Hiking in northern Albania

๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฑ ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฑ ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฑ Albania is a diverse country . While southern part has sunnyย  coast lines, north Albania has vistas liberally scattered with deep river valleys, alpine lakes and national parks, the towering limestone gorges of the Accursed Mountains, or Albanian Alps. Day 1 I reached Tirana airport in the morning. The Shuttle from Airport took me to my hotel which is not very far from the Citi centre . Spent the rest of the walking around city. Day 2 In the morning again I roamed around . I tried Byrek (Traditional…

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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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Slovenia : Hiking around Kranjska Gora

๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฎ ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฎ ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Sept 2020. Lot of countries in Europe were either in lockdown mode or not encouraging foreign travellers . However in Italy first wave had just receded and Slovenia was still open for UK residents. Amid those uncertainties I decided to travel in Slovenia . My flight was in the morning to Venice. Robin who was travelling in a campervan picked me up from airport. It was about 5 hour drive to hotel ลกpik at Kranjska Gora. We spent afternoon walking nearby around the hotel and with a great dinner…

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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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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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Hertfordshire rolling hills

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง We started off at Hitchin - a picturesque town with a medieval layout and traditional cobbled streets. From there, we proceeded towards Oughtonhead Common - a tranquil nature reserve home to numerous bird species, a little stream and a small waterfall. Continuing on the Icknield Way Trail, we reached the ancient village of Pirton, known for its medieval architecture and we pass High Down House - a stunning Grade I listed building. Through shady woods and lush rolling hills we reached the Pegsdon Hill and Hoo Bit Nature Reserve. Considered one…

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Seven Sisters coastal – The Chalk Cliffs of Sussex

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง This hike treated us with many iconic views and fresh sea air high up on the cliffs. The Seven Sisters are a series of white chalk cliffs and are set within the Seven Sisters Country Park. They are remnants of dry valleys in the South Downs and were formed at the end of the last ice age by glacial meltwater. There are in fact now eight sisters as an extra one has been created by coastal erosion. Our hike started in the coastal town of Seaford which is home to a…

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