Memories of Chennai

Not many think of Chennai as a city that has lots to offer to a traveller. The capital of Tamil Nadu is a pure commercial hub. The weather keeps tourists at bay too. Summers extend up to 9 months and when it rains, it pours! In my opinion, Chennai is underrated. …

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When Bhopal died a million deaths

Bhopal gas tragedy monument

To quote Ruskin Bond from ‘Strange men strange places’ – History is best experienced by visiting the actual place of the events and allowing one’s imagination to roam backwards and forward in time. Ever since I saw a Natgeo documentary on the Bhopal Gas Tragedy couple of years back, I …

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A staycation in Ganpatipule

I’ve said enough of how I have turned into a corporate slave. Work is getting the better of me. And while I enjoy budget travelling and roughing it out on the road, I’ve slowly developed a need and liking for do-nothing holidays. Those we also call ‘Staycation’. The type of …

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A corporate slave’s travel itinerary to the southern tip of India

Only a corporate slave knows the importance of extended holidays. Leaves are a rare gift, so we pin the yearly holiday list somewhere on our desk and carefully plan our trips around them. Over a family event, my cousin asked if I would like to join him on a trip …

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Four people stories from Ganpatipule and other travel anecdotes

There’s an interesting quote by Nick Miller I read on the internet which I am going to use as the basis for this post… …Travel is extraordinary conversations with ordinary people. It’s waiters, gas station attendants, and housekeepers becoming the most interesting people in the world… Travel is a smile that leads …

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Dev Deepavali in Varanasi: Watching the festival of lights in the city of lights

Dev Deepavli Varanasi UP

A friend once told me, “Banaras ek ehsaas hai”. I’m going to agree with him there. I was in Jaunpur in November 2016 to attend a friend’s wedding. As a side trip, I visited Varanasi (or Banaras) over a day since it was just 60km away. The trip absolutely did …

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5 foods I tried in Jaunpur-Varanasi and you should too!

When I told my friends I am travelling to Varanasi, two of them gave me a list of #musttry food (and one asked me to try the local weed). I skipped the weed recommendation (I swear), but was excited to pursue the food recommendation list. For five days, I was …

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Off the beaten path in Maharashtra: Phaltan-Satara with Jakson Inns

This is my 100th post on Wannabemaven. Three years and 100 posts, that’s the longest I have stuck to any hobby. Many persistent efforts later, the blog is getting noticed. Occasionally travel brands reach out and if it interests me, I am always willing to collaborate. Earlier this year, on …

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Camping in the Satpura tiger reserve, Madhya Pradesh

Sunsets be like… “That’s it! I can’t walk anymore. I’m going to give up?” I thought several times while trekking in the Satpura Tiger Reserve. I was doing the Panchmarhi trail under the Satpura Under Canvas programme, a unique walking safari by Reni Pani Jungle Lodge. Satpura is the only …

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A backpacker’s guide to the Parvati Valley

I had read enough stories about backpacking in Himachal Pradesh. More than half of them endorsed the Himalayas, the weed, the solitude and how people ended up finding themselves in the mountains. The idea of backpacking in Himachal was sold to me. So when a friend suggested that we backpack in the …

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My first time at a travel hostel – The Hosteller, Delhi review

Three years into travel blogger, one would have expected me to stay at a travel hostel already. But it didn’t happen until June 2016 while backpacking in the Himachal. Our flight back to Mumbai was from Delhi and we needed a place to crash for a night. We had been …

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Jodhpur: Mehrangarh Fort inside out

My solo trip to Agra had ended on a memorable note. I found myself at the Agra Cantt railway station reading Monisha Rajesh’s Around India in 80 Trains. My own train to Jodhpur was delayed by 4 hours. By midnight, I had boarded the Howrah-Jodhpur express and reached Jodhpur the following …

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A fleeting conversation in Kalga, Himachal Pradesh

I was reading Mark Tully’s No Full Stops in India on an evening in Kalga village while bacpacking in the Parvati Valley in Himachal Pradesh for 8 days. The weather was pleasant and the fresh mountain air was intoxicating. I sat on an old wooden bench with a table outside …

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Three ‘monument’al moments in Agra

places to visit in agra

Somewhere in the Satpura Tiger Reserve in Madhya Pradesh, I was sitting outside my tent and chatting with fellow campers about our travel experiences in India. We mutually agreed that Agra left us spellbound and went on to discuss our experience in this city at length. Agra, the capital of the …

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Luxury Hotels in Bhopal: Jehan Numa Retreat Review

I had returned from one of the toughest treks I’ve done in my life. My head was high in pride but my body was aching no end. We were sleeping in tents and trekking 12km a day until sunset in the Satpura Tiger Reserve. Our battered bodies needed some rejuvenation. …

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An April of Arts

nouveau art play reading group - mumbai arts theatre

I haven’t travelled to any place new in April 2016. It has been a conscious decision to slow down. One could say that I am taking a break! So what did I do the whole of last month then? Well, I watched movies in the theatre every weekend, including watching …

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The unfinished Bhojpur temple, Bhopal

I kept my expectations low from this 11th century Hindu temple in Bhojpur on the outskirts of Bhopal. I’ve visited many Hindu temples in the past but none offered anything different from the other in terms of architecture. The otherwise nondescript town of Bhojpur is famous for the Bhojeshwar temple …

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Meeting Olive Ridleys at Velas Turtle Festival, Maharashtra

A small coastal town in the Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra is home to the annual Velas Turtle Festival. The endangered Olive Ridley Turtles thrive in warm tropical waters of the Pacific and Indian Ocean and India is a hotspot breeding ground for them. If you want to see hordes of these …

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Rajput practice of Jauhar among women at Chittorgarh

On a morning in January 2016, a friend and I were touring India’s largest fort, Chittorgarh. Ambalal, our guide along with Mainuddin, our rickshaw wala toured us from point to point within the fort that consumed the entire day. We saw the Meera Bai temple, Bhimkund, Rana Kumbha’s Palace, Karni …

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Add Silvassa to your list of weekend getaways

After returning from Udaipur, there was going to be no big trip for a while. But my feet were itching to travel. So I decided to do a short road trip to Silvassa. Silvassa gets its name from the Portuguese word ‘Silva’ meaning wood. The city is the capital of …

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