Hilarious signs on Indian roads

by Ankit Tiwari

India has often found itself a place on the travel list of visitors from all over the world. Be it animals roaming the streets in the cities to funny sign posts on the mountain roads – you can expect to see the unexpected anywhere when you are in India.

You would see all sorts of people talking about all sorts of things – a discussion taking place in the railway compartment about the Indian economy would seem no less serious than the one taking place amongst the cabinet ministers! A group of youngsters chatting about cricket would seem as though they’ve already surpassed the greats – “Pair nahi chalte Dhoni ke” (Dhoni doesn’t use his footwork well). You can find all this (and much more) only and only in one country – India. And I believe that’s what makes our country so special.

In this post, we’ve decided to bring up some of the hilarious messages put up on sign boards that you would often find on the high mountain roads. As you need to be careful while driving on these dangerous roads with sharp turns, the authorities have put up funny sign boards to make people realize the importance of careful driving.

Most of these sign boards can be found on the Manali-Leh highway, which runs the length of about 470 km. Although these may be hard for some people to decipher the message (or probably some even don’t want to) while driving, the real message behind the puns is to let people know that they are at risk while driving carelessly on such high altitude.

So, let’s have a look at some of the funniest ones.

1) “Peep Peep, Don’t Sleep

 

2) “Life is short, why make it shorter.”

 

3) “I Am ‘Curveceous’ Be Slow.”

4) “Driving risky, after whisky.”

5) “Drive On Horsepower, Not On Rum Power.”

6) “Don’t Be Silly in the Hilly.”

 

7) “It Is Not Rally, Enjoy The Valley.”

Happy and safe travels!

A local’s guide to exploring Kochi

The taste of salt in the air, the friendly people and a vibrant, bustling soul combine to form the sprawling city known as Kochi. This coastal city is one of the most developed in South India, but is more laid-back compared to its counterparts. The weather is pleasant all round, so you can visit this city any time of the year.

If you’d like to visit Kochi and explore the city’s culture and hidden gems like a local, read on!

The Quaint Roads of Vypin

A small town located to the north-west of Cochin, Vypin is separated from the mainland by a bay-like extension of the Arabian Sea. You can rent a car in Cochin, and traverse the 25-odd km to this town quickly. The beauty of Vypin lies in its serene and calm way of life. Most of the roads lie parallel to the coast making for a beautiful drive, and the beaches in the area are untouched and secluded. You can even learn the basics of prawn cultivation from the friendly locals, or explore the Azhikotta Fort which was built in 1503.

Cherai Beach

Cherai Beach is at the north western end of Vypin Island, in the Ernakulam district. Cabs in Kochi make frequent runs to this beach, since it is just 30 km from the city. The road to Cherai is dotted with pretty lagoons and prawn farms, making it one of the most scenic places in Kerala. Coconut trees and paddy fields also add to the charm, but you’ll forget all about the road when you reach the destination.

The beach itself is nicknamed ‘The Princess of Arabian Sea’, because it is one of the finest beaches on the West coast. The total length is close to 15 km, making it ideal for long walks and viewing the sunset. The water level is very shallow, so guests can take a swim or walk up far into the water (although you should check with the lifeguard before you get into the water).

The Mattanchery Trail

Mattanchery is one of the oldest parts of Cochin, and is located near Fort Kochi. The area is famous for its spice trade, which has been progressing for well over three centuries. The mix of pleasant and strong smells, combined with the vibrant culture will enable you to explore more of the area without getting tired. The area also houses the Dutch Palace, which is an architectural wonder in itself. It was the residence of the Maharaja of Kochi, gifted to him by the Portuguese. The walls are adorned by scenes from Ramayana and Mahabharata, but the overall beauty of the palace lies in its simplicity.

There are many other quirky destinations within the city, including Jew Town, the Synagogue and more. If you want to explore these places at your own convenience, then just book taxi in Cochin to take you around. One thing is certain; if you’re looking for a unique travel experience, you’ll find what you’re looking for in the wonderful city of Cochin.

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Offbeat getaways in India: Gokarna

Gokarna is a town situated along the west coast of India in the Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka. It is a renowned Hindu pilgrimage centre, but over the past few years has quickly grown as a tourist destination, especially for those seeking calm and serenity. If, you are searching for some personal space with just the sun, sea and sand, then Gokarna is the perfect destination for you.

Gokarna is a vastly different experience from other famous beach towns such as Goa or Karwar. Interestingly, the Mahabaleshwar Temple which is home to Lord Shiva put this place on the tourist map. The idol here is over 1500 years old, and visiting it will give you a deep serene feeling. Needless to say, Shivaratri is celebrated here with great enthusiasm.

Gokarna is a mix of temples and beaches with legendary stories attached to them. Even though it is a small town, there are several sight-seeing options to keep you busy. The most famous beach is the Om beach, named so because it is shaped like the Hindu symbol of Om. You can engage yourself in some water sports that are available at the beach and later indulge in delicious food available at the many shacks and restaurants present at Om beach. Namaste Café is the one that should not be missed. Other top beaches include Gokarna beach, Kudle beach, Half Moon beach, and Paradise beach. If you love trekking, you can also trek to all five beaches one after the other.

Apart from temples and beaches, Gokarna additionally offers a few other activities that are worth your time. You can indulge yourself in some relaxing massage provided by several resorts, hotels, and even some inns. With a wide variety of options available from foot to a full-body massage, this soothing experience is a must try activity. Gokarna is a centre for yoga too, and you will discover many classes around the town. Don’t be surprised, if you see a foreigner doing yoga on the beach. Shopping at the little shops in Gokarna is something that you can include while in Gokarna. You can discover jewellery, gems, garments, and more.

Barely 75 km from Gokarna is Murudeshwar. One can witness the second largest Shiva statue in the country at Murudeshwar. The large statue in the backdrop of Arabian Sea is a sight to behold. You can also visit Kumta, a small town on the road to Murudeshwar. Kumta is famous for its banana, coconut, fisheries, betelnut and cashew plantations. The long Kumta shoreline is a great sight, and in addition to that, several seabirds add to its beauty.

September to April is the best time to visit Gokarna. Regular buses from Bangalore and Mangalore are easily available apart from a few trains. The nearest airport is the Dabolim airport in Goa which is around 140kms from Gokarna. The roads from Bangalore to Gokarna are relatively good, so if you are in a mood for a long drive, take a cab from Bangalore to Gokarna. To travel within Gokarna, bikes and cars are available for rent. However, if you prefer walking, you can easily cover the entire town on foot. Perhaps, that is the best way to explore the place.            

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Goa: A guide to beaches for some alone time

Tourism in Goa has blown out of proportion in recent years, mainly due to all the hype it has generated as a hippie destination. All the erstwhile pristine beaches have become overcrowded, with beaches in Calangute, Anjuna, Baga and even Palolem not recommended for those seeking solitude. Fortunately, this coastal state is teeming with other, lesser known beaches which are still relatively untouched. They are easily accessible too, as isn’t too difficult to book cabs in Goa.

Let us take a look at some of the best beaches in Goa that haven’t been drowned in the tourism wave.

Butterfly Beach

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One of the best beaches in the state, Butterfly Beach is definitely deserving of its pretty name. It has  relatively long, unexplored stretches of sand, mostly because of its remote location. Butterfly beach is around 35 km from Margao, to the north of Palolem Beach. One can’t get there if they just book taxi in Goa, since the beach itself is not accessible by road and you can only reach it after a two hour trek through the forest. However, if you’re looking for total privacy, Butterfly is the place to go to.

Galgibaga Beach

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Galgibaga is famous not for its party vibes, but for another, much more beautiful reason. It is the seasonal nesting and hatching site of the Olive Ridley Turtles. It is generally regarded as the cleanest beach in Goa, and is located 18 km south of Cancona. Food options might be limited though; the beach is lined by very few shacks and a number of coconut trees. Galgibaga beach is well worth a visit if you’re looking for private experience in crystal clear water and glistening sand.

Cola Beach

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Another secluded beach in South Goa, Cola is the ideal place for an escape from the hustle and bustle of mainstream beaches. Situated 15 km north of Palolem, signboards lead the way to this lesser known paradise by the sea. This beach also has an exotic lagoon- lined by coconut trees, beach huts and Rajasthani style tents.

Sinquerim Beach

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Situated adjacent to the well-known Fort Aguada and just 13 km from Panaji, Sinquerim is another stretch of unspoiled, virgin sands. The beach is the perfect place to relax and enjoy one of the best sunset views that Goa has to offer. It also has a few adventure activities, including scuba diving, water skiing, fishing and wind-surfing. The quaint little eateries close to the beach serve delicious drinks and fresh snacks.

Lovers Beach

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As the name suggests, this is one of the most romantic beaches in the state of Goa. It is located north of the more mainstream Betalbatim beach, and is technically an extension of the same. Despite its proximity to Margao (6 km), the beach always wears a deserted look except for the odd couple. There are no shacks or hotels near this beach and the only way to get here is via private transport. The convenience of Goa car rental has made travelling here that much more simple.

The party scene in Goa is great, but sometimes one needs solitude by the beach to contemplate and revitalise. These are not the only untouched beaches in the state, with Arambol, Betalbatim Cabo De Rama beaches being some of the other options. They are sure to appeal to all those seeking an alternative to the loud and overcrowded mainstream beaches, so make sure to check them out!

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Dear traveller,

When we think of leisurely vacations with family and friends, we think about taking a road trip to hill stations, beaches, glorious monuments, small hamlets hidden away from the public and even our home towns. Travelling is a lot more fun when you can listen to your favourite tracks on loop, carry your own snacks and stop anywhere you feel like on the highway. There’s something warm and romantic about hitting the road with your best friends or cousins, parents or colleagues all squeezed into one car.

What we love about travelling by cab is that you’re free to stop to breathe in clean air, learn about cultures, taste local food and soak in the views. You can quickly stop to admire a small stream or find out how to make jaggery from dates, or even pick up some homemade pickle at a local grocery store. We love that these wholesome experiences on our journey make travelling better and enrich our lives. We live for the surprises we find on road trips.

To us, a road trip is one of the most exhilarating ways to travel the length and breadth of India. There’s always something to look at, always something to explore and always something to experience. Because we love travelling by road so much, we’ve been striving to make sure you get to experience it too. We, at Savaari, started off with intercity cab services in 27 cities – but that wasn’t enough for us. We wanted more of you to go on a road trip, and more of you to experience the same joys of travel that we do.

We are now in 65 cities in India – 65 cities where we help more and more of our fellow travellers to take the weekend off and explore what’s around them. No city is too big or too small. We know travellers and wanderers like us are everywhere. You live near Khajuraho, you live near Alleppey, you live near Alibag and near Tranquebar. We want you to visit them all. Pack your bags every weekend and explore everything there is to see around you.

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Go on a walkabout to Bangalore’s best book stores

Bibliophiles often go to great lengths to scour the globe for a copy of the literature they’ve been craving for. If you’re in Bangalore though, you are in for a big treat! Although the city is primarily known for its party scene, a closer look will reveal some absolute gems of bookstores.

Let us take a look through some of the best bookstores in the Garden City.

Goobe’s Book Republic

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This quaint little bookstore on Church Street is easy to miss, if you’re not actively searching for it. Passers-by are alerted to its presence only via a small chalkboard sign on the street, pointing towards a flight of stairs.

Descend those stairs and you’ll encounter a quaint, beautifully arranged space crammed with all kinds of books. The shop sells a combination of new and second-hand books from all genres. Goobe’s Book Republic gives out a feeling of intimacy, not just because it’s small, but because of the relationship between the seller and the customer.

The employees of the store give you recommendations based on your reading history, and also make sure to get your input on what they should be stocking next. The prices start as low as Rs. 25, so what are you waiting for? Book a cab in Bangalore and get to Church Street!

Blossom Book House

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Another gem situated in Church Street, Blossom is one of the city’s more famous bookshops. It is an odd, yet innovative combination of a bookstore and a library, and the result is a complex setup teeming with promise. And there’s good news for bibliophiles! They’ve recently opened another branch on Church Street – this means even more books!

The store consists of high shelves stacked close to each other and stocked with titles from every genre imaginable. The store has over 50,000 books available, most of them with heavy discounts. The first floor of the store is stacked ceiling to floor with fiction and graphic novels from around the world. On the second floor, you’ll find a large collection of non-fiction spanning art, history, psychology, math and even health.

Atta Galatta

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This bookstore in Bangalore is special, and not just because of the five oaks that stand guard outside the building. Atta Galatta promotes Indian authors actively, and the only books by foreign authors in the store are in the children’s section.

It has an amazing collection of Tamil, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam and English books written by Indian authors. The store regularly organizes book reading sessions and interactive events with Indian writers.

The store also has an in-house bakery so you can munch on your favourite baked goodies while you browse. Located in 5th Block, Koramangala, you can just book a taxi in Bangalore and get here.

The Bookworm

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The Bookworm is known for its unique credit system, whereby users can borrow a book for half the book’s price and swap it for another after reading it. The store boasts of eminent clientele like Ramchandra Guha and Anita Nair, but the owner Krishna wears it lightly on his sleeve.

He started this store back in 2002, and promotes Indian authors and books by giving large discounts. Known among the bookworms of Bangalore as the perfect place to find the ultimate steal. And just like Blossom, Bookworm has also opened up a new branch on Church Street!

Gangaram’s Book Bureau

More than half a century old, Gangaram’s is one of the most loved bookstores in the city. The store moved to its current location in Church Street around five years ago, and its sprawling interiors are stacked with all kinds of books- both academic and fiction.

The store has been associated with International publishers Penguin for the best part of four decades, and has a separate rack for the renowned publishing company.

These are only some of the more famous joints for books in the Bangalore; the city is teeming with many other treasure troves for book lovers. All it takes is the ever curious mind of the bookworm to discover them all and, now that cab booking in Bangalore has become so convenient, they are even easier to access!

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#60DaysOfSummer – Week 9 Digest

Elephant Safari in Kaziranga

How about a tour of Kaziranga National Park on elephant back? If you find jeep safaris too run-of-the-mill while you’re out exploring the wilderness, try the elephant safari here. The national park is in north Assam by the river Brahmaputra and is home to the endangered Great One-Horned Rhinoceros. Read more…

Staycation in Masinagudi

If you’re looking for a quick getaway from the city, spend the weekend hidden away in some of Masinagudi’s resorts and tree houses. Masinagudi is the perfect getaway for anyone who wants to sit back and relax on their vacation. Read more…

Spice Farm in Dudhsagar

There’s more to Goa than the beaches and tourist spots. If you travel into the heart of Goa, you’ll find serene wilderness, gorgeous waterfalls and lots of spice farms. If you want to experience Goa without having to go to the beach or encounter tourists, we suggest you plan a trip to see a spice plantation. Read more…

River Rafting in Dandeli

Rafting in the river Kali is one of the most exhilarating and sought after adventure experiences for those seeking an adrenaline rush. The river at Dandeli has some strong rapids, making it the perfect place to put on a life jacket and get into the waters. Read more…

Day Trip to Adlabs Imagica

Head to Adlabs Imagica just before the summer ends for a day out at their theme, water and snow parks. The amusement park is a great place to spend a day with the family if you’re looking for a quick break from the city but don’t want to spend more than a few hours travelling. Read more…

Coffee Plantations in Araku Valley

If you haven’t had the chance to taste the exquisite Araku coffee, you should probably pack your bags and head to Araku Valley right away. The coffee here is grown by a group of farmers who engage in organic practices and are part of a cooperative. But that’s not the only reason you should be visiting the valley – its scenic beauty is famous in the region. Read more…

 

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#60DaysOfSummer – Coffee Plantation in Araku Valley

If you haven’t had the chance to taste the exquisite Araku coffee, you should probably pack your bags and head to Araku Valley right away. The coffee here is grown by a group of farmers who engage in organic practices and are part of a cooperative. But that’s not the only reason you should be visiting the valley – its scenic beauty is famous in the region.

When you’re not walking through the coffee plantations, you’ll find a number of places in Araku where you can sit back and relax.

HOW TO GET THERE

Book a cab from Visakhapatnam to Araku.

Travel begins with Savaari

Savaari Car Rentals is an online cab booking aggregator that aims to provide reliable and affordable taxi services to its travellers. With travel operations across more than 60 cities in India including Bangalore, Hyderabad, Chennai, Mumbai, Pune & Delhi, Savaari is uniquely placed as the largest car rental company in India in terms of geographical reach. Savaari provides both intercity (outstation) taxi booking services as well as intracity (local) cab services.

 

#60DaysOfSummer – Day Trip to Adlabs Imagica

Head to Adlabs Imagica just before the summer ends for a day out at their theme, water and snow parks. The amusement park is a great place to spend a day with the family if you’re looking for a quick break from the city but don’t want to spend more than a few hours travelling.

And if you’re looking to make this a longer vacation, you can always extend your trip to include Lonavala in your itinerary.

HOW TO GET THERE

Book a cab from Mumbai to Adlabs Imagica.

Travel begins with Savaari

Savaari Car Rentals is an online cab booking aggregator that aims to provide reliable and affordable taxi services to its travellers. With travel operations across more than 60 cities in India including Bangalore, Hyderabad, Chennai, Mumbai, Pune & Delhi, Savaari is uniquely placed as the largest car rental company in India in terms of geographical reach. Savaari provides both intercity (outstation) taxi booking services as well as intracity (local) cab services.