My Kasol & Kheerganga Trek in 2020 as a Trip Manager

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2020 has already marked its place in history because of the reason known to all COVID-19. The flip side of the same is people started adapting to the new norm. I being a passionate travel and trip organizer was under tremendous pressure to organize a trip.  It was not only to gratify my soul but for the solo travelers in my group who wanted to fly from the prison of work from home and other restrictions too.

I believe in the miracle, and since Kheerganga was on top of my mind I finally made it happen on the night of 29th October i.e. Thursday. This article will share the detailed itinerary of what all you can explore and how you can plan your trip. Read the article till the end and share the comments.

I consider myself a smart solo traveler. That’s how I came up with the concept of travel solo and smart. Further, how I leveraged this smartness by  convincing  eight more solo souls besides me to make it happen. So we were a group of  9 people who started our journey from Gurgaon through a Tempo Traveller.

We started around 9 pm. With 2-3 pitstops, we were able to reach Kasol by 2 pm. It usually takes 15-16 hours to reach the city. We were more or less on time, a little delayed because of the more than one stops.

Trip Itinerary

Day 1

We were in Kasol. Checked in our camps. It was triple sharing. Took tea, freshen up, and took a walk to the city. Our stay was in the heart of  Kasol, so everything was available within walking distance. We had our lunch at the evergreen café. While walking on the streets , we tried momos and other local cuisines too.

After lunch, It was time to explore the local trek at chalal. The picturesque site at the riverside was not only breathtaking but equally rejuvenating.

In the night, we were all set to explore the local cafes. The travelers were all set to try every bit of Kasol. From a live concert at Panchtara to the trout fish with bonfire is what made our first day out of the world.

It was a much-needed break from coronavirus blue in Delhi.

After having a fulfilling first day, we were all set to the trek for the next day to Kheerganga.

Day 2

After awakening to the fresh morning, we were all set to take trek  to  Kheerganga. We had our breakfast at camps and started at 930 am. Our tempo traveler dropped us at barshaini. It took us 1 hour to reach there from Kasol.

Kheerganga is a 12 km trek. We were planning to stay there, so we were carrying our backpacks. The expedition was beautiful yet rocky so you need to watch your every step at every threshold.

Another thing not to be missed is to have a sip of water whenever you feel tired.

The route we choose to start the trek was through Cagra village, which was best route to climb up .

In between, there were many cafes, but the one that was best was Raasta. We had our energy drinks and had great clicks with some fun by dancing to the tunes of some pepe numbers . So it was a good kick start of the trek.

After taking many challenging and easy terrain, we finally checked-in to our camps in Kheerganga. It was 31st  Oct Halloween night too and blue moon as well.

Bonfire is what you need for some candid conversations, and it was all set on the top. After playing musical jingle and candid conversations, we had a great sleep.

Day 3

One thing that Kheerganga is famous for is its hot water spring. So the morning, we pack our stuff and left early in the morning to enjoy the healing hot water spring.

Post that, you can visit the Shiva temple on the top. Though I missed because of time crunch.

After that, we came back to our camp, had breakfast, and left ago to Barshaini. This time we choose to take Nathan village route.

The view was different and as splendid as the  route we choose while starting the trek.  

It took us 4 to 6 hours to reach back.

From Barshini to Kasol, it was around a 1-hour distance. We stopped at Kasol for dinner and then started back to Delhi. In between, there was just one more stop after few hours, and then it was a non-stop journey. We were able to enter Delhi within 12-13 hours, which couldn’t be better.

Our journey came to an end with lots of sweet memories and many learning experiences, especially for me as a Trip organizer.

Key Learnings:-

So on this trip, I sponsored a Youtuber who helped me in creating two of my videos, as you can see below:- Yes, the video came out good, but then I learned that before approaching any of an Influencer, your product should be established as end of the journey its there call if they would like to give a shout out to you or not.

I  picked a  cohost who paid me just 50% of the amount; however, during the trip, she was literally dictating the things on her terms rather than consulting me. So my learning before choosing any assistance set very clear expectations.

Since both the above were through reference, so was aniticipating better support. Neverthless such experiences makes you learn better and your trip complete.

Last but not least, as a Trip organizer, people don’t care where you are coming from. All they expect is you should be on your toes to facilitate them.

Though all travelers went back making lifetime friends. But I can’t forget that one incidence when they expected me to ensure them to have everything.  It was about the additional blanket and pillow in the camp in Kheerganga. However, it was briefed before the journey that the camps will be available with basic amenities.

I was also relaxed as I thought the cohost would manage, but she was too lost giggling, and all of them started jumping on me.  So morning, Day 3 was memorable as it ended in good fight. It was also driven by one of the other female of the cohost who want to quench her ego . She got some skill in influencing the members. So was the other businessman in the group who became friends with these two females.

However, at the end of the journey, I realized that all this makes you smarter, so I aptly named my venture Travel Solo and Smart .

Anyways as is said, all well that ends well; I am happy the journey came to an end on a good note and all got sorted there and then. There are lots of takeaways for me as well. All the feedback I plan to take constructively and I am more clear about what my Brand Travel Solo and Smart stand for now.

If you wish to join in future journey, than first you must be part of the meetup group and then closed WhatsApp group .

Hope you enjoyed the article and soon plan a trip to Kasol and Kheerganga .

What Risks are People Taking While Traveling during Coronavirus?

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From an avid traveler to get restricted to a lockdown sounds like a nightmare. However, this is the real-life scenario with most of the travel bees, including me.

Nevertheless, since the lockdown is practically over, people have resumed their traveling lifestyle.

But is it advisable to travel now, especially when we have hit the peak of Coronavirus? This article covers the psychological reasons why people are literally on a suicide mission to resume traveling.

Even if it is for some unavoidable reasons, there are specific steps that you should not avoid. Please read the article to know what they are if you also wish to plan a trip.

Why Can’t People Resist Urge to Travel?

I can’t deny less that whenever I recall any international tour packages, my dopamine reaches to the next level. There’s certainly a common reason why travelers can’t resist the craving to pack their bags.

One of them could be, traveling can act as the best therapy. Secondly, a lot can happen over the trip with a bunch of similar tribes.

In spite of all this, before checking redbus online booking, don’t forget we still are struggling with Covid-19. The next question that most of us are intriguing about is when the hell this pandemic will be over. Many of the pessimists are even thinking, can I ever travel again?

In such despair, the best rescue that may seem to bring some relief is going through some travel magazine. The flip side is it can further pro vogue you to choose the next destination. After a while, it may just become difficult to ignore such temptations.

So the impulse for traveling may essentially arise because of the following reasons:-

  • Managing the Stress
  • Change of Ecosystem
  • Boredom
  • Rejuvenation
  • Wellness Excursion
  • Discovering Bliss

There can be many others, but it’s good to hold one such impulse during Coronavirus. Hooking up to travel sites can undoubtedly be an alternative for the time being.

You can also stay tuned with the well-researched information blogs and vlogs. Besides that, you can join a travel WhatsApp group that may not be too loud but limited to travel talks.

The crux is you need to figure out a way of an interim solution to satisfy your travel lust. If you are still finding it difficult that you must be aware of the risk, you may be taking while choosing to travel.

Risk of Travelling During Coronavirus

At times business travel can be inevitable during COVID-19, but it should also be avoided to the extent possible. Irrespective of the travel types, you may be vulnerable to the following risks:-

  • Getting in Touch with Asymptomatic People
  • Unhygienic Ambiance
  • Commercial Transport Issue
  • Unhealthy Food

Other than the above risks, you must be ready for quarantine once you are back from vacation. A family trip can be the most vulnerable as one person can easily infect others.

How to Make Your Trip Safe?

After understanding and acknowledging all the facts above, if you still want to resume your traveling lifestyle, then Kudos to you. Nevertheless, don’t forget to adhere to the following aspects to make it safe for you.

  • Start with a short distance
  • Use your vehicle
  • Go with a trusted group
  • Ensure the hygiene level of the place
  • Take precautionary steps like masks, gloves, sanitizer, etc

I hope you are staying safe wherever you are and make a conscious and mindful decision in the context of traveling.

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How to Manage Coronavirus Travel Cancellation Blues?

The last thing in your mind should be to plan your vacation now. You must have seen the impact of the casual attitude of people in Italy towards Coronavirus. We must act a little responsible and either postpone or reschedule all our travel plans for the later date.

Coronavirus book published in 1981 partially predicted the occurrence of this global virus. However debate is still going on on the book. Nevertheless, WHO has already declared Coronavirus as pandemic as it has affected almost every country.

As India has already entered in stage 2, we must take all the steps to prevent it from reaching to stage 3. Some of the essential steps can be social distancing and refraining from traveling in the coming months. At the same time, be ready to face the economic downfall.  With little courage and endurance, this crucial phase shall pass soon.

We, as a nation and continent, are going through some of the toughest times globally.  Although all the continents are working on developing Coronavirus medication, but it will take time.

The industry that has an immediate impact is Travel, Airlines, and Hotels.  Eventually, all sectors will be impacted in due course of time. In the middle of this Coronavirus pandemic, people have lots of concerns and queries about this disease and their prebooked flights and hotels. Here are some of the facts and resolutions.

What is Coronavirus, how it’s spread?

Coronavirus is a widespread pandemic that can spread quickly and hence grows exponentially.  It started from Wuhan in China and now spread globally. It has various stages. Coronavirus early symptoms are minimal, but later on, it’s more like flu. The other names of this virus are Covid 19 and Norovirus as well.

It’s a well-known fact how the Coronavirus is spread. At an initial stage the number of affected people may be less. However it spread on the drop of the hat within the communities from stage 3. For the same reason, people are advised on the precautionary measures. Most of the public places like malls, multiplex, gym are closed in India till 31st March to prevent its increase.

How to Flatten the Curve of Rising Coronavirus?

There are many countries like Italy, UK, America, Iran, and a few more who have already reached stage 3 and finding it challenging to manage.  Since this disease can spread easily so we must take every possible step to stop it from further increasing.

The best thing to avoid this catastrophe is to stay put and to pray that this coronavirus pandemic gets over soon. Some other ways to control norovirus symptoms are as follows:-

Wear a Special Coronavirus Mask

Wash Your Hands Frequently

Don’t Touch your Face, Nose or Ear

Stay Away from the Crowd

Carry an Alcohol Sanitizer

Cooperate with the Authorities

Stay Positive

Leverage the Destination

Take Lots of Vitamin C & D to Boost up your immune system 

If we talk about India, we need to be extra cautious in preventing this disease in reaching to Stage 3.  Hopefully, we soon get the Coronavirus vaccine without letting it spread.

However, until that time, we must follow specific steps. Two important things that we must follow are Social Distancing and Self-quarantine. Both of them have been elaborating in the next paragraph.

Coronavirus Flattenned Curve

How to Practice Social Distancing & Self- Quarantine?

Social distancing and Self-quarantine can be the best solution to control the widespread of this pandemic. When we talk of social distancing, it should be maintained with at least a distance of 6 feet. The best way to do this is by avoiding the social gathering and stay in self-quarantine mode. Self-quarantine is like staying in isolation for some time.

Unnecessary traveling should be avoided to the extent possible. However, if you have come from an unavoidable trip, then you must stay in mandatory quarantine for a period of minimum of 15 days. This is most critical in the case of international flights. The infected person may not have any apparent system.  Nevertheless, he or she has good chances of spreading to others.

Kanika’s coronavirus case is the latest example of the same. Kanika Kapoor is a singer and a well-known celebrity. Around 400 people are suspected of catching the virus through her as she is corona positive. It all happened when she returned from London on 9th March and refrained from quarantine unintentionally.

So as a responsible person, it’s our prime responsibility to practice both social distancing & self-quarantine for few days to minimize the risk of the spread of the virus.

How can I manage my Prebooked Trips, Cancellation & Rescheduling?

Many of you might have already booked flights and stay in the coming months. Now the most prominent question is whether to continue, cancel or reschedule the same. While many of you are already canceling it, some people are still contemplating it. These are the people who are stuck in other countries, and their visa is expiring.

Others are worried about the cancellation fee and rescheduling. While some airlines are giving waivers, however, others are charging as usual. Trip cancellation and interruption is a loss for both the passenger and the airlines. It can be minimized by talking to your travel agents or airlines.

What is the Consequence of Taking a Trip during Coronavirus?

Just in case you do take a trip, then be ready to get quarantined for a period of at least 15 days. Authorities are using a Coronavirus test kit to deduct the positive cases. In cities like Mumbai, people are already getting ink stamped for compulsory isolation, even if there are tested negative.   For domestic trips, please stay alert and conscious of the hygiene factors around.

Traveling is the last thing in most of our minds. Covid 19 India demands huge responsibility from its citizens. For the same reason, marriages are getting either canceled or postponed in the cases whose partners are working overseas.

Things happen for a reason. Stay positive, and this too shall pass soon. Coronavirus cure might take some time till then, we have to manage the phase with patience. Take all the precautionary measures as advised by the health ministry.

Avoid the travel for the time being and utilize this time in updating yourself. One thing that you can do is build your portfolio. This can help you in managing the tough job time ahead. If you are looking out to read some free book on Kindle, then you hope this book may help –

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Hopefully, soon we come out with Coronavirus vaccine and lead our life as easily as we used to. However, on a positive note, everything happens for a reason. Most of the optimistic believe this is the nature way of controlling human actions that were harmful. I hope once we are out of this urgency, we are able to explore the earth that is more healed because of less traffic and pollution.

10 Smart Techniques of Funding Your Next Travel Destination

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People are awestruck by seeing my traveling lifestyle amidst the economic slowdown. Most of the people I know on social media and offline are intriguing about how I am funding my trips. Are you also curious? Then this article may help you to some extent.

Whenever I share my travel stories, the first thing on the top of peoples mind is how the hell she can manage it every quarter. Can you believe some even ask, are you earning money by watching ads? I am sure, like me, many other fellow solo travelers are overwhelmed with the piercing eyes who are envious yet inspired .

At times some people are quite judgmental about solo female travelers. Nevertheless it never bothered me. I am here to break the myth and encourage solo travelers to set up your bucket list without thinking much about the money.

No, I am not here to discuss the best way to make money online or get rich schemes. Instead sharing some smart tactics to fund your next trip.

Choose Work from Home (WFH) options

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Working From Home

It may sound one of the luxurious options unless you are willing to opt for an arduous task . The flip side is you get the flexibility to work from any location. You can always make your travel destination as your new home that can be funded by the earning you get from WFH job. Searching for the best online earning app may not be helpful here. Job portals are a much wiser way to explore multiple WFH roles that can match your skills. 

Take up Freelancing Projects

Now a day’s many people are shifting from 9 to 5 jobs to freelancing roles. One of the best reason is you can work from anywhere.  This way, you can fulfill your traveling goals as well by choosing your work destination from your travel bucket list.

However, you may not be able to fetch the opportunity merely by browsing the best money making sites. You must work hard on the skills that you wish to freelance on and contact your client accordingly.

There are lots of online sites that can help you kick start your journey as a freelancer. Some of them are Upwork, Fiverr , Mechanical Turk, Toptal, , Freelancermap, Guru, PeoplePerHour , Freelancer , Flex Jobs.

Start a Blog

Starting a blog may sound easy but needs lots of efforts. To begin with, you must choose the niche prudentially.  It’s imperative to select the domain that you are passionate about and possess expertise in the same. For instance, If you are good at cooking, then you can start a blog on recipes or a food blog.

Similarly, if you are sure about digital marketing and technology, then you can start blogging about these topics. Have the patience to get a good number of visitors on your websites as it may take time.

Before even planning to start a blog, you must be aware of how to buy the domain, host, and get SSL, CMS, Plugin’s, Google Analytics, Search Console, and other technical terms. You must have heard, “Google opinion rewards online.” That means if your blog is excellent, then it will get the recognition, and you can appear on the top result. 

Organize a Trip 

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There’s nothing better than you planning the trip for the bunch of travelers. For doing that, you must be ready to wear different shoes of probably a leader or an organizer.  Making money by doing that may not be as easy as top trusted online earning sites. You may need to be ready to get grilled and be on your toes all the time to make it happen.

Become a Content Writer

Simple websites that make money are due to the power of their content. For the same reason, there’s a massive demand for content writers. For choosing this option, you must work on your writing skills and avoid grammatical errors.

Besides that, you must have a flair of mincing with words that can keep the audience interested and engaged. It may need lots of practice and maybe daunting due to huge competition.

Get Google Adsense Approval

Besides branding yourself through a blog, you can always earn through absence. It can only be possible if you have thousands of relevant visitors on your website daily. Alternatively, you must be consistent in your writing to enhance your domain authority.

Your chosen niche can play a significant role in getting more views. For instance, if you are writing relevant content about the best paid online surveys, then you can expect good traffic. However, if your content is irrelevant, then it can affect the bounce rate on your website, which is not advisable.

Join Affiliate Programs

Do you know you can earn huge through affiliate programs? For doing that, you may need to create the best websites to make money. No, I am not just referring to the design or the landing page. It’s instead all about the information that you are sharing with the users.

 It should be simple but clear so that it can attract more people. For earning through affiliate marketing, you need to enroll as a member of the partners. Once your membership is approved, then you can use their link on your website. If the user clicks on the link and buys from your site, then you can earn a huge commission. Isn’t it a cool idea?

Have a Passive Source of Income

You must save for a rainy day. Invest in short term plans that you can encash whenever you need money to pursue your passion like traveling. Some of these investments can be short term mutual funds or fixed deposits.

It can block your money. You can use your funds whenever you are planning your next trip. Windfalls gains through some of your investments can yield much better returns. You may not have to waste time searching how to earn money by answering questions online with your passive investments in place.

 Stay Updated with Latest Skills

Your skills can always keep you employed. Instead of hunting how to earn money online with sure jobs, you must keep track of what are the skills that are in demand in the current market. You may not be able to acquire them immediately, but over the period, you can always leverage them.

Some of the top skills in demand in 2020 are like AI, Machine Learning, Internet of Things (IoT), and other cutting edge technologies. If you are from a technical background, then it certainly comes easy. Nevertheless, even if you are from a non-technical background, you can start coding today so that within six months or year, you are ready for high paying jobs.

Launch an E-Book

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E-Book

Instead of looking out for how to make money taking surveys, work on your E-Book. It may not be a low hanging fruit but undoubtedly beneficial in the long run. Your book can be fiction or non-fiction but creative, well written & researched. There are many online sites where you can publish it for free. If your E-Book attracts a good reader base, then you will undoubtedly be eligible for royalty.

With the above list, you will be at least never short of funds for the trip. I hope you have already adopted some of the techniques and planning about your next traveling destination.

How to Travel with Your Pets and Make Your Trip More Exciting?

How to Travel with the Pet?

Traveling with your pet can be a daunting task, but with careful planning and preparation, you can accomplish it with no sweat.  Here are some of the tried and tested techniques that can make your travel fun and exciting with your favorite pet.

Forget about the stress of leaving your pet at home during your vacations. Many thanks to airlines that allow pets in cabin that has made it much more convenient. At the same time, easy to use pet carriers can make your road trip more thrilling yet hassle-free with your adorable dog, cats, etc.

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Easy Commute

Cat on the Drive
Cat on the Drive

You only want the best for your Mini Pomsky, Affenpin, or Terrier.  If it is hard for you to spend time with your pet on your travel, then it’s better to let it stay at home with a sitter rather than on a trip. Usually, airlines that allow dogs, cats, and other pets got special provisions for their travel. So you can carry them without second thought.

Pet Carriers

It doesn’t matter if you are traveling by air or by road, make sure you get your pet used to sitting in his travel crate or pet carriers. Train them a month before the trip to make it less stressful. 

Vaccinations

Reach out to your vet and let him know about the journey so that he could recommend the required vaccination.  If your Mini Pomsky is taking medications, make sure that you have more than enough of it until you return.  You may also want to check whether these medicines are legal in the traveling country or not. 

Choose Right Hotel 

You also need to check and choose in advance the hotel that will cater to your pet. Furthermore, research thoroughly about the weather, outbreaks, or disease that can affect the health of your pet.  It would be best if you make sure that your travel city permits pets. 

There are places with stringent laws. Some destinations maintain rigorous papers regarding entrance and quarantine policies. So do your homework to make the trip along with your pet hassle-free. 

Emergency Kits

There is now information about Emergency Information Kit for pets.  This kit will help save the lives of your pets if there is an emergency.

How to Make Your Pets Comfortable on Road Trip?

Check your pet from time to time. Your Mini Pomsky must stay inside the traveling crate, with a pet seatbelt to manage the speed breakers while you drive. 

Many accidents occur because of animal movements in the moving vehicles.  Ensuring sure they are secure can prevent any trivial risk. First of all, please do not put your pet in front seats.

Always keep them in the back seat. Handy pet carrier can be a real savior here. There are many additional steps you can take to make your pet journey safe and comfortable. You can follow anyone below and have a wonderful trip.

Take Short Trips

Some pets may not like long journeys. If you are traveling by car, make shorter trips to see how your per responds.  That is also an excellent way to say that everything is okay and to ensure your pet is comfortable. It is also imperative to check if your pet is immune to motion sickness. 

Keep Your Pet Hydrated

Bring plenty of fresh water to help both of you dehydrated throughout your trip.  It will also help if you can bring some food in case there is some delay.  Make sure your pet is hydrated and plan enough rest stops.  Stop every two hours so that your pet can go to the bathroom and exercise. 

Leash Them to Prevent Accidents

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Dogs

You may get allure to keep your pet free without any travel crate inside the vehicle. Of course, any animal will enjoy it, but it may cause some serious accidents. The remedy is to put them on a leash. Animals tend to get excited in unfamiliar surroundings.

Pet Caretakers

Traveling with your pet caretaker is also a wise decision. That way, you can enjoy the scenic beauty of traveling city without worrying about your pet. However, always keep an eye on your pets. It should not be left inside the car alone. In the closed vehicle, the heat can increase very fast, and it may cause danger to your Mini Pomsky or Affenpin.

It is not easy to bring pets with you during travel; besides, animals are better off traveling by car where they can see familiar faces.  If you decide to travel by plane, make sure that you follow some tips below.

Things You Can’t Ignore While Travelling with Your Pet on the Air?

First of all, check airlines that allow pets in the cabin. You can choose the one that can permit and assure a safe journey with your pet. Besides that, adhere to the checklists below.

Labels for Your Pets

Dogs on planes can be real nasty same goes for other pets too. Use as many labels as you can to collect them easily on departure.  Make the travel crate that can tag your pet’s collar.  On your label, it should state your complete name, phone number, and home address. Airlines that allow dogs in the cabin may have a checklist for the same. Please check that before the trip.

Pet in a Cargo or Cabin

Dog in the Air

Airlines usually allow Mini Pomsky in the cabin, but other pets may be better fit for cargo.  Smaller breeds of dogs and cats can be placed in the cabin too. However, animals with tiny faces like Persian cats and pugs sometimes struggle because of a lack of oxygen levels and high temperatures in the cargo. 

The age of your pet plays a considerable role in deciding whether to port them in a cargo or cabin. Older pet has less endurance, so choose the options carefully. The charges and permits for your boarding may differ from airline to airline. 

Documentation for Your Pet

You need to bring complete papers for your pet. Please ensure they are perfect and updated.  Do not miss any of their mandatory documents while traveling.  One of them can be the vaccination card of your pet. Your pet documents may be an essential prerequisite even in the Best airline approved dog carrier.

These airlines will ask you for a health certificate, and you must accomplish this in the next three days.  Airlines like American, Alaska, United, and Delta will require a health certificate for your vet. With Alaska, you may want to ship it as cargo. Nevertheless, the airline may refuse pets if the temperature is extreme.

Travel Crate

Travel Crate

Buy a travel crate that is big enough for your pet.  There must be plenty of room in the container to allow your pet to sit, stand up, lie down, and move around without poking their head. You may like to consider American airlines’ pet in cabin services that are quite friendly. It may make your trip less painful.

Tire out Your Pet

It would also help if you can tire your pet first. In that way, he would be asleep and relax in the entire flight. Some of the best international airlines for pets will recommend the same.

 Choose Direct Flights

You may choose direct flights to lessen the time that he would spend inside the travel crate. The airlines will usually have your pet-settled in, you can bring him into the checkout counter, and they will take that away like some ordinary bag.

In American Airlines, you may fly with your Mini Pomsky on shrunk baggage. Whereas, in the case of United Airlines, you may ship your pet as cargo and then take them to the cargo location.

They have some qualifications with regards to your crate, make sure you follow them.  With United shipping, your pets can be placed in a separate location for cargos.  It will cost you $338 per trip. 

However, there are some restrictions when the outdoor temperature is terrible. Check restriction with the airlines, so you know what to do and be prepared before you travel with your pet. If you choose the best international airlines for pets, then you may not have to bother and can enjoy the best trip with your sweetheart.

How To Choose The Best Ayurvedic Spa In Kerala?

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Kerala, God’s own country, has gained its reputation for a myriad of things- backwaters, tea plantations, coconuts, but most significantly, for the alluring spa treatments. Kerala ayurvedic spa attracts globetrotter year around and serves them with magical experiences.

Today, the state is strewn with spa resorts and centers that promise to render excellent ayurvedic treatments and therapies. Probably one of the best things about Kerala Ayurveda spa clinics is that they not only focus on the rejuvenation of body but also help a great deal in attaining peace of mind. Many of these resorts are also known for including yoga centers to give the customers overall experience of the treasured Indian science.

Here are a couple of things to keep in mind before you book your next spa:

The Cost Range of Spa in Kerala

Kerala ayurvedic health spa comes in different packages. Therefore, it is easier for customers to suit their budget. Besides, it also varies according to the duration of your stay at the resort or center. For example, the Blue ginger spa resorts in Wayanad charges around INR 10,000.

The Windflower Spa and resort charges around INR 13,000. The Kalari massage is around INR 1,000 per person. Nattika beach Ayurveda resort offer packages from 7 to 28 days. The price ranges from EUR 1,286 to EUR 9,555 per person.

Types of Spa

While most of the Kerala spa and massage centers prescribe treatments exclusively based on specific pain and pressure points, there are some popular ones that you cannot afford to miss out on. The three most favorite types of the spa are the Shirodhara, the Garshana, and the Njavarkijihi.

The Shirodhara technique helps you to de-stress. It includes the scalp and the forehead. The method observes a gentle and continuous pouring of liquid on your forehead by a trained therapist as you lie down in a relaxed position. The process greatly helps in releasing stress. Some of the best ayurvedic spas in Kerala include this one in their package.  

The Garshana technique helps you to rejuvenate and lose weight. It is a unique Ayurveda treatment that involves dry massage. It is highly effective in breaking down the excess fat and also assists in lymphatic drainage. Last but not least, Njavarijihi helps you to detox and relax.

In this technique, the therapist uses poultices filled with a special kind of rice. After applying oil on your body, the therapist addresses the pressure points with the poultices. It is a highly effective skin treatment and renders excellent rejuvenation and relaxation. Apart from these three, the Ayurveda packages Kerala also include beauty care treatments, slimming treatments, and body purification packages.

Best Places to Take the Spa

The state is dotted with some of the best spa resorts and centers. From high-end resorts to regular massage centers, you get what you want. However, talking about the best, Atthreya ayurvedic resort in Kottayam perhaps tops the list. It was set up by experienced Ayurvedic doctors and is considered as one of the best resorts in Kerala by the Tourism department itself. Apart from ayurvedic and spa treatments, it also boasts of a range of other services like dental care. 

Ayurville is one of the best ayurvedic spas in KochiThe team of seasoned therapists is known for providing quality advice and guidance in selecting the right treatment. Next on the list comes Niraayama, located by the vast blue sea of Kovalam. The place offers a wide range of treatments such as stress management, weight loss, detox, and skin ailments.

Other than that, you can also indulge in some of the best authentic Kerala cuisines. Kumarakom Lake resort steals the hearts of many with its scenic location. The place will surely surpass your expectations with its luxurious amenities such as well-laden rooms, swimming pool, multi-cuisine restaurants, and the most sought-after Ayurvedic spa center, Ayurmana.

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.

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.

Why Solo Travelling is Latest Fad Among Females?

Bali

Women are excelling in every field like never before. It’s commendable to see how they have broken all the shells and made space for themselves. They no longer wish to settle down for society or a rich husband.

When we talk about women in India, they are much smarter and sorted now. What has added in their personality is a solo travel expedition to places around the globe. There are spreading wings everywhere. It is one of the factors that has made them more independent and liberated as well.

What have helped women are their initiatives of joining the travelling communities that are not just limited to women-only groups.

Off lately, some of the favorite places in the recent past have been Austria, Hungary, Rome, Bhutan, Prague, Dubai, Bali, and many more. These countries are not only safe but help us, Indian women, to give us global exposure to where we stand as a nation.

There’s a lot to explore in the back home in India too. Some of the safest places are Mumbai, Kerala, and Goa, where you can roam without a second thought.

If you want to add some taste and fun to your trip, then there is no harm in joining the travel groups. It can not only assist you in planning your trip but can save your money and time as well. Besides, you get the chance to meet many other solo travelers.

According to the famous international travel blogger, every year, the number of female solo travelers is increasing. Credit, to a great extent, goes to not only women-only travel groups but other communities as well.

By joining the group of your choice, you take a smart move. There are many advantages of joining solo traveling groups. The best ones are you are getting a platform to connect with like-minded solo travelers. Secondly, you are traveling solo but differently.

If you are looking out for some solo traveling expedition soon this year in India, then without a second thought, you can consider some of these options.

Jibhi, Tirthan Valley

Jibhi is a small place in Tirthan valley, Kullu. It’s one of unexplored gem in the HP. Even if you stay here for two days, you can come back rejuvenated. There’s a lot to do there. Explore the trek, visit the locals, try native cuisines, and enjoy the scenic beauty.

You can also plan a bonfire at your hotel to add some glamour to your trip. It’s always fun to plan your trip with the group who can offer you some experiential traveling. If you want to know more about Tirthan valley than please read my blog (Things to Explore in Tirthan)

If you are already planning to visit here, then join this meetup and check out details about How to Get Rejuvenated at Luxurious Trip to Tirthan Valley (Jibhi)

Jodhpur

Jodhpur, the royal city of Rajasthan, is also worth exploring, not just once but many times. This blue city is famous for so many attractions. The best part I like about this place is it doesn’t have much traffic and pollution. You can get some fresh air in the royal heritage like Mehrangarh fort, Umaid Bhawan, Jaswant Thada, and many other places here.

What can leave you even more enchanted is its traditional food here. Some of the famous restaurant you can visit here is gypsy. If you are looking out for a customized trip, then exploring this itinerary- Jodhpur. Oh, are you not able to access it? It may be because of a group privacy setting.

Nevermind, join this elite group by sending the request. If you fit the criteria, you will be instantly approved. You can enjoy many perks by joining this group. Some of them are an addition to the free WhatsApp group.

Others are special discounts, access to some of the exclusive local events. Furthermore, socialize and network with fellow travelers who may be your lifetime buddy and connections. Leverage it the way you wish by joining now.

Goa

Can you think of a better place to party other than Goa? Not just limited to nightlife, this Western hub is one of the travel excursions. For the same reason, people like to visit here repeatedly.

At the time of the New Year, its huge craze as well. It becomes a hub for party lovers from all over the world. This year it’s even more popular because of the sunburn festival. To explore more, you can check some details by joining TSS Club.

There could be many other places that you can explore, but at least begin with some. You can certainly bring many more memories back home and bid adieu this year with grace.  Year can be best winded at different locations by partying out loud and paying warm welcome to the coming year. I wish you a great travel lifestyle that can bring you closer to life.

Three Inspiring Stories of Bali Solo Travelers’

Bali is a dream destination and lying in the bucket list of all. It’s good to know certain facts before visiting this dream city. First of all, never delay your trip because of your friend. Don’t be afraid to take solo trips.

Yes, there would be certain challenges and good learning but that’s the essence of travelling.

Here’s a snippet of how three females from 3 different continents took a solo expedition to Bali. All of them had blast and end up making so many friends and having out of the world experience.  

Story 1:- Diana Mihaela Kovacs, Europe

Diana Mihaela Kovacs

Let’s start from story of Diana Mihaela Kovacs from Romania who initially planned her journey with her friend who couldn’t join her somehow. However, her high spirit didn’t let her stop and she planned to take the trip solo. Now you must be wondering what all she did and what all places she covered. Here is the list.

She started her journey from Romania in mid of August and stayed there for 15 days.

Places she covered were:-

  1. Taman Tirta Ganga
  2. Angel’s Billabong Nosa
  3. Kutampi Beach & Village
  4. Tanah Lot Temple
  5. Ocean 360 Beach Club
  6. Munduk Waterfall
  7. Goa Giri Campuhan GCC waterfall
  8. Blue Lagoon
  9. Lovina Bali
  10. Ngiring Ngewedang Coffee Shop
  11. Toya Retreat
  12. Mount Batur
  13. Dtukad River Club
  14. Blasinga Waterfall
  15. Pura Gunung Kawi
  16. Goa Gajah – Elephant Cave
  17. Lagana Warung

She went back rejuvenated after capturing some amazing moments as shared below in a small video.

Dianna – Bali Trip

Story-2 – Keiryn Lenoy , Australia

Keriyn

This female hales from the other side of the continent that’s Australia. She is another high spirited tennis player who was quite thrilled to plan her solo trip to none other than dream city of Bali. She was even more excited as she planned it during her birthday i.e. 19th August which she celebrated with her new friends in Bali. So coming straight to her trip, places she covered were amazing as well. Some of them are mentioned below

  1. Tegenungan Waterfall
  2. Nusa Ceningan (Snorkeling & Mushroom Bay) .
  3. La Plancha
  4. Agung Lempayung
  5. Kintamani Mountain View
  6. Pandava Beach
  7. Garuda Vishnu Cultural Park

It was the first solo trip for Keriyn and she indeed had blast as is evident from her captured moments as displayed below.

Story 3 – Srishti Sharma , India

Srishti Sharma

So, guys, this is about me. I am from Delhi, India. Like the females above, had a great time as well.  I would like to make your life easy by sharing my experiences. This is technically my 4th solo trip.

I have been travelling from a decade with the group of solo travelers but this was one of the kinds. All of my trips have some story to tell and that’s why I love traveling. Let me start by sharing a small video of mine’s

 Solo trips are more interesting as you know the world even more closely. Let me tell you what all I covered and how I planned my trips. So I planned my travel and stay through make my trip and took a tour with Sanura travels.

I would like to give a special mention about the lady who manages it Yuliani. She helps in customizing my whole trip, initially; I took a package from Oyo holidays and paid 25% in advance.

But since I was not convinced about their knowledge canceled it though I didn’t get any refund. But I realized taking a local tour from Bali is far better.  

I started my journey with Ubud followed by Handara Gate and Nusa Penida. This was best I could cover on a short trip of 4 days.

Stay Hotel Fashion:-

 I Stayed in Hotel Fashion in Legion Kuta. It’s reasonable accommodation with good breakfast buffet. Challenge you will find is in the light inside the room which is very dim. Also at the breakfast table, you may get bewildered as there’s not much staff to assist though the food is lavish.  

Kuta Street

Now, this is one of the popular streets in Bali for all good and bad reasons. It’s one of the crowded places and you may love to do some street shopping here. However, be aware of mischief mongers who may snatch your phone.

Even the shopkeepers are not trustworthy they chase you if you don’t buy products. Some of them are even casual in patting you to buy from there shop. And may be rude or sexist as well, avoid them and go by your instincts. Better to buy from the shop managed by females. Some stuff is cheap and best to buy from here.  

Ubud

Ubud got many places to explore; the one I choose was a terrace garden. You need to pay the entrance fee of 10,000 IDR to visit the farm. Inside the garden, there’s lush greenery and spots to clicks but mind you they are chargeable, for the click below I paid around 1,00,000 IDR.

 Also, you can try swing there which again is chargeable. The cost I paid was Rs. 15, 00,000 with clicks. You can spend some time there if you and trek a bit to glance at the farm.

Handara Gate

My next destination was the famous Instagram spot. Now, this was customized, when I asked Oyo holidays they said it was not possible. Thanks to Yuliani who made it possible for me. Though I had to spend 30,000 IDR for the same and wait in a queue but it was worth the shot.  

There were annoying people in the group who extended the time for clicks but it was worth the click I got. Special thanks to Yuliani staff Kadak who has taken this wonderful shot. I thoroughly enjoyed scenic beauty there.

By the time I was done with Handara it was already late to reach back to my hotel. Though I had planned to go to temple & Tanah lot on the way but I ditched it.

Nusa Penida – East & West

So Nusa Penida is one of the famous islands in Bali. One thing that you should know about this place it’s divided into two sections east and west. The boat starts from Sanur. You will get lots of agents that can help you book your ride there. They can be booked online at a decent price.

After reaching the island you can take a bike or cab. You can plan to stay there overnight as well for a better experience.  You can consult your agent as well to arrange for you in advance. Like I did, so I had a cab waiting for me as soon as landed there. I choose to visit the east side.

Since I had limited time winded my trip after capturing a stunning view. To spend more time you can always start a little early. So I winded my trip with this island. Guys who manage the trip from Sanur dropped me to my hotel in a cab. I relaxed there as the next day was my flight.

Souvenir Shop – Krishna

There is so much to explore in Bali that you hardly get time to shop for your people back home. Thanks to my travel agents who suggest this big retail outlet with multiple options for souvenirs. I bought a couple of items and was a relief.

Here’s my short you tube video of few places , do visit and like if you enjoyed watching.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I6AlfKi7JrU

Tour – Sanura Travels: –

Srishti -Travel Blogger with Yuliani – Founder Sanura

As I mentioned about Yuliani Sanura , this lady changed my mind to cancel my package. She got in-depth knowledge about Bali. You ask and she got the solution. Her drivers are quite courteous and friendly. You can connect on her facebook page – Sanura Tours. She is usually text away and can be reached on +62-817-4731-836

Now you may wonder why I picked these three stories only. The reason is simple we all felt connected as it was planned at the same time. However, we planned to connect but couldn’t. Nevertheless, the spirit was the same and can resonate with each other.  

If you want to know more about Bali feel free to connect. Bali is very vast you can customize your itinerary according to the number of days you plan to stay there and the places you choose to visit. To know more here is a short YouTube video link that may help you further:-

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