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Road Trips Around Delhi That Give Major Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara Feels!

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 “Road trips are a way for the whole family to spend time together and annoy each other in interesting new places.” – Tom Lichtenheld

Road trips are the best weekend getawayIf all you wanna do in life right now is to pack your bags and hit the road with your most favourite people in the world, and all you need is a list of the best places you can go to, we’ve got that list right here. So don’t let your friends make any excuses this time, because we can assure you that you’ll make a ton of priceless memories and see some places you won’t ever forget, and get some major ZNMD feels of road trips and happiness.

Head over to these beautiful places for a beautiful weekend, bonding over good times and pretty places with your favourite people and a long drive!

Alila Fort, Bishangarh

With 59 suites and 22 different layouts, Alila has something for every mood of yours, including a magical spa (in the dungeons!) that’ll work when nothing else does! The grand windows in the suites offer gorgeous views of the countryside, taking advantage of its spectacular location – atop a granite hill, with vast expanses of greenery and beautiful views of the sky. This magical fort in the middle of the Aravallis is the perfect weekend getaway and everything you’re looking for!

Where | Alila Fort – Off NH-8 At Manoharpur, Bishangarh, Rajasthan
Distance | 223 Kms (4 Hrs By Road)

ITC Mughal, Agra

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One of the finest five-star hotels in the country, ITC Mughal at Agra finely expresses the unbridled luxury of a royal getaway, standing in a city of rich royal heritage, in close proximity to the Taj Mahal. If you’re looking for a luxurious, royal refuge, where you can experience every moment to its fullest, feeling like the king/queen of the world, then this is the place to be! For all born-to-be-royals out there, do not miss out on this experience in one of India’s most visited cities!

Where | ITC Mughal – Taj Ganj, Agra
Distance | 242.8 Km (3 Hrs 34 Mins By Road)

JW Marriott Hotel, Chandigarh

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Situated in Chandigarh’s most happening district, Sector 17, the hotel personifies style and elegance at its finest! Their rooms are not just luxurious, but extremely warm and comfortable – the kind of quality we all look for in a road trip getaway! Spend a few days chilling away with the family in their comfy beds and rooftop pool, and hogging away in their fine-dining restaurants. Plus, you’ll have an expansive lawn at your disposal, for making the best of sunset views – what better place to enjoy a few days away from the rest of the world than this glorious hotel!

Where | JW Marriott Hotel – Plot No 6, Sector 35B, Dakshin Marg, Chandigarh
Distance | 242.3 Km (3 Hrs 56 Mins By Road)

The Baradari Palace, Patiala

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Since us Indians are super filmy and super serious about the films we love, there’s no way we couldn’t have included this heavenly palace in the middle of Patiala – the palace where Phillauri was shot! That’s reason enough to visit RN, no questions asked! But if you still want more reasons to go and enjoy yourself in this sprawling garden-palace, we’d ask you to go check out their gorgeous interiors! This architectural marvel oozes vibes of historical and royal magnificence, making it THE place to head to for a culturally rich, warm and happy trip!

Where | The Baradari Palace – Rajinder Kothi, Baradari Gardens, Patiala
Distance | 253.4 Km (4 Hrs 21 Mins By Road)

Hill Fort, Kesroli

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Another gem restored by the Neemrana Hotels, this is one of our favourites, thanks to its charming architecture hailing from the 14the century, and the utter beauty and (we are too speechless for words here) of its expansive landscape, arched verandahs and majestic turrets.

There’s nothing ordinary about this unbelievably charming fort, which has a rich history and a luxurious present! Do not miss this experience out – it’s got to be in your best travel memories – there’s just NO other way!

Where | Hill Fort, Kesroli – Near M.I.A Post Office-Bahala, District Alwar, Kesroli
Distance | 174.9 Km (3 Hrs 22 Mins By Road)

Laxmi Vilas Palace, Bharatpur

Close to the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, the Laxmi Vilas Palace in Bharatpur speaks of the kingdom’s rich and powerful history, having been witness to royal weddings, courts, hunting and everything else royalty. And we can definitely feel that vibe when we enter the palace – the chandeliers, the elegance, the classic interiors – right down to the flooring and the wallpaper, all speak of a bygone era, making it feel like nothing less than a palace even today!

Where | Laxmi Vilas Palace, Bharatpur – Old Agra Achhnera Road, Kakaji Ki Kothi, Bharatpur
Distance | 221.8 Km (3 Hrs 58 Mins By Road)

Road trips for the win! So what are you even waiting for!? Pack your bags and get on to the best road trips. Vacation away at these gorgeous havens of beauty, style and luxury with your loved ones!

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Flygskam: The Guilt That Comes With Air Travel

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In Sweden, flygskam is the new buzzword. A new wave of environmental consciousness is taking over in this European country, and spreading to others as well. Literally, flygskam translates to “flying shame”. Through this, activists and the general public alike are aiming to reduce the number of flights in the sky. Greta Thunberg, the awe-inspiring student activist, has also spoken up about it.

Why are people feeling flygskam?

Via The International Council for Clean Transportation

In USA, it is not the occasional flyers who are causing these massive carbon footprints in the sky. It is the elite few, those who fly over eight round trips in a year. Around the world, the annual flyers are increasing too. Household incomes in developing economies are increasing, leading to higher chances of them boarding a plane instead of a train. At this rate, things will get way worse faster. Because as flyers and routes increase, then this industry will most likely take over the carbon footprint left by cars, etc.

Air travel is disastrous for our climate

Via dw.com

The effects of high flying rates have been far and wide. Our atmosphere is not built to accommodate such an amount of fuel emissions in the sky. Apart from that, a huge number of birds are also put at risk every time a plane takes off.

The solution to flygskam is tagskryt

By Susanne Walstrom

Tagskryt is another term that evolved as the shame regarding air travel grew. It literally translates to “train brag”. As you can guess, it is about shifting to trains. Swedish celebrities and others alike are posting about it online too. With #tagskryt, you can see many online pages trying time combat climate change one less flight at a time.

How are airlines responding?

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Airline operators and companies are actually responding well to this movement. Flybe is cutting the routes where train travel is more feasible and eco-friendly. Moreover, it has promised to look at new routes and go through them only if air travel is the best option for everyone involved.

We hope this trend catches up soon in India as well. Doing our bit to save the environment is very necessary!

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10 Songs From Early 2000s That Deserve To Be On Your Travel Playlist!

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A road trip deserves some quirky, exciting, music that goes right through the bones and motivates you all along. Therefore, a travel playlist becomes an indispensable part of a road trip. Not to mention that major part of storytelling and bonding happens over trips like these, much more when there’s a stupendous song on roll in the backdrop. The backseat singalongs and nomadic anthems are very much a part of the same but then a fiery playlist makes your trip shorter and worthy and memorable enough.

Let’s just take an insight into the list right from the early 2000s that makes you go all psyched with inquisition.

Britney Spears, “Toxic”, “Oops, I Did It Again”

The fashion quotient that marks the era is all over in this video. Bare midriffs in baby tees, spray tans and baggy sweats; the fashion, the music, all impart the same vibe. The songs are most likely to sail you through the entire road trip with an ardent fervour and zest!

Gwen Stefani, “Hollaback Girl”

“Uh huh this my sh**. All the girls stomp your feet like this”, we all know the lyrics to this one. And there goes your road trip in full motion and an extent of enthusiasm that’s immeasurable.

Lil Wayne, “Lollipop”, “A Milli”

‘Lollipop’ is the song you can bump an entire decade later, and even after those yet to pass. It’s a golden.

In the 2007 hit, ‘A Milli’, Weezy likened himself to “Nigerian hair” and “a venereal disease” – the guy was hip hop’s trailblazing.

Snoop Dogg, “Drop It Like It’s Hot”

Drop It’ earned a place just inside the top 50 songs of the entire decade according to Billboard’s computations. It stands proud at the 48th position.

Amy Winehouse, “Back To Black”, “Rehab”

The song calm you, soothes your insides for the entire course of the journey. The song also gives you a perfect hopeful background, merges well with the serendipity of the scenic beauty thus.

The singer’s self-penned single, an autobiographical look at her own refusal, ‘Rehab‘ is also worth a million listens. The booming popularity of the song makes it worth a listen even today!

P!nk, “Get The Party Started”

The P!nk breakthrough doesn’t keep you much away from proper party feels.

Justin Timberlake, “Sexy Back”

The song is raunchy, groovy and involves all of you through the entire course of it!

Soulja Boy, “Crank That”

2pac, “California Love”

Convince enough for a stupendous travel playlist. Well, we only expect a “Yes”!!

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Travelling Alone Does Not Make You Sad or Lonely

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Travelling is not something you are good at. It’s something you do. Like Breathing. Gayle Foreman

Travelling is often the most anticipated activity by humans. But why do we cling to outdated stereotypes when it comes to the solo female traveller? The female solo traveller has been characterized and stereotyped through film and literature for centuries now. If she is travelling alone, she must be a loner (a loser, even), or looking for love and/or self-hood, or the most propagated archetype of them all—heartbroken. Perhaps nothing in recent pop culture has promoted these stereotypes more than Elizabeth Gilbert’s monstrously successful Eat, Pray, Love.

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But what if a woman is travelling solo for none of those reasons? What if she is simply indulging in her curiosity for other cultures and looking for enrichment? Gasp! In this day and age, she’s probably even married or in a relationship and just wants to get out and explore on her own. Solo travel is on the rise more than ever, according to the 2015 Visa Global Travel Intentions Study, and roughly 24 per cent of people travelled alone in their most recent overseas vacation (that’s 15 per cent more than in 2013).

Solo travelling is life-altering, educational and enriching, and wildly freeing. Oftentimes, it’s scary, and sometimes even dangerous, but you can think of a few things in life that can offer such a transformative and rewarding experience.

Let’s start with your fears. Travel, solo or in a group, is loaded with uncertainties from the minute you leave your house. Some are more grave concerns—disaster could strike or you could get sick or injured. And, there are more trivial issues: language barriers, getting lost in a place you don’t know, eating foreign foods, understanding social do’s and don’ts in a new place and even flying. All very valid concerns that feel amplified when travelling solo. But perhaps that’s why it’s so much more rewarding when you succeed at tackling all of this by yourself. You’re forced to test yourself and confront your fears.

Every solo dinner or meal since, especially in a foreign place, will make you little more at ease. You find yourself letting the walls down, allowing self to be open to every part of the experience: give the food a try, allow yourself to really get lost, put your cell phone away, take in everything around you or read a book, and enjoy the silence that comes with travelling alone.

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Ten Tips for Traveling Alone

  • Avoid Lodging With a Single Supplement.
  • Stay Somewhere With Multiple Positive Ratings.
  • Stay Somewhere With Free Wi-Fi.
  • Meet Other Travelers.
  • Relax While You Eat.
  • Start Your Day Early.
  • Do Something You Normally Wouldn’t Do With Others.
  • Take Plenty of Pictures.

“PEOPLE DON’T TAKE TRIPS, TRIPS TAKE PEOPLE.”

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