Celebrating the Bhandara festival at Khandoba Temple, Jejuri

bhandara festival jejuri - Khandoba Temple near Pune

I was randomly surfing the web one evening when I saw a picture of a temple in Jejuri covered in carpets of yellow. A quick search told me that the spectacle is called the “Bhandara Festival”. Bhandara is turmeric and the festival is related to a local God named Khandoba. …

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Beach Hopping in Maharashtra

The one thing Maharashtra must be thankful for is the Arabian Sea. Western Maharashtra is blessed with a wonderful coastline stretching 720km and dotted with beaches, both popular and pristine. There is a beach in Maharashtra for whatever your reasons – adventure sports, powdery white sands, virgin, secluded and/or a …

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A Dash of Luxury in Panchgani

In 2009, when I visited Panchgani for the first time, I was certain that this is a perfect weekend getaway in Maharashtra, away from the chaos of work-life monotony. Panchgani throws a nice colonial vibe and offers breathtaking views of the Sahyadri mountain ranges. Back then, I stayed in a ‘No …

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Eating Feni Ice Cream in Goa

I was in Goa for an extended weekend in September 2015 when I got a tip-off from a friend about a restaurant that serves Goa’s local brew, Feni in an ice cream flavour. The next day, I was here! Niko Homemade Ice cream and Restaurant Tucked away on the Siolim-Vagator …

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Rafting the Kundalika – My Tryst with Adventure in Kolad

Kolad River rafting-Kundalika River

I’ve been discovering places one weekend at a time. But slowly my wanderlust was wearing off from exploring food, forts and treks around Mumbai. I now wanted a new adventure! I happened to read about river rafting in Kolad, a small village in Maharashtra with a population of thirteen thousand. Kolad is …

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Royal Enfield Shrine at Om Banna Temple, Pali – Rajasthan

I might be a bike enthusiast but I never imagined a motorcycle deity at a temple. A small village in the Pali district of Rajasthan has a shrine where the deity is a Royal Enfield 350cc. Wonder how much pride the motorcycle brand must take! The Om Banna Temple was …

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Exploring Street Food at Minara Masjid, Mohammad Ali Road During Ramadan

Mohammad Ali Road During Ramadan

Boliye madam, kya lao? Bheja Fry, Bheja Masala, Gurda Masala, Kheeri Kalegi? I found myself at what is called a non-vegetarian’s paradise, aka, Mohammad Ali Road during the holy month of Ramzan. I was here to explore the much talked about food scene. It was a given that I would visit this …

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Goa’s ‘Sao Joao’ Festival – A Tradition to Jump into Wells and Lakes

Sao Joao festival Goa - Siolim

I visited Goa thrice last year. This year I visited Goa twice in a month. I keep getting asked ‘Why do you always go to Goa?’ The simplest answer would be because I’m a Goan. But honestly there are many reasons. Goa’s laidback lifestyle, delicious non-vegetarian food, friendly locals and …

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My Stay at Prince Desert Camp, Jaisalmer – In the Middle of Nowhere

Everything happens for the best. No really! Earlier this year, we planned a new year’s getaway to the Rann of Kutch to visit the famous Rann Utsav. Unfortunately our bookings, done by an online travel agent, got cancelled at the last moment. And with that our dreams of staying in …

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7 Budget Restaurants in Andheri East for Corporate Lunch

So you work in Andheri East? You are here on a sales call? You have a meeting in this area? If an answer to any of these is a Yes, this article is a handy one for you. I might have mentioned earlier on that I’m a corporate slave. I’ve been …

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Everything you need to know about Exploring Aurangabad in 3 Days

It was a long weekend when Holi coincided on a Friday. I quickly planned a trip to Aurangabad. Three days is all I had and it was sufficient time to explore Aurangabad (strictly from a corporate slave perspective). Aurangabad is great for history lovers. There are caves, forts, Mughal architecture …

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9 Reasons Why You Must Visit Goa Carnival

Have you ever visited Goa during Carnival? Trust me! There’s no other place you’d rather be. The annual 4 day Goa carnival is organized in the first quarter of the year and it is one of the most exciting times to be in Goa. Larger than life floats, colorful costumes, …

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Sula Vineyards Tour – Day Trip from Mumbai

I’ve been planning a trip to Sula Vineyards since time immemorial. Sula Vineyards is quite versatile a location – Perfect for wine lovers, great for offbeat travel and apt as a weekend getaway. You must know, Nashik is the wine capital of India and Sula Vineyards has had an important …

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What to do in Ahmedabad in a few hours?

Ahmedabad landscape has changed over years with investor friendly policies and solid infrastructure development. Business travelers will, most definitely, find their way into Ahmedabad. But the city is also an excellent base for tourists. Anyone visiting Thol Bird Sanctuary, Nal Sarovar Sanctuary, Anand, Patan and even Bhuj can easily keep …

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Eat like a Local in Jaisalmer

On the first day of January 2015, I set out to explore the desert city of Jaisalmer in Rajasthan. Jaisalmer turned out to be just how it’s described in travel books and guides. The city is golden from sandstone structures, the culture and heritage is rich and the food is …

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My Story and a Year of Travel Blogging

For a while, I’ve refrained from writing anything about myself for fear of sounding self indulgent. The world has no time to listen to personal stories of nobodies (like me). But I’ve been humbled by the response I’ve got from readers so far. I recollect there was one reader who …

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History connects itself at Vajreshwari Temple

I visited Vajreshwari temple a couple of days back and was surprised to learn that the temple shares its history with Bassein Fort, a structure I visited earlier this year. Located on a hillock on the outskirts of Vasai, Vajreshwari Temple is dedicated to Goddess Vajreshwari – An incarnation of Goddess …

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Chinese Opera ‘The Peony Pavilion’ comes to India

The Peony Pavilion

India will get a taste of Chinese art and culture when Kunqu Opera ‘The Peony Pavilion’ comes to India for the first time ever on 9th December 2014. Event is an initiative by Bravia Sadir, an NGO from Goa, headed by Swati Bhise. A cultural ambassador and an acclaimed Bharatnatyam …

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