PUNE’S HIDDEN GEMS DISCOVERED: A TRAVEL TREAT

Pune, the cultural crown of Maharashtra and vast India, has a rhythmic trail of locations full of awes and surprises. While the evident gems of Pune have impacting stories to tell, there are a few hidden gems too which ooze with history, culture and a sense of phenomenal adventure. We unveil to you, an offbeat path to travel the hidden and less explored locations in and around Pune.

1. SHIVNERI FORT

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Merging history with architecture, sprinkled with lots of cultural takeaways is always a super exciting factor to intrigue the traveller’s mind; a key to hidden gems. Shivneri Fort offers you exactly that unique factor to indulge in to, as it is Maharaja Shivaji’s birthplace and gloriously stands adorned with excellent architecture, hinting at its history of being a military fortification point. Reel back to a deeper past to be surprised and find your feet tracing the intriguing caves, a mark of Buddhist centres in the region. Wear your historic glasses and be on the offbeat path.

2. GARUDMAACHI

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Not known by many, but surely one of the hidden gems to be ticked off the travel checklist which is a short getaway distance from Pune, this place is specially developed for corporate training and a thrilling range of outdoor activities. Unexplored and neatly maintained, Garudmaachi can well be your next weekend haven for everything dynamic your wanderlust soul seeks.

3. GRAM SANSKRUTI UDYAN

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Travel wouldn’t be fun if you already knew about various spheres of lifestyle across locations right? Prepare your curious brain and take off on an interesting journey to Gram Sanskruti Udyan in Pashan, a nucleus of hidden gems mirroring authentic village life of Maharashtra. The vibes are fascinating! Enthrall your senses and learn the diverse nuances of village life maintained by PMC, attractively crafted around the social, festive, commercial, cultural and a comprehensive list of livelihood.

Pune, a historic hub and a cultural centre is a true treat to the travellers who seek not just the ordinary but the less ordinary tracks of India, power packed with hidden gems and overwhelming facts. Be it a quick getaway or a long haul stay, the various places in and around Pune quenches the thirst of any wanderer asking for a destination, undiscovered.

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  1. http://www.traveldglobe.com/destination/junnar/point-of-interest/shivneri-fort
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  3. https://www.triphobo.com/places/pune-india/gram-sanskruti-udyan
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coffees so photogenic

COFFEES SO PHOTOGENIC, YOU WON’T DRINK IT

 Grab and go? No. Grab and click…the coffee pictures.

  1. MELLOWER ‘Cloud’ COFFEE

         Price– Around USD 9.80

         Where– Mellower Café, Shanghai, China

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Their signature coffee craft, this is called the ‘sweet little rain coffee’. A heart rejoicing concept, their coffee comes with a mini-cloud of white cotton candy, which drizzles sweet droplets into your cup while also exhibiting an aesthetic bitter-sweet coffee affair.

Will you still drink it? 100 points to you for giving it 100 percent attention for an Instagram click streak.

  1. MERMAID COFFEE

         Price– 6,000-7,000 KRW (USD6.50)

         Where– Zapangi Café, Seoul, South Korea

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On weekdays, feel fancy…with Zapangi. Mermaid coffee makes the coffee experience a little too unique, and we like everything that helps us collect #Instaworthyenvy. The colourful, eccentric and camera-ready factor is all we need for our coffee salvation.

  1. 3D FOAM COFFEE

          Price– $6.90

          Where– Tap café, Shanghai, China

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Sorting Instagram posts on a coffee deal? Deal. Choose from 3D designs like a teddy bear or hello kitty or a cute ghost topping. At Tap, coffee doesn’t remain just a cup of coffee, it promotes to the high ranks of being an Instagram Star. So we’re saying, grab your 3D latte before someone else Instagrams it.

  1. THE GOTHIC COFFEE

          Price– USD 4-5

          Where– Graph Café, Chiang Mai, Thailand

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The dark souls are coffee addicts, so why not fuse the concept and create some Instagram envy? Oh, and the charcoal lattes actually are quite good for detox. So make room for enough dark stuff because ’tis the season to run monochrome Insta features.

  1. AVOLATTE

         Where– Truman Café, Melbourne, Australia

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Did you say avocados are healthy and coffees not? Well, you need to get introduced to the ‘Avolatte’ trend- hot coffee in an avocado shell. We aren’t sure of the coffee and avocado flavours infusing, but we bet they’ll be a rage on your Insta story.

Even though the ‘Avolatte’ invention got viral as a joke video by a chef in the Truman Café, it’s not a part of their menu.

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http://www.timeoutshanghai.com/features/Blog-Food__Drink/36991/3-of-the-most-photogenic-coffees-to-try-in-Shanghai.html

Underwater dining

TOP 3- UNDERWATER DINING RECREATED IN MALDIVES

The finest and truly exceptional, underwater dining has been the talk of the travellers’ clique lately, and we get exactly why. Beyond just a dining experience, underwater restaurants offer a complete gamut of sensory thrill; from a lavish food platter and tranquil ambience to scenic pleasure and soothing music. Enjoying the description still? Check out a host of sense-smacking underwater restaurants waiting to be discovered below.

 
1. ITHAA (meaning: ‘mother of pearls’)

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World’s first underwater restaurant, Ithaa finds luxury five meters down the surface of Indian Ocean. A global masterpiece, one can relish the 180° panoramic view of the distinct coral gardens of Conrad Maldives Rangali Island. Curved transparent walls, sleek wooden flooring accent the classic seating arrangement, while the cuisine comes with a variety bang, from local spices to western fusions tabled in a six-course and four-course menu set.

2. SUBSIX 

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Breaking the luxe barriers, this restaurant is the epitome of the underwater dining experience. Six meters beneath Indian ocean, this elegant setting is located close to the Per Aquum Niyama Resort, Maldives. Guests get a speedboat transfer and a plush walk down the restaurant to witness an oceanic magnificence featuring clam inspired bar, anemone chairs, floor-to-ceiling glass walls, coral-like chandeliers and intense blue lighting leaving open the marine luxury. From champagne breakfast and lunch to evening cocktails, the subaquatic themed food streak is a must for all the travel thrill seekers.

3. 5.8 UNDERSEA RESTAURANT

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Open to 16 guests at a time, Maldive’s Hurawalhi Island Resort is where you can meet gastronomic bliss, underwater. One of the most remarkable underwater dining locations, the marine scene here comes to a lavish revival. Indulging seafood menu, selected wine pairings and a sense soothing ambience makes the experience infinitely priceless. Measure the impressive panorama of Maldivian coral reefs, wildlife incredibility, kinds of fishes, sharks, eels and turtles and mark your day with an unparalleled dining experience.

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Resort wear style

RESORT WEAR- EASING THE BREEZE WITH SELECT STYLES

A fitting resort wear is about relaxed beach vibes, blending in with nature and of course some sightseeing with more than a couple of fab dining experiences! Resort holiday needs a refined version of regular vacation; this little guide will help you with appropriate and absolute hit outfit ideas to set a nonchalant mode for the entire stay.

WHAT ABOUT THE RESORT WEAR COLOR PALETTE?

Color palette matters! Move all the dark and heavy colours off the resort wear shelf, bring in lots of light, loose and soft shades to compliment your resort mood. Fuse in fabrics that suit your skin, make the vacay fashion look all the more eye-catching. Cotton, silk and linen make for comfortable picks and perfectly reflect trend and ease together.

One piece swimsuit– a must have for the post-winter season, this one piece maillot lends your curves focus and enhances the beach mood! Swimmers and fashion enthusiasts alike can don this clothing piece in their distinct style. Floral, striped, laced, pastel or even solid black are a few options to choose from.

 

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Bikini tops & shorts– while on the vacation, if you have ever had unsolved dilemmas on how to flaunt a proper bikini piece perfectly, then the classy way out into style is adding to your closet chic bikini tops and modish denim or colourful shorts. This will work strikingly extra to lift up your vacation feel and comfortability at the same time.

 

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Kaftan– no other clothing piece has had so many altered styling options as does kaftan, be it in the form of tunic-over-bottoms or fancy layering over a bikini piece or even a tucked in kaftan into your shorts. The style quotient is guaranteed to rise and infuse just the right amount of breezy feels.

 

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Maxi dresses– A resort vacation matches well with a pastel palette, and maxi dresses offer a variety of designs and patterns to be played with. H&M pushed a blooming trend called “Beach Vacation” where smooth toned maxi dresses stunned the fashion followers worldwide. Patterns like bohemian, floral, tie-dye, striped, uni-coloured & multi tones can be experimented with delicate jewellery range like tassels, semi-precious stones, crystals and pearls to edge up the style!

 

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Boho wraps– a chic element to your attire can well be adorned with Boho wraps. Choose any pattern or colour, accessorize your hair, be it a braided style or a bun, ponytail or even left untied. Jazzing up instantly with boho wraps is a breeze now!

 

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Appropriately urbane and skin-loving, this resort wear assortment is sure to make your resort vacation a voguish affair and elevate your sense of arranging holiday closet on a trendy track. Remember to accessorize your outfit with fine, light and fusion adornments. If using just one, statement pieces work just perfectly to keep a classic focus on your individuality. And of course, never forget to adorn an elegant confidence for the vacay season.

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TRAVEL TO THE WORLD’S MOST HAUNTED HOTELS

STANLEY HOTEL, COLORADO

Popular as one of the most haunted hotels in America, this age old hotel is the main muse of Stephen King’s ‘The Shining’, a book as well as a movie that froze a lot of us with its blood curdling narrative. Extremely chilling location, the guests here iterate the paranormal occurrences they experienced, especially on the fourth floor and in the concert hall. Strange noises, laughter, doors banging open and close are a few instances to state. Oh and the piano playing has been heard by numerous guests too, so we’re saying….you can stay for a night and witness it too!

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CHILLINGHAM CASTLE, ENGLAND-

Haunted, medieval and in England, Chillingham Castle is also known as the ‘12th century castle’ which has a spine tingling history of defectors being hung, drawn and quartered. Visitors get to visit the ‘torture chamber‘ which houses a sloping floor indicating blood drainage system and heart wrenching indications of countless executions.

Pink room is famous for its exceptionally horror stay experience; one can hear loud weepy noises and witness blue light flashes, a phenomenon popular as the ‘blue boy’ ghost.

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KAROSTA PRISON HOTEL, LATVIA-

Spooky thrill guaranteed here! Prison turned hotel was once a Nazi and soviet military prison zone. Don’t be surprised while being treated as an actual prisoner, staying in the cell and surrounded with eerie cell doors and walls all around. To add up, the staff will make sure to narrate unnerving stories of uncalled activities and a woman ghost’s presence who hanged herself years ago.

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HOTEL RAJ KIRAN, LONAVALA

Claimed to be haunted by numerous paranormal experts, this hotel in Lonavala has its own uncanny charms. Behind the reception is a room in the ground floor which is reportedly haunted and guests alleged that bed sheets get pulled down and a few also witnessed blue flashes occasionally. This particular room is now closed for rentals.

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HOLLYWOOD ROOSEVELT, LOS ANGELES-

A famous landmark of Hollywood, Hotel Roosevelt hosted first Academy Awards and had Marilyn Monroe and Montgomery Clift as its guests. The staff has reported witnessing a blonde woman in Monroe’s suite where she resided and her presence felt in the Tropicana nightclub area. A ‘cold spot’ in the hotel’s ballroom is also linked with paranormal vibes and the late actor Montgomery playing trombone.

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BUDGET TRAVEL GUIDE: WHAT IS COUCHSURFING?

It’s all in the term; surfing (traveling) from one couch to the other! But wait, there’s even more to it before you feel the comfort and luxury vanishing in thin air. Couchsurfing is a shoestring budget travel option for beginners and professionals alike to experience a local version of wanderlust.

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One of the most budget-friendly options to backpack across towns, cities, countries and continents is couchsurfing. So WHERE to find couches? And importantly HOW?

COUCHSURFING- A WEBSITE

Before the actual couch-to-couch traveling, came ‘Couchsurfing’, a website that started in 2004 for travelers find a host for free stays in cities they are traveling in and vice versa. It evidently came in before Airbnb with free stay BONUS.

Well, one can always pay for the stays in sharing unique cultures, sweet company and being thankful, like not just reserving a couch and disappearing for the next 20 hours to roam around the city. Like couchsurfing, there are a host of other websites and apps which let you interact in advance with fellow travelers and hosts, for that free accommodation you need. Bonus: not every host will offer their spare couch, you might get a bedroom to yourself, a bathroom even! Oh wait, how about an entire cottage to yourself? Hmm, sweet!

COUCHSURFING- BUDGET TRAVEL

WHAT’S THE TAKEAWAY?

  1. LOCAL PEEK IN TO THE CITY– typical tourist experience is replaced with exciting and deeper local vibes, we all need that, don’t we? From money saving tips to hottest spots and top restaurants to some free beer, and of course sliding smoothly through the scam scenarios, the entire stay becomes priceless! (Theoretically and practically) :p
  2. COOK MEALS AT HOME– well, just cook a meal for yourself and your lovely host, in their kitchen. Simple and thoughtful.
  3. LUXURY MIGHT COME FREE– get an entire guest house or villa for yourself? No money involved, no necessary talking involved, no second party involved, all that remains is the house and you!
  4. CULTURAL BIG BANG– nothing is as rewarding as a culturally impacting trip. Share cultures, stories, experiences, adventures; is there ever a limit while talking, especially on culture? No.

COUCHSURFING- BUDGET TRAVEL

HOW SAFE IS IT?

Safety matters, above all the freebies!

When you sign up to any such free host site/app, make it a point to check reviews and suggestions if any, before you lock your stay with a host. A stay with a complete stranger sounds inherently chancy, but isn’t that the entire essence of couchsurfing, but with precautions and your gut feeling by your side.

  • Complete your profile with relevant information and stay real.
  • Choose the type of host you wish to stay with (Family, single female or male, couple etc.) review their profile, get to know them through online conversations.

THE TRICK TO STAY GENUINE?

Never overstay!

COUCHSURFING- BUDGET TRAVEL

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5 BEST MALE FASHION BLOGGERS: INSTAGRAM FOLLOW SPREE AHEAD

Fashion, trend, style and exclusiveness- are words for personalities who pull the weirdest and the most handsome looks on social media, leaving us in awe. You’ll agree here, we carry some serious secret desires to dominate the fashion scene in reality, which we can. We’ve made it easier for you, and no, this list is totally doable, and not made only for the ramps.

1. COLIN GOLD                         

 

 

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A ‘trendspotter’ blog with some classic wardrobe essence dripping in every Instagram post, Mr. Colin fuses travel, love and style brilliantly with his wife Dasha. Master of all prints and shades, his collection oozes urbane comfort, in the most scenic backdrops. Dapper custom made suits and jackets make a regular appearance, more than any other tailored upper wear.

2. QUYEN MIKE

 

 

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Note: Envy meter higher than usual!

Quyen Mike makes complex easy. From suave suits, jackets and long coats to relaxed cardigans and suspenders, he makes over-all denims look an everyday comfort option too. Exceptional edits merged with some dashing shots of his neat style gives us a magical Instagram feed. You don’t want to miss it, we highly recommend it.

3. RAPHAËL SPEZZOTTO-SIMACOURBE

 

 

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Dreamy, charming and in his own elements, this fashion icon crafts casual in the most eye candy way, we don’t know how. Instagram account full of finer sophistication, your eyes won’t get tired of his fascinating style-telling quality. Now you know, you don’t always need runway capes to validate the walk of fashion.

4. LORENZO LIVERANI

 

 

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Trying a new fashion edit today? Go the Lorenzo way, smoother and a plusher touch to daily style. From pastels and sheens to stripes and coastal prints, he skillfully nails winter coats, blazers and bombers. A sensory rejoice, his choice of color palate stands out in the most luxurious backdrops of Milan, Venice, China, Abu Dhabi and so on.

5. CHARLES LAM

 

 

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No one defines aesthetics as impressively as he does. Bringing the fashion ramp game down to the streets, his outfit choices are an absolute hit every time. High collars, furs, boat necks, modish scarves and some quirky patterns give us a peek in to his hi-end assortment. Asian Fashion genius, his outfits exhibit his personal comfort and social elegance.

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