#60DaysOfSummer – Week 1 Digest

Farmstay at Punjabiyat

If you’re stressed out at work, and are looking for a getaway that closely resembles freedom from gadgets and technology, head over to Punjabiyat for a glimpse of the simple life. Read more…

Backwaters of Alleppey

Summer may not be the ideal time to visit Alleppey or Alappuzha as it is locally known, but we can guarantee that the laid back and rustic life in the backwaters will take your breath away. If you’re comfortable with slightly higher temperatures, you’ll find that Alleppey has a ton of very cheap places you can stay. Read more…

Tea plantations in Darjeeling

If you can’t properly wake up without a cup of tea, can’t function at work unless you get your regular dose of chai, or if you just appreciate a good cup of tea, we’ve got the perfect vacation spot for you. Read more…

Skiing in Pahalgam

60DaysOfSummer Skiing in Pahalgam

Want to know where it’s snowing right now? Pahalgam, Jammu & Kashmir. If you have an itch for going skiing, head straight to Pahalgam right away! Read more…

Backpacking in Zemu Glacier

Feel like getting away from it all, and running to the mountains? The snow-capped landscape of north Sikkim is a great place to start. Read more…

 

 

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 – Farmstay at Punjabiyat

If you’re stressed out at work, and are looking for a getaway that closely resembles freedom from gadgets and technology, head over to Punjabiyat for a glimpse of the simple life.

Tucked away in the middle of fields in Gurdaspur near Amritsar, this luxury resort only consist of only four cottages. But these cottages are enough to give you a nice getaway experiencing rustic Punjabi life. With Wagah Border an hour away, a milk dairy in Gurdaspur and tractor and bullock cart rides arranged by the resort, you’ll get to experience life in Punjab during your stay.

Apart from a fine dining experience on the porch of your cottage and some private downtime with loved ones, Punjabiyat offers a unique homestay-style experience in the hinterland of Punjab.

If you’re still not convinced, head to Punjabiyat’s web page for some stunning photographs of the property.

HOW TO GET THERE

Book a cab from Delhi to Gurdaspur for a completely private experience at the farm. Since the farmstay is remotely located about 17kms outside the town, it might make it easier to get back to the Delhi.

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 – Backwaters of Alleppey

Summer may not be the ideal time to visit Alleppey or Alappuzha as it is locally known, but we can guarantee that the laid back and rustic life in the backwaters will take your breath away. If you’re comfortable with slightly higher temperatures, you’ll find that Alleppey has a ton of very cheap places you can stay.

If you’re on a tight budget but need a relaxing vacation, we can’t think of a better place to go than Alleppey. If you’re someone who loves a lot of activity, you’re out of luck. Alleppey is all about relaxing by the backwaters in a house boat, or taking a canoe out in the water to explore village life.

Alleppey has some lovely local markets that sell a lot of artisan wares. Towards June, Snake Boat racers begin their practise sessions, and make for a spectacular sight. If you’re looking to go off the beaten path, we highly recommend going down to Kakkathuruthu (Island of Crows), a lush green island in the middle of the backwaters.

If you’re looking for a cheap place to stay, we highly recommend Artpackers. Life and Wind’n’Waves, both great budget stays in Alleppey. Alternatively, if you’re looking for a house boat experience, head to the Punnamada area in town to find agencies that rent them out.

HOW TO GET THERE

Take a train or flight to Kochi. Alleppey is an hour’s drive from Kochi, and you can get from Kochi to Alappuzha by cab. You can also club your holiday with a visit to Munnar, which is four hours away.

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 – Tea Plantations in Darjeeling

If you can’t properly wake up without a cup of tea, can’t function at work unless you get your regular dose of chai, or if you just appreciate a good cup of tea, we’ve got the perfect vacation spot for you.

Darjeeling – birthplace of the famous hand-rolled Happy Valley tea (it sold at UK’s Harrods in 2008 for a whopping Rs 5,000 per kg!) – is a great place for a quick getaway from city life. With laid back tea estates, a stunning view of the Kanchenjunga mountain range and an endless supply of exquisite Darjeeling tea, you’d be hard pressed to find a more relaxed vacation to go on for tea lovers.

Though the First Flush season (the first harvest in the year) ends in February, you might just get to taste some excellent Second Flush Darjeeling tea April onwards. If you’re planning your trip around May, you might just get to experience tea picking across estates.

If you’re looking to just visit or stay at a tea estate, you have several options to choose from including Happy Valley Tea Estate, Singtom Tea Estate and Resort, Gomtee Resort and Tumsong Chaibari Tea Retreat.

HOW TO GET THERE

Take a flight to Bagdogra Airport. Darjeeling is a 2 hour 30 minute drive from Bagdogra. You can also club your tea estate stay with a visit to the Zemu Glacier in North Sikkim.

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 inter-city (outstation) taxi booking services as well as intra-city (local) cab services.

#60DaysOfSummer – Skiing in Pahalgam

60DaysOfSummer Skiing in Pahalgam

Want to know where it’s snowing right now? Pahalgam, Jammu & Kashmir. If you have an itch for going skiing, head straight to Pahalgam right away!

And if you’ve never skied before, don’t worry, Pahalgam has a number of skiing schools that will get you slope-ready in no time. There are quite a few slopes nearby that are suitable for both beginners and trained skiers. And while you’re in Pahalgam, do take the time to visit Gulmarg and Sonmarg two of the most popular tourist spots in Kashmir.

Although the peak season for skiing in Pahalgam is between January and March, given the fresh snow fall in the region this week, it might just be a great time to get away from the heat.

If you’re looking to learn more about skiing in Kashmir, here and here are a couple of resources that you might find useful.

HOW TO GET THERE

Take a flight to Srinagar, then get a taxi or take a bus to Pahalgam. Pahalgam is a two-hour drive from Srinagar.

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 inter-city (outstation) taxi booking services as well as intra-city (local) cab services.

#60DaysOfSummer – Backpacking in Zemu Glacier

savaari-kolkata-to-gangtok

Feel like getting away from it all, and running to the mountains? The snow-capped landscape of north Sikkim is a great place to start.

With week-long treks to the Zemu Glacier at the foot of Kanchenjunga, you won’t miss the winter at all. Walking through some of the most picturesque snow-covered terrain in the country, you’ll get to spot over 550 species of birds. And while hiking through the Khangchendzonga National Park, you might just come across musk deer, snow leopards, clouded leopards and the Himalayan tahr.

And whether it’s making sure you get to Gangtok to start your trek, or if you’re ready to head back to civilisation after your incredible experience, you can rely on us to get you a cab.

HOW TO GET THERE

Most travellers get from Kolkata to Gangtok by cab before going on this arduous trek. Reaching Gangtok a day before starting on the trek helps many trekkers and hikers acclimatise to the altitude.

 

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 – Plan Your Summer Travel

Butterflies in the stomach after that last exam, the arrival of bougainvillaea and watermelons, cricket bats slowly coming out of the attic, lemonade being made in litres and tons of our favourite cartoons.

At some point during summer, the excitement of going on a holiday would take over the household. Were we going to a hill station? Or perhaps a waterfall. Or maybe a short picnic a little distance from the city. It didn’t matter – the excitement of the journey was the same, no matter what the destination was.

The grown-ups figured out getting the bags packed, booking a taxi and figuring out who was sitting where in the car. We were more interested in the fun parts of the trip. Who packed the playing cards for grown-ups and Uno for the kids? Did everyone have a list of songs ready to battle it out during a game of Antakshari? Were everyone’s favourite snacks packed into a giant bag of food that looked like it would explode from the sheer volume of dabbas and packets?

Everyone’s checklist was long, complicated and had its own agenda. The hours just before the journey were always utter chaos. And yet, the moment the keys turned in the ignition, and the car’s engine came to life, everything fell into place. The trip had begun, and despite all the confusion, we could be absolutely sure that this was the best journey we would take in the entire year.

Even after all this time, summer still means nimbu paani, lazy afternoons, evenings spent in parks and yearning for that one summer vacation that we always took with our family. It’s not too late to plan your summer travel. Just finishing college? This may be your last chance to go on an extended break. Work at office getting to you? Take a day-long break somewhere relaxing! And if you’re a parent, you’re probably already planning a whole lot of summer vacation holidays.

Over the next 60 days, we at Savaari will share with you things to do, places to see, and mad adventures to go on. Whether you’re pressed for time, low on cash or looking for a long vacation – we’ve got you covered. We’ll be posting a new activity and destination on our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter everyday. You can come back to our blog everyday for these #60DaysOfSummer, or have a weekly digest delivered right to your inbox! All you have to do is sign up below.

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#DriverDiaries – Savaari’s unsung heroes

Here at Savaari, we’re celebrating three of our unsung heroes – drivers who have made someone’s trip very memorable with their smile and compassion. And just like you, they have dreams, aspirations and love to travel too!

Kamal from Rajasthan

“I’ve been driving a cab for the last three years and have taken my customers on more than 25 trips around Rajasthan. This has allowed me to meet amazing people from all over the world. Keeping my car clean and ensuring that the customers feel comfortable are the most important things for me as a driver.

Every month, I visit Bullet Baba temple near Jodhpur. It is said that distressed travellers get relief if they pray at the temple. I take my customers there at every chance I get. I once went to Tanot Mata temple with my customers and gave them a full tour of the place – they were really happy!

Back home I’ve a loving wife, and we’re welcoming a baby next month. I hope to buy my own car soon. Then I’ll have everything.”

 

Shyam from Bangalore

“My name is Shyam, and I used to work in IT in Bangalore. It was frustrating being tied to a desk job, so I decided to work for myself and started driving. Travelling has helped me communicate with people from all walks of life and I’ve learnt to speak French, German and many Indian languages.

I always try to keep my customers entertained. I’m a big fan of the Kannada movie star Dr Rajkumar. I love photography, so my work also helps me pursue my passion! I’m saving up to buy a new camera to take photos when I take people on their vacations.

I spend at least four days a month with my wife and son, so that I can be a part of him growing up, he’s in 1st standard now. My family is really loving and supportive. ”

 

Daljeet from Gurugram

“In my career spanning nearly 30 years, I’ve met really good people and I often become very close to them.

My motto is to make customers feel as comfortable as possible and build a rapport with them. It’s great when I’m constantly busy with my work, because I love meeting new people. I’ve even driven luxury cars for important diplomats! My favourite trip was when I drove a Canadian family to Rajasthan for five days. We all had a lot of fun and became very close at the end.

I’m away from home and my family a lot. But thankfully, I live in a joint family, and they take care of my wife and kids when I’m out. I feel blessed.”

About 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.

Travel begins with Savaari.

Celebrating the Women Who Dare

On International Women’s Day, Savaari celebrates women who dare.

Women who take on life on their own terms, who defy all odds to do what they love and who inspire us in so many ways to pick up our bags and head out on our dream vacations.

Women who brave the night, women who dream endlessly, women who let their hair down, women who live life on the edge, women who never give up, women who tell stories and women who travel the world.

We didn’t have to look far to find inspiration in these women. They’re all around us. We just looked up and found women who dare.

Agratha Dinakaran

Women's Day with Savaari
Agratha blogs at http://mercurialpurple.blogspot.in/

“Travelling alone as an adult helped me get out of my comfort zone and enabled me to depend on no one but myself. It has prepared me to be self-reliant, be smarter about choices I make, made me increasingly independent, and taught me to have fun and spread joy wherever I go. Travelling alone as a woman has both its upsides and downsides – there will be people trying to take advantage of you and you always have to keep your eyes peeled for any behaviour/people that makes you uncomfortable. Always go with your gut instinct. It’s usually right. There will also be people who will be kind and help you no matter what your situation (trust me, I lost my passport while I was alone in Germany).

There’s always something I’ve learned when I’ve travelled. Sometimes it’s from a city’s history & rich culture and sometimes the story behind a monumental landmark. Sometimes even from the guy I met at a flea market who took me to an unexplored local graffiti scene, and group karaoke at a student bar. Being a budget traveller, I’ve always picked hostels to stay not just to save money, but to meet travellers from other countries, go on pub crawls and city tours together, listen to their stories, and always learn something from them. My travel stories have been filled with enriching and enlightening experiences, and I want to travel to at least one new city/country a year so that I never stop learning.”

Pro Tip: Always take down the embassy details of any country that you’re visiting. It will be of massive help if you are stuck in any unfortunate situation abroad.


Anuradha Goyal

Women's Day with Savaari
Anuradha blogs at www.inditales.com

“Travelling alone has personally never been an issue for me at all. If you travel to remote places outside metros like Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and so on, it’s not a problem. I’ve travelled alone in the pre-cellphone days, and I have a lot of good stories from my journeys.

That being said, I do take my precautions. And I think that if you’re not comfortable with a situation, you should get out as quickly as possible. Don’t do anything that makes you uncomfortable, and choose a protected place to stay if you’re travelling alone.

A lot of women have inspired me to travel. I had the chance to meet and interview Paula Constant who walked the Sahara Desert all by herself! Here’s the full interview: http://www.inditales.com/walking-sahara-desert-paula-constant/

 

Gauri Jayaram

Women's Day with Savaari
Gauri is on the far right, atop the bus. She blogs at www.gaurijayaram.blogspot.in

Gauri Jayaram is a travel writer and entrepreneur. She quit her high-paying job to start an outbound adventure firm called The Active Holidays Company. In Gauri’s own words, “I have visited 108 cities in 35 countries, travelled 1,83,170 miles and still covered just 19% of the world! That should explain it all – the glass is not 19% full; it is 81% empty! And, I am thirsty – very thirsty! The only problem is that its taken 50% of my life to travel just 19% of mother earth. Now, considering that I have only 40 more years left, statistically it looks like I have to pack in a LOT in the next few years!”

Gauri found her love for running marathons at a very unexpected place – an airport where she nearly missed a flight! As someone who has her hands full with running a start-up, running the marathon and running to her next travel destination, Gauri is full of great memories doing all the things she loves.

“On my last trek to Annapurna (which was a girls only trek) all of us jumped on top of a bus cos it was full. Unplanned and the best part of our trip! Our guide was horrified. We asked him how many of his groups had done something like this before – he responded that we were the first!! This is exactly the sort of thing that makes memories,” she says.

 

Shalu Sharma

Women's Day with Savaari
Shalu blogs at www.shalusharma.com

“It was a while back in 2005 when I created my first website on Bihar purely out of interest. As that site grew in popularity, I decided to create a community site and called it YouBihar. Today, it has become the biggest Bihar social networking site with over 12,000 members and counting.

I am an Indian housewife with children. I do a lot of outdoors activities, site seeing, travelling to places in India and around the world. Now when I have time, I write about India and travelling to India. I’ve written books on how to travel in India, a survival guide for women travelling here and even a Hindi phrase book for foreigners travelling to India.

India is a great place to be going on vacation but some of the public toilets India has to offer will take the excitement out of your holiday. The toilets in good hotels will be western styled toilets but when you are out and about then chances are that you will encounter some Indian styled toilets. And using public toilets is a tough job. There are plenty of devices now that allow women use a bathroom while standing up. Trust me it’s going to be a life saver for your travels to India.”

About 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.

Travel begins with Savaari.

Savaari ‘Mile Sur Mera Tumhara’ Contest

Remember a time when All India Radio and shows like Rangoli and Surabhi on Doordarshan were the only way we could listen to music? Remember when television sets were rare and we trooped over to a relative or neighbour’s house to watch Mahabharat on Sunday mornings?

We’re getting nostalgic even thinking about a time in our lives when we received all our news, entertainment and information from our television sets. Even in black and white, these screens were the prized possessions of most homes.

Before there was Netflix and even before we had cable TV, we had shows on Doordarshan that taught us a bit about the world. For a lot of us who were growing up in the ’80s and ’90s, shows on Doordarshan were our windows to the world. We learnt about the country, about the world and ourselves.

But few things brought us closer to our neighbouring states and taught us what it means to be Indian like the iconic song Mile Sur Mera Tumhara.

The Contest:

Amidst all this nostalgia and celebration, we’d like to invite you to share this memory with us!

All you have to do is participate in the contest. We’re giving away Amazon gift vouchers worth Rs 1,000 each to three lucky winners!

Scroll down to the contest form, and tell us which languages the song is sung in, which celebrities appear in the video and who composed Mile Sur Mera Tumhara .

That’s it! We’ll pick three winners from the entries that have all correct answers.  The contest ends on the 21st of February.

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About 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.

Travels, begin with Savaari.