Do’s and Don’ts for Jagannath Rath Yatra 2015

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50 lakhs people are expected to visit Puri during the 10 days of Nabakalebara festival. While there are some common issues like avoid drunken driving, don’t enter the sea without lifeguards, be careful of pick-pocketing, etc; we would like to highlight some specific ones

  1. Booking – Do not visit without any prior booking as it is overcrowded and there is not even a chance to get a room even in Bhubaneswar (60 kms away from Puri). Also don’t overstay as you can come back to Puri whenever you want
  2. Respect the Priests – If by any chance you get in contact with any of the local priests (pandas), Respect them & don’t misbehave with them as they can be rude in the mad rush.
  3. Rains – The chances of rainfall during this period of time is very high & hence it would be advisable to carry mobile phones & cash in small polythene pouches. Carrying an umbrella is a great choice if you can handle the same in a big crowd.
  4. Food, Water & Hygiene – The government is taking steps to check quality of food in hotels and eateries across Puri to prevent possible outbreak of epidemics, but better take steps on our own. Sticking to fruits & packed foods is a brilliant option.
  5. Multiple SIMs – In this world of Dual SIM phones, ensure to carry SIMs of different mobile operators as there might be huge issue of Network Congestion. (Imagine a public of 10 lakh people within a distance of 3 kms). At least data services are bound to get affected.
  6. Fitness – As there would be lot of walking activity required, children & senior citizens should avoid taking the Grand Road during both Ratha Yatra & Bahuda Yatra. People getting fainted due to exertion are a common issue.
  7. Visiting Cards of hotels – Don’t forget to keep visiting cards of the hotels/lodges where you are staying. Yes, you can remember names but it gets very tricky with similar names like “The Sea Beach Hotel” & “The Sea Beach View Hotel”.
  8. Cash – With so much people expected in Puri, there is high risk of ATMs going dry & logistically it is very difficult for banks to refill the ATMs. So better to carry sufficient cash with you for the full stay period.
  9. Public transport – For the ease of traffic, entry of private vehicles is restricted in major areas. Government is running buses from Maltipur Bus Depot to various parts of the city. For the narrow lanes of Puri you can avail the services of manual rickshaw (plentily available).
  10. Spare Footwear – While visiting a holy city, it is always advisable to carry spare footwear as you may not find shoe stands everywhere. Barefoot is a brilliant idea if your hotel is a walking distance from the temple/parking lot.
  11. Mark a Landmark – You should landmark a place where everybody should meet up if people get lost from the group. Places like high rise buildings are easier to identify.
  12. Packing – Pack well before you reach there. Carry important documents like ID proofs for everybody including children & seniors citizens. Also, make sure to carry medicines for chronic diseases as well as normal medicines.

Lastly, don’t panic. The government is doing everything possible & has got 10000 plus volunteers to help the visitors. Simply, approach them & we are sure the problem can be resolved.

Jai Jagganath! Happy Ratha Yatra!


 

 Thank You Akhil Agrawal for this post.

This rainy season keep these things in mind

The smell of fresh air, pleasant weather, cool showers & peaceful sleep at night, which we were all eagerly waiting for during the heinous heat wave set upon us in the usual summer season of India

Rejoice!

The rains are finally here but along with the bliss the rains bring along a lot of painful moments   –wet clothes, various contagious infections and also travelling to work that is bound to drive any Mumbaikar to the point of insanity. Commuting, obviously becomes tough in these conditions. The roads in a “metropolitan” city like Mumbai flood within minutes of a heavy downpour bringing traffic to a standstill & waves halfway up the sides of the vehicles and suddenly you find yourself cursing the raingods.

Here are some simple hacks to withstand these loving yet unflattering rains.

1) Carry an umbrella (Ofcourse,who doesn’t).
It is rather safe to suggest someone to carry an umbrella than ask him/her to be brave enough to tackle Mumbai rains without it,which may result in getting bedridden popping Crocin pills in an attempt to shoo away fever while listening to Rihanna singing about ‘Umbrella’

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2) Avoid Rush Hours ( stay put )
Heavy rains tend to make commuting extra difficult. Avoid the added hurdle by steering clear of the 07:00 A.M and the 06:00 P.M crowd of commuters unless you want to find yourself dangling by the doorside of a local train or getting an unintended body massage or getting stuck for hours at an already crowded Railway Station or flooded bus stop.

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3)Get your mean machines(read:Vehicles) rain ready
Now that you are ready to step out in the rain, it’s time to do a quick check and ensure that your machines rain ready too. Mumbai monsoons are not known for being kind on commuters. The roads are extremely slippery during rains due to oil spill from the vehicles or blame the civic authorities for not rain-proofing Mumbai roads which resulted in several potholes. Also,manholes get flooded & are potential danger for two-wheelers especially. A thorough servicing of your vehicle is a must & safer option before you set out.

3) Get Your Mean Machines Rain Ready

4)Plan your Route
To avoid any pay-cut from your impending salary or to reach late for your commitments, try planning out your route before you take off. You definitely don’t want to get stuck in the bus or taxi listening to much hyped clichéd travel songs such as ‘Dil Chahta Hai’ or ‘Highway’ while cursing yourself to death. To make your commute much simpler, plan your travel itinerary through ZopHop Android App, as it gives you the fastest and the cheapest ways to travel around the city.

4)Plan Your Route

5)Know where to go incase you are stranded
If you happen to get stranded in a flood-prone area don’t hesitate to seek refuge a night or two at the house of a relative or close friend during high tides or storm.They’ll surely understand your situation,especially since the alternative would mean that you have the tread knee or waist-deep level flood just to get home. You can always return their hospitality by inviting them to lunch or dinner at your home as a token of appreciation.

5) Know Where To Go Incase You Are Stranded

If it is really urgent and necessary for you to reach home,then we suggest you to download our android app ZopHop. It’ll help you to Check-In at your current place to get an estimated time of immediate bus or train which you can board & reach home through the fastest route.

With these quick tips we hope to reduce the monsoon madness and make the rainy season safe and fun for the entire city! You are more than welcome to ask us for the latest traffic updates on our Chat With Us option.

Know of any other tips to withstand Mumbai monsoon suggest us by commenting below or email us at support@gmail.com.

10 Amazing things about the Pink City Jaipur

1. Food: The kind of food one can eat in Jaipur makes the city really special. From traditional delicacies such as daal bati churma, ghevar, pyaaz kachori to contemporary stuff, Jaipur is the perfect destination for all foodies.

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2. Greenery: There are several parks and gardens for locals and tourists which give the city a green status. This includes Central Park, Jawahar Circle Garden, Technology Park, Kanak Vrindavan Garden, Vidhyadhar Garden and Jaldhara Garden. Community parks in every colony and every location keep people connected to nature and at the same time work as a special bonding of society.

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3. Shopping: The shopping places and the shopping experience that Jaipur provides remains one of its kind. Street markets like Bapu Bazaar, Johri Bazaar etc cannot be found anywhere in the world.

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4. Temples: Temples like Govinddevji, Birla Temple, Galta Temple are just awe-inspiring and each temple is unique in its own way.

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5. Several Outing Places: Outing places like Nahargarh, G.T., Saras Parlour, Jaldhhara, Jawahar Circle, World Trade Park, Jal Mahal, Statue Circle etc. make the pink city special.

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6. Rich Heritage: The history of Jaipur as one of the first planned cities of the country, pink coloured-walls and rich architecture makes it really special.

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7. Tech-Savvy: At the same, Jaipur’s Metro, World Trade Park and Science Park provide a peek into the future.

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8. Animal-Rides: The super-awesome elephant and camel rides that one can take in Jaipur and the excitement of driving car or bike side by side of an elephant make the pink city super-special.

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9. Haven for Jewelry lovers: Jaipur’s gems, jewellery, fabrics, handicrafts are very integral part of Rajasthani culture and that make every Jaipurite proud.

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10. Events Extravaganza: The culutral fests, exhibitions, fests and fairs like “Jaipur Literature Festival” and various other events at Jawahar Kala Kendra, Birla Auditorium etc touch thousands of hearts and make the city truly special.



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