3 Places you should not Miss in Jabalpur

This post is all about 3 places one should not miss while visiting Jabalpur, a small and great city of Madhya Pradesh, India.

Jabalpur is one of the major city of Madhya Pradesh, India. It is an important industrial, business and educational hub of Madhya Pradesh. Also, for the Game lovers, the Game of Snooker was originally generated here.

We took MP Sampark Kranti at 17.25 P.M. from Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway Station and reached Jabalpur next day in the morning. From the Jabalpur Railway Station we went to Pisanhari ki Madiya and stayed there for two days. And thanks to God, they have AC rooms.

If you are from Jabalpur, then you might know, May is the hottest month here. So, if you are a tourist, prepare your laggauge accordingly.

It is an important tourism city in the state of Madhya Pradesh. In two days, we have visited all the major tourist destinations here.

Also Read: India’s Golden Triangle

Now, i am sharing with you the 3 places you should not miss in Jabalpur:

A View of Dhuandhar Waterfalls

Dhuandhar Falls

Dhuadhar Falls is basically a waterfall which is located on Narmada River at Bhedaghat in Jabalpur. It is approximately 30-metres high. The word Dhuadhar is derived from two Hindi words Dhuan (Smog) and Dhar (Flow). It means a watefall where we get ‘Smog Flow’ like feel. Trust me, it looks so true.

At the Entrance there are a alot of shops run by the locals for tourists. You can buy some artifacts or marble idols from here. Cable Car Service is also available at Bhedaghat. You can see the other side of the Dhuadhar Falls from this service.

I spend my time here sitting near the rocks, putting my legs in the cold water of Narmada River. You can see a alot people taking selfie here too.

A Signature Shot at Marble Rocks

Marble Rocks

Marble Rocks are the gorge along the Narmada River at Bhedaghat in Jabalpur. In order to view them closely, you need to take a boat ride. There are two types of boat rides that are available here, one is private boat ride and other one is shared boat ride. Obviously, private boat ride will cost you more.

For every boat, generally there are two types of people that will ride along with you. One of the person is that will row the boat and the other one is a commentator. The commentator will help you to find and imagine the different figures on the rocks. At some places you will see, a marble car, marble monkeys, a marble yogi and so on.

The boat ride services are available throughout the year except during monsoon period. Some people also worship the river at the evening.

In this area, you can find marble rocks in different colors like white, blue, brown and much more. Different colors of marble with boat ride takes the whole travel experience to the next level.

A View of Balancing Rock

Balancing Rock

Balancing Rock is a geological formation which happens naturally featuring a large rock resting on another rock. In India, there are a few of such type of rocks that are famous among the tourist for visit. And guess what, one is near Madan Mahal in Jabalpur.

Particularly here, a soyabean shaped large rock is resting on the other large rock with a really tiny base. This thing do amazed a lot of tourists. When I saw it, I was like, how this can be possible ?? Then the horses of logic and science within my brain get started to run.

If I share it here, i will go off the topic, so that’s why, I am not explaining it to you here. But, I can help you to find out yourself though. The hint is Balancing of an object depends upon its center of mass and gravity.

There are a lot of balancing rock around the world too, like in Europe, America, Canada, etc.

Also Read: A Day Trip in Agra | Taj Mahal and Agra Fort

Overall, my experience of travelling to Jabalpur was great and I suggest you should visit these places too.

What Colors say about your Personality

Your favorite color reflects some specific qualities of your personality. Read this post and get to know more about yourself.

Colors make our life more vibrant. There are so many beautiful colors and every color has something to tell about. Let us find out: what colors say about your personality.

Most commonly, people have one or more favorite colors during any period of time. And if not considered as favorite, they generally prefer some specific colors over others. In addition to many other things, those colors can reflect some qualities of your personality.

Different colors produce different sensations to our eyes. It is not necessary that you possess your dearest colors in your attires, home space, work area, etc.; but still, it can significantly appeal to your eyes.

Also, these preferences change over a period of time. It is possible that you have different favorite color in your childhood, and switch to the other one at any later stage of life. You believe it or not, but color psychology really works. That’s why various industries use specific color combinations for their logos, outfits, etc.

Here we will focus only on the impact of colors on someone’s personality. So that we can know ourselves little better, and use individual colors to refine our own identity. Possibly, our qualities can resemble with more than one color.

Though there are numerous colors, but only some common colors are discussed here (The information given below is based on a general view point and not on any specific research).

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Black is the color of power, authority and solemnity. If your favorite color is black, it means you are conventional, genuine and seek control in your life. You are artistic and nostalgic too at times.

Generally, people who tend to like black are mysterious. In other words, they are not introverts but don’t like to share too much details about themselves. They prefer to maintain a fine line between their private life and the rest of the world.

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If you select gray (spelled as grey also) as your favorite color, then you are trustworthy, careful, cool and composed personality. You value good manners and etiquette. People see you as a balanced and stable person. You often play role as a peacemaker, because of your naturally fair and objective traits.

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Those who are white lovers, are tend to be more organized and independent by nature. They are logical too. Usually, they value order and don’t like too much clutter in their lives. Can say, they have a very refined taste, sense of control and naturally reserved nature. They expect high for themselves as well as others and so, often face disappointments.

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Be it men or women, blue is the top most favorite color for majority of the sections. Liking towards this color shows that you are friendly, creative, reliable, sensitive and always make an effort to ponder about others. You are loyal as a friend, and also value friends and family in your life.

You like to find inner peace; and lead a stable and sober life. Blue color evokes serenity, calmness and focus.

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Selecting green as your special color represents that you are frank, generous, practical and socially responsible. You consider your reputation a very important part of your life. You are environmentally aware and have a special connection with nature.

In short, you are a true nature lover. Furthermore, you prioritize and delegate very effectively.

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You are cheerful, thoughtful and imaginative, if you like yellow more than other colors. Being optimistic is your main quality. People see you as a happy person. You take pleasure in learning and sharing knowledge with others. You are spontaneous and desire admiration.

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Orange loving people are no doubt a socializer. They love to meet people and be with them. They tend to live in the present moment and somehow influence other people. Good nature, ambitious, assertive and hopeful are some of their qualities. Besides, they are also a team builder and problem solver at heart.

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If you adore pink among so many different colors, then you are compassionate, warm, humorous and lovable. You value unconditional love and like to be accepted by others for who you are. You are an easy going and soothing personality. In addition, you are very caring and sweet too.

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Red is the color of energy. People who pick red as their color are confident, passionate, determined and courageous. They are spontaneous and outgoing. They don’t hesitate to express themselves and live life to its fullest.

Also, red represents power and strength. This color grabs attention very easily.

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Adopting brown as your color signifies that you are dependable, reliable, genuine and very steady. You always love to spend a simple life with your loved ones. Moreover, you are transparent with your intentions and favor truth. Success comes with solid foundation is your mantra. Irrespective of the speed, either you do something or not at all.

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Being understanding and artistic is natural, if you like purple color. Your biggest asset is your intuition and it proves to be right more often than not. You like to be unique and always try to stand out. You help others in case of need.

Purple color evokes spiritual awareness and meditation. This color is also related with royalty, prosperity and wisdom.

Also Read: 8 Tips to Stay Productive in Life

So, in the end I just want to say: Add more colors to your life!!

Also Read: 4 Places to Visit in Gaya

Do share your favorite color with us in the comments section below.

5 Points to Consider while First-time Traveling in India

This post is all about the five points that a traveler should put under consideration while traveling in India for the first time.

If you are visiting India for the first time, then let me warn you, this country is so different that you either going to hate it or love it. There is nothing in between.

Before we move further, let me first tell you that this post is the part of our travel series – ‘All About Smooth Travel’

Check out our all the posts in the series here:

Here, the 5 points that a traveler should put under consideration while traveling in India for the first time are given:

Follow Legal Compliances

First and foremost is to follow all the legal compliances. Though not following them is not going to kill you but it may ruin your fun.

While traveling, some of us have the habit to put all the documents in the bag and put that in the place where we are residing in. But in India, I suggest, you should carry your Indian visa and your respective country passport with you while you are traveling within the country.

Make sure that your passport is valid for at least six months from beyond stay in the country. Also, your passport should have at least two empty pages for Indian visa stamps.

A person while coming into India from abroad, can bring with him foreign exchange without any limit. However, if the foreign currency notes or traveler cheques exceed US$ 10,000/- or its equivalent and/or the value of the foreign currency exceeds US$ 5,000/- or its equivalent, it should be declared to the Customs Authorities at the Airport in the Currency Declaration Form (CDF). (updated as on 09-05-2019)

A person while leaving India, can take out with him Indian currency notes, up to ₹ 5,000/- to any country other than Nepal and Bhutan and any amount in denomination not exceeding ₹ 100 to Nepal or Bhutan. (updated as on 09-05-2019)

And also, when you are in India, and buy some stuff, make sure that in the bill they charged IGST instead of CGST and SGST. While leaving the country, this will help you to get the GST refund smoothly that you have paid so far.

Make sure to do Haggling

If you are a foreign tourist and wants to buy some stuff, then you must know how to haggle in India when you shop. The one thing you need to understand is that for Indian shopkeeper a foreigner means deemed rich guy. I have already explained this in our fourth post of travel series.

Indian shopkeepers have two prices in mind for a particular item, one is called as the ‘Price for Indian or Native People’ and the other one is called as the ‘Price for foreigners’. Trust me, they can quote you 3x, 5x, 7x or even the 10x of the price they charge from the Indians for the same stuff.

That’s Insane, right!!! That is the main reason why you should know how to negotiate with the Indian shopkeepers.

Before starting the negotiation, keep in the mind, that you can get the particular item for less than the half of the initial price quoted by the shopkeeper or sometimes even for a quarter of it. Like, if he initially quotes
₹ 1,000/- for something, then you should say, about ₹ 400/-.

Understand this, that as he is also a businessman, after seeing you that you are a foreigner, he has already increased his profit margin significantly.

Don’t act too be excited even if you are dying to buy it. Also, they can try to convince you emotionally, like, “I have a Poor family, I have to take care of them”. Don’t fall for it, and show disinterest in buying the same at that price, he will eventually reduce the price.

Warning: Spicy Food Ahead

‘Indian food is spicy’, yes, that’s true, but from a foreigner perspective. Indians usually have the habit of eating spicy food. If you are from a country that consumes fewer spices like Spain, Greece, etc. and eating the Indian food for the first time, then yeah, it’s going to be a bit spicy for you.

It is good to know about your enemy and then to fight him, right!!! Did you ever wonder why the chilies perceive so spicy and hot to us? Actually, it is because it has a chemical called capsaicin in it.

Capsaicin enters our bloodstream, significantly convince our brain that our body temperature is rising and that’s why we freak out.

So, what you should do to get the relief from eating spicy food. The answer is Milk. Yes, you read it right, Milk. Milk contains a protein called Casein. Casein molecules help to clear the Capsaicin molecules from the nerve receptors of your mouth and provide instant relief.

Other milk-based products also can help you with this. Other things like drinking alcohol, eating sugar, cooking food with olive oil, etc. also helps.

Be Prepared, Indians are Time-Insensitive

Respect Your Time. In India, everybody knows it, but they don’t do it. In fact, you can say that punctuality and Indians are the two sides of the same coin. I know I am a bit harsh, but sorry, it is the truth. In India, people take their and others time lightly unlike the west.

Now, you might be thinking, so what? How it is going to affect our trip? And I am going to reply, just wait for it. You will understand this.

Actually, you have to face this reality everywhere and that is the main issue. Starting from paperwork, bus and train schedules to meeting with friends.

You can find yourself waiting for your Indian friends for half an hour even when they promise to join you in five minutes. Also, generally the buses don’t follow the time schedule. The bus that should depart at 8 AM may leave around 8:45 AM etc.

You need to have patience and be a tolerable person for all of it. In fact, if you want to learn patience, just do one thing, visit India. I am not saying all are like this, but yes mostly are. So, be prepared for it. Having a good margin of time for your trip too can help.

Planning and Visiting time are Important

Planning, I have already covered this point in ‘Pre Plan your Trip and Wearing Outfits’ in the first post of the travel series. India is a subcontinent with great diversity – from the snow at Himalayan mountains to tropical beaches of Goa to Trisea at Kanyakumari.

Planning your trip is very important if you are visiting a country like India. India does have so many places to visit that will surely excite you as a traveler. But, if you are a first time visitor, then I suggest you should visit either India’s Golden Triangle, Kerala or Goa.

In India, weather is quite different at times in the various regions. However, overall the best time to visit India is the winter season. It usually starts in mid-October and till the first week of March. During this period you can also enjoy many festivals like Diwali, Christmas, Holi, and so on.

India’s Golden Triangle

This post is about what is India’s Golden Triangle, why it is famous amongst the tourists and what is the best time to visit it.

What is India’s Golden Triangle?

India’s Golden Triangle is a tourist itinerary which connects the national capital Delhi, Agra and pink city, Jaipur. A visit to these three palaces is known as the Golden Triangle because these locations together form a triangle on the map.

Generally, tourist prefers to start there Golden Triangle circuit with the exploration of the national capital. They usually visit the Mughal Era structures or ancient places with national and architectural significance. It includes but not limited to Red Fort, Jama Masjid, Humayun Tomb, Chandni Chowk, India Gate, Connaught Palace, and many others.

Then they travel to Agra to visit the beautiful Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, Fatehpur Sikri, and others.

Last but not the least they visit the capital of Rajasthan, Jaipur. Here, they visit the ancient forts, palaces, markets, and others. They usually go to Amer Fort, Nahargarh Fort, Hawa Mahal, Jal Mahal, Jantar Mantar, Birla Temple, Albert Hall Museum, World Trade Park and many others.

However, nowadays, the tourists do not limit themselves with just a visit to the Golden Triangle. In order to add flash to it, they add one or more destination to it which depends from tourist to tourist. Like some prefer a tour to Golden Triangle with Goa, some prefer it with Kerala or some with Ladakh.

Why It is famous?

It is quite popular amongst the tourists because of the following reasons:

Connectivity – The Golden Triangle is a great tourist circuit mainly because of its connectivity. The circuit is by road about 720 km long in which all the destinations are just about 240 km away from each other. Since the Golden Triangle is connected with a 6-lane highway hence it does not have any off the beaten route. The circuit is also well connected with super-fast trains and by the aerial route which makes it sweeter.

Even if you are a solo traveler this route is great for you. No matter when you are visiting these destinations, you will always be surrounded by a lot of tourists which makes it safer for you.

Unique Destinations – All the three destinations have a unique culture, different architectural design, even also have separate food cuisines. Since Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur were ruled by different rulers from time to time. Hence, you can enjoy three different dynasties in a single trip. And, the best part is due to such diversity, you will not get bored.

Some people prefer to visit only the UNESCO world heritage sites or 7 wonders of the world. Well in Agra, Taj Mahal is among the 7 wonders of the world. Also, Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri are amongst the UNESCO world heritage sites.

In Jaipur, Amber Fort is a UNESCO world heritage site. And in Delhi, Red Fort, Qutub Minar, and Humayun’s tomb are also amongst the UNESCO world heritage sites. So, when tourists visit the Golden Triangle they also cover these sites in their visit list too.

Best time to Visit

If you visit a place at the right time on the calendar, then you can make your stay more memorable. So, you might be thinking what is the best time to visit the Golden Triangle.

Generally, tourists choose to visit the Golden Triangle in India in the winter season. Usually, the winter season starts in mid-October and till the first week of March. Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur can be freezing cold due to Himalayan cold wind influence especially during mid-December till the end of February.

But, trust me on this, it is far better than the summer season when the temperature is about 50°C that can scorch you. During the winter season, you can also enjoy many festivals like Diwali, Christmas, Holi and so on.

Read some of our post regarding the palaces of the Golden Triangle:

What is GST (Goods and Services Tax) in India?

This post explain what is GST (Goods and Services Tax) in India, its benefit, what type of taxes are levied, different tax rates and role play by GSTN.

GST is a destination based consumption tax levied by the Government of the supply of goods or services. It is an indirect tax which allows a comprehensive and continuous chain of tax credits from the producer’s/service provider’s stage up to the retailer’s/consumer’s stage. Thus, taxing only the value addition at each stage of the supply chain.

Also Read : Guide on Reverse Charge under GST

Benefits of GST

The implementation of GST in India include the following benefits:

  • Reduction in Multiple Taxes
  • Mitigation of Cascading Effect
  • Reduction in Double Taxation

  • Buoyancy to the Government Revenue
  • Make National Products more Competitive
  • Uniformity in Procedures and Provisions

Also Read : GST on Blogger’s Earnings from WordAds or AdSense

Type of Taxes under GST

There are 3 taxes that are levied under gst which are as follows:

  • CGST: This tax is paid to the Central Government on the intra-state supply (i.e. supply of goods within the state)
  • SGST: This tax is paid to the State Government on the intra-state supply (just like CGST)
  • IGST: This tax is paid to the Central Government on the inter-state supply (i.e. supply of goods from one state to another)

Tax Structure under GST

In most cases, the tax structure under gst shall be as follows:

Basis GST will be applicable on Description
Goods / Services All Goods and Services (other than 5 petroleum products and Alcoholic Liquor for Human Consumption)
Intra – State Supply SGST + CGST Both the Central and State govt. shall equally shares the tax amount
Inter – State Supply IGST Central will first receive the whole tax and then will equally share it with the govt. of destination state.

Simple Example to understand the difference between the three –

Let say, a dealer in Delhi had sold goods worth Rs. 40,000/- to another dealer in Gujarat. The tax rate on the same is 18%.

In this case, Delhi’ s dealer has to additionally collect Rs. 40,000 x 18% = Rs. 7,200/- as the IGST from Gujarat’s dealer.

Now, let say, dealer in Delhi sold the same goods to another dealer within Delhi.

Delhi’s dealer now has to collect CGST and SGST of Rs. 40,000 x 9% = 3,600/- each from the another dealer.

Tax Rates under GST

Since its implementation from 1st July 2017, gst has different tax rates which are as follows:

0%, 0.25%, 3%, 5%, 12%, 18%, and 28% tax rate are applied in gst on the different goods and services.

Out of which 0% tax rate is generally on the goods or services on which is a necessity for the survival, or in the public interest not to tax them. However, goods or services under this list can be shifted to the higher brackets.

28% tax rate is for the luxuries or sinful goods or services.

Rest of the tax rates are as per the consumption power or requirement of the particular industry.

How to Calculate GST?

Taxable Value is a value on which tax is to be charged and an Invoice Value is a Total Value.

  • Invoice Value = Taxable Value + GST Amount

Case 1 – Ascertain Invoice Value from the Taxable Value

If we already know the Taxable Value, then in order to ascertain Invoice Value we need to find out GST Amount.

It can be ascertain by the following formula,

  • GST Amount = Taxable Value x GST Rate

So, GST Amount in case of,

  • Intra State Supply – GST Amount = Taxable Value x (CGST Rate + SGST Rate)
  • Inter-State SupplyGST Amount = Taxable Value x IGST Rate

Case 2 – Ascertain Taxable Value from the Invoice Value

If we know the Invoice Value, then we can find out Taxable Value by the following formula,

  • Taxable Value = {Invoice Value/(100+GST Rate)} x 100

So, Taxable Value in case of,

  • Intra State Supply –
    Taxable Value = {Invoice Value/(100+CGST Rate+SGST Rate)} x 100
  • Inter-State Supply
    Taxable Value = {Invoice Value/(100+IGST Rate)} x 100 

Also Read : What is Foreign Inward Remittance Certificate (FIRC)?

What is GSTN?

Goods and Services Network (GSTN) is basically a special purpose vehicle which has been set up to facilitate a shared IT infrastructure to different stakeholders. GSTN help to provide services to the Central and State Government, taxpayers and other stakeholders.

The functions of the GSTN, inter alia, include:

  • Facilitating GST registration of different stakeholders,
  • Forwarding the filed GST returns to Central and State authorities,
  • Computation and Settlement of IGST among Central and State governments,
  • Running the matching engine for matching, reclaim, or even reversal of Input Tax Credit, and
  • Providing various MIS reports to the central and state governments based on the taxpayers return information.