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As a housewife, I do not get many opportunities to travel. However I make sure that I persuade my husband and other family members to plan trips once in a while. Each travel gives me the pleasure of experience new things and it is true that life should not be lived in one place, otherwise our minds turn stagnant.

 
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Posted by on February 25, 2016 in Quotes, Thoughts, Travel

 

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Time For Some Adrenaline Rush WIth Skydiving In Mysore

Hello readers, this is Aarushi Singhania and I am a housewife by choice. I love going on holidays with my husband and kids and travel has always been a passionate pastime. This time around, we decided to visit the iconic city of Mysore, in Karnataka. The city, besides its modern outlook, has a  great heritage and it was a great experience.

The plan included a few must-visit tourist spots such as: the zoo, the palace, the temples, and the museums. One thing that stood out with this trip was an adventure of a lifetime – Skydiving In Mysore.

Skydiving In Mysore

Skydiving In Mysore | Image Resource : 365hops.com

The Activity Of Skydiving In Mysore Is In Great Demand

Skydiving is an adventure sport in its truest sense. Without discouraging the beginners, what I learnt from this experience was that one should be ready and  strong enough to handle a fall from 10,000 ft above, on the sky with a parachute strapped onto the back.

Experience The Bird’s View Of The Ground, By Skydiving In Mysore

Mysore is close to the city of Bangalore, around 139 kilometres from the city. The preferred spot for skydiving in Mysore is at Chamundi Hills. Numerous skydiving camps, impart necessary skills and the required procedure for skydiving.

Skydiving at Chamundi Hills

Skydiving at Chamundi Hills | Image Resource : adventuresagaindia.com

There are two kinds of skydiving – Sky diving Tandem Jump and The Accelerated Freefall. In the former, the person jumps along with the instructor and therefore it is the one  for the  beginners. Whereas the latter is best for intermediates. Due to the high level of danger involved and  necessary precautions and care given by the instructors, this experience comes with a rather hefty price tag.

Accelerated Freefall

Accelerated Freefall | Image Resource : community.vuniquehotels.com

I preferred the Sky diving tandem jump, and I must agree that the world never looked any better. I felt very light and experienced an overwhelming emotional moment – high up in the air. Skydiving was immensely helpful in aiding me battle the  acrophobia in me. Finally, I would suggest everybody to experience this at least once in their lifetime, and I promise that he/she wouldn’t have the slightest regret out of it.

Tandem Skydiving

Tandem Skydiving | Image Resource : damontucker.com

 

 
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Posted by on December 18, 2015 in Adventure, Travel

 

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Bannerghatta National Park Karnataka- Known for Its Wide Range of Animals and Birds

From the Wonderla Amusement Park, we headed towards our final destination which was the Bannerghatta National Park Karnataka. We were a bit sad that we were nearing the end of such a beautiful journey. However, I still had enough excitement in me as I have always been a big fan of anything associated with nature. The National Park is located on the outskirts of the city and was established in the year 1971.

We had to cover a distance of around 22km to reach the park from the main city. It earned the status of a national park in the year 1874. Some part of the park was converted to a biological reserve in 2002.

Bannerghatta National Park

Bannerghatta National Park | Image Resource : commons.wikimedia.org

It is regarded to be one of the most famous tourist destinations of Bangalore. The entire area is divided into different sections such as a snake house, a safari park, an aquarium, a butterfly enclosure, an animal rescue centre, a biological reserve, etc. We also came across various temples which have been in existence for ages.

I also learnt that the park serves as one of the ideal sites for trekking. The responsibility of the management and administration of the park is jointly handled by ATREE (Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and Environment), University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore and Zoo Authority of Karnataka.

Varoius Animals and Birds at Bannerghatta National Park

Varoius Animals and Birds at Bannerghatta National Park | Image Resource : toptourguide.com

The park is so big that it also houses six villages in areas devoted for cattle and sheep farming. We were simply amazed with the ability of the park to house such a large range of animals and birds. We also tried our hands at the lion and tiger safari and it was a memorable experience. It is made up of ten huge forest reserves located on the Anekal Range.

We also walked along the Suvarnamukhi stream which starts from the Suvarnamukhi Hill and flows through the park’s heart. One of the members told us that there is the Suvarnamukhi pond nearby which has miraculous healing powers. The zoo had a collection of various wild animals like bison, bears, Bengal tigers, lions, porcupines, spotted deer’s, panthers, rhinos, leopards, zebras, elephants etc.

Suvarnamukhi Hill

Suvarnamukhi Hill | Image Resource : agratatravel.blogspot.com

 
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Posted by on December 11, 2015 in Attractions, Tourism, Travel

 

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Wonderla Amusement Park Karnataka- A Limited Edition Park for a Magical Experience

The next destination in our list was the Wonderla Amusement Park. We had been waiting for this amusement park for a long period of time and my kids were extremely excited. We knew that stays open from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm on weekdays and up to 7:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday. There is no doubt about the fact that it is one of the top amusement parks of the country and is looked after by Wonderla Holidays Ltd.

It is massive in size and occupies around 82 acres of area. We came to know from one of the members that the company had to invest more than INR 2.5 billion for setting up the park.

Wonderla Amusement Park Karnataka

Wonderla Amusement Park Karnataka | Image Resource : wkitravel.com

As the name indicates, we had a lot of masti and fun inside the park. It is one of the ideal spots for a family and boasts of more than 50 adventurous rides suitable for people of all ages. There are around 55 water and land based rides inside the park. It also organizes a virtual reality show, laser shows, musical fountain shows, etc.

We also went to the dance floor where we had a lot of fun under the rain showers which were controlled electronically. But the best thing about the park is that it has a separate site completely separate for children. I could easily feel the excitement of the kids as their eyes were gleaming with joy. Both my kids were very happy to explore the free fall ride designed for kiddies. I, along with my husband, kept wondering at how the rides were so gentle yet so exciting and unique.

Water Rides at Wonderla Amusement Park

Water Rides at Wonderla Amusement Park | Image Resource : wonderla.com

One of the members of the park told us that the heat used for keeping the water warm during the winters is derived from solar energy. We also had our lunch at one of the five restaurants available. The total complex of restaurants can accommodate more than 1,000 people at a time. The building used for housing the locker rooms had more than 2,350 lockers along with showers and restrooms. It also has a resort spread over an area of 100,000 sq. ft. and made up of 84 rooms.

 
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Posted by on November 23, 2015 in Attractions, Tourism, Travel

 

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Destination Of The Week : Sankey Tank Lake Karnataka

Sankey Tank Lake Karnataka

Sankey Tank Lake Karnataka | Image Resource : bangalorecaptured.com

Sankey Tank Lake Karnataka – My husband is a photography enthusiast and he had heard tales about how beautiful pictures can be captured at the Sankey Tank Lake in Bangalore. So we hitchhiked to Bangalore and visited the Sankey Lake. It came as a complete surprise because it is situated in the midst of the bustling city and yet seemed so serene especially during the sunset.

 
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Posted by on November 4, 2015 in Attractions, Travel

 

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Lalbagh Botanical Garden Karnataka Houses Some of the Rarest Plant Species on Earth

The next destination in our list was the Lalbagh Botanical Gardens which is considered to be one of the most famous botanical gardens in this part of the country. We had to pay a very nominal entry fee of Rs 10 for entering the park and came to know that it stays open ebvery day from 6AM to 7PM.

Commonly known as Lalbagh, the order for the construction of the garden was given by the then ruler of Mysore, Hyder Ali. However, it was his son Tipu Sultan who had completed its construction. One of the major attractions of the Lalbagh is the glass house which draws a large number of people every year during the flower show. It is home to the biggest variety of tropical plants in India and also attracts a lot of people due to the lake.

Lalbagh Botanical Garden Entrance

Lalbagh Botanical Garden Entrance | Image Resource : indian-influences.blogspot.com

It is spread over an area of 240 acres and organizes different types of flower shows, especially on 26th January. We had to travel to the southern part of the city where the Lalbagh is located. There are many trees inside the garden that have been in existence for more than 100 years. It also houses a famous tower erected by Kempe Gowda, the chief architect of Bangalore.

We also visited some rare varieties of plants which are regarded to be brought from France, Afghanistan and Persia. The garden has been aesthetically designed with fountains, lotus pools, flowerbeds and lawns.

Lalbagh Botanical Garden

Lalbagh Botanical Garden | Image Resource : en.wikipedia.org

The old trees of the garden carry a specific label so that one can easily identify them. We also visited the famous Lalbagh Rock which has an age of more than 3000 million years and regarded to be in the list of the world’s oldest rock formations. The gate on the western side is located close to the Siddapur Circle and touches the Krumbigal Road.

It can be easily accessed from Rashtraya Vidyalaya, Doddamavalli, Chikkamavalli, etc. The gate on the east is located close to Jayangar while that on the south or the main gate is close to the Lalbagh Road. The gate on the north acts as the primary exit and leads up to the Glass House.

 
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Posted by on November 2, 2015 in Attractions, Tourism, Travel

 

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Destination Of The Week : Pyramid Valley Karnataka

Pyramid Valley Karnataka

Pyramid Valley Karnataka | Image Resource : mytravelminutes.blogspot.com

Pyramid Valley Karnataka – The Pyramid Valley in Bangalore is a perfect way to relax over the weekend. I make sure I persuade my husband to take me there once in a while as it has lush green surroundings with murals of Buddha and more. There are activities specially designed to calm down the frayed nerves of youngsters!

 
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Posted by on October 20, 2015 in Attractions, Travel

 

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