Travel Speak http://www.travelspeak.in Exploring India Fri, 15 Sep 2017 04:20:50 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.1 Vaishno Devi Temple and Places To Visit http://www.travelspeak.in/vaishno-devi-temple-and-places-to-visit/ http://www.travelspeak.in/vaishno-devi-temple-and-places-to-visit/#comments Thu, 20 Apr 2017 08:29:39 +0000 http://www.travelspeak.in/?p=1682 There are many theories and many discussions on how this world was started and from where the seed of life was germinated. There are many theories and many opinions but the answer to all theories is one and the answer is power. The power which gives birth to life, which nourishes it and which destroy […]

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There are many theories and many discussions on how this world was started and from where the seed of life was germinated. There are many theories and many opinions but the answer to all theories is one and the answer is power. The power which gives birth to life, which nourishes it and which destroy it and in Hindu mythology this power is called “Shakti”.

Many mythologists believes that Goddess Shakti is the source of life and maybe this is one of the many reasons that people of different country and beliefs worship women as an Goddess Shakti, the one who is the alpha and the omega.
In this article we are going to discuss about the Goddess and her temple of Vaishno Devi that has opened new doors of belief, faith and devotion. Situated on the Trikuta hills in Jammu region of Jammu Kashmir, the temple holds a significant position in India tourism. Lots of National and International travellers visit this temple and seek blessings of Goddess Vaishno.

It is believed that Goddess Vaishno, who is also known as Mata Rani, is the source of all the energies in this cosmos. Lets’ proceed and start with our tour to Vaishno Devi and discuss about the best places to visit near Vaishno Devi temple.

Vaishno Devi Temple

The temple is located in Katra town of Jammu region of Jammu and Kashmir, the north Indian state. The temple is lying on the Trikuta Hill. To reach the temple, the pilgrims must cross the trekking destination under which they have to walk around 13 km uphill to reach the shrine. The shrine is a little cave which is also called the Garbh Grah and is believed to be one of the 108 shaktipeetha.

When you reach the Garbh Grah you will see the cave comprises of three holy pindis (stone representation) each pindi signifies each form of energy, that Satva, Tama and Raja guna (energy) each pindi signifies one Goddess, Mata Sarasvati, Mata Mahakali and Mata Mahalaxmi respectively.

The trek to the shrine is quite enjoyable filled with various shops and one will just get lots in the divine hails of “Jai Mata Di”. For kids and old age people, ponies and palanquins are available to take them to the top. In all it’s a great place to visit once in your life.

Ardh Kuwari Cave

To reach the divine shrine of Mata Vaishno Devi, you have to take the route from Ardh Kuwari Cave. It is believed that Mata Vaishno Devi has taken rest here for 9 months before she took Bhawan as her adobe. It is a kind of stopover for pilgrims to reach Bhawan.

People have to crawl on their kneed to reach the other side of the cave. At the other side of the cave you will see a large shrine, the garbhgrah of Goddess Saraswati, Maha-Laxmi and Maha-Kaali.

Baba Bhairav Nath Temple

It is believed that the journey to Mata Vaishno Devi temple remains incomplete without visiting Bhairavnath Temple. The temple is dedicated to a saint by the same name. From the Bhawan of Goddess Vaishno Devi, the temple of Bhairavnath is approximately 2 km away. One can cherish the picturesque view of the mountains and the natural beauty of the nearby area. If you wish you can also take ponies to climb on the steep stairs.

Bahu Fort – Katra

One of the finest forts which are located in Jammu city in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, Bahu Fort was built by the earlier ruler of Sikh Empire by Raja Gulab Singh in the 19th Century. The monument is treated as religious place as it consist of a temple which is dedicated to Hindu Goddess Kali. All locals denote this temple as Bave Kali Mata Temple. When you would be on your Vaishno Devi tour, do not forget to visit this fort. Travellers here can also feed monkeys with sweets and grams and other things.

Bagh – E – Bahu

It is one of the beautiful garden and a tourist spot near Mata Vaishno Devi Temple. The garden is filled with series of beautiful flowers and small fountains in it. The walking path in the garden is ornamented with beautiful plants on both the sides. Located on the bank of Tawi River, the garden is wrapped around with the beautiful scenic beauty and is featured as the best destination to spend time with family and friends. Away from the hustle and bustle of the city, the garden is one of the prominent places where you can visit under India tourism.

Ranbireshwar Temple

Ranbireshwar Temple

The other important place where you can visit during your holidays in India is the Ranbireshwar temple. It is located on the Shalimar road and the temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple is listed as the oldest Jammu temple which was built in 1883 by Maharaja Ranbir Singh and later named after him.

The major attraction of this temple is idol of Lord Shiva along with his Shivlinga. This Shivlinga is 8 feet tall and is built with single black stone. Built by Dogra Dynasty, this is the biggest Shivlinga in North India. Along with the major Shivlinga, the temple is also compact with 12 more Shivlinga which are made up of crystal each size about 18 inches high and 12 inches wide. If you visit this temple during the time of Mahashivratri you will notice and be a part of the grand and magnum-opus festival of Mahashivratri.

Along with all these places, which are believed to be some of the most amazing destinations that one can visit near Vaishno Devi temple, you can also take a visit to some other places like Sanasar Lake, Mahamaya Temple, Dera Baba Banda and Agar Jitoo. All these places are as charming and spectacular as any other place and will successfully make your India tour packages filled with unforgettable memories.

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10 Popular Street Food Spots in Ahmedabad http://www.travelspeak.in/10-popular-street-food-spots-in-ahmedabad/ http://www.travelspeak.in/10-popular-street-food-spots-in-ahmedabad/#comments Wed, 18 Jan 2017 11:27:38 +0000 http://www.travelspeak.in/?p=1666 Although Gujarati delicacies are easily available at eating joints in different cities across the country, nothing can beat the taste and authenticity of Gujarati street food of Ahmedabad. The city is famous for its amazing Gujarati street food such as Khaman, Dhokla, and Fafda. If you’re traveling to Ahmedabad, do try-out the scrumptious street food […]

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Although Gujarati delicacies are easily available at eating joints in different cities across the country, nothing can beat the taste and authenticity of Gujarati street food of Ahmedabad. The city is famous for its amazing Gujarati street food such as Khaman, Dhokla, and Fafda. If you’re traveling to Ahmedabad, do try-out the scrumptious street food that this city has to offer. In this blog post, we list ten popular food spots in Ahmedabad that you must give a shot when in the city. To commute easily to these spots or explore the city better, it’s advisable to rent a self drive car in Ahmedabad that you can drive around in the city on your own.

  1. InduBen Khakhrawala

    Indu Ben Khakhrawala

    InduBen Khakhrawala is one of the most famous eateries in Ahmedabad. Situated in Navrangpura in Ahmedabad, it specializes in a wide variety of crispy and crunchy Khakras. The eatery sells more than fifty varieties of Khakras along with other delectable Gujarati snacks such as Sev, Dhokla, Chinese snacks, sweets. The demand of their products is not just limited to Ahmedabad or other cities in the country, but they also export overseas.

  2. Manek Chowk

    Manek Chowk

    Manek Chowk is a popular jewelry market in Ahmedabad, which is always crowded with people from morning till night. The place is a street food paradise for food lovers. If you visit the place at night, you will see it bustling with food shops selling mouthwatering snacks such as Sev-Puri, Pav Bhaji, Pani Puri, Dhokla, Tikki-Chaat-Pakodi and Jalebi. So, whether or not you go shopping to Manek Chowk, you must try the amazing street food that this place has to offer.

  3. Baghdad Fry Centre

    Baghdad Fry Centre

    Most people think that the restaurants in Ahmedabad serve only vegetarian food. The fact, however, is that the city boasts ambrosial non vegetarian delights, too, and there are more than a few hotels, restaurants and local food joints that serve a wide variety of exquisite non vegetarian food. One of them is the Baghdad Fry Centre at Dahyabhai Parmar Road. The joint boasts exquisite preparations of non-vegetarian food for the meat lovers. Keema, Chicken Tikka, Cutlets, Gurda, Kharode Soup, Mutton Chaap – the list of non-vegetarian food that this place has to offer is endless.

  4. Bhatiyar Gali

    Bhatiyar Gali

    People who think that Ahmedabad is a place only for vegetarians must recheck their facts and visit the city’s famous Bhatiyar Gali. This place is a food paradise for non-vegetarians. The street is famous for its mouth-watering non-vegetarian delicacies. If you are on a trip to Ahmedabad, try out the authentic, simply splendid food that this place has to offer. Chicken Kebabs, Tava-biryani, Chaap Fry, Bheja Masala, to name a few of its preparations you shouldn’t give a miss.

  5. Asharfi Kulfi

    Asharfi Kulfi

    Your trip to Ahmedabad is incomplete if you missed the mouth-melting kulfi at Ashraf Kufli. Located at Gurukul Road, the ice creams at this place can give many famous ice cream brands a run for their money. Popular as the “King of Kool Kulfi”, Asharfi Kulfi has all the reasons to claim that they serve one of the most delicious kulfis in the country. It offers a wide range of kulfi ice creams such as Malai kulfi, Badam Pista Kesar kulfi, and Mango kulfi.

  6. Das Khaman House

    Das Khaman House

    Khaman is yet another delectable street food of Gujarat, and is made from gram flour. Often Khaman is confused with Dhokla as they resemble, to a great extent. The minor difference between the two is that Khaman is soft and light yellow in color whereas Dhokla is comparatively less soft and pale yellow in color. Taste this delectable snack from the famous Das Khaman House with sev, mustard seed, green chillies, and freshly chopped onions and coriander leaves garnished on it.

  7. Ketli Chai with Maska-Bun

    Ketli Chai with Maska Bun

    Tea is a favorite beverage in most parts of the country, and Ahmedabad is one such place where the locals cannot imagine their day without a hot cup of tea. If you too are one of those people who prefer tea to any other beverages then try Ahmedabad’s roadside ‘ketli chai’. Although there are various snacks that can go well with the ‘Chai’, however, maska bun and chai is one such combination that you must try.

  8. Amdos Kitchen

    Amdos Kitchen

    Located in Paldi, Amdos Kitchen is another amazing food joint that is popular for its mouth-watering Tibetan cuisine. Although a small food joint, the eatery is a popular hang-out spot for NID students. Momos, hot and sour Thukpa, Limbu paani, and fried rice are some of the popular dishes that you must try. Besides its delectable food, affordability is another factor that makes this place irresistible.

  9. Om Sai Parantha

    Om Sai Parantha

    Among many other street food outlets Ahmedabad, Om Sai Parantha deserves special mention. The joint serves several varieties of delectable Paranthas. To eat at this place, however, you must make prior reservations. Besides the taste, Om Sai Parantha is also famous for its great service and hygiene standards. The price range at this popular food joint is a little more than the conventional street food rates but it’s worth it.

  10. Raipur Bhajia House

    Raipur Bhajia House

    Bhajiya is one of the favorite snack of Gujaratis. If you wish to try mouth watering bhajiyas you must visit the Raipur Bhajia House. One of the oldest eateries of Ahmedabad, the food joint is popular for its freshly fried bhajias, among the other delectable snacks. So, if you are visiting Ahmedabad you must try the spicy bhajias with the amazing pudina chutney.

Conclusion:

Ahmedabad is a city popular for its street food. No matter whether you’re a vegetarian or a non-vegetarian, the city has a wide variety of delectable delicacies to offer for both vegetarians and non-vegetarians. So, the next time you are in the city, rent a car in Ahmedabad drive to the joints mentioned in this post, to savor their scrumptious delicacies.

Author Bio: Sareeka Dhawan has a niche in writing blogs for the Travel industry. She is an expert in writing blogs on Self-drive car rental services that allow people to rent cars on hourly, daily, weekly or monthly basis.

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18th North East Book Fair inaugurated in Guwahati http://www.travelspeak.in/18th-north-east-book-fair-inaugurated-guwahati/ http://www.travelspeak.in/18th-north-east-book-fair-inaugurated-guwahati/#comments Thu, 10 Nov 2016 06:27:32 +0000 http://www.travelspeak.in/?p=1654 The 18th north east book fair was inaugurated by the All Assam Publishers and Book Seller Association on 3rd of November 2016 at the Assam Engineering Institute Ground. The event was inaugurated by eminent laureate and author, Nirupama Borgohain. The glittering function was graced by other dignitaries like Ramen Deka, MP and, Rita Chowdhury, author […]

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The 18th north east book fair was inaugurated by the All Assam Publishers and Book Seller Association on 3rd of November 2016 at the Assam Engineering Institute Ground. The event was inaugurated by eminent laureate and author, Nirupama Borgohain. The glittering function was graced by other dignitaries like Ramen Deka, MP and, Rita Chowdhury, author and Chairperson of National Book Trust. Earlier, Chief Minister Mr Sarbabnanda Sonowal was scheduled to inaugurate the fair, but due to prior commitments, the lighting of the lamp ceremony was done by Mrs Borgohain. However, Borgohain termed the absence of chief as an ‘insult’ and cautioned the organizers against inviting politicians to future functions related to literature. In her speech, the NBT Chairman talked about the schemes adopted by the book trust in order to encourage more and more young writers to the field of literature. She also appealed the unpublished writers, primarily females and people below the age of 40 to approach the National Book Trust and publish their writings.

North East Book Fair

The fair is going to be a 12 day affair and the biggest book fair ever in north east India. The fair will see publication houses from round the region in around 40 stalls. While the book fairs in Kolkata and Delhi witness huge crowd, similar fairs in Guwahati are yet to attract such an attention. According to statistics, the book fair last year had to settle with only 29% crowd.

North East Book Fair

The Book fair is open from 9am to 11 am, with entry fee of just Rs. 10. Students with valid ID cards can enter for free. In a time when the city is attracting chunks of global population with numerous cultural festivals, the book fair adds on to the change significantly.

North East Book Fair

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Must have souvenirs from North East India http://www.travelspeak.in/must-have-souvenirs-from-north-east-india/ http://www.travelspeak.in/must-have-souvenirs-from-north-east-india/#comments Fri, 30 Sep 2016 05:55:21 +0000 http://www.travelspeak.in/?p=1637 North East India is a shopper’s paradise. The wide ethnic diversity brings a unique color and bling to the market of the region, which just cannot be surpassed. With around 40% of the region covered in forests, North East is the perfect place for splurging into wooden and bamboo handicrafts. However, once you visit northeast, […]

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North East India is a shopper’s paradise. The wide ethnic diversity brings a unique color and bling to the market of the region, which just cannot be surpassed. With around 40% of the region covered in forests, North East is the perfect place for splurging into wooden and bamboo handicrafts. However, once you visit northeast, the realization will stuck you that handicrafts are just a cliché to the region. This is because the markets north east offer you numerous souvenirs that are unique to the region, and just beyond compare. All you need is a keen eye, and your bag will be filled with souvenirs of all kinds for your friends and family.

We have listed down for you a few souvenirs to get from the north east region. Do keep them in mind on your next trip.

  1. Silk

    Silk

    Indian silk is not limited to only Kanjivaram and Varanasi. Visit north east and you will know why. Assam is home to three indigenous silks- Muga, Pat and Eri, that is unique to the region, and not found anywhere else in the world. These silk are universally famous for its luster and durability. The muga silk has a shiny golden brown color and is mostly used for making mekhela chador (the traditional assamese dress for females), although one can also find sarees, kurta and kurtis as well. The pat silk is originally off white in color and has a smoother texture than Muga, but it can be dyed to get different colors. The Eri silk is a bit coarse and is mostly used to make shawls. Slightly big on budget, buying an Assam silk clothing is perhaps the best souvenir you can buy from this region. A silk mekhela chadar is definitely worth a splurge for someone close to your heart. Just make sure you visit an authentic silk showroom to get the best deal.

  2. Pickle

    Pickle

    Yes that’s true. Pickles are an integral part of north eastern cuisine, and each state has its own specialty. However, unlike rest of the India, pickles here are devoid of spices, and are soaked just in mustard oil, plain salt or just vinegar, which gives them a musky smell and a lip smacking tangy taste. Be it of lemon, dried fish, pork, beef, chicken, bamboo shoots, bhoot jolokia (Ghost Pepper), sesame, yam; you can find pickles of almost everything in the market. Pick ne according to your tatse and keep the taste in your kitchen intact. Better and rich variants are generally found in the daily/weekly local markets, but you can grab one from any departmental store as well. Make sure the lid is solid tight, because most times, these pickles are home-made and may come with not so sturdy containers.

  3. Tea

    tea

    The trip to north east isn’t complete without CTC Assam tea. The greatest producer of tea in India, it wouldn’t be too shallow of you to grab a dozen packets of tea as a souvenir from North east. However, make sure that you but CTC labeled tea only from tea emporiums. The packets sold in the market are of inferior quality, often left off after the good quality is exported.

  4. Shawls

    Shawls

    Actually, Naga shawls to be specific. Second to its widely smoked pork, Nagaland is also known for its exquisite range of woollen shawls. Unique to this state, these shawls have fine hand-made embroidery works which depict the tribal culture of the region. If you are visiting the state during the winters, this one is a must buy for you. Available in all sizes and colors, these shawls are best for homely coziness while travelling.

  5. Handicraft

    Handicraft

    The best souvenir ever. As mentioned earlier, the north eastern states are the hub of bamboo, cane and wooden handicrafts. From furniture to show pieces, every state displays a unique range of handicraft, which are too spectacular to overlook. Grab hold of something that can fit into your luggage and you are good to go.

    Tip- Buy something that is indigenous to the region. For example, Japi from Assam, wooden Buddhist inscription masks from Arunachal, floor mats from Meghalaya are some that you can oh-so-lovingly display in your living room.

Apart from these, you can buy stuffs like Assamese Gamusa (hand-woven assamese towel), brass utensils (these too are unique to Assam) and wooden sculptures of rhinoceros, Buddha etc.

We hope this article was helpful to you and you took the best souvenirs back home.

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10 Tips for backpacking across Northeast India http://www.travelspeak.in/10-tips-for-backpacking-across-northeast-india/ http://www.travelspeak.in/10-tips-for-backpacking-across-northeast-india/#comments Sat, 24 Sep 2016 10:41:22 +0000 http://www.travelspeak.in/?p=1632 Traveling in North East India offers the ultimate off the beaten track exploration. Since, tourism is still an infant industry here, travelling across the region might not come up as easy as the rest of India. The North East region comprise of eight states, all unique in its own way. Hence, a decent amount of […]

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Traveling in North East India offers the ultimate off the beaten track exploration. Since, tourism is still an infant industry here, travelling across the region might not come up as easy as the rest of India. The North East region comprise of eight states, all unique in its own way. Hence, a decent amount of homework is mandatory before jumping into any sort of backpacking plans across the region. We bring to you the 10 key things to be kept in mind before travelling to the north east.

  1. Eight states, a dozen races, hundred different ethnicities, thousand experiences and tons of memories. If you want your trip justified, please make sure you have enough time with you. Travelling in north east India is challenging and time consuming, hence a time budget is mandatory. If time is a major constraint, it is wise to focus on one particular region or area to explore. North East is a really big and diverse region. The distances are long and travelling is not very easy. Assam and Meghalaya are the easiest states to visit if the duration of the trip planned is small.

  2. Some states, especially Arunachal Pradesh, require special permits to visit. You need to carefully check the latest information about the permit and its procedure prior to setting off to the trip. There are different permit requirements for Indians and foreigners. Obtaining permits can be confusing, hence the easiest way out is to use a tour operator.

  3. It is anyway highly recommended to book a local tour operator. North East India is not so easy to visit independently. Considerable lack of easy transportation and hotels makes it difficult to travel independently. Also using a local tour operator helps to understand the culture of the region better.

  4. The best time to visit the North East is between October and April. Owning to the possibility of landslides during the monsoons, travelling can be very difficult and dangerous during that time. Also, in winters, the higher parts of the Himalayas can be pretty cold.

  5. Rains are incessant in the north east region. Also, the weather can get pretty cold during the night. Thus, it is advised to bring ample woolen clothes, along with gumboots, umbrellas and mosquito replants.
  6. The roads here are not smooth and straight. Except for the major cities and the state of Assam, the ride can be a bit bumpy. Thus, this is probably not the best trip if you get motion sickness.
  7. Do not be intimidated by the locales here. North Easterns are generally very shy in nature, but really helpful. Befriend as much locals as you can. This is the only way you can explore to the fullest, and is very gorge on some exquisite local home made wines and dines.
  8. Infrastructure in some places, especially in states like Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh is yet to be a luxury. Hotels are limited, and most are not linked to the internet. Thus, tour operator and the locals come handy yet again. Home stays are the best options for the best experience of awesome food and warm hospitality.
  9. Mobile networks and internet access and be quite in some interior places interior. If possible, please carry two SIM cards of different networks for better availability.
  10. Lastly, make sure you take time to enjoy the journey to your destination. North east can give you the best memories of road, so make the most of it. Enjoy the view, stop frequently, take photos of the hills, waterfalls and mist covered mountains, or the hilariously cute BRO road signs you’ll find in abundance. The cities aren’t complete without tranquil serenity of the outskirts.
  11. One bonus Point! Research research research. Research is the key. Place to stay, food to eat, mode of communication, permit, weather, history, everything. Research to the core, gather everything you need to know.

We hope this article was helpful to sort out your puzzles. With holidays round the corner, a trip to the north east can be a good celebration.

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Guwahati Theatre Festival- A Classical Milieu http://www.travelspeak.in/guwahati-theatre-festival-a-classical-milieu/ http://www.travelspeak.in/guwahati-theatre-festival-a-classical-milieu/#comments Tue, 20 Sep 2016 05:58:49 +0000 http://www.travelspeak.in/?p=1626 Last week, Guwahati premiered the first ever Guwahati Theatre Festival at ITA Machkhowa. It was a five day fair, from the 14th of September to the 18th which hosted several noted theatre personalities and actors like Saurabh shukla, Vinay Pathak, Rajat Kapoor and Kalki Koechlin. The theatre festival was premiered in collaboration with leading English […]

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Last week, Guwahati premiered the first ever Guwahati Theatre Festival at ITA Machkhowa. It was a five day fair, from the 14th of September to the 18th which hosted several noted theatre personalities and actors like Saurabh shukla, Vinay Pathak, Rajat Kapoor and Kalki Koechlin.

Theatre Festival

The theatre festival was premiered in collaboration with leading English weekly, G Plus, in association with Ballantine’s and Audi Guwahati. The theatre festival also witnessed actors like Neil Bhoopalam, Rajit Kapur, Vrajesh Hirjee, Anhint Kaur, Sadir Siddiqui, Dolly Thakore, Sherna Patel etc performing in different plays.

The event was inaugurated by Anand Prakash Tiwari, Managing Director of Assam State Transport Corporation by lighting the ceremonial along with Dr Asha Kuthari, Festival Director; Sumit Jain, Festival Chairman and Swapnil bharali, Editor, G Plus and Festival Advisor. The festival opened with the play Hamlet- The Crown Prince, directed by noted actor and director Rajat Kapoor, which was a comic take of the famous Shakespearean tragedy. In the course of the five days, the festival brought together premium plays like The Living Room, 2 to Tango 3 to Jive, The Vagina Monologues, The Truth of Womanhood and One on One- all from the leading theater production house of Mumbai.

Commenting on the choice of location for the theatre, Mr Tiwari said “The festival aim to showcase world class performance by leading theatre actors from Mumbai coupled with quality entertainment making it a prestigious landmark in the cultural landscape of Guwahati.”

Adding to it, Mr. Sumit Jain said “Through this festival, we aim to bring in celebrated personalities from the world of theatre to the city, most of who are visiting for the first time, so they can learn a lot about the state, its people and culture, thus becoming our ambassador for the state.” Asha Kuthari Chaudhuri, the Festival Director said “Along with the plays, this festival also promise to provide learning opportunities to the local youth through workshops and interactions that have been planned with the visiting experts in the field of performing arts.”

According to a press release, the festival aimed to showcase world class performances by leading theatre actors from Mumbai and provide quality entertainment to theatre lover here, making it a significant event among the cultural activities here, a press release stated.

Tough the entry was only through pass and tickets, the funfair witnessed a huge audience, almost 700 in number. The Theatre Festival was a huge success and a major breakthrough in the cultural milieu of the city, and is expected to bring a change in the outlook towards the region.

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The Ziro Music Festival, all you need to know! http://www.travelspeak.in/the-ziro-music-festival-all-you-need-to-know/ http://www.travelspeak.in/the-ziro-music-festival-all-you-need-to-know/#comments Fri, 16 Sep 2016 11:33:42 +0000 http://www.travelspeak.in/?p=1615 Starting from the 22nd of this month, the Ziro Music Festival is a four day funfair of eating, drinking and merrymaking. Located in a lofty height of 1550 mt. above the sea level, Ziro will be host to 30 wonderful artists and over a dozen individual artists for four days. This is the fourth edition […]

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Starting from the 22nd of this month, the Ziro Music Festival is a four day funfair of eating, drinking and merrymaking. Located in a lofty height of 1550 mt. above the sea level, Ziro will be host to 30 wonderful artists and over a dozen individual artists for four days. This is the fourth edition of India’s greatest outdoor Music festival after NH7 Weekender, Sunburn Festival and the Hornbill Festival.

Here, we bring to you all the what, when, how and where about the festival.

What?

The Ziro Music Festival is held every year in the month of September in Ziro, one of the oldest in Arunachal Pradesh. Located in a lofty height of 1550 mt., Ziro gives all the music lovers the perfect boost of food and fun. It is currently one of the biggest outdoor music festivals of India, in the likes of NH7 Weekender and the Sunburn Festival, Goa. Ziro Music Festival sees the culmination of more than 30 local and international bands and over a dozen individual artists.

This year, the major attraction of the events will be Madboy, Gramlines, No Strings Attached, Soulmate and Yesterdrive among many others.

When?

Stepping into its fourth year, the Ziro Music Festival is one of its kind and a memory worth creating. This year, the dates of the festival have been set from the 22nd of September to 26th of September.

How?

Ziro is well connected to Itanagar and Naharlagun, which are well connected to Guwahati and Tezpur. Though the nearest airport is Tezpur, but the flights to Tezpur are often cancelled without any reason. Hence, it is advisable for the visitors to fly till Guwahati and make the rest of the journey through road. the nearest railway station is Naharlagun, there is an overnight train from Guwahati to Nahalagun, which is just a four hour journey from Ziro. Direct buses to Ziro are available from Guwahati, Lakhimpur and Itanagar.

Important: All visitors, both Indian and foreigners are required to permits to enter the state. Indians are required to carry an inner line permit (ILP) while the foreigners would need a Protected Area Permit. Please consult the ministry of home affairs/external affairs well before the time for the same.

There will be a special Ziro Express running from Guwahati to Naharlagun on the 21st of September, which will back from the same place on the 26th. It includes

  • 3AC train ticket from Guwahati to Naharlagun and vice versa
  • Sumo ride from Naharlagun to Ziro.
  • Inner Line Permit for Indian nationals.

For tickets and tent bookings, visit: www.bookmyshow.comwww.zirofestival.com

What to expect?

Four days of extreme madness! It would not be an exaggeration to say that the music festival will mesmerize you to the extreme. Do not forget to gorge on the exotic local cuisine.

PS- Look out for women with facial tattoos. Please ask for permission before clicking pictures.

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North East India, a land less travelled until a few years back has suddenly become quite famed for its unique cuisine. This is definitely a pleasant news, and the credit indeed goes to the various food festivals and restaurateurs that are doing a tremendous job advertising North eastern cuisine to the rest of the world. Having said that, North East India doesn’t have just one (or a few) typical dish. The region is an epitome of vivid taste and aroma, that change every 100 meters. We here bring to the 10 most amazing and unique food of the region that you can surely try in your kitchen.

  1. Khar

    khar

    Khar is unique to Assam and is intrinsic to a typical Assamese meal. It is a liquid made of dried and brunt banana peels, preferably of a variety called Bhim Kol (Latudan Banana or Musa Sapientum). Boiled cooled water is filtered through the ashes of the peels. The water hence collected is called Khar. In its absence, baking soda can be an easy substitute (It however lacks the original musky flavor of khar.) The dishes prepared by using the black liquid are also called khar (based on the main ingredient.) The liquid can be added to a number of stews and vegetables- ranging from raw papayas to bottle gourd to fish to lentils. Mustard oil is a must have ingredient for this recipe.

  2. Maasor Petu Bhaat Bhaji

    Maasor Petu Bhaat Bhaji

    This literally translates to fish intestines fried with rice. Cringe not, this is one of the most exotic recipes of the Assamese people and definitely is a roller coaster ride of tingling taste for the die-hard fish lovers. It is made by deep frying cleaned and chopped fish intestines with onions, rice and chilies. As with khar, mustard oil is a must for this dish.

  3. Duck Meat with Ash Gourd (Haahor maankho kumura logot)

    Duck Meat with Ash Gourd

    The gravy of Patee hanh (Mallard Duck) with Kumura (Ash gourd) is the first choice for an authentic Assamese Thali. A white tender gourd is mandatory for this dish, along with black pepper and mustard oil. It is to be noted that any north eastern dishes, if cooked in anything other than mustard oil fails to bring out the essence of the dish. The most important step here is to burn the duck with the skin on a high flame. The thin layer of fat under the skin makes the meat very delicious.

  4. Pigeon with Banana Flower

    Pigeon with Banana Flower

    Pigeon meat is yet another delicacy of the Assamese people, who mostly cook it with koldil (Banana Flower). The most important part of this recipe is to cut the flower aptly, because of it has too many layers. Like any other typical Assamese meal, mustard oil and black pepper are a must for the preparation. At times, potatoes or papaya is added to the dish to make it denser.

  5. Iromba

    Iromba

    Iromba is a Manipuri dish made of boiled vegetables mashed together in a sauce of chilly paste and fermented fish called ngari. It is marked by its strong, pungent taste. It can also be prepared by using dried fish or dried prawns. Garnished with local herbs like spring onion, chameleon leaves, coriander, Vietnamese coriander etc. it can be served with plain rice. One can prepare this during any time of the day.

  6. Jadoh

    Jadoh

    Jadoh, or Khasi Pulao is the signature dish of Meghalaya. (Khasis are one of the predominant tribes of the state.) Jadoh is best served with fermented soyabean paste (Tungrymbai) and Dohneiiong (pork with sesame seeds). The only spice used is black pepper. Easy to cook, it is made by frying soaked rice (short variety) with onion, ginger paste and pork. Some claim authenticity to the dish by including pork blood to it, however, it is not mandatory. Jadoh is a complete meal in itself, but it can be complimented along with mashed potato as side dish.

  7. Tungtap (dried fish paste)

    Tungtap (dried fish paste)

    Tungtap is a dry version of the famous fish paste that is such an integral part of meals across the region. It is made of burnt onions, fresh green chilies and Raja Mirchi (ghost pepper). Tungtaps are traditionally fermented dried fish. One can also add Winged Prickly Ash, also known as Szechuan pepper to make the dish stronger. Added to this spicy mix is dried and charred fish which imparts a meaty chewy texture to this famous dish.

  8. Naga Smoked Pork

    Naga Smoked Pork

    Smoked pork is a universal synonym to the Naga cuisine today. Cooked in a hundred different ways, smoked pork is a master piece of aroma and taste, and definitely the true representative of Naga food and culture. The most famous smoked pork recipe is with Anishi (dried leaves of yam plant). Smoked pork is equally famous with Akuni (fermented soyabeans.) Smoked pork curry with bamboo shoots is widely eaten by people across the region.

  9. Maasor tenga

    Maasor Tenga

    Masor Tenga (Tangy Fish Curry) is a light and tangy dish, and is one of Assam’s signature preparations. It is dish made of deep fried fish with a souring agent, wherein potatoes are at times used to thicken the gravy. The key ingredient is the tenga, which is the souring agent lending the dish a tangy taste. Items like commonly available lemon, tomatoes, sour spinach to more exotic Elephant apple, Roselle leaves and Garcinia can be used to prepare this dish. It can be best enjoyed with plain rice on a hot summer day. The tangy taste soothes the stomach and helps in digestion.

  10. Daineiiong (Dal curry with black sesame seeds)

    Daineiiong

    It is a part of the Garo Khasi cuisine, the key ingredient being black sesame seeds. Here, boiled yellow lentils (preferably split red gram) is fried in mustard oil with a paste of roasted black sesame seeds. It has absolutely no added spices, except for ginger-garlic paste and chilies. One can add coriander leaves or bay leaves for better taste.
    Hope this was helpful in bringing a little ‘North Eastern’ taste to your plate.
    Bon appétit!

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Northeast India, one of the least explored regions in the country has many accolades to it which are yet to be known to the rest of the world. The unique geography culminating with the exciting mélange of different culture and tribe has made the region characteristic in many areas.

Here, we have listed a few of the many facts about Northeast India, which make it stand out in the crowd.

  1. World’s largest river island

    Majuli

    The largest river island in the world, Majuli is located in the Jorhat district of Assam. It is located in the mighty Brahmaputra, having an area total of around 1100 sq km.

  2. World’s smallest (inhabited) river island

    World smallest river island

    That’s right. Even the smallest (inhabited) river island in the world, Umananda is located in Assam. Also known as the “Peacock Island”, Umanada is a 20 minute ride from Guwahati.

  3. Largest monastery in India (and the second largest in the world)

    Largest monastery in India

    Tawang, best known for its exquisite scenic beauty, houses the largest Buddhist monastery in India and the second largest in the world, after the Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet.

  4. Longest bridge in India

    Longest bridge in India

    The Dhola-Sadiya bridge, which is scheduled to become operational by October 2016, will be longest bridge in India, measuring 9.15 kilometers. It spans over the river Brahmaputra, connecting the states of Assam and Arunachal.

  5. Only floating lake in the world

    Loktak Lake Manipur

    Loktak Lake, the only floating lake in the world and the largest fresh water lake in the northeast India is located near Moirang in Manipur. The lake is covered in heterogeneous mass of vegetation and organic mass known as Phumdis.

  6. Only floating national park in the world

    Only floating national park

    The Loktak Lake houses Keibul Lamjao- the only floating national park in the world. It measures around 40 km sq (approx) and is only home to the brow-antlered deer or Sangai, also known as the dancing beer.

  7. Only root bridge in the world

    Mawlynlong Meghalaya

    Meghalaya is the only state in the world to have living root tree bridges. These are hand made from aerial roots of Rubber trees by the Khasi people. Stick, stones and other objects are used to stabilize the bridge. The lifespan of a living root bridge is uncertain, but under ideal conditions, they last for many hundreds of years.

  8. World’s oldest (working) refinery

    World Oldest Refinery

    Digboi, a town in the Tinsukia district of Assam has the oldest working oil refinery in the world. The first oil well in Assam was drilled here and the refinery was started in 1901, hence it is the known as the Oil City of Assam.

  9. Only producer of Golden (Muga) silk in the world

    Golden silk

    Muga Silk, one of the three types of Assam Silk, is produced exclusively in Assam. The silk has a natural yellowish-golden tint with a shimmering glossy texture. It is produced form Assam Silkmoth, also known as Antheraea Assamensis, endemic to the Brahmaputra Valley of Assam.

  10. Arunachal Pradesh-the orchid state of India

    Arunachal Pradesh the orchid state of India

    Out of about 900 species of orchids in India, around 660 are found in the easternmost state of Arunachal Pradesh. Amongst them, around 150 are ornamentally and commercially important.

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25 best places to stay in North East India http://www.travelspeak.in/25-best-places-to-stay-in-north-east-india/ http://www.travelspeak.in/25-best-places-to-stay-in-north-east-india/#comments Thu, 14 Jul 2016 13:13:35 +0000 http://www.travelspeak.in/?p=1460 One major issue regarding vacationing in the north east India is finding a decent hotel to crash in. With the tourism industry yet to boom, many hotels and in-house stays are either over-priced or under-maintained. To cease the worry, we have listed here twenty of the best hotels spread across the seven states of the […]

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One major issue regarding vacationing in the north east India is finding a decent hotel to crash in. With the tourism industry yet to boom, many hotels and in-house stays are either over-priced or under-maintained.

To cease the worry, we have listed here twenty of the best hotels spread across the seven states of the region. A stay in any one of these will definitely give a true essence of the region, and make your vacation a memorable one.

1. Abasa Home-stay, Ziro, Arunachal Pradesh

Abasa home stay  Ziro Arunachal Pradesh

The rice bowl of Arunachal Pradesh, Ziro is famous for its beautiful home-stays. Staying with an Apatani (the local tribe of Ziro) and getting a glimpse of their laid back life is quite an experience in itself. The owners of Abasa home-stay have their own farmland where they grow various fruits and vegetables like kiwi, tomatoes and even rice. Visitors are always welcome to give the owners a hand in the kitchen garden. The rooms are cozy, clean and comfortable, albeit a bit smaller. The food is homely and absolutely delicious.

Email id: abasahomestay@gmail.com

Rates: Starting from Rs. 1000 for doubles.

2. Dolma Khangsar Guest House, Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh

Dolma Khangsar Guest House

On your next visit to this exotic snow clad town of Arunachal Pradesh, make it a point to stay in this beautiful little house. It is in a distance of 2kms from the main town and gives a complete view of the snow covered Tawang valley downhill. It is a family run property, hence not very fancy, but has all the basic amenities like room heaters, running hot and cold water, TVs and parking space.

Website: www.dolmahotels.com

Rates: Doubles start from Rs. 1,750

3. Diphlu River Lodge, Kaziranga, Assam

Diphlu-River-Lodge,-Kaziran

Surrounded by paddy fields, the Diphu River Lodge is located in the banks of river Diphu. The Kaziranga National park is visible from here in a distance. The lodge has a set of wooden, thatched-roof cottages giving it a very wild look. Tourist can go on river cruise, riverside picnics or take a stroll in the Kaziranga. Dolphins and elephants are commonly spotted here. The lodge also has a exotic stilts restaurant named the machan. Evening tea time here is almost a perfection.

Website: www.diphluriverlodge.com

Rates: Double room starts for Rs 8,590

4. Wild Grass Lodge, Kaziranga, Assam

Wild Grass Lodge, Kaziranga

This lodge is surrounded by almost forty different varieties of tress, and hundred species of shrubs and other plants, giving it almost the look of a jungle. Located right by the side of the national park, it is best for the tourists who visit the park. They arrange morning and evening safaris for the guests. The best thing about the lodge is the endless cup of tea that it serves.

Contact: 09954416945

Rates: Doubles starting from Rs. 2,450

5. Mathanguri Forest Lodge, Manas National Park, Assam

Mathanguri Forest Lodge, Ma

Mathanguri, located centrally in the Manas National Park will give you the feeling of being in a forest. Home to tigers, elephants and a wide range of wild animals, waking up their voics is but natural here. One can see the mountains of Bhutan from here, and hear the gurgling sound of the Manas river below. Though the lodge is not very exotic, it definitely is a very comfortable place to stay.

Contact: 09954416945

Rates: Doubles starting from Rs. 2,450

6. Wild Mahseer Lodge, Tezpur, Assam

Wild Mahseer Lodge Tezpur,

Mahseer lodge is located in the Addabarie Tea Estate of Balipara, an hour’s distance from Tezpur. This 19th century boutique has been turned into a lodge, and thus it has a vital European touch to it. Different rooms of the lodge are named after different flavors of tea available in Assam. Time here has stood still, and one can actually feel the vibe of living like a colonial tea planter here. Bird-watching, elephant riding, jungle safari etc are some of the activities tourist can indulge into.

Website: www.wildmahseer.com

Rates: double rooms start from Rs. 8,600

7. Radisson Blu, Guwahati, Assam

Radisson Blu, Guwahati, Assam

The name says it all. The first five star hotel in Guwahati, and in the North East, Radisson Blu has definitely lived up to its expectations. It has been giving top notch five star facility to its visitors and one of the best luxurious stays of the state. Conveniently close to the airport and the railway station, Radisson blue has all the extravagant facilities like pool, beauty spa, salon, conference and event space etc.

Website: www.radissonblu.com/en/hotel-guwahati

Rates: Double rooms start from Rs. 7000

8. Vivanta by Taj, Guwahati, Assam

Vivanta by Taj, Guwahati, Assam

The five acre property owned by the Taj Group is the latest addition to the luxury hotel brand in Guwahati. Vivanta by Taj has 150 rooms in total, divided into suites of varied range. This expensive venture has a lovely ethnic Assamese touch to its décor and environment. The main pavilion resembles the famous kamakhya temple of the city, which makes it stand out in the crowd. The all day restaurant, Seven is a tribute to all the seven states of the north east region and aptly display the skill of the local craftsmen. With exotic facilities like spa, conference room and meeting space, vivanta is an ideal stay.

Website: www.vivanta.tajhotels.com/en-in/guwahati-assam/

Rates: Double rooms starts from Rs. 8,500

9. Thengal Manor, Jorhat, Assam

Thengal Manor, Jorhat, Assam

The Thengal Manor in Jorhat was built by the pioneer tea planter Raibahadur Siba Prasad Barooah in 1929. It has been turned into a heritage hotel by the Barooah family now, and is one of the most luxurious private properties of Assam. It has amazing play space for children, offering board games, swimming pools etc for both kids and adults.

Website: www.heritagetourismindia.com

Park: Double rooms start from Rs. 7,500

10. Hotel Classic Grand, Imphal, Manipur

Hotel Classic Grand, Imphal

This is a fairly new hotel, and thus has a very ultra modern touch to it. It has 171 extremely well spacious rooms, sorted into suited based on price range cited. Absolutely modern in needs, Hotel Classic has rooms to hold conferences and events, spa, salon and a 24 hour fitness centre. The dining options here are fabulous, with many multicuisine cafes and restaurants. Café Grande is one of the most hopped one, wich has a vodka lounge and a karaoke bar.

Website: www.classicgrand.com

Rates: Double rooms starting from Rs. 3,575

11. The Classic Hotel, Imphal

The Classic Hotel, Imphal

The best thing about the Classic hotel is its comfortable central location. The rooms here are spacious, clean and almost resemble the presidential suites of big hotels. 24 hour room service, free wi-fi, space for board meetings and conferences are the other perks of the hotel. While the Classic café is multi-cuisine and has an alfresco seating, the Rita Café is more informal.

Website: www.theclassichotel.in

Rates: Double Room Starts from Rs. 2,540

12. Aerodene Cottage, Shillong, Meghalaya

Aerodene Cottage, Shillong,

This 66 year elegant antique looking Assam type cottage is located in the heart of Shiilong. It is an intimate B&B, which has five spacious well-equipped rooms, with facilities like wi-fi, room heaters, TV, laundry sevices, airport pick-up and drop services from and to Guwahati , tour guides etc. The cottage has been renovated, which gives it polished clean look. The local garden here is home to a variety of fruit trees, multiplying the beauty of the surrounding.

Website: www.aerodene.in

Rates: Rs. 3,400 for double rooms.

13. Ri Kynjai, Borapani, Meghalaya

Ri Kynjai, Borapani, Meghal

Literally translating to ‘serenity by the lake’ in the local language, this exotic resort is in close proximity to the Borapani Lake in the Ri Bhoi district of Meghalaya. It is in a distance of about 35 kms from Shillong, and a perfect abode combining modern comfort with traditional practices. Pinewood flooring, ethnic looking fireplaces and thatched roofs, Ri kynjai will definitely kindle the senses in you. There is a Khasi Herbal spa, a restaurant service all sorts of local cuisine and a bar as well. In all, Ri Kynjai is the perfect place to enjoy the serenity of the Borapani lake.

Website: www.rikynjai.com

Rates: Double rooms start from Rs. 8,000

14. Cherrapunji Holiday Resort, Laitkynsew, Cherrapunji

Cherrapunji Holiday Resort,

Cherrapunji is probably the most beautiful place in Meghalaya. If you are looking for a serene place to crash by in your next visit here, Cherrapunji Holiday resort is the best pick you can have. It is a family run resort, a home away from home. There are no extravagant facilities like TV or ACs in the rooms, but one seldom feels the need. A day in Cherrapunji Holiday Resort gives the real sense of a vacation.

Website: www.cherrapunji.com

Rates: Double rooms start from Rs. 4000

15. Hotel Pinewood, Shillong

Hotel Pinewood, Shillong

This eight-acre property located beside the Ward’s lake is run by the Meghalaya Tourism Development Corporation. It has 40 rooms in all, which are all done with extreme finesse. Burma teak paneling, bright furnishings and warm light beautify the hotel. The hotel also has space for board room meetings, a gym, games room and a cyber café. The cellar here has a stock of different spirits and the inhouse multicuisine restaurant is quite a treat in itself.

Rates: Rs. 7,353 – Rs. 8,095 for a standard double room.

16. The Centre Point, Shillong

The Centre Point Shillong

The Centre Point in located in the heart of the city, which makes it one of the most crowded hotels in Shillong. Situated centrally in the main market area of Police Bazaar, Central Point has 31 comfortable, beautifully made rooms, all of which has lovely view of the surrounding mountains. Cloud 9, the rooftop nightclub is the major attraction. When the clock strikes 9 in the night, the town throbs with the sounds of DJs. The Pan-Asian fare at the club’s resto-lounge, Sky Asia is simply excellent.

Website: www.shillongcentrepoint.com

Rates: Rs. 8000 for double rooms

17. The Eee Cee Hotel, Shillong

The Eee Cee Hotel Shillong

Located in the Police Bazaar, the Eee Cee hotel is a good choice for the one who are on a budget trip. This isn’t a very posh place, but its comfort is a major attraction. The floors are made of wood which give the hotel a very ethnic look. The inhouse multi cuisine restaurant serves delicious local food. The service is helpful and friendly.

Website: www.ecshillong.com

Rates: Double rooms start from Rs. 2000

18. Royal Heritage Tripura Castle, Shillong

Royal Heritage Tripura Cast
This hotel was once the summer home of Tripura’s Manikya Dynasty. It is a beautiful private property with exquisitely done up rooms, wooden floors and carved bamboo and cane furniture. The rice Court, the In-house restaurant serves delicious Chinese and local Khasi delicacies. The Café Shillong Heritage has both indoor and alfresco seating and offers pan-Asian, Mediterranean and local dishes along with wine.

Website: www.tripuracastle.com

Rates: Double rooms start at Rs. 10000

19. Hotel Regency, Aizawl, Mizoram

Hotel Regency Aizawl Mizora

It is one of the very few hotels which uses unconventional source of energy to combat the growing menace of carbon infusion in the environment. Hence, it runs water heaters and ACs on solar energy. All the 50 rooms are cozy and comfortable and have great views of the city and the mountains surrounding it. It has place for board room meetings and intimate events. The in-house restaurant serves a wide range of cuisines like Indian, Chinese and European.

Website: www.regencyaizawl.com

Rates: Rs. 1800 for single rooms, Rs. 3600 for double rooms.

20. Hotel Sonar Tori, Agartala

Hotel Sonar Tori Agartala

This is the probably the most luxurious stay in the city. Located in the centre of the city, this hotel has well appointed rooms and suites, and space for meetings and conferences. The in-house multicuisine restaurant has a cheerful décor and serves some world class food, the Bengali fare being a major specialty. Additional facilities include free wi-fi and guides for city tour.

Contact: 0381-2311007

21. Ginger Hotel, Agartala

Ginger Hotel Agartala

Ginger is well known chain of hotels, and this one in Agartala has been its first ever venture in North East India. It is definitely a clean, comfortable and affordable place to stay in. Facilities like wi-fi, gym, TVs and multi-cuisine in-house restaurants are the available along with friendly and efficient service.

Contact: 0381-2411333

22. De Oriental Grand, Kohima

De Oriental Grand Kohima

Best chosen for its central location, De Oriental Grand is mostly chosen for work trips and board meetings. Its boardroom, called the Grey Suit, is spacious and done with décor best for professional meetings. Butler service is available. The Café BINN is more cheerful and good for a casual meet. The service here is well known to be warm and friendly.

Website: www.deorientalgrand.com

23. The Konyak Tea Retreat, Shiyong, Nagaland

The Konyak Tea Retreat Shiy

If you ever dreamt of plucking fruits directly from the tree, or milking cows and goats in the farm, the Konyak Tea Retreat is definitely the best place for your stay. One of the most famous homestays in the north east india, Konyak Tea Retreat is a 250 acre active plantation area, owned privately. A wide range of fruits and vegetables and a number of animals are there in the farm. The house is stone walled and has two bedrooms, a guest room and a kitchen. It is one of those few places where you can be entirely at peace.

Email: phejin@gmail.com

Rates: Double rooms start from Rs. 2,500

24. Hotel Florida, Aizawl

Hotel Florida Aizawl

It is a 33 bed hotel in the centre of the city, with facilities like free wi-fi, 24 hours in-room dining service and a well managed concierge desk. The rooms are spacious and well equipped with TVs, ACs and water heaters; and give a beautiful view of the hills surrounding the city. The Presidential Suite has a Jacuzzi, which is the most attractive thing about the hotel. The in-house multi-cuisine restaurant serves delicacies from all round and local items as well.

25. David’s Hotel Clover, Aizawl

Davids Hotel Clover Aizawl

David’s clover is sort of in-house stay, run by David and his sister Dolly. They make you feel so much at home that you would not need a tourist guide or a shopping guide. The menu of the in-house restaurant mainly focuses on Chinese, but one can always get the local delicacies made, as David and Dolly makes sure that the visitors can get to eat whatever they want to. It is not very luxurious, but the location is central and the ambience welcoming.

Email: hotelclover@gmail.com

Rates: Rs. 1500 for double bedrooms.

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