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7 Most useful things to bring on safari | Important things to carry for wildlife safari

7 Most useful things to bring on safari
7 Most useful things to bring on safari

Going for a wildlife safari has been always excited for me. I usually start packing and curating my stuff few days before my trip. Indeed, there are some very important things that I always carry in all of my wildlife safaris in India. Based on my true and personal experience I made this list which I named “7 Most useful things to bring on safari”.

So, my list is not very long but after doing wildlife safaris in Sariska, Ranthabmbore, Jim Corbett, Great Himalayan National Park & Rajaji National Park, I decided to make this important list and share with my readers. All, these items are used by me personally in either of my safaris. Although, I bought some of them offline but I also found them on Amazon and hence thought if I can provide you the links for the same.

7 Most useful things to bring on safari

#1 DSLR with Zoom Lens

Most of the professional photographers use 500mm, 800mm, and even longer lenses, but people like me should probably do fine with a simple zoom lens. May be Something like a 70-300mm will do for most of us, unless we want to do a professional shoot. Big pro zoom lenses are awesome and can capture anything crazy happening quite far, but they are really very expensive and insanely heavy, they’re also not the easiest things to use and carry too.

Nikon D5600 with AF-P 18-55mm + AF-P 70-300mm VR Kit
Nikon D5600 with AF-P 18-55mm + AF-P 70-300mm VR Kit

I personally use Nikon D5600 with AF-P 18-55mm + AF-P 70-300mm VR Kit which I bought in January 2017.  Here are some of the images I clicked from mine
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#2 Wildlife Binoculars

Binoculars could be a very useful and handy accessory when going for a wildlife safari. You can’t expect wildlife to be nearer to you most of the time. Use binoculars to explore the distant lands. It was really helpful for me in my GNHP & Ranthambore Safari to spot exotic birds especially. You can buy any good binoculars from market.

The one I could suggest is Quechua 8X25 Binoculars by Decathalon

Quechua 8X25 Binoculars
Quechua 8X25 Binoculars

#3 Camera Rain Cover

Rains are unpredictable in forests and wildlife sanctuaries. Also, most of these wildlife safaris are done in open jeeps, canters or may be a walking safari. I am sure nobody want to damage his/her camera due to uninvited troubles from frequent rains during wildlife safaris. It is always suggested to have a good Camera Rain Cover whenever you are making a list of things to bring on safari. A good camera cover will not only save your expensive camera from rain, but it also helps you to prevent dust to enter inside the camera body. You could check this camera cover on Amazon.

Neewer Camera Protector Rain Cover
Neewer Camera Protector Rain Cover

#4 Camera Hand Grip Strap

Due to uneven tracks & a lot of off-roading to spot wildlife it becomes difficult to always hold your camera tight in a correct position. It is always recommended to get a Camera Handgrip Strap to keep your camera handy, so that you will not not miss any shot. As it is said, nature and wildlife never gives a second chance.

Generic Grip Wrist Strap Dslr Camera
Generic Grip Wrist Strap Dslr Camera

#5 A good Power Bank

A good power bank could be a real saver and your best friend in a safari. It could be really helpful to charge your mobile phone as these wildlife safaris are sometimes 4-6 hours long if you have booked them for half day or full day basis. I don’t know much about which power bank is good or not, but as per my personal experience, my Mi 20000mAH Power Bank 2 has never disappointed me in any trip.

Mi 20000mAH Power Bank 2
Mi 20000mAH Power Bank 2

#6 Cool Waist Bag

A waist bag is always one of the must have things to bring on safari. You can really use it very nicely to keep a lot of things like your mobile phone, extra camera batteries, your wallet, some cash and a lot of small things which you can’t put in your pockets as jeep rides in wild safaris are always bumpy. You will surely lose something as it might get dropped from your pocket anytime. This is one of the kind of waist bag I recently purchased from a wildcraft store near me.

Wildcraft 3 Ltrs Green Casual Waist Bag
Wildcraft 3 Ltrs Green Casual Waist Bag

 

#7 Tripod & Camera Bean Bag

If you are looking for some landscape photography and you have adequate time and conditions for it, do take a tripod with you. Most of the time, especially while moving in a jeep or a canter with people, a tripod best left at home. A monopod with a ball head could be your best friend to help with a long lens, and save your arms from unnecessary fatigue.

Ball Head Monopod
Ball Head Monopod

You can also go for a Camera Beanbag that can be placed on the door frame, on the roof bars of a vehicle, or any other place that has viable support option. Small Bean bags can act as ultralight cushions filled with air. It does not offer the same stability as it can be achieved by a tripod or monopod, but still they are easier and lightweight thing to carry on a wildlife safari.

Nature Lounge Photography Bean Bag - Camouflage
Nature Lounge Photography Bean Bag – Camouflage

Well, I’m really hopeful that you’re next wildlife safari will be much-much better after you get all these accessories and feel the difference.
Do Share your experiences and tell me which of them you liked the most. Also, please feel free to comment below and let me know if I am missing something.
Till then….Wish you a very exciting & adventurous trip…:)

Ooops….Did I forget to tell you about my list for my Road Trip Lover friends?

Here you go : Essential Things to Carry on a Road Trip

11 Essential Road Trip Accessories
11 Essential Road Trip Accessories

[10 Reasons] Why Tirthan Valley is best offbeat destination from Delhi?

Tirthan Valley
Tirthan Valley

10 Reasons, Why Tirthan Valley is best offbeat destination from Delhi?

(Watch Fishing Video at the end of this post)

Many of us have never heard of this place before, or if you are someone who loves to explore hidden destination, then you must know about this heaven. The name is not so popular amongst the top tourist destinations, infact it is not so popular in the unexplored destinations’ list too. “Tirthan Valley” : I would say the best unexplored destination of Himachal Pradesh.

Tirthan River
Tirthan River

Most of us have visited Manali a number of times but all of us are fed up of those crowded roads, commercialisation on Mall Road and a lot of hustle bustle as it has become a very common tourist destination for North Indians.

Usually these days I have seen a trend that we always look for destinations where we can spend some time peacefully that is close to nature and away from these typical destinations. I may be wrong in my opinion but people I am surrounded with or me personally always opt for it. Tirthan Valley was also one of our choice to spend our long weekend with nature.

Let me tell you why we chosen it and why it could be a best offbeat destination from Delhi :

#1 The Perfect Riverside Getaway

Perfect Riverside Getaway from Delhi
Perfect Riverside Getaway from Delhi

Tirthan valley could be the best riverside destination which is still untouched by tourism commercialisation. The Tirthan River touches some of the greenest forests of Himalayas before meeting the Beas River near Larji. On your way you will see Beas river  alongside the National Highway. Many quaint villages touches the picturesque banks of the river, some of the popular villages are Gushaini (8 kms from the Greater Himalayan National Park) and Nagini being the most preferred stay options and close to Banjar too.

#2 Beautiful Riverside Homestays

Beautiful Riverside Homestays
Beautiful Riverside Homestays

Unlike many other offbeat places, you will not find any luxury resorts there. Tirthan valley has a lot of good homestays. When we were planning our trip we searched a lot over internet and compared a lot of them on airbnb and tripadvisor, people have mentioned a lot of names like Raju’s Guest House, Khem Bharti Homestays etc. Most of them are very beautiful and beside the river. We did some more research as we were looking for something which is little closer to nature. We chose Tirthan Himalayan Holidays. It was indeed a new homestay, but we enjoyed a lot there because of its great location & awesome hosts.

** There is a 1.5km off road trek to reach Tirthan Himalayan Homestay where you can’t take your own vehicle. You have to park it in Gushaini.

#3 Hidden Waterfalls (Treasure of Nature)

Waterfalls & Tirthan River
Waterfalls & Tirthan River

Tirthan Valley is well known for its hidden waterfalls. One of them is just an uphill hike from the Rolla village and you will be experience a waterfall hidden in the forested valley. Sit & relax by the beautiful waterfall and breathe in the ambience of the natural surroundings. We were not able to take pictures there there as we were not carrying our cameras/phones when we went there. After that we cam down to Sai Ropa Village (its the place where our homestay was), grabbed a peaceful corner beside the Tirthan River and just enjoyed the nature.

#4 Gateway to many Himalayan Treks

Gateway to many Himalayan Treks
Gateway to many Himalayan Treks

Tirthan Valley & Great Himalayan National Park (GNHP) is a blessing in disguise for nature lovers. Beautiful lush green forests to blooming flowers and meandering streams, the place is also a gateway to various well laid out trek paths. Depending on ones capability and difficulty level, you have an option to choose from half day, full day, overnight or multiple day camping cum trekking. We were in touch with an awesome guy (Panki Sood) who himself lives in Tirthan and he planned our 1 day trekking trip. Unfortunately, we were not able to do that trekking with him due to some problems and less time. But he could really be a great trek organiser for you plus I am very sure that he can help you in feeling best out of best experience in Tirthan Valley.

#5 Mountains Kissing the Clouds

Cloud Kissing Mountains
Cloud Kissing Mountains

The idyllic views of Tirthan valley are dominated by huge cloud-kissing  himalayan mountains, dense forests and sprawling alpine meadows. The valley is also one of the best bird watching destinations and a paradise for bird watchers in Himachal Pradesh. There are close to 200 bird species which can be found in Great Himalayan National Park and Tirthan Valley.

#6 Fishing in Tirthan Valley

Trout Fishing at Tirthan Valley
Trout Fishing at Tirthan Valley

Well, fortunately with the help of our hosts Mr. Chanderkant & his brother Ramakant we were able to catch a Fish….:) (Wow).
You really need a lot of patience and waiting time to catch a fish. Thanks to Ramakant who helped us in catching the first fish of our life and then ate it in the evening….LOL

#7 Camping under the Stars

Camping at Tirthan Valley
Camping at Tirthan Valley

As surreal as this may sound, sleeping in the open meadow on the shores of Tirthan River could be a life time experience and cant be described in words. Although we didn’t spent the entire night in the camp, but we did experienced this bliss till late night. We did Bonfires, camping, grilling and music under the starlit sky without any kind of artificial resources and without any external disturbance. This place is indeed perfect for a well-deserved break from hectic city life.

#8 Great Himalayan National Park

Great-Himalayan-National-Park
Great-Himalayan-National-Park

If you are a wildlife and nature lover then also Tirthan Valley could be a great destination to plan. GHNP or Great Himalayan National Park was awarded UNESCO World Heritage Site status in 2014, in recognition of its outstanding significance for biodiversity conservation. The park protects over 1,000 plant species, including many medicinal herbs, 31 mammal species and 209 bird species, as well as amphibians, reptiles and insects. There is a very nominal entry fees to visit the park before sunset and you can enjoy the nature of your own. Unlike other National Parks, No Safaris are being operated here. You can do a walking safari yourself…. 😉

#9 Perfect Short Road Trip Destination

Road Trip to Tirthan Valley
Road Trip to Tirthan Valley

If you are still planning for Leh/Ladakh road trip but not able to make it due to lesser time and busy schedule, then this could be a shorter alternate to quench your thirst for sometime till you able to do the bigger ones. Tirthan Valley is approximately 12-15 hours drive from Delhi. If you start early or preferably at night, then you will be able to reach Tirthan by 12 or 1 PM. The road conditions till Mandi and then till Aut are very good. After that it becomes one way at some places but still drivable. Would suggest not to drive on hills in the night if you are a first time driver on hills, you may take 1 hour break before you enter Himachal & start uphill driving after sunrise.

#10 Mesmerising Meadows & Wooden Bridges

Wooden Bridges & Meadows
Wooden Bridges & Meadows

The tranquility and untouched natural beauty of many of the small and big meadows in Tirthan Valley and various places will unfailingly capture the heart of every visitor. One of the meadow was beside our homestay where we did our camping. Apart from meadows you will find very beautiful small and big wooden bridges at many places which local villagers use for river crossing. Trust me, after visiting Tirthan Valley you will fall in love with the virginity and beauty of this place.

How to Reach Tirthan Valley :

Delhi – Ambala (188 KM) – Chandigarh – Roopnagar (282 KM) – Kiratpur – Bilaspur (371 KM) – Mandi (440 KM) – Pandoh – Aut (481 KM) – Larji – Gushaini – Tirthan (511 KM)

Climate in Tirthan Valley :

Wooden Bridge on Tirthan River
Wooden Bridge on Tirthan River

Climate is really nice and pleasant with a temperature being less than 24 degree Celsius in summers and it goes below zero degree celsius in winters. Due to the flowing Tirthan River you will always feel the moist of it and lots of greenery add to that nice feeling.

Best Time to Visit Tirthan Valley :

Tirthan River
Tirthan River

Tirthan Valley is a very nice, quite, relaxed and pleasant place through out the year. The Best Season to visit Tirthan Valley is  of course during “Spring Season“. It gets Fully loaded with apple orchards and the beauty of Tirthan Valley gets ready to mesmerize any soul on earth.
In winters the place gets very cold,  Also we heard it from many past experiences of many people that this valley will not disappoint you a bit from March to November and is considered the best time to visit Tirthan Valley if somehow you don’t get a chance in Spring season.
The Trout fishing season also starts from March to October and to do Trout Fishing you need to take a daily license at Rs. 100 per person per fishing rod only.

So guys! get ready, go pack your back and hit the road to Tirthan Valley…..:)

Also, Feel free to ask/comment your questions/views in the comment section below anytime now or after your visit.

 

Trekking & Fishing in Tirthan
Camping at Tirthan River

[7 TIPS] to spot a tiger in India | How to spot a tiger in India?

Spot a tiger in India
Spot a tiger in India

How to spot a tiger in India?

Well the question do not have any specified answers, it can never be. You can’t control nature.

But trust me there are number of ways or you can say tricks by which can really increase your chances to spot a tiger in India or i would say anywhere where tigers are present.

So here we are presenting you the Top 7 tips to spot a tiger in India

Tip No. 1 : The Most Important

Choose the right time & right season. Rains & Winters are not at all a good time to visit national parks in India. Rain on the same day or even one day before could be very bad for tiger sighting as tigers are more likely to be confined to their place due to ample supply of water. Similarly, In winters they dont feel much need to move themselves from their comfort zone unless they are looking for food or going for a kill.

Summers, indeed a best time to spot a tiger especially March to May. From my personal experience if you want to spot a tiger in Ranthambore then best season would be march to may only, as that is the season when most of the tigers come out and come closer to ponds and water bodies to relieve themselves from summers.

Tip No. 2 : Choosing the Right National Park or Wildlife Sanctuary

Which national park has most number of Tigers in India?
Tiger’s population varies from park to park. There are parks which really have high density of tigers, If you choose to visit Sariska, Sundarbans or Thekkady to see tigers, you are more likely to be disappointed if your sole aim is to spot a Tiger.

Tigers in Ranthambore
Tigers in Ranthambore. Source : Google Images

Some of the best national parks in India to spot tigers in India as of now are :

– Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve (Maharashtra) : Best for people near Mumbai, Pune, Hyderabad & other Southern States of India
– Bandhavgarh National Park (Madhya Pradesh) : Could be one of the best national park to spot a tiger. Also, it is situated in Central India, so can be accessible by all the states.
– Ranthambhore National Park (Rajasthan) : It is considered as a best weekend getaway from Delhi & North India to spot a tiger. There are others too, you can check the complete list by just clicking here.
– Kanha National Park (Madhya Pradesh) : Again situated in Central India and chances to see a tiger is more.
– Jim Corbett National Park (Uttarkahand) : Very good weekend getaway option from Delhi NCR and for wildlife lovers too. Jim Corbett has good number of tigers and there is a variety of other wildlife which you can see here apart from tigers.
Know more about these wildlife sanctuaries and details

Tip No. 3 : Choice of Zone & Vehicle

Jeep Safari vs Canter Safari : I would always suggest that Jeep Safari is best to spot a tiger in India. Although, recently we we were so unlucky that we did 3 continuous safaris in Ranthambore but were not able to see a single tiger….lol…:D, probably that’s because we did that in January ( Winters…:( ) and then it rained one day before our safari….:(, but still from my past experience and other researches, Jeep safari always increases your chances to spot a tiger as it go to all those small areas, where a big canter cant go.
The probability to spot a tiger in those small and bushy areas are more than on the pre-defined paths made for canters.

Another important factor is choosing a right zoneAll the national parks and wildlife sanctuaries have created zones in forests. There are exceptions too and in some parks like Tadoba, only the gate of entry is fixed with booking but vehicles can ply anywhere inside the park. However these zone restrictions do not apply to animals as they are free to move anywhere. But there are sometimes and the point we are trying make here is that, some zones have higher chances of tiger sightings than others. It could be because of multiple reasons like : a tiger has marked his territory in that zone, or there is more water bodies in a particular zone or good options for a kill in a particular zone etc.

Tiger sighted in Ranthambore yesterday….Zone 2

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Tiger sighted by one of our friend who visited Ranthambore National Park few weeks back

Tip No. 4 : Choice of Safari Timing

Well actually, in most of the parks usually there are 2 safaris i.e. morning & evening. Both of them have fairly good amount of chances to spot a tiger as both have their advantages and disadvantages. But as per my personal opinion, I always choose evening safaris as it increases my chances in summers because, usually in afternoon when the climate it hot and humid animals usually come near to water bodies and that increases your chances to see them.

Contrary, on the other hand, morning safaris are also good as tigers start walking after the sun sets and mark their territory walking whole night till the sun rises. So the movement of the tiger increases the chances to see them in action.

Check various Safari Timings and other information of wildlife sanctuaries near Delhi-NCR here

Tip No. 5 : Be Alert & Listen to Calls

Alarm calls – Generally the most common prey of Tigers like langurs, deers, nilgai (antelope) or sambar give out a special call to their groups alarming danger, when they spot a Tiger. This call is actually a growling or you can say a peculiar sound they make to inform their friends that a tiger is on the move. Once you hear such alarm calls, it is reasonably certain that a tiger is nearby moving.

Pug marks – Fresh pug marks are also one of the best ways to follow and spot a tiger in India. If there are fresh Tiger pug marks on the tracks then it is certain he walked this path recently, do try to follow the trail with the help of your jeep driver.
Caution – Never get out from your Jeep/Canter in the forest. It could be very very dangerous.

Information from other jeeps – Usually if any of the jeeps in your safari spot a Tiger or hear alarm calls, they usually inform other fellow guides and drivers. In India, we do not have have good radio communication amongst the driver unlike Africans. But in Ranthambore and in other parks now a days, they use mobile phones or whatsapp groups to communicate the message with each other.

Tip No. 6 : Your Guide’s Skill

This could also be one of the very important thing if you are not an expert yourself. Nothing can help you to have a great wildlife experience if you don’t have a skilled/experienced guide.

Usually, Jeep & Canter drivers in most of the national parks in India are experienced enough but with years of more experience, a good guide can make your safari experience entirely worthwhile even if you do not spot a Tiger, he can help you in exploring other very interesting wildlife too. They are also very much skilled to identify alarm calls from animals and they now hidden places too, where the probabilities to sight a tiger is more.

Tiger spotted at Ranthambore National Park Zone 8

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Video from my sister’s friend who spot a tiger in Ranthambore National Park in May 2017. Very Close.

Tip No. 7 : Next to a Kill

Big Kill could be very luck for you : If a tiger made a big kill like a wild buffalo or Nilgai or even sambar deer, it usually takes 4-5 days to consume it fully. So if in any of your previous safaris, if anyone has seen a tiger next to the kill, or the day after a kill, then chances of it staying in the same region is reasonably very high as it will always return to its kill till the time his food is finished.

Ahh! so after all these tips we are sure you will really spot a tiger in your next visit to a nearby national park in India.

Do share your experience in the comments section below. Also, kindly let us know if we have missed something.

Cheers!
Have a happy tiger watching…..:)

 

 

 

Top 10 places to do a backpacking trip near Delhi | Top 10 backpacking trips from Delhi

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Top 10 backpacking trips from Delhi
Top 10 backpacking trips from Delhi

Top 10 backpacking trips from Delhi

No blah blah!….just coming to the point : presenting you the top 10 backpacking trips from Delhi. Suggest more if you know any more which we have missed.

1. Explore the land of Pushkar and Ajmer

Making a trip from Delhi to Pushkar could cost as low as Rs.500. Be that as it may, the advantage of the entire undertaking awaits you at your destination. The Pushkar Lake and the Brahma Temple will shock you and will set you up for what is to come ahead. Staying up at the Ajmer will be a better alternative since it gives you the chance to appreciate the picturesque trip from Pushkar to Ajmer, while additionally finding a better offer for your stay. But there are really some good resorts or stays available in Pushkar which I would personally say that everyone should try. I tried one of them and written about them too, You can read more about them here.

Ghats at Pushkar
Ghats at Pushkar

Tent Resorts in Pushkar
Tent Resorts in Pushkar

2. Spend your weekend in the quaint town of Orchha

Travel down to the town of Orchha in Madhya Pradesh. Jhansi is the closest rail head from Orchha and an overnight train traveling from New Delhi gets you to this place in a matter of 6 hours to 7 hours. Take a taxi to Orchha from Jhansi. The town awaits you in all its glory with sanctuaries and forts seen round the whole town. Take a boat ride down the stream at dusk; cycling around the Orchha Wildlife guarantees a somewhat invigorating experience.

Orchha Chatris
Orchha Chatris

Orchha Fort
Orchha Fort

 

3. Travel to the heart of India in Khajuraho

Some camping trips near Delhi that is good for holidays, Khajuraho remains a trending place to visit in the winter period. The 22 sanctuaries developed by the leaders of Chandela administration between 950-1050 AD are still intact and give you the chance to understand the cultural heritages that are a piece of India’s rich history. And you all know that second factor why you should visit Khajuraho’s temple of love…..;)

Khajuraho
Khajuraho

Temple of Love in Khajuraho
Temple of Love in Khajuraho

4. Experience the Beating Retreat ceremony at Wagah Border

Make plans for a visit Wagah Border to witness the Beating Retreat Ceremony. A nearby transport from Amritsar will drop you at Attari. Easy access makes Wagah Border one of the least expensive spots to visit near Delhi. Do not book local taxicabs if you place yourself on a strict spending plan. Try to attend and be punctual (not later than 3 pm for the 4 pm service). Lodge in a traveler guesthouse for a cheaper deal.

Retreat ceremony at Wagah Border
Retreat ceremony at Wagah Border

5. Enjoy a unique cultural trip through Mathura and Vrindavan

These two religious centers in Uttar Pradesh have an energetic culture that reflects what India is really all about. It’s just about 3 hours drive from Delhi to Vrindavan through the Yamuna Expressway. The first stop on this course is Mathura, which is the origin of Lord Krishna and the sanctuaries; the Vishram Ghat singing the Radhe Radhe chants will beyond any doubt make your visit an awesome experience. When you get to Vrindavan, you can spend the morning at the Yamuna Kali Ghat and Bihari Temple. Afterward, you can visit the adjacent gully to enjoy some delicious hot savory meal. They are also one of the most colourful places in India.

Mathura and Vrindavan
Mathura and Vrindavan

6. Spend your mornings on the ghats of Varanasi

 

Spend the weekend on the ghats of Benaras. You can take the overnight train from Delhi to Varanasi. Mata Anandamai Ghat, Raj Ghat, and Munshi Ghat are some of the cool river banks you can pick from to stroll along and enjoy the early morning sunshine. Take an exciting boat ride on the Ganga waterways and explore the sepia-tinted dusk in this marvelous city that stunning beyond doubt.

Colourful India
Ghats at Varanasi

7. Get a taste of the wild at Sariska

When you are planning backpacking trips near Delhi, the Sariska Tiger Reserve is one of the top places to consider that can draw you nearer to nature. Creatures, for example, chital, hyena; wild hog, hyena, and Panther; makes it a fascinating getaway for picture takers and nature enthusiasts all year round. You can know more about different wildlife sanctuaries near Delhi here :

Sariska Tiger Reserve
Sariska Tiger Reserve

8. Wonder awaits you at Agra

The most wondrous of the seven wonders, Taj Mahal can be your stop for a weekend getaway. A train can take you from Delhi to Agra is a 3-hour joyride. You can take pictures holding the Taj, move around Mehtab Bagh and you can also visit the Agra Fort.

Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal

9. The Heavenly Hamlet, Chail

This interesting little town on three green slopes is a 25-minute drive from Shimla. Shimla is the place to board a transport to Chail by means of Kufri. Guest house charges won’t surpass Rs.1000 a day in the event that you just need a decent place to rest after you stop stargazing. Trust me when I say it’s one of the best place for a weekend backpacking Delhi

The Heavenly Hamlet, Chail
The Heavenly Hamlet, Chail

10. The magic of Goa

The biggest tourist destination of the country. The shorelines/beaches and natural of this land are what entice a lot of guests. One of the best parts about making a trip to Goa is that it has something for everyone irrespective of your budget. The beaches where you can unwind, take a walk, and go for a swim or have a feast at one of the several diners.

Benaulim Beach,Goa
Benaulim Beach,Goa

Day 2 at Sunburn 2015 Goa
Music Festivals at Goa

Goa has many colours and shades, it will always be considered as the best party destination in India. And the fact is you can budget your goa trip anyway you want you can make it luxury by checking out some of the best resorts in Goa or you can just backpack go there an enjoy some of the best music festivals or get lost in virgin beaches of goa.

That’s all from our side for now. Drop us a comment if we have missed something or if there is any backpacking trip that you have done and wanted to share with us.

Till then, do not forget to read about these very Essential things to carry on your next Road Trip | Things to carry for a Road Trip

11 Essential Road Trip Accessories
11 Essential Road Trip Accessories

 

 

Which is the best EDM festival in India? | Sunburn Vs VH1 Supersonic | Best Music Festival in India

Sunburn vs Supersonic : Which is best music festival in india?
Sunburn vs Supersonic : Which is best music festival in india?

WHICH IS THE BEST EDM FESTIVAL IN INDIA?

(SUNBURN VS. VH1 SUPERSONIC)

The sunburn or supersonic comparison is just a bragging case between fans of both festivals, as for the neutral, they are both exciting and explosive music festival where good music is the basic.

Sunburn” or “Supersonic,” both festivals have an incredible line-up of the best DJs on the planet. This year’s Phase-1 line-up was so stunning. That being said, Sunburn still has the most renowned DJs like David Guetta, Mike and so on. But still there is a very tough competition to become the best music festival in India.

Entry Ticket Fee Comparison

The gate fee for sunburn festival is considerably higher than that of Supersonic. If you don’t mind the expense, then go to Sunburn. Likewise, if you are a big fan of big parties, then Sunburn is definitely the best place for you. But that may bring about an extra cost for your wallet. If you don’t really want to spend much, Supersonic is less costly and affordable.

Picture of the Sunburn festival.
Picture of the Sunburn festival.

Click to see real experiences & real images of Sunburn 2015 Goa

Sunburn’s Quick Success VS Supersonic Slow Progress

Another fact that puts Sunburn ahead of supersonic is that; since the sunburn celebration began in 2007 and developed into one of the main 10 Music celebrations on the planet (as of now on #9). No other celebration has advanced as fast as Sunburn did and pick up the number 1 spot. Sunburn Goa gets DJs from all platforms and sections, from “EDM” to “Trance” to “Trap” to “electro.” And it’s stage arrangement is quite outstanding and their setup is quite the best.

Supersonic is gradually gaining recognition around the country but not as fast as Sunburn. Sunburn Goa is a three-day festival celebration and it costs some noteworthy measure of cash to be able to enjoy yourself with some good food and lodging through the span of the celebration, but then you wouldn’t feel frustrated about spending that time and cash because you will have a good time out there.

Picture of Supersonic Festival
Picture of Supersonic Festival

Comparing How Both Festivals Connect to the People

Sunburn has a festival in every big city before they pull in the crowd to the mega show at GOA. They additionally have little shows in just schools and colleges. We hear so much about how college students are enjoying these shows, so yeah, they are getting a lot of fans from college shows that come to the City festivals and afterward for the mega show in Goa, so you see it is exceptionally key and efficient. Supersonic hold their in a single location which reduce their connection to the local people. Sunburn, is really trending around the whole country right now and thus remains the best EDM in India

Best Music Festival in India
Best Music Festival in India

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Comparing their Variety of Music

Sunburn doesn’t simply stick to EDM alone. It differentiates the music for the audience to encounter different sorts of electronic music and give them new ideas on the diverse classes of music we have. The audience is completely overwhelmed with it and it is without a doubt the best festival celebrated in India. On the other hand, Supersonic focuses generally on EDM (Supersonic India) and is kind of new in India in contrast to Sunburn and its arrangement is not as exciting as Sunburn. Without a doubt, there are some directors at Sunburn who’ve joined Supersonic and so forth because it’s a new adventure, but the show will require more of these individuals to get it to the stature of Sunburn Goa. They (supersonic) are great as well, no doubt about that, but due to the rating that Sunburn has right now and the acceptance that they’re getting from all over, Supersonic appears to be somewhat a little bit behind. In any case, I’m certain Supersonic will get better in the next few years; no doubt, I trust it will be as great. Yet, Supersonic need more assets and audience-pulling techniques to get to the stature that Sunburn is.

Different types of Music in an EDM
Different types of Music in an EDM

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Nevertheless, as we know that both of these 2 festivals are entirely great and fun to watch, however, Sunburn Goa has a much eloquent music show and the experience is always magical. Therefore it’s indeed the best music festival in India.

Best International Destination for Honeymoon from India | Honeymoon destinations outside india

best International Destination for Honeymoon
best International Destination for Honeymoon

Why Seychelles is one of the best Honeymoon Destinations outside India?

A little about us & our decision :

A Serial Entrepreneur | Avid Traveller | Explorer and a nature lover, but like every couple I was also very confused when it was our time to plan for our dream honeymoon. Planning a holiday(specially your honeymoon) is not at all an easy task if you are really passionate about your travel. We never wanted to visit those overcrowded traditional honeymoon destinations in South Asia. We always wanted a place where we could give time to ourselves and cherish our memories. We really did a lot of research read so many forums, searched loads of websites, talked to a lot of travel agents. Finally! Seychelles, Fiji & Giethoorn were the 3 destinations, which we shortlisted, so then may be because of limited funds, and lesser formalities we zeroed down to Seychelles. Trust me after reading our story you would really consider it to be the Best honeymoon destinations outside India.

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Praslin (Seychelles), Tropical Heaven

What does travel and these trips mean to us?

Travelling is a “therapy” for me and my better half. We call us travel snobs, And we are on a mission to discover the World’s most underrated and beautiful places. We focus on all the nitty-gritty details of planning, finding & getting into an unexplored destination to experience its virginity. You could check our all of our trips at triptude.com

How we booked it :

Well, its always tough to plan when you are looking for one of the best beach honeymoon destinations outside India. Our Seychelles honeymoon tour package was booked via one of the website which we found on internet. We decided and asked them to do all the formalities and booking for the whole process as we don’t wanted to do everything of our own as we were busy in our wedding preparations. We discussed several itineraries as per our requirements with them and then we selected the best one from them which i am going to write below. So now we were ready for our special trip to take place.

Ahh..! So here it is, Our Beautiful Trip to one of the Best Foreign Destination for Honeymoon from India Starts :

Day 1 : At Seychelles, the tropical paradise

We arrived at Seychelles International Airport at 08:15AM Seychelles Local Time. Our flight was from Mumbai International Airport in the morning 5:15AM Indian Time. Indian Time Zone is 1.5hrs ahead of Seychelles. So, it was a 4 hour flight from Mumbai. We belong to Delhi basically, we flew to Mumbai in the night and then took an early morning flight to Mahe (Capital Island of Seychelles).

Speed Boat
Speed Boat

On Reaching the Airport our Travel Agent’s representative welcomed us and provided us the boarding passes for the Cat Cocos Ferry which was for our Transfer to Praslin (Second Largest Island of Seychelles). So our trip actually started from Praslin, According to us, it is one of the best place to stay in seychelles.
The ferry from Mahe to Praslin was very good, Well I will tell you about the clear water of the sea later in this post, but the ferry trip was also a worth enjoying trip. We reached Praslin in another 45 mins and from “Jetty” port in Praslin again we were picked by our travel representative to escort us to our resort.

Sunset at Praslin
Sunset at Praslin

Well, I must say our resort was also a very good choice, We chose Hotel Coco de Mer – Black Parrot Suites thanks to our hard work in research and thanks to our Travel Agent too. Coco de Mer is one of the best resorts in seychelles specially, if you are going as a couple. We were welcomed by the resort staff with a tempting welcome drink and we Checked-In. Rest of the Day 1 we spent near the hotel and exploring the local place.

Sunset at Praslin
Sunset at Praslin

Day 2 : Super incredible Anse Lazio beach & more

Alright, after having some fun leisure time on the resort’s beach and exploring nearby area, it was time to start our Day 2. Our resort provided us a complimentary visit to one of the most famous beach of Praslin i.e. Anse Lazio. So, early morning we enjoyed the beauty of that crystal clear beach with awesome panoramic views. We also saw the very rare Aldabra Giant Tortoise near the beach. They are basically from the islands of the Aldabra Atoll in the Seychelles.

Anse Lazio Beach
Anse Lazio Beach

We had some local Creole Food from the beach shack and tasted the local drink “SeyBrew” which was worth to be experienced.
Climatic conditions are generally humid all over the day so we decided to come back to the resort in the afternoon and planned to explore the nearby village when the sun is a little low.

Aldabra Giant Tortoise
Aldabra Giant Tortoise

We then went to the nearby village (Grand Anse) by boarding a local bus. It will cost you SCR 5/- only per person which is equal to Rs. 28/- in India.

Chilling at Anse Lazio
Chilling at Anse Lazio

The normal working hours in Seychelles are 8:30am to 4:30pm…..Wow really?? and you wont believe weekends are also off….:D . (wish we could have the same here too) Although most of the shops and local markets were closed but We did explored the village and interacted to some locals too. We found a Pakistani cum Indian guy’s owned Restaurant there where we luckily had a Margharita Pizza with local Domino’s wala touch…;)

Walk on the beach
Walk on the beach

After that we came back to our resort and enjoyed the moonlight under the beautiful beach deck of our resort.

Day 3 : Visit to our Dream Island Village (La Digue)

Unforgettable! indeed it was the most memorable day for us. Well your Seychelles trip is incomplete without visiting “La-Digue”. A very small island village with population of just few thousand people, few cars and you are there to rent a bicycle to explore the whole island, paddling inside each and every corner you can get into.

Cycling at La-Digue
Cycling at La-Digue

We reached La-digue at around 10 AM local time by a ferry from Praslin. Praslin to La-digue is just 15 mins from a super fast boat. We rented bicycles there and got an island map too which helped us a lot to find ways and explore each corner of the island.

Aldabra Tortoise at La Digue Island
Aldabra Tortoise at La Digue Island



La-digue is very quite and laid back island, full with nature, beautiful beaches, neat and clean surroundings with loads of peace to relax and get lost. We spent our full day there and tried to explore each and every thing about it. Unfortunately, we had to board our ferry back to Praslin at 4:30PM as it was the last ferry for the day, so time was our enemy at that day and we had to leave that paradise without experiencing it more.

Day 4 : Exploring Praslin on 4 wheels

Day 4 was actually very exciting, We hired a self drive car from there. Its very easy to get a self drive car in Seychelles. Also, you do not need any international license for it. You can use your country’s license and roam around freely. The car’s are super clean there, I mean no dents, no scratches anywhere unlike in India…..;)

Self Drive Car on the Beach
Self Drive Car on the Beach

So we took Hyundai i10 and it was for 50 Euros per day. Most of the cars are of automatic there and roads are also very good with less traffic. We decided to explore Praslin on 4 wheels and experience the local flavors.

Beautiful Beach Front
Beautiful Beach Front

We visited local villages, local shops, tried authentic Creole Cuisine. The people are very helpful & polite, they help you in finding ways and getting on the right roads to reach your destination.

Beautiful Anse Lazio
Beautiful Anse Lazio

We visited Anse Lazio again today and relaxes in the Sun. The water in all the beaches in Seychelles is very clear. Its so clear that at some place you can even see the surface of the sea. Its very good for Scuba diving and Snorkeling.

Beautiful Anse Lazio
Beautiful Anse Lazio

There is also a very small domestic airport in Praslin where you can see small planes taking off and landing on/from the same road where normal traffic moves. Isn’t it interesting?

Day 5 : Praslin to Mahe

Our Day 5 was to say good bye to beautiful and silent Island Praslin and our Resort (Coco-De Mar) too. Our next destination was the capital island Mahe. This day was quite hectic as we have to Check-Out and travel to the other island. So we had our breakfast at the resort in the morning. The breakfast at all the good resorts in Seychelles is of international standard and you will get a lot of varieties to fill your stomach in the morning. Although, lunch and dinner buffets are quite expensive in most of the resorts. It might cost you Rs. 3500/- to Rs. 5000/- per person.

A silent beach in Mahe
A silent beach in Mahe

Also, due to less water supply in the islands, none of the hotel provides complimentary drinking water. You have to buy water either from the hotel/resort or from the local supermarkets. Resort’s water bottles are quite expensive, so we always took our water stock from the supermarkets…;)

Avani Barbons
Avani Barbarons

Our next destination was Avani Barbarons, one of the best resorts of Mahe. We took ferry from Praslin at 3:15 pm in the afternoon and reached Mahe Port at around 4:00 PM. From there our tour guide escorted us and we reached the resort at around 4:30. We did all the formalities and checked in.

Private Beach at Avani Barbarons
Private Beach at Avani Barbarons

The rest of the day we spent enjoying the facilities of the property and enjoying the beautiful sunset on the private beach of the resort.

Day 6 : Exploring Mahe and Eden Island

We again rented a self drive car here too, but this time we took it for 2.5 days. In Mahe, the prices of self drive cars are a little bit expensive than Praslin. By doing some negotiations & bargaining { In our blood….Indians….;) }, we managed to get the car for 125 Euros.

View of Sea from a Mountain Top
View of Sea from a Mountain Top

Mahe is a little bit crowded as compared to Praslin, may be because it’s the capital and all government and private offices are in this island only. So, we started our car today and started exploring Mahe. We got a map from our tour guide, although it was very old and confusing map, but it sometimes helped us in finding a right route.

Tea Factory in Mahe
Tea Factory in Mahe

We first visited the Tea Factory of Mahe, Tea is planted and produced at a good scale here. We got a chance to visit the factory and see the actual tea making process, Seychelles specialty is Vanilla Tea and also they grow Vanilla a lot. You will see Vanilla and tree plantation everywhere.

After that we drove all the way downtown towards Victoria. Victoria is a very small city or we could say a town. It looks like a very well planned city, with all major offices, banks and government institutions there. There were also few restaurants where we had some good food. There was a local flea market where we bought some stuff for our use and also bought some souvenirs.

Victoria City
Victoria City

In the evening we decided to visit Eden Island, its actually an artificial/man-made island which could look like a residential complex with a shopping mall inside it. There were very beautiful apartments there, where people live. There was one Indian restaurant by the name of “Maharaja’s” where we enjoyed some Indian food on the beachside.

Eden Island, Victoria (Seychelles)
Eden Island, Victoria (Seychelles)

At around 7 PM we decided to go back to our resort as everything gets closed after 6 PM there. The forest roads were very dark but it was really fun and adventurous to drive on those streets in the night without any traffic. Both the islands are quite safe and you can go anywhere you want, but in the night you will not find anything open. So I would say there is no nightlife there, you will not find any night clubs or pubs there (Unlike Goa). Although there are few night clubs in Mahe but they opens only Wednesday to Saturday.

Day 7 : Snorkelling (A Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara wala Experience) & Island Hopping

So, this was another exciting day for us as we planned to explore the beaches of Mahe. We woke up early in the morning enjoyed the sunrise at our resort’s private beach and had our breakfast. Then we went out in our car to visit the beaches. At one of the beach we booked a Island hopping and Snorkeling trip for us with one of the local boat there. It cost us around 110 Euros, but I must say it was worth of it.

Island Hopping
Island Hopping

He took us in a private boat which was actually a “Glass Bottom Boat”. We could see everything inside the see from the boat’s flooring which was actually a glass floor.

Trying to drive Glass Bottom Boat
Trying to drive Glass Bottom Boat

He took us in the middle of the Indian Ocean and provided us all the equipment to snorkel. We both were were new to snorkelling and we even do not know swimming too, so he provided us life jackets and helped us to snorkel. As the ocean was very deep in the middle so we got a little bit panicked as it was our very first time without any swimming experience.

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Glass Bottom Boat

So the guy suggested us to go in some shallow water where water is not much deep and waves are also a bit quite. He took us to a human-less remote Island where there was nobody except us. And then he gave us all the equipment again to snorkel, It was worth a “Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara” kind of experience. We could actually see hundreds of colorful small and big fishes very near to us. We could even touch them, but they run away very quickly. We spend almost 2 hours there, doing snorkeling and seeing a lot of different species of marine fishes of Indian Ocean. It was indeed one of the best day of our trip.

Snorkelling in Indian Ocean
Snorkelling in Indian Ocean

After that, we came back to the beach from where we rented the boat and then decided to have some food. We filled our empty stomach with some good food (luckily we both were non-vegetarians, although we are not much fans of sea-food) so we did not found much difficulty in adopting the food there. But yes, sometimes it was very difficult.

Last Day : Tough to say Adieu

I never wanted this day would have come, but as like all of the trips, this trip also had a last day. We were low on energy today as were not so happy and thinking if we could stay for some more days here.

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Sunset at Avani Barbarons, Mahe

We woke up early and had our breakfast so that we could utilize the remaining time to explore more. Our flight from Mahe to Mumbai was at night 9:55 PM, so we must have to reach airport by 7:40pm or so. Now, we had the entire day with us. We checked-out our resort at 11:00 AM and kept our luggage with the hotel’s luggage room.

Avani Barbarons
Avani Barbarons

We took out our car again and decided to follow the opposite route today and go to Victoria side again. We left at around 12:00PM and started exploring the hidden beaches, although there is nothing like hidden beaches there, the whole island is surrounded by beautiful beaches everywhere. We went to Beau Vallon Beach, enjoyed our lunch there and relaxed for sometime. Then we headed towards victoria again to do some city photography and get some souvenirs for friends and family.
At around 4:30PM we decided to get back to the resort and enjoy the sunset till our pick-up van comes for the airport. We reached resort a around 5:15 PM and then sat on the beach to cherish the nature’s beauty.

The Goodbye Cocktail on the Beach
The Goodbye Cocktail on the Beach

At around 7:00PM our pick-up van came and we do not have any option to at last say goodbye to this beautiful paradise of Indian Ocean. We reached airport at around 7:45PM and finally boarded our flight at around 9:55PM to Mumbai.

WOW moments during the trip!

– Bicycle Safari at La-Digue Island.
– Snorkeling in the middle of Indian Ocean & near the human-less island.
– Driving on the beautiful roads of the paradise with your loved one.
– Enjoying very beautiful and crystal clear beaches.

Low moments during the trip!

– Overall, no negative experiences. But it could not be a very good option for Party Animals.
– Food is something which could be a problem for Vegetarians or who do not like hardcore sea food or hard meat. Also, food/meals are a little bit expensive here.

Most Cherished Memories

Trip was wonderful, Seychelles is truly a paradise and we must say the best International Destination for Honeymoon. The most precious memories were to rent bicycles at La-Digue Island and get lost. Another memories were snorkeling in Indian Ocean, enjoying creole food and exploring the islands by a self drive car.

Well there were too many memories, actually every moment we spent there is an unforgettable memory for both of us. It was not only because it was our honeymoon trip, it was the serenity of the destination or shall I say the purity and naturalness of the islands. We spent many hours sitting on a virgin & isolated beach where there was no-one excluding us. We enjoyed our privacy with nature and sea waves.

Tips for Travellers

– Planning is very important for any trip if you want it organized. Its not only about booking tickets and stays, you should actually make a to-do list by doing some research on internet for each day you want to do at your destination, It really helps to utilize all of your days and have a memorable trip. But if you love backpacking kind of style, then you don’t have to worry about it.

– Choose your travel destination according to your taste, take help from experts and listen to their advices. But I would also suggest to do a lot of self research too. It really helps to know about your destination and you will be able to explore more out of it.

Why Sunburn Music Festival could be lifetime experience? | Sunburn 2017 Goa | Tomorrowland of India

Sunburn Goa 2017
Sunburn Goa 2017

Sunburn 2017 Pune | Why Sunburn could be a lifetime Experience

Most Recent Update (15 September, 2017) : Could be a disappointment for Goa lovers, but yes its true SUNBURN Festival 2017 (28 to 31 December) or Sunburn 2017 will take place at Pimpri-Chinchwad, Pune
Sunburn Official Facebook Page has created an event for it. You can RSVP to the official event here: http://bit.ly/Sunburn2017

Sunburn 11 or Sunburn 2017 Performing Artists :  New Decade of Sunburn Festival brings you the most popular

DJ Snake on 29th December 2017 (First Time on Sunburn Festival)

Martin Garrix on 31st December 2017

Buy Sunburn 2017 Tickets Here Sunburn 2017 Early Bird Tickets

Sunburn 2017 Early Bird Ticket Price : Rs. 4000/- + Taxes.

Sunburn 2017 Pune
Sunburn 2017 Pune

Do comment below, if you think that Pune Sunburn can’t be compared with Goa Sunburn


Till then, don’t forget to read our story about Sunburn 2015  Goa below. I bet you will also agree, why we all wanted Sunburn 2017 to be Goa.

Update (21 August, 2017) : The wait for Sunburn 2017 is finally over. The organisers have officially announced the dates for Sunburn 2017. They have announced the dates for this Mega Event and posted it as a facebook event.

Like every year Sunburn 2017 will be a 4 days event. We all were waiting for this announcement for so long. Here you go,

Sunburn 2017 Dates Announced : 28th December 2017 to 31st December 2017

Also, don’t miss to watch this awesome after movie of Sunburn 2016. They have launched it on their facebook page today only :

Here is the official announcement from Sunburn organisers for Sunburn 2017.

We all hope and pray it will be in goa this year. Lets Hope for Sunburn 2017 Goa….:) #Sunburn2017Goa

Till then do read our real experience from Sunburn 2015 Goa

Giant Wheel at Sunburn 2015 GoaGiant Wheel at Sunburn 2015 Goa

Party, music, dance & unlimited madness could be very less to describe the extravagant experience that anyone can live with one of the best EDM in India. Sunburn 2017 Goa is only few months away now but the curiosity, excitement & planning for the event has already started.

Everyone of us wants Sunburn 2017 to happen again in Goa, as it is always unfair for an huge event like this to miss the India’s favourite party destination. My experience with Sunburn 2015 Goa is something which I cant just describe in words, its not at all like all other EDMs which happens all around the year in different cities of India. It was the 9th anniversary of Sunburn and I can tell you we lost ourselves at that grand celebration.

Empire of the Sun - Main Stage Sunburn 2015 Goa
Empire of the Sun – Main Stage Sunburn 2015 Goa

It would be immensely hard for us to miss the excitement that is why we planned for the upcoming edition of Sunburn Goa that was Sunburn 2015. Creating a loud buzz across dance music or EDM fanatics, considered as the largest Asian music festival, Sunburn continues to top every must-experience list, mine included.

If you’re still not sure about heading over to this brilliant electronic music event – then here’s why you absolutely should.

– Huge production scale

You will not at all believe till you actually see it, They have indeed the finest stages across any Indian music festival. Check out this original photograph clicked by us when we attended Sunburn Goa 2015. We hope sunburn 2017 stage could be more epic.

Empire of the sun showing its colours
Empire of the sun showing its colours

– Unmatched line-up or Best EDM artists around the world

Whether  you like psy trance, EDM, techno, indie/electronica, Sunburn always has an allrounder line-up for you.

Here are the artists who performed in Sunburn 2015 Goa. Again, we hope the artist line-up for sunburn 2017 goa would be more surprising and more mind blasting.

Main Stage : Martin Garrix, David Guetta (The Rockstar & the Big Daddy of EDM), Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, KSHMR (who made his India debut in 2015), Felix Jaehn, and the most happening “KYGO”

Star Wars Stage : Seth Troxler, Art Department, Tube & Berger, and many more.

Psy stage : Liquid Soul, Desert Dwellers, Gaudium & many more

David Guetta Performing at Sunburn 2015 Goa
David Guetta Performing at Sunburn 2015 Goa

 

– Location : The party city of India “Go Goa”

One of the Goa’s best party beaches, Sunburn being housed at the stunning Vagator beach, always a cherry on the delicious cake. And, in my opinion, there is not at all a better location for such a festival anywhere else in the country. Sunburn 2016 was held at Pune, like many others, I also skipped sunburn 2016 edition due to location factor. I believe sunburn is tightly coupled with Goa and none of the city in India could match it.

Go Goa - Fun Unlimited
Go Goa – Fun Unlimited

– The fantastic timing

Only dumbs work between Christmas and New Year’s Eve, and it is indeed the best time to have such a huge party full of madness. Still not convinced? Search on internet it is the top of the peak season to visit Goa and to see every colour of India’s favourite party destination.

Work Hard Party Harder
Work Hard Party Harder

Sunburn 2017 Goa Dates

As always, We expect the festival will be hosted between 27-30 December, 2017 and tickets would be fast selling out. There is a wonderful option to buy tickets in advance. The organisers would probably launch Sunburn 2017 Goa Early Bird Tickets very soon, may be as soon as the venue gets finalised.

Early Bird General Entry Band
Early Bird General Entry Band

# Things you need to plan for Sunburn 2017 Goa

– Buy Early Bird tickets in advance, as they are cheaper and you can get a flexibility to pay in parts.

– Book hotels & flights early, we would suggest to book at least 4-5 months prior your trip, as December is the peak tourist season in Goa and you will have to pay almost 4 times for your trip if you do not have booked everything in advance.

– Rent a self drive car prior too. All the self drive cars will be sold out too or you have to pay a lot more extra for it.

– Try to book your hotel near Vagator beach, as it would be very time consuming because of heavy traffic after each day’s event end.

– Our suggestion to buy General Pass only. Do not go for VIP pass. You can have more fun in General Area as compared to the VIP zone.

– Try to reach the venue by around 4-5 pm as you will find less traffic at that time.

– Food and other stuff could be quite expensive inside the venue. So be prepared to shell out some extra bugs….;)

# Do checkout some of our memories from Sunburn 2015 Goa below

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David Guetta (The PAPA of all EDMs) performing live his chartbuster “Dangerous”

Crowd getting crazy, shouts “Once More” as David Guetta Signs Off

Malana : The Forbidden Land of Kullu | Offbeat Places in Kullu

Offbeat Places in Kullu
Offbeat Places in Kullu

We are living in the year 2016 and it will be hard to imagine about places which are still lying disconnected from the mainland. And if such a spot is close the much acclaimed Kullu, then very difficult to believe. Malana is one of the best Offbeat Places in Kullu

Malana is such a spot which is 45 km. from Kullu and has been lying isolated from the outside civilization for thousands of years. Malana is considered to be the oldest democracy and locales consider themselves to be descendants of some deported soldiers of Alexander.

Reaching the Malana village will be a lifetime experience as one has to do a trek of 4km. right to the bottom of the valleys in order to reach there. The place has some antique temples, but it is prohibited to touch the structures here.

Malana Temple
Malana Temple

Source : Gaurav has shared his personal experience on his blog. You can click on Read More to go through his entire journey.
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Dharamshala in Himachal Pradesh : Making peace with your inner self

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Dharamshala in Himachal Pradesh is a name synonymous with the mystic ambience, jingle of monastery bells and rhymes of Lord Buddha teachings. Situated in uber beautiful Kangra valley this place is heaven for those in search of internal peace and calm ambience.

Dharamsala is also residence to his holiness Dalai Lama and Tibetan government-in-exile. Not only monasteries, Dharamsala is also home to highest cricket stadium in the world. For those who love to drive the nature the route from Dharamsala to Mcleodganj will make them fall in love with the nature at every turn.

Mcleodganj has an active nightlife too with numerous food joints serving delicious food. Place yourself in a comfortable Volvo bus from Delhi and open your eyes to picturesque in order to awaken your inner self.

Read my entire trip with brilliant pictures here :

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Lansdowne – A Paradise Nestled in Garhwal

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Lansdowne - Small hill station in Gharwal
Lansdowne - Small hill station in Gharwal

Getting a grasp of fresh air within the scheduled weekend is a delicacy everyone looks for. One of such destinations is Lansdowne, situated around 250 Km. from Delhi. Being the headquarters of Garhwal Rifles, this cantonment town is untouched by insane commercialisation.

Exceptionally clean and calm, Lansdowne is actually a place where one enjoy the birds chirping, can enjoy the luxury of countryside long walks, indulge in star gazing activities. It is a perfect breather for those who need an escape from regular city life and want to spend some time with oneself only. One can leave the car behind and walk like a monk in the hills.

“Lansdowne – A Paradise nestled in Garhwal”

Drive from Delhi is also equally refreshing with empty roads, an Elephant Park at Kotdwar and a cliff Top temple in the way…

Read my entire trip with brilliant pictures here :

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