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The Musafir Stories - India Travel Podcast

The Musafir Stories is an audio podcast that documents Indian travel tales. Each episode, we share the journey of travelers in their own words and relive their experience with you, our listeners. The sole aim of our podcast is to share the rich experiences of traveling in India and inspire listeners to take the leap of faith, grab those backpacks and set out to explore the beautiful and exotic country, India!

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72: TMS Specials: Sakhalin Island with Ajay Kamalakaran

In this episode:#russia #sakhlin #island #novella #nature #lifestyle #fareast #book #korea #japan #history #food #leisure Contest Alert!Celebrating the festive season and new year by giving away a copy of 'Globetrotting for Love and other stories from Sakhalin island' by Ajay Kamalakaran. Just answer the question in the form and stand a chance to win Ajay's book!This week, The Musafir Stories speaks to Ajay Kamalakaran, an independent journalist and novelist as he takes us to the Far East corner of the world, Sakhalin island!!Today's destination: Sakhalin island Nearest Airport: Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk AirportNearest Railway Station: Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk StationPrerequisites -  Please check travel documents requiredPacking - Pack for the cold!Time of the year -  Summer is ideal for Indian travellers although winter has its own charm!Length of the itinerary: NAItinerary Highlights: - Ajay talks about the hidden gem of Sakhalin island, that lies at the confluence of the north and the east, where Russia meets Japan!- Learn more about the history of the Sakhalin island, its native people, and the connection to the Japanese and Koreans. - We talk about the geographical orientation, demography and the seasons of Sakhalin. Ajay explains the favourite pass-times of Sakhalin, how he got there and life in Sakhalin, the non-Americanized version. - The oil connection of Sakhalin and preferred status for Indian citizens in terms of visas is also discussed. - Ajay talks more about his book - Globetrotting for love and other stories from Sakhalin island and what inspired the book. Links: Link to the 'Globetrotting for love and other stories from Sakhalin island: https://www.amazon.in/GLOBETROTTING-OTHER-STORIES-SAKHALIN-ISLAND/dp/9386206269Link to the Ajay's latest book, A Week in the Life of Svitlana:https://www.amazon.in/Week-Life-Svitlana-Ajay-Kamalakaran-ebook/dp/B07ZXW2GKC/ref=sr_1_2?keywords=ajay+kamalakaran&qid=1573532215&sr=8-2 Twitter: https://twitter.com/AjayKamalakaran  Photo by Alex Kotomanov on Unsplash This episode is brought to you by Cambly - Cambly is the only app in India that provides on demand native English speaking tutors over video to teach English one on one.- For those who are interested in improving their fluency/communication skills, they can subscribe to Cambly's monthly or quarterly plans and practice consistently every week.- It is especially useful for those who want to better prepare for interviews, presentations and become a confident speaker. All sessions focus on what you want to improve on.- It can be accessed on the website www.cambly.com or by downloading the Cambly app from the Playstore or AppStore.- The Musafir Stories listeners can get a 32% discount on the quarterly plan by using the code "tms32" Follow the Musafir stories onTwitter: @musafirstoriesFacebook: @themusafirstories Instagram: @musafirstoriespodcastwebsite: www.themusafirstories.com email: themusafirstories@gmail.comitunes -  https://apple.co/2LPtTA3 Google podcasts - http://bit.ly/2toY7lj website - http://bit.ly/2xFZqOV Saavn - https://bit.ly/2J5rIqi Spotify - https://spoti.fi/2HLPSVi Gaana - http://bit.ly/2NClUYY pocketcasts - https://bit.ly/2xu3Ewg castbox - https://bit.ly/2sqBDQi Overcast - https://bit.ly/2LN9wnf Stitcher Radio - https://bit.ly/2JiBbhw audioBoom - https://bit.ly/2oZZowS TuneIn - https://bit.ly/2xyQH4a RadioPublic - https://bit.ly/2snY9u0 iHeartradio - https://ihr.fm/2xvOG8R Deezer - https://bit.ly/2L7GmOo

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5 Dec 2019

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51: Chadar Trek with Ajitha Yasmin

This week, The Musafir Stories speaks to a very dear guest - Ajitha Yasmin, a long time listener and winner of the "Get Featured on the Musafir Stories" contest we ran on International Podcast Day earlier this year. Today's destination: Chadar Trek on the frozen Zanskar river, Jammu & Kashmir Nearest Airport: Leh Airport, IXL Nearest Railway Station: NA Prerequisites - Some experience in trekking is preferred, although not mandatory Packing - Make sure to either pack winter clothes or buy them in Leh. Decathalon is a good option in your city as well. Equipment is usually taken care of by the trek company. Time of the year - January Length of the itinerary: 6 day trek, 2 day acclimatization Itinerary Highlights: The 12 people strong team, set off after a day of acclimatization in Leh with a stopover at Magnetic hill. The trek kicks off at Chiling from where the group heads off on a 70km trek over 6 days. The trek goes through some interesting terrain with different formations of ice over the Zanskar river. The early hours are tricky with the team having to negotiate some thin layers of ice. The first stop for the night is Shingra where the team camps. Periodic oxygen level checks are performed by the trek company to ensure that everyone is good health. The trek continues through some magnificent terrain, covering icy sheets to frozen streams. The stop of the day is at Tibb caves, a point of meeting of two mountain ranges. The team also enjoy some good vegetarian food along with Thukpa, the tibetan soupy noodles. The final day of the onward journey ends at Nerak waterfalls - a frozen waterfall that is one of the iconic points of the trek at over 11,000 ft. The return journey is along the same path but on th other side of the frozen river bank. The team enjoys interacting with the local porters and share some hummable songs and the evergreen calls of Julley! Links: Ajitha's Travel Listen to Saif & Faiza on Castbox's Original: Podcast Unfiltered with Bijay Gautam Follow the Musafir stories on Twitter Facebook Instagram Website email: themusafirstories@gmail.com itunes - https://apple.co/2LPtTA3 Google podcasts - http://bit.ly/2toY7lj or voice or google search "Ok Google, play The Musafir stories podcast" website - http://bit.ly/2xFZqOV Saavn - https://bit.ly/2J5rIqi Spotify - https://spoti.fi/2HLPSVi pocketcasts - https://bit.ly/2xu3Ewg castbox - https://bit.ly/2sqBDQi Overcast - https://bit.ly/2LN9wnf Stitcher Radio - https://bit.ly/2JiBbhw audioBoom - https://bit.ly/2oZZowS TuneIn - https://bit.ly/2xyQH4a RadioPublic - https://bit.ly/2snY9u0 iHeartradio - https://ihr.fm/2xvOG8R Deezer - https://bit.ly/2L7GmOo

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15 Dec 2018

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42: Kochi with Johann Kuruvilla

This week, The Musafir Stories speaks to Johann Binny Kuruvilla, the face behind the blog Escapinglife.com. So sit back and enjoy as Johann takes us to his hometown!! Today's destination: Kochi, Kerala! Nearest Airport: Cochin International Airport Nearest Railway Station: Ernakulam Town Station or Ernakulam Junction Station Packing - Make sure to carry some rain gear if you are there during the monsoons/rainy season Time of the year - September to February is a good time to go! Length of the itinerary: 3 days Itinerary Highlights: Johann begins by sharing his story about the journey from the corporate world to being a blogger and how one movie - Neelakasham Pachakadal Chuvanna bhoomi inspired him to travel to the North East! Johann begins the conversation by sharing some insights into the rich history of Kochi and how it was formed when the previously prominent port city of Muziris was wiped out by the flooding of Periyar river in 1341. The itinerary begins at Fort Kochi, formerly known as Fort Emmanuel - established by the portugese explorere Vasco da gama in the 15th century. The fort was then ruled by the Dutch and later on by the British with the evolution of power. A walk through the lanes of the fort city gives one a view of the beautiful colonial era houses mingled with traditional Kerala style houses. Streets such as Princess street, Peter celli street, Burger street blend in finely with the colonial vibes of the city! Popular churches like St. Francis cathedral (where Vasco da gama was initially buried) and Santa Cruz basilica are a part of Fort Kochi. Other interesting things to do are attending a Kathakali performance at the Kerala Kathakali center The walk ends at the iconic Chinese fishing nets which have become synonymous with Kochi! From here, one can take a tuktuk or bicycle to Mattancherry, where the locals traditionally lived. This place used to be a hub of local markets and commerce as well as house boats. Make a stop at the Mattancherry palace - where the Kerala royals used to live, this was gifted by the Portuguese to the royals! The Dutch later on renovated the palace and hence it is sometimes referred to as the Dutch Palace! The palace also has a number of murals depicting the Indian epics. Johann also speaks of the diversity of Kochi that includes Marathis, Gujaratis, Konkanis, Kutchi memons, Jews, Arab muslims, Jains and many more sects that live peacefully together. The next pitstop of our journey is Thrippunithura, a historical area where the erstwhile Kerala royals lived. There is the magnificent Thrippunithura palace overlooking more than 50 acres of the fort. Sloped roof, large Dutch windows, British arches and the traditional Thacchushaastram style of architecture gives a unique flavor to the palace, which is now a museum. There is also the Poornathrayesa temple in the vicinity, which is famous for the Vrishchikoltsawam festival. The procession of decorated/Caparisoned elephants carrying the deity is a prominent event of the temple in Nov-Dec. The final pitstop of our tour is Ernakulam - the newer region of Kochi! This is the hub of all the commercial activity among other things. A lot of new projects like the Broadway - a walkway with a lot of shops and markets, the Ernakulam market, the Marine drive etc. There is also the Subhash Park where one can catch the beautiful view of the lakes and sunset. One can also indulge in shopping at the Lulu supermarket, the biggest mall in India, to end the trip! Links: Link to Johann's blog: https://escapinglife.com/ Link to th blogpost: https://escapinglife.com/a-throwback-to-fort-kochi/ Kochi heritage project on twitter: @Kochi_Heritage Kochi heritage project on facebook: @KochiHeritageProject Twitter: @binnyjohnk Instagram: @binnyjohnk Facebook: @escapinglifeblog Follow the Musafir stories on Twitter: @musafirstories Facebook: @themusafirstories Instagram: @musafirstoriespodcast website: www.themusafirstories.com email: themusafirstories@gmail.com Apple podcasts - https://apple.co/2LPtTA3 Google podcasts - http://bit.ly/2toY7ljor voice/text search "Ok Google, play The Musafir stories podcast" Saavn - https://bit.ly/2J5rIqi web/audioBoom - https://bit.ly/2oZZowS Spotify - https://spoti.fi/2HLPSVi pocketcasts - https://bit.ly/2xu3Ewg castbox - https://bit.ly/2sqBDQi Overcast - https://bit.ly/2LN9wnf Stitcher Radio - https://bit.ly/2JiBbhw TuneIn - https://bit.ly/2xyQH4a RadioPublic - https://bit.ly/2snY9u0 iHeartradio - https://ihr.fm/2xvOG8R Deezer - https://bit.ly/2L7GmOo

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9 Aug 2018

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55: Gandikota and Belum Caves with Srikanth

This week, The Musafir Stories speaks to Srikanth from the blog traveldiaries.vacations and the capter lead of RTC Hyderabad! Today's destination: Gandikota gorge and Belum caves, Andhra Pradesh! Nearest Airport: Tirupati Airport at Renigunta Nearest Railway Station: Kondapuram Prerequisites - Camping equipment if you're planning to camp Packing - Gandikota can get hot during the day, plan to carry sufficient water and also extra layers for the night. Time of the year - September Length of the itinerary: 2 days Itinerary Highlights: Srikanth and team set out from Hyderabad towards Gandikota - a natural gorge formed by the Pennar river in Andhra Pradesh. A couple of stops enroute the destination and a navigation error on google maps led Srikanth to the foot of some magnificent wind mills in the vicinity of Gandikota! After spending some time refreshing themselves at the APSTDC branded Haritha resorts, the group heads towards the Gandikota fort by about 3pm. Please note that camping areas are present in the vicinity of the fort, so do not fall prey to scamsters asking for money to pitch tents. Once the group had settled in on the camping area, they set out to explore the fort and its monuments. First up is the Mini Charminar that welcomes you as you drive through the fort city after passing through the gigantic darwaaza or fort gates. The mini charminar is modeled after the original monument in Hyderabad The other important monuments within the fort include the Jama Masjid, the Ranghanatha Swamy temple and the Madhavaraya Swamy temple (from the Hoysala era). Along with the religious monuments, there are several other structures like the Granery, Mausoleum, Jail, Ponds and water bodies are abundant. Unfortunately we did not have enough time to discuss some of the smaller monuments due to time constraints. Once you have enjoyed the history and architecture of the monuments, move over to the view points for some great sunset views of the gorge and the river. Indulge in star gazing as night falls, enjoy a bonfire, a sumptous meal and spend the night chatting away with friends. Wake up early for wonderful views of the sunrise and the sun painting the gorge into different colors. The group head out towards Belum caves - the second longest underground cave network in India formed by a river several centuries ago, over 3 kms long! A beautiful Buddha statue welcomes you to the monument complex, it is believed that both Buddhist and Jain monks have lived here centuries ago. The cave network is about 150m below ground level and tends to get pretty hot during the day, even in September! The caves are well lit with a number of formations like Pilidwaram, saint bed, Dhyan mandir or meditation hall, Kotilingalu chamber (thousand hoods), Banyan tree, Patalaganga and many more interesting formations! Links: Link to Srikanth's blog Link to blog post Checkout Srikanth on Instagram! Follow him on Twitter. Link to Elita's 'Be you for you' expressive writing workshops Follow the Musafir stories on Twitter: @musafirstories Facebook: @themusafirstories Instagram: @musafirstoriespodcast website: www.themusafirstories.com email: themusafirstories@gmail.com itunes - https://apple.co/2LPtTA3 Google podcasts - http://bit.ly/2toY7lj or voice or google search "Ok Google, play The Musafir stories podcast" website - http://bit.ly/2xFZqOV Saavn - https://bit.ly/2J5rIqi Spotify - https://spoti.fi/2HLPSVi pocketcasts - https://bit.ly/2xu3Ewg castbox - https://bit.ly/2sqBDQi Overcast - https://bit.ly/2LN9wnf Stitcher Radio - https://bit.ly/2JiBbhw audioBoom - https://bit.ly/2oZZowS TuneIn - https://bit.ly/2xyQH4a RadioPublic - https://bit.ly/2snY9u0 iHeartradio - https://ihr.fm/2xvOG8R Deezer - https://bit.ly/2L7GmOo

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5 Feb 2019

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29: Karimnagar with Neeharika Satyavada

This week, The Musafir Stories speaks to Neeharika Satyavada who is a digital strategist turned blogger from Hyderabad! Sit back and enjoy as Neeharika takes us on a roadtrip through Karimnagar! Today's destination: Karimnagar, TS Nearest Airport: Rajiv Gandhi Intl airport, Hyderabad Nearest Railway Station: Karimnagar railway station Prerequisities - n/a Packing - comfortable clothes and shoes as there might be some climbing to do at the forts! Time of the year - Monsoons is the best season to go see the forts and ruins surrounded by shades of green. Length of the itinerary: 2 days Itinerary Highlights: Day 1 Molangur Fort Built during the reign of Kakatiya dynasty/ Prathapa Rudra: 1163 - 1195 (12th centry) This is also a transit point between Warangal and Elgandal The fort is located on a granite hill and has unfortunately been a victim of incessant quarrying. Still no concrete efforts to stop the degradation The fort also houses the Molang Shah dargah, named after a famous saint who visited the region Additionally, two temples dedicated to lord Shiva are also present so is a well famously called as Doodh bawli Elgandal Fort This is a magnificent fort on the banks of Manair river It is famous for 3 minars that gives us some insight into the architecture of the kakatiya dynasty. The minars are a part of a mosque situated right on top of the fort. There is also a small Hanuman temple while scaling up the fort steps which is functional. The fort was eventually occupied by Qutub Shahi dynasty, the Moghuls and Nizams after a period of rule under the Kakatiyas and Bahamanis. The fort was rebuilt in 1754 AD by Zafaruddhaula during the reign of Sikendar Jha. - Karimuddin was a khilledar and Karimnagar was named after him, gives us an idea of the significance of the fort and the rulers. After spending the second half of the day at Elgandal, you can head back to Karimnagar town for lodging. The town also boasts of some silver filigry work and miniatures of charminar and other monuments. After spending the night at Karimnagar, you can head off to visit more temples on Day 2 Day 2 Manthani ruins This historical place is also known as Mantrapuri or village of hymns, center for vedic learning It is famous for the Gautameshwar temple with Shiva as the residing deity. The ruins have an eerie look about them, specially during the monsoons when the area is covered by lush green grass and moss. Situated on the banks of river godavari adds to the great views at the temple This place has been famous as the home to 1000 brahmin families, often refered to as house of mantras (hymns) The ruins are reminiscent of the scens from the Rudyard Kipling's Jungle Book (Indian version) where Mowgli ends up a the ruins of the ancient temple. Nagnur ruins These ruins are of Kakatiya and Kalyana temples, some built by the Chalukyas The mainstay of the area is the Trikuta temple (3 idols of Shiva) Lord Shiva is the residing god of the Trikuta temple. The temple is currently being restored and conserved. Other places of interest: Dhulikatta (buddhist shrine) which has relics and stupas attributed to Buddhism. Links: Link to the blog post: https://mapinmypocket.com/2016/08/15/road-tripping-through-karimnagar/ https://mapinmypocket.com/2017/04/26/town-of-hymns-manthani/ https://mapinmypocket.com/2017/04/12/lost-in-time-nagunur-ruins/ More about the Guest: You can also reach out to Neeharika on her social media handles Twitter: @mapinmypocket Facebook: @mapinmypocket Instagram: @mapinmypocket website: www.mapinmypodcket.com email: neeharika.satyawada@gmail.com Follow the Musafir stories on Twitter: @musafirstories Facebook: @themusafirstories Instagram: @musafirstoriespodcast website: www.themusafirstories.com email: themusafirstories@gmail.com

29mins

8 Feb 2018

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36: A Day in Lucknow with Siddharth Keswani

This week, The Musafir Stories speaks to Siddharth Keswani, an up and coming Youtuber who makes lifestyle, travel and food vlogs. Sit back and enjoy as Siddharth takes us on a speed date with Lucknow - the land of Nawabs and Kababs! Today's destination: Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh! Nearest Airport: Chaudhary Charan Singh International Airport, LKO Nearest Railway Station: Lucknow Charbagh railway station Prerequisites - An empty stomach! Packing - N/A, just warm clothes if you visit in winter Length of the itinerary: One day! Itinerary Highlights: Kick start the day early with a visit to Sharmaji's tea stall to savour some bun makkhan with Sharmaji's Kullad vali Chai! If you are up for it, grab a bite of the samosas as well! If that didn't kick start your day, you can freshen things up by a visit to the Janeshwar Mishra park in Gomti Nagar - a vast expanse of 376 acres of green spread in the heart of Lucknow! One of Asia's biggest parks that boasts of water bodies, cycle tracks, jogging tracks, children's play areas and a wide variety of plant species! After spending time in the vast expanse of green, it's time to head over to the heart of Lucknow - the old city! Rumi Darwaza, a grand old gate built in 1784 during the time of Asaf-ud-daula, is inspired by Roman architecture offers a great photo op! Within walking distance from the Rumi Darwaza is the Bada Imambara and Chota Imambara - two beautiful congregation halls built in the 18th century. The Bada Imambara boasts of the Bhul Bhulaiya, a huge maze or three-dimensional labyrinth where one can get lost in! The imambara also has other structures like a popular step-well and some beautiful mosques nearby like the Asfi mosque. A quick ride away from the Imambaras is the Kudiya ghat situated on the banks of the Gomti River. The ghat, albeit not as popular as the ghats of Varanasi or Banaras, offers a great view of the early morning pilgrims, diyas and artis offering pooja and sadhus taking a holy dip in the river. The ghat is open from dawn to dusk. You don't have to break a sweat to get about Lucknow either - there are plenty of options with public transport, buses, rickshaws or tuk tuks and ofcourse for the uber cool, the Ubers and Olas! And oh, did I mention about the ever expanding Metro/subway trains and e-ricks? Yep, it's a thing! It's finally time for a brunch! And where better to be than Old Lucknow! Try out Rahim ki Nihari in the old city where you can sample Buffalo foot stew and SHirmal - piping hot broth also called as Paaya in parts of the country! Finish off the meal by drinking some Sulaimani chai and some makkhan malai on the side - a milk/cream based savory dish! After this sumptous brunch, it's time to walk around a bit in another of the city's green patches called eco-garden on VIP road. It's best to spend an evening in the cool confines of th eco-garden that boasts of a kid's friendly artificial zoo, a lot of water shows and green houses. After cooling down in the eco-garden, it's finally time to hit Hazrath Ganj, where the cool crowds hang out! Get introduced to Ganjing - Walking, shopping and eating around Hazrath Ganj. Siddharth also educates us and our listeners with some uber cool words like Bhowkal, Rangbazi and Rowla! Try saying that one more time! Now it's time to binge again - Try out the basket chaat or katori chaat at a chain called Royal Cafe! A sovoury food served with friend potatoes, vada, curd, and a lot of masalas! If you are up for some shopping, try out the chikan kari embroidered suits and kurtas that are synonymous with Lucknow! once you are done shopping, it's time to finish the day on a high by eating Galauti kebab at Tunday Kababi - one of the most popular kabab joints of Lucknow. If you still have more room in your tummy, also sample the chicken Biryani. And if there is still room, then go for a lucknowi paan! Links: Link to Siddharth's Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEFCi3n8SE6q3p_lsv2CQ Links to siddharth's Social media: Facebook https://www.facebook.com/siddharthk121/ Instagram https://www.instagram.com/siddharthk121/ Snapchat Siddharthk121 Follow the Musafir stories on Twitter: @musafirstories Facebook: @themusafirstories Instagram: @musafirstoriespodcast website: www.themusafirstories.com email: themusafirstories@gmail.com itunes - https://goo.gl/peC2Jv android - voice or google search "The Musafir stories podcast", listen, subscribe and save a shortcut on your home screen! web/audioBoom - http://bit.ly/2oZZowS Saavn - https://goo.gl/6qp2mF pocketcasts - https://goo.gl/rGipJb castbox - https://goo.gl/spUCdY Overcast - https://goo.gl/fM9Som Stitcher Radio - https://goo.gl/ihL4Gr TuneIn - http://tun.in/pilOI RadioPublic - https://goo.gl/Dy2VPv

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17 May 2018

Rank #6

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44: Riverside Goa with Kaushal Karkhanis

This week, The Musafir Stories speaks to Kaushal Karkhanis aka The Exotic Gringo. Sit back and listen to where this pro traveller and polyglot takes us to today! Today's destination: Riverside Goa! Nearest Airport: Dabolim Airport (GOI), Goa Nearest Railway Station: Multiple options depending on your destination. Prerequisites - NA, but make sure to plan and book your stay ahead of time if traveling during the holiday season Packing - Nothing specific, but make sure to carry appropriate clothes depending on the weather Time of the year - November to March is ideal, but is also going to be busy! Length of the itinerary: Can be anything from 1 weekend to long term for slow travel Itinerary Highlights: Kaushal starts off by taking us to the river side of North Goa - starting at the Tirakhol river. Tirakhol river divides Maharashtra and Goa and is one of the lesser explored regions. Tirakhol Fort, which is now a hotel, is a beautiful place and the restaurant is open to public. Make sure to carry your camera along, specially right after the monsoons! Nearby regioins of Keri and Arambol are very popular for their beautiful beaches as well. Mandrem, Patnem and Morjim are some of the other beaches in the vicinity. Next up is the Chapora river, which is Kaushal's favorite for its tranquility and calm. It also has a number of rare bird species and other flora and fauna. The Siolim, Chapora and Vagator are some of the villages along the river. Historically, this was the river that demarcated Portuguese India from the rest of India. Goa only became a part of independent India only in 1961! Whaaat! Other places of interest are the Chapora fort of Dil CHahta hai fame! There is the fishing village of Chapora (The village gets it's name from Shahpura, its Mughal name from the past!). There are a number of jettys which you can take a boat ride on. A very offbeat destination, ideal for someone who is looking to get away from the crazy crowds of tourists. As one heads further south, one can spend time at the village of Colvale, a quaint fishing village, also famous for the Colvale beach. Make sure to lodge at Kaza Colvale while here. Getting around Goa is a breeze - one can take the local buses, the most budget way of traveling. Then there are the 'for hire' bikes which is ideal for solo travelers and couples and Bike pilots for someone looking for a cheap alternative to cabs. The government has also tied up to Ho-Ho Goa or hop-on hop-off Goa, for full day tours around Goa for a steal. The newest mode of transport that is going to be commercialized soon will be the ferry service that can fetch you directly from the airport! Woohooo! As we continue our journey further south, one can experience the beautiful mainland from the banks of rivers like Baga, Arpora, and Mapusa which have some beautiful flea markets on the banks. The backwaters of the river Mapusa have some beautiful and quaint villages of carona, Olaulim, Corjuem and Aldona, non-touristy and super tranquil - just the perfect place to do NOTHING, and relax! Next up on the course, is the river Mandovi - one of the bigger rivers of Goa along with the Zuari. Mandovi has a number of commercially active regions along its banks and is also close the the mainland that has the capital Panjim - just the place to get you a sample of Old Goa, with ample heritage walks, fontainhas - UNESCO declared world heritage walks. The other regions of note are Reis Magos, Ribandar, Old Goa as well as a handful of islands like Vanxim island, St. Estevam island (the smallest ferry crossing), Divar island (great bicycle trails) and Chorao island (famous for Dr. Salim Ali bird sanctuary) Also, FOOOD! The area around Panjim has some of the best places to eat. Check out Anand Ashram (for the fish thali, check out Chonak and Motso fish), Konkani canteen and DTR (for some great local food), Taj Aguada (for unlimited buffet!). And for dessert, make sure to check sweets like serradura (at Mr. Baker), Bibbingk (Confeitaria 31 De Janeiro), Dodol (Cafe Morango), Vonn (at Chef Peter's restaurant). Further south are the rivers of Zuari and Sal - areas in the vicinity like Lutolim (famous for old portuguese mansions by Zuari), Varca, Cavelossim, Assolna and Navelim (by Sal river). Further south are the Agonda and Palolem backwaters (which are more popular for the beaches by the same names). In the vicinity of the Palolem backwaters are hidden beaches like Butteryfly and HOneymoon! Talpona, Galgibag and Rajbag beaches and backwaters are further down south and have some marvellous 5 star properties for anyone interested. However, one should explore the riversides in this area for some great bicycle rides. The final reccommendation, that Kaushal is also planning to visit soon is the wonderful Cola beach lagoon (north of Agonda beach), accessible by foot, bicycles and bikes only! Before wrapping up, Kaushal also gives a big shout out to Jeevit Nadi (www.jeevitnadi.org) that makes organic products like shampoos, soaps and more as well as free recipes for a toxin-free lifestyle, that go a long way in preventing the pollution of rivers, which is a real problem that is staring at the ecology of the region. Make sure you support them and the environment. Kudos! Links: Nagaland Chief Minister's relief fund: A/C No. 10530527879 IFSC Code: SBIN0000214 State Bank of India, Kohima Branch OR https://cmrelieffund.nowpay.co.in/ OR https://paytm.com/helpinghand/cm-relief-fund-nagaland Kaushal's blog: http://exoticgringo.com/ http://www.goatrippers.com/ Twitter: @exoticgringo/ @goatrippers Facebook:@gowithgringo/ @goatripping Instagram: @exoticgringo/ @goatrippers Follow the Musafir stories on Twitter: @musafirstories Facebook: @themusafirstories Instagram: @musafirstoriespodcast website: www.themusafirstories.com email: themusafirstories@gmail.com itunes - https://apple.co/2LPtTA3 Google podcasts - http://bit.ly/2toY7lj or "Ok Google, play The Musafir stories podcast" Saavn - https://bit.ly/2J5rIqi web/audioBoom - https://bit.ly/2oZZowS Spotify - https://spoti.fi/2HLPSVi pocketcasts - https://bit.ly/2xu3Ewg castbox - https://bit.ly/2sqBDQi Overcast - https://bit.ly/2LN9wnf Stitcher Radio - https://bit.ly/2JiBbhw TuneIn - https://bit.ly/2xyQH4a RadioPublic - https://bit.ly/2snY9u0 iHeartradio - https://ihr.fm/2xvOG8R Deezer - https://bit.ly/2L7GmOo

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6 Sep 2018

Rank #7

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35: Slow Travel in Bir with Reshma Narasing

This week, The Musafir Stories speaks to Reshma Narasing from the blog thesologlobetrotter.com. Reshma is an avid traveler and backpacker who has traversed the country solo and enjoys traveling to offbeat destinations. So sit back as Reshma takes us backbacking to Bir, Himachal Pradesh! Today's destination: Bir, Himachal Pradesh Nearest Airport: Kangra Airport Nearest Railway Station: Pathankot Railway station (and rest of the journey by bus) Prerequisities - N/A Packing - Warm clothes, hiking gear, hiking shoes, camping gear Time of the year - March Length of the itinerary: 6-7 weeks Itinerary Highlights: Reshma starts the trip to Bir after completing her Nepal leg of the journey where she was on a press trip. In Bir, she was volunteering for about 6-7 weeks with Zostel, a pan India hostel chain Reshma volunteered at Zostel in terms of helping with social media marketing, customized tours, managing the reception among other things. As this was a long term volunteering opportunity Reshma had a chance to slow travel in Bir in her free time. One of the first activities she indulges in is a trek to Rajgundha. This is an overnight trek organized by Zostel where one gets to trek from Zostel, Bir and goes through a 360 degree scenic trail passing through the banks of Uhl river and virgin views of snow capped peaks culminating in take off from one of the world’s best paragliding sites. The trek also takes one through the Barot valley, home to India's first hydroelectric dam. Reshma and her friends make a stop at the quaint little village of Rajgundha where they cook together and spend the night star gazing around the bonfire. One can either spend the night at Zostel, Rajgundha or camp in the village. The trek continues and culminates at the Billing paragliding take off site. One can choose to fly down to Bir on a glider! Ride back to Zostel on a jeep. Another trek that Reshma did during the volunteering was to Gunehar river pool. Gunehar is a quaint village tucked away in the hills of the Kangra Valley. A short day hike will lead you to a waterfall, which is at a height of 100ft. Walking amidst the lush terraced fields and getting a glimpse of the village life are the best parts of this hike, apart from the gorgeous waterfalls itself. Monastery hopping is something that one can indulge in while at Bir.Palpung Monastery in Bhattu, Dzongsar Khyentse Monastery in Chauntra and Chokling Monastery in Chaugan are some of the popular ones. Reshma also enjoys playing holi with the locals of Bir and gets to try out the local Kangdi Chai as well as the traditional Himachali attire! For those interested in adventure sport, Bir is ofcourse the capital of Paragliding and was home to the 2015 Paragliding world cup. One can not just paraglide but also get certified to glide tandem and solo! Bir is also popular for cycling marathons. One can participate in a half or full marathon during the peak season. For the ones who are looking for more volunteering places like the Dharmalaya and the Deer Park institute offer some great opportunities. The Deer Park institute has played an instrumental role in teaching ancient Indian wisdom traditions. They conduct workshops and activities throughout the year ranging from Yoga to well-being, and there are also a few volunteering opportunities open for everyone. The Dharmalaya Institute has been promoting a productive and a positive living, where they conduct workshops on sustainable living. Here you learn to make use of natural resources to adopt minimalism. For the romantic ones, there are innumerable places to catch beautiful sunsets by just walking a few minutes! Links: Link to Reshma's blog : http://thesologlobetrotter.com/ Links to the blog post: http://thesologlobetrotter.com/10-things-to-do-in-bir-himachal/ http://thesologlobetrotter.com/escape-trails-raj-gundha/ http://thesologlobetrotter.com/volunteering-zostel-himachal/ http://thesologlobetrotter.com/zostel-bir-himachal/ http://thesologlobetrotter.com/bir-billing-himachal/ Other links: http://dharmalaya.in/ https://www.tripadvisor.in/AttractionReview-g1986662-d2733114-Reviews-DeerParkInstitute-BirKangraDistrictHimachal_Pradesh.html Follow Reshma on: facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thesologlobetrotter/ twitter: @reshmanarasing instagram: @thesologlobetrotter Follow the Musafir stories on Twitter: @musafirstories Facebook: @themusafirstories Instagram: @musafirstoriespodcast website: www.themusafirstories.com email: themusafirstories@gmail.com itunes - https://goo.gl/peC2Jv Saavn - https://goo.gl/6qp2mF pocketcasts - https://goo.gl/rGipJb castbox - https://goo.gl/spUCdY audioBoom - http://bit.ly/2oZZowS Overcast - https://goo.gl/fM9Som Stitcher Radio - https://goo.gl/ihL4Gr TuneIn - http://tun.in/pilOI RadioPublic - https://goo.gl/Dy2VPv

33mins

5 May 2018

Rank #8

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31: Srinagar with Renuka Walter

This week, The Musafir Stories speaks to Renuka Walter from the blog Voyager for Life! Renuka is one of the top solo women travelers from India and has worked with a number of brands and campaigns. Sit back and enjoy as Renuka takes us on her solo trip to Srinagar, Kashmir! Today's destination: Srinagar, J&K Nearest Airport: Srinagar International airport Nearest Railway Station: Srinagar Railway station Prerequisities - n/a for Indian citizens, but make sure to carry ID proof to show at checkposts Packing - Carry warm layers as the weather tends to be unpredictable. Time of the year - June, summers are quite enjoyable but winters offers different highlights. Length of the itinerary: 13 days of slow travel! Itinerary Highlights: Renuka kicks off her journey with a visit to the iconic Dal lake and enjoying shikara rides. Dal lake is a vast lake spread over 15kms in the vicinity of mountains and gardens! Relive the memorable songs shot here right from Kashmir ki kali and Mission Kashmir to Jab tak hai Jaan and Fitoor! Did you know, you could shop for all kinds of things while on a shikara! Enjoy a night in the houseboat, enjoy the serene views and unique experience spending a night in the middle of Dal lake! Visit the nearby gardens - Pari mahal, a seven storeyed terrace garden that gives great view of the city. Visit the mughal gardens - Nishat Bagh, Shalimar Gardens & Chashm-e-Shahi that add in making Kashmir valley a heaven on earth. You can also plan a visit to Asia's largest Tulip gardens, spread over 15 hectares - the tulips are in full bloom in March - April. Enjoy other offbeat experiences like visiting cherry farms, apple farms and indulge in fruit picking activities. Plan a city walk in the old city to view some brilliant architecture and the traditional marketplace with a variety of shops and bakerys. Enjoy the traditional Kashmiri cuisine like Kashmiri wazwan as well as the more cafe oriented plum cakes and varieties of tea and kahwah! Don't miss taking a walk down the boulevard road and enjoy the beautifully designed houses and villas. Links: Link to Renuka's blog: https://www.renuka-voyagerforlife.com/ Links to related blog posts: https://www.renuka-voyagerforlife.com/2017/11/the-majestic-mountains-of-himalayas-await-you-in-srinagar.html https://www.renuka-voyagerforlife.com/2015/07/my-old-city-photo-walk-in-srinagar.html https://www.renuka-voyagerforlife.com/2015/07/its-easy-to-fall-in-love-with-srinagar.html https://www.renuka-voyagerforlife.com/2015/07/where-to-stay-in-srinagar.html Link to social media handles: FB: @renukatravelbuff Twitter: @renukawalter Instagram: @voyagerforlife Follow the Musafir stories on Twitter: @musafirstories Facebook: @themusafirstories Instagram: @musafirstoriespodcast website: www.themusafirstories.com email: themusafirstories@gmail.com

35mins

9 Mar 2018

Rank #9

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40: Offbeat Ladakh with Chandroma Ray

This week, The Musafir Stories speaks to Chandroma Ray, who blogs at oneearthtooless.com and loves to travel and blog when she's not wearing her corporate hat! Today's destination: Offbeat Ladakh! Nearest Airport: Leh Airport (IXL) Nearest Railway Station: Jammu Tawi (700 km from Ladakh) Prerequisites - Permits might be needed for some of the locations (Turtuk); checkposts will be encountered at the border villages like Turtuk. Make sure you acclimatize atleast for a couple of days before you set out to explore the region. Make sure to pre-book a vehicle if you plan on not using public transport! Packing - Warm clothes, shoes with good grip, first aid kit, Diamox for AMS (when needed), make sure you pack light! Time of the year - End of August - Early September Length of the itinerary: 16 days for the full Ladakh itinerary, but only the offbeat destinations like the villages of Alchi, Lamayaru, Dha and Turtuk are covered in this episode! Itinerary Highlights: Chandroma kicks off her journey on the episode by taking us to the quaint and lazy village of Alchi, situated on the banks of the river Indus! Points of interest are the old monastery of Alchi, dating back to the 11th century, and has a distinctive Kashmiri influence and has some great wall murals and paintaings. Spend time exploring the pretty cafes in Alchi for some authentic Ladakhi cuisine! Make sure to have the lamb Mok moks (known as Momos in the plains), Khambir - the home-made ladakhi breakfast bread. Just be aalsi while in Alchi, and slow travel your way to bliss! Next pitstop at the moonland of Lamayuru that is famous for its moonscapes and is about 107 kms from Leh and is accessible by bus. The village has the appearance of being in ruins and resembles the surface of the moon, gives one a feeling of travelling back in time. Best views can be seen during the early hours of dawn. Lamayuru is also home to one of the oldest monasteries in the region that dates back to the 11th century as well. One can also plan a visit around the Yuru Kabgyat Festival that takes place in the month of June/July, where the monks of the monastery put on huge masks and perform a variety of dances A quick shout out to Sandeepa/Chetan and Neelima Vallangi for their brilliant posts about the region that helped Chandroma in planning the itinerary. After spending a day in Lamayuru, heads off to the unexplored village of Dha to do something truly offbeat! About 180kms from Leh, is this village that is the home of Drokpas - the descendants of Alexandar the Great aka the Aryans, and is cut off from the rest of the world! The village is not easily located on Google maps either and the people of the village are not very welcoming to outsiders either. After having a tough time finding a place to lodge, Chandroma and her fellow travellers finally managed to find a small hotel. On exploring further, they finally met a couple of kids who took them to a local museum which was quite a find with some historic artifacts of the region. If one plans visiting the village, home-stays are not hard to come by, so it's better to pre-book and have a local contact if possible. After spending a very 'different' evening and night in the village of Dha, Chandroma heads out to village of Turtuk, on the banks of the river Shyok which is one of the last villages of India! Recaptured by India after the 1971 war with Pakistan, Turtuk is a village still trying to find its identity. The people of Turtuk are predominantly muslim and has a very different culture in comparison to the rest of Ladakh. The village also offers some great scenic views of the river Shyok, the valley and a first hand experience of the Balti culture! The region has just been opened up to tourists from 2009. Chandroma signs off with a beautiful message about why one should check out these gems of Ladakh and not just the Pangongs and Nubras! Links: Chandroma's blog: https://oneearthtooless.com/ Twitter: @pagli86 Instagram: @chandroma86 Facebook: @oneearthtooless Shout outs: A recap of Bangalore podcasters' meetup: https://medium.com/@amarvyas/podcasters-meet-in-bengaluru-cd3ee9000168 SandeepaChetan's Blog: https://sandeepachetan.com/ Neelima Vallangi's Blog: http://www.travelwithneelima.com/ Follow the Musafir stories on Twitter: @musafirstories Facebook: @themusafirstories Instagram: @musafirstoriespodcast website: www.themusafirstories.com email: themusafirstories@gmail.com itunes - https://apple.co/2LPtTA3 Google podcasts - http://bit.ly/2toY7lj or voice/ text search "Ok Google, play The Musafir stories podcast" Saavn - https://bit.ly/2J5rIqi web/audioBoom - https://bit.ly/2oZZowS Spotify - https://spoti.fi/2HLPSVi pocketcasts - https://bit.ly/2xu3Ewg castbox - https://bit.ly/2sqBDQi Overcast - https://bit.ly/2LN9wnf Stitcher Radio - https://bit.ly/2JiBbhw TuneIn - https://bit.ly/2xyQH4a RadioPublic - https://bit.ly/2snY9u0 iHeartradio - https://ihr.fm/2xvOG8R Deezer - https://bit.ly/2L7GmOo

41mins

14 Jul 2018

Rank #10

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53: Kumbh Mela with Priyanka

This week, The Musafir Stories speaks with Priyanka Dalal from the blog MapRoute Travel Blog. Priyanka is a digital entrepreneur and traveler and on this episode she shares her experience of falling in love with the Kumbh Mela! Today's destination: The Kumbh Mela! Nearest Airport: Allahabad Airport, IXD Nearest Railway Station: Allahabad Junction Prerequisites - Be prepared to be a part of large crowds and lose your personal space! It is better to book accommodation beforehand, specially if you are going to be here on the days of the Shahi Snan! Packing - Pack light, and be ready to rough it out! Time of the year - Jan 15 - Mar 4, 2019 Length of the itinerary: NA Itinerary Highlights: Priyanka talks at length about her experiences from the previous Kumbh Mela at Trimabakeshwar, Nashik and Ujjain. History and legends of the Kumbh Mela what to expect at your maiden Kumbh Mela Important days of the Kumbh mela - the Shahi Snan days Activities during the Kumbh Mela - discourses, holy dips, temple visits, processions Interacting with people at the Kumbh Mela - From Naga babas to foreigners and devotees from around India Useful advise for solo travelers Links: Links to blog posts: Priyanka's Travelogue : My Kumbh Mela Story @ Trimbakeshwar, Nashik Priyanka's Travelogue : Ujjain Simhasth Solo at the Kumbh Mela Priyanka's podcast Photo by Jose Aragones on Unsplash Follow the Musafir stories on Twitter Facebook Instagram Website email: themusafirstories@gmail.com itunes - https://apple.co/2LPtTA3 Google podcasts - http://bit.ly/2toY7lj or voice or google search "Ok Google, play The Musafir stories podcast" website - http://bit.ly/2xFZqOV Saavn - https://bit.ly/2J5rIqi Spotify - https://spoti.fi/2HLPSVi pocketcasts - https://bit.ly/2xu3Ewg castbox - https://bit.ly/2sqBDQi Overcast - https://bit.ly/2LN9wnf Stitcher Radio - https://bit.ly/2JiBbhw audioBoom - https://bit.ly/2oZZowS TuneIn - https://bit.ly/2xyQH4a RadioPublic - https://bit.ly/2snY9u0 iHeartradio - https://ihr.fm/2xvOG8R Deezer - https://bit.ly/2L7GmOo

40mins

10 Jan 2019

Rank #11

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69: Walled City of Jaipur with Arv

In this episode:#Jaipur #Rajasthan #city #walkingtour #markets #bazaars #streets #forts #gates #palace #jewellery #foods #handicrafts #shoes #temples #hawamahal #joharibazaar #citypalace#GetFeatured on the Musafir Stories! Capping off International Podcast Day by inviting all listeners to our annual contest #GetFeatured on The Musafir Stories - India Travel Podcast.  The process is very simple, just reach us on our email themusafirstories@gmail.com with a. An #Indian destination or experience you would like to talk about (preferably not already covered on the podcast)b. A #summary of your experience/highlightsc. Links to blogs/posts about your experience (optional) The winner will be announced at the end of October! Please share with anyone who might be interested!!#InternationalPodcastDay #India #travel #podcast IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIThis week, The Musafir Stories speaks to Arvind from the blog Jaipur thru my lens, an expert on Jaipur and its gems!Today's destination: A walking tour around the Walled city of Jaipur!Nearest Airport: Jaipur International Airport, JAINearest Railway Station: Jaipur Junction railway station, JPPrerequisites - Walking shoes, sun glasses, sun screen, energy bars and water to keep you hydrated!Packing -  Pack light, perhaps a backpack while you head out on this walking tour!Time of the year -  December to February is a good time to walk around the city as summers can be hottt!Length of the itinerary: 2 - 2.5 hoursItinerary Highlights:- Are talks about the benefits of self-guided walks vs group walking tours and what makes sense.- We start off the self guided tour of walled city of Jaipur, starting from New gate or Naya gate, the newest of the 9 gates in Jaipur. - Walking through the New gate, the first stop is at Bapu Bazaar, famous for fabric, women's shoes or mojaris/jootis, bed linen, clothes and handicrafts.-  The next gate we pass through is the Sanganeri Gate en-route to Johari Bazaar - one of the oldest and most popular markets of Jaipur.- Johari bazaar is popular for its jewellery - gold, silver, stones and all kinds of handicrafts. The Johari bazaar also has some buildings that have retained the old architecture that is unique to Rajasthan and Jaipur.- Are also talks about the other famous by-lanes of Johari bazaar like Haldion ka raasta, Ghee-walon ka raasta, Moti singh Bhamiyon ka raasta among others as well as a flavour of the local sweets - Ghevar and Fini!- Close to Johari Bazaar is Badi Chauper, a large square that is also very close to Hawa Mahal - another iconic monument of Jaipur.- Other places of interest near Badi Chauper is the Flower market that can be quite interesting for foreign travellers.- The next point of interest is the Hawa Mahal, one of the more popular palaces of Jaipur. The facade is brilliant but hidden behind is a whole complex, that is filled with stories and Rajas and Ranis.- Other points one passes by after walking around Hawa Mahal includes an old administrative building, Sirehdyodi bazaar, which leads to the Sirehdyodi Gate.- Another gate in the vicinity is the Nakkarkhana gate, an internal gate used for protection.- Jaleb chowk is another square where armies used to gather, but this is mostly empty now.- As one passes through Jaleb chowk, one can either head towards the City palace or Govind Devji temple, one of the very popular and older temples of Jaipur.- The walk can either end at this point, or trailers can choose to visit some of the more popular monuments like City Palace or Jantar Mantar depending on time and interest.Links:Link to the blogpost: https://jaipurthrumylens.com/2019/06/20/self-guided-jaipur-heritage-walking-tour/Ghevar: https://jaipurthrumylens.com/2018/09/03/ghevar-in-jaipur-rajasthani-sweet/Link to the blog: Jaipur Thru my lens (https://jaipurthrumylens.com)Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Jaipurthrumylens/Twitter: https://twitter.com/arvjprInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/arv_jpr/?hl=enPhoto credits Mitchell Ng Liang an from UnsplashFollow the Musafir stories onTwitter : https://twitter.com/musafirstories?lang=enFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/themusafirstories/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/musafirstoriespodcast/?hl=enwebsite: www.themusafirstories.comemail: themusafirstories@gmail.comitunes -  https://apple.co/2LPtTA3Google podcasts - http://bit.ly/2toY7lj website - http://bit.ly/2xFZqOVSaavn - https://bit.ly/2J5rIqiSpotify - https://spoti.fi/2HLPSVipocketcasts - https://bit.ly/2xu3Ewgcastbox - https://bit.ly/2sqBDQiOvercast - https://bit.ly/2LN9wnfStitcher Radio - https://bit.ly/2JiBbhwaudioBoom - https://bit.ly/2oZZowSTuneIn - https://bit.ly/2xyQH4aRadioPublic - https://bit.ly/2snY9u0iHeartradio - https://ihr.fm/2xvOG8RDeezer - https://bit.ly/2L7GmOo

51mins

12 Oct 2019

Rank #12

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59: TMS Specials: Paintings of the Himalayas with Medhavi Gandhi

This week, The Musafir Stories speaks to  Medhavi Gandhi, the founder of Heritage Lab (heritagelab.in), a unique media platform for citizens to interact with museums!   Today's destination: The Indian Himalayas in paintings by Nicholas Roerich!  Nearest Airport: NA  Nearest Railway Station: NA  Length of the itinerary: 5-8 years, 25,000 kms  Itinerary Highlights:   -  Medhavi takes us on the Himalayan expedition covered by Nicholas Roerich and his family in the early 20th century (1923) in search of the mythical kingdom of Shambala, that is believed to be home to the King who will bring peace and harmony to humanity.   Roerich's expedition started from Sikkim through Punjab, Kashmir, Ladakh, the Karakoram Mountains, Khotan, Kashgar, Qara Shar, Urumchi, Irtysh, the Altai Mountains, the Oyrot region of Mongolia, the Central Gobi, Kansu, Tsaidam, and Tibet" with a detour through Siberia to Moscow in 1926.   The journey was done on horses and mules, with minimal resources and it is during this expedition that Roerich painted more than 500 marvellous paintings of the himalayan landscapes, architecture and people.   Roerich also uses very novel ways to paint, using crushed rocks minerals in his paintings to give them a unique finish.   The expedition wasn't witout controversy - Roerich was often accused of being on a spy mission and was also detained in Tibet for over 5 months in very harsh climatic conditions.   After the expedition, Roerich settles down in Naggar, Kullu in Himachal Pradesh - it is now converted into a house museum and run by the Naggar trust and still houses a lot of his important paintings.   Other important paintings of Roerich can be found in the Nicholas Roerich Museum, New York.   A huge collection of his paintings is also available in National Gallery of Modern Art, Allahabad Museum, International Roerich Trust, Naggar - Himachal Pradesh, Government Museum and Art gallery, Chandigarh, Shri Jaganmohan palace, Mysore,  Chitrakala parishad, Bangalore.   Some of his paintings that were passed on to his son, have been the subject of a legal tussle for his estate that has gone of for the longest time, with paintings worth several lakhs reportedly stolen and sold abroad.   Over his lifetime Roerich made over 7000 paintings, but his Himalayan paintings and the mystery of the expedition live one!  Some notable paintings from Roerich's Himalayan expedition detailed in Medhavi's blog  A view of Kanchenjunga from Sikkim (Tashi view point)  A view of Kanchenjunga from Darjeeling (Tiger hill)  Tashiding Monastery, Sikkim (Bhumchu festival/Banners of the east)  Mt Kailash (tibet)  Kinner Kailash (HP, 28 colors of the ranges)  Lahual (Himachal), Rohtang Pass;   Buddhist MOnks, Sissu waterfalls  Ladakh - shooting star in Changthang plateau  Buddhist sculptures on boulders (Zanskar range)  Maitreyi Buddha, near Mulbek monastery  lamayaru Monastery, Leh (Yuru Kabgyata festival, masked dance)  Lake sheshnag, Kashmir (enroute amarnath yatra, Shiva's serpent)  Naggar, Kullu  Links:  Link to Medhavi's website: http://www.theheritagelab.in/ Link to the blog post: http://www.theheritagelab.in/himalayas-paintings-roerich/ Twitter: @medhavigandhi @theheritagelab Instagram: @theheritagelab Facebook: @heritagelab Image Credit : The Heritage Lab, Painting at Nicholas Roerich Museum, New York Follow the Musafir stories on  Twitter Facebook Instagram website: www.themusafirstories.com email: themusafirstories@gmail.com  itunes -  https://apple.co/2LPtTA3 Google podcasts - http://bit.ly/2toY7lj or voice or google search "Ok Google, play The Musafir stories podcast"  website - http://bit.ly/2xFZqOV Saavn - https://bit.ly/2J5rIqi Spotify - https://spoti.fi/2HLPSVi pocketcasts - https://bit.ly/2xu3Ewg castbox - https://bit.ly/2sqBDQi Overcast - https://bit.ly/2LN9wnf Stitcher Radio - https://bit.ly/2JiBbhw audioBoom - https://bit.ly/2oZZowS TuneIn - https://bit.ly/2xyQH4a RadioPublic - https://bit.ly/2snY9u0 iHeartradio - https://ihr.fm/2xvOG8R Deezer - https://bit.ly/2L7GmOo

34mins

5 Apr 2019

Rank #13

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56: TMS Specials : The Shooting Star with Shivya Nath

CONTEST ALERT!!!  Listen to the episode and answer these 3 simple questions and stand a chance to win a copy of Shivya's best seller - The Shooting Star  1. Which Indian town did Shivya spend her childhood in?  2. In which country did Shivya go to university?  3. What is the title of Shivya's best selling book?   Email your responses to themusafirstories@gmail.com before March 7th 2019! The winners will be announced on the next episode of the podcast!  This week, The Musafir Stories speaks to none other than the Shooting Star - Shivya Nath, top travel blogger and now author with her national best seller, The Shooting Star!  Interview Highlights:   Shivya talks about her time growing up in India, where she spent her childhood in and what were her erstwhile ambitions  We talk to Shivya about her journey away from home for university, how that shaped her choices as a person and how eventually she succumbed to her 'calling'   Shivya also talks about tryst with a 9-5 job, how she constantly craved for freedom and how eventually she quit her job to move back to India  We talk about Shivya's tryst with entrepreneurship, the highs and the lows and some difficult decisions  We also discuss about Shivya's travel philosophy, her roots and the place she calls home, being a digital nomad and giving up her home  We finish the interview by talking about her choices, how she chose veganism, the percpetions and the reality of being a vegan traveler and some final thoughts to finish off the interview.    Links:  Instagram: @shivya  Twitter: @shivya  Facebook: @theshootingstarblog  Blog: https://the-shooting-star.com/ Buy your copy of the Shooting Star on   Amazon India Kindle Follow the Musafir stories on  Twitter: @musafirstories  Facebook: @themusafirstories   Instagram: @musafirstoriespodcast  website: www.themusafirstories.com email: themusafirstories@gmail.com  itunes -  https://apple.co/2LPtTA3 Google podcasts - http://bit.ly/2toY7lj or voice or google search "Ok Google, play The Musafir stories podcast"  website - http://bit.ly/2xFZqOV Saavn - https://bit.ly/2J5rIqi Spotify - https://spoti.fi/2HLPSVi pocketcasts - https://bit.ly/2xu3Ewg castbox - https://bit.ly/2sqBDQi Overcast - https://bit.ly/2LN9wnf Stitcher Radio - https://bit.ly/2JiBbhw audioBoom - https://bit.ly/2oZZowS TuneIn - https://bit.ly/2xyQH4a RadioPublic - https://bit.ly/2snY9u0 iHeartradio - https://ihr.fm/2xvOG8R Deezer - https://bit.ly/2L7GmOo

45mins

21 Feb 2019

Rank #14

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68: Ghost town of Dhanushkodi with SN Sudharsan

In this episode:#Dhanushkodi #Tamilnadu #southindia #ghost #town #tragedy #deluge #cyclone #stories #ruins #novel #fishermen #history #srilanka #talaimannar #rameshwaram  International Podcast Day Convention 2019 in Bangalore: Join us!!!  Register now: https://podcasts.hubhopper.com/o2podcollective-international-podcast-day*************************************************************************This week, The Musafir Stories speaks to Sudharsan SN, a polyglot and a linguist who runs a youtube channel called Indic Living (https://www.youtube.com/user/sudharsansn)Today's destination: Dhanushkodi - the story of a ghost town!Nearest Airport: Madurai, TNNearest Railway Station: Rameshwaram, TNPrerequisites -  n/aPacking - light clothes, hat, sun screen and lots of water!Time of the year: Oct - Feb is the best time to visit as the temperatures soar during summerLength of the itinerary: 1 dayItinerary Highlights:- Sudharsan shares his experience visiting Dhanushkodi for the first time in 2002.- He draws out the history of Dhanushkodi leading up to the Rameshwaram cyclone of 1964- The lives of the fishermen before and after the cyclone- The ruins of Dhanushkodi, the railway station, the temple, the church- The inspiration for Sudharsan's book and the storylineLinks:Follow Sudharsan on Twitter : https://twitter.com/sudharsansnTime and a Cyclone Book : http://www.sudharsansn.com/cyclone/release.htmlLink to Sudharsan's youtube channel:https://www.youtube.com/user/sudharsansnPhoto by fahad pgd on UnsplashFollow the Musafir stories onTwitter : https://twitter.com/musafirstories?lang=enFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/themusafirstories/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/musafirstoriespodcast/?hl=enwebsite: www.themusafirstories.comemail: themusafirstories@gmail.comitunes -  https://apple.co/2LPtTA3Google podcasts - http://bit.ly/2toY7lj website - http://bit.ly/2xFZqOVSaavn - https://bit.ly/2J5rIqiSpotify - https://spoti.fi/2HLPSVipocketcasts - https://bit.ly/2xu3Ewgcastbox - https://bit.ly/2sqBDQiOvercast - https://bit.ly/2LN9wnfStitcher Radio - https://bit.ly/2JiBbhwaudioBoom - https://bit.ly/2oZZowSTuneIn - https://bit.ly/2xyQH4aRadioPublic - https://bit.ly/2snY9u0iHeartradio - https://ihr.fm/2xvOG8RDeezer - https://bit.ly/2L7GmOo

31mins

22 Sep 2019

Rank #15

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62: Savanadurga Trek with Divyam Goenka

This week, The Musafir Stories speaks to Divyam Goenka, a young trekking enthusiast and founder of Kyuriosity, a Bangalore based trekking community. Today's destination: Savanadurga Trek!!Nearest Airport: Kempegowda International Airport, Bangalore (BLR)Nearest Railway Station: Bangalore Railway station Prerequisites - Some trekking experience doesn't hurt! Packing - Make sure to carry enough water to stay hydrated and some energy bars for when the going gets tough!Time of the year - November to February is a good time to do this trekLength of the itinerary: 1 dayItinerary Highlights: - Divyam and his friend hit the road after an impromptu plan to do the trek. The hill is situated about 70 kms from Bangalore and is well connected by roads. - The Savanadurga peak is over 1200 m high and is Asia's biggest monolith rock! - The best option would be to start early in the day so that you can hit the peak around sunrise. The official timings of the trek are sunrise to sunset. - Make sure to stock yourself before hitting the trek as it can be tiring if you get dehydrated. There are a couple of options at the foot of the hill that offer very good food. - Make sure to follow the trail markers or the lamp posts all the way to the summit, and avoid getting lost (although you have to try really hard for that!)- You will encounter fort walls along the trek at a few places, these are the remnants of the fort built by Kempegowda, the founder of Bangalore and later used by other rulers like Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan. - The trek is medium level of difficulty, unless there is rain, or you choose to do it on a hot day. - Make sure to start early so that you can catch the sunrise and a view of the nearby Manchabele dam and Arkavati river! - The views from the summit are quite beautiful and well worth the climb, make sure to catch visit the Nandi statue at the summit! - Once you spend time at the summit, you can head back down and have a wholesome meal at the little shack at the base of the hill. - If you have more time on hand, you can indulge in activities like kayaking near the dam! - All in all, a great day trek, to a place that has a lot of historical and geographicalsignificance! Links:Link to the Kyuriosity: InstagramFacebookOther links:https://www.karnataka.com/bangalore/savandurga-fort/IG: @kyuriosityofficialFollow the Musafir stories onTwitterFacebookInstagramwebsite: www.themusafirstories.comemail: themusafirstories@gmail.comitunes -  https://apple.co/2LPtTA3Google podcasts - http://bit.ly/2toY7lj or voice or google search "Ok Google, play The Musafir stories podcast"website - http://bit.ly/2xFZqOV Saavn - https://bit.ly/2J5rIqiSpotify - https://spoti.fi/2HLPSVipocketcasts - https://bit.ly/2xu3Ewgcastbox - https://bit.ly/2sqBDQiOvercast - https://bit.ly/2LN9wnfStitcher Radio - https://bit.ly/2JiBbhwaudioBoom - https://bit.ly/2oZZowSTuneIn - https://bit.ly/2xyQH4aRadioPublic - https://bit.ly/2snY9u0 iHeartradio - https://ihr.fm/2xvOG8RDeezer - https://bit.ly/2L7GmOo

28mins

30 May 2019

Rank #16

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58: Bodh Gaya with MSN Karthik

This week, The Musafir Stories speaks to MSN Karthik - a traveller, a film maker and a youtuber!   Today's destination: Bodhgaya, Bihar!  Nearest Airport: Gaya Airport or Patna Airport  Nearest Railway Station: Gaya Junction  Prerequisites - Just leave your worries home!  Packing - Nothing unusual!  Time of the year - Best to travel when the festive season is upon us, important festivals being Buddha Poornima (May) or Kalchakra puja (Oct-Nov) or other world healing pujas (watch for them in the calendar)  Length of the itinerary: 3-4 days   Itinerary Highlights:   Karthik begins the journey by explaining the significance of Bodhgaya, the home of Buddhism. Here is where Prince Siddhartha found enlightenment after traveling all the way from Lumbini, present day Nepal.   Karthik enlightens us about the Bodhi vriksha or Bodhi tree, it's history and importance. We talk more about the timeline of the Mahabodhi temple - one of the most important structures in Bodhgaya which is over 2000 years old, how it was patronized by Ashoka, plundered by foreign invaders, left in ruins and finally discovered again in the 19th century.   The temple is a beautiful structure, that lies in a sprawling complex with over a thousand stupas, a number of other temples and statues of the Buddha. There is a 80 ft statue that was contributed by the Japanese government that signifies 80 years of Buddha's life.   Karthik also speaks about the teachings of Buddhism, the interactions with monks who have travelled from all around the world and how their views converge.   Karthik talks about the other temples and monasteries built by representatives of different countries and the kaalachakra maidan, a huge field that is the venue of all congregations including while his holiness Dalai Lama is visiting.   Karthik further talks about his experience with Vipasana, its importance and what the retreat involves.   Links:  Link to the youtube documentary: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3xA42Eu6Fds&t=0 Link to the channel Adwhyta: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCU7XVC0jMY1tGEUf6m3lC0w Linik to Vipasana meditation centers: www.dhamma.org twitter: @MSNKarthik  instagram: @MSNKarthik  facebook: @adwhyta  Photo by Mattia Faloretti on Unsplash  Follow the Musafir stories on  Twitter Facebook Instagram Website email: themusafirstories@gmail.com itunes-  https://apple.co/2LPtTA3 Google podcasts - http://bit.ly/2toY7lj or voice or google search "Ok Google, play The Musafir stories podcast"  website- http://bit.ly/2xFZqOV Saavn- https://bit.ly/2J5rIqi Spotify- https://spoti.fi/2HLPSVi pocketcasts- https://bit.ly/2xu3Ewg castbox- https://bit.ly/2sqBDQi Overcast- https://bit.ly/2LN9wnf Stitcher Radio - https://bit.ly/2JiBbhw audioBoom- https://bit.ly/2oZZowS TuneIn- https://bit.ly/2xyQH4a RadioPublic- https://bit.ly/2snY9u0 iHeartradio- https://ihr.fm/2xvOG8R Deezer- https://bit.ly/2L7GmOo

36mins

24 Mar 2019

Rank #17

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57: Dalhousie with Meenakshi Param

This week, The Musafir Stories speaks to Meenakshi Param from the blog polkajunction.com. Sit back and enjoy as we speak to the multi-talented Meenakshi as she speaks about her tryst with travel!  Today's destination: Dalhousie, Himachal Pradesh  Nearest Airport: Dharamshala, HP  Nearest Railway Station: Pathankot, Punjab  Prerequisites - N/A  Packing - Warm clothes depending on the season of travel  Time of the year - All year round!  Length of the itinerary: 3-4 days  Itinerary Highlights:   Meenakshi begins the conversation by setting up the orientation of Dalhousie, the necessity of acclimatization given Dalhousie is between 6-9K ft above sea level and the history of the colonial influence on Dalhousie!  Dalhousie is named after Lord Dalhousie, the Governor general of Bengal during the British Rule and was set up as a sanitorium to help ailing soldiers recover, given it's wonderful setting. It was purchased from the Raja of Chammba for a princely sum of 12,000 Rupees over 150 years ago  Meenakshi gives us some titbits about the Thandi (cold) and Garam (hot) sadak, why they are called so and some of the nearby churches (St. John's church and St. Francis church) that one can visit while spending time acclimatizing with the city.   One can also visit the nearby markets of Subhash chowk and Gandhi chowk as well as some Tibetan markets to get a flavor of the local stuff.   Visitors to Dalhousie can also enjoy a great mix of architecture right from Himachali architecture which dominates most of the nearby hamlets to the colonial buildings in the city as well as the more recent contemporary architecture.   The people in Dalhousie is a mix of HImachali, Tibetan, Buddhists, Punjabi and Bengali people. We also discuss about the Bengal connection of Dalhousie with prominent personalities like Subhash Chandra Bose and Rabindranath Tagore having lived here during their lives.   We also discuss the points of interest in the vicinity including Khajjiar and some treks one can indulge in including Dayankund, CHamba, Bakrota hill and Aala! Listen to the local folklore about the Dainkund legends and get spooky!   The local flavors of Dalhousie include everything from fast-food to Momos, chaats, golgappas, himachali food and Rasgollas.   Make sure to grab exotic souvenirs from Dalhousie such as Himachali Chukk (pickle), wines and chutneys. Finally, make sure to carry an umbrella while going about Dalhousie!   Links:  Meenakshi's Blog Blogposts:   Dalhousie's Snowfall - White carpet Dalhousie : Enchantment Dalhousie : Folklore - Conquering Witches! Dalhousie's Bengal connection Find Meenakshi on Twitter Like her work on Facebook Follow her on Instagram ========================================================================  Winners of the 2nd Anniversary episode - TMS Specials: The Shooting Star!! Abhinav Kaushik  Megha Deora  Rohan Shetty  Thank you and Congratulations guys! ========================================================================  Follow the Musafir stories on  Twitter: @musafirstories  Facebook: @themusafirstories   Instagram: @musafirstoriespodcast  Website email: themusafirstories@gmail.com  itunes -  https://apple.co/2LPtTA3 Google podcasts - http://bit.ly/2toY7lj or voice or google search "Ok Google, play The Musafir stories podcast"  website - http://bit.ly/2xFZqOV Saavn - https://bit.ly/2J5rIqi Spotify - https://spoti.fi/2HLPSVi pocketcasts - https://bit.ly/2xu3Ewg castbox - https://bit.ly/2sqBDQi Overcast - https://bit.ly/2LN9wnf Stitcher Radio - https://bit.ly/2JiBbhw audioBoom - https://bit.ly/2oZZowS TuneIn - https://bit.ly/2xyQH4a RadioPublic - https://bit.ly/2snY9u0 iHeartradio - https://ihr.fm/2xvOG8R Deezer - https://bit.ly/2L7GmOo

40mins

7 Mar 2019

Rank #18

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32: TMS Specials - Conquering Mt. Everest with Satyarup Siddhanta

This week, The Musafir Stories speaks to Satyarup Siddhanta - a Bengaluru-based Bengali mountaineer.[1] On December 15, 2017 he became the first Bengali civilian from India to complete the seven highest summits in the 7 continents. He is the President and founder of ABETO – "A better tomorrow" foundation, and works as a consultant at Brady Corporation, India.[5] Today's destination: Mt. Everest, Nepal Nearest Airport: Lukla airport Nearest Railway Station: n/a Prerequisities - Required visas, training and certification, practice and acclimatization Packing - n/a Time of the year - May Length of the itinerary: 55 days from the base camp to the Everest summit and back Itinerary Highlights: Satya shares the story of his early struggles from asthma as a kid and how he overcame this to start climbing. Satya's speaks of his expedition to Mt. Killimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa and how he discovered the feat to the 7 Summits i.e. a challenge to scale the 7 highest peaks in each of th 7 continents (Mt. Everest in Asia, Mt. Killimanjaro in Africa, Mt. Elbrus in Europe, Mt. Aconcagua in S.America, Mt. Mckinley in N.America, Mt. Kosciuszko in Australia, Mt. Vinson Masiff in Antarctica) Satya discusses his trek to the Mt. Everest base camp and how this turned into a dream to scale the summit of the tallest mountain in the world. He then also discusses how the massive expenses related to the expedition played as a deterrent to his dreams and how he overcame the challenge. Next Satya discusses the preparation and acclimitazation he underwent to scale Mt. Everest, he had to quit his existing job, take up two jobs, hire a personal trainer and overcome his sweet tooth in order to get ready for the Everest challenge! Satya explains the duration of the Everest expedition and the iterations and acclimatization involved during the push to the summit. The adversities that Satya had to face during the push to the summit are also discussed, this includes a fall in a bottomless crevasse, watcing a sherpa fall to his death while climbing, and members of other teams losing fingers due to frost bite as well as death. Satya himself suffered from temporary blindness in the left eye while close to the summit, a failed oxygen mask and 3 failed cameras! Satya finally describes the feeling of being on top of the world as well as the sights! Final thoughts and tips. Listeners can follow Satyarup on his social media handles below and contribute to his expeditions when fundraising takes place. Links to Satyarup's social media handles: website - http://satyarupsiddhanta.com/ facebook - https://www.facebook.com/satyarup.siddhanta twitter - https://twitter.com/SatyarupS instagram - https://www.instagram.com/satyarup.siddhanta/ Follow the Musafir stories on Twitter: @musafirstories Facebook: @themusafirstories Instagram: @musafirstoriespodcast website: www.themusafirstories.com email: themusafirstories@gmail.com Photo by Theodor Lundqvist on Unsplash

43mins

22 Mar 2018

Rank #19

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71: Landour with Aakash Mehrotra

In this episode:#Landour #Uttarakhand #hillstation #mountains #cafes #nature #walks #viewpoints #sunset #woods #heritage #british #colonial #architecture #ruskinbond #books #quaint #northindia This week, The Musafir Stories speaks to Aakash Mehrotra from Delhi who talks to us about his childhood connection to the land of Landour, Uttarakhand!Today's destination: Landour, UttarakhandNearest Airport: Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun (DED)Nearest Railway Station: DehradunPrerequisites -  NAPacking -  Lots of books! Carry warm clothes as the hill stations are quite chill.Time of the year -  AprilLength of the itinerary:  3 daysItinerary Highlights:- Aakash talks about his childhood connection to Landour and the charm of this Raj era cantonment sharing some quick tips as to when one can travel.- He also shares titbits about his lodging, Rokeby Manor, a heritage property built in 1840 and one of the early constructions in Landour.- Some more trivia about the history of Landour, it's founders, it's legends and myths.- Aakash also shares stories about Pahadi Wilson, one of the famous residents of Landour and how his story inspired Rudyard Kipling to write the book, The man who became king.- Aakash talks about the famous points in Landour - the Char Dukaan, Sister's bazaar, Emily's kitchen, Landour Bakehouse among others. There are also heritage buildings like Kellog Church and St. Paul's church as well as a private sanctuary - The Jaberkhet wildlife sanctuary.- Finally we discuss about the legend and most famous celebrity of Landour - Ruskin Bond, his early life in Landour, his cottage and the influence of Landour on his works.- We wrap up the episode calling out other famous celebrity connections to Landour!Correction: The author of "The Man who would be King" is Rudyard Kipling and not Ruskin Bond as mentioned in this episode.Links:Link to Aakash's blogpost:https://handofcolors.me/2018/04/01/the-secret-miracles-of-landour/#more-2093https://handofcolors.me/2018/04/17/rokeby-manor-a-colonial-charm/Link to the blog: https://handofcolors.meFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/handofcolors/Twitter: https://twitter.com/aakashmehrotra?lang=enFollow The Musafir Stories onTwitter : https://twitter.com/musafirstories?lang=enFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/themusafirstories/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/musafirstoriespodcast/?hl=enwebsite: www.themusafirstories.comemail: themusafirstories@gmail.comitunes -  https://apple.co/2LPtTA3Google podcasts - http://bit.ly/2toY7ljwebsite - http://bit.ly/2xFZqOVSaavn - https://bit.ly/2J5rIqiSpotify - https://spoti.fi/2HLPSVipocketcasts - https://bit.ly/2xu3Ewgcastbox - https://bit.ly/2sqBDQiGaana - http://bit.ly/2NClUYYOvercast - https://bit.ly/2LN9wnfStitcher Radio - https://bit.ly/2JiBbhwaudioBoom - https://bit.ly/2oZZowSTuneIn - https://bit.ly/2xyQH4aRadioPublic - https://bit.ly/2snY9u0iHeartradio - https://ihr.fm/2xvOG8RDeezer - https://bit.ly/2L7GmOo

42mins

13 Nov 2019

Rank #20