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Camp Under The Stars and Refresh Your Souls By Trekking to the Picturesque Dzükou Valley in Nagaland | Rohan Abraham of India Trail Talks About Their Upcoming “Dzükou Fest”

We all know that city life can be stressful – and not only that, routine life anywhere can get depressing at times. We are also well aware that an escape to nature is what we need. But it’s easier said than done. For most of us, planning a getaway is not an easy task. For instance, a trip to the much talked about Dzükou valley in Nagaland may seem inaccessible to most of us. That’s when boutique travelers like “India Trail” provides a convenient solution. Known as the travel experts for the beautiful and mostly unexplored region of North East India, the guys at India Trail have been doing their bit to allow people from all over to experience the natural wonders of the region. Today we have co-founder of India Trail Rohan K Abraham to talk about their upcoming camping trip “Dzükou Fest” to enlighten us about the place, the camp and everything you need to know, to finally plan your trip to Dzükou Valley – the most beautiful trekking spots in the North East of India.  Rohan Abraham of India Trail chats …

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#FACES | “Sangestar Tso Lake in Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh is a Piece of Heaven on Earth” – Gom Chozom

  “This photo was taken in Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh. It was my first visit, and the experience was surreal. Literally felt like I was experiencing  Heaven on Earth; everything was so serene and the scenery was breathtakingly beautiful!  This particular location (in the photo) is called Sangestar Tso Lake and is also famously known as Maduri Lake. It is next to the India-China border and the Bumla pass. Walking amidst the stretch of flowers and lakes was the highlight of the visit. Being a nature lover, the sight of the clouds, flowers, and mountains brought so much peace, happiness, and calm. The valley here is full of wildflowers during this time of the year (Aug-Sept) So you will see plenty of small wildflowers blooming along the walkway and all over the trees. The fresh breath of air and the chirping of seasonal birds makes the place even more enjoyable.” ~ Gom Chozom 

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Vloggers “Twins and The Other Girl” from Sikkim Gives Us a Glimpse into Their Lives in Gangtok

Sikkim with its shimmering waterfalls, lush green forests, alpine meadows, the mighty Kanchenjunga running through and wildflowers that grow beautifully in the valleys undisturbed, this land is filled with perfect picturesque views. Today we have some special guests from Gangtok – 22-year-old twins Pinky and Tinku, and their friend Prakrithi who stars in their YouTube channel “Twins&theothergirl.” They use social media as a platform to share fun yet simple snippets of their life in Gangtok, Sikkim. They make sure to stay super stylish and on-trend while doing all of that! The trio takes us around their favorite cafes in Gangtok, and also gives us a glimpse of their everyday lives – interview and video below. YouTube stars of “Twins&theothergirl” – twins Shreya Rai (Pinky) and Shraddha Rai (Tinku) and their friend Prakrithi from Gangtok gives us a peek into their everyday life in Sikkim and also takes us around their favorite cafes. Read on to know more about them, their passions, inspirations and much more.     Hi girls! Tell us a little bit about yourselves. We are Shreya (Pinkey) and Shraddha …

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24-Year-Old Livika Swu from Nagaland Talks About Her Travel Adventures Around the World and Gives Us Her Top Travel Tips

  How exciting is it to see the sunrise in one country and sunset in another? Breakfast in Paris… Lunch in New York… Dinner in London… That is something we all would like to experience once in our lifetime. 24-year-old Livika Swu from Nagaland lives her life out of a suitcase and travels to her dream destinations as part of her job. Livika Swu travels the world as a cabin crew for Qatar Airways. We’re delighted to have her tell us about her favorite destinations and give us her top travel tips. Read on to get a glimpse of what it feels like to meet different people, explore new cultures and work across different times zones all in one day! Hi Livika! We can’t wait to hear your travel stories… But first, tell us a little bit about yourself. I’m am Livika Swu from Dimapur, Nagaland. I am 24 years old and currently based in Doha, Qatar. I’m part of the cabin crew for Qatar Airways. I love traveling, meeting people from different parts of the …

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Joseph’s Travel Pics Show Us Why We All Need A Little Bit Of Bhutan In Our Lives!

They say not all who wander are lost and traveling definitely gives you the freedom to discover things you would not be able to experience otherwise. Bhutan known for its breathtaking landscapes, beautiful monasteries and historical dzongs (fortresses) is a heaven for anyone seeking for a country that is VISA free for us! Joseph Solomon is a 23-year-old, currently staying in New Delhi. Read on as he takes us through his trip to the land of Thunder Dragons and coined as the happiest country in the world – Bhutan. He also shares his top 5 recommendations for anyone traveling to Bhutan. Joseph in Takin National Park Thimpu, Bhutan “The Indian U-15 Women’s were playing in the SAFF Championship in Bhutan and I was fortunate enough to travel with them to Thimphu and Paro.” “I stayed in Thimphu for 14 days and my mission was to do something – anything new – every day. There was no plan, I just asked people about local treks and hikes and googled my way around those during my trip.” …

#Faces | Shwayi’s Beautiful Visit To Paro Taktsang ‘Tiger’s Nest’ Monastery, Bhutan

  “I was in Bhutan for a vacation with my Bhutanese friends from college. I’m from Mizoram and currently studying at Sharda University. Since we all take the same course (Bachelors Degree in Dental Science) we visited Bhutan as an ‘after exams’ trip.  This picture was taken at Taktsang, Bhutan. Taktsang means  “Tiger’s Nest.” I loved vacationing with my friends – to see the place they’re from and to see their hometown through their eyes. The whole experience turned out to be a giant memorable trip but Taktsang Monastery stood out. It was beautiful to see the devotion with which so many people walk through such a steep mountain to pay their respect. The tiger’s nest cave was scary and different from anything I had ever done before. The climb was hard for me but it was such a treat to finally look upon a temple constructed on such a precarious cliff. I liked almost all the food I ate there, although I had tasted many prior to the visit courtesy my friends who sometimes cook in our …

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Explore Nagaland Beyond the Main Towns by Checking into “The Hammock Resort” in Wokha – a Local Traveler’s Hub

  Travelers to Nagaland and even local folks would be delighted to know that there’s another great way to explore Nagaland – beyond the main towns of Kohima and Dimapur. By checking into a resort in Wokha district – a local traveler’s hub. Our contributor is walks us through “The Hammock Resort” in Wokha district, giving us a good glimpse of the place and the surrounding areas.  Also worthy to note that Hornbill may be celebrated every year in Kohima, but for the locals, Wokha is a place for daily recreation 🙂 Hordes of travelers between Kohima and Mokochung often stop over at Wokha for their meals or afternoon tea – with a plate of freshly made crispy Naga sticky rice roti. So with the place already a hub for local travel and meetups, and located conveniently between Kohima and Dimapur, travelers can enjoy one more pitstop in the lap of nature and comfort to explore Nagaland in a pace that is recommended – unrushed and relaxed. We chat with Ronjamo Murry – one of the founders …

Find Out Why Locals in Nagaland Love Trekking to “Pulie Badze” in Jotsoma Village, Kohima

Weekend is here and we recommend taking some time off  from the digital world, and escape into to the real world outside. Head out for a mini trip – away from your daily grind, noisy traffic and social media, and where? To the much hyped trekking hotspot in Kohima – “Pulie Badze.” Read on to know more about this local hotspot in Nagaland. Located few kilometers away from Jotsoma village in Kohima district (approx 10Kms from Kohima), this place is known for its legendary story (read below) and also popular as a viewing spot for the beautiful scenery surrounding the area through its elevated location. Even the trek to the hilltop is pretty pleasant with a breathtaking view to make for a blissful outing! The legendary story of  Pulie Badze goes something like this  – there was a brave farmer named ‘Pulie’ who died trying to kill a serpent which used to eat up all his harvest. Apparently the serpent swallowed Pulie and he became a spirit. When Pulie’s family came looking for him, they could only hear his …

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Trekking and Sunset Lovers, Head to the Laitlum Canyons in Meghalaya in the Northeast of India

If you are looking for a place to escape to, so that you can “start afresh”, then backpacking to the Northeast of India may be one of the best options out there. As it also happens to be one of the coolest places to be right now, you may as well stop your search right here, and start planning your one-of-a-kind trip! Our local guides of Roots and Leisure helps you explore the most happening local hotspots in the region so be assured that we’ll fill you in sufficiently with all the exclusive and local info. Today, our contributor Mahna Slong from Shillong takes us to the Laitlum Canyons in Meghlaya. Laitlum means “End of hills” and is a must visit if you wish to get a taste of what the region has to offer  beyond the sturdy hills that defines the region.  Mahna enjoying her hot cup of tea and the picturesque view of the Laitlum Canyons About the Laitlum canyons, Meghalaya by Mahna “The mountain and the hills have their way of challenging me so that I can …

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World Traveller E Jey Shares His Story About His Visit to Dimapur, Nagaland

Traveling to Northeast India is always a memorable one; it’s one of those experiences that you keep sharing with the folks around you. So this post comes from one of our readers – E Jey, who wanted to share his travel story to Dimapur, Nagaland with the Roots and Leisure community. E Jey is an avid traveller and runs his own travel blog called “Jaunt Monkey”, which he says is a lifestyle that developed over years of travelling across the globe. He has been to 19 countries -including Nepal, Somalia, Eritrea, Ethiopia,Uganda and more. How I landed in Dimapur Nagaland It was on a bright sunny day that I started my trip to Nagaland. I had just one thing on my mind – which was to be a part of the Hornbill Festival, the cultural extravaganza that is held every December (usually 1st to 10th) in Nagaland. Starting from Kanyakumari, the southern tip of India, my friends and I travelled more than 3000 kilometers to reach Nagaland. Not only did the journey brought me closer to experiencing their culture …