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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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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Daman Travel Guide for a Weekender

Jhampore beach Daman

Daman is one of the smallest union territories in India, sandwiched between Gujarat and Maharashtra. It is a great getaway for weekenders with alluring places to explore. Of course, cheap alcohol is a bonus! Daman has a history that dates centuries old and a Portuguese influence which is hard to …

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Offbeat Goa: Reis Magos Fort – Restored To Charm

Restored in June 2012, Reis Magos fort was originally built in 1497 by Adil Shah of Bijapur as an armed outpost. It was captured by the Portuguese and rebuilt on a larger scale in 1543. In 1739, the Maratha’s conquered Bardez province which housed the fort. By the 1900’s the …

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Trek to Haji Malang Dargah and Malangadd Fort – From Sunrise to Sunset

(Last updated in May 2016) Trekking is no easy task. It takes a hell lot of stamina especially for non-trekkers like me. But the sweet joy once you reach the pinnacle after putting yourself through all that pain, exertion and dehydration more than compensates for your efforts; of course, memories …

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Sewri Fort and Sion Fort in Mumbai – Sorry State of Affairs

As a 9 to 5 corporate slave, the only free time I get to explore new places is on weekends. On a Sunday, two weeks back, I visited the forgotten and ignored forts of Sewri and Sion in Mumbai. During the 1700’s and the 1800’s era, the British constructed strategically …

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2 Nights 3 Cities in Rajasthan: The Jaipur-Ajmer-Pushkar Leg

Have a weekend coming up or looking for a small holiday with friends or by yourself. Here is one of the many options you could consider with a good time assured. Rajasthan is soaked in culture and history aplenty. Gigantic forts, opulent palaces, variety museums, religious temples and hospitable people, …

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Karnala Bird Sanctuary & Fort – Excellent Trek but no Birds

Planned trips sometimes don’t go as per expectations. Unplanned trips on the other hand, sometimes turn out like the most planned trip ever. The latter is what happened when along with friends I decided to do the Karnala Bird Sanctuary and Fort trek. How did we come up with this …

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