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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 …

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‘Just A Venue’ in Mokokchung Village in Nagaland is Your Ultimate Holiday Getaway

Small towns in the far North East of India are prepping themselves to becoming one of the top travel destinations. Every nook and corner of this part of the country has so much to offer, it is hard for the team to keep up but the joy of exploring new places everyday is becoming an exciting adventure! Today our local contributor takes us to a piece of heaven in the small town of Mokokchung, in Nagaland. Known for their cleanliness and friendly ambience, a walk in the town guarantees that your happiness quotient will rise substantially. Beyond that, the town has so much to offer with relaxation spots that are popping up every day – with most of them promising to ease your stress in ways they know best – by offering a healthy mix of nature, calm and happiness. “Just A Venue (JAV)” nestled cosily in the beautiful hills of Mokokchung Village provides an ideal retreat for tourists and locals alike. You will find happy people, fertile farmlands, friendly village ladies and giggling, mischievous kids. Swimming …

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Longwa Village in Nagaland Might Be Your Best Bet for a Quiet and Enriching Getaway

One of the coolest things to do right now if you are looking to refresh your mind or just plain bored of the usual stuff on social media – is to go and visit a village and experience Mother Nature and her folks in the purest form. Having said that, there are tons of beautiful villages in every corner of Nagaland, in the Northeast region of India, and our local friends recommend visiting Longwa village in the district of Mon in Nagaland. With just around 600 households, Longwa village promises to be a quiet getaway while also enriching you with their rich historical and natural offerings. It is said that there are only 7 Chief Anghs (a ruler; sole authority of a village) in Mon district and Longwa is one of them that proudly has a Chief. Here are some local information about the place, it’s people and their food. This village shares borders with Burma and India An interesting thing about Longwa is that, it is located on the borders of Myanmar and India. The Chief’s place also …

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“The Essence of Travel is to Experience a Destination in its Organic Form” – Meet The Founders of Madventures From Bangalore

Today, we have Pranav Mutalik and Shreyas Bhat, the busy young entrepreneurs with us who have come up with their Eco Tourism Agency – Madventures on nothing but one of their college trips. Aged around 26, the founders believe that experiencing the place and its people is devoid of the distraction the modern tourism industry offers. To be able to see, feel and experience a destination in its most organic form, is the essence of travel; same goes for hikes. Here’s a conversation with Shreyas, one of the Founders, who tell us how Madventures was born. Share a brief about the Founder of the venture We, Pranav (Mutalik) and I (Shreyas Bhat), have ardent love for traveling and hiking. We have always enjoyed being outdoors and amidst nature and this drove us to get into the hiking and trekking business. In fact, the idea of starting Madventures took shape on one of our trips in college; however, the company means much more to us now. Tell us something about Madventures. What is it all about? Madventures …

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“Travel Taught Me that We are all Explorers – Looking for our Life’s Purpose” Deepika from Mumbai Shares Her Travelling Stories

They say our real test comes when we’re exposed to new places, people, experiences and how we deal with it. Traveling is no cakewalk, and it does get overwhelming at times, but for an explorer, this challenge is an appetizer and some of the best moments are created when you travel. Today, we take you on a virtual journey of a travel fanatic Deepika Gumaste – a traveller, a Communications Consultant, and a Homemaker. She has voyaged over the globe, whilst juggling in between her home in Mumbai and weaving out stories of experiences. How has your roots/upbringing brought you to where you are today I am a trained classical dancer in Bharatanatyam and was also a part of my school singing group. I belong to a family of nerds, who in all capacity treasure activities such as traveling. I got my itchy feet from my mother. As a kid, I traveled high and low, visiting resorts and family destinations. It’s just now that I have taken to a different sort of lifestyle – one that …

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A Vehement Lady Biker For Life – Sneha Suresh

How often do you see a biker lady? We can’t help but crush over women who break the norms of being confined to certain limitations but instead, aspire their dreams – The Pursuit Of Happiness! Meet Sneha Suresh (@motorider_sk) who hails from Navi Mumbai. A Freelance Makeup Artist, and an HR Professional, Sneha is dead passionate about traveling and bikes.  Tell us for how long have you been riding? I’ve been riding for 5 Years and whenever I want to have my “me time” I go for a bike ride. My husband is also a biker so usually it’s the two of us who would take our bikes and go for rides. And how often do you guys travel? Any memorable rides? It depends on our mood. And we have actually covered quite a few places. We go off the road sometimes. If we don’t have time, then we go for a breakfast ride. The best ride till now has been our ride from Mumbai to Goa. Since it was our anniversary we decided to do an …

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Malinggo Homestay – A Home Away From Home in Sikkim

We have become much dependent on our environment but we have turned ignorant to them. Paul helps in bringing awareness and closeness to the nature with the concept of homestay. Here’s a quick conversation with the Founder of Malinggo Homestay in Sikkim who is in love with nature and its beauty of Gangtok. Tell us something about yourself My name is Paul Karna Rai and I live in the valley of Pastanga (East Sikkim). I used to be a Government Contractor and also worked with Voluntary Health Association of Sikkim (VHAS). Perhaps because I live in this valley, I have always felt close to nature, to the environment – the sound of the running river, the chirping of the birds, the cry of the crickets, the flowers of spring, the dew of the winter morning and mostly the first fall of sun’s rays on the mighty Mt. Kanchenjunga. Home is right here in the mountains amidst nature. How did you come up with an idea of a homestay? The concept of homestay first started in …

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Te Amo, Nihon: A Spanish Artist’s Love Affair with Japan – A Chat with Elsa from Tokyo

“I have always loved Japan. It’s history, art and culture. Even before coming to see it for myself I knew I wanted to spend time in this country, especially in Tokyo!” – Elsa (@bunnytokyo) Japan is a  country that defines art, culture and tradition in a way that perhaps, no other country can match up to! Not only is their history doused in fascinating tales but the discipline with which they carry on their traditions without appearing imperious is probably what makes non-Japanese people fall in love with the country; and that’s exactly what happened to  Elsa – the artist who  moved to Tokyo from Spain. She understood almost immediately that  the diverse and idiosyncratic culture of Japan is what breeds creativity and art and that flow was perpetual Here’s  a little information about Elsa Elsa is originally from Spain and she studied Broadcasting and Production in college. She now lives in Tokyo with her husband and it was both their dream, to move to the East after visiting the region for the first time …