List of Best Travel Companies That Will Make Your Travel Comfortable

When it comes to traveling, we look for sources which can ease off our traveling process starting from flight booking, hotel booking, destinations, etc.  With the growth of online travel booking sites, the travel industry is continuing to grow rapidly.

Online travel booking has positively changed the traditional travel industry. Travelers want the hassle-free and well-planned journey. The modern travel industry has now opened several options to their customers right at the fingertips. Through online booking sites, they can search for the best deal in hotels and flight booking. No longer you will have to look for a travel agent who will take care of all your reservations. The best part is you can make bookings all by yourself as per your choice.

Travel companies like Expedia, MakeMyTrip, Goibibo, TCS World Travel and several others through their travel websites offer accommodation options providing detail information like price, features, benefits, recommendation which eventually help you to choose the best.

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These travel companies also have made a secure payment method through online. You can pay from anywhere you want the only thing needed is your verified bank account.

For an apparent reason, each company is competing against the other. Hence, trying to provide maximum frequent discounts, last minute booking deals, special festival cash back. All these to attract more customers/travelers.

Through this article, I will provide a list of best travel companies that have brought a significant change in the travel industry.

  • Expedia

The American Travel Technology Company offers to book for flights, hotels, vacation rental, cruises, etc on best deals. They help to coordinate everything.

Expedia also owns Orbitz, Travelocity, Trivago, CarRentals.com, Expedia CruiseShipCentre, Hotwire.com, Cheap Tickets. Till now the company is at its peak continues to grow its revenue. Expedia has raised its revenue by 15% in 2017. As per the report, the dominant factor for the company’s revenue comes from the advertising and hotel bookings. Not only this, if you have a membership, you can earn reward points for discounts applicable to online reservations.

  • Priceline Group

Owns Booking.com, a website which is the leader of all online hotel booking. Priceline Group had paid around $135m to buy the famous Booking.com which is one of the reasons for Priceline’s success. The company is heavily dependent on Booking.com for its growth.

Priceline’s marketing strategy is focused on metasearch and affiliate marketing.  It is the world’s largest online marketing advertiser in the travel industry.  TripAdvisor and Expedia are the two biggest competitors of Priceline Group.

  • TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor features everything hotels, motels, restaurants, tours, things to see, other activities. It took 14 years, to succeed and now it has become the most popular referral point for travelers before they plan for a trip. It is also a review website, where travelers put their opinions on different aspects of their holiday experience or about food or hotel which eventually helps other travelers. In the travel industry, TripAdvisor is the leader who is aiming to provide a list on every hotel, restaurants, other travel related information in the world.

They have also launch TripAdvisor app for more accessibility.

  • MakeMyTrip

With more people started booking their travel themselves, the online travel industry began to boom. MyMakeTrip provides travelers with the opportunity of online booking at a cutting-edge cost. There are other companies too that have started the trend of online booking, but In India, MakeMyTrip is one of the first among others to achieve success in this platform.

  • Airbnb

Airbnb followed the same online accommodation booking system but with a twist. Here, people can rent out their properties or rooms to guests. The purpose of Airbnb is to provide the travelers with an option to stay with the locals to make their traveling meaningful. It also gives a fair opportunity to the people to earn a share.

You will have an option for one room or two rooms or even a bungalow if you want. Airbnb is a review based, so you need to see the review first before booking. In India, it is still growing, but in the USA and Europe, Airbnb is quite popular among travelers.

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  • Cox & King

Cox & King is one of the oldest established travel company. It has operations in 22 countries around the globe. In the travel and tourism industry, it carries a good reputation. They are expert in all forms of travel includes corporate travel, private travel, sponsored travel, educational travel and tours for senior citizens. They also have launched tours for disabled travelers which is hugely supportive and well-managed.

  • TCS World Travel

TCS World Travel is a private jet luxury journey which is focused on providing worry-free travel experiences to their high-end travelers. They are designed to intensify the luxury travel to a next level.

  • Walt Disney Travel Company

The Walt Disney Travel Company is a part of the Disney family, which focuses on to provide the first-class service to their customers. They also include the Disney Cruise Line, a Disney dreamland where everyone desires to go. They offer magical deals and entertainment. They also provide Disney Cruise package which covers the flight and hotel expenses.

They help the travelers to book tickets and reservations for the Walt Disney Parks and Resorts around the world.

  • Asia Transpacific Journey

Asia Transpacific Journey was awarded the world’s most knowledgeable and travel enthusiast agency. They try to offer the best tour services to their prestigious customers.

They offer group trips to some amazing places like Laos & Thailand and other Asian countries too.

Online travel industry/agencies are growing fast. They do offer a great opportunity to the hotels, restaurants and airlines industry to provide easy and secure booking service to the customers/travelers. But with the upcoming advanced technology, these companies might face some serious challenges.

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Facts You Should Know About the Statue of Unity in India

The 182-meter-high gigantic ‘Statue of Unity‘ is a tribute to the country’s first Home Minister ‘Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.’ He was known as the ‘Ironman’ of India. His contribution to independent India is noteworthy.

Size

It is believed to be the world’s tallest monument now leaving behind China’s ‘Spring Temple Buddha Statue‘ and the renowned ‘Statue of Liberty‘. It is 29 meters taller than the Spring Temple Buddha Statue and almost 93 meters taller than the Statue of Liberty in New York.

Location

The statue is located at the Sadhu Bet Island on the Narmada river, between Satpura and the Vindhya mountain ranges in Surat. You could imagine the scenic view from the description of the location.

Now, to pay respect to the great legend, our honorable Prime Minister has chosen the date of the inauguration on the 143-birth anniversary of Sardar Patel.

It is indeed a massive project, and it is said that it took a whopping amount of around Rs 2,989 crores to complete the project. That’s a considerable amount.

This prestigious project was given to the Turner Construction and the Larsen and Turbo company. They have done an incredible job.

Things to see

Apart from the statue, there is a museum and an exhibition hall that has been constructed inside this enormous structure, representing the life and contribution of Sardar Patel. An overview of pre-independent and post-independent India.

It has also constructed an additional 52 guest rooms, auditoriums, and galleries for the tourists.

One of the fantastic things about the statue is, it has a viewing area where you can reach by elevator.

After all the overindulgence, there remains a question:

Is the amount invested in the project is worthy? Will, the project itself, can attract tourist? Can it boom the tourism sector?

The Gujrat government expects flourishing business in the tourism industry. The motive is to promote ‘sustainable economic growth and to promote the local culture.’ But investing almost 3000 crores towards a statue isn’t worth for economic development. As per research, it won’t drive that much tourist unless they are offering something more for the tourist.

Some people think ‘the government could have invested this much amount of money towards the agricultural and industrial sector.’

The economic growth of which the government is talking about or expecting can be attained if there is a better agricultural facility, ways that could give rise to more job opportunities.

The youth of our country needs motivation.

If the core purpose is to bring forth the tourism business then it is my firm opinion ‘our government could have financed the money in the maintenance of the numerous historical ruins of our country.’ Those are neglected and left behind for decades.

Still, I would say, it is a proud thing for all the citizen of India. The ‘statue of Unity’ symbolizes discipline, unity, and determination. I hope Indian citizens especially all state governments and the central government will hold to what it stands for.

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8 Best Nearby Places to Visit Outside India During This Diwali Break

Diwali is coming, and it’s a holiday time when kids and adults both love to enjoy. Some prefer to spend the days traditionally with family and relatives at home whereas some plan for traveling to new places. Traveling overseas to celebrate the festival with family and friends is the latest trend although India has several such beautiful places where you could go. But because it is a festive season, flight ticket and hotel cost a lot. And to skip that, planning has to done 4-5 months before.

What if you could travel someplace else without much planning and celebrate Diwali the way you want?

When in today’s market, international destinations are accessible, and if you are willing to spend little extra from your pocket, then I would say, an overseas traveling could bring you a lot of fun with unique experiences.

People’s mindset is changing, and you can celebrate the festival with your loved ones in a different challenging way. Diwali shouldn’t be limited only to sweets and shopping, let’s do something more and explore the outer world.

Here is a list of best nearby destinations that you might find interesting:

Dubai

Dubai celebrates all Hindu festivals. It has plenty of places where Diwali visitors can go and celebrate starting from shopping, buying gold in Dhanteras, sweets, and food. Dubai is a fantastic place when it comes to shopping. The Dubai Mall in Financial Centre Road is one of the largest in the world offering great shopping options. For cultural and traditional events, Sheikh Mohammed Centre is a good one. You can also witness the Light show during the Diwali day.

Thailand

The Southeast Asian country is a perfect beach holiday destination. There are a lot of things to do and explore in Thailand. Thai culture and tradition are something that I am often read about. The historical stories of its monarchy, religion, Buddhist temples everything is so rich and unique. Spending the Diwali, knowing something new could be quiet interesting rather than doing only shopping and be at home.

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Singapore

A trip to Singapore can be a bit expensive but if you are a travel enthusiast and love to explore then adding Singapore on your travel list is smart. The accommodation in Singapore isn’t cheap, so if you want to lower your budget, then there are plenty of other things where you can save your penny. Like, taking the public transport, taking a free walking tour, dining out during the happy hours. If you are looking for India cuisine, Singapore has ‘Little India’ where you can get delicious yet cheap foods.

The best way is to book your tickets two months before so that it won’t hurt your pocket much. With Makemytrip.com you can now cancel your ticket anytime with the refundable amount.

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Bali

Bali is yet another exciting holiday destination where culture is everywhere you look. With thousands of temples, ancient deities, traditional ceremonies, and rituals Bali is for them who loves to explore. You can enjoy both the incredible beaches of Bali and the culture paradise of Bali.

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Just research properly before going, you can either hire a guide or download ‘guidebook of Bali trip.’ It will smoother your journey.

Maldives

The Maldives are the ‘love to go’ holiday destination for the honeymooners. With access to easy visa policy, travel to this tropical island- clear water, luxury stay, beaches, warm sunny days and lot of many other things to do.

You can make your Diwali this year more romantic and happening in the Maldives.

Nepal

Nothing beats an excitement when you are in close proximity to the Himalayas. Spending the Diwali in a mundane way will be much more adventurous and interesting if you pick Nepal as your travel destination. This beautiful country where nature bestows everything that it has to offer. It is indeed, one of the best tourist attractions.

Why going to Switzerland when we have Nepal our neighborhood country. As there are limited flights, booking tickets 2-3 months before will be better.

Sri Lanka

Another neighboring country Sri Lanka, which is a paradise on the earth. Sri Lanka has a significant historical story where it is connected to India. Learn more about their cultural background, locals, delicious Sri Lankan cuisine and their connection with Buddhism. Sri Lankan cuisine does resemble the Indian cuisine not only this a lot of other things too.

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Diwali is celebrated in Sri Lanka too, and it is their public holiday. It will be a memorable experience, watching and able to observe the ‘Festival of Light’ in a different country but in a similar pattern.

Bhutan

This small Buddhist nation is tucked between India and China. Nature has showered all its blessings on it, and it has grown to be one of the most wanted destinations for the Indians. Those who love spending their Diwali holidays in peacefulness and want to be surrounded by only nature Bhutan would make the right choice.

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So, bring a change in your way of celebrating the Diwali. Let this Festival of Light bring happiness and love on everyone life through traveling.

Happy Diwali to you all in advance.

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10 most Instagrammable spots in India that will make you fall in love with the country

Just a few years ago, I wasn’t even aware of a social media platform named ‘Instagram’. It was only Facebook I knew, and before that, it was ‘Orkut’ which has now got disappeared in the air.

Anything visual is always attractive and beautiful. Instagram is such a cool social media platform that introduces itself as a “platform to share a series of pictures with the world.” Over the years,  microblogging platform like ‘Instagram’ and ‘Twitter’ has become much more popular than Facebook.

Some people are earning in thousands of dollars from ‘Instagram’ only by sharing beautiful travel pictures and promoting. Even, I also follow Instagram more, post my travel pictures and share.

Let ‘s come straight to the point through this article; I will share 10 such popular Instagrammable spots in India that are truly beautiful and make you travel to those places. Have a look!

  • Taj Mahal

The 17th-century Mughal-style most alluring and beautiful monument is worth a visit for all. Who doesn’t want to capture the beauty of Taj Mahal and its aura?

It very much represents the Mughal graciousness and love for art. Now that Instagram is the most lovable social media platform, you will find pictures of Taj Mahal in the Insta feed frequently.

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  • Hampi

One of the most beautiful and ancient monuments situated in Karnataka and one can photograph the place in different directions resembling its grandeur. Hampi is UNESCO heritage site, and its ruins are its beauty.

It is one of the places that I have added in my travel list and you should too if you haven’t yet.

  • Hawa Mahal

Jaipur is itself a very popular place among the tourist. Its impressive architecture, colorful buildings, local craft, and Rajasthani culture, is what tourist are attracted towards.

While planning to Jaipur, your list of ‘to-do’ can be extended. As there are several places that you won’t get tired of exploring and the journey will take you to such magical places that you will fall in love with.

And among all the landmarks, ‘Hawa Mahal’ is one of the most instagrammable spots in India.

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  • Amber Fort

Amber Fort is yet another widely recognizable landmark in Jaipur where tourist love to visit and try to blend in with the local culture and tradition. The fort is, so there are numerous spots where you can capture amazing architectural details and share that on your instafeed to gain more followers and likes if you want.

  • Pangong Lake

One of the most picturesque lake and most prominent tourist attraction spot in our country is Pangong Tso situated in the edge of Himalayas. The allure and wide-open sky with mountains, rugged terrain, and blue water is a perfect blend for a fantastic picture on Instagram.

Every traveler in India or a travel enthusiast would dream to go on a bike trip from Manali-Ladakh. The experience is something worth remember throughout your life.

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  • Munnar

When I say Munnar, the visual image of scenic tea plantations come across my mind and believe me, it is the only reason Munnar is so beautiful. Indians love tea. Perhaps the love for tea and love for mountains has driven many tourists to go there.

It is one such tourist place in India that people love to Instagram the most.

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  • Golden Temple, Amritsar

Do I need to say more?

Have you ever heard anyone saying that he/she was in Amritsar and didn’t visit Golden Temple?

You simply can’t miss it.

Let me tell you; it isn’t a temple it is a Gurudwara (holiest place for Sikhs)

Irrespective of caste and creed, Golden temple is for all.

  • Pondicherry

A place with a series of historical events, exotic blend of French, Portuguese, British and Indian culture, French quarter, colonial architecture and influence in cuisines. All these elements represent Pondicherry. A popular holiday destination and a lot of spots within the city to photograph.

If you scroll or swipe up and down on Instagram, you will at least see a picture of Pondicherry at every refresh.

  • Tibetan Buddhist Monastery in Sikkim

I believe, almost every destination that we visit is instagrammable but yet there are a few that gives us a purpose of traveling. The Tibetan Buddhist Monastery in Sikkim is a spot that you will often find on Instagram. The Tibetan culture, their lifestyle, cuisine, the mountainous road everything together is itself unique and adventurous. Traveling in that altitude will give an opportunity to get yourself near nature.

If I talk about photography? It is definitely a place which will give you ample such themes to photograph like nature, portrait, landscape, and culture.

  • Jodhpur

The famous blue city of Rajasthan is no less known place for the tourist across the world. The city is all about representing culture, delicious food, friendly locals, amazing talent in handcraft materials, rich history and fantastic architecture.

Do you need more?

Then I must say go and visit this amazing vibrant place.

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If you want to add any other places, kindly let me know.

I hope you guys have enjoyed reading this article.

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10 Things Bengalis Love to do During the Days of Durga Puja in Kolkata

“Maa asche..matro r ko ak din baki..” which means the idol of Durga, the most awaited festival of Kolkata is coming in a few days from now.

Although a festival is for all. Regardless of caste and creed, a festival brings happiness and joyful moments in everyone’s life. But, when I talk about the ‘Durga Puja’ it is predominantly a festival celebrated by Bengalis. A celebration which is no less than a carnival, and depicts our Bengali culture.

I have grown up staying in Kolkata and enjoyed the Durga Puja session each year. For the past three years; I haven’t got the chance to visit my hometown during this festive time which I terribly miss. Even this year too, I had to give it a miss for some reasons.

You won’t believe until you see the city how beautiful and vibrant does it look during this time. The city, its people everyone waits for this festival to come. People believe that the arrival of Goddess Durga will shower happiness and merriment in our life and will take away all the pain and struggles.

“A holy moment to hope for the good.”

Now, I will tell you what we love to do during the days of Durga Puja in Kolkata. How we Bengalis celebrate and why it is a part of our life.

  • The most obvious Shopping

So, the last-minute shopping is done. Everyone is rushing to the shopping malls, grabbing the best-designed clothes at a fantastic festive deal. If it is not sufficient or didn’t get time to shop then online platforms like Myntra, Jabong, Flipkart and Amazon are the best with a huge collection.

I am heavily dependent on online shopping as it saves my time and I often get a superb sale which is a respite to my wallet.

  • The countdown begins with Mahalaya

With Mahalaya; the first day of the auspicious festival sets the mood. We love to start this particular day by listening to the special Mahalaya chants. These chants are spiritual, and almost all the Bengalis love hearing to them early in the morning of Mahalaya.

  • Puja special edition

Every magazine publishing house releases a Puja special edition which we Bengalis follow enthusiastically. These special edition magazines consist of things and events happening around Kolkata during these puja days, like the latest fashion to follow, and several other entertainment stuffs.

I remember, how I used to buy the Bengali “Anandamela” magazine from the local newspaper salesperson each year before the festival gets started. So, basically, we go through these magazines because they publish pretty amazing things during these festive times.

  • No mood for work or study

Durga Puja is a festival that we keep waiting for the year.

How could we concentrate on work or study? Because our concentration is always on what to do these 5 days, where to go, what to wear to look the best and it’s an unending list that the mind occupies.

Most of the corporate offices remain closed on these 3 auspicious days (Ashtami, Novomi, and Doshomi). Schools and Colleges remain closed during Durga Puja.

  • Waking up with the sounds of ‘Dhak.’

Well, there is no escape from the beat of ‘dhakis.’ Dhak is a musical instrument which in layman’s word we say ‘drum.’

The early morning ‘dhak bajna’ means the ‘rhythmic sound of the drum beating‘ which is so hypnotic and it makes your heart feel alive and cheerful.

Durga Puja without dhak er awaj (drum beating) is impossible.

I love the spellbinding rhythmic sound of the drum beating. I feel like to dance. It gives me a different happy feeling.

  • Saying no to food is a crime

If you are on a diet?

It is better to forget about that for these 5 days.

Imagine you are surrounded with a lot of varieties of some lip-smacking food, and you can’t taste it.

Of course, be it any festival one should always enjoy, and the food is one such way that keeps us happy.

You can never resist yourself with Kolkata’s famous kathi roll, puchka, chaat, kobiraji, bhog in the pandal etc etc.

  • We don’t forget to post pictures in Social Media

Hey tag me also if you are posting on Facebook and don’t forget to post all the picture.”

With social media platforms like Instagram, Facebook, posting pictures nowadays seems to have become an important thing to do.

“I still don’t understand why there is such an urgency of posting pictures in social media. During my days, there wasn’t this much craze of social media. I didn’t even have an account with any of this. Unlike now, I didn’t have that privilege of buying a smartphone. My first handset was a Nokia simple phone with no camera.

I can feel the difference, and I had enjoyed way more in those growing years than now.”

Anyways, let us move from my story to what we do now during the Durga Puja days.

  • Reunion

Festival is a great time for gathering with family, old friends, and neighbors. Because it is a 5 days occasion people have time to meet and gather around. Those who live outside of Kolkata for work they also try to come.

Like me, I live in Pune which is in Maharashtra; a western state in India. I try to go home during this time and if I can I make plans with my old childhood buddies to meet and ‘adda‘ which means ‘a friendly get together‘. It always feels amazing to be around friends and family.

But modern life doesn’t allow that to happen every time whenever we want, so a special occasion like Durga Puja is an appropriate time to share some amazing moments with some amazing people of our life.

  • Ashtomi is always a special day for ‘Onjoli’

Onjoli’ is a short prayer to Goddess Durga where we chant some ‘montro‘ meaning rhythmic slogan or Vedic hymn with flowers in hand.

We take an early morning shower, wear clean clothes and go to the ‘mandap’ (temple) to perform the prayer.

  • Doshomi Visarjon – Sindoor khela and special misti (sweets)

Doshomi‘ is the last day of the festival where the idol of Goddess Durga is being immersed in the water which is called ‘Visorjon’.

It feels little sad watching the idol getting immersed and at the same time the feeling of departure to our old monotonous and busy life.

During this day, most of the local sweet shops make special sweets like ‘goja’, ‘mihidana’, ‘jalebi’, and several other varieties which are truly delicious.

‘Sindoor khela’ (vermilion) is something that every married woman plays after they take blessings from the Goddess Durga. It is a fun activity with cultural value.

In the end, I would say, we Bengalis have a unique way to celebrate the most happening festival in Kolkata. If you ever want to visit Kolkata I would suggest you come to this festival; you will be awestruck to see how everything in the city looks unimaginably gorgeous.

If you want to share your experience or anything related to Durga Puja, I would be happy to know.

Thank you.

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Is It Okay to Think Traveling as A Way to Escape from The Boredom of Life?

“We travel not to escape life.”

We all love to travel whenever we get time or wherever possible by briefly shrinking the boredom of life.

 

After continuing with the same sequence of daily activities of life, at some point, we get bored of the repetitiveness, and we look for a temporary closure, a respite which travel gives us.

What is the boredom of life?

The truth is we can never escape from the “reality of life.” I have seen and heard many people saying “I need to travel. My life is getting boring. I am tired of the same old everyday thing happening to me; I need closure.”

It is wrong to pretend or think that traveling will make go away permanently “the apparent mundane environment that we all are leading.” Yes, it can break the monotony of life and refresh your heart and mind. But you have to again come back to the same territory tomorrow. So, it is the same repetitive process that nature follows.

Individuals often try to attain an adventurous and cheerful life through ‘traveling.’

So, the reality of life is the routine that we follow every day. Waking up, eating, getting ready, doing work, sleep. This is the mandatory thing that we all tend to do. While doing the same never-ending activity, we feel confined and tedious.

Why do we travel?

We all urge to travel more often when we want some excitement and inspiration in our life. I feel the modern western life has brought quite a pessimism. Despite being open to advance technology, we are so isolated, always desire for attention and the constant rat race that we all are following. With this increasing dissatisfaction with our urban lifestyle, we view travel as a form of ‘escapism.

Does travel help to escape?

Yes, it does.

But saying this, we travel to discover ourselves in the process which is very important. We tend to get lost in the fast city life. Going to new places brings in us the element of wonderment, and throughout the journey, it reveals our strength and limitations.

With no disrespect, I read blogs and several articles on the internet where an individual says that how traveling has changed their life, how traveling is their livelihood, how their life is different from the rest of us and how we can also find traveling as a meditative way to escape from the mundane life.

Whenever I see those fantastic travel pics, I assume how beautiful and carefree their life would be. I wish I could also have the same vibrant life. But I don’t know the truth of their life. How they are living or how they arrange money for traveling.

What I mean to say is, the truth of life and the purpose of traveling is different for everyone. Some travel for leisure and relaxation, some travel only on vacations to spend quality time with family, and some travel because they love to explore and experience.

Traveling more often brings you happiness

Several people have a weird notion about travel. They think traveling is a waste of money and time. They say the money you are spending on traveling and enjoyment can be utilized in doing something productive.

Do you think traveling isn’t productive enough?

Here is the thing:

You work hard 9-5 Monday to Friday. You spend your weekend hanging out with friends or watching Netflix sitting on the couch. A moment comes when your mind and body have given up and you desperately in need of a break. You planned your trip to say Sydney or Rome or London, booked your flight online, packed your bags, and you are super excited to start your journey.

You spend the next 10 days away from the monotony. These 10 days you have would probably one of the best time of your life, no longer to answer to your boss or clean up your home or wait for the train to come. You are way out of the box.

You are back home with a smile on your face still cherishing the moments of travel. The break has boosted you up and made you more productive than before.

Travel harvest your inner being and gives you happiness.

Some travelers call themselves ‘nomad.‘ According to them, they have attained great happiness in traveling. Although, initially they had to sacrifice their worldly aspirations to become a full-time traveler. But they claim traveling has given them a ‘new meaning to life’ and ‘liberty from the limitations of modern life.’

Accept your life with a flow

Monotony will always remain a part of our life. It comes and goes with the life cycle. We have to work and earn money to survive. Each day can’t be surprising, but it is you/we who can make your/our day less depriving by doing several little things. Always be grateful for your life.

Travel wherever you want at least twice a year. Explore the new roadmaps and momentary phase of your journey. You can’t keep moving constantly. You need to stop and live somewhere.

Regardless of what you do to break loose your chain, it will tie you up again. The more you will want to run away, the more it will block you.

So, let your life go on like a river flows make its path. There will come tons of struggles on your way but if you are positive you can overcome them all.

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8 Reasons for Settling Down in Pune is a Good Decision for You

I have been living in Pune for the last 3 years, and I realized how much the city is developing. Last year, Pune was listed among the top “Smart Cities“.

Inside and out, in many ways, the smart city concept is getting well appreciated by the people. New thinking indeed to bring positive changes in the city and their well-being.

Pune has everything that anyone needs to live a better and sustainable life. My husband works in an IT firm in Pune and before that he had lived in cities like Hyderabad, Bangalore, and Mumbai.

What about me?

Well, practically lived the 25 years of my life in Kolkata and then two years in the USA. My opinion of living in Pune is based on what I see and how I feel about the city.

Through this article “I would be stating the 8 reasons for settling down in Pune is a good decision”.

  1. Growing IT hub

The city has a great career opportunity to offer in several sectors specifically in manufacturing, automobiles and IT. It has gained prominence in the IT sector and has been able to establish an IT hub in Magarpatta and Hinjewadi.

Most of the companies have their corporate headquarters in Mumbai.   But Several companies find Pune a better option for investment and opening their offices as compared to Mumbai. With increasing in job opportunities, the real estate sector is also booming as I see. Over the past few years, I am witnessing many real estate developments taking place in the city.

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IT hub Hinjewadi is rapidly improving its infrastructure and connectivity to attract more and more investors. Not only this, the IT corporate offices are now spreading quickly in areas like Baner, Blewadi, and Kharadi.

    2. Improving Infrastructure

If we see the infrastructure of the city?

I would say, it is progressing. With the excellent connectivity between Mumbai and Pune through Mumbai-Pune Expressway, it has never stopped working on different infrastructure projects ever since. The PMC (Pune Municipal Corporation) has been recently approved of their metro rail project and a new airport. The work for the Pune Metro has already started.

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Furthermore, the PMC is expecting to invest around Rs 30,000 crore for infrastructure development of the city. The city is yet to improve seriously on the public transportation, water supply, and traffic control.

   3. Smart City Project

The Smart City Mission has remained one of the prime priorities of the government of the state and Centre. The smart city project includes efficient public transportation, improved traffic management, power generation, go green environment, better road connectivity and communication, drinking water treatment and several other projects that are on the way.

A positive initiation to make the life of the citizen easy and sustainable.

   4. No language barrier

Every state has their language that is spoken by the locals. As a non-Marathi, I can say living in Pune is easy-going. 80% of people speak here Hindi which is the national language of India.

Even, the locals are so friendly that if you try to speak their language, they feel pleased and correct you when you are saying it indifferent. It feels good. I now understand a bit not thorough of course. So, no problem at all for the non-Marathi speaker.

   5. Clean and Green

I was surprised when I found “Pune bags the 10th position in India for cleanliness“. I won’t lie, I have seen places around the city where there are dumps of garbage. The state needs to check on the ground reality. But also, areas like Hinjewadi, Magarpatta, Kalyaninagar, Koregaon Park they reflect pretty much clean surroundings.

If I have to say about “green“?

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Pune is quite a green city. Trees on both side of the broad road. There are gardens for kids and recreational activities.

   6. Closeness to holiday destinations

There are no fewer options for the people who live in Pune to go to beautiful places to refresh mind and soul. Those who love to drive will never get bored of Pune. What do you want to see? or go?

Beaches, hill stations, hiking through forest and trekking to forts you can spend your weekend in traveling activities and fun.

Some of my favorite places are:

  • A drive to Malshej ghat during monsoon
  • A drive to Tamhini Ghat during monsoon
  • Mahabaleshwar and Panchgani
  • Alibaug
  • Matheran
  • Ratnagiri

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   7. Safe to travel at night

We often go for late night movie shows and return home quite late at night. I never felt unsafe traveling in this city. Ola cabs and autos are available at night, young men and women are always seen returning from pubs at midnight. I haven’t heard of anything wrong happened with anyone at night. But it is still better to travel at your vehicle.

   8. Good traffic Controlling

Traffic is one of the things that we all face while staying in a city. Under the smart city project, they have plans for better traffic management that will ease the daily commutation. Constructions of several fly-overs in the city might improve the condition of traffic as per the PMC.

Still, I will say Pune traffic is much better than cities like Mumbai, Bangalore or Delhi.

   9. Good Education Institutes

Pune is indeed a good city for education. With top management institution like Symbiosis student across the country come here to study and job. How can I forget about the Pune University and Fergusson College?

One of the top prestigious university and college in India.

All the above 9 reasons determine the fact according to me that Pune could give you a better lifestyle and is certainly a better city to settle down.

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