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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!

The Musafir Stories - India Travel Podcast Saif & Faiza

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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!

    (Not) Far From Mumbai

    (Not) Far From Mumbai

    This week, The Musafir Stories speaks with Husein and Keshav, hosts of the podcast “Far From Fact” (now you get the title of the episode?)
    Today's destination: Day trips and lesser explored  places in and around Mumbai!
     Nearest Airport: Chattrapati Shivaraj Maharaj International Airport, BOM
    Nearest Railway Station: Mumbai Central, MMCT
    Prerequisites -  NA
    Packing - NA
    Time of the year - Round the year 
    Length of the itinerary: Day trips/weekend getaway 
    Itinerary Highlights: 
    Husein and Keshav talk about some of the lesser known and visited places by tourists in Mumbai and shine light on the variety of options Mumbai has to offer to both visitors as well as locals. 
    Day Trips/weekend getaways discussed on the episode include 
    Sanjay Gandhi National Park (including Nagla block entrance)
    Bhandup Bird Sanctuary
    Coastal biodiversity center, Airoli
    Day trips to Alibaug
    BPT Park, Colaba
    Shore walks, Juhu
    Dharavi walking tour
    Links:
    Podcast website:  https://www.farfromfact.in
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/farfromfact/
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/farfromfact/
    Email: hello@farfromfact.in
    Photo by Angel Santos on Unsplash
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    • 50 min
    Pragpur with Aakash Mehrotra

    Pragpur with Aakash Mehrotra

    This week, The Musafir Stories speaks to Aakash Mehrotra from the blog www.handofcolors.me
    Today's destination: Pragpur and Garli, Himachal Pradesh!
    Nearest Airport: Kangra Airport, DHM
    Nearest Railway Station: Raimehtpur, MTPR or Ambh/Pathankot
    Prerequisites -  NA
    Packing - Pack according to the weather, warm clothes preferable
    Time of the year - Round the year 
    Length of the itinerary: 2 days
    Itinerary Highlights: 
    Aakash takes us to the first heritage villages of India, Pragpur and Garli in Himachal Pradesh. We discuss the origin of the village in the 1600s, the origin of the name Pragpur and the connection to the Sood community from Sirhind, Punjab. 
    The villages prospered during the time of the British as the merchants here were instrumental in providing the timber and raw materials for building the summer capital of Shimla. 
    The Beas river in the vicinity, the ample availability of timber and the good weather in the foothills helped the traders set up the operation. 
    The village has a unique identity with an amalgamation of different architectural styles that the traders and merchants were exposed to during their travels. The mansions are inspired by Rajputana architecture, Mughal as well as British architecture and are reminiscent of the mansions of Shekhawati region in Rajasthan. 
    The unique mansions, some of which date back to the 1600-1700s have still been maintained, and the villages were given the heritage village tag in 1997. 
    Some of the unique mansion and havelis in Pragpur and Garli  one should check out include The Judge’s court, Lala Rerumal Haveli, Butel Niwas, Santri ki Kothi, Nalke vali kothi, Melaram ki Kothi, Chateau Garli.
    If you are in the mood to splurge, the Judge’s court and Chateau Garli are two heritage properties which will give you a wonderful experience living in these mansions. There are also other lodges or serais that are more economical options. 
    In addition to the mansions, one can also enjoy the sights and sounds of Himachal - from the Beas river to the majestic Dauladhar ranges. 
    If one wants to extend the itinerary, other places of interest include a visit to the nearby religious places like the Jwalamukhi temple, Dada Sibba temple for the murals, and the unique Kangra style of art. Visiting the villages during the occasion of Lodi or Nakki ka mela - the wrestling festival that happens in September might be a good option. 
    Links:
    Aakash’s blog:  https://handofcolors.me
    Link to blogpost: https://handofcolors.me/2019/06/16/to-the-heritage-villages-of-himachal-pradesh/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/aakashmehrotra
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/aakashmehrotra/
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/handofcolors/
    Link to Aakashs’ episode on Nagaland: https://themusafirstories.com/podcasts/tms006-explore-nagaland-with-aakash-mehrotra/
    Link to Aakashs’ episode on Landour: https://podcasts.apple.com/ng/podcast/71-explore-landour-with-aakash-mehrotra/id1209849464?i=1000456649557
     
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    • 44 min
    Rajgir and Nalanda with Anshul Akhoury

    Rajgir and Nalanda with Anshul Akhoury

    This week, The Musafir Stories speaks to Anshul Akhoury from the blog dailypassengerr.com!
    WINNER OF THE GIVEAWAY ALERT: ANUJ 
    Today's destination: Rajgir and Nalanda, Bihar!
     
    Nearest Airport: Gaya Airport, Bodhgaya, GAY
    Nearest Railway Station: Rajgir Railway Station, RGD
    Prerequisites -  NA
    Packing - Pack according to the weather. 
    Time of the year - October to February 
    Length of the itinerary: 2 days
    Itinerary Highlights: 
    Anshul takes us to his home state of Bihar covering a part of the most popular tourist circuit of the state, Rajgir and Nalanda
    Places covered on the itinerary
    World Peace Pagoda
    Jarasandh’s Akhada
    Swarna bhandar
    Krishna’s chariot marks
    Pandu Pokhar
    Hot springs
    Cyclopean walls
    Nalanda university remains
    Hiuen Tsang memorial
    Kundalpur 
    Pavapuri Jal Mandir
    Bihar Sharif (if time permits)
    Links:
    Anshul’s blog:  https://dailypassengerr.com
    Link to blogpost: https://dailypassengerr.com/2019/04/09/rajgir-nalanda-travelogue/
    Link to podcast: https://linktr.ee/ansh997x
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/DailyPassenger_
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/daily.passenger/
     
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    • 44 min
    Ep. 110: Headhunters of Nagaland with Ila Reddy

    Ep. 110: Headhunters of Nagaland with Ila Reddy

    This week, The Musafir Stories speaks to Ila Reddy, as she takes us on a trip to the land of the Headhunters, Nagaland!
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    Today's destination: Nagaland
    Nearest Airport: Dimapur Airport, DMU
    Nearest Railway Station: Dimapur Railway Station, DMV
    Prerequisites -  Inner line permit is required. Can be applied at https://ilp.nagaland.gov.in/
    Packing - Pack according to the weather. 
    Time of the year - First week of April
    Length of the itinerary: 6 days
    Itinerary Highlights: 
    Ila talks about the planning for this trip and more about her larger itinerary that included Kaziranga National Park, Majuli island and finishing off at Mon district in Nagaland to celebrate the Aoleng festival of the konyaks. 
    We discuss more about the Konyaks and their unique tradition and culture including the tradition of body tattoos, large ear piercings and headhunting. The headhunting tradition, where warring factions would kill and carry the heads of opponents as it was believed to bring good luck, prosperity and fertility to the village. The practice started to decline after Christianity was brought to the area by the British, and stopped in the 1970’s. 
    The Konyaks are one of the biggest of the tribes of Nagaland and are mostly situated in the Mon district of Nagaland. The last surviving head-hunters of Nagaland are in their 80s and 90s. 
    The group planned to spend time interacting with the Konyaks during their Aoling festival that is celebrated before the harvest season to welcome spring and the new year. The festival is celebrated in the first week of April. 
    The week-long festival includes music, dancing, feasting, sacrifices and traditional rituals. The preparation includes new clothes, food, rice beer, dressing up with the traditional clothes and headgear. 
    Ila and the group spend time across three different villages participating in the celebrations. The trip starts off at the Shiyong, spending time at the tea estate of Phejin Konyak, a great granddaughter of a popular headhunter and author of “The Konyaks: Last of the tattooed headhunters”, among the views and the welcoming locals. 
    After Shiong, the group spent time at Hongphoi & Wanchin - two smaller villages. Most of the octogenarian headhunters were in Hongphoi. The celebrations were more intimate and on a smaller scale. Ila also has the opportunity to engage in playing the traditional log drums during the festival. 
    The next stop was at Longwa, which is at the Indo-Burmese borders. The celebration appears to be a bit more aggressive with gun totting Nagas who set off celebratory fire shots. The village was also unique given it was bordering Myanmar, giving access to some local delicacies. The Anghs or the chieftain’s house is half in India and half in Myanmar, and the locals are free to move about to the neighbouring village to visit relatives. 
    Ila also spends some time visiting the local gunsmiths and craftsmen, who are popular for wooden products. We also discuss the effect of opium addiction as a part of the Naga lifestyle. 
    We wrap up by discussing the Naga kitchen and its importance as being the centre of the Naga household where the family members spend most time in. The delicacies include non-vegetarian and vegetarian dishes along with the local rice beer. 
    Links:
    Ila’s blog: https://ilareddy.com
    Link to blogpost: https://ilareddy.com/2018/05/05/celebrating-aoleang-with-the-tattooed-headhunters-of-nagaland/
    IG: https://www.instagram.com/ilareddy/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/ilareddy
    Link to the book - The Konyaks: Last of the tattooed Headhunters: https://www.amazon.in/Konyaks-Last-Tattooed-Headhunters/dp/9351941124/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&qid=1627938608&refinements=p_27%3APhejin+Konyak&s=books&sr=1-1
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    • 49 min
    Ep. 109: Chikhaldara with Jasod Motwani

    Ep. 109: Chikhaldara with Jasod Motwani

    This week, The Musafir Stories speaks to Jasod Motwani as he takes us to the hill station of Chikhaldara in Maharashtra! 
    Today's destination: Chikhaldara, Maharashtra
    Nearest Airport: Shioni airport, AKD
    Nearest Railway Station: Badnera Jn, BD
    Prerequisites -  NA
    Packing - Pack according to the weather, don't forget your rain gear during the monsoons!
    Time of the year - June to September
    Length of the itinerary: 2 - 7 days
    Itinerary Highlights: 
    Jasod starts off by discussing the geographical location of Chikhaldara and its USP as the only hill station in Vidarbha region in Maharashtra as well as the only place in Maharashtra with coffee plantations. 
    The name Chikhaldara is a corruption of Keechaka Daara, which translates to the valley of Keechaka - an evil chieftain who was killed by the strongest of the Pandavas, Bhima, for harassing Draupadi
    The region was discovered by Captain Robinson of the Hyderabad regiment in 1823, who was mesmerized by the beauty of the region. 
    The first point of interest is the Melghat Tiger reserve, one of the first tiger reserves of Maharashtra, and is home to over 80 tigers and covers about 1600 square kilometers. The tiger reserve offers a variety of safaris and other sighting and adventure activities along with some good stay options
    After wildlife, the next important point of interest on the itinerary are the forts of Gwalighar and Narnala forts. 
    Gwalighar fort is named after the gawlis or shepherds of the region, it was first constructed by Ahmed Shah Wali in the 15th century. It has since been ruled by the Marathas and the British and has also been the scene of several key battles between the Marathas and the British. 
    Shahnoor or Narnala fort was built by the Gond dynasty in the 10th century AD, but was later on ruled by Mughals and Rao Rana Narnal Singh after whom it is named. Look out for the wonderful fort gate as well as the huge cannon in the fort premises!
    Other attractions in the region include Saakhar lake and Devi point which is of religious significance. Other lakes include Bir lake as well as Kaala pani lake. 
    Also an important feature of the region are the view points, the famous among them being the Hurricane point, Mojiri point and Panchbol - an echo point. 
    Important waterfalls in the region include Bhimkund, where Bhima is believed to have killed Keechaka, which we referred to earlier in the episode. Other important waterfalls include Bakadari and kalalkund waterfalls, which also offer some great trekking opportunities. 
    Finally, Muktagiri is a complex of about 52 jain temples that is also a religiously significant place that has a lot of devotees visiting around the year and is situated about 50kms from Chikhaldara. 
    Links:
    IG: https://www.instagram.com/jasod_m/
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jasod.motwani
      
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    • 40 min
    Ep. 108: Puri with Ayush Kumar

    Ep. 108: Puri with Ayush Kumar

    This week, The Musafir Stories speaks to Ayush Kumar as he takes us to the holy town of Puri!
    Today's destination: Puri, Odisha!
    Nearest Airport: Biju Patnaik International Airport (BBI)
    Nearest Railway Station: Puri Railway station (PURI)
    Prerequisites - NA 
    Packing - Pack according to the weather, dress code might apply at certain places 
    Time of the year - November - January 
    Length of the itinerary: 3-5 days 
    Itinerary Highlights: 
    Ayush shares his experience visiting the holy town of Puri, situated in the state of Odisha
    We discuss the origins and history of the most prominent place in Puri, the Jagannath Temple, and its connection to King Indradyumna. 
    The temple is believed to have been rebuilt in the 10th century AD by the Ganga Dynasty. The deities of the temple include Lord Jagannath, and his siblings Subhadra and Balabhadra.
    The unique feature of the deities is that they are all made of neem wood, unlike other deities found in prominent temples. 
    Ayush explains the key features of the Jagannath Temple, the connection to the Odissi art forms, and the temple kitchen which is believed to be the biggest in the world. 
    The temple kitchen is believed to have over 500 chefs and serves Chappan Bhog or 56 types of meals every day. 
    We also discuss in detail about the iconic Rath Yatra of the temple. The Yatra happens over a period of 10-12 days and is attended by lakhs of devotees 
    The Rath Yatra starts from the Puri temple and chariots of the 3 deities, Jagannath, Subhadra and Balabhadra travel to the Gundicha Temple situated 3 kms away. 
    There are several other rituals and ceremonies carried out prior to the yatra, including creating new chariots, bathing of the deities, quarantine for 14 days and many other interesting titbits. 
    We also discuss some very interesting mysteries around the temple as well as the important ceremony of Nabakalebara, or replacing the deities with new idols. 
    We cap off the conversation by including other places of interest, including the Puri beach, sand art by Sudarshan Patnaik, important Matthas in the vicinity, Chilika Lake, the artisan village of Raghurajpur among others.  
    Links:
    Episode 81 exploring on Bhubaneshwar: 
    https://themusafirstories.com/podcasts/explore-bhubaneswar-with-ayush/
    Link to Ayush's social media:
    Instagram: @soul.traveller.kumar (https://www.instagram.com/soul.traveller.kumar/)
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    • 55 min

Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5
174 Ratings

174 Ratings

Arunish ,

Wonderful podcast, promoting tourism in India

It's a wonderful initiative by Saif and Faiza. If you are going on a trip to anywhere in India, you must look at this podcast and look whether the place has been covered by this podcast. If yes, you would hardly need any other resource to learn and plan about that destination. Ih have a suggestion however. Most of the time the interviewee's voice is not christle clear, sometimes echoing too much and very blunt at times. Please look into it.

Five Star Meditator ,

Good start ... need to curate better

Stumbled upon this podcast. Loved many episodes but many are patchy , need to bring in speakers who delve into detail and go beyond.

bist_ashish ,

The Great Indian travel show

A great show that every traveller & would-be traveller should listen to.

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