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Six Small Cities you Don’t Want to Miss When in India

Six Small Cities you Don’t Want to Miss When in India

Many people visit India for the peaceful, yet robustness, of the country’s myriad of culture, traditions, and the melting pot of several different religions that all come together in harmony.

Whatever reasons you have for visiting India, when you visit this country, it is more than a visit; it is an understanding of a way of life that only can be explained with the witness of the atmosphere, both literally and metaphorically.

Many of the remarkably vibrant and unique attractions are among the colorful and bustling hill stations that rest among the mighty Himalayan Mountains.

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#1. Mcleodganj

Situated low in the mountains, Mcleodganj is a highly cultural and eclectic tourist town with a strong Buddhist influence. The town has a sense of tranquility and peace, and many people visit for reconnecting with their inner selves.

The fact that this hill station is remarkably quiet and is distanced from city life, has amazing eateries, and a wide array of shopping and markets, make Mcleodganj very popular among those visiting India.

#2. Kabini

Talk about rich wildlife! Kabini boasts of it all, with its amazing jaw-dropping wildlife sanctuary, lush greenery and vivid florals that abound. The British used to use this land as their private hunting grounds, but has since then become a place of wild animal enthusiasts and seekers.

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In addition to the scenery of the flora and fauna, the waterfalls add a touch of relaxation and a sense of calm to the visitors. This river town has prime resorts with top-notch and pampering amenities.

#3. Shimla

Oh, what a bustling hill resort this is! Many vacationers; natives and tourists alike, visit Shimla each year for the Mall and the intricate alley ways of bazaar-shopping heaven.

Surrounded by the white-capped Himalayas, this nature resort offers plenty of thrilling activities for the outdoor enthusiasts, namely rappelling, rock climbing, mountain biking, and net bridges all along the mountain ranges.

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The Jakhu Temple, adorned with monkeys, is a lovely place to spend your afternoon, in addition to the Kali Bari Temple, which is dedicated to the Goddess Shyamala.

#4. Landour

Tourists who are looking for more of an American-influenced religious city to spend their time often go to Landour. This Himalayan mecca has several churches of protestant religions, as well as the sights and sounds of a lively Indian cultural hub.

There are stunning views, resort places, an extensive array of wildlife to be seen, and mouth-watering Garhwali dishes. While not as “touristy” and commercialized as other Indian towns, this is the ideal getaway for many to become satisfyingly rejuvenated and mentally recharged.

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#5. Munnar

A biologically diverse area featuring the Eravikulam National Park, Munnar is a beautiful town in India’s Kerala state. The city is located in the Western Ghats mountain range and is an ideal getaway for those who want to enjoy the beauty of nature.

Some of best things to do in Munnar are enjoying the splashing water streams, visiting tea estates along with learning the art of tea making, and the famous Kundala Lake. Munnar also features paragliding, South India’s highest peak of Anaimudi, and plenty of scenic hikes. Don’t forget to visit the Stone Christ Church to view its exquisite stained glass!

#6. Mandawa

If you are in search of an uber-“touristy” town, Mandawa is a lovely destination to meet all of your preferred tastes, sights, and sounds of India. This 18th-century town is like taking a step back in time with a little commercialism added in. The hotels are nothing short of jaw-dropping and exquisite in this area of the Rajasthan district. People that visit thoroughly enjoy their stay, and leave with memories of historic sites, rooftop restaurants, and the lovely people which make up this colorful town.

These destinations are each unique in their own manner. However, many commonalities are in place. They all reflect the way of life in this divine and dynamic country, and experiencing these small towns, among many others, will leave you with a special influence within your inner-being from this lovely nation.

Featured photo credit: beejees via pixabay.com

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Last Updated on July 10, 2020

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

Boundaries are limits

—they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

1. Self-Awareness Comes First

Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

  • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
  • When do you feel disrespected?
  • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
  • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
  • When do you want to be alone?
  • How much space do you need?

You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

2. Clear Communication Is Essential

Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

Sample language:

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  • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
  • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
  • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
  • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
  • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
  • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
  • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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Final Thoughts

Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

Featured photo credit: Thomas Kelley via unsplash.com

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