Why is Jodhpur the Perfect Wellness and Heritage Travel Retreat ?

The state of Rajasthan is complete with the royal city of Jodhpur. Not just one, but there are many interesting stories associated with this town that makes it a must-visit. Jodhpur is also having different names like Blue city, Sun city, Royal town, and many more. There’s reason for its various names that has its significance.  

Jodhpur is a culturally rich city that yields lots of positive energy. It’s a tiny city that makes it very simple as well. There’s a lot that can be explored in the heritage town within a short span of three days also.  After coming back from here, you will realize how pleasant you are feeling. Some specific ways by which you can seek wellness in this city are:-    

  • Pollution Free Air and Pleasant Ecosystem
  • Less Traffic and Pleasant Drive
  • Rich Cultural  Heritage
  • Meeting a Group of People with Similar Mindset
  • Brainstorm on any Burning Issue in Fresh Environment and Find Solution

Attractions that the city has are indeed an icing on the cake. You can visit them that can also act as a perfect therapy to your current state of mind. Even if you don’t have any apparent issue, the break from monotony can prove to be quite productive.  

Jodhpur Must Visit Excursion

Mehrangarh Fort 

Jaswant Thada

Umaid Bhawan

Mandore Garden

Local Restaurants

Shopping

How Can You Plan to Commute From Delhi?

A few bunch of solo travelers are leaving again on 3rd January, Friday from Gurgaon by road from Innova or tempo travelers based on group size.  Second day, i.e., 14th, we will check in to hotels, have breakfast on our own. After taking rest, we will visit Mehrangarh Fort, and on the way back to Jaswant Thada.

While coming back, we will have lunch and visit the ancient clock room. Third day, i.e., 5th  January , Sunday, we will wake up fresh in clean air. Have breakfast in the hotel and then leave for another excursion.

We can plan to visit Umaid Bhawan and Mandore garden.  After that, we can try Jodhpur special thali in one of their famous restaurants. In the evening we can go for shopping and souvenirs.

Dinner, we can dutch somewhere out or plan to have it in the hotel itself.  After a refreshing day, we can have a relaxed sleep. 6th January, Monday, we can pack out bags, have breakfast, and come back to Delhi.    

Do you wish to travel with the bunch? Then we the part of community Travel Solo and Smart. Trust me; once you are back to your home, you will feel the positive and productive difference.

More than anything else, you will feel more connected to yourself with better self-awareness. Well, that’s the real charm of any wellness trip. Since prevention is better than cure, it’s better to manage your health in the most natural well. 

Once you understand how travel can uniquely help, you can save a lot of your money. The dirt-cheap price of this trip is nothing in comparison to the hefty amount of doctor fee you may pay in any of the known hospitals. If you have any further queries feel free to reach me at write@travesoloandsmart.com or What’sApp@+919910014871.

Why Orchha is Perfect Destination for Women Solo Travelers?

The majestic town of Orchha, tucked away on the banks of river Betwa, was founded in 16th century by the Bundela Rajput chief, Rudra Pratap. Many people don’t even know this place exists on the planet. However, this is one of the most relaxing and best heritage weekend trips.

The town stands as the epitome of the exquisite Bundeli building pattern with its array of monuments that have successfully managed to retain the grandeur till date. Orchha also happens to be the home of some of the most fascinating temples and palaces.

Infact this uncannily beautiful town seems to be frozen in time and gave birth to a wide range of folk arts, myths, traditions and literary works. It recently found its way into the tentative list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites and apparently, for all the right reasons.

The proposal was sent by the Archaeological Survey of India on April 15.The town of Orchha harbors numerous points of interest like Jehangir Mahal, Raja Mahal,Ram Raja Temple, Chhatris, to name a few. 

Usually, the weekend is gone pubbing or dinning that cost you a bomb in city like Gurgaon. On the contrary, do you know what you can gain spending just half of your amount on this trip? (Rs. 6,999/- includes your commute, stay and local transport, and one breakfast).

Jerk from the Mundane Life

Space for Me time

You are traveling solo but smartly with strangers who may be sailing in the same boat

Bid goodbye to your loneliness and depression and make space for fresh energy

Meet that someone that you have been longing

Manage your socializing need

You never know when your connection can become your  business network

Know yourself more by getting into a new situation and ignite your cognitive energy

Last but not least take some memories and learning that can be transforming

Now to plan the trip may be a tedious task at times.

Orchha excursions that can uplift and lighten up your mood on a weekend trip are:-

Orchha Chatris

One of the unique parts of this city is cenotaphs that are shaped like an umbrella here. It will not only remind you of the sacrifice our soldiers have done but mesmerized you with picturesque sight this monument offers. Many photographers can capture some of the award-winning pictures here.

Light and Sound Show in Fort

After visiting here, you will feel that you have gone back to the era of emperors with the time machine. Show sounds so real that it will give you goose bumps to come back to reality. One of the must-attend places and popular tourist attractions as well.

Ram Raja Temple

Trust you will be awestruck if you will come to know about some of the astonishing facts of this magnificent temple. It is spread across a vast area and serene destination to spend some soulful time.

Rafting in River Betwa

Do you know that Orchha also hosts the rafting? Yes, if time permits, you can always plan to do this water sport on a small stretch. During your adventure, you will find some of the gorgeous monuments that are the specialty of the city.

Chaturbhuj Temple

This temple is the icon of Lord Vishnu and constructed in the most iconic way. It is one of the ancient temples built in 875 Ad by the Pratihara dynasty.

Jehangir Mahal

If you wish to dig deep into the archaeological facts of the city, then you can include this place in your itinerary. It will take you to the time when Mughal rule and give you a glimpse of their lifestyle. This palace was a constructed way in the 1500 century as an epitome of victory of the then emperor. 

Spa & Massages

Take some time out to experience some of the best massages offered in some of the well-known resort here. The price starts at a meager amount of just rs. 500 and increases as per your need and requirements

Shopping in Orchha

Orchha is a small city that can offer you some handcrafted, traditional souvenirs. You can gift that to your family and friends or keep with you as a memory

Local Food

You can get the authentic taste of the best spices in the food here. Especially the poori aloo is one of the staple diets that can be a delight to your taste buds.

When the city offers you so much, I don’t mind repeating my trip again and again. Last I went in the year 2013, now again plan to visit with the group of travelers.

Why and How  a Female can Plan a  Trip to Orchha?

Orchha is the perfect destination for the woman who loves to travel or planning their first solo trip. Now, if you are wondering how you can expect an ideal Orchha itinerary, then you can rely on the traveling communities.

Travel solo and smart is a group that organize’s tours for the solo travelers. However, they do it smartly by facilitating a platform where all the travelers can meet and plan their trip. With the motto of encouraging more females, they are coming up with Women Orchha Trip in February.

You can check the details here:- Women only Orchha Trip. To check the exact information, you must be a member of the private group. All you need to do is send the request at Travel Solo and Meetup. If you are women and have filled all the details, then your membership will be approved within a few hours or before.

The key to empowering yourself as a woman is to gather knowledge of our country’s heritage. Women Orchha Trip is all you may need to achieve more power . It is one of the culturally rich city that will help you familiarize with the historical artifacts of the age-old time.

If you wish to get healed with an Orchha Trip, then book your spot and get set going with Travel solo and smart. 

If you are looking out for Orchha Trip advisor or wish to travel with me, then  WhatsApp@+919910014871 – Srishti –Author, Traveler, and Wellness  Coach. 

What are the 54 Most Popular Temples in India, Asia?

We Indians are quite religious by heart. Most of us follow the Hindu religion, and our journey may not be complete unless we pay homage to famous temples in the city. Including four famous pilgrims (Char Dhams), there are 54 famous temples that you must visit. Though most of you may implant a picture of the temple of God, unless you visit it, you may feel incomplete.    

It’s interesting to know a little bit more about them. We have almost 30 temples in North India. South, East, West & Central India part consists of nearly 20 temples. All are culturally enriched heritage with soulful images of Indian gods in each one of them.

Renowned Temples in North India

The majority of the Famous Temples are there in the North Zone of India. With almost 30 popular Mandirs, it is undoubtedly one of the religious hubs of India. All of them are covered here.

Kashi Vishwanath and Shri Durga Temple, Varanasi (UP)  

Varanasi, formerly known as Banaras, is a city of temples. Besides other famous religious places, Kashi Vishwanath is one of the oldest and most famous UP temples. If you wish to travel from Delhi, then it will take around 12 hours by road. You also have a direct flight here if you want to save some time.

Total cost with stay in a budget room for three days & 4 nights should cost you around Rs. 8,000. It is possible if you plan to commute by road. While coming out of the temple, don’t miss the famous Blue lassi that has got all kinds of flavors.

Though you will find this temple to be quite peaceful but stay cautious of the priest, they may ask for the tribute that has no limit. You can always choose to pay the amount you wish to contribute.    

Join me next Diwali to this auspicious place. You just need to be part of my community ,for more details , please chick here :- Varanasi Diwali Trip 2020

Sankath Mochan Hanuman Mandir  and Sarnath, Varanasi (UP)

Another famous temple that you can plan to visit in the sacred city of Banaras now called Varanasi in Sankath Mochan. It’s famous for so many reasons. One of the reasons people visit here is they got the belief that all their troubles vanish here. To know more facts, do visit here and share your story.  

Iskcon (Mathura ) and Banke Bihari UP

Iskcon has been my all favorite time temple. As a kid, I used to like it because of its chocolate “Prasad.” Off lately, I started enjoying the peaceful and hygiene ecosystem here. One of the best Iskcon temples that people often don’t miss to visit is in Matura. The maintenance there is quite well. You can spend hours there in meditation without getting bothered about the crowd.  

Vaishno Devi, Jammu, Shree Amarnath Cave Temple and Raghunath Mandir, J& K

If you stay in India, then you certainly can’t miss the famous Vaishno Devi Temple. It is the most visited Hindu temple in India. Moreover, it is one of the best trek that people of any age would cherish. Nowadays, the temple has facilitated helicopter service for those who can’t walk.  

You can pre-book your travel and visit here for so many reasons. While planning a trip here, you can combine it with other lesser-known yet magnificent temples to visit. They are Amarnath Cave and Raghunath Mandir.  

Manikaran Temple, Baijnath Temple and Kalkaji Mandir(Shimla), HP  

All the above-listed temples are quite famous in Himachal. Manikaran can be visited while taking a trip to Kasol. Likewise, you can add Baijanth and Kalkaji in your itinerary.    

Other Temples in North

  • Kedarnath Temple, Yamunotri Temple & Har Ki Pauri (Haridwar), Uttarakhand
  • Lotus Temple, Pashupatinath, and Lakshmi Narayan, Delhi
  • Chattarpur, and Shani Dham Temple Delhi
  • Naina Devi and  Mansa Devi Temple Chandigarh
  • Golden Temple(Amritsar)  Punjab  and Bodh Gaya, Bihar
  • Akshardham (Noida)  and Sheetla Mata Mandir  (Gurgaon), NCR
  • Mehandipur Balaji Mandir and Birla Temple( Jaipur), Rajasthan
  • Khatu Shyam Ji and Brahma Temple Rajasthan

Temples in South, East, West and Central India

South India is another religious hub. There are many known temples in East, West, and Central India as well that you should not miss. Most of the festivals are incomplete without remembering your Deity. If you are looking out of famous South Indian temples or Mandirs in Eastern, Western, and Central zones, then you check some of the names below.  

  • Annamalaiyar, Kanchipuram and  Varadharaja Perumal,  Tamil Nadu
  • Meenakshi Temple, TamilNadu; Hoysaleswara, Karnataka  and  Sabarimala Temple, Kerala
  • Sri Venkateswara Swamyvari, Annavaram  and  Leepakshi Veerbhadhra Temple, AP
  • Kal Bhairav Mandir  (Ujjain) MP, Khajuraho  and  Sanchi Stupa, MP
  • Aundha Nagnath, and  Shirdi Sai Baba Temple, Maharashtra   
  • Ekvira Aai and  Siddhi Vinayak Temple,  Maharasthra    
  • Lingaraja Temple (Bhuvaneshwar), and Konark Sun Temple, Odisha  
  • Somnath Temple and  Shri Hanuman Mandir, Gujarat

All the above mention names are one of the famous temples of India. People plan to visit them every year after the successful fulfillment of any of their wishes. There’s good connectivity through road, train and air as well.

Besides the selected few listed above, you can find many others located in every nook and corner of the city. Plan to visit the one where you feel peaceful and connected. Blog covers the most famous temples in India because of people’s faith and the accomplishment of their prayers.

Char Dham

In India, visit to Char Dham is one of the best religious accomplishments. People have a belief that your prayers get answered faster after visiting here. At the same time, you get purified of all your sins, even if committed unintentionally.   The hubs that are epitome for the same are listed below.  

It will be great to know your experience with any of these temples. You can also join us in any of the future trips, religious, luxurious, or any other kind. Next trip I am taking is to the cultural heritage of Jodhpur in the first week of December 2019.

How to Plan 5 Days Dubai Trip in just 365 USD?

One of my resolutions this year was to take a solo trip aboard. I hail from India, where solo travelling for females is still at a nascent stage. Dubai was my third international solo trip for the year 2019.

Feeling after completing the trip is not less than an accomplishment. You feel all the more elevated when you plan the entire itinerary. Additionally, it gives you space to customize your vacation.

What made it even better was resisting the temptations to opt for Dubai trip packages . Not only I can save more money but was able to leverage maximum excursions within a short duration.

All in all , my Dubai trip was one of the best with so many pleasant memories to cherish. I would certainly recommend this emirates for all the travelers , even for the ones who wish to plan their first solo trip.

This article covers everything starting from its history, stay, commute, and other attractions. Hopefully , this write up may expedite your Dubai trip plan.  

SUB-HEADING OF ARTICLE

Dubai History

Stay & Commute in Dubai

Dubai Excursions

Dubai Tourist Visa Cost from India

Air Tickets from India

Dubai Culture

Solo Travelling Advantages and Challenges

Common FAQs

Dubai History, Politics, Citizenships

About Dubai

A layperson may mistake Dubai to be a country, but a traveler knows that it’s one of the emirates of UAE in Asia.

Political Scenario: Dubai follows the monarchy. The Arabian Sheikhs and their dynasty rule it.

Citizenship & Benefits: – Well, the Dubai government doesn’t grant citizenship to any other nationals. The locals enjoy special privileges. Besides free education & medical benefits, they get a hefty cash amount as a gift on their marriage.

Cost of Stay & Commute in Dubai

Stay

You can make your stay comfortable by selecting an average property that will cost you anywhere between Rs. 3,500-4,000 per night, including breakfast. Besides the amount you spent on booking a hotel on your own, be ready to pay for per day Dubai tourism tax.

The hidden cost of an additional tax amount was surprising to me as I never paid it during any of my domestic or international journeys. I made my booking through make my trip and choose Hotel Royal Falcon.

When they asked me about the last-minute tax, I was shocked. None of my previous visit demanded me to pay such hidden charges.

Royal Falcon Hotel
Hotel Royal Falcon, Dubai

On the one hand, I was annoyed at the customer care of online booking site and at the same time with hotel staff. Later on, I realized this is the city tax that is levied by the Dubai government.

Another interesting fact is you will see the pictures of their Sheiks in every hotel that is mandatory to place. In spite of all these shocking facts, my stay was very peaceful and relaxing.        

Commute

Before landing in Dubai airport, you can either pre-book your airport transfers or take a cab after arrival. The taxi cost from the airport will be around 15 USD.  However coming back to the airport for departure. It will be less around 10 USD.

If you plan your excursions with experts, then you can get pick and drop through cab from your hotel. You can customize your itinerary as per your convenience as well. Metro can be one of the cheaper options that you may consider, but you may have to walk a few miles to catch it.  

Popular Dubai Excursions

Burj Khalifa on the Top

Excursions

Day 1- Dubai City Tour   Marina Dhow Cruise – Rs. 3300- Rs. 4000

Day 2 – Burj Khalifa at the Top, Prime Hours – Rs. 4100- Rs. 5000

Day 3- Desert Safari – Rs. 3300- Rs. 5000

Day 4 – Shopping & Souvenirs’ – Adhoc

Additional Attractions & Cost:-

  • Abu Dhabi Trip- Mosque & Ferrari World
  • Miracle Gardens
  • Atlanta Water Parks
  • Burj Al Arab Brunch

Total Cost without Airfares & Visa

Cost of Stay for five days without Tax: – 120 USD

Average cost of popular Dubai Excursions including transport:- 145 USD

Average Food Cost: – 100 USD (excluding breakfast & excursions)

Total Cost without Airfares from any Continent: – 120+ 145+100 = 365 USD is approximate

Total Dubai trip price from India may differ from other countries according to the air tickets and visa.

Dubai Tourist Visa Cost from India

Visa Cost

If you are holding an Indian passport, then you need to process your visa in advance before visiting Dubai. There’s no visa on arrival benefits unless you have a US visa or passport. The average cost for 15 days can cost you anywhere from Rs. 5,000 to Rs. 6,000.

Many agents can make your process swift and simple. You can check some of the reliable ones online. Before choosing the right one, you can always have words with them over the call. Alternatively, do check their reviews and ratings as well.

Documents that you need to submit are passport, return tickets, ID proofs, and at times your current company ID card if you are employed. Certain flights may need an “ok to board” visa that can be easily granted by your agents. You can check about the same with the airlines that you booked for your trip.

Air Tickets

Many flights go to Dubai daily. I booked Kuwait airways and had a decent experience. The screen in front of my seat exposed me to outside few; in addition, I was able to watch one of the latest blockbusters.

Meals served were fresh and yummy. All was perfect except just one of the crew member who was a little clumsy while serving food. However, I prefer to ignore these trivial things and focus on positives.

Dubai Culture and Solo Traveling Experience

Dubai Culture

Solo traveling is safe in Dubai. However, if you wish to have some group fun, then join the travelling communities. You may be able to cherish one of the best Dubai vacation trips with people of the same wavelength around.

What Can You Learn From My Experience?

Solo Travel

I planned my trip during Diwali between 26th to 30th October from India. It was a fantastic experience with a few leanings as well. Here’s a brief snippet of my takeaways, both good and bad.

Dubai Attractions:-

Dubai is full of surprises. Besides the paid excursions, you have the privilege to access many free facilities, as well. Some of them are the magnificent Infrastructure, which is the viewers’ delight.

Unknown Facts of Dubai:-

Now you may be surprised if I talk about it, but that’s fact. It’s none other than Burj Khalifa on the top. All hype and no fun. There are different slots you can choose to visit here. It’s better to go during the prime hours as its dark, and you can see some lighting. 

The minimum ticket for the same is Rs. 4100, which is not at all worth. It is super crowded, at least when I visited. As soon as you enter, there will be professional photographers occupying half of the space, and they will push you for clicks. Surprise will knock you when they tell you the cost of one picture that is not less than Rs. 4,000.  

Another bad experience I had was with the maid on the 124th  Floor, she was frustrated with her job and looked like Chinese or Thai citizen. While I was using one of the washroom, she was least considerate and didn’t bother even when the water sprinkle on my floor. It all happened when she was cleaning the toilet using the jet.

When I asked about it, she was not at all apologetic. Do you come on the top of Burj to face all this shit? I informed the manager Akbar when I went down, not too sure if any action is taken or not.

Last but not least, what I was surprised about was the tourist tax they take on your stay in the hotel. The cost may not be much as compared to what you spend on the entire trip.

Nevertheless, you feel cheated about that. As such, Dubai, 60% of revenue comes from tourists on the top. They are charging more on stay. You feel as if this emirate is obliging your visit. High time the rick Sheikhs should found some alternatives for earning money.

In spite of these few negative experiences, positive ones are good enough to compensate for the better. I wish you a pleasant trip to Dubai. I am a professional Trip organizer, stay connected with me on WhatsApp @+91-9910014871 for any upcoming trips.

I manage a small community of solo travelers. It will help you connect with like-minded solo travelers that can make your travel more fun. Besides the best Dubai trip deals, my passion is to create a platform for like-minded solo travelers.    

Common FAQ’s

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need a transit visa in the connecting flight?

If your layoff is less than 7 hours, then you don’t need it at all.  However, it may vary from airline. For the same reason, its advisable to check from them before you book.    

Is there VOA (visa on arrival) Facility?

If you are traveling from India, then there’s no visa on arrival. However, if you hold the US visa, then criteria is different.

What are the documents required in the VISA?

You may need few mandatory documents like your passport, written tickets, passport size pic, and ID card from current employer.

Besides that you may be asked to provide any alternative ID proof that may depends upon the source you are applying and the type of VISA as well.     

What if your name is mismatching in the passport and flight tickets?

Your name must be the same in the passport. Even if your surname is different, you should get it changed. At times you may be able to manage if your surname is missing. But to stay safe better to change it as soon as possible.

Is it mandatory to get “ok to board” Visa ?

Ok to board visa is mandatory in some flights. It’s an additional clause that is required along with your standard visa. You can check with your airlines, whether it’s needed or not. If they need it then you can get it as little extra cost along with your regular visa.  

Do you need to get Travel Insurance?

In the case of Dubai, travel Insurance is not mandatory. However, travel insurance can be beneficial in many other ways.

Is an international SIM better or roaming on your existing connection?

This can be a personal choice. If you don’t expect any urgent calls, then you can always activate international roaming on your existing SIM. However, if you want to use unlimited data or calling, then buy local SIM from there.  

How to choose the best excursions in the limited time?

It may be much more daunting than it sounds like planning the right itinerary. You can always customize it as per your preference.

Is it wise to travel with travel communities?

Yes, why not, especially when you can save a lot by choosing the right travel partner. You may not even have to pay more for the same. At times with organized groups you can save a lot of your time and money.

How to pack the right outfits for the Dubai trip?

Dubai is a urban hub. You may not have to worry about your dressing at all. Especially if you are female, then pack easy. You can wear anything casual as per your destination to visit. Nevertheless don’t forget to use your common sense to avoid any trouble.

Hope all your doubts related to Dubai trip are answered and you are all set to fly. Do you need more information or wish to execute your journey in a fast way than join this private community – Travel Solo and Smart.

To sum up, Dubai is the place to visit even if you can on budget . Furthermore, you can subscribe to the blog and stay updated with Dubai trip booking to reserve your spot in the upcoming trip.