Travel India: Different Flavors

India is an interesting destination and here are a few posts (one from our neighbours, Nepal too) that talk about it without any unnecessary frills or gloss.

Anil at Windy Skies while traveling through Goa (India) finds an unlikely bar in a small village: White House.

I find the atmosphere surreal, but I cannot imagine Goan bars fitted with anything other than these dim yellow bulbs for it would simply kill their character. Better still if they were to operate out of brick structures held together in mud covered walls painted red or blue, or left to themselves like some village bars out in the countryside, the red laterite bricks exposed to the elements. “White House is an unlikely name for a bar,” I say aloud as Raju walks up to the counter to ask for a quarter of Cashew feni, and soda.

No longer Kerela's (India) best kept secret, Munnar is still very beautiful. Abhi at Blue Marbel takes us through Munnar

Nestled amidst the Western Ghats and the greenest of tea plantations; this quaint little plantation town is Kerala’s best-kept secret until recent times. Munnar derived its name from ‘mun-ar’, which means ‘three rivers’ in Malayalam. Located at an altitude of 5250 feet above msl it makes for an ideal tea county. Today it’s coming up, and coming up fast as a hot-spot hill station full of moony eyed honeymooners, tea-tasters and the backpackers!

From the Western Ghats we move to Auli (Uttranchal Himalayas, India) with Arun from India Travel Blog

I noticed a few people playing cricket just below the snow line, taking advantage of the warm weather. And some one had already set up a tea stall there! Climb a little higher and the cricket ground gave way to ski slope!

VJ from VJ's Travelogue takes a trip to Mcleodganj and brings back some lovely pictures and an account of his trip.

Mcleodganj (‘Ganj’ means market and McLeod, a Scotsman.) is truly special city. An impromptu trip again . Till I boarded a bus to Dharamshala , I wasn't sure , if iam going to make it or not .But I knew this was happening, finally.

Kiran at Beautiful Earth recounts his experience with porters he met while trekking in Jomsom (Nepal).

The porters were a hardworking lot
They would carry trekking gear all day as much thirty kilos a man while the people who employed them carried fancy walking poles and photography equipment

A little early in the night all the porters got together around a fire and began to cook
A little later into the night dinner was being served amongst themselves
They all gathered around a table where there was plenty of meat to eat and arrack to drink
They even invited some from the trekker group who employed them for a night of merry


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