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The Heritage Toy Train Journey - Childhood Memoir

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I wonder if it is natural to be nostalgic! Or is it due to the mental and emotional exhaustion invoked in us due to Covid -19 and its consequences? Do you also feel nostalgic at times! If yes, kindly share your moments of nostalgia in the comment box. One such nostalgic moment evoked by Ruskin Bond's book 'The Great Train journey' inspired me to write this blog. You must be wondering how! To explain this, let me take you to my childhood memories. I was born and brought up in the same small town Kalka which Ruskin Bond has beautifully mentioned in his book. Not only this, he also talked about the Toy Train, which happened to be the first train that I also ever saw.  Still confused! Let me explain further.  It was nostalgic because I also saw the train for the first time on the narrow gauge of the Kalka Shimla track that happens to pass just behind my house. I got excited every time the train blew its whistle. Waving to the passengers sitting at the window seat was a routine

How to visit 15 incredible places in Jaipur in just three days ?

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Would you like to revisit a tourist site? If yes, why? Please write your reason in the comment box. I revisited Jaipur in the first week of April this year, and this was my third visit to Jaipur. There were a few reasons why I chose the same tourist place. One primary reason was that this was my only opportunity to go on a vacation, and Thank God I availed this opportunity because immediately after we returned, the covid-19 surged again.  During this visit, I revived old memories and also hit new sites that were not very popular.  With the hope that you remember my previous blog on Jaipur City, I am writing only about new places. To read my previous blog CLICK HERE Hawa Mahal Albert Museum Chokhi Dhani City Palace City Palace from Jantar Mantar Jaigarh Fort Jai Singh II built the Jaigarh fort in 1726 to protect the Amer Fort and its palace. The fort is named after Jai Singh. The fort is famous for a cannon named Jaivana, which was manufactured in the fort and was then the world's l

18 Simple Travel Safety Tips Everyone Should Know

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Hi Friend, I know you are waiting for my blog on places worth visiting near Norbulingka. But since all the states have unlocked their borders for visitors after COVID 19, I thought of writing on travel safety tips, so that I can help those who have apprehensions in travelling. Travelling to new places expands our horizon and adds fond memories, but if we are not careful, they can turn into harrowing memories. Few prospective risks while travelling are: Health Risks - Sometimes the change in terrain, weather and even water leads to health problems like upset stomach, vomiting, diarrhoea etc. And in present scenario catching COVID virus can be the biggest risk. Theft - Theft of documents like passport, money and valuables can be distressing. Scamming - Scam in places where the language and culture of the people are different is commonly prevalent. Natural Calamities - Hills are vulnerable to Natural calamities in particular seasons like landslides, cloud bursts, flash floods etc. in

Norbulinka Institute, Dharamshala

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Hello friends, today I am writing about a beautiful institution near Dharamshala- Norbulingka. Situated in foothills of Dhauladhar range, Norbulingka not only gives you knowledge about Tibetan culture but the architecture of the institution, its greenery, water flowing in the middle of the garden and prayer flags fluttering above your heads are treat to eyes. The brightly colored ambience of the institution is perfect for photography. I chose to write about Norbulingka because I think not many people who visit Dharamshala or Mcleodganj know about this institution. Norbulingka means 'Jeweled Park'. In 1755, Norbulingka was built in Lhasa, Tibet. It was the traditional summer residence of Dalai Lamas from 1780s onwards until the 14th Dalai Lama came to India on exile in 1959. It served as an administrative and religious center. It is a unique representation of Tibetan palace architecture.  After 1959 Tibetan uprising there was an influx of Tibetan refugees in India, who followed