Tips On How to Sleep Well While Traveling

Sleep is often an underestimated aspect of health. Being sleep-deprived can have serious consequences on your mental and physical health. One of the times sleep is unavoidably affected is when you are traveling. Traveling present the perfect kind of scenario to ruin your sleep! First the fact that you are not in your bed, under your covers (and perhaps in the arms of your sweetheart!); on top of that you are traveling. How does one avoid insomnia under such circumstances? I am here to tell you just that!

Pillows

Woman sleeping on a pillow on a plane

This is one thing we all dearly miss while traveling, for it is rather difficult to carry a pillow along with your luggage! Some alternatives to a pillow include an inflatable pillow. All you have to do is blow it up! One more option could be to use a soft handbag stuffed with clothes that you don’t mind getting crumpled. You could also roll a bedspread into a makeshift pillow.

Music and/or Books

Woman reading book in plane

Many people have the habit of reading books or listening to music before they go to sleep. It would be a good idea to carry the same with you while traveling. If you are used to reading some spiritual book before sleeping, nothing like it. That kind of stuff soothes the mind and calms you down and helps you relax before you go to bed. Same effect can be brought upon by some good soothing music, especially instrumental songs. You might be required to switch your phones off, so it would be advisable not to carry your music on the phone. If your phone is equipped with the facility of turning it onto the airplane mode, you are good to go.

Meditation and Deep Breathing

Meditation is probably one of the best things you can ever do to your mind and body. Many people like to meditate before they go to bed; it helps them feel rejuvenated when hey get up. Meditation can also give you worry-free, peaceful sleep. If you are a light sleeper, this can be very important. Deep breathing also works wonders – I speak from personal experience. Deep breathing is when you block out all thoughts, and concentrate only and only on your breathing. You observe your breathing pattern, listen to the air enter and leave your body. It has an amazing effect. If you are not very fond of meditation, deep breathing may serve the same purpose.

History of Manikaran Gurudwara in Himachal Pradesh

A trip to Kullu Manali in Himachal Pradesh is incomplete without a day’s break at the Manikaran Sahib. Situated 35 kilometers from Kullu and 4 kilometers from Kasol, it is a destination that conjoins beautiful sights and religious sentiments with an adventurous trip. It is one of the few auspicious sights that have both Hindus and Sikh sentiment attached simultaneously. Thus, millions of tourists throng it every year. Located on the banks of River Parvati, Manikaran offers many breathtaking sites of the lofty snow-clad mountains in the background.

Manikaran Sahib, the gurudwara is the most important place to visit in Manikaran. It is a very well maintained Gurudwara. It also offers free of cost ‘langar’ (food distribution) as well as accommodation options. The Gurudwara is also famous for its bridge and the gushing hot springs. The rice in the ‘langar’ are made by inserting small packets of rice in the hot spring itself.

LEGEND BEHIND MANIKARAN SAHIB GURUDWARA

As per mythology, it is believed that Guru Nanak Dev ji, the first Guru of Sikhism, visited this place in third Udasi. He was accompanied by one of his ardent disciple, Bhai Mardana. After traveling, Bhai Mardana was hungry and they had no food. Guru Nanak Dev ji, then asked Bhai Mardana to ask around for food for Langar. The generous people of the town donated flour. But, it yet had to be cooked as ‘rotis’ (wheat breads made in India). Due to the high altitude there was no fire or heat to cook them in. Guru Nanak Devji then advised Bhai Mardana to lift a stone in the valley. It is believed that the hot spring fluted out from this very spot. Guru Nanak Dev ji then asked Bhai Mardana to roll the chapattis and to put them in the hot spring. To Bhai Mardana’s despair, the chapattis sank inside the spring. Guru Nanak Dev ji then asked him to offer prayers to God and promise him to donate one chapatti from his share of chapattis. He did as told and the chapattis came back up, completely baked and ready to eat. It is thus, believed that anything offered to the spring with prayers and the intent to donate, floats back up to the surface of the spring.

The pious water of the spring is sulphur-less in nature and is said to possess special healing properties that help in curing of diseases like Arthritis.

Apart from the Grudwara, Manikaran offers various places to visit near the Manikaran Sahib like the various temples and the Brahma Ganga Sangam (confluence of RiverPaap Nasini and River Parbati) to take a dip in.

The Northern Lights Puts the North of Norway on the Map

There has been a significant growth in the tourism in the North of Norway and this is many thanks to the Northern Lights!

They are not only beautiful in its appearance, but they have made the tourism explode, which has given an amazing increase in the economy of the North of Norway.

People from all over the world travel to the Tromsø, the “capital of the north” to go on Northern Lights Safaris, with the help of local expert guides from event and adventure agencies, that take them to the best places to see them and experiencing them first hand.

The perfect combination that Tromsø provides with being a vibrant city and having amazing wild nature and mountains all around makes it a popular destination for travelers.

The North of Norway has always been a popular target for tourists from Asia, especially Japanese who believes that they will live longer after seeing the lights and experiencing the energy coming from them.

Now a days, there is an increase in tourism from countries in Europe, such as Germany, Italy, France, Belgium and more.

There is also a big increase in Americans and Australians tourists that are visiting to experience the Northern Lights.

The people of the North of Norway are known for being open, warm people and they are known for their hospitality.

The new wave of tourism is welcomed with open arms from the locals.

This February of 2018, the hotels in Tromsø had an increase in the rates of the hotel rooms with an average of 91%, due to the increase of tourism.

The north of Norway has always been in the shadow when it comes to economy in Norway, but is now in the lead.

With the results provided by the increase in tourism they are now number one in Norway during the winter months which is highly positive for both the region and the local people living there.

With the growing tourism in Tromsø comes many new opportunities for the locals and has resulted in many event and adventure agencies that provides tailormade experiences such as Northern Light Safaris, which is one of the most popular services.

As we speak, no less than eight new hotels are to be built as a result of the massive growth of tourism.

The local people of Tromsø are also benefiting from this growth and the rental of homes and rooms through the popular service Airbnb is becoming very popular.

The locals of the North of Norway are proud and happy to show people what the nature has to show in this beautiful scenario, and they are especially proud of showing of the amazing Northern Lights that dances in the northern sky, for the enjoyment of everyone.