7 Tips To Help You Get The Most Out Of Your Private Tour

If you want to go on a private tour, our tips may help you. On a trip, you will have tons of fun seeing beautiful sights and getting to know different cultures in a different place. Without further ado, let’s know the tips that can make your tour unforgettable.

Customized experience

Having a private tour is a great idea as it helps you have a customized experience. But it’s possible only if you talk to your guide so you can have the right expectations. Therefore, you may want to share you likes, dislikes and interests with the guide, and this will help your guide make your tour the best experience of your life.

Be ready for poor weather

You should be ready to deal with poor weather. Know that you will have sunny days as well as cloudy days and rainy days. Unlike what most people believe, bad weather is a great time to go on a tour.

However, make sure you make necessary arrangements so you don’t have to face difficulties in case of poor weather. You don’t want to ruin your trip.

Choose comfy shoes

You may want to get a few pairs of comfortable shoes. In the same way, you should have a few dresses for different types of weather, customs and cultures. Again, your guide can help you make the right choices.

Respect the other cultures

You may want to respect the cultures of the places you are going to spend time at. What does this mean? In short, you need to understand the things that are going to be different in those places. As a matter of fact, travelers who spend a good deal of time in understanding different behaviors and customers have more fun during their trip.

Try new things

You may want to try new things, such as food, activity and drink. No matter how small they are, do give them a go. You will have a lot of fun.

Do your research

Before you leave, don’t forget to find out as much as possible about the places that you are going to visit. And do let your guide know about a special place that you are most interested in.

Another way to know more about that place is to read a short story or novel written by an author who lives in that area. This will help you know more about the local culture and get inspired.

Ask questions

Once you are with your guide, make a list of questions that you want to ask them. Guides have tons of knowledge to share. Moreover, it’s a lot more fun to find out more about a place by having a discussion with an expert.

Long story short, these are a few things that you want to consider before you leave for your next private tour. Having these tips on mind will help you get tons of fun. So, don’t ignore these tips and don’t underestimate the importance of consulting a guide. Hope this helps.

How to Make Your Home a Quieter Place

The houses today are constructed on the basis of modern, light-weighted and open-floor plans wherein it becomes difficult to find a little peace and quiet environment. In most of the houses, the walls are removed to increase the available space, kitchens are filled with larger appliances, and rooms are surrounded by home theatres making noise an essential part of our lives. We are the only creators of a noisy environment and we can only help ourselves in reducing it. This is not something that is created by nature it is simply a man-made product.

The evil effects of noise are that it can mess up your sleep, add to your stress, infringe on your privacy and in a nutshell it is hampering the quality of life we are living. Fortunately, we are lucky that there is a number of soundproofing or acoustic treatments that you can take help from to alleviate the problem. The acoustic barriers can efficiently help folks to get rid of this serious issue. Before, we proceed it is also important to know how sound actually works?

The clang of the bell and other physical things sends sound waves rippling through the ear. When these waves reach the ears, they vibrate a sensitive membrane i.e. the eardrum and we hear them as sounds. It is said to be the sound, not the noise. Noise is something that is unpleasing to the ears and is also termed as unwanted sounds.

Here are some helpful techniques for making your home a quieter place:

Cut down on noisemakers- Consider buying quiet appliances for your home including house fans, kitchen appliances etc. Buying quiet appliances is even more beneficial if they are to be kept nearby living or sleeping areas. Maintenance of existing appliances is also an important part of the equation. If you find something unusual, get it checked or repaired by the technician as soon as possible.
Use sound absorbing materials- The material that helps to reduce and absorbing the unwanted sound are something that every house owner would love to have. There are a lot of things that will work as a barrier that reflects and absorbs the noise entering your house. These acoustic barriers are quite helpful in minimizing the outdoor noises and absorbing the interior sounds. Ensure getting a spec sheet prepared by the tradesman so that you can check and approve it before its installation.
Install sound blocking doors- The largest opening in a house is its doorway. And a lot of sounds enters from this way. Thus, it is better to install weatherstrip or solid doors to effectively block the unwanted sound rays entering your house. The solid doors are quite expensive because of their thickness and are also available in a broader selection of elegant designs.
Weatherstrip interior doors- The actual sound doesn’t come through the door, it comes around the hollow spaces left between the doors. Thus, it is beneficial to install weatherstripping or door soundproofing to seal that space using adhesive-backed high-density foam tape. This will block the noise coming from outside.
The soundproofing has become a necessity to avoid the flow of unwanted sound that is generated either from external or internal factors. The exterior boundaries can be surrounded with high-quality acoustic barriers in order to block the outside noise entering your property and on the other side, the walls and ceilings of the house can be undergone soundproof treatment so as to reduce the noise levels. Hence it is beneficial to consider the above-stated ways that are effective in reducing and blocking the unwanted sound waves and also provides the home owners with a quieter place.

Bhimashankar Temple – 6th Jyotirlinga of Shiva

Bhimashankar is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas of Shiva. In this age of the internet and omnipresent Wikipedia/Google, getting general information about Jyotirlingas and the concomitant legends is an easy task. It’s the same hackneyed information churned out by others. What matters most is the perspective of a visitor or a devotee who has seen and imbibed the (divine) spirit first hand. And that makes the difference and takes away the cherry.

Lord Shiva is the Adi Deva (oldest deity) of the Hindus. According to Spalding Professor of Eastern Religions and Ethics at Oxford University, R C Zehmer, ‘It’s not a hyperbole or an exaggeration but a fact that Indian mythology is replete with innumerable legends and exploits of Shiva.’ Rigved (Not Rigveda; this is an erroneous orthography given and popularised by the Brits) had the reference to Shiva nearly 5500 years ago. The readers might recall that in B R Chopra’s Mahabharat, Bhishma used to say, ‘Mahadev ki saugandh’ (I swear by Mahadev). And Mahabharat is believed to be 3000-3500-year-old.

Pilgrims living near Poona/Bombay have an easy access to Bhimashankar. It takes around 3-4 hours to reach there from Pune.

It’s cradled in Sahyadri Mountain Range. The scenic beauty of the place adds to divinity. According to Garud Puran, ‘Pratasthe dwadasham jyotirlingam darshanam apariharya iti ashtavinayakam paridoshat’ (If one visits a Jyotirlingam, he/she should visit all just like one must visit all eight Ganesha abodes).

According to ‘Hindu Dharmsthal Soochi’ (the list of Hindu Pilgrim Centres) that appeared in now defunct ‘Dharmyug’ in 1978, there’re 73 cardinal pilgrim spots for Hindus. Twelve Jyotirlingas and Ashtvinayak are among them.

The writer of this piece visited Bhimashankar in 2007. It used to be lush green. It’s still quite verdant but somewhere with the passage of time, this place now appears to be a bit commercial like Shani Shingnapur and Shirdi.

It’s believed that each Jyotirlinga grants a specific wish of the devotee. And why on earth do we all visit temples and pilgrim centres? Don’t we go there to beg (for alms)? Anyway, Bhimashankar is associated with wealth. If you want wealth, go there and pray to the Lord. He’ll grant your wealth-wish! So easy!

I saw one very famous Bollywood actor at Bhimashankar and was told that he had been visiting this Jyotirliga for last 12 years regularly. Needless to say, he’s stinking rich. He may have been praying to the deity to acquire more wealth as this has no end. To quote Urdu poet Asadullah Khan Ghalib, ‘There’re legions of wishes and one can die for each wish/I died many a time, yet that wasn’t enough’.

One can stay here overnight. Villagers and the priests make affordable arrangements for the stay. There’re tolerably good eateries where one can have snacks and even full-fledged meals (this is a rather new addition). Bhimashankar temple darshan timings are 4:30 am to 9:30 pm.

Those who visit Poona, also visit Bhimashankar (provided they’re Hindus!).

I read somewhere that shooting is prohibited at all 12 Jyotirlingas. But I’ve seen Bhimashankar in quite a few Hindi movies. There was a documentary on it that was shown on Doordarshan way back in 1976. Akashvani, Poona used to give information on Bhimashankar and other shrines near Poona on every Wednesday. It’s been stopped.