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Visit India in October and Indulge in the Festival Mood

When’s the most wonderful time of the year to visit India? Right now! The period from October-March is when India cools down – literally. Most of the country experiences mild and dry weather at this time of year. Although the Northern and Eastern parts of the country can see some intense cold and fog in December and January, the South and the West enjoy warm days and pleasant evenings. Between October and February, India celebrates one festival after another. October begins with a national holiday – Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday, on the 2nd of the month. RamleelaThe festive season proper begins with the Ramleela – the story of Lord Ram, which is enacted by local performers all over India from mid-September till mid-October. One of the oldest and most well-known Ramleelas has been running near the city of Varanasi for centuries – in Ramnagar, on the banks of the River Ganges. Make a plan to immerse yourself in the magic of the Ramleela right HERE. Navratri & DussehraNavratri, is a nine-day festival that celebrates the Mother Goddess in all her avatars and manifestations, in the form of Ma Durga, Ma Lakshmi and Ma Saraswati. The festival is observed by devout Hindus all over India, who abstain from alcohol and avoid non-vegetarian food during this period. Some people fast during the daytime and then feast after sunset. On the tenth day, the festival ends with Dussehra – a day which celebrates the victory of good over evil. On this day, Lord Ram is said to have slain the evil demon king Ravana. Giant effigies of Ravana and his brothers are burnt, and firecrackers are burst.

lue City is literally Blue! It’s filled with glittering, winding, medieval streets, which do not lead you where you expect to go. The scent of roses and incense hangs in the air, with bazaars selling everything from bangles to saris to temple decorations to trumpets. Most tourists visit Jodhpur to take in its imposing forts and picturesque lakes. But whether you’re here to shop, stare, or soak in the atmosphere, you won’t leave Jodhpur without the city having made an impression on you. Top things to do in JodhpurExplore Mehrangarh Fort The mighty and wondrous Mehrangarh Fort tops our list. Use Trabug’s audio tour and spend the rest of your day exploring one of the largest forts in India. The sprawling complex includes many royal apartments, charming rooms, and delightful balconies, but one of these is special. Take a peep inside Phool Mahal – the Palace of Flowers. It is believed that this was a room dedicated solely to the pleasure of the Maharajas – where they watched dancing girls perform, enjoyed the rich art of their paintings, and had a royally good time. For adventurous tourists, the Flying Fox activity is a must. A zipline tour that sends you flying around Mehrangarh Fort’s moats and ramparts, the Flying Fox attracts customers from all walks of life, including, it seems, Boris Johnson, London’s erstwhile mayor and current British Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs.

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9 Cool Things to Do in Ahmedabad

Ahmedabad (also called Amdavad) is the largest city in the state of Gujarat. It has many remarkable buildings, excellent museums and fine restaurants. One of India’s safest cities, it has fabulous night markets and vibrant night-life overall. If you want to enjoy proper Gujarati cuisine then ‘Dadi Dining Hall’ is the place to visit. Their staff knows how to treat their guests with veritable gestures and authentic food. Cool things to do Do the night heritage walk Attend Ravivari Visit “Bhatiyaar ki Gali” or the “Irani Café” at Teen Darwaza Fly a kite on the festival of Makar Sankranti on the river front Shop at Rani ni Hajiro Hang around in Law Gardens Go to Garba during Navratri Explore the above and other great spots using Trabug. :) Places to visit “Sabarmati Ashram” The former residence of Mahatma Gandhi and now a national monument, the Sabarmati Ashram is one of the most visited attractions in Ahmedabad. You can listen to stories about various aspects of Mahatma Gandhi’s life and also learn how to spin “Khadi” in a “Charkha”. There are also many pictures which depict the life and challenges in the life of Mahatma Gandhi during his struggle for an independent India. Other places of interest are the Auto World Vintage Car Museum, Sabarmati Riverfront, Sarkhej Roza, Jama Masjid, Sidi Saiyad Mosque, Calico Museum of Textiles, Manek Chowk, Heritage Walk and Dada Hari in Vav.

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Amritsar: Of Patriotism, Food and Religion

Amritsar, also known as Ambarsar, was founded in 1577 by the fourth Sikh Guru, Ram Das. The city is home to Sikhism’s holiest shrine, the spectacular Golden Temple, known locally as Harmandir Sahib. Situated in the state of Punjab, Amritsar is a mere 30 kilometres away from the Pakistan border. The National Capital, Delhi, is 450 km away. Amritsar is well-connected to the rest of India through a good rail and road network. Sri Guru Ram Dass Jee International Airport connects Amritsar to the rest of the world, with seven international destinations and eleven domestic connections. The Golden Temple is the spiritual centre of the Sikh religion. Popularly known as “Darbar Sahib”, the Golden Temple is surrounded by water on all four sides. This is what gave Amritsar its name: “Amrit-sar”, meaning “lake of nectar”. The Temple is a must-visit, even for the non-religious. Its serene atmosphere and striking design make it an automatic choice for a visit. You can book Trabug for an audio-guided tour of the temple. “Golden Temple” Amritsar is also a food-lovers’ paradise. From the Golden Temple langar, or free meal served to all visitors irrespective of faith…to Amritsar’s famous fish tikkas and lassi, you can wolf down a scrumptious meal at many, many different places in the city. Trabug can help you find what you’re looking for. Other places of interest: Wagah Border — the only open international border between India and Pakistan, which is officially accessible by both the nations. A daily retreat ceremony has been observed here at sunset since 1959. India’s Border Security Force and Pakistan’s Sutlej Rangers twirl moustaches, stomp feet, and stand toe-to-toe in a testosterone-heavy ritual that attracts thousands of visitors every day. Timings can be found using Trabug.

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Places to visit in Agra

Built by Akbar in 1565, Agra is situated on the banks of the river Yamuna, about 200 kilometers south of the national capital New Delhi. Agra is famous for its rich architecture and culture. The numerous bazaars are flooded with Zardozi (metal embroidery using gold/silver string) adorned cloth pieces, ittar (scents), dhurries (cotton rugs), brassware, leather items and of course souvenirs. There are many hidden wonders in Agra, which can be explored through Trabug. Taj Mahal “Taj Mahal” It’s the magical allure of the Taj Mahal that usually brings tourists to Agra. Described as a “teardrop on the cheek of time”, it truly lives up to the hype. The beautiful monument was made in the memory of Mumtaz Mahal, by her husband, Shah Jahan. One of the seven wonders of the world and a world heritage site, it is India’s most visited monument. Other places to visit “Tomb of I’timād-Ud-Daulah”

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Roam like a Native

Travelling abroad is usually an expensive affair and hence you want to make the best of the limited time you have there. To optimise vacation time you end up spending hours and hours on the internet researching about the place. You try and figure out where to eat, how much would it cost, what to see, how to get there, and so on. There is seldom room for you to be spontaneous. And if you are traveling with family it becomes even more important to make the most of your time there. You cannot be casual about your trip. Everything has to be pre-planned. What if I tell you, you don’t HAVE to travel that way. You can be as spontaneous as you want to be. You would probably not believe me. But this is exactly what we are trying to achieve for travellers like ourselves. We’ve seen that tourists waste a lot of time trying to locate good restaurants, shopping, pubs, money changers, etc. Even with copious amounts of planning, you need information about these facets, on the go. One very interesting thing that also came up during our research phase was that travellers were seldom familiar with local portals or digital properties to get the right information from, and more often than not ended up using Google for everything. Now we all know that Google is great but not perfect. My recent trip to London taught me that Google can go badly wrong in giving ratings to a restaurant. A 3.5 rating for me from Google would mean that I would enjoy a meal here. But unfortunately, I ended up spending a lot of money for really bad food. Tesco Express would have been a better bet any day. But that is the thing about internet. It is only as good as the things we ask it to do. I was not familiar with local content curators, like Yelp in the US, or Zomato in India. Hence Google was my go-to portal. After one bad experience, I started reading the reviews. The average time I ended up taking deciding where to eat went up almost to an hour. That’s a sheer waste of precious vacation time. And more often than not, I would settle for a place near to me or a short 10-minute ride away. I really could have used Trabug on that trip. If you had to spend no time planning, you would easily save about a week’s time of researching and curating stuff on your own.