Tenerife and Madrid in 10 days

Everyone loves cheap deals but this one was rediculasly cheap to be true. A fully equipped 1 bed apartment in a popular sea side resort for just $150 for 3 that too for a full week.ย  I was not sure if I am getting into a scam and then we rescheduled two time times due to covid restrictions . So finally in Feb 2022 we were off for Tenerife and Madrid . Day 1 My flight from Luton took off early morning and we checked in Pearly Greay ocean resort by 12.ย …

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Puri

Puri was on cards for a long time. So this December when I was in India , I decided to finally go for it. I started in the evening by Howrah - Puri Supefast express. In spite of booking ticket in 2nd AC 1 month in advance, I only got RAC. Nevertheless , We reached Puri hotel in the morning. I booked the hotel through OYO platform but thr hotel did not honur the booking so ended up paying it again. It took months for me to get my money back. Day…

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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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Isle of Wight

So finally its time for a relaxing family holiday. Getting to Isle of White is starightforward . There are mainly three Ferries from UK mainland, Southhampton - East Cowes, Portsmouth - Fishbourne and Lymington - Yarmouth. We took train to Southhampton and then the Ferry to East Cowes. From East Cowes we took bus to Sandown beach . The place we were staying is inside a holiday park and pretty close to beach .   We were staying there for 3 nights. I went for an afternoon stroll in and around the…

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Annapurna base camp

๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ต ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ต ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ต Trekking in Nepal was always a dream . Nepal is a tiny country, which has 8 out of 14 8000M peaks in the world. However I was not considering trekking in Nepal.ย  My original plane was to travel in India and spend some days in Uttarakhand / Himachal , but my cheap return ticket from LOT air has been cancelled and tickets to India were very costly. So I bought a ticket to Kathmandu instead. Annapurna base camp trek is probably the only trek with all the glamour and…

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Abu Dhabi in 3 days

๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ช Visiting Abu Dhabi was not in cards but the offer from Etihad was tempting , they were offering free stay for 2 nightsย  in 5 star hotel. I was on my way to India anyway, so it was a good deal. I arrived at the airport around mid day . Immigration barrier was mostly automated and getting a local SIM in airport was easy. I took a bus from airport to now defunct city terminal and then took a cab to my hotel. Day 1 Today I reached the hotel and…

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Eridge Circular – ancient Rock formations and Manor Houses

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง   We started off in the idyllic village of Eridge, nestled in the northern borderlands of East Sussex next to Kent. Following the picturesque views across the Kent and Sussex countryside. Our trail revealed and abundance of lush countryside demonstrating why Kent is known as the Garden of England. Bright and open woodlands including Broadwater forest are home to abundant wildlife. We then hiked to the impressive Harrisonโ€™s rocks - a collection of rock outcrops that date back about 135 million years but that owe their dramatic and striking…

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Eden Valley – Garden of England. Ancient woodlands and medieval landscapes

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง We started off in Tonbridge village, with its idyllic manors and picture postcard castle. As we reach Haysden Country Park, our hike opens up to the breath-taking greens across parkland, woodlands, open fields and low hills. The High Weald is considered to be one of the best surviving medieval landscapes in Northern Europe. The area boasts the highest proportion of ancient woodland in the country and is one of the most densely wooded landscapes in Britain. Following a sunken lane, we start treading in the steps of Saxon drovers.…

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Murshidabad … Beginning of colonial era for 200 years

๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ The year is pretty unique in many ways . Corona , national lockdown ,travel chaos and daily changing travel rules all these make travel extremely difficult . Still on 12th Dec after lockdown was briefly lifted I decided to travel to India as planned . After spending few weeks at home and binging on biryanis , I decided to travel somewhere.ย  ย Murshidabad was a good option so I booked a ticket to from Kolkata station on a Friday morning. The journey was comfortable for about 4 hours . I…

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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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