Sunday, November 22, 2015

19 Hand Picked India Travel Apps for Ecstatic Pleasures

Ecstatic Pleasures of India travel with Apps
Ecstatic Pleasures of India travel with Apps

Best Travel Apps for India

Want to enjoy India Travel at the spur of the moment or with a well-planned tour?
Or just finding your way around a new city?
Or want to avoid travel agents?

Here is my personal selection of  apps to make traveling around the country easier than ever before.

Hotel and Travel Bookings

1. Cleartrip 
2. MakeMyTrip 

These most popular booking apps, take reservations for flights, trains, buses and hotels (conveniently arranged according to Tripadvisor ratings).
Both feature a clean design, user-friendly interface and regular app-only deals. But while MakeMyTrip focuses on holiday packages, Cleartrip has over 5000 activities in 25 Indian destinations ranging from food tours to scuba diving. It also lets users view their bookings offline.


3. IRCTC Connect 

This Indian Railways official app has a considerably faster and simpler interface to check seat availability and make new bookings. It also tracks existing reservations and offers journey alerts.

4. Bookmytrain

Another IRCTC app Bookmytrain also gives users the option of cash on delivery for tickets.

Food on Indian Trains and stations

5. Travelkhana 

If you want to skip the insipid fare served on Indian trains, then Travelkhana offers an alternative with round-the-clock food delivery from its network of partner restaurants across the country. Enter your PNR number or train details, select a station and browse through the mostly-Indian menus of the nearest restaurants. You can also track your order, and pay online or in cash.

Bus Bookings

6. Redbus

If you're interested in economical and exotic travel by road, then check out the bus ticketing app Redbus, which lists buses run by various private operators, government-run tourist buses and Volvos in 22 states.
Travelers can search for buses by fare, timing, customer rating and facilities. Once you've booked your seat, you can track the bus schedule in real-time and even share it with your friends and family. The app also suggests convenient dropping points for riders.

Last Minute Holidays 

7. Tripigator

An ideal for perfect for last-minute holidays and busy travelers. Tripigator is a nifty holiday planning app for India. The official travel planner of India's Ministry of Tourism, it creates customized itineraries based on your interests (adventure, family, romantic etc.), budget, location and trip duration. Confused about where you want to holiday? The app throws up a list of potential destinations near you, with sightseeing options, hotel and transport options and the approximate cost.

Want to Connect?


For travelers who like to connect with locals and fellow explorers. It is a platform for user-created itineraries and travelogues, as well as a travel-themed social network. Each itinerary includes insider tips in the form of first-person reviews and photographs, along with a hotel booking section from Expedia.

Looking for Off Beaten Track?

9. Thrillophia 

If you're interested in going off-the-beaten-track, then it has a wealth of activities spanning the length and breadth of the country. Ranging from a wildlife photography tour in Coorg to caving in Meghalaya, the experiences are organized thematically, e.g., women only trips, jeep safaris, cooking sessions etc., and come with reviews and popularity rankings

Low Cost Stays

10. OYO Rooms 
11. ZO Rooms 

Travelling on a low budget doesn't mean you have to stay in sordid and unpleasant hotels. Branded hotel chains OYO Rooms and ZO Rooms can be lifesavers for travelers looking for last-minute affordable accommodation. Both promise standardize amenities such as air-conditioning, television, clean linen, breakfast and Wi-Fi across major cities, and allow users to search for accommodations near landmarks, neighborhoods or their current location. In addition, ZO Rooms' tie-up with Uber and restaurant search engine Zomato offers added convenience in looking for nearby restaurants and cabs.

Boutique Places to Stay

12.  Airbnb

If you're looking for boutique stays, then Airbnb has a range of offbeat options to choose from. Think colonial mansions in Goa, Himalayan cottages and tree houses situated in the midst of a forest in Madhya Pradesh. Bypassing the comforts of hotel chains, it’s ideal for travelers looking to mingle with the locals and get under the skin of the place they’re visiting. The reviews and the option to contact the host makes it easy to narrow down on a Homestay catering to your interest.
Want Diverse Experiences and Exciting Activities
Whether you're keen on trying an adventure sport or soaking in a city's culture, there are now several apps that make it easier to experience India's diversity than ever before.

How to Avoid Unreliable Tourist Guides

13. Audiocompass

The official audio tour app of Incredible India, Audiocompass is a handy tool for anyone who's been disappointed by dodgy tourist guides. It has well-researched audio guides on food, heritage and culture, and local legends, covering everything from the architecture of the Taj Mahal to Bollywood star homes in Mumbai. The introductory destination guides are free, while the detailed sightseeing ones are priced reasonably. Both can be downloaded and then played offline at no additional data cost.


14. Bookmyshow 

If you're looking to catch the latest movie, a popular play, or a cool gig in a city you’ve just landed in, Bookmyshow is the one-stop-shop for it all. With a footprint in over 200 cities, India’s biggest entertainment ticketing app sells tickets for movies, theatre, concerts, sporting events and food and cultural festivals.
Looking for Night Life and Local Restaurants?

Want to discover local cuisine and nightlife?

15. Zomato

An essential app for eating out, Zomato is great for discovering food and nightlife haunts. Each city has a series of collections of popular restaurants and long-standing establishments with themes and cuisine. You can search by location, cuisine and budget; browse through menus and user reviews, and even take an Uber cab to your chosen restaurant. If you’re too lazy to venture out, it also has an app called ‘Zomato Order’ just for food delivery.

Want to be Adventurous and Move Around?

16. NaviMaps

Can't figure out your way around India's confusing maze of roads and by lanes? NaviMaps, a comprehensive navigation app by MapMyIndia, is useful for navigating even without the internet. The 3D maps cover a two-million-long road network spanning over 7200 towns and major landmarks, and can be stored and used without data.

17. Ridir
18. Uber 
19. Ola Cabs 

The public transport app Ridir makes it easier to save money on the move. It has timetables of buses, metro, trains and monorail in over 15 Indian cities for offline use, along with real-time information about arrivals, departures, delays and cancellations. Users can even track their ride and locate the nearest transport junction. 
On the other hand, ride-sharing apps such as Uber and Ola Cabs offer a quick and convenient option for different budgets. Uber operates in over 20 Indian cities and is especially helpful for international travelers with an existing account. Together with its subsidiary company Taxi For Sure, Ola has a considerably bigger fleet of cabs and autos in more towns and cities. Unlike Uber, its app allows rides to be booked in advance to avoid last-minute hiccups and has a helpline number for real-time assistance. 

All of the above apps are  available on Google Play Store on your mobile

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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

You are a Bad Tourist if not Visited 5 Ladakh's Godly Lakes

 Pangong Lake, Ladakh
 Pangong Tso Lake, Ladakh

Ladakh known of high mountain passes is an extreme cold desert. In spite of this it is home to many beautiful lakes called Tso where you will love to dive, nowhere you will find in the world.

1. Pangong Tso Lake

The amazing facts about the lake

A. The high salt water lake in the world

The most famous lake in Ladakh is about 160 kms from Leh. Pangong in Tibetan stand for “long, narrow, enchanted lake”. The lake is an endorheic lake in the Himalayas situated at a height of about 4,350 m (14,270 ft), the highest salt water lake in the world. It is 134 km (83 mi) long and extends from India to Tibet.
The Pangong lake is one of the beautiful places visit in India. Spread over an area of about 600 sq. Km, the lake is shared by India and China and 60% of it lies in the neighboring country. The alluring beauty of the lake and its natural scenic views make it seem like a landscape painted. Wow! It's much beautiful than any pic you have seen on the lake. Truly beautiful and the best part of the lake can be viewed in morning (3 am - 4am). A must visit place to feel the peace with the best eye candy on the earth.

B. The lake is in disputed territory

The line of actual control passes through the lake, 20 km of the east section of the lake is controlled by China, but claimed by India and the  eastern part is in Tibet. Approximately 60% of the length of the lake lies in Tibet. After shooting of 3 Idiots (a hit Bollywood film), Pangong Lake came in picture of tourist. But it's really worth to visit here.

C. Migratory birds

The blue brackish water of the lake has very low vegetation. There are no fish or any other aquatic life, but the lake sees a high concentration of ducks and gulls. The bar-headed goose and Brahmini ducks are a common sight here.  Pangong Lake looks different in different seasons. In winters it is frozen from November end to April. The colors vary from season to season. It runs through 7km before it joins the border between India and China. All along the lake there are places to stay, both affordable and expensive. In April, one can see the black necked crane, which is a rarity otherwise.

D. No INP required to visit Pangong Lake

Before 2014, an Inner Line Permit was a necessity to visit the lake, but the law has been abolished for Indian nationals. So there is nothing stopping you from experiencing true peace and solitude at Pangong!  To observe purity and divinity of the nature you must wake up very early and observe the sky changes with the changing colors of the lake.

2. Tso Moriri Lake

Tso Moriri Lake
Heavenly Tso Moriri Lake

Another jewel in the crown of Ladakh is the Tsomoriri Lake. [Did you know that it is also known as the 'Mountain Lake'?] The lake is situated in Changthang Plateau, one of the highest and widest plateaus in the world is a among the must visit places in India . The lake gets its name from the saltiness of it, and the fact that salt was extracted from it till 1959. You can spot some really rare species of birds here during the migratory season such as Black Necked Crane, Brown Headed Gull and Great Crested Grebe. The calmness of the lake has just perfect for meditation. Extremely beautiful. Middle of nowhere. Has basic facilities, but then you don't go to see a lake at 16500 feet for luxury. The sunrise is divine. One of the most beautiful places I've EVER seen. This is around 6 to 7 hour drive from Leh town. The color combination of Tso Moriri lake is dark & light crystal blue. This is hands down one of the most beautiful places I have been to. Don't miss this even if it means adding a few days to your trip (you will probably have to add a day or two ) . The uniqueness about this lake is its extra clear mirror-like water where you can see minute to minute reflections.

Some points on this trip: 

  • Make sure you stay for one night in Tso Moriri, but prepare yourself for the low temperature.
  • The nomadic camp hotel gives a wonderful vegetarian dinner, don't miss it. 
  • Do not leave late from Leh, because you should not miss sunset here, the color of water changes here. 
  • Wake up at 5 am at Tso Moriri as the sun comes up very early and you can take nice pics at this time a well. 
  • Ask your driver to take to another part of the hill next to the camp, there is a road on the mountain, and it takes you to another corner, you can see a very beautiful scene from there. 
  • Make sure you have an identity proof also in case required by the Army when you reach this place.

3. Kiagar Tso

Kiagar Tso lake in Ladakh
Kiagar Tso lake in Ladakh

Enroute to Tso Moriri, Kiagar Tso is another beauty, one of the smaller high-altitude lakes and is located in Changthang plateau and is home to Changpas, nomadic Ladakhis

4. Stat So – Lang So Twin Lakes, Zanskar Valley

 Twin lakes of Stat Tso and Lang Tso

Located just next to Penzi La pass at (The highest Peak) an altitude of 14000 feet, the highest point on the Kargil – Zanskar road, the reflection in these twin lakes Stat Tso and Lang Tso will surely blow you off your feet. The vistas surrounded by snow clad mountains, just a touch away from you, make you go crazy and what you do to get off that craziness – jump into the lakes to get the real feel of it.

5. Tso Kar

Amazing Tso Kar Lake
Amazing Tso Kar Lake

Tso Kar is kind of twin lake where the eastern part of the lake is a fresh water lake whereas the western park is salt water. The two parts are connected by a small stream

Map of Lakes in Ladakh

Map of Lakes in Ladakh

Map of Lakes in Ladakh in the state of Jammu and Kashmir

Monday, October 5, 2015

Why Tasteful Tourists Insanly Want a North Eastern Girl?

Reason why tourists seek Nort Eastern girls insanely
Reason why tourists seek Nort Eastern girls insanely
What a stunning beauty of North East India
What a stunning beauty of North East India!

9 Reasons for being lunatic to meet a North Eastern Girl

1. A terrific combination of beauty and sex
2. Northeast girls have great fashion sense
3. Educated and talented
4. Which guy doesn’t like a girl with this beautiful smile?
5. They always give their best in the relationship and will hardly cheat. You will enjoy their unconditional love
6. You don’t have to worry about your girlfriend becoming fat. She believes in staying slim and fit. And look at that smooth, silky hair! All natural.
7. Your girlfriend is a fun-filled person and will always make you laugh
8. Are you a music lover? Then, she is your soul mate. She has a good taste of music
9. Their needs are small so your pocket will never be empty. All they want is love.

An introduction to North East India

1. Assam

Two Beautiful Assamese Girls
Two Beautiful Assamese Girls

Assam is synonymous with breathtaking natural beauty, teeming wildlife, immaculate tea gardens and warm, beautiful people. Its strategic location in the northeast of India, and its accessibility from the rest of the country makes it the gateway to the northeastern states.

2. Manipur

Stunning beauty of Manipur
Stunning beauty of Manipur

Manipur, a little Shangarila located in North-East India, is a Jewel of India. This little corner is a paradise on Earth where Mother Nature has been extra generous in her bounty.
An oval shaped valley surrounded by blue, green hills, rich in art and tradition has inspired description such as the "Switzerland of the East" with its cascading rapids, tripling rivers, varieties of flowers, exotic blooms and lakes. A  land of colorful communities which have lived in complete harmony for centuries.
These are the people whose folklore, myths and legends, beautiful and sexy women, dances, indigenous games and martial arts, exotic handlooms and handicrafts are invested with the mystique of nature.

3. Meghalaya 

Karen David 27 of Maghalaya now in London
Beautiful and talented Karen David 27 of Maghalaya now in London

Are places that will enhance your pleasure and give you a rejuvenating experience. Meghalaya better recognized as “Abode of Clouds” is a beautiful state of India surrounded Assam and Bangladesh. On your visit to this enchanting place you would come across glorious landscapes, countryside view, cloudy hills, twisty rivers, cascading waterfalls, and rich wildlife. The state population comprises of tribes of Khasis (which are highest in numbers) Garos and Pnars.

4. Nagaland

Incredibly pretty girls from Nagaland
Incredibly pretty girls from Nagaland

A state of eight districts promises to welcome you with unusual scenic beauty accompanied by warm village tribals who are as curious as the tourists. It borders the state of Assam to the west, Arunachal Pradesh and part of Assam to the north, Manipur to the south and Myanmar to the east. The villages of Nagaland are full of vigor and color surrounded by tribals in an untamed environment. However, with modern life picking its pace don’t expect to find people donned in tribal clothes everywhere.

5. Arunachal

Beautiful Monpa girls from Arunachal
Beautiful Monpa girls from Arunachal

Home to 26 indigenous tribes, Arunachal is perhaps the last sanctuary for India’s natural and anthropological heritage. Much of the state still remains beyond tourism’s reach, but new areas (comprising lush river gorges and craggy mountainscapes) are slowly being opened to visitors. The tribal women are stunningly beautiful and friendly.

Women of North East India: A devastating combination of beauty and talent! 

The Vinyl Records

A top rock band of beauty and talent from Arunachal
A top rock band of beauty and talent from Arunachal

This is an India-based Al l-girl Rock Band of four from North-East India that perform their gigs mostly in Indian metropolitan cities. The group consists of a Guitarist, a Bassist,a Drummer, a vocalist/Keytarist.[1] TVR featured on MTV India’s F1 Rocks show in 2011, were among the 15 finalists of Ray-Ban Never Hide Sounds, a nationwide rock talent hunt, in 2012.[2] TVR represented the state of Arunachal Pradesh in a 7-states-7-songs anti-drug compilation called 7X7 with their track "Coco Bomb". They released their debut EP Whims in 2013

Tetseo Sisters

Tetseo Sisters  of Nagaland
A terrific band with amazing beauty:  Tetseo Sisters  of Nagaland

Another all-sister collective, Tetseo Sisters (even the name says so) is a four-member band from Kohima, Nagaland that adapts and interprets powerful Chakhesang tribal music that they’ve inherited. Dressed in their traditional Naga attire, the band aims to maintain and uphold the folk heritage of Nagaland in the form of their breathtaking music. Listen to their single “Jingle Bells”

Minute of Decay

World famous band from Manipur
World famous band from Manipur

Delhi-based band, Minute of Decay, which consists of the Muivah sisters from Manipur, has a rich tradition of sibling bond to create music from.

A film from North East India

Beautiful actress from Manipur
Beautiful actress from Manipur

Chinki is a name often used in India to address people who posses a set of oriental eyes.

SA BAI is a film from Mizoram, a state in the northeastern part of India. The girl in the video is from North East India. The film is dedicated to the people of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim and Tripura

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