Rakesh Prasad

Joined July 2017
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    A Day Long Trip to Tulshi Baug

    August 7, 2017 in India

    Tulshi Baug is a part of the old Pune City. If you are in Pune as a tourist, then you will enjoy Bargain Shopping here.

    We had come to Pune for a short visit after a long time. I and my wife had planned that one day will be fully dedicated to shopping in and around Tulshi Baug.

    On the day of shopping we booked OLA Cab. Now a days in all major cities, private cars are becoming the best and cheap way to commute in and around the city. They are really good at pick up and drop service.

    We asked the driver to drop us at a point. There on we decided to Explore the area on foot. Even if you have your own vehicle, it's better to hire a private cab because the traffic is so heavy that finding parking can be next to impossible.

    After you get down from your cab and look around, you will find ocean of people moving around. You have to maneuver your way around them and sometimes through them to move ahead.

    Tulshi Baug is an area having many lanes and by lanes that criss cross each other. Sometimes you might find yourself lost in those lanes, but ultimately you will find your way out.

    The lanes and by lanes are filled with street side shops selling items that you never thought you required. As you explore the shops you will start wanting what you see and at the end of the day you will have done some good shopping for yourself.

    A word of caution - There are a variety of cheap items available here. While shopping here you need to control your shopping emotions or else you might get tempted to buy things that you may regret later.

    But if you have come to do some shopping and can bargain with the shopkeepers, you can get some really good stuff for you and your entire family.

    After roaming from one lane to another; and one shop to another shop, it was lunch time. We decided to take a break and have lunch.

    We had sumptuous lunch at R. Bhagat Tarrachand Veg Restaurant.

    After lunch we decided to do some more shopping. We looked around and found a street side vendor selling some good dresses.

    We spend sometime looking through his collection and found some good dresses to purchase.

    We ended our trip with having fresh sugarcane juice.

    It was time to go home. Once again we booked OLA Cab from mobile App. Soon we were on our way to home.

    Shopping in such crowded places is full of adventure and if done properly you can even develop some positive personality traits and people skills. We have become good negotiators and have got some great bargains from such market place.

    This is one unseen benefit when you regularly go shopping in these kinds of open market.
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    Town Hall

    July 22, 2017 in India

    Coimbatore is a wonderful city in the state of Tamilnadu, India.

    Town Hall area in Coimbatore is one of the busiest parts of the city, especially on the weekends and holidays. If you genuinely want to explore the real Coimbatore, I recommend you visit Town Hall. The area is explored best on foot.

    As you walk on the footpath and cross the roads you will experience the richness of the city. The small, medium, and large shops create the hustle and bustle in the area.

    Have ample of time on hand and take a long walk or rather get lost in the lanes and bylanes of the area. I assure you, you will come out mesmerized and will be in awe towards the area. You might even end up buying a bagful of items.

    Town Hall is an area that fulfills people's needs. Its The 'Go To' destination. Whenever people don't find things in their area, they straight away head to Town Hall.

    If you are planning to visit Town Hall, I would like to restate, Town Hall is an area not only for Shopping, but also for exploring the cultural richness of this Exciting and Alive city called Coimbatore.
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    The Road Journey to Ooty

    July 2, 2017 in India

    The weather was cold and cloudy. It was drizzling here in Coimbatore. Over and above we had three consecutive days holiday. In short, it was an ideal time to go on a road trip. And what other place to go to in such romantic weather than the beautiful, scenic hill station, Ooty!

    We booked an Innova and were off to a journey of fun and adventure in the cloudy weather.

    As we crossed Mettupalayam on the way to Ooty, it appeared as if we were moving from land into the mistic clouds. The earth and cloud came together to create a beautiful scenic view. Our cameras were going 'click!click!click!' as the Innova manoeuvred the turns and twists of the road.

    Travelling to Ooty is literally uphill task. It really requires an expertise in driving a vehicle enroute to Ooty. The roads are not so broad and are full of curves. In fact there are 14 Hair Pin bends on the way to Ooty.

    As your vehicle moves towards Ooty, you will be lucky to see some small waterfalls. Now a days it's become a rare sight. What you will find a lot is jackfruit trees with huge jackfruits hanging from the trees.

    The route to Ooty is also inhabited by monkeys. You will find lots of monkeys along with their little ones sitting on the side of the road watching the vehicles go by. Watch out for them as you drive.

    Before reaching Ooty we crossed another beautiful place called Coonoor.

    Coonoor is a Taluka and a municipality in the Nilgiris district. It is known for its production of Nilgiri tea. It's a beautiful place for a stop over and spend time here. We did not stop here as our destination was Ooty.

    As we neared Ooty the weather became natural AC. In fact you may find the inside of your car warmer than outside, even with AC on.

    This is the kind of weather that remains from April to December. January to March is considered as dry season here. During thsee three months, the sun shines bright in the sky. So if you like Sunny weather, you can plan your trip anytime between January and March.

    We were in the month of June and the weather out there was all wet and chilling cold.

    As we had started at 6:30 in the morning, we felt hungry on the way. We stopped at one of the restaurants to have some delicious South Indian breakfast. We entered the restaurant at about 8:30. We were surprised to find that most of the dishes on the menu was over. That's the number of tourists arriving at Ooty.

    We reached our hotel where we were going to stay, just after 11:00 AM. Even though we had enjoyed our early morning journey to Ooty, we had to wait for about 45 minutes to check in our rooms. The check out time and check in time at the hotel is 12:00 PM. We sat in the lobby. It was raining outside. By looking at the weather outside you can never guess that it was almost twelve in the afternoon. It still appeared as if it was around eight in the morning.

    One thing we learnt while waiting in the lobby is that you need to have lots of patience when you travel to such places. The life moves here at a totally different pace. You cannot expect the hurry - burry of a city here. Things happen here at its own pace. So we just sat and relaxed waiting for our rooms to get ready. The staff at the hotel did their best and gave us our room before time.

    Before we settled in our rooms we decided to start our exploration of Ooty after lunch.

    We had the tourist points chalked out where we had to go.

    As for Now, it was time to freshen up and take some rest.
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