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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!

    78: Explore offbeat Manali with Priyanka Gupta

    78: Explore offbeat Manali with Priyanka Gupta

    Explore off-beat Manali with The Musafir Stories as Priyanka takes us to her favorite places around!

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    77: Munnar with Sangeetha

    77: Munnar with Sangeetha

    This week, The Musafir Stories speaks to Sangeetha as we explore the Kashmir of the South, Munnar!
    Today's destination: Munnar, Kerala
    Nearest Airport: Kochi International airport (110kms)
    Nearest Railway Station: Aluva, Kerala (110kms)
    Prerequisites - n/a
    Packing - pack some light layers of wool as mornings and evenings can be chilly
    Time of the year - September to Feb is a good time to visit
    Length of the itinerary: 5 days
    Itinerary Highlights:
    - Sangeetha travels with her family by flying from Bangalore to Kochi and driving down to Munnar, this way one can enjoy the beautiful drive leading up to Munnar.
    - The first day is spent seeing around the resort and visiting the Blossom Hydel Park, a park formed by a Hydel power station and has some fun activities for kids. One could spend between 2-3 hours at the park enjoying the beautiful views.
    - Close the park is the Pothamedu view point where one can drive to and enjoy some stunning views of the tea plantations along with picture perfect view of the valley.
    - To experience the rich cultural heritage of the Kerala, Sangeetha visits the Punarjeevi Cultural village to enjoy a Katahakali show next. Kathakali is the popular dance form of Kerala that is based on a song/dance performance to the stories of Mahabharatha and other epics. The beautiful costumes, face paint and expression of the artists is something one should not miss out.
    - The next day begins with a short trek organized by the resort where Sangeetha gets to learn more about the local flora and fauna of the place. The trek is not very strenuous and can be done with ease.
    - Following the morning trek, the family drives down to Eravikulam National park, the first national park of Kerala and home to the endangered Nilgiri Tahr. The park also sees the blooming of the Neelakurunji flowers once every 12 years. Make sure to plan your visit to the park well as waiting times can be a hinderance, specially on weekends.
    - Following the visit to the park, the family drives towards the Anamudi peak - the highest peak in Kerala. The peak is a monolith and offers some stunning views on a clear day. There are also options to trek a part of the peak if one is up for it.
    - Next on the itinerary is a visit to Mattupettey Dam where one can indulge in boating and a few other fun rides. There is also an Echo point, not far away from the dam where you can go shout your lungs out. If you are lucky, you can also run into a herd of elephants grazing the meadows close to the dam!
    - After having fun with the speed boat ride, the family heads back to the Punarjeevi cultural village for an evening of Kalaripayattu - the very popular martial arts form of Kerala that is believed to have originated in the 3rd century BCE. One can watch the performers battle it out with swords, dagger and fire!
    - The other must do trip while in Munnar is a drive up to the Kolukumalai peak - one of the higher peaks in Kerala that is also home to the world's highest organic tea estate, the Kolukumalai tea estate. An early morning drive makes a great spot for watching the sunrise from the peak. PS: Don't miss the egg omelette sold by a little tea stall on the peak!
    - It is better to sign up with a tour company to drive you up the peak as the drive can be quite bumpy. The estate has a very old wooden tea factory that still produces tea in the orthodox style, there are tours of the tea factory available that are worth the time. There are treks around the area that one can take part in as well.
    - Other places of interest in Kerala include a variety of waterfalls, beautiful lakes, tea museums and some great food! One can easily spend a week in Munnar and enjoy the lush green tea gardens and the vistas and still end up wanting more!
    Links:
    Link to Sangeetha's blogpost:
    https://msangeetha.wordpress.com/2019/10/22/munnar-the-land-of-the-mighty-mountains/
    Link to Sangeetha's blog:

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    76: Rebroadcast: Explore Spiti with the desi Traveler

    76: Rebroadcast: Explore Spiti with the desi Traveler

    This week, The Musafir Stories speaks to Prasad NP, also known as the 'desi Traveler'. Prasad shares his story about the time he spent traveling the Spiti Valley, Dhankar lake, Chandratal Lake and the beautiful Monasteries around. So sit back and enjoy listening!

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    75: Khajuraho with Tarun & Pournima

    75: Khajuraho with Tarun & Pournima

    This week, The Musafir Stories speaks to Tarun and Pournima, two of our dear listeners and two budding doctors about their trip to Khajuraho!
    Today's destination: Khajuraho, MP
    Nearest Airport: Khajuraho airport
    Nearest Railway Station: Khajuraho or Mahoba station
    Prerequisites - n/a
    Packing -  Make sure to pack according to the weather as summers can be hot.
    Time of the year -  November
    Length of the itinerary: 3 days
    Itinerary Highlights:
    - Tarun and Pournima set off on a 3 day itinerary to explore the myths and truths around the UNESCO world heritage site - Khajuraho
    - The duo talk about the motivation and inspiration for their travel to Khajuraho and the background of the famed temples of Khajuraho that are home to some erotic sculptures.
    - Day 1 is spent relaxing and visiting Matangeshwar temple, perhaps the only functional temple in the region.
    - Day 2 was a busy day right from the morning starting off with a visit to the Western temple complex, the most well maintained and elaborate group of temples. The Western group of temples comprises of Kandariya Mahadev temple, Lakshmana temple, Jagadambi temple, Vishwanath temple, Chitragupt temple and smaller temples of Varaha and Nandi.
    - Tarun and Pournima also talk extensively about the backstory of some of the sculptures. Must utilize the services of a guide to get the most out of this visit.
    - There is also an Archaeological museum close to the Western group of temples that is a must visit.
    - Eastern group of temples include a Jain group of temples along with Jowari temple, Vamana temple among others.
    - Chaturbhuj temple - the only temple facing west and Dulhadev temple are a part of the southern group of temples. The duo also visit the sound and light show in the evening to cap off a very fruitful day.
    - Day 3 is more about revisiting some temples and photography before heading back to Nagpur.
    Links:
    Link to the blogpost: https://www.tripoto.com/trip/khajuraho-where-sex-is-sacred-5cbcdc86a6906
    Link to the blog: https://www.tripoto.com/profile/tarunasati1272653
    IG: @pournima.kole @tarun_asati
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    74: TMS Specials : Safari with Suyash

    74: TMS Specials : Safari with Suyash

    This week, The Musafir Stories speaks to Suyash Keshari - a young wildlife filmmaker and presenter as he takes us on a safari to Bandhavgarh, the tiger capital of India!
    Today's destination: Bandhavgarh, Madhya Pradesh
    Nearest Airport: Jabalpur airport, JLR
    Nearest Railway Station: Umaria
    Prerequisites -  Make reservations ahead of time
    Packing - Pack clothes according to weather, sunglasses, sunscreen, bug repellant, poncho, camera
    Time of the year - October to March
    Length of the itinerary: 2-3 days
    Itinerary Highlights:
    - Suyash talks about his interest in wildlife and how he took the bold decision to take the plunge and follow his passion
    - He also discusses how the series 'Safari with Suyash' came about after a partnership with WWF (World Wildlife Fund)
    - Suyash talks about Bandhavgarh and the protagonist of his series - Solo, the daughter of the famous tigress Rajbhera, who was featured in the BBC documentary, Dynasties.
    - The youtube series "Safari with Suyash" focuses on Solo and her cubs and how they represent the future of this magnificent species. Make sure to watch the season 1 which is out on youtube now. Season 2 airs later in 2020.
    Links:
    Safari with Suyash - Season 1
    https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLe2nGhEGXFVslobIwOGgQjqPbzgaMAVTn
    Ep1: https://youtu.be/ia4SRQcM7cg
    Ep2: https://youtu.be/z6qgAzCyWc4
    Ep3: https://youtu.be/FwyK52Fih0k
    Ep4: https://youtu.be/DGFefW9rST8
    Ep5: coming soon
    Link to the Suyash's blog: https://suyashkeshari.com (https://suyashkeshari.com/)
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    • 42 min
    73: A speed date with Bengaluru ft Travel.Earth

    73: A speed date with Bengaluru ft Travel.Earth

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    This week, The Musafir Stories speaks to Malavika and Vitasta from Travel.Earth (https://travel.earth) as we explore Namma Bengaluru!
    Today's destination: Bengaluru!
     
    Nearest Airport: Kempe Gowda International Airport
    Nearest Railway Station: Bangalore City Railway Station
    Prerequisites -  N/A
    Packing -  Carry some water and a wear a good pair of walking shoes!
    Time of the year -  November to January is a great time to visit Bengaluru 
    Length of the itinerary:  A Weekend itinerary
    Itinerary Highlights: 
    - The duo set out on exploring Bangalore starting off with a delicious breakfast at Koshy’s - one of Bangalore’s erstwhile restaurants, started as a bakery in 1940 and has since been managed by successive generations of the family. Make sure to try out the Koshy’s bread, Fish and Chips and some yummy desserts. 
    - The next stop is a quick walk to St. Mark’s Cathedral - inspired by St Paul’s Cathedral in London, this magnificent church is dedicated to St Mark the Evangelist and was founded in 1808 (and consecrated in 1816).
    - At a stone’s throw away from the cathedral is Chinnaswamy stadium - a very popular stadium which is also the home ground of RCB - Royal challengers Bangalore.
    - The next pitstop is Cubbon Park, named after Mark Cubbon, the Commissioner of Mysore State. It is a huge park with an area of over 300 acres and has a number of beautiful statues as well, including Chamarajendra Wodeyar, Seshadri Iyer, King Edward, Queen Victoria among others. 
    - After walking around for half a day, the girls have a quick bite at The only place, a great haunt for lovers of steaks and sizzlers! 
    - The second half of the day is spent covering some beautiful museums within Cubbon park - Government Museum, Visveswaraya technology museum and Venkatappa art gallery. 
    - Day 2 starts off with a bang, with a visit to the Bangalore palace - inspired from the Windsor Castle. Built in 1878, the palace was home to Chamarajendra Wodeyar and has some beautiful rooms inside, including the famous Darbar Hall. 
    - The next destination on the agenda is the Bangalore fort, Bengaluru’s erstwhile fort built by the founding father Kempe Gowda and later renovated by Hyder Ali. Only a small part of the original for remains today. 
    - At a close distance from Bangalore Fort is Tipu Sultan’s summer palace - a rustic wooden palace built of teak wood that houses some beautiful paintings and artefacts from Tipu Sultan. The upper level of the palace was used by the women of the royal family. 
    - Other places that find mention in the podcast are Lal Bagh, another beautiful part within the city premises, famous eateries like MTR or Mavalli Tiffin Rooms, CTR or Central Tiffin Rooms, Vidyarthi Bhavan. 
    Links:
    Link to the blogpost: 
    https://travel.earth/bangaloreans-explore-bangalore-for-the-first-time/
    https://travel.earth/day-2-experience-in-the-garden-city/
    Link to episode on Old Bengaluru:
    https://audioboom.com/posts/7044774-tms-specials-old-bengaluru-dargah-to-dharmaraya
    Link to the website: https://travel.earth (https://travel.earth/)
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/traveldotearth/
    Twitter:  https://twitter.com/traveldotearth
    IG: https://www.instagram.com/traveldotearth/
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