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Chandipur - The beach that appears and disappears in Odisha

I had been to the Chandipur Sea Beach back when I was a kid. I remember I was very fascinated by this extraordinary beach then and I am fascinated by it now. The sea has always called me..and this time I could walk into it for miles!! Total Budget of the Trip :2500 INR per person Duration : 2 days and 2 nights.  How to Reach: Take a bus/train from Cuttack or Bhubaneswar. AC option available in both. However, I’d suggest taking the train as it would save you a lot of time and discomfort. We took a train while going to Chandipur from Cuttack. It took us 2 and a half hours in the Jan Shatabdi express. The nearest station is Balasore. It is another 15kms to Chadipur via cab or auto. The cab charged us 350 rupees while auto was for 250 rupees. Even though it's only 15 km it takes around 35-40 mins to reach to Chandipur.


Where to Stay : 

The Odisha Government-owned Panthanivas is strategically located right in front of the beach.
The rooms are spacious and very economical. (1500 with tax fo…

Switzerland on a Budget : How I Flew Round Trip for just 25000 Rupees and other facts !!

Yes, you read it right. I've had to book last-minute one-way domestic tickets for 14000 INR, so even I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw the round-trip ticket price from Bombay (India) to Geneva (Switzerland) -- JUST 25500 INR.  How did I manage to pull this seemingly impossible feat? I flew with Kenya Airways (the pride of Africa) from Bombay to Nairobi to Geneva. I was a bit skeptical about the airlines (especially after the Ethiopian Airlines incident in march 2019) and I'd googled for reviews after booking the tickets (smart, no?).  The reviews were mixed but after having flown with it I can honestly say that it is a wonderful airline! Good food, entertainment, and tangy lemon moisturizer on board (my hands get super dry while flying)....life jhingalala!! And also I booked the tickets almost 3 months in advance. Total Budget ?70,000-80,000 INR. Duration? 7-8 days.  Visa? You need to apply for Schengen visa either directly at the Switzerland embassy in New Delhi or via…