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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.

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Last Updated on May 22, 2019

10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

There are lots of studies that show if you do some exercise in the morning, you will be in a better mood all day long. You will have more energy and you will certainly be a better colleague, friend or partner.

One psychologist at Duke University has researched the effects of exercise on depressed patients and he has come to the conclusion that exercise has a definite role in treating this condition and has an important role in preventing people from relapsing.[1] According to the New York Times, scientists have now established that exercise also boosts your brain power.[2]

In addition, there are studies from the Appalachian State University which show that blood pressure can be reduced by doing regular morning exercise.[3]

Here are 10 simple morning exercises that will help you feel great the whole day long. You can include some of them in your morning exercise routine or do them all at home without having to enrol in a gym. Consult your doctor before starting any form of exercise routine if you are new to this.

1. Cat Camel Stretch

Stretching exercises are useful for muscle toning and also preventing arthritis. They can either be dynamic or static.

Dynamic ones such as the cat camel stretch, are particularly useful for doing other exercises in the morning. They are also beneficial at other times of the day, especially after long periods of sedentary work. This one is great for spinal flexibility and is a good warm up exercise.

Kneel down on all fours. Start by rounding your back just like a camel so that your head will try to meet your pelvis. This is the camel position. Then lower and lift your head so that your lower back is arched. This is the cat position. Do these movements slowly and smoothly. About 4 or 5 times.

Here’s a video to guide you through:

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2. Go for a Walk or a Run

This is better done outside so that you can connect with nature but running inside on a treadmill is almost as good. You can time yourself and increase length and time according to your fitness program.

Always have new goals to reach. Start with brisk walking and work up to running. At my age, I am still walking!

The health benefits are considerable. You can build stronger bones and you can help to maintain your weight.

Also, you are helping your heart to stay healthy and keeping your blood pressure low.

Learn more about the benefits of running here: 8 Benefits of Running 5 Minutes Every Day You Didn’t Know

3. Jumping Jacks

Michelle Obama is a great fan of this exercise and has become “Jumper in Chief.”[4] They are great for cardiovascular health and also for toning muscles especially the calves and the deltoids.

Stand with feet together. Jump while spreading your arms and legs. Return to first position and keep going! You can start with doing these for 1 minute and then gradually build up to the number you are comfortable with. Here’s how:

4. Abductor Side Lifts

Watch the video below to see how to do this exercise. These muscles are important because you use them everyday to run, get into the car or onto and off a bicycle. They are very important also for your core stability and prevent the pelvis from tilting.[5]

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Do about 10 to 15 raises for each side like this:

5. Balancing Table Pose

This is a classic yoga pose. It benefits the spine, balance, memory and concentration.

Start with the table pose (hands and knees). Breathe in before starting each movement. As you exhale, raise your left leg parallel to the floor as you raise the right arm, also parallel to the floor. Breathe in as you lower arm and leg. Repeat for the other side. 10 repetitions on each side is a good starting point.

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    6. Leg Squats

    Not just legs are involved but also hips and knees.

    Stand with your feet a bit further out from your hips. Arms are out in front of you. Then lower yourself as if you wanted to sit down until you reach a 90 degree angle. You can go down further if you want to. Then return to the starting position. Repeat 15 times for 2 sets for beginners.

    The benefits are that these exercises help with knee stability and can benefit the leg muscles such as quadriceps, hamstrings and calves.[6]

    7. Push Ups

    You start lying down (face down) but with your body held up at arm’s length. Your hands should be in line with your shoulders. Breathe in as you lower your body. That is fairly easy. Now, as you exhale, you have to get back up to the starting position.

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    An easier version to start with is to bend your legs at the knees so you do not have to lift your whole body.

    Beginners may take up to a month to be able to do 100 push ups so you will have to start with a very small number and gradually increase it.

    This exercise is great for strengthening the chest, shoulders and the triceps. It is a great strengthening exercise for many muscle groups. In fact, most muscles from the toes to the shoulders are being used.

    8. Bicycle Crunches

    There are numerous crunch exercises targeting the abs. The bicycle crunch is a variation where you work more muscle groups. Aim for 15 to 20 reps to start off with.

    Watch the video to see how this is done correctly:

    9. Lunges

    Stand with feet shoulder width apart. Place your hand on your hips. Take one giant step forward with the right leg. Make sure the knee does not go too far forward, that is, past your toes. The left knee will go down to almost floor level. Alternate the legs as you go on.

    Try to do a set of between 8 and 12 reps for each leg. It is important to allow for a day of rest, so this exercise should be done on alternate days, especially if you are using weights.

    This exercise is great for strengthening and toning the quadriceps, glutes and hamstrings.

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    10. Bicep Curls

    You can do this sitting down so if you spend a lot of time on the phone, this is a great exercise to do.

    Choose suitable dumbbells or another household object that you can easily hold. Sit down with the dumbbell in your hand. You need to sit forward a bit so that your triceps can lean on your thigh to give you support.

    Then bring the weighted arm up to shoulder length and then down again. Exhale as you lift the weight and inhale as you lower it.

    Here’re some important notes before you start doing this exercise:

    Try to do one or two sets of about ten repetitions for each arm and then switch arms.

    These exercises are really useful for toning the arm muscles.[7] In addition, they can strengthen and tone the brachioradialis muscle located in the forearm. These are the muscles we use to pick up things when we flex the arm at the elbow so we use these muscles countless times a day.

    You may have to build in a rest day for the heavier exercises, numbers 6–10. On the rest days, you can do gentler stretching exercises and also some walking or running.

    Morning exercise is not only a great mood booster, but will help you keep your weight down and also sleep better![8] Start including one or some of these exercises in your morning routine!

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