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10 Best Homestays in Himachal Pradesh

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10 Best Homestays in Himachal Pradesh

More and more tourists are opting for homestays instead of hotels. The reason is simple. Homestays give you the chance to experience and understand the culture of the place that you are visiting. You get to relish delicious homemade food and see how the locals live. When that homestay is in a beautiful location like Himachal Pradesh, your vacation becomes even more memorable. Here is a list of 10 best homestays in Himachal Pradesh that you can choose from on your next vacation in Himachal Pradesh.

1.Khem Bharti Homestay, Tirthan Valley

Khem Bharti Homestay is located right in the middle of the Tirthan Valley, a valley so beautiful that words fail to capture its true beauty. It is located in the picturesque Nagni Village and every bedroom has a view of the surrounding mountain ranges. Some of the rooms overlook the Thirtan River. Just imagine having your evening tea as the sun sets over the Thirthan River. Fitted with all the modern-day amenities, this homestay offers a home-like experience that you will want to come back for again and again. You will be served delicious homemade food- what more do you want in a vacation.

2.Birdsnchirps Homestay, Dalhousie

Nestled amidst greenery and overlooking the Dhauladhar Ranges, Birdsnchirps Homestay is an ideal homestay for those looking for a home with all the modern-day facilities and amenities. However, Birdsnchirps is more than that. It consists of eleven rooms, all of which are clean and offer a view of the picturesque surroundings. This homestay has a sunroom on the rooftop and view from there is amazing. Having breakfast or lunch in the sunroom is like living in a paradise. It is an ideal place to go horse riding, trekking, sightseeing, and camping.

3.Darang Tea Estate, Kangra

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to stay on a tea estate? Well, you can find out by staying at Darang Tea Estate, a heritage property that goes back 150 years. They have three cottages- The Middle Cottage, The Upper Cottage, and The Pecan Cottage. Each of these cottages has an amazing view either of the garden, tea estate, or the snowcapped mountains. Just imagine sitting on the porch, sipping on a cup of tea, and watching the sun go down. It is a very surreal experience. The fresh air, beautiful garden and the serenity of the place will make you want to come back again and again. The best part about this homestay is its very friendly hosts, Mr. and Mrs. Bhandari, who go out of their way to make you feel at home.

4.The Lal Kothi, Kullu

Ask any Manali tours and they will tell you that The Lal Kothi is one of the best homestays in Himachal Pradesh. Lal Kothi is a retreat like no other. Located in the beautiful Kullu Valley, Lal Kothi was built in 1941. Its green surroundings, mountain views, antique furniture, antique wooden flooring, and the beautiful garden overflowing with flowers and fruit trees have mesmerized visitors for many years. They offer delicious homemade food, which is prepared using organic vegetables, grown in their own garden or the nearby village. Their four large bedrooms, which come with an attached bathroom and dressing room, offer an amazing view of the green surroundings. Activities like, mountain biking, white water rafting, paragliding, camping, trekking, and picnicking are a few minute drives away from this homestay.

5.Sanjiv’s Aira Home Retreat, Shimla

Shimla has become overcrowded today, but thankfully even today there are places in Shimla that can give you the real feel of what Shimla used to be like in the past. Sanjiv’s Aira Home Retreat, which is located in Chotta Shimla, will give you the feel of the lost Shimla. This retreat has a cottage-like feel and is run by Sanjiv and Billy. It is far away from the maddening crowd of Shimla and nestled amidst Deodar trees. The surrounding garden and the breathtaking view of the valley and Tara Devi Temple are the highlights of this homestay. It only has two bedrooms, so you never feel like you are in a crowded homestay. It is a perfect homestay to take you away from your city life memories.

6.Spirits Unplugged! Farm & Orchard Retreat, Karyali

A stay at the Spirits Unplugged! Farm & Orchard Retreat will give you an experience that you will cherish forever. This spacious farm offers two bedrooms, each with an attached bathroom. The property has a spacious living room, dining room, and kitchen. It is built atop a hill, so the view from the front porch is stunning. Surrounded by a beautiful fruit and vegetable garden, you will feel like living here forever. The property offers amazing views of the hills covered with pine trees, snowcapped mountain ranges, hills engulfed by the clouds, and streams flowing through the hilly terrain. It is a great place for trekking, camping, and just doing nothing.

7.Pines, Kasauli

7 Pines in Kasauli is a luxurious homestay that is surrounded by greenery from all sides. The serenity and laid-back atmosphere of this homestay are what attract visitors from all over the world. Every room is beautifully done and offers a glimpse of the nature that is so missed in the city. They have a private outdoor dining area, a very cozy study room where you can chill out with your favorite book, and a beautiful garden. Taking a walk in the forest is one of the favorite activities of guests here.

8.Aaramgah- The Alpine Farmstay, Narkanda

Aaramgah is a newly built farm stay that is located in an apple orchard and surrounded by pine forest. This homestay has six bedrooms, a spacious kitchen, and a large dining area. It has beautiful interiors, which are matched by equally beautiful green surroundings. The view of the Himalayan ranges and the pine forest is simply out of this world. They have an in-house cook who cooks some really delicious food. Nestled amidst greenery that you cannot find in the cities; this is a homestay where you can relax and forget all your worries.

9.Jamwal Villa Homestay, Kuran

This is another homestay that is recommended by almost every Manila tour in Himachal Pradesh. Located right next to Ravi River, this homestay not only offers magnificent views of the lush green surroundings but also has a well-maintained garden where you can sit forever. It has airy rooms that are well furnished and have attached bathrooms. Plus, every bedroom has an attached balcony from where you can enjoy the picturesque surroundings. They also have a small library and if you enjoy barbequing, you are going to love this place. It is a great place for trekking, hiking, camping, and nature walks.

10.Shova’s Nest Homestay, Dharamshala

Everything about this homestay is out of this world. This homestay is located above the Dal Lake. Just imagine the view you will have from the bedroom or the porch. They offer a Standard Double Room with a kitchen, Standard Double Room, and Classic Double Room. The rooms are clean, spacious, and offer a breathtaking view of the surroundings. They offer home-cooked food and room service. Dharamshala is known for its great trekking routes, camping sites, and other adventure sports.

When homestays provide such a homely environment, which is also friendly on the pocket, it is no wonder that homestays are gaining popularity with each passing year.

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Abdullah Al-Antari – A Young magician amazing people with his crazy tricks-2022

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The world is full of people as a walking piece of art. One of such people is musicians who succeed with entertaining their viewers and audiences with their exceptional performance and unmatchable material manipulating skills. Frankly speaking, a magician allows us to forget our daily life problems for a moment by taking us to another world by fascinating us with their magic tricks. To explore the thing in more detail and see it from a closer point of view, we had some amazing minutes of joy spent with the most inspiring IMS certifies young magician of 2022, namely Abdullah. So why not share with you the amazing conversation.

Hi Abdullah, how are you doing? You are already the talk of the town especially for magic lovers; would you like to tell people more about yourself and your journey towards magic?

“Hi, my name is Abdullah Al-Antari, 22. I live in Germany. I started learning about magic three years ago.

So what about your academic career Abdullah Al-Antari? Are you pursuing both things simultaneously?

“Yeah, I went to high school in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia and now I am managing to carry out my further studies in Germany.”

What do you like to do in your free time, what more precisely are your hobbies Abdullah?

“Amm well, my hobbies are football and table tennis and that’s what love doing in my spare time. It feels great.”

Tell us about lovely family Abdullah Al-Antari-

“I have a kind of big family of 6 who I love love love love!!! They make my life even better with their insane support and love for me. Their affection encourages me to love my life do my love job and keep growing. They are my better half I must say.”

Abdullah Al-Antari your fans wonder a lot where did you learn magic from? And also you are an International Magicians Society certified. That’s great to know. How did you make it?

“Ahh, well I am a self-trained magician, I learned magic from books, I learned it From Expert card technique and I did it from some paid websites out there. I love what I do. I love my job. Your dedication and commitment earn you a lot more than just fame and appreciation, people would eventually recognize you for your love job.”

Abdullah Al-Antari, you have carved yourself into a real piece of art that is truly fascinating to so many people around you. How do you feel while performing tricks and amazing youngsters? Also, we wonder if you teach any tricks-

“Yeah it is always time-demanding to reach your goals and it takes a lot of patience to get there. I feel great while doing tricks. Magic is much more for me. It is close to my heart. I love when people get amazed by my tricks. I love when people spread the word and more appreciation comes out. I love it even more doing more and more tricks and showing them amazing content over time. And yeah, I don’t teach tricks but I do love doing them.”

It was lovely knowing you from even closer Abdullah, what message would you like to give to young people and how can your fans and new viewers reach out to you on social media?

“My fans can stay in touch on Instagram with me where I post a lot of my fresh videos. And yes the message I would like to give to young people is that they should develop the skills they have to enjoy an exciting and interesting life.

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MeatSpady: An artist by the people and for the people

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We make a living by what we get but, we make a life by what we give. Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile. There is no denying the fact that people who keep the passion of serving the community by giving back are the true leaders and beacons of hope. One such community servant and philanthropist is MeatSpady. A musician by occupation; by nature, a care giver to others. MeatSpady is the owner of the clothing brand, The Beautiful Letdown Store. Through his brand he has been consistently involved with his community by providing those less fortunate with food and free t-shirts bearing The Beautiful Letdown logo. The brand also offers two scholarships and two grants for qualifying families in the city of Philadelphia.

MeatSpady is a hip-hop artist, born and raised in North Philadelphia, whose deep real-life lyrics speaks to the very people he serves in his community. The Beautiful Letdown Store is an online store where the customers can buy a vast variety of quality apparel for a low price. The products range from t-shirts, hoodies, sweaters, sweatpants, sea moss and more. The brand came about after the 2018 release of The Beautiful Letdown mixtape. The project reflected MeatSpady taking full accountability for who he is as a human being. When the brand was created the objective was to convey the concept of having acceptance of self. Something he considers to be the highest form of self-love.

Through his brand, MeatSpady is striving to become a staple in his community. Leading by example he makes monthly visits into the community to provide food and clothing to the people, sponsoring the For The Love Basketball events throughout the city of Philadelphia and finding various  ways to give back to others.

The brand plans to offer two scholarships to Philadelphia high school graduates this year, as well as two grants to families who deal with the everyday effects of the health issues that their children are faced with. The Beautiful Letdown Store is always looking to sponsor events in the community that can help bring positive change to the people in it. “This is my way of giving back to my community until I can do so on a larger scale” says MeatSpady. When asked about the significance of the variety of colorways the brand offers, he stated “We believe everybody has a story and every story has a color. What color is your story?.

Being a musician and operating a brand to help the community is really an inspiring and appreciable action of MeatSpady. He is determined to continue to impact the lives of others as time progresses. With the continued support of his listener, fans, and customers the future is bright for MeatSpady and all his endeavors.

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How to Set up a Cardano Node?

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How to Set up a Cardano Node?

The constant evolution of the blockchain has made it a more mainstream technology. Such improvement contributes to its rapid market growth. Blockchain technology came along with Bitcoin in 2008, the first-generation blockchain that can facilitate only cryptocurrency transactions. Later, when Ethereum (second-generation blockchain) entered the blockchain space, it set a new definition of how blockchain technology can power enterprise-grade solutions and eliminate the need for third-party authentications.

Amidst the blockchain advancement and the advent of new protocols, scalability continued to create challenges for the first and second-generation blockchain users. Besides, lack of interoperability is another reason that disrupts the global utilization of diverse blockchain use cases. Blockchain experts realized the potential adverse impact of these short flaws, and thus we had the third generation blockchain, Cardano, in 2017. This article will explore Cardano, its diverse use cases and discover how to set up Cardano node. So, let’s start.

What is Cardano?

Cardano is a third-generation proof-of-stake blockchain platform designed to be open-source and decentralized. It addresses the challenges of first and second-generation blockchains. In addition, it eliminates the flaws of POS (proof-of-work) consensus mechanism such as high transaction cost, slow transaction processing, high energy consumption, etc.

Due to its open-source nature, the platform offers a range of Cardano development opportunities for worldwide developers. One can easily participate in the Cardano ecosystem and contribute to its sustainability by developing innovative solutions like a Stake pool, smart contracts, Cardano exchanges, and even a unique ecosystem.

What is a Cardano node, and how it works?

A node is the core component of the Cardano ecosystem that underpins the whole network. Ultimately, every blockchain network consists of various interconnected nodes to validate transactions and blocks via a consensus mechanism. Specifically, in Cardano, users are required to run Cardano node if they wish to join the platform and contribute to the open-source project.

So, how does a Cardano node work?

A Cardano node is a service node that imparts complete transparency across the network by validating how the pool interacts inside the network. The nodes further hold and manage the combined stake in a single entity.

Other core responsibilities:

Production of blocks

Cardano produces independently verifiable blocks across a peer-to-peer protocol through a robust block-producing system. It further adds security layers to decide which blocks should be added to extend the chain.

Validation of transactions

Nodes validate the transaction by appointing slot leaders who determine if the sender has enough funds to meet transaction parameters. Once confirmed, the slot leaders record data and assume it as an active block after the complete verification process.

How to set up a Cardano node?

We will discuss the step-by-step process of setting up the Cardano node from the source node and running the node into multiple operating systems.

For that, you need the following component setup for node installation:

  • The latest operating system- Windows, Linux, or macOS.
  • Dual-core CPU with 8GB RAM and 10GB disk space.

For Linux

Step1: Install operating system dependencies on the Linux system.

Step:2: Install GHC and Cabal using ghcup.

Step3: Download and compile a working directory to store source code and builds.

Step4: Configure the build option.

Step5: Build up and install the node.

For macOS Operating system

Here, we will explain the download, compilation, and installation process for the node.

Step1: Install operating system (OS) dependencies for MacOS.

Step2: Install homebrew packages.

The rest of the steps are the same as the node installation in Windows operating system (from step 3 to step 5).

For Windows operating system

Node installation for Windows is the same as macOS and Linux, but you need WSL (windows subsystem for Linx) that changes the windows environment into Linux.

Conclusion

With a highly mutative nature and the ability to embrace modern technologies, Cardano has brought significant change to the blockchain and its real-world implementations. Such overwhelming popularity has also empowered Cardano-based development & deployment services since this protocol supports scalable, interoperable, and sustainable enterprise-wide solutions at a reasonable cost.

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