Trip to Kedarnath from Chennai (Day 1)

I always love travelling. Travel and me is a better love story than most of the GV films. Not a great fan of spiritual tours but this trip is unique and it will be always close to my heart. Here i take this opportunity to share my Kedarnath trip to you all. If you find any grammatical mistake, please be informed that my mother tounge is TAMIL. 

One fine sunday afternoon, call from an unknown number. Its none other than our great photographer Ramesh Muthaian on the other side. (I've no idea how many more number i need to save in his name). After few minutes of Mokkai chat he told that he and his friends are planning to go to Kedaram (Kedarnath). When he mentioned as Spiritual trip, i was half lost. And when he concluded the destination i was too excited. Immediately agreed for the plan and booked our tickets. 

After the call the flight tickets were ₹6700 for Chennai to Delhi (to n fro) and we ended up in buying the ticket for ₹8500 due to delay we made. Also i was not 100% confide…

Walking Tours in India

Whats is a Walking Tour?

Wikipedia says "A walking tour is a tour of a historical or cultural site undertaken on foot, frequently in an urban setting." To put it in plain English, walking tours are nothing but exploring the city by walk. Walking Tours makes us to feel more local than any guided tour. Usually walking tours are day trips or sight seeing holidays on which the participants primarily travel on foot.


Famous Tourist spots in Tamilnadu!


Tamilnadu - Archaeological evidence points to this area being one of the longest continuous habitations in the Indian peninsula. A Neolithic stone celt (a hand-held axe) with the Indus script on it was discovered at Sembian-Kandiyur near Mayiladuthurai in Tamil Nadu. Three dynasties, namely the CheraChola and Pandya, ruled the area of present-day Tamil Nadu and Kerala. Besides these three dynasties, the Sangam era Tamilakam (Tamil homeland) was also divided into various provinces named 'nadu'…

Tamil Historical Facts!!!

The region of Tamil Nadu in modern India has been under continuous human habitation since prehistoric era from 15,000 BCE to 10,000 BCE. Throughout its history, spanning the early Upper Paleolithic age to modern times, this region has coexisted with various external cultures. Except for relatively short periods in its history, the Tamil region has remained independent of external occupation. The three ancient Tamil empires of Chera, Chola, and Pandya were of ancient origins. Together they ruled over this land with a unique culture and language, contributing to the growth of some of the oldest extant literature in the world. They had extensive maritime trade contacts with the Roman empire. These four dynasties were in constant struggle with each other vying for hegemony over the land. Invasion by the Kalabhras during the 3rd century disturbed the traditional order of the land by displacing the three ruling kingdoms. These occupiers were overthrown by the resurgence of the Pandyas and th…

Transportation in Shillong

It can be classified into two major types
(1)Public transport
(2)Private transport

Meghalaya government runs different varieties of vehicles for mobility. It even includes one of the oldest TATA vehicle which will have engine at the front like old lorries. And the body of the bus is made of wood. I haven’t boarded this bus as it feels unsafe.
Next they have these modern days TATA morcopolo (Shillong Public transport service) and mini van (Shillong supplementary public transport service). In most of the public transport they are not at all giving any tickets. Even people don’t care to ask for ticket as he charges less price without ticket; we insisted for ticket and he gave us.

Private transport includes taxis like Maruthi 800, Alto and few Alto 800 cars. They also come in reserved and sharing mode. In sharing mode you can see upto 6 people inside alto.

One thing you can observe irrespective of public or private transport is the driver will switch off the engine whenever they see down steep …

Food in Meghalaya

Majority of Meghalaya dishes are non-vegetarian. Their major food is with pork, chicken etc., Since we are vegetarians we have not tasted. For veg only few options are left but it is good.

For breakfasts local people mostly eat poori-sabji, paratha-sabji, bread-omelet, jalebi, sooji, tea, coffee.

We liked veg momos very much. I have tried it in Bangalore but momos in Shillong tastes different and so good. Also we tried vegetable chops, it is like a cutlet but it is deep fry. Samosa and puff are available. They call samosa as Singara and puff as pop.

It is their custom to have betel leaf and betel nut after every meal. The kashi people always have bettle leaf and nut with them and have it often. Even we can see many road side shops which sells betel leaf and nuts. The nuts are called as sopla in local language.

We tried following restaurant and are good
(1)Hotel City hub – ambience and varieties of food is good, you can try some dish in Bamboo shoot which is Naga/Burmese food
(2)Hotel Broadw…

Trip to Umiam lake

It is day 5 of our stay in Shillong. We planned to visit Ward’s lake in Shillong. After reaching Ward’s lake we came to know that every Tuesday it is closed. Without knowing what to do, we opened our trip advisor app and came to know about Umiam water sports complex.

After seeing about the place in trip advisor we headed towards Megalaya tourism department in Police Bazaar (which is near Madras café) and inquired how we can reach that place. The people in megalaya tourism are very helpful. They told us it is in Guwahati road and asked us to go to the end of GS Road in Shillong where we can find plenty of sumo services. From Police Bazaar we went to BaraBazzar from there to Motphran and then to Garikhana; some 15 to 20 mins walk in busy roads of Shillong. In Garikhana you can find lots of sharing jeep services (either TATA sumo or Mahindra Maxx). Here is where you can find yellow painted sumo vehicle and the fare is very cheap. Normal capacity of sumo is 9 but here even though 10 people…

Trip to Mawlynnong

Day 3:
It is third day of our trip and we planned to visit Living root bridge and Mawlynnong. The Megalaya tourism didn’t provide tourist bus to this place instead they offer only reserved vehicle which will be costly. So we hired local taxi.
It will be some 3 hours journey and it is better to have breakfast in Shillong only as there is no good restaurant on the way. On our way there is a beautiful view point called Rngain view point, so we stopped the vehicle and took few snaps. First we went to Living Root Bridge in Riwai village, there are lots of living root bridge in Megalaya but this is the nearest one from Shillong. Since it is winter there is not much of water flowing below the bridge so we went down and took lots of photographs. It was an amazing work done by kashi tribal people to build a natural bridge which will take centuries to see the result.

After that we went to Mawlynnong which earned the distinction as the cleanest village in Asia. This village has 100% literacy and th…