Aberdeen, Shetland and Inverness

Shetland is an island archipelago between UK and Faroe island in Norway. There is a cluster of 100 islands only 16 of which are populated.ย  So it was a long journey from mainland UK. Day 1: London - Abardeen This was long day started at morning in Hemel Hempstead. We had to travel all the way Kings Cross and then take the train Abardeen. It`s one of the longest train journey in UK ( longest one is ย Aberdeen to Penzance) of more than 7 hour . We reached Abardeen in late afternoon…

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Khirai – Valley of flowers

๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ Khirai, a sleepy station next to Panskura Junction is known as Bengal Valley of flowers. Though most of flower cultivation happens few miles down near Dokanda village at lower reaches of Kansai river. A nice day-out . It was sad to see that some farmers were destroying their own corps . Spoke to one and he told me that even the cost of transportation is more then what it would fetch in wholesale market.

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Tallin in 3 days

๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ช Mid March 2020, Wuhan probably the most well known place is the world, countries are cities are coming to grinding halt , and it is in that condition we decided to travel Estonia. Tallin, the capital of Estonia located on the shore of Baltic Sea. The old town Kesklinn is an Unesco World heritage site and one of the best preserved medieval city in Europe. We reached Tallin pretty late in evening . Luckily drive from airport was only about 5 mile. Next day after breakfast we left for a walking…

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Chitagong & Coxbazar

๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฉ ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฉ ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฉ It was a sunny and warm late December afternoon when I landed Chitagong international airport. The plan was to stay 4 days here before flying off to Dhaka. My hotel was near Chawk Bazar which was quite far from Airport. Chitagong itself is a very overcrowded and dusty (during dry season) city , but it is a great base to cover some of Chitagong hill tract districts, specially Rangamati and Bandarban. Unfortunately foreigners require special permit to visit tribal areas and I did not have time for this bureaucratic…

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ลฝabljak and Durmitor National Park

... Continued from Kotor and Budhva Zabljak is a small town in northern Montenegro with a population of less than 2000. We left Kotor mid day . Bus journey itself was about 4.5 hours. Our hotel was just 5 min walk from the bus stop. The town is in the center of the Durmitor mountain region and the highest town in Balkan. We spent the rest of the day walking around and had a nice dinner in the evening. Next morning my first destination was Black lake inside Durmitor national park. This…

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Kotor and Budhva

๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ชย ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ชย ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ช ... continued fromย Bar Day 1 Our next stop was Kotor which is about 70 Km from Bar. It passes through Budhva, Petrovac , Sutomore and Tivat. Tivat is the only other international airport in Montenegro other than Podogracia. We arrived just at noon . We booked our stay close to the old town and it was a very short taxi ride from the bus station. This is one of best preserved medieval towns in Adriatic coast and an UNESCO world heritage site After checking in our accommodation , first thing was…

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๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ชย ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ชย ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ช ... continued fromย "Train from Belgrade to Bar" Train journey was quite long and we reached bar at about 8 in the morning. Bar is pretty little touristic town with Mediterranean climate. This town was inhabited from ancient times. There are findings from Neolithic era. Old part of the town (Stari Bar) still has the remains of the fortress which is a great landmark of Byzantine empire. The city was largely destroyed in WW II an since rebuilt. It was again destroyed completely in an earthquake in 1979 and then again rebuilt.…

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Train from Belgrade to Bar

๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ชย ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ชย ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ช The journey from Belgrade to Bar is one of the most spectacular train journeys in Europe.ย It's a marvel of engineering, with 254 tunnels and 435 bridges on the 296-mile journey from the Serbian capital to the Adriatic coast,ย Construction of the line started in the 1950s but only completed in 1976, opened by President Tito himself. The central station in Belgrade is permanently closed on July 2018 and the trains are departing from Topcider. I had problem in finding Topcider station initially, took Tram No 4 to wrong direction. After former Yugoslovia…

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๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ธย ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ธย ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ธ So , It was little messed up even before it started ; I booked the trip for 4 but Anwesha decided not to come. So it was just me and my mother. My flight from Luton by Wizz air was bang on time. As usual I had to convince them that I am allowed to flight without visa. I arrived Belgrade at 1 am and then finally reached to my apartment at 2. Next day we left in the morning to Beograd central station to collect my reservation ticket. Beograd central…

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๐ŸฅšEaster break … St. Briavels and Wye valley

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡งย ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡งย ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง This was one rare exception where I just booked the stay but did not plan anything, hoping others will do it. Nevertheless we arrived very late at Chepstow because lots of planned engineering work was going on M4. Weather was terrible on Friday , it was drizzling all the day. We checked-in at 5.30 and there was nothing else to do for that day. It is not everyday you can stay in a castle that too without breaking the bank. YHA did a fabulous job to maintain and renovate the castle…

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