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Much had been said and seen of Croatia by the time I visited it, in the fall of 2015. Game of Thrones was already a sensation and thus Dubrovnik featured on most traveller’s map. The parties of the coastal towns and the islands near Split had reached mythical stature and the pictures of the hues of Plitvice lakes gave me goosebumps. But not many spoke of Zagreb, the quiet, classical capital city, which mostly is used as a base to get in and out of the country. But it was during my time there, I realised it’s a whole lot more than a stopover.

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My memories of Zagreb range from my new kicks, two beautiful picturesque apartments that I lived in, the majestic opera house, the line of bars at Tkalčićeva street and having one too many beers at my favourite bar there. The Museum of broken relationships made me cry, and the funicular that took me from the lower town to the upper town made me squeal with delight. The city stayed with me and it was a beautiful place to spend some time in Autumn.

Memories of Zagreb

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Here are a few of my favourite things in Zagreb.

Upper town or Gornji Grad, Zagreb:

Nestled between Kaptol and Gradac hills, the upper town or Gornji Grad is where the rich of Zagreb stayed in the older days. It comprises of beautiful pastel coloured houses and narrow windy alleyways that lead you to beautiful squares and spectacular viewing points of the town below. Gornji Grad houses all the architectural delights like St. Mark’s church with its spectacular rooftop colours, the expansive St. Mark’s square, the Croatian Parliament Building, the quaint Stone Gate, the Zagreb City Museum, the Cathedral of Zagreb well known for its twin towers and the Dolac Market. It will take you a good 2 hours to walk around this beautiful upper town and if you are around during sundown hours, then watch out for the liveried lamplighters on horseback, who come to light up the 200 gas lamps that light up this hilltop location. And this happens twice a day even today. If you want to cool off post your walk, head to the oldest bar in Zagreb called Pod Starim Krovovima, nestled in the cosy alleyways and soak in its vintage charm with its dark booths.

Gornji Grad in pastel colours

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St. Mark’s Church

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Pod Starim Krovovima

Funicular:

Something so romantic about a tram car that takes you up to the higher parts of town. Zagreb also has its own Funicular like other cities in Europe but this tram car ride is known to be the shortest funicular ride in Europe. It is known for taking the locals between the Upper and Lower Towns. Buy a ticket at the counter at it costs Rs 30/ 4 Kunas or .5Euros.

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Zagreb Funicular

Museum of Broken relationships:

Once a travelling museum showcasing artefacts and souvenirs left behind by old lovers, each of them with a story. Some of them will make you laugh, some will make you cry, so brace yourself for some feels during your time there. It started when Croatian artists Olinka Vistina and Drazen Grubisic separated, they didn’t want to part with the sentimental reminders of their relationship. So they started the Museum of Broken Relationships. It soon became a travelling museum where patrons would donate articles related to their broken relationships. Wedding dresses, pickles, jewellery, love letters, songs you will find them all here. The Museum finally found home in Zagreb.

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Hello! I am Sudeepta Sanyal currently living in Mumbai, India. I live with the love of my life, my pet Doenut and have been running my personalised travel company The Blueberry Trails for the last 6 years. Music, tea, time on the road, dark rum, books, an evening with my friends is what gets me going! This blog is for you , if you: -Like travel stories -Are Looking for some travel tips -Want to learn from other people’s mistakes on the road (in this case, mine) -Are open to change and new ideas -Like poetry -Are looking to live a life of freedom, passion and compassion. If not, read to have a good laugh!

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In the God’s Own Country With Friends

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Well, in August my friends and I decided to take a long break from work and the busy city for a span of Eight days. We were a group of 4 who were looking forward for a leisure, adventure and reviving vacation. We were looking for the right place during this season to fit the right budget and to enjoy food and experience something new together.

So, our choice was Kerala!!

Yup, we had an amazing time relaxing, travelling, grabbing healthy meals (most of the time) with a whole lot of adventure for a Duration of 08 days under a budget of 10,000/- only per person.

 

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The Train Journey

Day 1 & 2:

Well we decided to take a train to Ernakulam with a 3 tier a/c reservation from Mumbai via Garib Rath Express

Travel Duration: 26-28 hours

Cost: 1100/-

Food: best to pack snack and dinner for the train journey

 

 

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At The train station before Departing

The seats are small in length and breadth but overall fine. We arrived at Ernakulam and took a transfer to Fort Cochin via Ola Cabs

Accommodation: Tantra

Cost per day: 700/- (per Room)

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Facility: basic rooms with attached bathroom, amazing common sit-out on the roof with lots of art, music and travelers influenced place. Has a common well equipped kitchen and the owners are really helpful and an amazing company.

Day 3 & 4:

You can explore Fort Cochin, Ernakulam, Visit Lulu Mall, and Marine Drive. There are also plenty of Church, temples and museum in fort Cochin as it is a completely mixed culture zone where shopping for spices and visiting authentic cafes is something no-one should miss. You could enjoy another day to catch-up with Fort Cochin

 

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Lunch At Aavi – Ernakulam

Day 5:

We Booked a cab to Munnar for a 3 day trip to Munnar Hills. You’ll have to leave early in the morning and have breakfast on the way. But 1pm you should reach your destination and enjoy lunch. I and my friends had decide to have an adventures stay in Munnar where we booked the tent accommodation.

 

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Drive to Munnar

 

Cost: 2000/- (per day for two person a tent)

The cost  included 3 meals (veg/ non-veg), stay with basic facility of bathroom and a spectacular view of nature and the Western Ghats and also a lucky chance to spot wild elephants.

You could relax the day and enjoy tea and bhajis from the local town in the evening.

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Camp Site View

 

Day 6:

We opted for a trek day around the place which was tiring but a breath taking view after the climb. It will consume the whole day so don’t plan for anything but shopping for Tea, Chocolate, spices and etc.

Trek and Guide Charges 250 per head

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Mid-Trek Scene

 

Day 7:

Pack and Leave camp early to enjoy a day at the tea factory where you can see the process of tea making and plantation. Also you could visit a spice garden to enable you to understand more about Spice. This two tours will be done by afternoon and after lunch we could depart Ernakulam Station to catch a train back to Mumbai which we

reached the next day.

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Tea plantation

 

 

So here’s the conclusion:

Duration: 8 days

Cost: 10,000/- INR (Approx.)

Gang of Friends: 04 members

Cost Includes: Travel via train and car, accommodation and food. Well food cost may vary as per your choice. And also Trek guide charges.

Cost Excludes: Tea and Spice tour entry free (differs as per season) Liquor, Tips if any) and Cochin and Ernakulam cab Charges (varies as per distance and Ola/ Uber)

Well the extras were that, we did make a lot of memories and learnt a ton of new things.

 

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And anyone of you who is looking forward to take a trip with your friends and need some help and ideas you could drop me a mail on contact.hippies@gmail.com

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My first experience with Mumbai local train peak hours

New experiences can teach a lesson to the person facing it, with no doubt. Sharing that lesson with someone may save them from the same consequence.

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Every one faces a new phase in life. Recently I got an opportunity to explore a new instance in my life, I got an experience of travelling in a local train during peak hours(“You see I din’t have an option..office hours changed and I was forced..” *sighs*). I was shifted off to general shift in work, so I had to be in office by 9:00 am on a Monday morning. Initially I was  looking forward to the whole idea of having fun travelling in a rush train.

I stay very far off from my office, so I decided to leave at least by 7:45 am, so I woke up at 6:45 am(“You know right, makeup takes time..” *duh*). My train was at 8:15 and that would get me to the destination station(Thane) by 8:56 and then I would take my bus and reach somewhat by 9:20 I had thought. So I had this perfect plan in my head.

So my perfectly planned day started. I woke up at 6:45 am as I planned, I instantly started getting ready(“nah, I am kidding..lol..me the lazy one.. I sat and slept off again and woke up at 7:00 after my mom said her famous dialogue “If you want to go to office get ready! Else you sleep I won’t wake you up.”, but I said perfect day..haha..!”). Then I had my breakfast and left on time.

I got an auto in time, reached station by 7:55 am. I was expecting a large queue in the ticketing counter(“That was because I wasn’t smart enough to think people running at that time daily would clearly buy a monthly pass than stand in a queue and get late”). There were not too many people. I happily brought a double trip ticket and got to the platform.

Now in so many years of being in Mumbai, people always told me the least crowded line of trains is the harbour line. And since that was the most common thing I heard I trusted it. I expected peak hours would a little crowded than the normal time I used to travel at. And seeing my platform a little less crowded than at that time I assumed maybe what people told me may not be true at all.

Until 8:15 when the train started being visible at the far end, there were not many people around me(” competing”) to get in the train with me. So I was happy. But as soon as train began to come to a standstill, I suddenly noticed I was standing between a crowd(“I still have no idea how that happened”). Then the train stopped, there was a nice “who pushes whom the best game” and we all got into the train.

Now the train hardly had any space for me or anyone, we all crumbled in and fitted in. It was like I had to be there were I was, else people would get irritated with me(“Yeah for hitting them with my bag or my hand or such falling on them”). As stations approached I anticipated a dip in the amount of people getting in, but there was a rise instead. With every station, I froze bitterly. The best way to explain what amount of space issue we had is by comparing two instances. When in normal hours, people would be like “I will take your seat when you get up”, here in peak hours I heard a few women say, “When you leave the place you are standing, I will stand”.

Now in some way or other, by the time the second last stop approached, I got a seat(“Yaayie, window seat”). I was enjoying the view and my travel without realizing the disaster to come. I noticed people getting up 10 minutes before the station was to come(“Yeah I was thinking, these fools..!”). But then as the train was slowing down at the station I began to notice the crowd that was waiting there(“Oh crap..!).

I got up from my seat. Tried fitting into there queue to get down but what happened was they were not letting me get into the crowd. So I thought to myself I will get down at the end(“Big mistake..!”). I somehow got at the end. I saw the crowd that was waiting to get inside the train. They waited like a pack of wolf waiting to feast on an innocent sheep.

Since I was one of the last people to get down and even otherwise, while I tried getting out, the mob of women standing at both sides of the door just pushed me into the train. My bag got stuck in the crowd. It was the most horrible experience. The crowd had zero patience. It was something I had already seen(“The patience part”), but never this. Then finally I pushed my way through then. Luckily I had my bag with me too.

Then I looked up at the stairs to the walkway up. I had only seen a crowd on TV so huge in some big temples in the country, but I was in the middle of one such crowds. There again I dint have to walk, a fleet of 15-20 steps, people made sure they took me with them up(*sighs*).

Moral of the story: If you want to survive in trains like the people who daily use it do, just push people without any reason and stay ahead.

Oh and about my perfect plan.. I reached office at 10:30 am.

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