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As we turn a whole new year, it’s time to go back to doing more of what we missed the most in 2020 — traveling. With the vaccine rollout managing to uplift spirits of all, the year brings along many opportunities for people who are looking forward to traveling again. And, while you set sight on the big dream vacation in 2021, MakeMyTrip shares a curated list of mini-vacations on long weekends that will keep you going as you juggle between work obligations, home responsibilities, and leisure through the year.
Republic Day – January 23 – 26 (Saturday to Tuesday; take an off on Monday)
Hit the road or take to the skies to kick-off the year with a mini-vacation between January 23-26. Spend the first long-weekend of 2021 experiencing cascading waterfalls, serene lakes, and flowing rivulets of Ooty’s landscape. Enveloped by leafy aromatic tea estates, the Emerald Dam and Lake make for a picture-perfect spot for a fuchsia-colored sunset, while the quaint lull of the Avalanche Lake, freckled by magnolias and rhododendrons will send you into a trance! If that’s not all, the stunning Pykara Falls and the enchanting views from the Doddabetta Peak will surely enliven your mood and will set the tone for your travel experiences for the rest of the year.
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Basant Panchmi – February 13 – 16 (Saturday to Tuesday; take an off on Monday)
If you are looking to escape the winter chill and finding ways to soak in some extra Vitamin-D (or let’s say, Vitamin-sea), Puducherry should be your go-to destination this year. Other than its French architecture, cuisine, beaches, and stunning countryside views, some surfing lessons can also be in the offing. And if you are just looking for some laid-back leisure, Chunnambar Backwater, known for its tree-top accommodation and its Plage Paradiso beach — where you can catch a glimpse of dolphins frolicking in the sea, can be on your list.
Eid Ul Fitr – May 13 – 16 (Thursday to Sunday; take an off on Friday)
Take some time off the city and enjoy the serenity atop Kausani. Completely detached from the country noise, Kausani is an escape from the urban chaos. You can trek through world-renowned trails such as Base Kausani trek, Adi Kailash trek, and Bageshwar- Sunderdhunga trek which pass through oak and pine forests where the smell of ripened fruits wafting through will fascinate you. Don’t forget to visit Rudrahari Falls, an enthralling combination of splashing cascades and ancient caves that makes it the ideal place for a picnic spot!
Mahanavami, Dussehra, and Eid-e-Milad – October 14 – 19 (Saturday to Monday; take an off on Monday)
Make the most of your Dussehra long-weekend and head to the Land of Kings, Rajasthan! The very thought of Rajasthan spells majesty and magnificence. With its royal palaces and renowned royalty, it is one of the grandest states in India, and from October onwards the land becomes one of the must-visit places for mini-vacation. Visit the beautiful city of Udaipur and you will be wooed by its regal charm and stunning attractions. From the serene Lake Pichola and historical Sajjan Garh (Monsoon Palace) to the lively bazaars of the city, Udaipur is all things exciting. Next up, head to Mount Abu and tick this only-hill-station-of-Rajasthan off your bucket list as you step into the ever-so-beautiful Dilwara Temples.
Diwali – November 5 – 7 (Friday to Sunday; take an extra day off on Monday)
Looking for a soothing mini-vacation next to turquoise seas and golden sands? Andaman is your go-to destination then. Early November is a good time to visit the islands as you can avoid the busy travel days that the destination sees as the winter holiday season approaches. Go snorkeling at North Bay or Elephant Beach and explore the underwater world with scuba diving at Havelock Island! When you’ve had your fill of water sports, explore the limestone caves at Baratang Island and witness the Light & Sound Show at Cellular Jail.
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Christmas – December 24 – 26 (Friday to Sunday)
As you say goodbye to the year there is no better place to do so than in Kerala. Visiting this scenic destination during this time is a delight because the weather is blissful. Sunny days, balmy afternoons, secluded beaches, luxury retreats, and the quaintest of homestays. It is a great place to detox as well! Sip a hot cup of farm-fresh tea in Munnar, step into the wild at Thekkady, hop on a boat to explore the serene backwaters of Alleppey, or indulge in some beach fun at Kovalam, Kerala, rightly known as God’s Own Country is as enchanting as it gets! Oh, and December is the perfect time to visit this stunning state as the climes are cooler and the spirit is all festive! (IANS)
A Travel Sustainable badge, provides highly coveted information to travellers all over the world looking to make more sustainable travel choices. Booking.com has launched the Travel Sustainable Badge, a first of its kind in the industryNinety-eight per cent of Indian travellers say they want to stay in a sustainable accommodation in the coming year, and with more than 28 million listings on Booking.com, the company sees a huge opportunity to highlight more of the impactful efforts its partners are making to create more sustainable experiences, making it easier for travellers to find a sustainable way to stay.
Booking.com has launched the Travel Sustainable Badge, a first of its kind in the industry | Photo by yousef alfuhigi on Unsplash
With 88 percent of Indian travellers indicating that they would be more likely to choose a specific accommodation that implements sustainable practices, it rewards and encourages providers to take the next steps on their individual sustainability journeys. "Building a truly sustainable travel industry will take time, coordination, and concerted effort," said Marianne Gybels, Director of Sustainability at Booking.com. "However, progress is possible through continued innovation, partner support, and industry collaboration."
"We are recognising the sustainability efforts of a broader range of properties globally in a credible and transparent manner for consumers." Displaying the practices they have in place allows everyone to make a more informed and hopefully more sustainable decision for their next trip, no matter where they want to go. As a result, we've inspired even more of our partners to take the next step toward more sustainable operations."
(Article originally published on IANSlife) (IANS/MBI)
Keywords: travel, sustainable travel, india, travellers, innovation.
South Korean game developer has introduced a new initiative for Battlegrounds Mobile India (BGMI) which will enable a new level of parental control via time limitations and OTP confirmation. The 'Game Responsibly' initiative will also show warning messages along with break reminders, game limits and more. "Every player, below the age of 18, needs to register a parent or a guardian before they start playing for the first time. An OTP will be sent to the registered person's number, post which the minor is allowed to play the game," the company said in a statement.
Some games can get intense and make players lose track of time. However, with timely break-time reminders, the developer has made sure players get the required downtime. These reminders will help them look up from their game and get back to real life, maintaining a healthy game-life balance. In addition, with a strict gameplay limit in place players below 18 years must not indulge in gaming for more than 3 hours per day. This automatically helps them treat gaming as an activity performed in moderation.
The brand has also set an in-game daily spend limit of Rs 7,000 that automatically stops them from overspending and overgaming. Krafton recently announced that it has removed 25 lakh accounts in just over a month to eradicate cheating on Battlegrounds Mobile India (BGMI). Since the last announcement, between October 1 and November 10, Krafton banned 25,19,692 accounts permanently and 7,06,319 temporarily. "The company has cleaned out most of the cheaters in the game, making BGMI a much more fun experience, and will continue to take whatever step is necessary to keep BGMI fair and fun," it claimed. (IANS/ MBI)
Keywords: BGMI, parental control, Battlegrounds Mobile India, Krafton, South Korea
By Vinoda Kumary
The rise in air pollution, coupled with lousy lifestyle habits, is causing a spike in respiratory diseases. According to a Lancet report, the contribution of chronic respiratory diseases in India increased from 4.5 per cent in 1990 to 6.4 per cent in 2016. With respiratory issues on the rise, there is an increased demand for natural solutions to treat such issues. Instead of conventional medicine, people are turning to alternative medical therapies to find cures for ailments.
Common Lung Disorders
Bronchitis is a health condition that causes inflammation in the airways of the lungs. This leads to narrowing of the air pathways and excess mucus causes wheezing, coughing and difficulty breathing. It is a chronic condition that interferes seriously with daily life.
Bronchitis is a health condition that causes inflammation in the airways of the lungs. | Wikimedia Commons
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
It is a chronic inflammatory lung disease that obstructs the airflow to the lungs. Symptoms of COPD include breathing difficulty, mucus (sputum) production, coughing, and wheezing. It can result from long-term exposure to irritating gases or particulate matter, most often from cigarette smoke. Those affected by COPD are at an increased risk of developing lung cancer, heart disease, and a variety of other conditions.
Symptoms of COPD include breathing difficulty, mucus (sputum) production, coughing, and wheezing. | Pixabay
This is another variation of COPD. Bronchitis causes a similar build-up of mucus that can cause inflammation and coughing. The lungs' airways are constantly inflamed as chronic bronchitis often lasts for months on end. Symptoms of chronic bronchitis include incessant coughing, whistling sounds while breathing, wheezing and a tightening of the chest. It is said that the cure for all ailments is available the natural way. Here are some of the alternative medicine approaches to treat respiratory disorders.
This is another variation of COPD. Bronchitis causes a similar build-up of mucus that can cause inflammation and coughing. | Needpix
Alternative Medicinal Approaches to Treat Respiratory Disorders
Asthma is one of the most common lung diseases. One of the primary causes of asthma is allergies, which often result from the food consumed. It is crucial, therefore, to first prepare a diet that is suitable for an individual. Often, dairy products, meats, and certain nuts can increase the production of mucus. Foods like these must be avoided. Also, antioxidants can prevent damage resulting from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Diet is important in this regard, as fruits and vegetables high in Vitamins A, C, and E can improve the condition of COPD patients.
Diet is important in this regard, as fruits and vegetables high in Vitamins A, C, and E can improve the condition of COPD patients. | Photo by Bruna Branco on Unsplash
Yoga and Exercise
Treatment of lung disorders often involves the use of the lungs to promote healthy breathing habits. Exercises like cycling, swimming, yoga etc. that create a need for full capacity breathing are of great importance. Exercising the diaphragm is important and simple activities can go a long way in the treatment of the same. Pranayama, the practice of controlled breathing, is an integral part of alternative treatment for people suffering from respiratory issues. This extensive breathing practice helps to expand the lungs and improve the capacity of the lungs, which helps an individual breathe more freely.
Treatment of lung disorders often involves the use of the lungs to promote healthy breathing habits. | Photo by kike vega on Unsplash
Nasal irrigation systems like JalNeti using a Neti pot can help to rinse the sinuses, which may provide some relief from symptoms of respiratory allergies.
Nasal irrigation systems like JalNeti using a Neti pot can help to rinse the sinuses, which may provide some relief from symptoms of respiratory allergies. | Photo by CDC on Unsplash
The traditional Chinese practice of acupuncture involves inserting thin needles into the skin to stimulate certain parts of the body. According to a study published in the journal Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, people with allergic rhinitis who were given acupuncture treatments twice a week for eight weeks had fewer symptoms than those administered placebo.
People with allergic rhinitis who were given acupuncture treatments twice a week for eight weeks had fewer symptoms than those administered placebo. | Photo by Katherine Hanlon on Unsplash
It is important to remember that no one complementary or alternative therapy works well for everyone with respiratory issues. Therefore, a proper assessment is done before deciding on the approach to the treatment plan. For those considering alternative medicine for their respiratory problems, it is recommended to speak to an expert first and discuss the approach that may work best.
(Article originally published on IANSlife) (IANS/ MBI)
Keywords: Yoga, exercise, Nasal Irrigation, Diet, Chronic Bronchitis, Respiratory Issues