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Top 5 Ideas For Weekend Getaways In Delhi-NCR

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Let’s talk about weekend getaways and how difficult it is to arrive on a decision for the perfect hangout spot because, after a series of conversations, you eventually run out of ideas and end up visiting the same place over and over again.

Congrats! Friday is over and you made it through the week. After days of working through the deadlines and managing your pending tasks, you finally get to relax without worrying about what your boss or teacher might say. The idea of snoozing your alarms and going back to sleep is so satisfying!

But now you’re probably stressing over the idea of making this weekend as fulfilling as possible. After all, going to the same food joint with your friends is just boring! And it’s almost as tough to brainstorm about a new place for hanging out with friends and family.

Well, worry not, we’ve got you covered! Weekends are not just limited to partying at nightclubs or exploring your favourite food joints, and neither should it be wasted by sitting idle at home.

Did you know? Delhi -NCR happens to offer loads of fun activities that you cannot afford to miss. From Paintballing to Ice-Skating, there are a bunch of options to explore with your friends and family.

Below is a list of places you should consider for your next weekend getaway.

iSKATE – Ambience Mall, Gurgaon

If you’re tired of the summers, but also cannot afford to go to your favourite hill station in such a short duration, then this beautiful ice-skating rink in Gurgaon is the perfect choice to curb the heat! It is a one-stop destination that offers ice-skating activity, karaoke bar, ice cream parlours, etc. In addition, you can also book corporate events or parties in this place on a prior basis.

Cost- Tickets ranging from INR. 500-700 per person

Indian Mountaineering Foundation, Moti Bagh

Located on the Benito Juarez Marg, IMF is a perfect place for climbers. The place includes an artificial rock-climbing wall to test your strength and endurance levels. It also offers adventure sports like mini–ziplining.  You also get to interact with mountaineers and professional wall climbers. However, visiting this place especially in summers can be physically demanding. Make sure you carry water bottles and food to get you through the day.

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Cost- INR 150 per session

Paintball

Are you waiting for a game to just shoot somebody (not literally) but just for fun? Afterall, the PUBG fanatics would enjoy an arena where they can spot enemies hiding and test their targets. The best part, it’s all about colour splashes. Delhi offers a wide range of options in Paintball arenas. From Shootout Zone near Chhatarpur to ‘Lock n Load’ in Pacific Mall, Subhash Nagar; this fun activity is gaining popularity amongst youngsters making it a perfect hangout spot for you and your friends.

Shootout Zone, Delhi
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Rockshot Paintball Sports, Noida

Average Cost – Tickets starting from INR 300

Raahgiri Day – CP, Dwarka and Gurgaon

There is nothing better than having fun and taking care of your health at the same time. Raahgiri Days are celebrated on Sundays at multiple locations in Delhi. You might also get the opportunity to meet celebrities like Milind Soman. The event encourages people to engage in highly energetic and fun-filled activities like dancing, cycling, skating, etc. If you hate gymming, this is the perfect day for you.

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SkyJumper Trampoline Park, Gurgaon

Located in Sector 47, this trampoline park is by far the biggest in India. An ultimate family destination with over 100 interconnected trampolines with huge foam pits. Unleash your inner child by jumping around this arena. Similarly, the place offers a variety of activities such as Volleyball, Dodgeball, Balance Beam, etc. You simply cannot resist this place! Check the link below for prices.

Courtesy: wearegurgaon.com

http://skyjumpertp.com/hours-prices/trampoline-park-pricing.html

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Codebreak 60 Escape Rooms, Kamla Nagar

Who says physically demanding activities are the only way to get adrenaline rush? Codebreak 60 offers a mind-blowing experience of escape rooms to offer you the perfect thrill. Requires teamwork! The game proceeds as you’re locked inside a room. You have only 60 minutes to identify clues, break the codes and solve the mystery. It is the perfect opportunity to assume your role as Sherlock because solving the mysteries is the only way out. The challenges are worth experiencing with your buddies and you can literally choose any game of your choice!

Cost: INR 600 per person for group of 4

So, gallivanters….rejoice! It’s super fun to try something new and the list keeps getting better. Follow Little Letters Linked for more updates!

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Dog Travel Tips: Travel Long Distance With Your Dog!

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Who doesn’t love travelling with their furry friends? And for that some dog travel tips are very important! Long road trips are enjoyed by some dogs, while others quiver at the mere prospect of getting into a car. But anyway, if you want to drive long distances in a car with your dog, then good preparation and attentiveness is required before and during the trip.

These are few dog travel tips to help your furry friend!

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Make sure everything is packed

You need to make sure you’ve got everything they may need on their journey to keep your dog happy. Usually on the long road trip and once you’ve finally arrived at your destination.

Never take them on trips during vaccination

Although travelling with puppies is great, ensuring you get them used to car trips ahead of any long road trips can be tough. Make sure you wait until all their vaccinations are full. Usually, this will be by the time they are around 14 weeks old.

Waiting until your puppy is completely house-trained is also advised, so you don’t run up a big hotel bill!

Start with Short Trips

Take your dog to a quick drive to the store, veterinarian, to another doggie park or even to training lessons for puppies. This ensures that your dog gets used to car trips as best as possible.

And hopefully some trips are expected to take them somewhere fun and exciting, so they understand that the car is fine.

Protect them from Sunshade

Temperatures inside cars will still be much higher than outside temperatures, even though it’s not a especially hot day. It is recommended to put a sunshade inside your windscreen before you drive so that inside the car it’s a little cooler.

You can also buy some sunshades for the back windows. So that during the car ride your dog will not be lying in patches of sun. Install these the night before your trip as for windscreens above.

Tire up their energy

By making sure your dog has used up all their pent up energy, he’ll be more likely to just go in the car to sleep.

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Keep them entertained

Keep the radio on if you don’t talk for the whole ride. Also, let your dog chew on an antler bone. Else, a kong filled with delicious treats, or some of their favourite toys. The act of chewing alone, after a while, should tire them out.

Don’t forget toilet breaks!

Have plenty of toilet breaks specifically, every 90 minutes to 2 hours. Also, this will need to be reduced if your dog is less used to long road trips.

You should also let your dog do their business as soon as possible when you arrive. If they are desperate, even the most toilet-trained dogs could go inside.

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Carry plenty of water

Dogs would also need plenty of water as they ride in vehicles. In case of traffic or delays, you can ensure you have enough to cover the entire journey plus some extra. And if you buy a bottle that has a bowl compartment attached to it, it will make things simpler for you. Mainly, because the dog can almost drink straight from the bottle.

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Belum Caves: An Underground Hidden City

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From sheltering men to their Gods, caves in India have been special right from ancient times. Indian cave systems usually bring to mind the north-eastern state of Meghalaya with its extensive network of caves; surprisingly the southern state of Andhra Pradesh has the second largest system of caves in India, the inconspicuous Belum Caves.  The word Belum derives from the Sanskrit ‘Bilum’ which means caves, so it is just a repetition to call these caves Belum Caves. Belum Caves is a network of underground calcareous caves at the deepest point, more than 3 kilometres long and 29 metres deep.

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Moreover, at present, about half of this length is publicly available. Visitors from nearby Gandikota are attracted to this site. Mainly those who intend a day trip that will visit both of these locations. This area has made the availability of limestone and water very suitable for cement factories.

Best Season to visit Belum Caves

Here the hot climate is as rugged as the terrain. Belum caves, situated in the southern part of India, remain hot for most of the year. Also, the best time to visit it will be between the months of October and February when the weather is good. Further, the temperature in the underground caves is marginally higher than the temperature at ground level. It is due to continuous carbon dioxide accumulation at the bottom of the caves.

How to reach Belum Caves

Gandikota is usually carried out as a day trip from Chennai or Bangalore, the two major cities nearby, in combination with a visit to the nearby Belum caves. The best choice is a day trip from each of these cities and it can be achieved using a hired taxi, but if you want to make it back on time, you have to start very early. The nearest railway stations are Tadipatri, 30 kilometres from here, and Banganapalli, 33 kilometres away. You can find taxis and buses from Tadipatri, while there are frequent buses from Banganapalli. Most of the buses stop at Kolimigundla, from where the Belum Caves shuttle service is open.

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Accommodation

Punnami Hotel, run by the Andhra Pradesh government’s department of tourism, APTDC, is the only choice if you want to remain close to Belum Caves itself. But Punnami only offers dorm-type accommodation, and if you want a decent bed, you’d better go to Tadipatri which is a little far away.

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Languages Spoken

The citizens here speak Telugu, Kannada, Tamil, Hindi, and even English to a good degree. You will be shocked at the number of multi-lingual guides available here. Even the people are courteous enough to ask us what language you would prefer.

Food

The canteen owned by it is directly next to the APTDC hotel. The canteen serve a multitude of offerings. As well as a few breads, both North and South Indian. It would be a shame not to taste the world-famous mango of Banganapalli after visiting a place so similar to Banganapalli.

To know more about the historical importance, main sections etc, checkout their official website.

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