Rajasthan – Travel Mementoes

Souvenirs and gifts are an integral part of any travel experience. They not only serve as a valid excuse to scour the popular and offbeat shopping areas of your travel destination, but also bring back fond memories of the visit quite vividly as well! Rajasthan is literally a treasure trove of souvenirs that can leave visitors spoilt for choice.  Irrespective of the souvenir or gift you choose, you carry home a piece of the intricate craftsmanship of local artisans!

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Rajasthan – Souvenir Choices

Gift and keepsake choices include but definitely are not limited to:

  • Brass Items
  • Silver Jewellery with semi precious / precious stones
  • Leather Items (small musical instruments)
  • Pottery (embellished or painted)
  • Spices
  • Paintings (miniatures, wall hangings)
  • Carved wooden jewel or bangle boxes with brass inlay
  • Sandalwood /Marble / Terrcota figurines
  • Cloth Puppets or Kathputhlis which add a splash of color to any space
  • Traditional embroidered footwear

Do make sure to ensure that the items aren’t too heavy to lug back home!

Mementos – Where to Shop?

Shopping at the local bazaars can prove quite challenging and probably a great place to test your bargaining skills. It is important keep an eye out for fakes, especially when shopping for Pashmina items.

Government Craft Emporiums and several private craft stores stock a variety of colorful trinkets, carpets, scarves and ethnic handloom fabric. Though the quality of items definitely is superior, the prices can get way expensive. Here are some shopping markets where tourists can manage to get a choice of quality artefacts at affordable prices as well.

Jaipur is a great shopping destination with a wide choice of local merchandise. The Johri bazar features exquisite pieces of jewellery embedded with colorful stones both precious and semiprecious varieties. Handmade jewellery especially those with warranty make a good buy, even if you may not really avail the warranty!  Bapu Bazar houses the best collection of souvenirs from Razais to Katputhlis, and literally is a one-stop-shop for affordable mementos. Markets at Kishanpol and Chandanpol are also worth exploring.

Shopping in Jaisalmer is equally exciting, with the Sadar Bazar being a popular destination for souvenirs. Great choice of memorabilia from wooden artefacts and fabric to jewellery and leather goods at whole prices ensure a good deal. Bhatia Bazar and Pansari Bazar and other shopping areas also feature ethnic collectibles. Silver jewellery and traditional footwear made from camel leather are best buys in Jaisalmer.

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Jodhpur is equally famous for traditional shoes and Bandhej items.  Flavored-tea and spices are best picks at the Clock Tower Market, while the region’s signature tie and die (Bhandani) clothes are a must-buy from Nai sarak market here.  Sojati Gate Market and Mochi Bazar are also popular shopping areas with a great collection of ethnic items. Camel leather footwear reportedly is also available at few shops at Jodhpur Fort.

Udaipur has a rich collection of ethnic items that make great gifts or keepsakes. Bada Bazar in the City of lakes aka Venice of the East, is home several shops both large and small dealing in a range of items from vintage artefacts to ethnic fabric.  Bhandhini clothing, leather goods, traditional jewellery are but a few best picks here. You must visit Udaipur’s Hathi Pol  Bazar for the best of miniature paintings and handicraft pieces to adorn your home. Do bargain to avail reasonable prices. Chetak Circles and Lake Palace Road also prove quite rewarding, especially for relentless shoppers. Compare prices and bargain to enjoy a price advantage.

Tourists visiting Mount Abu may not have much choices when it comes shopping for mementos, or grabbing the best deals either, but this is no way mars the pleasure of shopping here!

Travelling across Rajasthan, one may find that there is a multitude of handicraft shops both large and quaint run by the Government, private owners or social organizations. Village Women Craft in Sawai Madhopur and several other such social ventures feature handmade artefacts such as tribal rugs, paintings of wildlife, shawls, and carpets crafted by rural women. Responsible shopping can ensure that artisans are directly rewarded for their craftsmanship and improve their economic stability.

Make sure to collect some leather goods, bandhini, silver jewellery, yellow stone, spices, miniature paintings and puppets to reminisce about your visit to the land of Maharajas.

Unknown Facts About Kerala

Kerala is a paradise for travellers who find solace in nature’s bounty. A great mix of sun, sea, sand, water bodies and rich greenery plus sumptuous spread of local cuisine are bound to make your Kerala holidays an enjoyable experience. But did you know that Kerala enjoys the highest literacy rate in the entire country? Don’t let the simple lifestyle of the people persuade you into thinking otherwise.

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Let’s take a look at few such lesser known facts about Kerala for you to better appreciate the land and its people during your Kerala holidays.

  • Kerala finds a mention in Green Activist and Environmentalist circles as an example of sustainable social development, given its size and population, lower infant mortality rates, lesser births and an increased life expectancy and lesser per capita income.
  • In times when female infanticide continues to plague this country, Kerala, steeped in culture, tradition, and beliefs, has a higher female-to-male ratio (1084:1000) when compared to other parts of India.
  • Interestingly, Kerala happens to be India’s first Digital State. It boasts of 100% mobile connectivity and 95% mobile coverage. Nearly 75% of the population is Internet literate with 60% enjoying internet access.
  • For a land with high literacy rates and social progress, reported crime rates, suicides, liquor consumption and unemployment rates are highest in the country.
  • Kerala is home to the longest drive-in beach in India at Muzhappilangad, which stretches along the stunning coastline for about 5.5 kms. Muzhappilangad reportedly figures among the top 6 such beaches in the world.  Remember that when you enjoy a scenic drive here!
  • Did you know that a quaint little village in Kerala with a predominant Muslim population has the highest twinning rate in the country? India incidentally has one of the lowest numbers of twin births in the entire world. Kodinhi, is home to a record 204 pairs of twins, and still going strong!
  • It is known fact that the Backwaters is one of the intriguing geographic features unique to Kerala, but you’d be surprised to know that these 900 km long interconnected waterways reach far inland allowing you to access nearly 9 of the 14 districts of this state. No wonder houseboat cruises are popular with tourists.
  • Historically, communism has been associated with coups and revolutions. However, communism thrives in Kerala. The key fact is that Kerala is the only place in the world to have a communist government elected to power.
  • Free food coupons (Sulaimani coupons) are distributed to the public across Kozhikode’s 14 zones. Irrespective of whether you’ve lost your wallet or can’t afford a decent meal, these coupons are indeed “Manna from heaven”. Don’t forget to donate to this cause when at one of the partner restaurants in this city.
  • Tantra and Blackmagic are still practised in Kerala, which is home several tantriks and mantriks who reportedly can ward off the worst spells, ghosts and mental illnesses. First time visitors to the Chotanikara Bhagavathi Amman temple must be well-prepared to witness people being healed of such problems.
  • Kerala has its own share of haunted places including the scenic forested terrains of Trichur and Lakkidi Gateway. Should you plan to visit these areas or even traverse them during the course of your Kerala holidays, make sure to do so during the daytime! It is also believed that Lord Ayyappa is constantly battling evil forces in Sabarimala.
  • Can you believe that the key villain in the great Indian epic of Mahabharatha, Sakuni, has a temple in Kerala, dedicated to his name? It stands in Pavithreswaram in Kollam and reportedly houses the throne of the master schemer. The other villain Duryodhana too receives adulation in the nearby Poruvazhy, though there is no idol.

Reasons to Visit Gangtok Today!

Whether on the land, in the air or the gurgling waters, thrill and adventure just never ceases in Gangtok! Nestled amidst the fascinating beauty of the Eastern Himalayas, this capital of Sikkim is known for its myriad offerings to the visitors. Not just this, this gorgeous city is also termed as the ‘Tourism Capital’ of the state. So, what are you waiting for? Let’s take a blissful journey through this magnificent city and know more about its tourist options!

Tashi View Point

Whether you are an adventure seekers, a leisure traveller, a solo backpacker or a culture enthusiast, you will always find something or the other in Gangtok! Starting with sightseeing around Sikkim’s capital city, there are plenty of remarkable places that needs to be witnessed and can hardly be described in words. Though the list is long enough, you must visit the Ganesh Tok or the Tashi View Point, from where you can witness the enchanting beauty of this city.

Gangtok tourism or the various Gangtok tour packages also include an array of astounding options for the thrill and adventure seekers! Those who love to feel the splashes of the fearsome waves or cruise through them, can opt for white water rafting through the grade I-IV+ rapids of the gurgling Teesta River and get their desired adrenaline dose!

Frog peeking out

As said, the city also offers several enthralling options for those who prefer to enjoy the bird’s eye view of the city or give wings to their desires of flying! Gangtok tourism is known for paragliding and ropeway cable ride. Indulge in paragliding in LuingReshithang, take the flight of your dreams and enjoy the stunning aerial views of Sikkim’s capital city. In case, you want to enjoy the same views, but in a much more relaxed way, you must visit Deorali and avail the ropeway cable car ride among all the Gangtok tour package. This ride allows you to traverse around 1km and enjoy the aerial views

Yak safaris from Gangtok to Tsomgo Lake, shopping in Mahatma Gandhi Marg, attending International Flower Festival or a visit to the Namgyal Institute of Tibetology are also among the best offerings of the Gangtok tour packages. The culture lovers to this city can visit the many different spiritual monasteries and witness the peace and tranquillity that exists in them. A visit to Natula Pass is also one of the most fascinating offerings in Gangtok tourism!

Blissful Kashmir and Its Natural Galore

Be it on the East, West, North or South, Jammu and Kashmir is one such destination that attracts visitor all-round the year! Visit this piece of heaven during the winters or the summers , it will embrace you with the same allurement and appeal!

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The crown in the jewel of India, Jammu and Kashmir tour packages or Kashmir tourism introduces you to a magical world of natural wonders and mesmeric beauty. Whether you are planning your holiday with family members, friends or even with your colleagues, this gorgeous state offers you with fun-filled and exciting moments that will in turn keep you immersed with its opulent beauty and magical charm! Irrespective of the season or the reason of your visit, you will always be promised with sweet, everlasting and memorable moments in this pictorial valley of the great Himalayas!

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Also, be it for the nature lovers, adventure junkies, admirers of history or the leisure travelers, this is one such state that caters to the needs and requirements of every classes. While the high towering mountains clad in pearl-white snow appeal the adrenaline junkies, its bucolic beauty, evergreen charm and the warmth of tours and travels entices the other classes of travelers.

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Not just Jammu and Kashmir, but its neighbouring places also play irresistible host to its visitors! On the list, there are popular tourist destinations like Srinagar, Sonamarg, Gulmarg, Pahalgam and several others. Though Srinagar being the capital of the state attracts the maximum of Jammu and Kashmir tourism, other places in the state also embraces the visitors with an open heart and truly makes it for a blissful holiday experience!

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As already said, it is a year-round destination; it is always advisable to plan a Kashmir tour either during the winters or the summers. During the winters, the state receives the maximum amount of snowfall and showcases its pristine beauty. It is during this part of the year, the entire state gets painted with the white colour of Mother Nature and attracts the adventure lovers. With the advent of the winter or the summer, Jammu and Kashmir tourism become a hotspot for the newly-wed couples and plays a lively host as one of the most popular honeymoon destinations in the country!

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Be it the mesmeric beauty of the state, its natural appeal, the fascinating mountain peaks, quintessential lakes, colorful gardens, playful houseboats or the myriad list of places to visit; this ever beautiful crown of India will always be a favorite hotspot for the tourists!