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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Travelogue: Scandinavia, Russia

The Book on Travel to Scandinavia and Russia

Authors Dr Kalpana Bhatawdekar and Shyam Bhatawdekar of this travelogue (titled "Travelogue: Scandinavia, Russia")  had been traveling extensively on business in their capacity of top notch business executives, highly sought after business and management consultants, eminent management gurus, authentic human behavior experts and prolific authors.

Yet they felt that traveling and seeing different places as a part of their business driven journeys was not as complete an experience of the visited places, as they would have liked it to be. That realization gave a kick-start to their additional journeys purely as dedicated tourists.

Simultaneously, they started journalizing their various travel and sightseeing experiences. Now they have decided to bring their travelogues in open in order to share these with all. This book narrates their journey to Scandinavian countries and Russia.

Decision to Travel

The authors write in their book, "When we get set in the routine, we start getting bored.  It is said that travel is a powerful antidote to routines and habits. So, Shyam- my husband and co-author of this travelogue and I decided to go out and see the world. This kind of a venture requires resources. We needed to check up on it. And we did a detailed check up. Luckily we arrived at the conclusion that perhaps we could manage it as we went along. Now that we were somewhat assured of mustering the required resources it was possible for us to explore the different parts of the world.

In our various travels we were looking forward to gaining the worldly experience in addition to doing sightseeing, amusement and holidaying. It's great to be more focused on experiences.  We feel more youthful and enthusiastic about life than ever when we see the world that way. We learn a lot about the ways of the world and try to understand different ways of dealing with life. As we move around we gain new perspectives about our inter-connectedness with rest of the world. All of this was important to us.

So we started out. Gradually we travelled many continents and many countries. We documented a good portion of our travels in detail. The travelogue presented here pertains to our trip to Scandinavia and Russia.

I am narrating the travelogue the way I experienced it along with Shyam."

The Itinerary of Scandinavia-Russia trip
  1. Copenhagen
  2. Oslo and Bergen
  3. Stockholm
  4. Helsinki
  5. Saint Petersburg
  6. Moscow 
The trip involved travel by air, ship, train and bus. 

It also included cruise in the famous fjord of Norway and the most scenic journey by Flam rail.

Read More in the Book........ you can own your copy of the book from: Nuubuu (eBook) or Amazon (eBook and printed book) online.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Char Dham Yatra


(Country wise World Heritage Sites are given at

  • Arrive at Delhi (India).
  • Depart to Haridwar by road or train.
  • Arrive at Haridwar.
  • Visit river Ganga, participate in prayers (Ganga Arti).

Haridwar-Mussorie-Sayanchatti (from here onwards, the entire journey is by road)

  • Depart from Haridwar and arrive at Sayanchatti in the evening.
  • Travel via the hill staton Mussorie.
  • Enroute see Kempty falls.


  • Deapart from Sayanchatti to Janakichatti.
  • Janakichatti to Yamunotri, 7 kilometer trek on foot, doli, kandi or horse.
  • Yamunotri temple.
  • Hot sulphur springs.
  • Yamunotri to Janakichatti, 7 kilometers trek on foot, doli, kandi or horse.
  • Return to Sayanchatti.


  • Depart from sayanchatti.
  • Arrive at uttarkashi.
  • Kashi Vishwanath temple.


  • Depart from Uttarkashi.
  • Photostop at Harsil village.
  • Gangotri temple.
  • Bhagirath rock.
  • Bhagirath river.
  • Return to Uttarkashi.


  • Depart from Uttarkashi.
  • Enroute see Tehri dam.
  • Arrive at Rudraprayag.


  • Depart from Rudraprayag for Gauri Kund.
  • Hot water springs at Gauri Kund.
  • Gauri Kund to Kedarnath, 14 kilometers trek on foot, doli, kandi or horse.
  • Kedarnath temple.
  • Kedarnath to Gauri Kund, 14 kilometers trek on foot, doli, kundi or horse.
  • Depat Gauri Kund for Rudraprayag.
  • Enroute see Alaknanda and Mandakini rivers.
  • Arrive at Rudraprayag.


  • Depart from Rudraprayag.
  • Visit the sangams (confluence) of holy rivers: at Vishnuprayag- sangam of Alaknanda and dhauliganga; at at Nandaprayag- sangam of Alaknanda and Mandakini; at Karnaprayag- sangam of Alaknanda and Pinderganga.
  • Arrive at Badrinath.


  • Badrinath temple.
  • Mana village (at the border of India and Nepal).
  • Saraswati river.
  • Vyas Gumpha.
  • Ganesh Gumpha.
  • Bhim bridge.


  • Depart from Badrinath.
  • Enjoy India's highest and longest cable car ride at Auli.
  • View Nandadevi range of Himalayas.
  • Arrive at Rudraprayag.


  • Depart from Rudraprayag.
  • Enroute see at Deoprayag- sangam (confluence) of Alaknanda and Bhagirathi rivers.
  • Arrive at Rishikesh.
  • Ram Zula.
  • Laxman Zula.
  • Laxman temple.
  • Baba Laki Kamliwala Ashram.
  • Swargashram.
  • Geeta Bhavan.
  • Gangaghat.
  • Depart for Haridwar.
  • Arrive at Haridwar.


  • Mansa Devi temple.
  • Holy dip in river Ganga at Hari Ki Pawadi.
  • Participate in Ganga Arti (if wish to repeat or missed earlier on the first day)


  • Depart from Haridwar by road or train.
  • Arrive at Delhi.

Estimated Duration of the Tour: Approximately 13 to 14 days.

Estimates Cost of the Tour: Approximately Rs (INR) 32000 or US$ 800

Friday, March 6, 2009

Madhya Pradesh

Entire Madhya Pradesh

(Country wise World Heritage Sites are given at

  • Rajwada Palace
  • Lal Bagh Palace
  • Central Museum
  • Chattri Bagh
  • Annapurna Mandir
  • Kanch Mandir

Omkareshwar (Indore-Omkareshwar-Indore)

  • Shri Omkareshwar Mandhata Temple
  • Meeting of Narmada and Cauvery rivers

Mandu (Indore-Mandu-Indore)

  • Baz Bahadur Palace
  • Rani Roopmati Pavillion
  • Jama Masjid
  • Hoshang Tomb
  • Jahaz Mahal
  • Traveli Mahal
  • Hindola Mahal
  • Champa Baodi
  • Ashrif Mahal

Ujjain (Indore-Ujjain-Bhopal)

  • Mahakaleshwar Temple (one of the 12 Jyotirlingas of India)
  • Harsiddhi Mandir
  • Chintaman Ganesh Mandir
  • Bada Ganapati Temple
  • Sandipani Ashram
  • Shipra river
  • Kal Bhairav Temple
  • Arrival at Bhopal

Sanchi (Bhopal-Sanchi-Bhopal)

  • World heritage site of Sanchi
  • Sanchi Stupa


  • Bhopal Lake

Enroute Bhopal-Panchmarhi

  • Bhimbetka
  • Rock Paintings (dating back thousands of years)


  • Mahadeo
  • Jatashankar
  • Pandavgumpha
  • Gupt Mahadeo
  • Indigo
  • Bee Fall
  • Priyadarshini
  • Sunset from Dhoopgarh

Kanha (Rudyard Kipling's Jungle Book Country)

  • Kanha National Park
  • Adventurous game viewing


  • Marble rocks of Bhedaghat
  • Boat ride near marble rocks in Narmada river
  • Dhooandhar Waterfall


  • World heritage site of western complex of the temples of Khajuraho
  • Laxman Mandir
  • Kandaria Mahadeo Mandir
  • Other temples in the complex
  • Light and sound show in the evening


  • Jhansi Fort


  • Gwalior Fort
  • Tombs of Tansen, Ghous Mohammed
  • Museum in Jai Vilas Palace
  • Laxmibai Smarak
  • Sun Temple

Estimated Duration of the Tour: Approximately 14to 15 days

Estimated Cost of the Tour: Approximately Rs (INR) 37000 or US$ 1000

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Kerala and Kanyakumari

Kerala and Kanyakumari (Tamilnadu)

(Country wise World Heritage Sites are given at

  • Enjoy Sunrise
  • Kanayakumari Mandir
  • Suchindram Temple
  • Ferry ride to Swami Vivekanand Rock Memorial
  • Tri-samudra Milan
  • Gandhi Mandapam


  • Enroute Trivandrum enjoy speed boat ride at Velli Lake
  • Velli Garden
  • Padmanabh Swami Temple
  • Raja Ravi Art Gallery
  • Napier Museum
  • Kovalam Beach


  • Enjoy backwaters ride from Kottayam to Alleppey

Periyar (Thekkady)

  • Shopping at Kumily Spice Village
  • Periyar wild life sanctuary by boat ride on Periyar Lake


  • Speed boat ride at Mattupetty Dam
  • Tea Estate
  • Eco Point
  • Eravikulam National Park


  • Guruvayoor Temple


  • Adi Shankaracharya's birth place


  • Watch Kathakali dance performance
  • Harbor Cruise
  • Chinese Fishing Nets
  • St Francisco Church
  • Jewish Synagogue
  • Dutch Palace

Estimated Duration of the Tour: Approximately 10 to 11 days

Estimated Cost of the Tour: Approximately Rs (INR) 25000 or US$ 700

Monday, February 16, 2009


Entire Rajasthan

(Country wise World Heritage Sites are given at

Mount Abu

  • Enjoy Sunset of Mount Abu
  • Dilwara Temple
  • Prajapita Bramhakumari Ashram and University
  • Gurushikhar
  • Peace Park
  • Nakki Lake
  • Enjoy boating in Nakki Lake


  • Maharana Pratap Smarak
  • Pear Hill
  • Saheliyon ki Bari
  • City Palace
  • Crystal Gallery


  • Chittorgarh Fort
  • Ranakumbha
  • Meera Mandir
  • Vijay Stambha
  • Padmini's Palace


  • Moinuddin Chishti Darga


  • Bramha Mandir
  • Pushkat Tirth


  • Birla Mandir
  • See Sanganeri Printing
  • Amer Fort
  • City Palace
  • Jantar Mantar
  • Hawa Mahal
  • Shopping at Jaipur


  • Lalgarh Palace
  • Sadual Museum
  • Junagarh Fort
  • Anup Mahal
  • Gaj Mandir
  • Sheesh Mahal
  • Dashnok - Rat Temple


  • Gadhisar Lake
  • Patwon ki Haveli
  • Nathmalji ki Haveli
  • Golden Fort
  • Cannons on Fort
  • Jain Mandir
  • Enjoy Sunset at Sam Sand Dunes
  • Camel Ride


  • Ummaid Bhavan Palace
  • Meharangarh Fort
  • Moti Mahal
  • Phool Mahal
  • Jaswant Thada

Estimated Duration of the Tour: Approximately 13to 14 days

Estimated Cost of the Tour: Approximately Rs (INR) 30000 or US$ 1000

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