—

One Horned Rhino

One Horned Rhino

One Horned Rhino

One Horned Rhino

October is coming and Kaziranga will be open after few more days,though there is no official announcement of opening Kaziranga from October,I hope it does and to keep you updated check out here and here,if you are planning to visit Kaziranga.Kaziranga is around 220 Kms from Guwahati and is well-connected by Road.

And in case you need more information I am always here to serve you.Visit Kaziranga and Kaziranga will assure you the best wildlife experience.

 

 

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Darjeeling Himalayan Railway

Famous to be known as “Toy Train” it is one of those train rides in India one must take.Established in the year 1881,a narrow gauge train connection between New Jalpaiguri to Darjeeling.The distance is around 80 kms and take almost 7-8 hours depending on the weather condition

It has also been listed in UNESCO World Heritage Site as  the Train line has been maintained in its original state,the Indian Railways has done a remarkable job in maintaining the route.Since it is a hilly area and rain is frequent,there are sudden landslides,but Indian Railway employees are always ready to clear any obstacles on the route.

The Train now runs on Diesel Engine instead of Steam Engine though Steam Engine Rides are also available but limited to certain stations in and near Darjeeling.

Before reaching Darjeeling,it passes through Ghum Railway Station(India’s Highest Railway Station)

DHR

DHR

Darjeeling Himalayan Railway

DHR Time Table

DHR Time Table

In any case you need the DHR Time-Table,I have it for you Guys.. 🙂

And Now the beautiful Journey begins from NJP,A Picture Tale to let you know the beauty of DHR

At NJP

At NJP

The Steam Engine

The Steam Engine

Passing through Siliguri

Passing through Siliguri

DHR

DHR

Rongtong Station

Rongtong Station

Workers Busy Clearing the Way

Workers Busy Clearing the Way

Greenary All Around

Greenery All Around

Unwanted Halting

Unwanted Halting

Chilled Weather and Joy Ride

Chilled Weather and Joy Ride

Local's Transport

Local’s Transport

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Passing Through Greenary

Passing Through Greenery

And Finally the Steam Engine at Darjeeling Railway Station..

Steam Engine of DHR

Steam Engine of DHR

Steam Engine of DHR

Steam Engine of DHR

Tickets for Toy Train Ride can be booked from any Railway Station Counter or online through IRCTC website,the ticket cost is around INR 350 for one-way ride..Toy Train doesn’t have any Pantry Car,so it is advisable to carry eatables and water bottles.

 

 

Prayer Flag at Tashi View Point Sikkim

Prayer Flag

Prayer Flag

This was captured at Tashi View Point,Sikkim.Prayer Flags are a common sight in Sikkim..They show their culture and their attachment to religion,moreover those flags look really mesmerizing dancing in tune with the wind… 🙂

Yak at Changu Lake

Changu lake located at an altitude of 12,300ft and 45Kms from Gantok is a major tourist attraction.

Yak rides are available near Changu lake at a cost of 50INR.

And Here’s one of them on which I rode..You can see the Changu Lake behind the YakChang

Yak

Yak

And Another One….

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I am Alive but not Active….

Its been a long time since I wrote my last post,to be precise 16-17 days has passed,this is the first time I am away from my blog for this long and things are still not settled on my end and I need some more time but this post is just a reminder to all my blog friends that I am round the corner and will be back soon,I am missing writing post,reading others post,commenting but at the same time I am enjoying some time off… 🙂

The reason of me being away for so long is because of my Job–My Journey from a Metro City–“Bangalore” to a small town in “Assam”–“Gohpur“.
But nevertheless I am enjoying clean air here and I guess sometimes that is necessary too.. ;).

But Friends I will be back soon,pretty soon….. :)Till then enjoy the two photographs of Gohpur taken using my Phone.. 🙂

P.S.-This post is written using my Phone,so please ignore any typos…… 😉

Winter Bonfirea

Winter Bonfire

Sun setting in Gohpur

Sun setting in Gohpur

Bangkok Here I Come–Traveling in Style with AirAsia

Do you know Which is the most preferred tourist destination of 2013?Well,if not get your Backpacks ready because as far as I can see for the first time an Asian Country is all set to top the list–Confused,Well it is none other than the most happening,most Charming and well most deserving “BANGKOK“,the Capital city of Thailand,don’t believe me well Google is there to make you believe and if that doesn’t sound convincing–Here is the Global Destination Cities Index and well if that is also not convincing–It is time you surely Pack your Bags and zoom off to Bangkok,to experience a Journey,a Travel like never before.. 🙂

So,When I asked myself–What should be my perfect Dream Destination–Pat came the reply from within–It has to be none other than Bangkok

Everyone Can Fly With AirAsia

Everyone Can Fly With AirAsia

And Oh Wait,Hold on I have some more icing on the cake thing–Well to make my travel more Pocket Friendly(You know What I Mean.. ;)),AirAsiawhich is named the World best Low-Cost Airline,has come up with a unique idea known as “World’s Best Online Travel Fair” and this applies to all who want to experience Bangkok,So what are you waiting for hop on to AirAsia-World’s Best Online Travel Fair because good things don’t last longer… 😀 and I am done with the List of things I will be doing in Bangkok

AirAsia

AirAsia

I know You Guys are thinking Why Bangkok–What is there in Bangkok that makes it a Dream Destination..Well Guys let me have the privilege to take you through the virtual tour of my Dream Destination–Bangkok.

Well to Start off Bangkok is for all–I mean for Temple Lovers,Shopaholic,Foodie and not to forget The Dynamic Nightlife it offers,You Name it and Bangkok have it in their kitty… 🙂

Lets first talk about Temples–Temples in Bangkok are quite unique and form a special part of the Capital,The Architecture of each and every Temple is simply amazing and awe-inspiring,to put it simply–Colored Glass and Pottery perfectly coupled with shining gold and that’s why they call it–The City of Angels!As from my research I came to know that the best time to visit most temples is in the early morning as it will be less crowded and the weather will be bit cooler.Temples are Generally known as Wats in Thai and play an important part in Buddhist Tradition’s.Remember to Dress appropriately covering your Shoulders and Legs while visiting temple in Bangkok

  • Wat Arun–One of the most ionic temple in Bangkok on the bank of the river Chao Phraya.The temple derived its name from a Hindu God Aruna(The Sun God) and often known as the Temple of Dawn
  • Wat Phra Kaew–Know as The Temple of Emerald Buddha is one of the most sacred Buddhist Temple in Thailand,It is Located within the area of The Grand Palace(Wat Phra Kaew’s home),the temple enshrines a Buddha Statue craved out of a single block of Jade(Ornamental Stone).
  • Wat Pho–This temple is located next to The Grand Place also known as the Temple pf Reclining Buddha,home to Thailand’s largest Reclining Buddha Statue. Covered in a Gold Leaf ,this 43-meter long statue is covered in Gold Leaf and the Statue’s feet are decorated with mother-of-pearl depicting 108 auspicious sign of Buddha.

  • Wat Traimit–This temple is a must visit if you want to see The Golden Buddha which is one of the world’s largest solid gold Buddha statue.

Now After Temples lets Head  on to some Palace in Bangkok–

  • The Grand Palace–As the name suggest this palace is grand and was home to not only the Thai King and his court, but also the entire administrative seat of government.Within the crenelated walls were the country’s war ministry, state departments and even the mint.Situated in on the Bank of Chao Phraya in the Heart of Bangkok this palace indeed is made up of  numerous buildings, halls, pavilions set around open lawns, gardens and courtyards.
  • Suan Pakkad Palace–The Home of  Prince Chumbhotpong Paripatra and his wife,this Palace is now a Museum that consists of Thai Antiques.The Architecture,gardens and Thai Antiques make the museum worth a visit.
  • Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall–A former reception hall now serving the purpose of Museum,This Palace houses the Art of Kingdom Exhibit displaying all traditional crafts of the country.

Well after having the Tours of Temple and Palaces–Its time we head out for some Shopping Fun and Food Experience in Thai Style.. :)..What Say?

Well to start off Bangkok provide a great Shopping Experience and a Paradise for Shopaholic,as I think a Shopaholic will never be satisfied Shopping Day in and Day out in Bangkok.The Shopping experience in Air-Conditioned Mall,to the Street markets certainly add vivid colors to Bangkok,Ranging from Antiques to designer Jewellery to Leather Products to Electronic Goods.. :),Oh I am dreaming What I will get from there.. 😉

  • MBK Center–A huge Shopping complex with about 2000 stores,Do I need to say more..I am sure I will find everything I need under one roof.. 🙂
  • Siam Paragon, Siam–A walk from MKB Centre,Siam Paragon is generally for medium to high-class people who likes to spend the leisure time..And Well as a Tourist I don’t mind visiting this glass-and-steel luxury megamall with lots of recreational facilities.. 🙂
  • CentralWorld, Siam–Well I surely can’t miss this mall as for it Targets Youth providing wide range of trendy fashions that surely attract most of the youth..
  • Chatuchak Weekend Market–Well as the name says,this market is generally operational in full flow only in weekends,With more than 8000 stalls..This weekend Market is not a thing to miss for me whatsoever.
  • Patpong Night Market–Well to be honest I have never been to a Night market,So I am sure to take the opportunity to visit this Night Market with the glimpse of Bangkok Nightlife..
  • Chinatown–Well to make my Pocket more Money Friendly I just can’t end my Bangkok tour without visiting this Market.Almost everything is found here and that to at reasonable rate provided bargaining..
  • Floating Market–Well to have some unusual shopping experience..I have to add Floating Market in Bangkok,Well there are number of floating Market and I wish to visit Khlong Lat Mayom and Damnoen Saduak.

Well with above mentioned Shopping Destinations,The Food experience go hand in hand..As I am not that foodie..I leave part to explore once I am in Bangkok. .:D

Well My Bangkok Visit will be incomplete without experiencing its Dynamic Nightlife–My list includes Siam Niramit Cultural Show & Dinner,Dinner Cruises on Chao Phraya River,Night Shopping and Enjoying some Cocktails at Rooftop Bar

So that is my Things to See and Do during my Bangkok Visit..And Moreover If I can mange my time I will also be visiting Phuket.Now,here again thanks to AirAsia making the travel cost from Bangkok to Phuket quite reasonable

Now You Guys must be thinking that this list is pretty long..Well let me tell you as I mentioned earlier with AirAsia organizing the World’s Best Online Travel Fair ,I am just happy to add more and more to the list as for I know that to and fro to Bangkok wouldn’t cost me a fortune.. 😀

Chennai/Kolkata to Bangkok

Chennai/Kolkata to Bangkok

Bangkok to Phuket

Bangkok to Phuket

With jaw-Dropping prices to fly to my Dream Destination I just couldn’t be Thankful enough to AirAsia to make my dream come true.So,Even you don’t miss the Opportunity to Travel to the Paradise called Bangkok with AirAsia

**This Post is written as the part of Dream Asian Destination Blogger Contest! by AirAsia in association with Ripple Links
**All the pictures used here are from AirAsia,Google and Wikipedia.