My favourite travel books from around the world

This post is updated as and when I read a new book. If you have any suggestions, feel free to write to me at edwina1401@gmail.com Let’s begin then… Around India in 80 trains ~ Funny and Witty. This inspires me from time to time to get out and travel. A brilliant insight into the Indian railways and its routes across India. I’m excited to take up some of these journeys myself. Someday soon! | Buy now Branding…

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David Scott trail – A trail through Meghalaya’s colonial past

Once lovingly called the Scotland of the east by homesick British officers during the East India Company rule, Meghalaya still retains the crown. With misty hills, dominating rainforests and expansive meadows, the region is full of pristine beauty. There are breathtaking nature trails, innumerable waterfalls, countless living root bridges and sacred forests waiting to be discovered. One such hidden gem is the David Scott trail in the Khasi Hills of Meghalaya – a charming hike…

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5 Day Itinerary To Explore Wayanad

A small district in Kerala, Wayanad is full of lush greenery and picturesque landscapes. Sightseeing in Wayanad includes hilly ranges, exotic wildlife, sprawling tea plantations and enthralling caves that will leave you in awe of the untouched beauty of nature. Wayanad has tourist places for every kind of traveller, so if you are planning a retreat to nature’s wonderland, here is a 5-day Wayanad itinerary for you: Day 1: Banasura Sagar Dam and Banasuramala Meenmutty…

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Top five places to visit in Rajkot

Located in Gujarat, Rajkot is a commercial city with a number of tourist attractions. It was the former capital of the princely state of Saurashtra and is an important industrial hub. Rajkot is one of the top places to visit in Gujarat with great historical significance. In particular, you can learn more about Mahatma Gandhi and his association with this city. Top five places to visit in Rajkot 1. Rotary Midtown Dolls Museum This one…

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Kolhapur trip planner – A foodie’s guide

You ever do a trip only to eat? Like there’s no agenda, except food! Until a while ago, a small outlet of Purepur Kolhapur restaurant in the suburbs of Mumbai was my window to Kolhapur’s cuisine. This was about to change. I had set out on a two day road trip to explore the food scene in Kolhapur first hand. From the city’s linkage to Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj to being a Maratha princely state of…

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Visiting the Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur

Umaid Bhavan Palace jodhpur

Also known as the ‘Blue City’, Jodhpur is home to some of the most magnificent pieces of architecture. Nestled at the edge of the mighty Thar Desert, Jodhpur is the second largest city in Rajasthan. Jodhpur was founded by Suryavanshi Rao Jodha in 1459. The city is guarded by mighty forts on both sides – Mehrangarh Fort on the west and Umaid Bhawan Palace on the east. Even as one marvels at the engineering genius…

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Matinees at Matterden

Matterden - Deepak Talkies - Mumbai

I’ve just returned after watching the 1975 classic – One flew over the cuckoo’s nest on a 70mm screen. Matterden Carnival Cinemas (also Deepak Talkies), a single screen theatre in Mumbai’s Parel area is a place of gathering for movie buffs. Every Sunday they play a vintage film at a matinee show time. These are classics from around the world. Think Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind, Roshomon, Roman Holiday, Annie Hall, Citizen Kane, Pather…

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The best food films from around the world

A while back, I discussed the best travel films that will inspire you to globe-trot. I had the most fun time compiling that list, watching world cinema and taking inspiration to travel to some of the remotest corners in the world. In this post I want to talk about food, something I’m as much obsessed with. Trying local food is high on my to-do list when travelling to a new city. It is this love…

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Shopping in Kodaikanal: Things to buy

Famously known as the ‘Queen of Hill Stations’, Kodaikanal is the perfect destination for those who seek a quiet getaway from the hustle and bustle of city life. Wondering about things to do while you’re there? Apart from its breathtaking natural beauty, the hill station has lots to offer to a shopaholic or, for that matter, anyone looking for a travel takeaway memorabilia. Shopping in Kodaikanal is all about colourful trinkets, woolen clothes, spices, handicrafts,…

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Top 5 places to see in Mahabaleshwar

Mahabaleshwar, a hill station in the Western Ghats, is the ultimate retreat if you want to get away from the mad crowd in the city. Once the summer capital of the Bombay Presidency during the British Raj, today this hill station includes three villages (Malcolm Peth, Old Kshetra Mahabaleshwar and a part of the Shindola village). Places to see in Mahabaleshwar There are several places to see in Mahabaleshwar that offer breath-taking views, which are bound…

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Monsoon getaway: Mallalli waterfalls, Coorg

Mallalli waterfalls Coorg

With its misty hills and emerald landscapes, Coorg or Kodagu in Karnataka is the Scotland of India. There’s quite a lot to discover here – from waterfalls to coffee plantations, national parks, temples and a Buddhist monastery. A hidden gem in the region is the Mallalli waterfalls – one of the most beautiful sights you will see in the heart of Karnataka. Located at the foothills of the Pushpagiri in the Western Ghats in Coorg,…

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Rocking it in Shillong

Pardon me, but I’m not a Bob Dylan fan. I mean I know he’s a musician and he won the Nobel peace prize in Literature, but that’s about it. I’ve barely even heard any of his songs. But there’s a huge population in Shillong in the north eastern state of Meghalaya that is a crazy arse fan of Bob Dylan. This shouldn’t come as a surprise as Shillong has come to be known as the…

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What they don’t tell you about Dawki in Meghalaya

A lot of travel websites post pictures of the emerald green water at the Dawki River, aka Umngot River in Meghalaya. Waters so clear, you can see up to 50m deep. Not just that, the Dawki River is also popular because it’s right on the India Bangladesh border. The internet has sold these USPs to many including myself. Imagine taking a boat ride in an emerald green river, at an international border. Memory of a…

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What’s my take on Meghalaya’s Khasi cuisine

I reach home, drop my backpack, look into the fridge. Mom’s made sorpotel and I don’t feel like eating. It’s a very turn off feeling after seeing chunks of pork, literally every part of the pig, hang by hooks in shops in the Khasi region of Meghalaya. They eat pork like nobody’s business. After a point, the sight is uncomfortable. Pork is to Meghalaya what vada pav is to Mumbai and dhokla to Gujarat. Another…

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