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Top 5 Destinations for a Summer Holiday #SuperBloggerChallenge #Instacuppa

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Summertime serves as a relief from the frost-bitten winter days. Along with summer comes the rapidly escalating temperature and the stifling humidity. It is the perfect opportunity for planning an unforgettable vacation.

If you are looking for an escape from the summer heat and the commotion of the city, here is a curated list of top five getaway destinations.

From basking in the sun at the beachfront to the riverside camping across the hills, these places will offer you rich experiences that you will cherish for a lifetime.

1) Zermatt, Switzerland

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Located below the Matterhorn peak, this alpine town is world-renowned for skiing, hiking, and mountaineering. It offers scenic walks and hikes. There are 38 peaks over an altitude of 4000m in Zermatt.

Zermatt boasts as Europe’s highest vantage point and the largest summer-skiing region. Cog railways, ski-lifts and cableways provide a breathtaking view of glaciers, gorges, and peaks. You can easily get a lift-ride to the grand Gornergrat, Klien Matterhorn and Rothorn peaks.

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It is a car-free zone which is a rare experience in itself. The quiet atmosphere makes the stay more relaxing. The Alpine paths will navigate you through pine-lined forests, frozen lakes, and sapphire-blue glaciers.

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The exhilarating Alpine tours and panoramic views make Zermatt one of the most attractive tourist destinations in the world.

2) Munnar, Kerala, India

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With its emerald green carpet of tea plantations, a wide array of flora and fauna and hilltops covered with mist, Munnar is one of the most staggeringly beautiful places in the Indian subcontinent. Known as the “Kashmir of South India”, its lush greenery and serenity attract tourists from every corner of the world.

It is famous for its waterfalls, peaks, museums, tea estates, national parks, and sanctuaries. The Eravikulam National Park and Nilgiri Tahr harbor several endangered and endemic species. On your trip to Munnar, you can also visit Anamudi, the highest peak in South India. Munnar has many majestic waterfalls – mainly the Lakkam waterfalls, Attukal waterfalls, and Nyayamakad waterfalls. These breathtaking waterfalls add more to its pristine splendor.

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The subtropical climate is perfect for camping, trekking, mountain biking, rock climbing, watersports, safaris, trout fishing and much more. There are plenty of resorts and hotels available at an affordable price as well, so it won’t burn a hole in your pocket.

3) Patong, Thailand

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Patong is a prominent resort town located on Phuket. The party capital of Asia provides the perfect summer experience with its crescent beaches lined by palm trees, luxurious hotels, world-class restaurants, nightclubs, and spas.

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There is a wide array of activities to choose from. These include snorkeling, scuba diving, jet skiing, surfing, sunbathing and kayaking. It is the ideal vacationing spot for luxury shoppers, foodies, and exuberant teenagers.

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Patong is the most happening place in Thailand. Bangla Road and Paradise Complex hold numerous bars, entertainment complexes, and cabarets that offer great, bustling nightlife. The neon-lit streets perpetually crowded with people keep the city awake even after nightfall. The local restaurants deliver delicious food packed with strong flavor and spice which give you an essence of the exotic East.

4) Marseille, France

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The port city of Marseille located on a tiny island is the oldest and the second largest city in France. It is a magnificent historical site with glorious museums. The city reflects European culture in all its glory and grandeur. Its fabulous beaches, cliffs, vibrant graffiti, colorful restaurants, marketplaces, and underground bars offer a splendid dynamism to the place. Marseille hosts various cultural events and festivals. The beautifully sculpted buildings and monuments of the multicultural city tell numerous stories of its brutal past.

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The Old Port, La Plaine, La Joliette and Notre-Dame de la Garde are notable places that ought to be visited. The Old Port is the main harbor of the city. There are many museums holding access to the rich history of the city like MuCEM, The Musee Regards de Province and The Musee de Vieux Marseille.

The weather remains pleasant throughout the year making it a great place to spend the vacations.

5) Orlando, Florida

This metropolis is home to the world-famous Disney World, Universal Studios, Ripley’s Believe it or not, Seaworld and Epcot Center. Orlando is known as “The Theme park capital of The World”. It’s the most-visited family destination and caters to 52 million tourists every year.

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It offers illustrious theme parks, water parks, towering skyscrapers, aquariums, zoos and many attractive tourist attractions for both relaxation and adventure. Madame Tussaud’s has a spectacular assortment of life-like wax statues of celebrities. Other major attractions are Discovery Cove, Gator-land and Medieval Times. Orlando is a great shopping and dining hub with many shopping complexes, marketplaces, fancy restaurants, and a lively/vibrant nightlife.

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It hosts various festivals and provides fun activities like hot air balloon ride, air-boat tours, skydiving, paragliding, jet skiing etc.

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So, get ready to spend the coming summer in the most remarkable way!

Wipe the sweat off your brows, packs your bags and book a plane ticket to any of the above destinations for a memorable summer. Make the most of your much-anticipated vacations.

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We are with India’s Armed Forces: They keep us Safe #SuperBloggerChallenge #Instacuppa

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Serving your country in extreme borders, be it 16,000 feet above the sea level or at uncanny temperatures ranging from -50 to 50 degrees Celsius (in snow-covered glaciers or scorching deserts) is certainly bizarre. The Indian Armed Forces work under extreme conditions and face dire situations such as extreme climate, distance from family and even shortage of food/water supplies during certain intense situations. They are required to operate for countless long hours with little or no rest. Despite all the hardships, becoming a soldier and protecting one’s nation selflessly is truly admirable.

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The Indian Armed Forces governed by the ministry of India, consist of three main forces namely:

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  • The Indian Army
  • The Indian Navy
  • The Indian Air Force

The Indian Army is further supported by the Indian Coast Guard and the Paramilitary Forces (such as the CRPF). The personnel selected to be a part of the Indian Army are well skilled, regimented and a motivated team of people, handpicked after being weathered for their mental and physical abilities. They are made to go through rigorous training and are forced to think on their feet. They are skilled to make the right decisions under times of distress and one wrong decision may lead to numerous loss of lives.

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Pulwama Attack:

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On 14th February, in the Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir, a convoy carrying security personnel was attacked by a suicide bomber as he darted the SUV laden with explosives into the bus, resulting in about forty CRPF causalities in the attack.

The attack was said to be carried out by Pakistan based jihadist group “Jaish-e-Mohammad”.

Role of Pakistan and The Question of War:

Pakistan and India have known to have strained military relationships since the time of partition. Pakistan has initiated war on India several times since 1947. Post the Pulwama attack, there is an intense uproar in the nation. Many blatantly hold Pakistan responsible for the Pulwama attack and demand war in the name of revenge.

The UN Security Council (UNSC) issued a strong statement that condemned the suicide bombing which identified Jaish-E-Mohammad as the group claiming responsibility.

The Truth About Warmongering:

The aftermath of the Pulwama attack caused wrath and anguish amongst the public. Pyres were lit and the nation mourned the martyrs. Many self-proclaimed nationalists demanded war, and even still, some demanded nuclear war while being oblivious to the consequences of sending more soldiers to die in the name of war.

Most individuals became a victim of fake news spreading on social media platforms which fueled hyper-nationalism, hatred and even influenced radicalization and social exclusion of Kashmir’s population.

India’s Retaliation: Surgical Strike 2.0

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In an early morning strike on 26th February, India responded to the Pulwama attack by dropping precision bombs at terrorist camps in Pakistan (Balakot Camp) using Fighter jets, thereby killing more than 350 terrorists.

At the Brink of War?

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There seems to be a lot of tension between the two neighboring countries. If no measures are taken from either side to resolve the conflicts, a war might just be the around the corner.

If a war were to actually take place, under some unfortunate circumstances, it would not only lead to loss of innocent human lives but would also cause depletion of economic, social and political infrastructure. Consequently, demanding ‘blood for blood’ is not a reasonable approach to tackle such intense conflicts.

The right way to help our heroes:

  • Being aware and rational

It is indeed very easy to blame a nation or religion while becoming a victim of fake news during the time of a national crisis. Hence, it is crucial to remain informed about the truth in order to have a rational approach about the same.

  • Questioning the government

Instead of giving into political propaganda being carried forward by various political parties, it is very important to question the government. In the case of the Pulwama attack, it is in fact, a question of great significance as to how the SUV loaded with explosives was able to penetrate the safe route. How did they manage to breach the security? From where did they get the information about the movement? And how did they manage to sneak in so much explosive?

  • Contributing to trusts

Various trusts such as the Maruti Veer Jawan trust help the families of soldiers who lost their lives fighting bravely for our country. These trusts provide for the education of martyr’s kids, the family’s health and other necessities.

  • Contributing to welfare organizations and foundations

Organizations such as WWF, SWO and LAKSHAY foundation not only spread awareness regarding the army but at the same time provide financial aid, medical assistance, and retirement benefits to the members of the armed forces.

  • Government initiatives like bharatkeveer.gov.in

One might donate to the Bravehearts by using online portals like bharatkeveer.gov.in.

It is a government initiative that allows people to donate directly to the families of the Bravehearts.

Our soldiers aren’t just combating the nation’s enemies; in addition, they are fighting natural disasters and extreme climatic conditions.

And yet, they stand strong, willing to die for the nation’s safety – for our safety. The unconquerable spirit of our armed forces is a matter of great pride and deserves a million salutes.

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InstaCuppa Infusion Bottles – Quench your thirst the right way! #SuperBloggerChallenge #Instacuppa

Time and again, the general population have suffered from various health issues due to bad eating habits and a nutrient deficient diet. The advent of fast food eating joints has resulted in people incorporating processed food/fast-food in their diets, thereby leading to severe health problems in the long term.

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However, there has been a sudden spike in most people being eager to adopt a healthy, organic lifestyle. According to various studies, there have been a massive 30% people increase in people willing to adopt a healthy lifestyle and live on organically produced food and drinks. This is in comparison with a mere 7% of people willing to do the same a decade ago (Demographic – USA).

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In order to capture the changing lifestyle of people, a lot of health food joints have opened that provide 100% naturally grown and organic food and drinks.

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This, however, is not cost effective for most of the population and often burns a hole in our pockets and completely shakes up the budget.

Thus, in order to complement this growing need, InstaCuppa was born.

InstaCuppa was started with the phrase “you are what you drink” in mind. Avoiding processed soft-drinks/beverages and shifting towards healthy, nutrition-rich beverages has become an absolute necessity these days. The sheer amount of sugar and calories in beverages these days can be catastrophic to one’s health.

Thus, InstaCuppa brings to you the most ergonomic, lightweight and durable products/accessories that are 100% BPA free. The main aim of coming out with such high-quality products is to revolutionize the way Indian people consumer beverages. Not only this, but InstaCuppa also educates its customers about the different ways of making their own nutritious health drinks at home for a negligible expense. This promotes healthy-living and doesn’t burn a hole in one’s pocket.

A few of the best-selling products rolled out by InstaCuppa are listed below:

  1. InstaCuppa Thermos Infuser Water Bottle

The easy to carry InstaCuppa bottle is a one-of-a-kind infuser bottle that allows you to relish healthy beverages on the go. Its unique design boasts about a clever 2-in-1 stainless steel infusion unit that you may use to infuse fruits, vegetables, coffee, and even green tea. The easy to carry, spill-proof and leak-proof bottle come in a powder coated sweat free exterior.

The bottle has a double walled vacuum insulator that will keep your beverage cold for 24 hours and hot for up to 12 hours.

Another main feature of this infuser bottle is that it comes in 2 lids. One is the sipper lid which is ideal for gym and sports. The other one is the wide mouther lid that can be used to relish coffee or green tea on the go.

  1. InstaCuppa Vacuum Insulated Thermos Travel Mug

Travel with style with the new InstaCuppa Travel Mug. Not only is the mug designed to be spill-proof and leak-proof, but it also comes with a removable stainless-steel infuser.

The silicone band in the middle of the body provides its immaculate grip, thereby making it anti-slip. It comes with a one-click open/close sipper lid and is 100% BPA free. The vacuum insulated double-walled design will keep your favorite beverage hot for 6 hours and cold for 12 hours.

  1. InstaCuppa Detox Double Walled Glass Bottle Infuser

This is one of InstaCuppa’s flagship products that is revolutionizing the infusion container industry. To keep it 100% natural and organic, InstaCuppa went with Eco-Friendly materials to make this infuser bottle. The body is composed of a double-walled borosilicate transparent glass and the lid is finely crafted bamboo. Thu, it is a one-of-a-kind infuser bottle that is lead-free and BPA Free.

The infusion unit is made up of stainless steel and no plastic is used in the manufacturing of this product. It is perfect for tea, coffee or fruit infusion.

How to use the InstaCuppa Infusion Bottles –

  1. Take out the infusion unit and place tea leaves/coffee in it.
  2. Put the infusion unit into the bottle.
  3. Pour water into the bottle through the infusion unit.
  4. Enjoy your healthy and nutritious beverage.

Benefits of adopting a healthy lifestyle using InstaCuppa Infusion Bottles –

  1. Stay away from processed and sugary soft drinks.
  2. Keep yourself hydrated with the right health beverages.
  3. Detox your body with the infused green tea. I have already discussed the benefits of incorporating green tea in one’s diet.
  4. Enjoy home-made nutritious beverages on the go with the InstaCuppa Thermos Infuser Water Bottle.
  5. Cut down your calories by incorporating healthy infused drinks in your diet.
  6. Keep yourself hydrated the right way.
  7. Enjoy delicious unadulterated beverages throughout the day.
  8. Start leading a healthy lifestyle and let InstaCuppa help you adopt the new and improved way of healthy living.

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Is Green Tea All Good? – Truths and Myths about Green Tea #SuperBloggerChallenge #Instacuppa

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Green tea has been prevalent in our country since time immemorial. Even the ancient relics talk about the benefits of consuming green tea. Despite past roots, not many people incorporated green tea in their day-to-day lifestyle until very recently.

The recent trend of living an organic and healthy lifestyle has created awareness about the numerous health benefits of consuming green tea. In fact, consuming green tea can also be considered synonymous with cutting down fat. I remember being advised by numerous people to consider green tea for quickly getting rid of the extra fat that I had put on. Having a cup of green tea in the morning seemed like the new trend nowadays. Even the new brands that are entering the market with their signature green tea are marketing it in the same manner.

Thus, in my hastiness to shun off my calories, I readily began consuming it twice a day. I even started carrying a vacuum insulated thermos along; just for having green tea conveniently while traveling.

Despite the never-ending health benefits, there are several myths going around concerning green tea which has unnecessarily pushed green tea lovers in panic. Fortunately, having researched quite a bit about green tea, I have listed the common myths and truths about it.

I can happily have my cup of green tea now – keeping in mind both the benefits and the side effects.

The Myths

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  1. Green Tea Alone Helps in Shedding Extra Calories

This is the most common myth. There’s no doubt that consuming green tea helps you lose weight, but you cannot think of defeating your calories without exercising and healthy dieting. Green tea is packed with several antioxidants and chemical compounds like Catechin that aid in weight loss by boosting up your metabolism. So, it’s one of those drinks that speed up the effectiveness of your work out. Having green tea twice a day will help you see rapid results. Also, try to consume it hot as it will speed up your metabolism by a multifold. You can carry a green tea detox bottle for the same.

  1. Green Tea is Likely to Increase Blood Pressure

Although studies have shown that some people experience increased heart rate and an abnormal rise in blood pressure after consuming green tea, this is true only for people allergic to caffeine. As no research has been able to prove that green tea increases blood pressure, it’s a common myth that scares many.

If your body can metabolize caffeine, you need not worry about it. Moreover, you can also relieve yourself of the apprehension of consuming too much caffeine as the rate of caffeine in green tea is low as compared to black tea and coffee.

In fact, it is beneficial for sustaining the health of your heart and helps to regulate the blood pressure. It prevents unnecessary clotting of blood and ensures proper functioning of heart vessels.

  1. Green Tea Leads to Cancer

This myth owes its existence to the misconception that like several teas in the market, green tea also promotes cancer cells. In fact, the chances of developing vulnerability to throat cancer (as some might believe) are much less if you consume green tea regularly in moderation.

Drinking it regularly actually prevents the production of cancer cells by averting the secretion of enzymes responsible for the occurrence of cancer. Besides, it detoxifies the body, which in turn assists in the prevention of several other serious ailments.

  1. Green Tea Affects Oral Health

On the contrary, consuming green tea regularly precludes the unhealthy conditions associated with teeth and mouth. The antioxidants present in green tea are vital for the prevention of serious gum problems like gingivitis and its antimicrobial properties are good for treating bad odor. Also, it helps in preventing tooth decay and the formation of plaque.

The Truths

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  1. Overconsumption of Green Tea induces Side-Effects

As discussed earlier, it is indeed true that consuming green tea in excess leads to numerous imbalances in the body. It can cause insomnia, indigestion, anemia, hypertension and other such adverse health conditions. This is primarily because of the presence of Polyphenols and of course, the caffeine which should be taken in moderation. Thus, it is important to consume green tea in moderation.

  1. Green Tea Curbs Cholesterol

Catechins and Lipoprotein present in green tea significantly help in controlling cholesterol, thereby preventing cardiovascular diseases. There have been many studies that show how the consumption of green tea drastically reduces LDL cholesterol levels as lipoprotein keeps the arteries clean and prevents atherosclerosis.

  1. Green Tea Relieves Joint Pain

The ECGC (Epigallocatechin-3-gallate) in green tea reduces joint pain and ultimately prevents Rheumatoid Arthritis. It works with the immune system by controlling the secretion of molecules responsible for causing inflammation and damage in the joints.

  1. Green Tea is Beneficial for the Eyes

Here also, the role of ECGC comes into play along with other substances present in green tea like Vitamin C, Vitamin E, catechins and flavonoids. Together, they prevent the eyes from developing disorders like glaucoma, cataract, and macular degeneration. They also protect the eyes from damage imposed by harmful UV rays of the sun.

Thus, incorporating green tea in your diet can be beneficial for you. However, it should be consumed in moderation.

Now that you are deeply informed about green tea, I hope that you’ll be able to savor your cup without getting stuck in a dilemma.

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