Travel the world from the comfort of your home

It’s been a long time since I shared my last happening. Cause, I was in a dilemma to post about what !!
The leading travel bloggers all over the internet are bustling with their dramatic endeavors.
On the other hand, my busy travelling around the world from the comfort of my home had been great.
Strange !! Isn’t?

A lady sitting confused infront of the laptop

Travel the world from the comfort of your home. How many of us love to or have the lust of traveling around the earth !!
Almost every one of us. That’s why you are over here. Isn’t?
But we all know that nothing, specifically the matter we aim for can be managed easily.

To travel we need money as well as vacations. Now it’s not realistic or practical enough that each one of us converts into a travel blogger. I myself not a travel blogger but I love blogging that’s why I came up with an astonishing idea that will help you to peek into different parts of the globe. I tried it and it helped me.
So why shall I not share this with my friends so that my friends can also be benefited just the way I’m.

Do you wanna know how !!
Here’s I’m gonna share about some breathtaking travel books that will surely take you to another part of the world without leaving your bed!

A girl sitting on the couch with a coffee mug thinking

Book 1: The Travel Book: A Journey Through Every Country in the World by Lonely Planet

Take
a journey through every country in the world. 850 images. 230 countries. One
complete picture.

With
details of every United Nations-approved country in the world, and a few more
principalities and dependencies besides, Lonely Planet’s Travel Book is the ultimate
introduction to a world of travel and the essential travel reference book for
every household!

Each
country is profiled by Lonely Planet’s expert authors and features details of
when to visit, what to see and do, and how to learn more about the country’s
culture from its film, music, food and drink. Every entry has a map and
statistics about the country.

All brand
new, incredible photography illustrates each country, depicting what life is
like in each nation from photographic portraits of people, beautiful landscape
photographs and vibrant street photography.

This
premium packaged 448-page book with beautiful rainbow foil on the cover will
make an impressive gift.

About
Lonely Planet: 
Started
in 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world’s leading travel guide publisher
with guidebooks to every destination on the planet, gift and lifestyle books
and stationery, as well as an award-winning website, magazines, a suite of
mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveller community. Lonely
Planet’s mission is to enable curious travellers to experience the world and to
truly get to the heart of the places they find themselves in.

TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015 winner
in Favorite Travel Guide category

‘Lonely Planet guides are, quite simply, like no other.’ – New York
Times

‘Lonely Planet. It’s on everyone’s bookshelves; it’s in every traveller’s hands. It’s on mobile phones. It’s on the Internet. It’s everywhere, and it’s telling entire generations of people how to travel the world.’ – Fairfax Media (Australia)

Book 2: The Shooting Star: A Girl, Her Backpack and the World by Shivya Nath

Shivya Nath quit her corporate job at age twenty-three to travel the world. She gave up her home and the need for a permanent address, sold most of her possessions and embarked on a nomadic journey that has taken her everywhere from remote Himalayan villages to the Amazon rainforests of Ecuador. Along the way, she lived with an indigenous Mayan community in Guatemala, hiked alone in the Ecuadorian Andes, got mugged in Costa Rica, swam across the border from Costa Rica to Panama, slept under a meteor shower in the cracked salt desert of Gujarat and learnt to conquer her deepest fears.

With its vivid descriptions, cinematic landscapes, moving encounters and uplifting adventures, The Shooting Star is a travel memoir that maps not just the world but the human spirit.

Book 3: Around the World in 80 Trains: A 45,000-Mile Adventure by Monisha Rajesh

‘Monisha Rajesh has chosen one of the best ways of seeing the world. Never too fast, never too slow, her journey does what trains do best. Getting to the heart of things. Prepare for a very fine ride’ Michael Palin

When Monisha Rajesh announced plans
to circumnavigate the globe in eighty train journeys, she was met with
wide-eyed disbelief. But it wasn’t long before she was carefully plotting a
route that would cover 45,000 miles – almost twice the circumference of the
earth – coasting along the world’s most remarkable railways; from the cloud-skimming
heights of Tibet’s Qinghai railway to silk-sheeted splendour on the Venice
Simplon-Orient-Express.

Packing up her rucksack – and her
fiancé, Jem – Monisha embarks on an unforgettable adventure that will take her
from London’s St Pancras station to the vast expanses of Russia and Mongolia,
North Korea, Canada, Kazakhstan, and beyond. The ensuing journey is one of
constant movement and mayhem, as the pair strike up friendships and swap
stories with the hilarious, irksome and ultimately endearing travellers they
meet on board, all while taking in some of the earth’s most breathtaking views.

From the author of Around India in 80 Trains comes another witty and irreverent look at the world and a celebration of the glory of train travel. Rajesh offers a wonderfully vivid account of life, history and culture in a book that will make you laugh out loud – and reflect on what it means to be a global citizen – as you whirl around the world in its pages.

Book 4: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

Like the one-time bestseller Jonathan Livingston Seagull, The Alchemist presents a simple fable, based on simple truths and places it in a highly unique situation. And though we may sniff a bestselling formula, it is certainly not a new one: even the ancient tribal storytellers knew that this is the most successful method of entertaining an audience while slipping in a lesson or two. Brazilian storyteller Paulo Coehlo introduces Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who one night dreams of a distant treasure in the Egyptian pyramids. And so he’s off: leaving Spain to literally follow his dream.

Along the way he meets many spiritual messengers, who come in unassuming forms such as a camel driver and a well-read Englishman. In one of the Englishman’s books, Santiago first learns about the alchemists–men who believed that if a metal were heated for many years, it would free itself of all its individual properties, and what was left would be the “Soul of the World.” Of course he does eventually meet an alchemist, and the ensuing student-teacher relationship clarifies much of the boy’s misguided agenda, while also emboldening him to stay true to his dreams. “My heart is afraid that it will have to suffer,” the boy confides to the alchemist one night as they look up at a moonless night.

About the Author

Born in Brazil, Paulo Coelho started his career as a lyricist and theatre director and later left it to become an author. Paulo has written and published over 30 books and is also an avid blogger. He is active on numerous other social media platforms. Paulo Coelho was named the Messenger of Peace of the United Nations in 2007 and has bagged numerous prestigious awards like the Crystal Award by the World Economic Forum, The Honorable Award of the President of the Republic by the President of Bulgaria and so on.

Book 5: The Travel Gods Must Be Crazy: Wacky Encounters in Exotic Lands by Sudha Mahalingam

Ever suffered the collective flatulence of eighty co-passengers while sailing on a serene Asian river? Or called out for rescue in true Bollywood style while locked up in a minaret in Persia? Or had to cross a pack of hyenas en route to the loo?
Dreaming of glorious sunrises and architectural marvels in exotic places, Sudha often landed up in situations that were uproariously bizarre or downright dangerous. Tongue firmly in cheek, she recounts her journeys through the raw wildernesses of Borneo and the African savannah, into the deserts of Iran and Uzbekistan, and up the Annapurna and the Pamirs, revealing the quirky side of solo travel to side-splitting effect. Punctuating her droll stories with breathtaking descriptions and stunning photographs, Sudha invites readers on an unexpected and altogether memorable tour around the world!

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” – Dr. Seuss

Reading all these books not only moves your eyebrows upwards but also they give a deep root of revitalization. I know many who are not at all fond of books. But, will it be wrong to give it a try?
Everyone deserves a chance. And, this books gives you a vivid description around you that you could never see by sitting inside your nutshell.
Travelling makes one modest. And, books broaden our vision.
What’s the use of staying inside a nutshell when you can fly around the beautiful extravagant destinations that lie ahead of you!
So, don’t waste a single minute. Pull up your cozy blanket, wrap up the coffee mug with your fingers, take a sip and turn on the exciting chapter of the famous travel book by tapping on the pictures.
And, by the way, Don’t forget to tell that which one you loved the most !!

Unfolding the History of Kolkata

Kolkata, the city of joy is a seamless blend of art, culture, heritage, a modernization. Starting from the 100 years old alleys of Shyambazaar and Shovabazaar to ultra-modern skyscrapers of Salt Lake.

Kolkata is the history by herself. Originated from Calcutta, coined by The Britishers. The reason behind the manna of Kolkata is that before Delhi getting the honor of being Capital of India, Kolkata ascended the throne.
All kind of trade was carried out from here. Calcutta (Kolkata) used to be the hub of import-export business between other countries. Not only British Raj, but Calcutta has also witnessed the great Hindu-Muslim riot of 1946, which caused the filtration of many Bengali natives to Kolkata. Depending on this sort of Act, Kolkata gave rise to two categories of people: Ghoti and Bangal.
Now, Ghoti and Bangal have a huge variety of distinguishable feature. Though due to growing modernization of our state, this bridge is not so high between these two- Ghoti and Bangal.

But, this idea still duels in the minds of our Bengali mothers and grandparents, specifically our grandparents who never miss an opportunity to remember the chronicles of the olden times. And, who does not enjoy listening to it !!!
Okay, so lets come to the fact that we left behind. We were talking about the Ghoti and Bangal. Now, these tags totally originated from the Act of 1946. The Ghoti is mainly habitats of Kolkata. And, the Bangals(like me) we’re the immigrants. Technically, my grandparents are immigrants. But, on the contrary, I love Prawn as well as Hilsa.

Picture source: HotFridayTalks

Yes, sound really offbeat, but this also holds a meaning. That is, the Ghotis they are fond of Prawns and the Bangals are fond of Hilsa.
It’ll take years if I started to pen down all the distinctive features of Ghotis and Bangals.
So, it was tangentially about peoples, now what about the landmarks that duel in the heart of the City.

Vidyasagar Setu

Maybe we all have come across over it daily but we hardly gave it a thought. The oldest heritage of Kolkata is the Tram. The electric tram of Vienna launched in the year 1922, Melbourne -1940, Hong Kong- 1904 and, so many others may be.
But, the first electric tram in Asia ran in Kolkata in 1902, between Esplanade and Kidderpore.

Tram of Kolkata, may be the legacy shedding off

Now the range has increased. I took a tram ride from Shyambazaar to College Street.
Shyambazaar is one of the oldest places in Kolkata. Kolkata is divided into North Calcutta and South Calcutta.
North Calcutta is the traditional Kolkata consisting of years old buildings, houses. Shyambazaar is one of them. The name originated from Sobharam Basak, in honor of Shyam Rai, the attendant of goddess Kali. Shyambazaar and Shobhabazaar grew up together holding hands.

Alleys of Sikdar Bagan, Shyambazaar

The next oldest place that I’m going to tell you is very popular and lies at the tip of the tongue for every student.
Yes, college street or greatly known as “boi para”.

As in any locality (residential) you’ll see houses of people and the same way you’ll see lots of book shops lined up one after the another. No matter, what the book is, author or publisher, if you reach here you don’t have to go anywhere for books. Starting from local author to international best seller book’s author, the College Street has it all.

And, when you’re in college street you cannot forget to spend some of your precious time in Coffee House, or The great Indian Coffee House. It has have been a for a long time a regular hangout and renowned meeting place for intellectuals and students.

Coffee House, Kolkata

Coffee house plays an important part in Calcutta. Cultural history and known as the hub of intellectual debates, established in the year 1876 named as Albert Hall. In 1947, the central government changed the name of the place to “Coffee House”.
The poets, artists, literals, and people from the world of art and culture gathers here.
In 1958, the management decided to shut down the coffee house, but it was reopened the same year, after professors of Presidency College and Calcutta University rushed off a special petition to the government, to save the heritagious place.

Coffee House

When talking about the ancient places of Kolkata, we cannot forget Esplanade, the neighbor of central Calcutta. Now, Esplanade is not any traditional Bengali word. Esplanade comes from a Latin verb “Esplanade”, which also means “to make a level” and which is a source of the verb “explain”. Middle French speakers borrowed “spianata” as “Esplanade” and in late 1500, we borrowed the French word.

Esplanade

In general, Esplanade means a long open level area, next to any large water body, where people may walk. So here there is no adjacent water body but at a little distance we’ve our Hooghly river.

Till now, we came across quite a few places in Kolkata, but this is not the end. There’s lots more inside this vivacious city.

Until now, it’s a part of Kolkata holding up the heritegeous sites. But, in the course of preservation of the heritages Kolkata has not compromised in the economical growth.

Infrastructure

Starting from the gigantic IT industries to local retailers, Kolkata has a pack of many. One of the lavish examples are the bountiful extravagant shopping malls. Though I’ve been to only less than a few of them still I won’t hide my experience. I’m not judgemental enough to rate these malls like City Centre 1, City Centre 2, Quest Mall, Manisquare, Forum and lots more which are yet to travel.

Quest Mall
Quest Mall

When in Manisquare or Quest Mall don’t forget to lunch at their food courts. These malls provides lots of delicacies to satisfy your hunger at a pocket friendly budget.

Manisquare Food Court
Chinese Combo meal of Manisquare

Malls are not only the deadline, there are lots more – amusement parks, nature parks, INOX, PVR Cinemas and so many in the area of 205 sq km.

Snow park of Axis Mall

You can experience the flavour of all countries being here. Yes !! I’m not kidding!

China

Kolkata has bountiful of luxurious as well as budget friendly cuisines straight from the kitchens of China. You’ll get to taste all the local dishes of the country in this city.

Egg Hakka Noodles

Tibet

Have you ever tasted momo ? Offcourse you’ve!!

Momo is Tibetan origin and now momo shops are widely present in each and every alleys of Kolkata. I never miss any opportunity to gobble up this miraculous dish.

Pork Momo of Momo Plaza

London

Visit Park street during Xmas. Lavish restaurants, vibrant banquets and the cultural taste of London flaunt the city from one corner to the other. The streets are beautifully decorated, Christmas carols are being played through all over the grand streets.

Christmas of Park Street

If you know any such places where you’ll get a flavour of other countries, then please comment down below.

Last, but not the least, Kolkata Durga Puja. The famous and the main festival. Celebrated by families, clubs, friends and, relatives. This is the one and only festival that doesn’t discriminate people based on their religion, culture, and color of their skin. Durga Puja is enjoyed by ALL.

Kumurtuli Durga Utsav

Kolkata Durga Puja attracts 1000 of tourists from all over the world. Words will not end if I sit to exhibit my feelings for the grand occasion. Four days, the continuous celebration of love, blessings and, peace. Ruling over the evil. Durga Puja is a blessing to the citizens of Kolkata. Maybe there’s an eternal force that envelops the whole Kolkata into a spirit of joy.

Kolkata is not a place for honeymooners neither for the nature lover. But yes, if you want to experience the diversification blend of traditions and modernization, Bengali mothers in the red bordered white sarees, typical distinctive learned men in ‘dhoti’ and a bucket full of stories to retail, then Kolkata West Bengal is a must visit place.

Dream Destinations

Everyone, every individual person on this planet has a draft or more precisely you can say has a dream to travel to their idealistic place, either solo or with their loved ones. Same for me, I too have an idea of traveling a few countries that are already in the bucket list.

1. Venice

Venice, the capital of northern Italy’s Veneto region,is built on more than 100 small islands in a lagoon in the Adriatic sea. It has no roads, just canals, lined with Renaissance and Gothic palaces.

water pathway

Venice’s best travel month also you can say the most expensive travel months are April, May,June,September and October. Venice has been known as the “The Floating City”

And, this is the one and only city which is world famous for it’s canals built upon archipelago of 118 islands formed by about 150 canals in a shallow lagoon.

Venice has been the hub of many film shooting and romantic getaways. And, for those who hold a high value on literacy and culture. 

2. Japan

Japan, the land of rising sun. Comprising of the perfect blend of modernization topped up with the rich cultural diversity. The island country in East Asia located in the Pacific ocean.

Japan is known worldwide for its great traditional arts, including tea ceremonies, calligraphy and flower arranging. The country has a legacy of notable gardens, sculpture, and poetry. Japan is home to more than a dozen UNESCO World Heritage sites and is the country of sushi, one of the well-known specialty in Japan.

Sushi

3. Greece

Known for its beaches, and islands in southeastern Europe often called the cradle of western civilizations.
Pulling out more than 28 million tourists every year, Greece is one of the world’s most popular holiday spots.

Greece

According to lonely planet Greece is Ancient sun-bleached ruins, pierce blue skies as the Aegean laps at the endless coastline. And, Greek culture is alive with passionate music, inspired cuisine and thrill-seeking activities.

Stone wall Palace

4. Thailand

Thailand, the country known for its tropical beaches, opulent royal palaces, ancient ruins and ornate temples displaying figures of Buddha.
Thailand seems to be a pictorial representation of my artbook, having sea, beaches, monasteries, and fashions.

They puts special attention in the wellness of the people and there are so many varieties of spa treatments that can be a blissful getaway from the hustles of your life. Thailand pays a great value to luxury amidst the greenery.

5. Egypt

The land of pharaohs, pyramids and a vast repository of ancient architecture. Well, personally I never studied on Egypt but the movies like The Mummy has grown the urge to visit Egypt.
The capital, Cairo, is home to Ottoman monuments like Muhammad Ali Mosque and the Egyptian Museum, a trove of antiquities. The longest river in the world is the river Nile which served the Egyptians for more than several decades.

The great Sphinx

Theirs a big hindrance in the corporate life of ours where every single minute is counted. Still, traveling amidst those schedule gives good value to my life. Let me know that did you enjoyed reading it?
There are so many other countries and cities in the world that are worth exploring. But, I barely know about them. So, why don’t you help me out by bestowing your travel stops with me !!

Hills and Mountains

Though the title may strike few this is something that I can’t help myself out. I’ve been to the different mountaineering region from short to medium followed my high rise. But, never enjoyed rather I would like to say I didn’t love my trips to those places. If I’m given with the options – Sea, Mountains, Forest: I would go for sea. No doubt I’m in still love with the oceans.

But, I’m falling in love with mountains too, despite manifold tries, which made me up for writing about all my trips involving around MOUNTAINS !!!

1.Darjeeling
&
Mirik

My first mountain trip was Mirik and Darjeeling. It was back on the year 2007, I was in 5th Standard. It was a short trip for seven days. We halt for 3 days in Darjeeling and for 4 days in Mirik.

From New Jalpaiguri Station it takes 3-4 hours to Darjeeling and 2 hours to Mirik. It’s completely your choice which one to choose first. But, according to my sense, I would tell to go for Darjeeling first coz after exploring the mesmerizing beauty of Mirik you won’t be enjoying Darjeeling much. IMPORTANT: I’m not suppressing the beauty of Darjeeling. It’s way more beautiful than you can picture. Darjeeling is a busy city, whereas Mirik is the peaceful one, with low population. So I would be doing injustice if I start analyzing these two places. As we all know the best time to enjoy the mountains is from October to mid-December, the timing remains constant for all the place in the mountains.

When in Darjeeling you should not miss the outstanding points like –

  • Batasia loop
  • Ghum Monastry
  • Peace Pagoda
  • Tea garden
  • Tiger hill
  • Toy Train

And, from Mirik you can go for diverse points tour like Swiss cottage, suicide Point etc. The great lake in Mirik is a great source of beauty to add up to the eye-catching spots.
The lake not only feeds the temptation of the tourist with its natural beauty but also it allows us to witness the most vibrant fishes of all the times.

Last, but not the least, while traveling to Darjeeling or Mirik don’t forget to halt 1 or 2 days in Jalpaiguri. With vast tea estates followed by a huge repository of wild animals and birds, you can enjoy the blend of wildlife with nature.

Wild peacock of Gorumara National Park
Tea Gardens
Rhino of Gorumara National Park

2.Haridwar

My visit to Haridwar was back in the year 2009, two years later my trip to Darjeeling and Mirik. Haridwar is one of the ancient city and one of the busiest hub of Hindu pilgrimages, where the River Ganges exits the Himalayan foothills. The largest of several sacred ghats (bathing steps), Har Ki Pauri hosts a nightly Ganga Aarti (river-worshipping ceremony) in which tiny flickering lamps are floated off the steps. Worshipers fill the city during major festivals including the annual Kanwar Mela. Hindi is the official language of India and in general, the Hindi term of water is “pani” but here, in Haridwar, you’re prohibited to use “pani” for the water of Ganges. The natives worship the water and referred to as “jal”. Haridwar is believed to be the Gateway of God. You can cover Rishikesh, one of the most attractive tourist spots. Rishikesh is a traffic-free, alcohol-free and vegetarian enclave city. The popular fascination here is Laxman Jhula and Ram Jhula. which is a huge suspension bridge that connects two towns across the river Ganges.

Tera Manzil Temple is a famous tourist spot and holy multi-storey temple located on the banks of river Ganga in Rishikesh. Also called up as Trimbakeshwar Temple in Rishikesh, this holy shrine has 13 storeys and each storey has several idols of Hindu Gods and Goddesses.

3.Mussoorie

Mussoorie, don’t you get any mind soothing tone from the word, if you say that you don’t then I must say that you’re lacking joy in your life. The name of the place gives an enormous amount of mind soothing and blissful feelings. It is said “What’s in a name? that which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet.”, but this place will surely oppose the statement.

Mussoorie was included by us along with our Haridwar trip in the year 2009. Also nicknamed as Queen Of Hills, Mussoorie is located at a distance of 35 km from Dehradun, an astonishing hill station in Uttarakhand situated at a height of 2005 meters above the sea level at the foothills of the Himalayas. This place is famous for a weekend getaway, honeymoon destinations, Himalayan views, and Mall Road. If you wish then you could halt for 1-2 days here but we chose to cover it up within a day.

Mussoorie as the name suggests, kissed by nature is an ecstatic getaway for any nature enthusiast.
You can’t stop falling in crush with this place if you’re a mountain freak.

Kempty Falls
Water park at the foothills of the himalaya in Mussoorie (ignore me)

4.Assam
&
Shillong

The country of the famous Indian Folk song Bihu and the largest tea exporter state in India is none other than Assam. The rich cultural state is endowed with various tourists spots. In the west, Guwahati, Assam’s largest city, features silk bazaars and the hilltop Kamakhya Temple. Umananda Temple sits on Peacock Island in the Brahmaputra river. The state capital, Dispur, is a suburb of Guwahati. The ancient pilgrimage site of Hajo and Madan Kamdev, the ruins of a temple complex, lie nearby. Assam is greatly famous for Indian One-horned rhino of Kanjiranga Forest.

Sunset from the Kamakhha Temple

From Assam, we planned for Shillong. Shillong was a 4 hours journey from Assam. Our first halt was the top point of Shillong also referred to as View Point, from here the whole city can be appreciated.

View Point

Though at the age of 14, surely I was not in a desire to relish the bliss of nature. I dropped out of my car as far as I remembered, I seized a mug of instant Maggi and enjoyed my meal at the top of Shillong, with two of my other siblings.

enjoying my maggi

When we drove to the main city, I was startled by the beautiful peoples out there. I must say, whether male or female, I was in love with them.
The journey was quite restless for me and for all of us because what we did was misplanned. So my advice, If you’re visiting Shillong then you must stay there for one or two days, coz it’s a long hectic journey if you decide to return on the same day.

Elephant Falls, Shillong
Wards Lake, Shillong

5.Gangtok

My next trip to the mountain was Gangtok

Gangtok, a tiny little town of Sikkim with the human population approximately 98,658. No industries, no high rises and no factories with the giant smoke developer. Surrounded by mighty mountains, lies the safeguarded town of north-east Sikkim. 

Surrounded by Kanchenjunga, the elegantly decorated city has its unique ideas of nurturing their nature. When in Gangtok you can’t escape the wonderful places you can visit from there – from clear pristine water of the tsomgo lakes to the beautiful temple of Baba Mandir. From calm rumtek Monastery to energetic Ban Jhakri, a pack of all in one. For much greater details, you can give a little tap here.

Rumtek Monastry

I must say, I disliked the mountains so much. It’s unduly twisted and turns of the hilly routes and deep cuts of the valleys freak the hell out of me. I get sick and nausea was common above all. But, when I say, to sum up, my tour then I recognize that I’ve covered up almost so many mountainous regions and they never disappointed me rather gave me an absolute level of achievement. If you want a fun loving enjoyable vacation then go for Oceans, sea beaches and if you want relaxed peaceful holidays then switch to Mountains. Ocean will extract the inner child out of you whereas mountains will lure you with its serene ambiance. So, on my last trip, I took several precautions like – Not traveling empty stomach, Not traveling in a full stomach. I started my journey by having a butter toast. Just one. Followed by medicine to keep my sickness away. And, sat on the front seat of my car to save me. I enjoyed my last vacation to the fullest and didn’t let my motion sickness to dominate me. I relished the artistic sight scenes, the fresh air, snowflakes in certain places and famous Tibetian dishes on the go. It didn’t take much time for me to realize that what I’ve missed on my last trips to mountains. So now I need to say, that I started to fall in love with the mountains and their beauty. And, ready to go once again. If not for the nature then surely for having my ideal dish.

I don’t want lavish restaurants for having Momos just a plate full of delicious Momos from any nearby stalls of the locals in the mountains.
Playing with crystal ice of Baba Mandir, Gangtok

I left social media and got my life back

Since the last few months, I’ve been living 26 hours a day. Do you know why? Well, the reason is pretty clear. I’ve quite social media and it did not isolate me from the world rather took my intimacy to the upper level. And, of course, gave me a chance to enjoy my life on my own taste rather than worrying about likes or followers.

I quit facebook, Instagram, Twitter and also Pinterest one year back. Though theoretically, My one year span has not yet completed but practically I’m towards it. I had so many friends, so many followers, I was on my way to reach 1000 followers on Instagram but there is something that made me quit.

What Is It ??

Well, currently I’m a college student. So, my fever for my social accounts was the first thing on my mind, when I wake up and the last thing before going to bed. I usually spend 12 hours a day on social accounts on average. I wasn’t a social butterfly though.

I didn’t remember the time lapse but approximately a few months back I began to face certain problems.

Very common but the origin was undiagnosed. The primary problem I faced is the Lose of concentration on any particular task and surprised, I was unable to hold my focus on usual entertainment videos too. Followed by headache as of sure, insomnia, irritated mood, depressions, tension, stress and lots of other problems. I wasn’t aware that why these problems are hooking up with me?

Initially, I assumed that it might be because of stress so I began to work upon my stress factor. I began to take intervals between my studies and classes. And, on the contrary, guess what I did during my intervals? Well, pretty obvious I indulged myself on Facebook and Instagram, the mastermind of my problems, and I’m seeking their help to get rid of it. It has never struck me that my all-time companion is the root of my major problems. Quite, after a long time, My neck arthritis got serious. And, I was losing consciousness. I consulted a doctor, I was prescribed medicines and lots of exercises(neck exercises) but it actually gave me temporary help.

Once I was surfing through my Youtube home page and a thumbnail caught my sight.

TEDx youtube videos
Dr. Cal Newport

Cal Newport is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Georgetown University. In addition to studying the theoretical foundations of our digital age, Newport also writes about the impact of these technologies on the world of work. His most recent book, Deep Work, argues that focus is the new I.Q. in the modern workplace and that the ability to concentrate without distraction is becoming increasingly valuable. He previously wrote So Well They Can’t Ignore You, a book which debunks the long-held belief that “follow your passion” is good advice, and three popular books of unconventional advice for students. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference.

And, then it struck me that YEAH !!! This can be the reason why I’m not curing? Why my several attempts are failing.

And, my battle began. I disabled my facebook account, deleted my public Instagram account, deleted my twitter account and deactivated my Pinterest account. Cut off all my digital social strings. And, imbibed some new hobbies.

1. Blogging

The first hobby that got me is Blogging. It gave me a wonderful source of satisfaction that I really had no idea before. I got to learn the various techniques of web designing, creating and first and foremost writing up something to help people out. It also taught me to be observant throughout my surroundings coz a blog content can be generated from anywhere. It totally depends on how you’re taking it.

2. Reading

Reading, my second hobby. Studies have shown, reading books can stimulate your brain and can slow the progress of Alzheimer and Dementia. Stress Reduction, Ocean of Knowledge, Vocabulary expansion, memory improvement, stronger thinking skills, and most importantly it improves focus and concentration also enhance your writing skills. So, what more do you need to read your first book? The first book I read is The other side of Midnight by Sydney Sheldon and then it continues.

3. Old Friends

Hook up with your old friends. Gossip with them. Rather than exchanging comments under any picture posted. Revive the old memories that you want to cherish. Studies proved that long gossip with old friends is always better than any therapy. And, most importantly, it’ll make them feel special like: “Wow… Anirnita remembered me still, after such a long time”.

4. Family Time

Spending time with your family. What was the last time you sat with your family and chatted something funny over a cup of coffee? If you didn’t remember then, Surely, You need this. Sit with your parents and siblings, talk with them, go out with them, rather than posting their picture in social accounts on fathers day or mothers day.

How my Life change after?

Well, though it sounds easy, honestly to follow this regime was not at all easy. During those days I always felt that I’m losing everything. I’m getting detached from everyone. No one will remember me. And, the most disturbing was that No one wished me on my birthday excepting few. It was like hell to me. I chose many times to get back, to start where I left but then I would lose the battle. Yes, actually it was a battle against me. First, one month was the hardest for me. But, as days pass I became habituated with this. And, to my utter surprise, my problems were healing. Initially, my mood used to be very disturbed, I became violent in any small argument. But, now I learned to deal with it. The most important factor that worked on me is that MY ANXIETY. Their many peoples in my friend list/follow list whom I don’t envy but their success used to give me a sense of inferiority. I don’t know why but I began to compare myself with them that “Oh, Look at me! I’m so backward from them. I’m a loser. Good for nothing. God Help me”

This was common in me.

But, presently I’m chilled. I’m working everything my own way out.

Now, I can say that I’m a happy person. And, I can realize why I didn’t get any wishes on my birthday. Just because, the people who used to wish me didn’t actually remember my birthday. They used to wish me based on notifications that used to pop up on their screen on the day. Last birthday, I got near about 10 wishes and real wishes not from the sake of any social accounts. I really loved it. I learn the difference between the real and fake. Or, More specifically the “so-called-friends”.

Currently, I created my new Instagram account but private one having around 90 followers including my close friends and relatives. Yes, Relatives, I do have relatives too.

I barely
spend hours on it. Coz, I get bored while scrolling up and down the homepage.

Facebook friends, Instagram followers really boost our social demands but do you really think that those are necessary? Social media account’s motive is to sustain our public relationships rather than ruining it. We have so many friends over there, we chat, we like their photos as well as tagged them memes too. But, when we bumped into them on the road we barely talk to them properly or perhaps a small preliminary exchanges.

So, on the note of ending the conversation, I do a simple request that calculates the timings that you spend on your social networking sites and also Tell me that how many real friends do you’ve over there?  The people you’re tagging photos and memes do they really deserve it?

How to Spend Your New Year Eve Alone?

Well, I know how it feels to sit at home and sipping onto your coffee when the world out there is in a mood of celebration of there upcoming new year. I know you may be thinking that: “Hey what’s got into her? She writing what? “

I usually don’t write a blog on these topics but it’s not unnatural to write a blog on this niche. Because I believe that the new year is the best way to explain Travel. Know why? Coz, After traveling a huge year of 365 days you’re stepping forward for another tour and just like the former one you’ll sail well on this journey also. Every year is a journey, journey of time, of internal growth, progress and whatsoever.

Each year I always had a plan to bash the party floor but unfortunately couldn’t make it this year. I’m damn bored and not getting any escaped. Coz I’m grounded. So I decided to use up my disadvantage to my advantage.

Now, what made me to write up the blog ?

When I decided to employ my time, with a sudden blink I thought that why not to share what am I up to coz I’m pretty sure that there’re so many are like me who for some reason couldn’t make it out. So, for them: Hey !!! Cheer Up… I brought some wonderful tips to kill the boredom around you.

Each year goes leaving bountiful thoughts to cherish, sometimes unforgettable mistakes that can’t be healed, sometimes losing someone special while sometimes getting just the special one, someone hoping for reliving what they’ve lost and someone wishing to live what they fancied of for so long. With a basket full of rememberings and wishes, one year departs leaving a gap for the following year to refill.

2019 is very special for me. Know why? Coz I’m on my way to complete a phase of my life and step towards another. Yes, I’m Graduating this year and will be starting my job life. I still remember the first day I came to college. I was afraid of not being in college but the thought: What if I’m unable to make friends? What if I got into some racket ?? But, I succeeded it. Going to be introduced to another set of strangers in my work field.

Okay…lots of mumbo-jumbo. Let’s jump to the point. You can easily delete the lethargic feeling of loneliness by following up the following killing techniques:

1. The First Step

Ahhh !! I know it’s a huge first step that I’m gonna tell. But, I HAVE TO. Snooze your phone. Yes. You’ve to. You don’t wanna get distracted by all the pings and tings tone of your phone to destroy your ideal outlook to celebrate your new year. I know, you know, come on we all know what kinda post and messages we’ll receive on the last day of the year. So, it’s better to keep those asides because you have much more important agendas. So, it won’t be smart enough to surf in the world of social networking.

2. Let’s begin with Tidiness

Just like you, your house also has gone through a lot this year. She also needs some relaxation and rejuvenation but unfortunately cannot afford spa treatment. Lols… So, clean up the floors, kitchen tiles, window panes, clean the curtains, do the bed and set all pillows positioned. Do the undone task and make sure that there’s no pest or insects celebrating their new year’s party in your storeroom.

3. Redecorate Your apartment

It’s quite obvious that we all decorated our home at Christmas. So, rather than sticking onto it, why not we do little modifications? You don’t wanna exhibit your inactivity in front of your next-door-neighbor, friends, and relatives. You too wanna make them jealous by your decoration. They should also believe: Ohh!! Gosh..this person is so spontaneous!! and lively. While others are busy partying why not you utilize the time renovating your own house with same Christmas tree but different Ornaments, Tinsel, Tree skirt, Tree Stand, Multiple strings of light, Fresh Poinsettias, Artificial Garlands for mantels and staircase banisters, Natural accents like pinecones to place on the table or cranberries to nestle around pillar candles, wide ribbons for tying garland,stockings, Scented candles, holiday lines(tablecloth, napkins),wreath for the front door,string lights for decorating outdoors,lawn figures and a holiday flag. Maybe you’ve missed out some off it that you wished to but you can just add it up to new modification idea.

4. New year gifts packing

The most awaited and exceptional for everyone is the CHRISTMAS GIFT. No ones wanna miss, we buy gifts for our loved ones and the one whom we think that the person holds a vital position in our life. But, how it would be like surprising them with New Year Gift. As vacation gets over we get so busy in our regular grueling schedule we hardly get a chance to wrap up perfectly our gifts. The wrapping should be always perfect because that’s the main attraction to someone eyes. So, rather than going for artificial cheap packing use your unique decorating ideas to wrap your stuff.

5. Cards Making

Words are the best way to reproduce one’s feelings. Due to the growth of social media, we are overlooking the tradition of distributing cards to our folks. Initially, in our school days, we used to count the number of cards we get and check out the list who’ll receive the card, we write our heartiest feelings and greetings for them. But now it all deduced to few texts in our messenger and WhatsApp. So, why don’t you take the first step ahead to the long lost tradition and reveal your modern feeling in a traditional way? Everyone will love it.

6. Prepare Dinner for yourself

It’s said that the way to someone’s heart is through his/her stomach. So, before pleasing someone else’s tummy why not you please yours? Go through cooking videos on youtube, check out food blogs and you may also try out tasty Asian recipe book or you just create something special for yourself.

7. Upgrade Your Wardrobe

There’s no such machine that can measure the craze of ours for clothes. If we have money we buy it if it catches our eyes and if you don’t have money we enjoy window shopping. No matter what happens we don’t give up on our dresses. But, there’s a sad truth behind this that as year pass most of our dresses either losses it’s fabulousness or it doesn’t fit us anymore. So, it’s better to check out all our dresses and upgrade it as per as necessary so that we don’t fall into any stress at the time getting ready. We can give away the clothes that don’t fit us to someone poor in this way we can kickstart our new year with compassion and generosity, or we can alter the dress that has got damaged in it. Or perhaps remove the wine stain from your favorite white dress.

8. Pamper yourself

Well, You must agree that there’s a lot that has been gone through you this year. You also need pampering. Every machine needs to be oiled so as our body. It’s not less than any machine all this time. You should give them some ease. Have a hot bath, do facial, massage your hands and legs. Listen to mind soothing music.

9. Watch Movie

Check out your list and tick out the movies that you’ve already watched. Then surely you’ll come out with several other movies that you’ve been dying to watch but couldn’t steal time to watch it. Well, now you’ve got the time. Grab your popcorn, and wrap yourself with your cozy blanket and get set go with your preferred actors.

10. The Final Countdown

Now, the time has come. People all over the world waiting eagerly for the clock to tick 12 and to toast the upcoming year. Shouting, dancing on their vodka shots and doing so much. You, on the other hand, sitting on your warm bed, having the tasty dinner that you specially made for yourself and wine to make your experience exceptional, watching your favorite movie. Awwww… how refreshing it will be?

Hope that my ideas are enough to get you through any sort of weariness and gives you enough that you wanted. A new year is like a blank book, you don’t know what twists and turns this year holds for you but it totally up to you to write a vivid story in it. I wish you to be surrounded by dense forest of love and lots of divine blessings throughout the next year. Wish you and your loved ones A very warming cheerful new year.

Treasures in My City

Well, where to start and where to stop, perhaps writing about your own city really a great challenge at least for me. No matter how much I write, it ends up with still something unexplored or uninformed.

You know every inch of your city and never be able to check out all of them. As I’ve already said, there still something “unexplored”. This time I won’t be mentioning anything about bliss, break or get away from your busy life. Rather, I used up my weekends to fulfill my thirst of traversing my very own city, Kolkata.

Kolkata(formerly, Calcutta) has a huge pile of historical notes stuffed under it’s hustling and bustling traffics and metropolitan arena. Kolkata is the capital city of West Bengal, India and it was the capital of India under British Raj from 1773-1911. Kolkata is India’s second biggest city and has residents around 45 lakhs according to the statistics of 2011. Starting from traditional Hindu architecture to the Roman Catholic Church. From theme parks to vast open grounds. From Lavish restaurants to streets food. From the branded mall to local roadside markets.

Kolkata is a world to itself.

You cannot cover Kolkata in a single day. So, I decided to explore it in segments.

Victoria Memorial

Victoria Memorial

What symbolizes Kolkata is Victoria Memorial. The first and foremost must go to place. As Taj Mahal defines India, Victoria Memorial defines Kolkata. Positioned near Jawaharlal Nehru Road in Kolkata, and the nearest being the Maidan Metro station. It’s a few minutes walk from the Metro station.

The memorial was architected by William Emerson, President of Royal Institute of British Architects. The design is a blend of British and Mughal elements, with Venetian, Egyptian, Deccani and Islamic architectural influences. The garden was sketched by Lord Redesdale and David Prain. Atop the central dome of the Victoria Memorial is the 16 ft figure of the Angle of Victory. The garden comprises an area of 64 acres, managed by a team of 21 gardeners. The gallery is a repository of rich British culture in Indian history. It reserves oil paintings, and other scripted articles manifesting the Victorian era. It is the core of family gatherings, friends hang out and for someone who seems to have rich taste in arts.

Victoria Memorial(side view)

Victoria Memorial is a splendid gift given to the Indians by the Britishers. Before going it’ll be better to check out the timings. As it varies from weekdays to weekends. It would be reasonable if you spend at least three hours over here.

St. Paul’s Cathedral

St. Paul’s Cathedral

It’s ten minutes march from Victoria Memorial. Opposing to Birla Planetarium endures the dignified Roman Catholic Church of Kolkata, St. Paul’s Cathedral. Noble, aristocratic, divining architecture demonstrating the rich taste and culture of Christianity. The interior of the church reserves immense findings of the history of the Church. The prayer hall is peaceful and heavenly. Visitors are allowed to seat here as much time as they want. I almost spend near an hour. The serene atmosphere in the prayer hall washes off all your tantrums of your daily life. As if Jesus, himself chanting hymns to your ears and helps you to imbibe all his offerings. No matter how long you stay, you’ll always feel that it’s not enough. I wish I could’ve spent some more time so that I can take up all the gifts that are here to offer.

Heading out of the church, it was almost six, as none of my travel or journey doesn’t achieve without shopping. I availed metro from Maidan Metro Station to Esplanade, coz it was the time to make my wallet to worry a little.😉 

Esplanade Shopping Arcade

One of the oldest and famous street shopping hub of Kolkata. You can get whatever you want as much less as Rs.50 to Rs. 5000.

It is the junction of all local business man who’s life styles responsibility is totally dependent on this place.

After almost making my wallet to weep, I halted in a local food shop and gobbled to kill my appetite.

A plate of masala Dosa

The Indian Museum

The great Indian Museum is situated in Park Street, Kolkata. The nearest metro station is Park Street.

As the name suggest, Museum, vast repository of the treasures of the past.

Fossils collections in Indian Museum

From the tiny fossils of extinct insects to the fossils of the gigantic terrestrial mammal who ruled our Earth before we came to existence.

From the wide variety o aquatic animals to the mother’s nature’s canvas in the sky. From the traditional dress to progress in the modern scientific world. The evolution of human beings, the interior artifacts of the palaces and the remains of it are all well preserved under one roof.

It took around four hours to go through all the rich artifacts inside. I don’t know about other museums, but the Indian Museum shows the dedicated and magnificent cultural heritage of India and other countries.

Out of the museum, i booked a cab and set off for Princep ghat.

Prinsep Ghat

Named after James Prinsep, aligned of river Hooghly, and adjacent to Vidyasagar Setu lies beautifully pleasurable place, Princep Ghat.

The place has also got station under its name. And twice a day, we can avail it. It is the best place for all the lovebirds. Everyone over here wished to spend quality time with the view and beauty of nature and also with one another.

If you wanna city break for a day, then this place is a perfect breakup point.

Vidyasagar Setu

If You want to witness the famous bridges of Kolkata, then of course, you must come here. One side Vidyasagar Setu and on the other side Howrah Bridge.

The sun descending down and when I crossed over my watch, it was already late. So, unfortunately, I had to return.

And, it was time to bid my second weekend a heartwarming goodbye. But, definitely not the place.

Jorasako Thakur Bari

Jorashaku thakur bari

Also referred as Rabindra Bharati Museum.

Well, I really don’t have any words to describe, neither be able to get some perfect ornamental adjectives to yield my experience over here. I wished to capture everything in my camera. But, photography is prohibited. Honestly, thank god it is prohibited. Because few moments is better to be locked in memory than as photocopies in any gadgets.

Doors, hall, bedroom, clothes, utensils, kitchen, mirrors, every corner, every inch of the villa you’ll get the feeling of the world-famous Rabindranath Tagore.

There is nothing much to say, rather, I’ll tell, that I’m not worthy enough to pen about Tagore.

“Greatness” will be a short, rather not gratitude word for him. His efforts, lifestyle, everything is well crafted and preserved in the villa.

The interior of the place was giving me goosebumps. In my wildest dream also, I couldn’t imagine that I’ll be walking on the same floor that was once walked by Rabindranath Tagore.

He stayed there, spend his maximum lifetime here.

(sigh).

Well, I should keep my pens down. Cause, everything can’t be uttered in words.

I spend my entire day, walking through the corridors, looking at the mirrors, reading about the artifacts.

As no vacation gets over without the mouth licking foods. I decided to halt in the famous Quest mall, to hit my appetite.




Strolling moments through the lavish mall…




That comes to the end of my weekends’ safari in Kolkata. There’s a lot more to see, to experience, but for this time that’s all.

Hidden town of Sikkim, Gangtok

Gangtok, a tiny little town of Sikkim with the human population approximately 98,658. No industries, no high rises and no factories with the giant smoke developer. Surrounded by mighty mountains, lies the safeguarded town of north-east Sikkim. 

gangtok city from Rumtek

That’s all I heard about before stepping into the town.

From the New Jalpaiguri Railway Station, we hired a cab to Gangtok. It was a 4 hours journey approximately.

The roads were smooth and the edges were breathtaking. In no time we were accompanied by River Teesta. 

River teesta

The turquoise colour water and the flow of it through the rocky paths, flanked by the high rises of the mountains was enough to eradicate all my tiredness.

Driving side by side with Teesta, our cab reached the entrance of Sikkim. We were verified by our id-proofs and then we were allowed to move forward.

sikkim entrance gate

We lodged in a hotel of Paljore Stadium Road. Dropped down our luggage on our apartment floor, took a fresh shower, did our lunch and stepped out of our room.

Who on earth wishes to stay in when there was such a beautiful captivating climate outside?

Though the atmosphere in Gangtok was very energetic still we were little dozed off due to our journey.

We decided to see the local market of Gangtok. The most important and the hub of gathering for the localites is The M.G.Market.

Welcome to M.G.Marg

I’m making a confession, that I’m not an alcoholic but definetly a shopaholic. I’m a shopping geek. So, M.G.Market was positioned at the top of my bucket list.

M. G. Marg

M.G.Market is named after Mohandas Karam Chand Gandhi. And, the main motto of the market is “Cleanliness”.

The first thing that caught my eyesight was the tidiness of the market. The roads were paved with black and brownstones. 
Attractive shops on both the sides with attractive cloths peeping out from the glass window. 

Well, I did a lot of shopping for woollen garments. 
The market starts depleting near about 8 o’clock as the temperature falls drastically. The shutters drop down and the whole town gets camouflaged by the sheet of chillness.

The very next day we headed for the Paljore Stadium. Every morning, the footballers come for there workout session which was enthusiastic for us to watch. It was 10 mins walk from our hotel to the stadium. 

Paljore Stadium

So we covered it up during our morning walk. Because, the stadium remains open for the visitors only during the early times of the day, the other time, we had to book tickets as matches get scheduled.

Around 7o’clock we returned to our hotel rooms, did our breakfast and went off for our local sightseeing.S

Sightseeing from Gangtok

1. Rumtek Monastry

Rumtek Monastry

The calm and serene atmosphere of the monastry is a total getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city life. It’s quite sure that the secret of happiness in the face of the students lies in this place only. This holy place assures that no complications touch their children. 

I stayed there for quite a long time and the air gave me a mysterious satisfaction and blew me to some other world away from the hitches of daily life.

2. Shanti View Point

One of the famous points of Gangtok where one can get a glimpse of the greenhouses arranged coherently one after the other.

View from Shanti view point
Famous momos of shanti View point

3. Banjhakri Falls

Ban Jhakri Falls

The sound of the water is hearable few kilometres apart. It’s a short way walk from the parking to The Jhakri falls.

Located at a distance of 7 km from  Gangtok is a popular tourist attraction.

The park’s statuary and others display a document on the traditional shamanic healer who worships spirits living in caves and around a forest. The name BanJhakri was derived from the Nepali language where ban means forest and jhakri means healer.
The fall was hidden behind a forest land and now it’s cleared and received the honour to be one of the theme parks and also to imbibe the history of shamanic traditions.

The place can be enjoyed best around 1o’clock to 2o’clock in the afternoon because the inclination of the sun at a certain angle invokes the formation of an enchanting water rainbow.
The origination the rainbow is vague but it terminates clearly into green water of the fall.
It was almost late when we returned after sightseeing, and that all for Day 1 in Gangtok.

The next day we headed for famous Tsogmo Lake and Baba Mandir

4. Tsogmo Lake

Tsogmo lake

Guarded by high mountains from all the sides, lay the pristine lake at an altitude of 3,753 meters and it is 40 km from the capital Gangtok. The temperature ranges from 4 degrees Celcius to 3 degrees Celcius.

5. Baba mandir

Baba Harbajan Singh

Located between Nathula and Jelepla pass is a holy place to visit for tourist as well as for the soldiers.It is named after famous soldier Baba Harbhajan Singh as Baba Harbhajan Singh Temple

Landscape of Baba Mandir from the Maha Shiv idol
Ice slides of Baba Mandir

After covering these two famous spots we returned around 3o’clock in the afternoon. And, we had enough time for spending our last evening in this beautiful town of Sikkim.

As we’ve travelled a lot, so we decided to halt into mouth licking Tibetan dishes.  The famous local food of Gangtok is nothing but Very special — MOMOs—THUKPA

MOMOS
THUKPA

The final farewell from the wonderful town

Every year at the end of October, the government of Sikkim organises a cultural festival which continues for 2-3 days. The festival was a collab of varieties dances, songs of various northern states of India. Showcasing their culture, activities and the history of their state. The program was enough to lure someone to their states. The participants belonged to various schools of northern states.

Dance program Of the cultural festival of Gangtok

That was how we wrapped up for Day 2.

the final goodbye……

As all
good things come to an end. so as our stays in this wonderful escaped. 

Hills,
mountains, and me three of us never blended well but to my surprise, Gangtok
did something to me that she was pulling me towards her. Caressed by mother
nature, this tiny town is a perfect break. Gangtok gave me truckloads of
memories and hundreds of them are captured in my camera. 

Not willing to return but we had to. Well, it’s a goodbye for a short time, I’ll return again.

So cuutteeeee

Christmas Island: Kiribati

“Every island to a child is a treasure island”

Everyone knew that all islands were worlds unto themselves, that to come to an island was to come to another world.









In the movie, Return to The Blue Lagoon ignites the thought in me that if I could ever get a chance to disappear with the special one into some beautiful island like this. 
Away from hustle and bustle of the city, an untouched beauty of nature awaits for us to caress with it’s widespread greenery.















Christmas Island of Kiribati is an impeccable breakout.

Christmas Island

The history behind the Island Of Kiribati

Kiritimati, or Christmas Island, is the Pacific Ocean raised coral atoll in the northern Line Islands. It is a part of the Republic Of Kiribati.

The name “Kiritimati”  is a respelling of the English word  “Christmas” in the Kiribati language. Its population is approx. 118,414.

Captain William Mynors of the Royal Mary, an English East India Company  Vessel, name the island when he sailed past it on Christmas Day, in 1643.


The widely scattered nation of Kiribati, pronounced “Kir-ee-bahs”, located in the Pacific ocean along the equators, includes the Gilbert, Pheonix and the Line Island Groups. Most are uninhabited. 

It is a 135 sq. km island became an Australian territory on 1st October 1958.









How to fly to Kiribati?

Currently, the only one way to get there is by one of the scheduled air services. Air Pacific flies twice weekly from Nadi, Fiji to Tarawa and once a week to Kiribati. 
Air Kiribati fly from Tarawa to Nadi, Fiji once a week.


Famous activities of Kiribati

  • fishing
If you prefer deep blue water with big game fish or prefer the crystalline water and serenity of saltwater flyfishing, Kiribati is the destination for you




  • scuba diving
Kiribati is the home for largest marine reserves. It contains over 500 species of fishes and nearly 20 different species of seabirds.

Diving here and expose scuba enthusiasts to exotic marine life and diverse habitat. because of the abundance of shallow water around the atolls, much of the diving in Kiribati originate from shore or outrigger canoes.

 Motorized boats also take divers farther offshore.

 The area consists of more than 200 species of corals and 500 fish species, in addition to at least 18 marine mammals. 


  • seabird wildlife
With little land in any direction, Kirimati supports 18 different species of birds, including the Endemic Christmas Island Warbler. The island is also home, and a population stronghold, to the endangered Phoenix Petrel and the white-throated Storm Petrel. 

Warbler
Phoenix Petrel
White-throated storm petrel

Precautions:  yellow fever vaccination certificate is required from travelers over one year of age coming from infected areas. 


Where to stay?

As Kiribati is not a regular tourist spot so there are few but luxurious hotels to stay. 



Flanked by the beauty of nature, calm and detoxified atmosphere is a mindblowing hub for the peace lovers.

for more details: hotels of Kiribati
In one of my travel days, I got a quote “Difficult roads leads to beautiful destinations” 
though Kiribati is not difficult to get. So there’s nothing to wait for. With beautiful unforgettable memories, my journey reached the edge. 

Happy Travels. 😊😊
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