My 10 favorite travel products after taking 12 trips in just one year
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Over the last 12 months, my husband and I have gone on 12 short vacations (three to four days on average) across France and a few neighboring countries. From smaller towns like Amiens and Montreux to cosmopolitan capitals like Madrid and Amsterdam, we’ve tried to keep things fun and varied. On paper, 12 trips in 12 months sound quite excessive, but we had our (many) reasons to go on this bout of tourism. So we let ourselves be seduced by the ease of movement across Europe and the simplicity of the train-hopping and backpacking travel lifestyle.
But what kind of geek would I be if I hadn’t used those travel opportunities to test all kinds of products, devices, apps, services, and features? And what kind of writer would I be if I didn’t report on the ones that made a significant difference in my experience? That’s why I’m now here talking to you about my favorite discoveries of them all — these are the 10 products that have completely changed the way I travel.
There is no travel planner like Wanderlog. Trust me, I’ve downloaded almost all of them. The app (Android, iOS, web) lets me create trips, share them with others, and we can all edit at the same time — yes, a little bit like Google Docs. I can add accommodations, flights, trains, bus reservations, and car rentals, then create multiple lists (with different colors and icons) of things I’m generally interested in checking out as well as itineraries of places I’ve already decided to visit on a specific day. And it pulls place data from Google Maps, including opening hours, images, websites, and short descriptions.
Wanderlog saves me time at every step of the travel-planning process. It is my second brain before and during trips.
If that isn’t enough, Wanderlog won me over with all of its small but incredibly useful extras. I can add formatted notes to every place or list with my own bullets, bold/italics, and hyperlinks. I can assign budgets to every visited place. The app automatically calculates the distance between any two places in my itinerary and tells me how long it’ll take to get from point A to B while driving, walking, or taking transit. And for most cities in the world, Wanderlog offers an Explore section that brings blog posts and lists of recommended places and activities from all over the internet, puts them on the map, and lets me add them to my lists or itineraries. All without me having to research anything in Google or Maps. How madly cool and utterly frictionless is that?
Basically, Wanderlog replaces Google Maps lists, Chrome bookmarks, Calendar events, email reservations, and separate notes, and it saves me time at every single step. It has become my second brain both while planning trips and while on an actual trip. Now, it’s simply indispensable to me.
eSIMs (Mobimatter and Airalo)
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Back in January of 2015, I landed at midnight on a Sunday in Las Vegas for CES. I took a taxi to a 24/7 Walmart 30 minutes away to buy a SIM card. I needed it to go online during LG’s 8:00 AM press conference without being reliant on the conference hall’s spotty Wi-Fi. Unfortunately, Walmart didn’t have prepaid SIMs, so I found myself in the middle of nowhere-Vegas with no taxi nearby and no phone line at 3:00 AM wondering how the heck I could get back to my hotel.
A prepaid data eSIM is simple, convenient, and an absolute game-changer while traveling.
Stupid jetlagged decisions aside, international travel has long been a challenge for the always-connected among us. I used to research the destination country’s prepaid SIM card plans and operators for hours, then I’d try to find a store that sells them in the airport or near my hotel, wait in line at said store, get the SIM card, navigate foreign-language SMS or websites, and figure out wonky top-up systems, just so I could be reachable in a new land without paying a kidney in roaming fees.
Last year, I discovered Mobimatter and Airalo, two sites that sell prepaid data eSIMs for almost any country in the world. Now, I just browse these two to find the best offer, buy my data eSIM online before leaving, “download” it as a secondary SIM on my Pixel 6 Pro, make sure the access point is set up properly, and switch data to it when I land in the new country. The whole process takes ten minutes tops and I’m good to go. I’ve already used MobiMatter twice in Switzerland and once in Belgium, and I tried Airalo once in Turkey. My colleague Dhruv got an Airalo eSIM in the UAE. We have nothing but good things to say about them. Absolute game-changers.
Dig deeper: As a frequent traveler, I’ll never buy a phone without an eSIM slot
Osprey Fairview and Farpoint
About a year ago, my husband and I moved from Beirut to Paris, which opened up this whole world of train travel and short weekend trips. Before this, I had never imagined myself as a backpack traveler — too heavy, too uncomfortable — until I started thinking of how easier and more practical a backpack would be for weekend trips. It’s definitely simpler than lugging a roller suitcase behind me all the time.
We started by getting my husband an Osprey Farpoint 40 (starting at $150 on Amazon). He loved it. Thanks to the shoulder straps and hip belt, it’s so comfortable for him to carry across train stations and airports. The design provides stellar support — even when the backpack is full, it feels almost weightless. Plus, it’s made from a resistant material, the zippers are smooth, and there’s space for a laptop, tablet, and some other random small things.
Osprey makes one of the few backpacks with shoulder and chest straps designed for a female body.
After briefly trying his backpack and realizing how good it was, I decided to get the female version for myself. The Osprey Fairview 40 (starting at $130 on Amazon) is basically the same backpack, but the shoulder straps are attached and angled differently to account for a larger chest. Having tried both backpacks, I can tell you the Fairview is much more comfortable and better suited for a female body. I’ve already carried it on trips to Amsterdam, Montreux, Berlin, Turin, and Chantilly, and I wouldn’t trade it for any other backpack.
Bobby Pro backpack and Karry 3.0 drawstring
While our Ospreys are great for carrying clothing and essentials on a train or plane, we still need a day bag to use once we reach our destination.
When we’re only carrying one Osprey, our go-to is the Bobby Pro backpack ($130 on Amazon) from XD-Design. It’s been with us on dozens of trips already since 2019, from the Himalayas to Meteora, passing by Abu Dhabi and Barcelona. The anti-theft design is perfect for busy cities, airports, and public transport. But the sturdy material, comfortable balance, extra zippers and organizers, and pass-through USB-C charging; all of these are useful no matter the destination. City or nature, MWC or tech conferences, it’s done it all and it’s still kicking. If it ever dies, I’m buying another one, no questions asked.
Pick one: an anti-theft day bag for bustling cities or a light drawstring bag for quick trips.
But since we only have four shoulders, we sadly realized we couldn’t bring the Bobby Pro on trips where we’re already carrying our two Osprey backpacks. So we’ve gravitated toward the Karry 3.0+ drawstring from Anvi Original to solve that. I bought the first version of this on Kickstarter and loved it so much that I grabbed the third one too. (They’re now at their fifth iteration.) Why the Karry? Because this drawstring bag is unlike any other. It’s more comfortable to carry for a whole day thanks to its large and fluffy strings. It also has three large zipped pockets and comes with an extra flap to protect your stuff. And it’s made from an extra-resistant material. The best part is that it can lay flat inside the Osprey when empty, so we can easily pack it and then switch to it after dumping our luggage in the hotel.
Zendure Passport II Pro
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Like any self-respecting geeks, we carry some tech gadgets while traveling. Phones, power banks, Fitbits, an action cam, and sometimes an iPad or a laptop. To charge all of these, the Zendure Passport ($75.99 on Amazon) is our jack of all trades. It is a universal adapter with 100-240V DC input/output for multiple plug types and it works in the US, UK, rest of EU, and plenty of other countries too. But that’s only half the story. The other half? It’s a multi-port charger too.
It’s a travel adapter and a 61W PD charger. The one power adapter to rule them all.
On one side, there’s a 61W USB-C PD port. On another side, there is a secondary 12W USB-C port and three 12W USB-A ports. Power is divided between all ports when they’re used at the same time, with a total output of 61W. It might not be the most powerful PD charger, but it’s the most convenient one of all.
We just keep this in our Osprey backpack and we know it’ll work everywhere for everything — no questions asked. For more portability, we bought a few short cables to go with it and now we have a setup that is very portable and capable of topping up anything from a Galaxy Watch 4 (check this little USB-C puck) to a laptop. It’s basically the one charger to rule them all.
We recommend: The best multi-port USB chargers you can get
Too Good To Go
A few months ago, I discovered Too Good To Go, the anti-food waste app that lets you reserve baskets of near-expiry items from bakeries, grocery stores, and restaurants. At first, I was only using the app in Paris, but then it occurred to me that I could also benefit from it while traveling. And that has been an amazing idea.
You save food from being thrown away, and you save a few bucks.
Before going on a trip, I check the area around our hotel or some of the activities we’re doing to see what stores and baskets are offered and at approximately what time. Then, depending on our schedule, I’ll reserve some baskets and make sure we pick them up for our dose of fresh fruits and veggies or nice baked goods, all for a few euros.
My favorite hack? Some hotels offer baskets on their breakfast spread. If you’re already staying at that hotel (or near that hotel) and you don’t want a very heavy breakfast, just reserve a $4-5 basket instead of a $10-20 breakfast. Go there around 10:00 AM, pick up some items from their spread, and you’re good. You’ve saved food from being thrown away, and you’ve saved a few bucks too. Win-win.
No matter how much I appreciate Google Maps in a foreign city or town, I have to admit that it’s not the absolute best solution for walking or public transit. For that, I’ve gravitated to Citymapper wherever it’s available. Sometimes Citymapper even supports towns where Google Maps doesn’t have any data — this was the case when I went to Montreux in Switzerland a while ago, but it seems that Google has caught up now.
Having used both apps side by side, I’ve also found Citymapper to have more accurate timings in some cities, easier-to-read instructions (especially entrances and exits, whether to ride in the front or middle or back, and sometimes even clearer names for trains and directions). It also adds up sidewalk crossing times while walking, and time inside the station (to enter, switch, or leave) — two features Google Maps just completely ignores. And it integrates with Calendar, pulling up all my events and offering a list of all their locations for quick directions.
Google Maps wanted me to wait for a bus in a street with roadworks. Citymapper had the new temporary bus stop location.
Fun story: Citymapper completely won me over one night in Berlin. We were heading back to our hotel around 11:00 PM and Google Maps suggested we walk a few minutes to take the bus. As we did, we realized the supposed stop was on a street closed by roadworks. Surely no bus could get there, but Google Maps was adamant. Citymapper, on the other hand, suggested we go back and wait at another stop (a deviation from that bus’ route). We followed it and, sure enough, there was a temporary stop right where it indicated, and the bus came on time. Because of that single incident, Citymapper has gained a permanent place on my phone.
Want to know more? When Google Maps struggles, Citymapper comes to my rescue
Trekology inflatable pillow
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Look, if you’re traveling an average of once a month on a writer’s salary, you’re not booking five-star hotels with all the luxury and comfort. Affordable three stars are more like it. And if you’re in your late thirties to early forties like we both are, then you can’t sleep on any random surface and get up the next morning without back or neck ache.
Since we can’t carry our own mattresses, we’ve resorted to solving the next problem we encounter in cheaper hotels: impossibly thin pillows. You know the kind, it’s fluffy but flattens to a thin paper when you lay your head on it. One pillow is too thin, two are too high; there’s no middle ground.
An inflatable pillow makes all the difference between a thin hotel pillow and a supportive one.
Our solution to that is frankly genius. We have two Trekology Aluft 2.0 inflatable pillows ($17.99 on Amazon), which we inflate as needed and place inside the pillow cover below the hotel’s provided mediocrity. This provides extra support and height while removing the annoying feeling of a hard inflatable pillow. It (almost) fools us into thinking we’re sleeping on a normal compressible pillow. And when it’s not in use, it just goes back to a small, portable size.
Travel-friendly cutlery, straws, and bottle
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Another way to save some dinero while traveling is to grab breakfast and other food essentials from nearby grocery stores or bodegas instead of eating out for every meal. The first time we did that, we realized that while precut mango is easy to grab with your fingers, yogurt isn’t.
So we looked for travel-friendly cutlery and found this white-label stainless steel set on AliExpress for a few bucks; you can also get it on Amazon for $16.99. It contains a fork, a spoon, a knife, and two chopsticks, all divided into three pieces. Everything can be taken apart or put together in a few seconds. They’re washable, easy to transport, and perfect for store-bought yogurt, fruit, and salads.
You can’t eat yogurt with your fingers and you shouldn’t carry a water bottle that spills.
Taking the idea to the next level, we also got these bendable and washable silicone straws from GIR ($8.95 on Amazon). No more ocean-polluting plastic straws or quickly-melting paper straws. (Side note: GIR makes some of my favorite kitchen tools, I recommend you check them out. I’m in love with the Spoonula.)
Our last item is this insulated 13oz / 400ml Quechua water bottle from Decathlon ($12.99). It’s bulky, heavy, inconvenient, and time-consuming to open and close, but we bought it because it has two screw caps, making any spills near impossible. We’ve had it in our backpack for a year, and, as expected, it has never let a single drop out no matter how much we tossed, dropped, or flipped the backpack. This no-spill feature makes it an absolute winner.
Kindle Paperwhite (2021)
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Traveling for me used to be all about music and sleep, but when I got the Kindle Paperwhite, I decided to try reading on a train ride, and I’m a convert. For anything from a short trip of an hour or two to longer five to six-hour trips, reading is an excellent way to dissociate until I reach my destination.
Books can carry you to another world and make any multi-hour trip feel like a snap.
What I realized was that while music is fun and immersive, I still get bored every now and then, check the time, and get annoyed that we’ve still not reached the destination. A good book, on the other hand, takes my mind completely away from reality. Passengers, time, distance, everything dissolves, and I get sucked into another world. I’ve been on a six-hour train ride from Turin to Paris where I didn’t look at the time until half an hour before arrival.
The Kindle Paperwhite is crucial to that experience. It’s light, easy to pack, lasts weeks on a charge, provides a readable screen no matter the light situation (dim night trains or sunny bus rides), and can carry thousands of books. I’m currently reigniting my teenage passion for older French adventure book series — Maurice Leblanc’s Arsene Lupin and Henri Verne’s Bob Morane.
Our verdict: Kindle Paperwhite (2021) review
I realize I already cheated by combining some products together and mentioning more than 10 total, but when I find something that works and works well, I absolutely love talking about it and sharing it with the world. So I’m going to cheat a bit more and add some extra products worthy of being on this list.
- Get Your Guide: A site where you can book tours but also entrances, transit tickets, and other random activities in most cities across the world. Prices are relatively the same as the official source, but you can use the code GET10 in the mobile app for a 10% discount on anything. The code changes every so often, but there always seems to be a 10% off promo. And just like that, I saved you a few bucks.
- Tiqets: Instead of creating an account for every museum or attraction you want to buy entrance tickets for, you can use Tiqets. It doesn’t have everything, but it fills a few gaps from Get Your Guide. There’s no permanent discount code, but if you look, you should find a 5-10% promo code at any point in time.
- Fever: It offers a mix of unique activities and events but also some restaurants, museums, and other random things — but it’s limited to select cities worldwide. The reason I’m recommending it is you can get up to 20% cashback with Fever Club rewards, which is nothing to sneeze at when you’re trying to do cool things on a budget.
- Groupon: In countries where it’s available, Groupon is the simplest way to save money on activities and restaurants. In my experience, the activity section is pretty mediocre with limited choices, but you can find some excellent two- to three-course meals for two at extremely affordable prices. My two extra tips: check Google Maps ratings to make sure a place is really good, and opt for places with reservations on Groupon instead of by phone to avoid calling internationally.
- Atlas Obscura: Wanderlog is awesome for finding all kinds of things to do, but if you want to walk a little bit off the beaten path, Atlas Obscura is a great way to explore the most peculiar and less touristic places to visit.
- Location Scout: If you like taking unique photos from special angles, this site lets you see all the cool spots in any city or town, as submitted by other photographers. The exact location is behind a paywall, but if you know your way around Google Maps and Street View, you may be able to guess these on your own. (Alternatives include Flickr, 500px, Shot Hotspot, and many more.)
And there you have it. While this list is nowhere near exhaustive, it’s a collection of the products that have positively influenced my travel experience over the last year. However, as you must have guessed by now, I don’t take my travel lightly, and I’m sure this list will evolve with time.
Pratik Restaurant Best Restaurant In Mumbai
Food lovers, brace yourselves for an unforgettable culinary experience! Amidst the bustling city of Mumbai lies a hidden gem that promises to tantalize your taste buds and leave you craving for more. Pratik Restaurant is not just another eatery- it’s an institution in itself, renowned for its delectable cuisine and impeccable service. From traditional Indian delicacies to global cuisines, this restaurant has something for everyone. So what are you waiting for? Come join us on a gastronomic journey as we explore why Pratik Restaurant is the best dining destination in Mumbai!
What is Pratik Restaurant?
Pratik Restaurant is one of the best restaurants in Mumbai. The restaurant is known for its excellent food and service. The restaurant has a wide variety of Indian and international dishes on its menu. The restaurant also offers a wide range of drinks and desserts.
Pratik Restaurant is a favorite among locals and tourists alike. It offers an array of different cuisines such as North Indian, South Indian, Chinese, Mexican, Italian and more. Diners can also enjoy live music performances in the restaurant. The staff at Pratik Restaurant is friendly and attentive.
The Different Types of cuisine served in Pratik Restaurant
There are different types of cuisine served in Pratik Restaurant which include North Indian, South Indian, Chinese, and Continental. The restaurant also has a Jain kitchen that serves Jain food. The restaurant has a wide variety of dishes to offer which are all delicious and made with fresh ingredients. The staff is very friendly and helpful, and the service is always good. The prices are also very reasonable. Overall, Pratik Restaurant is a great place to eat in Mumbai.
The ambiance and service of Pratik Restaurant
The Pratik Restaurant is one of the best restaurants in Mumbai. The service is amazing, and the place has a great ambiance. I ordered the chicken tikka masala, which was delicious. The naan bread was also very good. Overall, I had an excellent experience at Pratik Restaurant.
The location of Pratik Restaurant
Pratik Restaurant is located in the heart of Mumbai, near the Gateway of India. It is one of the most popular restaurants in Mumbai and is known for its delicious food and great service. Pratik Restaurant has a wide variety of Indian and international dishes on its menu, making it a perfect place for both tourists and locals alike.
Why is Pratik Restaurant the best restaurant in Mumbai?
Pratik Restaurant is the best restaurant in Mumbai for several reasons. First, the food is absolutely amazing. The chefs are extremely talented and use only the freshest, highest-quality ingredients. Second, the service is outstanding. The waitstaff is attentive and polite, and they go out of their way to make sure every customer is happy. Third, the ambiance of the restaurant is perfect. It’s elegant but not pretentious, and it has a warm and inviting atmosphere. fourth, the price is very reasonable given the high quality of the food and service. Last but not least, Pratik Restaurant is just a short walk from many of Mumbai’s best hotels, so it’s convenient for visitors to the city.
These aspects have all contributed to Pratik Restaurant’s reputation as the best restaurant in Mumbai.These factors come together to make Pratik Restaurant the best restaurant in Mumbai.
For all these reasons, Pratik Restaurant is the best restaurant in Mumbai.
Pratik Restaurant is the perfect place to visit if you’re looking for a delicious and satisfying meal while in Mumbai. The atmosphere is cozy and inviting, the food is fresh and flavorful, and the staff are always friendly and helpful. Whether you want to enjoy lunch with friends or dinner with family, Pratik Restaurant will make sure that your experience is memorable. If you’re ever in Mumbai be sure to check out Pratik Restaurant – it’s definitely worth it!
Experience the Beauty of Switzerland with a Tailor-Made Tour Package
Switzerland is a country that is famous for its stunning natural beauty, picturesque villages, and alpine landscapes. A Switzerland tour package offers visitors the opportunity to explore this enchanting country and experience all it has to offer.
Convenience and Time-Saving
One of the main advantages of booking a Switzerland tour package is the convenience it provides. Planning a trip can be time-consuming and stressful, especially if you’re unfamiliar with the country. A tour package takes care of all the logistics, such as transportation, accommodation, and itinerary planning, leaving you free to simply enjoy your vacation.
Moreover, Switzerland tour packages are designed to save time and ensure that you don’t miss out on any of the country’s must-see attractions. With a well-planned itinerary, you’ll be able to visit all the top landmarks and experience the best of Switzerland without having to worry about logistics or navigating the country on your own.
Switzerland tour packages come in a variety of options, catering to different budgets, interests, and preferences. Tour operators can customize packages based on individual needs and preferences, providing a more personalized and unique experience.
Whether you’re looking for a budget-friendly package or a luxury experience, there is something for everyone. You can choose from packages that include sightseeing tours, scenic train rides, cable car rides, and more. If you’re a first-time visitor, a comprehensive tour package that covers all the country’s highlights is an excellent choice. These packages typically include visits to popular landmarks like the Matterhorn, Lake Geneva, and the Swiss Alps, along with other attractions like the Rhine Falls, Chillon Castle, and the city of Zurich.
Alternatively, if you’re looking for a more adventurous experience, you can opt for a package that includes activities like hiking, skiing, and paragliding. Some packages focus on specific interests like food, wine, or culture.
Value for Money
Switzerland tour packages offer excellent value for money. By bundling transportation, accommodation, and activities into a single package, tour operators can negotiate better rates with hotels and attractions, which they can then pass on to customers.
Moreover, tour packages often include additional perks like complimentary meals, airport transfers, and free entry to select attractions. These inclusions can add up to significant savings, making a tour package a cost-effective way to experience the best of Switzerland.
Expert Guides and Local Insights
Another advantage of booking a Switzerland tour package is the opportunity to benefit from the knowledge and experience of expert guides. Tour guides are typically locals who know the country inside out and can provide insights and tips that you wouldn’t find in a guidebook.
They can help you navigate the country, avoid tourist traps, and introduce you to local customs and traditions. Moreover, they can provide a deeper understanding of the country’s history and culture, making your trip a more enriching experience.
Safe and Secure
Switzerland is a safe and welcoming country, but like any destination, it’s important to take precautions and be aware of your surroundings. Booking a tour package ensures that you’re in safe hands, with experienced operators who prioritize safety and security.
Tour operators use licensed drivers and vehicles, and ensure that all activities are conducted in compliance with safety regulations. Furthermore, many tour packages provide travelers with a local SIM card, making it easy to stay connected with loved ones and emergency services in case of any unforeseen circumstances.
In conclusion, Switzerland is a country that offers endless opportunities for adventure, luxury, and relaxation. Booking a tour package is a convenient, affordable, and safe way to explore all that this vibrant destination has to offer. With a wide range of options available, there is a Switzerland tour package to suit every budget and
9 Interesting facts about Himachal Pradesh
If you’re looking for a unique travel experience, consider visiting Himachal Pradesh. This beautiful state in northern India is known for its stunning natural scenery, vibrant culture, and welcoming people. In this blog post, we’ll share 10 interesting facts about Himachal Pradesh that will inspire you to book a Himachal Pradesh tour package from Chandigarh and explore this incredible region for yourself. In addition to being India’s top tourist destination, Himachal Pradesh has a lot more to offer
The highest cricket ground in the world-
Cricket is a beloved sport in India, and fans of the game will be thrilled to learn that there’s a unique cricket ground in the northern state of Himachal Pradesh that’s worth a visit. This cricket ground is not just any ordinary cricket ground – it’s actually the highest cricket ground in the world, situated at an altitude of 2,444 meters above sea level. The cricket ground is located in the small town of Chail, which was once a summer retreat for the Maharaja of Patiala. The ground was built in 1893 and is surrounded by stunning mountain views. It’s a perfect spot for a game of cricket, but playing at such a high altitude is not without its challenges. The thinner air can make the ball travel faster and higher, and players may find themselves getting tired more quickly due to the lower oxygen levels.
Land of the Gods-
Himachal Pradesh, a state in northern India, is known as the “Land of the Gods.” This beautiful region is nestled in the Himalayas and is home to many important Hindu temples and pilgrimage sites. One of the main reasons Himachal Pradesh is called the “Land of the Gods” is because it is home to many important Hindu pilgrimage sites. The state is considered a sacred place by Hindus, and many people come here to pay their respects to the various gods and goddesses worshipped in this region. Some of the most important pilgrimage sites include the Brajeshwari Devi Temple in Kangra, the Bhimakali Temple in Sarahan, and the Hidimba Devi Temple in Manali.
The Taboos Village himachal pradesh-
Nestled in the remote Spiti Valley of Himachal Pradesh lies a unique and intriguing village called Taboos. This small village is known for its rich cultural heritage, unique architecture, and stunning natural scenery. One of the most striking things about Taboos village is its unique architecture. The village is home to an ancient monastery that dates back to the 10th century, and the buildings in the village reflect the traditional architecture of the region. The Taboos Monastery is one of the main attractions in the village, and it’s easy to see why. The monastery houses a valuable collection of ancient Buddhist scriptures, and the walls are adorned with beautiful frescoes and paintings. Visitors can explore the monastery and learn about the history and culture of the region.
Held India’s first Paragliding competition himachal pradesh-
Himachal Pradesh, a state in northern India, is known for its stunning natural beauty and adventure sports. In 1986, the state made history by hosting India’s first-ever paragliding competition in the beautiful town of Bir. Since then, paragliding has become one of the most popular adventure sports in the state, attracting visitors from all over the world. The town of Bir, located in the Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh, is considered the paragliding capital of India. The town is surrounded by beautiful mountains and valleys, making it an ideal location for paragliding. The first paragliding competition held here in 1986 was a major success, and since then, Bir has hosted several international paragliding competitions, cementing its reputation as a premier destination for paragliding enthusiasts.
A smokeless zone-
Himachal Pradesh is known as a “smokeless zone” due to its strict laws and regulations on smoking in public places. The state of Himachal Pradesh takes its status as a smokeless zone very seriously. Smoking is banned in all public places, including restaurants, bars, hotels, and parks. The state government has implemented strict penalties for those who violate these laws, including fines and even imprisonment in some cases. The designation of Himachal Pradesh as a smokeless zone is significant for several reasons. First, it helps to promote a healthier environment for both residents and visitors.
Has two world heritage sites-
Himachal Pradesh, a northern Indian state, is home to two UNESCO World Heritage Sites. These sites are recognized for their cultural and historical significance and attract visitors from all over the world.
The first World Heritage Site in Himachal Pradesh is the Great Himalayan National Park. Located in the Kullu district of the state, the park is known for its stunning natural beauty and biodiversity. The park is home to a wide range of flora and fauna, including several endangered species such as the snow leopard and the musk deer. Visitors to the park can enjoy a range of activities, including trekking, camping, and wildlife spotting. The second World Heritage Site in Himachal Pradesh is the Mountain Railways of India. This UNESCO World Heritage Site comprises three different railway lines, all of which are located in the state of Himachal Pradesh. These lines are the Kalka-Shimla Railway, the Kangra Valley Railway, and the Nilgiri Mountain Railway. The lines were built in the 19th and early 20th centuries, and are considered engineering marvels for their use of innovative technologies and materials.
A major hydropower generator-
Himachal Pradesh is a major hydropower generator in India, thanks to its abundant natural resources such as rivers and mountains. The state has the potential to generate up to 27,436 MW of hydropower, and currently has an installed capacity of around 10,000 MW. Hydropower is a renewable and environmentally-friendly source of energy that uses the flow of water to generate electricity. Himachal Pradesh is blessed with a number of rivers and mountain ranges, which provide ideal conditions for the generation of hydropower. The state has several large hydropower projects, including the Nathpa Jhakri Hydro Power Station, which is the largest hydroelectric power plant in India, with a capacity of 1,500 MW.
Nature’s ice skating rink –
Himachal Pradesh, a state in northern India, is home to several natural ice skating rinks. These rinks are formed during the winter months when the temperature drops below freezing, and provide a unique and exhilarating experience for visitors. One of the most popular natural ice skating rinks in Himachal Pradesh is located in the town of Shimla. The rink is situated in the heart of the town and is surrounded by beautiful colonial-era buildings and picturesque snow-covered mountains. Visitors can rent skates and enjoy skating on the rink, which is open from December to February each year. Another popular natural ice skating rink in Himachal Pradesh is located in the town of Dalhousie. The rink is situated in the Khajjiar valley and is surrounded by beautiful pine trees and snow-covered peaks. Visitors can enjoy skating on the rink, which is open from December to February each year. Manali, another popular tourist destination in Himachal Pradesh, is also home to several natural ice skating rinks. The most popular rink is located near the Manali mall road and is open from December to February each year.
Khajjiar, a small hill station in Himachal Pradesh, is often referred to as “Miniature Switzerland” due to its stunning natural beauty and picturesque landscapes. The town is located at an altitude of 6,500 feet above sea level and is surrounded by dense forests, rolling hills, and a beautiful lake. One of the main attractions in Khajjiar is the Khajjiar Lake, which is surrounded by lush green meadows and tall deodar trees. The lake is crystal clear and reflects the surrounding mountains, creating a stunning and picturesque scene. Visitors can enjoy boating on the lake or simply sit and relax while taking in the beautiful surroundings.
Himachal Pradesh is a truly unique and special place, offering a wide range of experiences for visitors to explore. From natural ice skating rinks to picturesque landscapes, from world heritage sites to hydropower generation, the state has something for everyone. Whether you’re interested in adventure sports or simply want to relax and enjoy the natural beauty, Himachal Pradesh is a must-visit destination. With its stunning natural beauty, rich cultural heritage, and warm hospitality, Himachal Pradesh truly deserves its title as the “Land of the Gods”. It’s a place where visitors can experience the magic of nature, learn about the local traditions and customs, and create memories that will last a lifetime. So, if you’re planning a trip to India, make sure to include Himachal Pradesh in your itinerary. You won’t regret it!
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