Visit Gilbert Hill in Mumbai before it’s too late!

If you’ve grown up in the Mumbai suburbs, you’ve seen Gilbert Hill at least once.. It’s that standalone rocky outcrop along the JVPD road between Juhu and Andheri. History of Gilbert Hill Gilbert Hill in Mumbai is as old as ‘The Age of the Reptiles’, dating 65 million years. It’s made up of black basalt rock columns that were a result of molten lava that got squeezed from the Earth’s clefts. Geologists have compared Gilbert…

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Room with a view: 10 Offbeat Hotels in India I stayed at

I’ve been extensively travelling around India since 2013. I may have fuzzy memories of some trips, but others have been very memorable. And most of them have had to do with the places I stayed at. Some had breathtaking views; few were about roughing it on the road. And while there’s a lot more to see, here are some of the most offbeat hotels in India I stayed at. These places range from budget to…

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My guide to plan an Aurangabad trip for 3 Days

It was an extended weekend during Holi and I quickly planned an Aurangabad trip. 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 and traces of Buddhism. The best part about Aurangabad is that it’s conveniently accessible from major metros like Mumbai and Pune. I’m sharing my itinerary here so you can…

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My guide to eating local food in Jaisalmer

Recently, I set out to explore Jaisalmer in Rajasthan, and the experience was just how it’s described in travel books and guides. The city looks a stunning gold with sandstone structures, the culture and heritage is rich and the food in Jaisalmer is mouth-watering delicious. I was accompanied by some hardcore foodies – needless to say, exploring local food in Jaisalmer was high on our list. And that we did! Rajasthani food is typically spicy. Food…

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Taj Malabar Resort & Spa, Kochi – A slice of paradise in Kerala (plus other things to do in Kochi)

Kochi – a quaint little town with tiny islands and peninsulas fringing the coastline of the Arabian Sea and brimming with deep-rooted historical significance is a lovely sight for the eyes with its houseboats and Chinese fishing nets. Here’s my list of things to do in Kochi to make your stay in God’s own Country a heavenly experience. Things to do in Kochi Unwind with a breath-taking village backwater cruise and watch and learn how…

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5 Wonderful Bars in Bangkok for Solo Travellers to Visit

There is a thriving scene for bars in Bangkok, with numerous bars in the Thai capital each having a charm of their own. Such a variety makes it hard for solo travellers to choose — until now. Here’s a compiled a list of 5 wonderful bars in Bangkok to unwind and meet locals. Rolling Bar Khao San Road is known as a backpacker’s paradise. Fittingly it is home to Rolling Bar. It is a great…

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Whoa! Delhi has a Sulabh International Toilet Museum

I find thematic museums very interesting. So when I first read about the Delhi’s Sulabh Toilet Museum in the TIME magazine, I kept this place at the back of my mind to visit when I’m in Delhi next. This rather unique toilet museum has featured as the third weirdest museum in the world and that was reason enough for a visit! Visiting Delhi’s Toilet Museum I was backpacking in Himachal Pradesh for eight days when I…

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Dev Deepawali in Varanasi ~ Travel Guide

I was in Jaunpur to attend a friend’s wedding. As a side trip, I visited Varanasi, 60 km from Jaunpur. I was travelling all the way to see Dev Deepawali in Varanasi. It is said that Dev Deepawali is one of the best times to be in Varanasi. And why not? Diwali is known as the festival of lights; Varanasi is the city of lights. And coincidentally, that night was also a Supermoon, a once…

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Why everyone is planning a trip to Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka truly has something to offer everybody – from golden beaches and national parks teeming with wildlife to exciting urban sprawl. No wonder that so many people are making this diverse island their destination of choice for a trip away. Expedia claim that over £6 trillion is spent in the travel and tourism sector every year, and the tourism sector in Sri Lanka is one of the fastest-growing in the world. Even when I…

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An Authentic Maharashtrian Dining Experience in Pune

Pune is known to have one of the best culinary scenes in the state. The land of the Marathas converges myriad cultures and lifestyles seamlessly, welcoming the contemporary while still respecting its roots. An authentic Maharashtrian dining experience in Pune is loaded with delicacies like Kaanda poha, Misal pav, Sabudana khichdi, Mastani milkshake, Pithla bhakri, Vada pav, Puranpoli, Kombdi Rassa, Bombil fry, Aamti and more. Not to forget, the vibrant pubs around the neighborhoods make…

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4 best child-friendly activities in Thailand

Thailand is possibly one of the most enchanting countries you’ll ever visit. It has incredible beaches, endless forests, and crystal-clear waters for as far as the eyes can see. It’s no surprise then that millions of people flock Thailand every year to lap up the offerings this South Asian country has in store. When you think of Thailand you’re likely thinking of young, solo travellers, out to have the time of their lives. However, there…

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Bohri Mohalla food trail – The best places to eat

As a foodie, every year I look forward to Ramadan. Closer to where I live in Mumbai, there is a huge Muslim community so the streets and by-lanes turn into an Iftari food fest with the aromas of fried malpuas, mawa jalebis, fresh fruits and dates, chicken shawarmas, satay, mutton cutlets and what not. Four years after my last visit to Mohammad Ali road to explore the food scene in the Minara Masjid area, I…

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Baratang Island is the Andamans’ best kept secret

The Andamans sets a dreamy picture for the intrepid traveller looking to get away from the city’s hubbub. The island is a part of India and yet so aloof. And the beaches here can give South Europe a run for its money. The capital of Port Blair is the gateway to the Andamans and its many beautiful islands like Havelock, Ross and Neil Islands. But one would be wrong to say that the Andamans is…

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5 spectacular places to go trekking in Goa

Goa has earned the reputation as one of the most happening tourist destinations not only in India but across the world. It is famous for the beaches, nightlife, seafood and the flea markets. Goa has a vibrant culture and a vibe which attracts every kind of traveller. It has a coastline of about a hundred kilometres and quite a few number of beaches which offer numerous adventure activities. One of the many things to do…

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Delhi diaries: Majnu ka Tilla guide

majnu ka tilla travel guide - tibetan food

Like most big cities around the world, Delhi is a potpourri of people and cultures. Millions find their way into the city to fulfill their dreams and aspirations. Among them is a refugee community with a dream of a different kind…to go back to Tibet once their country is free. Until then, they live in a tiny neighbourhood in North Delhi called Majnu ka Tilla. When a 15th century Sufi saint attained enlightenment after meeting…

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