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Gujarati dishes are a blend of exquisite flavors, where sweet notes dominate most dishes; it is no surprise that Gujaratis are known for their perpetual quest for food. Gujarati cuisine makes for one of oldest culinary treasures of India and one can’t ignore the fact that their food is always high on nutritional value. The vibrant Gujarati cuisine is sure to excite your palate, read on.

 #1 Gujarati Thali (a full plate meal)

Gujarati Dish-The Elaborate Gujarati Thali

The Elaborate Gujarati Thali

This is not just a meal; it’s a sumptuous feast that you will never forget. The overflowing thali comprises an assortment of dishes that commences with farsans and ends with buttermilk. Sweet dish, buttermilk and aamras (seasonal) dominates the Gujarati platter. So, loosen your belt and dive right into the elaborate Gujarati thali the first chance you get!

#2  Undhyu

 Gujarati Dish-This winter delicacy dominates the menu during Gujarati weddings and of course Uttarayan

This winter delicacy dominates the menu during Gujarati weddings and of course Uttarayan

The king of Gujarati dishes Undhiyu, is one of the reasons why a Gujarati waits for winter. This special winter delicacy is made from the fresh produce readily available in winter. This mixed vegetable dish is made with root vegetables, eggplant, muthiya (fenugreek fritters) and an aromatic blend of spices. Undhiyu and puri is the ideal combination during Makar Sankranti and weddings for Gujaratis.

Gujarati Dish-The sponge snack Unarguably, Dhokla is the most recognised Gujarati dish

The sponge snack Unarguably, Dhokla is the most recognised Gujarati dish

#3 Khaman Dhokla

The sponge snack Unarguably, Dhokla is the most recognised Gujarati dish

This healthy, steamed dish made from ground lentils and chickpea flour, is garnished with mustard seeds, coriander leaves and sev. Served with fried chilies, green and a tangy tamarind chutney, Khaman Dhokla is traditionally served on a large green leaf called the Kesuda. The soft, fluffy Khaman is a healthy snack with an interesting blend of sweet and sour taste.

#4  Khandvi  

Gujarati Dish - A savory snack that melts in the mouth

A savory snack that melts in the mouth

This delectable bite-sized snack is cooked with gram flour and buttermilk, rolled up in mushy goodness. The simple but aromatic garnishing of curry leaves, coriander, sautéed cumin, mustard and coconut gives it the added flavour. This delectable snack is liked by most but is tricky to prepare.

#5 Thepla

Gujarati Dish - A snack that every Gujarati swears by!

A snack that every Gujarati swears by!

As we all know, any Gujarati family’s journeys, picnics, foreign trips or even business trips aren’t complete without this ubiquitous flat bread. Prepared with gram flour, whole wheat flour, fresh fenugreek leaves and spices, these flatbreads boast of a long shelf life along with being a healthy snacking option. It’s amazing how Gujaratis’  everyday meals comprise of nutritious foods.  This dish is usually served with curd, pickle or a steaming cup of tea.

#6 Muthiya

Gujarati Dish - A tea-time snack you can't say no to!

A tea-time snack you can’t say no to!

There comes another tea-time snack for you! This fist cake is prepared with a mixture of bottle gourd, chickpea flour and spices. This steamed delicacy makes for a perfect meal for the health conscious and it can also be pan-fried and seasoned for it to be crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside. It is best relished with ketchup, mint chutney or tea.

Do we see you drooling already? The Gujarati cuisine has something for everyone. Offering a wide variety of dishes, each with its unique cooking style, myriads of pickles, farsans and chutneys, who would mind trying out some vegetarian food. There’s no arguing that Gujaratis are the best hosts, they don’t just feed you, they overfeed you.

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Off on a trip to Ladakh? Visit Ladakh between September and January to be part of these celebrations of life. Join Ninad Kharkar as he explores Ladakh festival – Thiksay Gustor.

The Cham dance performed during the Ladakh festival

The Cham dance performed during the Ladakh festival

Ladakh festivals mostly take place during the winter, when the locals are relatively free. The festivals give the people of Ladakh a chance to get together, celebrate their culture, and interact with each other.

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The festival is all about colourful traditional dresses, vibrant culture, music and dance

These colourful Ladakh festivals take the form of dance-dramas in Gompa courtyards. Lamas wear colourful robes and dramatic masks, and perform mimes that symbolise various aspects of their religion, history and mythology. People flock from all over to take part in the revelries and partake of the collective spirit of celebration.

Thiksay Gustor – Ladakh Festival

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The soulful morning prayer rituals at Thiksey Monastery

The Thiksay Gustor festival usually takes place in the month of November. It is held from the 17th to 19th day of the ninth month of the Tibetan calendar. This two-day festival takes place at three different monasteries—Spituk, Thiksey and Karsha Zanskar.

Thiksey Gustor revolves around the assassination of the 9th Century Tibetan apostate king Lang Darma by a Buddhist monk. The assassination is re-enacted during the festival with much pomp and grandeur. Some monasteries burn an effigy symbolising stronger evil forces. Early morning prayers are offered to bring divine peace to those who take part in it.
After the two day celebrations, there is a ritualistic dispersal of the Torma or the sacrificial cake by the leader of the Black Hat dancers. This marks the end of the Thiksey Gustor festival.

Getting to Karsha Zanskar, Spituk & Thiksey Monastery:

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The beautiful yet imposing Thiksey Monastery, Ladakh

Karsha Zanskar in Khurshan village is 14 kilometres from Padum village. Leh is the nearest airport. Spituk is less than 8kms from Leh, while Thiksey is 18 kms away. Thiksey can by reached via road in 30-40 minutes.

Where to stay in Leh Ladakh:

Leh has several places to choose from, while Thiksey monastery itself has excellent accommodation services, available at a nominal charge, luxury hotels with modern facilities line the base of the hill.

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About the Author

Ninad Kharkar’s interests range from paan to politics. Sometimes, when he’s fed up with the world, he changes it simply by day dreaming. Social networks are his second home. Ninad graduated in media studies and is currently pursuing his Masters while he writes and wonders about what will come next.

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Want to visit Kullu Manali’s hidden, less crowded places? Amisha lists lesser known places to visit in Manali, Kullu and around that will wow you to no end.

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Manali: a city in the valley

7 Undiscovered Places To Visit In Manali, Kullu & Around

Kullu and Manali, with their trekking trails through mountains and their spiritual spots, are always brimming with tourists. And yet, it is not difficult to get away from the crowds here and experience the best of the two valleys. We give you 7 beautiful and less touristy places to visit in Manali and around.

#1 Babeli Nature Park

A must-visit destination if you want to just sit in the lap of nature; the sounds of birds chirping and the gushing waters of Beas are often the only sounds heard here. Babeli is also a popular spot for river rafting, but is not included in most Kullu Manali tour packages.

Park timings: 6 am to 6:30 pm
Travel Time from Kullu: 1 hour 15 minutes

#2 Naggar

Naggar, one of the best places to visit in Manali and around, is known for its ancient temples, the Roerich Art Gallery, and the Naggar Castle, but stay away from the landmarks to enjoy a little solitude. Dotted with wooden and stone cottages and buildings, basking in mild sunlight, the town will make you sit up and notice its architecture. And you won’t get tired of looking at the snow-clad mountains, the river Beas, and the small villages around.
Travel Time from Manali/Kullu: 50 minutes

#3 Manalsu Nala, Old Manali

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A souvenir shop in Manali

The Manalsu Nala is a part of the Manalsu River, which separates old Manali and new Manali, and one of the many fishing or angling spots you will find near Manali. You can book a slot, a guide and equipment for fishing with your tour provider or your hotel. The way to the spot is through the old Manali town, which exudes a welcoming and an almost hippie vibe; if that excites you, do add it to your list of places to visit in Manali.

Travel Time from New Manali: 10 minutes

#4 Hallan Valley

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Colours of the valley, near Solang valley

Want an authentic Himachal experience and no crowd? Head straight to the Hallan Valley, which is spread across only about 6 km. While the place can feel sleepy most of the times, you won’t regret coming here if you want the experience in solitude. Your day can pass by just looking at the apple orchards, the paddy fields, and the blue-green mountains.

Travel Time from Manali/Kullu: 75 minutes
Travel Tip: Carry adequate cash

#5 Gulaba

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Paragliding in the Himalayas near Manali

On the way to the Rohtang Pass lies the idyllic Gulaba village, which tourists stop at only when they can’t reach the Pass. The village has lush green landscape, flanked by snow-covered mountains, and the playful Beas running through the grassland. If you wish to enjoy the snow without too many people around, Gulaba is definitely one of the best places to visit in Manali.

Travel Time from Manali: 40 minutes

#6 Sethan

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The Rohtang Pass

Sethan is a small hamlet with a predominant Buddhist culture and habitable only during summers, which is why it does not feature in the list of popular places to visit in Manali. The view of the majestic Dhauladhar ranges surrounding the village and the Beas flowing at its feet, is like no other! If you want to take up summer and winter adventure activities in a less crowded place, Sethan is just right for you.

Travel Time from Manali: 60 minutes
Travel Tip: Choose an igloo stay instead of a guesthouse.

#7 Chintamani Chakra, New Manali

Not too far from Manali’s Himalaya Nyingmapa Buddhist Temple is the ‘Chintamani Chakra’. This is a life-size Buddhist Prayer Wheel, also called Mani Chakra, which you can spin to say the mantra ‘Om Mani Padme Hum’. While the spot is ordinary-looking from outside, its interiors are welcoming and peaceful.

Things to keep in mind before planning a trip to Kullu Manali

  • Months to travel: Between March-July and September-October, which is mainly summer, spring and the beginning of winter.
  • Travel for snow: October-February, but remember, the temperature can drop below zero degree Celsius.
  • Must carry: Confirmation voucher of your travel package, ID proofs and essential medicines.
  • What to wear: Full-sleeved clothing and a windcheater (for any month). Special, extra-warm clothing for winters.
  • Travel times given here are approximate and are mentioned for the shortest distance between the destination and either of the Kullu and Manali valleys. The reference is to ‘new Manali’ unless otherwise specified.

These locations are especially interesting for slow travellers, what with its ever-changing weather and colours of the valleys, and many cultural experiences. However, if you have chosen a Kullu Manali tour package, you won’t be too far from the locations mentioned above, so make the most of your ‘on-your-own’ time and uncover these hidden places to visit in Manali, Kullu and around.

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Himachal Pradesh, the name creates a serene picture of snow capped mountains, misty air, splashing ripples in crystal clear rivers, flora and fauna, ancient temples and the happiest smiles. Let your stress fade away in the lap of nature. Let this place live up to the eternal memories in your life!

Nestled between the snow-capped Himalayan ranges, the picturesque state of Himachal Pradesh is immensely beautiful. Dotted with hill stations, the state whispers of colonial architecture and lush green meadows.  The eco-friendly environment, vibrant culture, and hospitable local people add to its existing charm. Experience Dharamsala, the state’s second capital, which is famous for Dalai Lama’s home away from home, shop for souvenirs at the Mall road or wander in the sparsely populated blissful Spiti, which is bordered by Jammu, Kashmir and Tibet.

Here is a glimpse of the ever-enchanting Himachal Pradesh:

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A fascinating place, Uttarakhand is covered with sacred peaks, tranquil lakes and gushing rivers. The twisted roads lead to the sites of rich historical significance, the peaceful lakes mirrors the expanse of clear blue skies and the cheerful chirps of birds fills the early morning breeze. .

Away from hullabaloo, workload and congested cities, seek peace and divine feeling in Uttarakhand. Brimming with panoramic views, exotic wildlife, lush green vegetation and serene lakes, Uttarakhand gives loads of memories to reminisce about. Behold the sight of the landscape vistas and flourishing beauty of nature here. Let high-altitude hiking trails lead you to the untouched parts of the place, unseen parts of you and unforgettable memories for a lifetime.

Get a glimpse of Uttarakhand’s sheer natural beauty

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“One State. Many Worlds.” Karnataka’s lush coffee plantations will hypnotize you as green is not just a colour here, but a feeling!

Karnataka welcomes you to southern India with the refreshing feels of aromatic sandalwood and bitter coffee beans. Lush green vegetation encompasses most parts of the state which is a perfect mix of national parks, glittering beaches, cool hangout spots and heavenly palaces besmeared with ruins of elapsed time. Let us encounter the prosperous destination loaded with rich culture, abundant beauty, and innumerable quintessential spots. Contemporary Karnataka has everything beyond a tourist’s expectations.

Here is a glimpse of Karnataka, a state with many feels.

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The Land of the Kings, Rajasthan reminds us of the fantasy palaces, extravagant forts, mirror studded saris, swaggering moustaches and lots more, but is there more to this magical place?

The vivid colours of Rajasthan expose the rich exotic culture and the dazzling hues of splendid festivals. One of the major aspects of the ‘Rajasthani’ culture is the art of puppetry. Finely carved wooden dummy dolls attached with strings are welcomed on a miniature stage with hoots and whistles. The vibrant colours, the wonderful dances, the beautiful folk songs and captivating stories, the puppets of Rajasthan have it all.

Let’s take a look at some of the stories of these colourful puppets of Rajasthan-

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White sand beaches, pristine waters, postcard perfect views, the islands of Maldives is one of the most popular tourist and honeymoon destinations. While, many may stick to the conventional list of the things to do in Maldives, Tarana Arora comes with up something better; here are 6 offbeat things to do in Maldives and you’re in for a big surprise!

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Explore the stunning white-sand beaches and amazing underwater world of Maldives

6 Fun, Unusual & Offbeat Things To Do In Maldives

Maldives is internationally recognised for its mechanised fishing operations and for the stunning coral that draw scuba divers from across the world. Explore serene beaches and soak in the tranquility that this place has to offer, but if wanting to experience Maldives at a whole new level, try these amazing things to do in Maldives without batting an eyelid.

#1 Anyone up for Night Fishing?

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Catch some nocturnal fish under the magical starlit Maldivian sky

Watch and learn from the Maldivian experts- the fishermen. 99 percent of the Maldives Island is under water so it’s natural that the main vocation is fishing.  Get a glimpse into how the locals fish and be a part of this offbeat adventure. Many resorts offer night fishing as a part of their tourist package, so as the evening descents enjoy the sunset, wait for the crew to teach you how to make your dinner.

Tip – To maintain the coral life, fishermen of Maldives do not use nets unlike many other countries, they use hard lines to pull their catch. So, be ready for some hard work!

#2 Fine Dine 20 feet under the ocean!

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Indulge in luxurious and delectable food

Dining overboard water is so passé! Instead indulge in gourmet food at Subsix 20 feet under the Indian Ocean. One of the six restaurants of PER AQUUM Niyama resort in Maldives, it’s a 40 minute speed boat ride from the capital of Maldives, Male. Don’t be fooled by the simple entrance of two door, as you descend three floors down, a clam shaped bar awaits you! The restaurant was built on land and then sunk into this abundant coral reef. Order a scrumptious meal and dine with parrotfish, eels and eels. Never thought you would say, ‘I dined with underwater.’ You can now!

Tip – Subsix also serves as venue for weddings and if you’re looking to proposal that someone special in your life, they make arrangements for that too!

#3 Explore The ‘Wrecked Life’. Try Wreck Diving!

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Deep in the heart of the Indian Ocean lies a fascinating underwater world

One of the most unusual and off beat things to do in Maldives would be wreck driving. Many sunken ships have made the Indian Ocean their final resting spot. Proof that nature works in amazing ways; these wrecks have been magically transformed by the marine life into beautiful underwater in habitats.  There are as many as 7 wrecks one can choose from. Arguably the most popular wreck diving site of Maldives is the Victory Wreck, situated southwest of Hulhule Reef, North Male Atoll. A cargo ship on its way from Singapore sank in 1981, a 80m/262ft-long cargo ship, divers can not only enjoy the panoramic view of the wreck but most divers also get to see the belongings of the men who lost their lives. The best time to go diving would be between December to May.

Tip – If the Victory Wreck is closed for wreck diving, the other options include- Kuda Giri, Halaveli Wreck, Fesdu Wreck, The British Loyalty, The Liffey and the Utheemu 1 and 2 and Khuda Maa. There are many tourist packages which include wreck diving; the cost for these starts as low as Rs 4000.

#4 Fancy A Fish Egg Facial?

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Maldives is the perfect spa destination for all seasons

All the diving and strolling on the beautiful Maldives Island get to you. How about a facial? A Russian caviar facial just for you! The stunning resort of Baros in Maldives offers this offbeat spa. It’s a 25-minute speed boat ride from Maldives International Airport and the capital, Male. Coming back to the facial, it also uses pearl extract to treat your wrinkles! Eggs on face? Who would have thought!

#5 Take An Underwater Ride In A Submarine.

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Perfect for those wanting to witness Maldives’ magical underwater, without getting wet

Immerse yourself in the underwater life with a submarine ride. Whale Submarine is the most popular company with over 8,500 dives. There are fixed timings for the ride and pick and drop services are provided depending on the location. Once you’re comfortably seated (fret not, its air conditioned), the pilot will lower the submarine giving you the panoramic sights of the port. The first drop is at 25 meters, where you’ll witness a stunning and colourful display of coral fish and reef fish. Further, 20 meters down, the submarine will rest on a sandy surface next to a cave. Well lit exterior lights will make it easy for you to spot the fishes and other animals. A well experienced crew makes sure you have the most thrilling 45 minutes for your life.

Tip – The submarine dives start from 75 USD and payments have to made in dollars only.

#6  Visit This Glow In Dark Beach

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It’s gorgeous, to say the least

Vadhoo Island, a 15 minute boat ride from Male, is literally stars in the sea. A spectacular phenomenon, it is Instagram perfect. Caused by a natural chemical reaction known as bioluminescence, which takes place when the water is disturbed by oxygen. Pretty priceless no?

There you have it, interesting and off beat things, the myth that Maldives is just about sands and beaches are broke. So, if you’re planning a trip to Maldives anytime soon? These 6 offbeat things to do in Maldives should be on your bucket list. Enjoy what Maldives has to offer but make an effort and do something different.

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Fact File:

Location: Located in the Indian Ocean
How to Reach: There are four international airports in Maldives- Velana International Airport, Gan International Airport, Hanimaadhoo International Airport, Villa International Airport
Official Language: Dhivehi, English
Currency: Maldivian rufiyaa
Time Zone:  (UTC)+5
Climate: Tropical Climate
Food & Drink: Skipjack Tuna, Masroshi, Maliku, Mas huni

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Rightfully called as heaven on earth, Kashmir is a place where icy cold river gushes through the colossal green mountains, meadows bloom into a bouquet of flowers, ice-capped mountains hug the clouds and the valleys so surreal, you’d think you are in paradise . Definitely if there’s heaven, it is here.  Take a look at my story through my camera lens – By Akbar Faruki

Gulmarg, The Spectacular Meadow

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During Spring, Gulmarg is covered with a blanket of flowers of various kinds

Songmarg, The Golden Meadow

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It is one of the most beautiful valleys you will ever come across

A Secret Cave Under The Sonmarg Glacier

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Right under the Songmarg glacier flows a stream of icy-cold water, creating a secret cave into the glacier base

Gushing Waters Of Jhelum River

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The sight and the sound of the mighty Jhelum river is truly breathtaking

White Water Rafting At Pehelgam

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Feel the adrenaline rush in the rivers flowing in and around Pahalgam by rafting in its gentle gradients

The Valley Of Shepherds

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Pehelgam, a peaceful place, you just want to give in to the serenity

The Beautiful Betab Valley

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The famous Beta Valley, named after the movie Betab which was shot in this beautiful green valley

The Fabulous Mughal Garden

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The step garden of Nisha Bagh, one of the most beautiful Mughal gardens in India, has 12 layers of beautiful Persian architecture

Kashmiri Breads – Czot, Lavasa And Katlam

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Czot, Lavasa and Katlam, Kashmiri breads are truly a price of art.

Vibrant And Glorious Shikaras

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These beautiful carved, sleek and colourful shikaras are your ride in the beautiful Dal Lake

The Floating Market Of Dal

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The floating market of Dal Lake offers a wide range of Kashmiri art and handicrafts

Stunning Sunset At Dal Lake

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The Golden sunset and its reflection on the expanse of Dal lake, make the entire valley look like a shining pot of gold.

Gorgeous Kashmir

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Need I say more?

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Here are some tips, tricks and hacks to make your road trip smoother.

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Road trips – The Dos’ and Don’ts

You’ve been waiting to hit the road, and the time has finally come. Glance through this list just to make sure that you’ve checked all the right boxes.

Dos’

Keep it juiced up

Your navigation is going to be on for the most, so is the music and the camera, all of which will sap your phone’s battery. Solution? Battery packs! And charging ports! As for battery packs, stick to 10,000mAh and above, while you can plug in your charging ports into the car’s cigarette-lighter or 12V socket; most modern cars come with these. Nowadays, cars also come with USB slots, however, these aren’t as quick to charge as a battery pack. As for accessory charging ports, get ones with multiple USB ports so you can charge multiple devices.

Blanket for cover

There’s always someone in the car feeling too cold, or tired or sleepy. Let them take the back seat and curl up with a blanket. It’s also handy when folded into a pillow, or a cushion for those who want extra lumbar support.

Chew on gum

Already picked up packs of gum at the groceries store’s cash counter? We understand your excitement. You see, chewing gum can never go out of vogue. It makes you look cool, controls hunger pangs to an extent, and science says that gum helps you focus better on the task at hand. And you know how important focus is when you are driving.

First-aid first

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Keep the First-Aid box ready and handy

Take a small bag and pack it with Band-Aids, crepe-bandages, antiseptics, cotton swabs, paracetamol tablets, Anti-diarrhoea, Anti-histamine, and most importantly, any prescription drugs that you take on a regular basis. The last thing you want during a road trip is to wedge your fingers in the car door and have nothing to cover the bleeding; or to realise that you have run out of your stock for your morning medicine.

Budget it out

You’re on a holiday, so it’s hard, and rather unwise to stay on a stringent budget. An easy way to get a rough estimate of your expenses is to break them down; fuel, food, shopping, emergency, etc. Keep a rough track of the distances you will cover in a day. This way, you can gauge the amount of fuel you require.
While on the topic, it’s best to not overestimate your car’s fuel efficiency. To stay safe, consider an average of 10kpl irrespective of whether the car runs on petrol or diesel, and about 8kpl if you are driving through hilly sections. As for your holiday budget in general, be good to yourself. Give yourself enough leeway so that even if your plan doesn’t pan out to the T (which it mostly won’t), you can still complete the journey with peace of mind.

Stick to cash

When paying for fuel and snacks on highways, avoid using credit/debit cards. Instead, stick to cash for paying bills. There are a couple of reasons for this. You could forget your credit card at the fuel station and by the time you realise it, you would have reached your next destination. Also, credit card frauds at fuel stations aren’t uncommon. Hence, avoid being scammed. Use cash.

Keep your ID handy

In the unlikely event of a crash, you want your rescuers to know your basic information – full name, blood group, contact information, address, life-threatening medical conditions if any. Keep all of these written down, and keep it easily accessible on you, preferably in your wallet, or as dog-tags.

Move to the grove

Fabulous roads deserve fabulous soundtracks? Now, there’s a certain joy taking along your own playlist, your very own “Awesome Mix Vol. 1”, with each song hand-picked by you. And, since road trips are often about going the distance, we suggest that you keep your compilation peppy and up-beat. You are looking at the likes of AC/DC, Bappi Lahiri, R. D. Burman, and Michael Jackson.
Nowadays, you have access to good, or at least decent internet connection in developed and developing countries like India (thank you, Jio). So, you could very well stream your favourite music from online services like Youtube, Apple Music, SoundCloud, and the likes.

Buckle up

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Buckle Up! Every time!

Here’s a point that we cannot reiterate enough. Wear your seat-belts. All the time! And if you have people in the back seat, make them wear it too! They are your first line of defence in the event of a collision, and are crucial in keeping you from hurtling towards the windscreen. So, make sure that you hear that reassuring click from all the passenger seats before you set out for your adventures.

Eat like a local

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Enjoy eating like a local

The McDonalds, Domino’s and Burger Kings of the world have infiltrated nearly every part of the world, which is good if you have no clean restaurants around. However, nothing beats the taste of freshly prepared local food, be it at a jam-packed highway dhaba, a highly recommended joint or a spanking 5-star hotel. Also, the whole point of a road trip is to try everything that you don’t get to daily.

Don’ts

Rush

This is a holiday, it’s meant to be a laid back and relaxed affair and not a sprint through the a battery of attractions. We suggest that you time your sightseeing well [Why minimum. Just say time them well. No point in spending 10L on a holiday in California and keeping sight-seeing to bare minimum. We pride our self for the curation we have done, and ensure you have a good experience on route. Then how can you say bare minimum??]so you have all the time to explore a destination as per your choice. Plus, you always have our expert road trip planners who will help you zero-down on what you can skip and what you must visit.

Drive Nocturnal

Avoid it, plain and simple. Be it late in the evening, or in the wee hours of the day, avoid driving under low-light conditions. That’s because we understand how tiring and frustrating full beams and windscreen glare can get when you are tackling a set of twisties, or even a straight highway for that matter.
We have planned our itineraries such that you are not required to stay behind the wheel for too long. Despite that, you need to pace yourself, plan your day a little I advance so that you are out of the driver’s seat by early evening at best.

Play fast and furious on the highway

You’re all set for a lovely cruise. Suddenly, a boy racer cut your line, just about scraping your car. You chase him, swapping lanes, cutting wildly through traffic, only to realise that you both have gotten yourselves some hefty speeding tickets, and that somebody could have lost their life during the stunt.
Don’t forget, you would have also had to pay the car rental for repairs had you crashed the car. Realise that safety – that of your own and that of those traveling with and around you – is most important, and that shenanigans on the road will eventually get you into trouble. The road is not a racetrack.

Being the hitchhiker’s guide

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Your safety comes first

It’s good to be helpful, but when you are on the road, exercise caution. Do not stop when you see a hitchhiker, even if they look helpless and innocent. As heartless as it sounds, it’s for your safety and that of your mates. You see, you are new to the place, and you never can know for sure if the hitchhiker just wants a lift to the next bus stop, or whether he/she has ulterior motives.

Drive tipsy

drink-and-drive

Say NO to drinking and driving

A) It’s illegal; B) You are risking your life and that of your mates; and C) You are risking the lives of fellow road users. No matter how exceptional a driver you are, alcohol – even that little pint that you thought was safe – blunts your senses. You may not admit it, but it takes you longer to react and process information. So please, don’t drink and drive.

Skip breaks

Driving seven-eight hours straight sounds like a challenge worth accepting. You may even pull it off, but trust us. Thee-four hours into the drive, you will curse yourself for not making the hourly pit-stops that you otherwise would. We recommend that you take breaks regularly for a couple of reasons.

  • For one, sitting for long stints isn’t doing your back any good. Get out, stretch for a bit, and get back on the road.
  • Secondly, you may not realise it, but sitting is tiring, no matter how comfy your seat is.
  • Thirdly, what’s the fun in driving through all the lovely scenery and not making a photo stop?
  • Lastly, a chai or coffee break is the perfect way to drive away drowsy eyes on a hot afternoon. Which brings us to…..

Overdose on Coffee

A double espresso sounds like perfect prep food for a long stint of driving. Only that you will need to down another, once the first one cup has lost its effect. The same holds true for the extra-strong black teas and Red Bulls of the world. Truth is, there’s no replacement for good ol’ sleep. Ensure that you are well-rested before a long day of driving, so you don’t have to hunt

Skimp on the car

This one’s easy. You’ve picked the smaller car because it’s cheaper, and consequently will gulp lesser fuel, and of course, it will be easier to drive in tighter spaces. Agreed on all counts, however, you won’t take long to realise that perhaps, you could have handled the sedan just as well. Plus, you would have gotten yourself a more spacious car with a lot more boot-space for all your shopping.

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