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The Musafir Stories is an audio podcast that documents Indian travel tales. Each episode, we share the journey of travelers in their own words and relive their experience with you, our listeners. The sole aim of our podcast is to share the rich experiences of traveling in India and inspire listeners to take the leap of faith, grab those backpacks and set out to explore the beautiful and exotic country, India!

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The Musafir Stories is an audio podcast that documents Indian travel tales. Each episode, we share the journey of travelers in their own words and relive their experience with you, our listeners. The sole aim of our podcast is to share the rich experiences of traveling in India and inspire listeners to take the leap of faith, grab those backpacks and set out to explore the beautiful and exotic country, India!

    Pench with The Moonchasers

    Pench with The Moonchasers

    Last Call - Limited time offer!!One month of free access to The Great Courses Plus: http://thegreatcoursesplus.com/musafirThis week, The Musafir Stories speaks to Chandreyi and Joy from the blog www.themoonchasers.comToday's destination: Pench National Park, Madhya Pradesh!Nearest Airport: Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport, Nagpur, MP (NAG)Nearest Railway Station: Nagpur Railway Station, NGPPrerequisites - Make sure to get permits and lodging sorted ahead of time (https://forest.mponline.gov.in)Packing - Pack light, do not pack bring colored clothes, carry hats, insect repellants and binoculars as needed.Time of the year - Round the year except monsoons, summer months can be very hot.Length of the itinerary: 3 daysItinerary Highlights:- Joy and Chandreyi start off by sharing the background of the Pench National Park and the folklore it shares of the very popular character, Mowgli and the Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling. The couple also speak of the inspiration drawn from Sir David Attenborough's 3 part documentary that was shot in this national park, Spy in the Jungle!- The National Park is located in the heartland of India, in Madhya Pradesh which is also home to other national parks and tiger reserves like Kanha, Panna, Satpura and Bandhavgarh.- One can enter the path through any of the 3 gates, depending on where you are lodging - Turia gate, Karmajheri gate, or Jamtara gate.- Pench is home to several species of wildlife including but not limited to the Royal Bengal tiger, jackal, peafowl, wild dog, wild boar, sloth bear, Indian leopard, fox, striped hyena, monkey, gaur, barking deer, four-horned antelope, Indian wolf among others.- Both canter and Jeep Safari options are available, be sure to make reservations ahead of time as it can get crowded during the peak season. Safaris are available during the mornings and evenings.- Joy and Chandreyi share their experience of going on the wildlife safaris and the encounter with the main protagonist and queen of Pench - Collarwali and her cubs.- The couple also share their experience of sighting the other popular tigress - Langari.- The next day's safari is all about Collarwali's cubs and the nerve wracking encounter with an unknown male tiger in the region, and how the cubs navigate their way out of a tricky situation.- The duo also share some of the concerns and effects that uncontrolled tourism could have on the ecosystem as well as the long ongoing man-animal conflict.Links:Link to the blog The Moonchasers: https://themoonchasers.comLink to YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCw8R6jB6xzZ3Xjrp26yGuGwLink to the BBC Documentary, Spy in the Jungle: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b009smrgFollow the The Moonchasers on:Twitter: https://twitter.com/dmoonchazers IG: https://www.instagram.com/themoonchasersofficial/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dmoonchazersJoin their workshop: https://www.tripoto.com/collections/tour-packages/careers-to-consider-if-you-love-travelling-joy-and-chandreyi-161718179430 Photo by Jay Patel on UnsplashFollow the Musafir stories on:Twitter : https://twitter.com/musafirstories?lang=enFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/themusafirstories/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/musafirstoriespodcast/?hl=enwebsite: www.themusafirstories.comemail: themusafirstories@gmail.comApple podcasts -  https://apple.co/2LPtTA3Google podcasts - http://bit.ly/2toY7ljwebsite - http://bit.ly/2xFZqOVSaavn - https://bit.ly/2J5rIqiSpotify - https://spoti.fi/2HLPSViGaana - http://bit.ly/2NClUYYpocketcasts - https://bit.ly/2xu3Ewgcastbox - https://bit.ly/2sqBDQiOvercast - https://bit.ly/2LN9wnfStitcher Radio - https://bit.ly/2JiBbhwaudioBoom - https://bit.ly/2oZZowSTuneIn - https://bit.ly/2xyQH4aRadioPublic - https://bit.ly/2snY9u0iHeartradio - https://ihr.fm/2xvOG8RDeezer - https://bit.ly/2L7GmOo

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    Gomukh and Tapovan Trek with Chandan Prakash

    Gomukh and Tapovan Trek with Chandan Prakash

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    This week, The Musafir Stories speaks to slow traveler, mountain lover and YouTuber, Chandan Prakash!

    Today's destination: Gomukh and Tapovan Trek, Uttarakhand!


    Nearest Airport: Jolly Grant Airport, DED


    Nearest Railway Station: Dehradoon Railway Station, DDN


    Prerequisites - Permit will be required for the trekhttps://uttarkashi.nic.in/service/online-single-window-system/


    Packing - Warm clothes, medication, good shoes and trekking gear


    Time of the year - October - November for the Autumn trek


    Length of the itinerary: 3-5 days


    Itinerary Highlights:

    - The trip starts off from Gangotri, a small pilgrimage town and one of the Chardham's in HIndu religion.- Make sure you spend 1-2 days in Gangotri, acclimatizing and making sure your body is getting used to the higher altitude.- Gangotri is also religiously very significant place as it is believed that the Ganges was brought down to the earth from the heavens at this point. There is Ganga temple as well as Suryakund which you can visit during your stay here. The Ganga Aarti also happens on the ghats.- Once you have acclimatized in Gangotri, the trek begins with the first stop being at Chirbasa - this is small stopover and has beautiful views surrounded by pine trees. The permits are checked before you reach Chirbasa- From here, continue trekking towards the camp site of Bhojbasa as this is the only place to halt overnight before your ascent towards Gomukh glacier. There are 2-3 options for staying GMVN property being one of them, along with a couple of ashrams.- AMS can be a factor as you make the ascent, make sure to take breaks and stay an extra day if you have any symptoms.- After the overnight stay at Bhojbasa, start your ascent towards the Gomukh glacier. Gomukh glacier is the source of the river Ganga (River Bhageerathi at this point). The glacier's snout is in the form of a cow's head and is considered holy for Hindus.- One has to cross the glacier in order to continue the trek towards Tapovan - but crossing the glacier is a tricky situation as the glacier has crevasses in several places and has been receding at a fast pace due to climate change. It is preferred to have a guide/porter for the journey.- The trek from Gomukh to Tapovan is the hardest stretch, even though it is a short distance. One gains significant height and has to deal with some technical sections and crossing a river stream (Akashganga) during the ascent.- Once you have crossed the river and made the ascent, you reach Tapovan - our destination and campsite for the next 1-2days. Tapovan is a flat land that is surrounded by some majestic peaks, including the Shivaling peak, Bhagirathi peaks (1,2,3). There are other peaks in the vicinity that one can view as well from the camp site.- There Tapovan meads are full of wildflowers and sometime mountain goats, along with the stunning views of the peaks. The place also has a lot of lore and legends attached to it!- One can indulge in some stunning photography of the surroundings as well as the night skies, weather permitting.- There are a couple of babas who have small huts where one can lodge for the stay. One can also camp here if you are traveling with a travel company. Start your journey back after enjoying the stay here for 1-2 days!


    Links:


    Chandan's Youtube channel - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQ9C6G3Cv4_fcIVb6iAKuuQ


    Gomukh and Tapovan trek video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YNXr76uEZ28


    Image credits: Chandan Prakash


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    Hoysala Temples with Pavan Srinath

    Hoysala Temples with Pavan Srinath

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    Limited time offer!!One month of free access to The Great Courses Plus:http://thegreatcoursesplus.com/musafirThis week, The Musafir Stories speaks to Pavan Srinath, a policy researcher and host of Pragati podcast, Thale Harate podcast and BIC Talks podcast, as he takes us around our home state of Karnataka, exploring the temples of the Hoysala kingdom!Today's destination: Hoysala temples of Karnataka!Nearest Airport: Kempegowda Airport, Bengaluru (BLR)Nearest Railway Station: Bangalore railway station (SBC)Prerequisites - Dress according to the weather, some temples might need you to dress appropriately.Packing - n/aTime of the year - Round the year, except summersLength of the itinerary: Weekend itinerary or an Ex-Bangalore itineraryItinerary Highlights:- Pavan walks us through the origins of the Hoysala empire and the rise from being cheiftains in the Malenadu region to being rulers of a majority of the Karnataka region, spread over a period of 300 years- The rise of the Hoysala empire also coincides with the Bhakti movement and vaishnavite form of Hinduism in the region primarily influenced by Jainism.- The most popular ruler of Hoysalas was King Vishnuvardhana, who also started the work for one of the most popular temples of the era - the Chennakeshava temple in Belur, devoted to Lord Vishnu and built over a period of over hundred years.- Pavan discusses the intricacies of the Hoysala architecture as well as the key characteristics of the temple, including short Vimanas, raised platforms and intricate carvings on the panels. We also discuss the use of soapstone in the construction of the temples as well as the characteristic black sheen of the structures.- Halebidu has the other set of popular temples that succeeded the Belur temple complex, with the Hoysaleshwara temple being the most significant of the lot. Halebidu was later the capital of the Hoysala kingdom before being ransacked by the raiding Sultanate armies.- Besides the temples in Belur and Halebidu, other significant temples in the region include the temples in Belavadi - primarily Veeranarayanaswamy temple built by the Hoysala king Veera Ballala IIOther important Hoysala temples include, but are not limited to- Chennakeshava Temple (Somanathapura near Mysore)- Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Temple (Nuggehalli near Hassan)- Lakshmi Narasimha Temple (Javagal near Hassan)- Lakshmi Devi Temple (Doddagaddavalli near Hassan)- Nageshwara-Chennakeshava Temple (Mosale near Hassan)- Lakshminarayana Temple (Hosaholalu near Mysore)- Amrutesvara Temple (Amruthapura near Shivamogga)Links:Links to Pavan's podcasts:Pragati podcast - https://ivmpodcasts.com/the-pragati-podcast-episode-listThale Harate podcast - https://ivmpodcasts.com/harate-kannada-podcastBIC Talks podcast - https://bangaloreinternationalcentre.org/watch-listen-read/audio/Links to Pavan's social media:Twitter: https://twitter.com/zeusisdead?lang=enIG: https://www.instagram.com/zeusisdead/?hl=enLinkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/pavansrinath/?originalSubdomain=inBattle music:Sota War (https://freesound.org/people/YleArkisto/sounds/258207/) by YleArkisto (https://freesound.org/people/YleArkisto/) is licensed under CC by 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/)Image Credits - The Musafir Stories PodcastLeaf Circle Vectors by VecteezyFollow the Musafir stories on:Twitter : https://twitter.com/musafirstories?lang=enFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/themusafirstories/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/musafirstoriespodcast/?hl=enwebsite: www.themusafirstories.comemail: themusafirstories@gmail.comApple podcasts -  https://apple.co/2LPtTA3Google podcasts - http://bit.ly/2toY7ljwebsite - http://bit.ly/2xFZqOVSaavn - https://bit.ly/2J5rIqiSpotify - https://spoti.fi/2HLPSViGaana - http://bit.ly/2NClUYYpocketcasts - https://bit.ly/2xu3Ewgcastbox - https://bit.ly/2sqBDQiOverca

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    Andaman Islands with Vaibhav Dewan

    Andaman Islands with Vaibhav Dewan

    Limited time offer!! One month of free access to The Great Courses Plus:http://thegreatcoursesplus.com/musafirLecture: How to Speak Effectively in an setting: (Start your free trial before hitting this link)https://www.thegreatcourses.com/courses/how-to-speak-effectively-in-any-settingThis week, The Musafir Stories speaks to Vaibhav Dewan, host of the pregnant papa podcast, Baapbeeti! Today's destination: Andaman Islands!Nearest Airport: Veer Savarkar International Airport, Port Blair (IXZ)Nearest Railway Station: NAPrerequisites - NAPacking - Pack your beachwear! Time of the year - October through January.Length of the itinerary: 8 daysItinerary Highlights:- Vaibhav kicks off his journey from Port Blair where he explores the important points of interest including the Cellular Jail. There is also a sound and light show in the evening at the cellular jail premises.- Another POI that you should not miss out on is Chidiya Tapu, popular for its birds as well the beautiful sunsets. There is also a trek to suicide point that you can easily do from here.- The next pitstop includes Wandoor beach as well as Mahatma Gandhi Marine park to learn more about corals and marine life. Another option is to take a jetty ride to Jollyboy island.- Next on the agenda is a tour to the Ross Island - the former administrative capital of Andaman Islands during the British rule. The island still has a lot of ruins of buildings from the colonial era. There is also a sound and light show here that has been newly started.- The next point of interest is Neil island or Shaheed Dweep - about 47kms from Port Blair. You have to book a ticket on the government ferry here that can be time consuming (in case you don't want to opt for private options). Neil island is popular for beaches like Ramnagar beach, Sitapur beach, Laxmanpur beach and Bharatpur beach. The beaches here have some stunning sunsets that one should not miss. There is also a natural bridge formation called as Howrah bridge that has a lot of corals in the vicinity.- The next and final island stop is to Havelock island or Swaraj Deep! It is one of the bigger islands and is popular for cafes and eateries, as well as its laid back vibes. Radhanagar beach, which is rated as the most beautiful beach in India and 7th in the world is a popular attraction, with smooth white sands and blue waters. Other popular beaches here include Elephanta beach. The island has a lot of options for adventures sports, including Scuba diving certification courses and kayaking.Links:Link to Vaibhav's podcast: Baapbeeti - a pregnant papa podcasthttps://open.spotify.com/show/5cELVD4HYXq0sAQ2lSKaccFollow Vaibhav on :Twitter: https://twitter.com/dewanekhaasIG: https://www.instagram.com/dewanz/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vaibhavdewanPhoto by Deepak Kumar on Unsplash Follow the Musafir stories on:Twitter : https://twitter.com/musafirstories?lang=enFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/themusafirstories/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/musafirstoriespodcast/?hl=enwebsite: www.themusafirstories.comemail: themusafirstories@gmail.comApple podcasts -  https://apple.co/2LPtTA3Google podcasts - http://bit.ly/2toY7ljwebsite - http://bit.ly/2xFZqOVSaavn - https://bit.ly/2J5rIqiSpotify - https://spoti.fi/2HLPSViGaana - http://bit.ly/2NClUYYpocketcasts - https://bit.ly/2xu3Ewgcastbox - https://bit.ly/2sqBDQiOvercast - https://bit.ly/2LN9wnfStitcher Radio - https://bit.ly/2JiBbhwaudioBoom - https://bit.ly/2oZZowSTuneIn - https://bit.ly/2xyQH4aRadioPublic - https://bit.ly/2snY9u0iHeartradio - https://ihr.fm/2xvOG8RDeezer - https://bit.ly/2L7GmOo

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    Auli with Raksha Rao

    Auli with Raksha Rao

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    This week, The Musafir Stories speaks to Raksha Rao from the blog The Roving Heart!Today's destination: Auli, Uttarakhand!Nearest Airport: Jolly Grant Airport (DED)Nearest Railway Station: Rishikesh Railway Station (RKSH)Prerequisites - Make sure to have reservations where necessary, specially if you are planning on taking skiing lessons!Packing - Pack warm clothes and winter wear. Time of the year - Round the year!Length of the itinerary: 6-8 daysItinerary Highlights:- Raksha starts off from Rishikesh, please save enough time as the journey from Rishikesh to Auli can take the full day and roads are usually closed after sun down.- Raksha shares her experience learning skiing in Auli, one of the premier skiing destinations in India. The course can be 1-2 weeks long depending on the option, available by both government and private players. Options for skiing include both tandem as well as solo courses. Auli and Dehradun have also been hosts for the first South Asian Winter games in the past.- While you are taking skiing classes, make sure to take a ride on the second longest cable car in India that is almost 4kms long and lasts for about half an hour. There is also the man made lake that is one of the attractions of the region.- While skiing is the main attraction of Auli, there are several other options for some wonderful treks and hikes. Raksha shares her experience doing the Kuari Pass trek that can be done in summer or winters. - The trek gives you stunning views of the surrounding giants like Mana Parbat, Nanda Devi, Dronagriri, Nilkanth, Beethartoli, Ghori Parbat and Hathi Parbat. - Other popular treks around the region include The Valley of Flowers, Gorson bugyal trek, Hemkund Sahib trek, Tali top, Tapovan among others.- Apart from treks, Auli is also in close proximity to a number of holy sites and pilgrimage centres like the Char Dham, Hemkund Sahib, Prayags among others. There is also a popular Hanuman temple that has links to the Hindu epic of Ramayan.- Finally Auli is also home to one of Adi Shankaracharya's first Math as well as the 2500 year old Mulberry tree below which he meditated. All in all, a great destination for a week long itinerary!Links:Link to Raksha's blog: https://therovingheart.comLink to the blog post:https://therovingheart.com/skiing-in-auli-uttarakhand-india-during-winter/https://therovingheart.com/auli-uttarakhand/#Kuari_Pass_trek_8211_Things_to_do_from_AuliTwitter: https://twitter.com/TheRovingHeart IG: https://www.instagram.com/therovingheart/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheRovingHeart/Photo by Diwaker Singh on UnsplashFollow the Musafir stories on:Twitter : https://twitter.com/musafirstories?lang=enFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/themusafirstories/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/musafirstoriespodcast/?hl=enwebsite: www.themusafirstories.comemail: themusafirstories@gmail.comApple podcasts -  https://apple.co/2LPtTA3Google podcasts - http://bit.ly/2toY7ljwebsite - http://bit.ly/2xFZqOVSaavn - https://bit.ly/2J5rIqiSpotify - https://spoti.fi/2HLPSViGaana - http://bit.ly/2NClUYYpocketcasts - https://bit.ly/2xu3Ewgcastbox - https://bit.ly/2sqBDQiOvercast - https://bit.ly/2LN9wnfStitcher Radio - https://bit.ly/2JiBbhwaudioBoom - https://bit.ly/2oZZowSTuneIn - https://bit.ly/2xyQH4aRadioPublic - https://bit.ly/2snY9u0iHeartradio - https://ihr.fm/2xvOG8RDeezer - https://bit.ly/2L7GmOo

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    Chitrakoot with Shruti Pandey

    Chitrakoot with Shruti Pandey

    ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Access a world of knowledge free for a month! Great Courses Plus : https://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/musafir------------------------------------------------------------------------------------This week, The Musafir Stories speaks to Shruti Pandey, as she takes us to the land with connections to the Ramayan, Chitrakoot!Today's destination: Chitrakoot, MPNearest Airport: Allahabad/Prayagraj Airport, IXDNearest Railway Station: Karwi railway stationPrerequisites:Packing - Pack according to the weatherTime of the year - Nov-Dec, Feb-AprLength of the itinerary:  2-4 daysItinerary Highlights:- Shruti speaks of the connection of Chitrakoot to the hindu epic of Ramayan - the place where Ram, Sita and Laxman spent close to 12 years while on exile.- Chitrakoot has been a religiously significant place given its connection to the Ramayan, there are plenty of pilgrims that visit Chitrakoot through out the year- First on our itinerary is the Kamtanath Parikrama, named after the principal deity of Chitrakoot. Pilgrims perform a circumambulation/parikrama around the Kamtanath mountain which is about 5 kms long. It is believed to be equivalent to performing a pilgrimage to the holy Chardham!- After the parikrama, one can visit the Ram Ghat - the banks of the river Mandakini. It is said to be the place where Lord Ram used to bathe and the place where Tulsidas wrote the Ramayana. The ghat is also popular for the Aarti and the boat rides.- Day 2 starts off with a visit to Hanuman Dhara, a natural spring from the Hanumagiri mountain. This is a bit of a hike and one has to climb 500 steps to reach the spring. Hanuman is supposed to have cooled off here after ransacking Lanka. The climb also makes for a beautiful sunrise here.- Next on the agenda is the Chardham yatra (not the same as the one is Uttarakhand) that covers Sita Kund/Janaki (Sita's pond), Sphatik Shila (crystal like rock formation), Gupt Godavari (two caves which believe to the source of Godavari), Sati Anusuya Ashram (an ashram dedicated to the wife of Sage Athreya)- One of the stop overs is Ram Darshan, that has a beautiful gallery depicting the epic in the form of paintings and sculpture.- There are other places of importance like Bharat coop, Bharat Milan and Kalinjar fort (of Paatal Lok fame).Links:Link to Shruti's blog: https://minireads.inIG: https://www.instagram.com/theminireads/Twitter: https://twitter.com/Minireads1Photo by Jyoti Singh on UnsplashFollow the Musafir stories on:Twitter : https://twitter.com/musafirstories?lang=enFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/themusafirstories/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/musafirstoriespodcast/?hl=enwebsite: www.themusafirstories.comemail: themusafirstories@gmail.comApple podcasts -  https://apple.co/2LPtTA3Google podcasts - http://bit.ly/2toY7ljwebsite - http://bit.ly/2xFZqOVSaavn - https://bit.ly/2J5rIqiSpotify - https://spoti.fi/2HLPSViGaana - http://bit.ly/2NClUYYpocketcasts - https://bit.ly/2xu3Ewgcastbox - https://bit.ly/2sqBDQiOvercast - https://bit.ly/2LN9wnfStitcher Radio - https://bit.ly/2JiBbhwaudioBoom - https://bit.ly/2oZZowSTuneIn - https://bit.ly/2xyQH4aRadioPublic - https://bit.ly/2snY9u0iHeartradio - https://ihr.fm/2xvOG8RDeezer - https://bit.ly/2L7GmOo

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