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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First impressions of Meghalaya

So North East finally happened! My travel map got some pins in this region. We landed in Meghalaya – the abode of the clouds. Originally, that wasn’t our plan though. We wanted to visit Sikkim but our budget overshot. So we settled for a cheaper alternative. Meghalaya was a last moment decision. We didn’t have a clue what to do or see here. In fact, only four days before flying out did we settle on…

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My guide to backpacking in Sri Lanka

Long post alert! A lot of people asked for my itinerary ever since I backpacked in Sri Lanka in November 2017. I’ve answered questions on WhatsApp, Instagram, Facebook, and Email. So finally I’ve decided to put pen to paper. I’m hoping this will help a lot of y’all to plan a trip to Sri Lanka, which you definitely must. I had a ball of a time in the country. Sri Lanka may be tiny but…

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Fireflies and vegan meals in Purushwadi

[Last updated: 25 May 2019] Picture this Somewhere in the interiors of Maharashtra, you’re walking on a lonely winding road – no street lights – pitch dark – dense forest – and millions of fireflies glowing like Christmas lights. I saw this magical sight in Purushwadi, a village merely four hours from Mumbai. Every year, Purushwadi is host to the Fireflies festival, around the month of June-July. Well, it’s actually Grassroutes – an eco tourism organisation…

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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 ignore. Portuguese ruled Daman along with Diu, Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Goa for over 400 years. The 4 territories were ceded by Portuguese in…

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A quick itinerary for Hampi-Hospet

Hampi is an ancient town in Karnataka with a population of a few thousands. The focal point of your visit here is the ruins of the Vijayanagara Empire, once a flourishing kingdom dating 1 CE. It has been pronounced as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Spread over 11 km, the ruins can take up to 2 to 3 days to explore by yourself. But if one is pressed for time, here is an option to do…

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Offbeat Goa: Reis Magos Fort restored to charm

It’s unlikely to find Reis Magos Fort on a tourist’s wish-list of things to do in Goa. This partially works because you have the beautifully restored fort to yourself. Originally built in 1497 by Adil Shah of Bijapur, the Reis Magos Fort was later captured by the Portuguese in 1543. By the 1900s the fort was no more used as a defensive structure but a prison. It remained in a state of abandon for over a…

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I ticked Bunjee Jumping in Rishikesh

2018 started on a good note. In January I was in Amritsar for my 30th birthday. In February, I was in Rishikesh. A lot of foreigners find their way to Rishikesh at the foothills of the Himalayas. It’s one hippie town. Not to forget, Rishikesh brought the Beatles to India in search of spirituality, and Beatles brought more foreigners. Indians visit Rishikesh for an altogether different reason, vastly opposite from that of spirituality. We come here…

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City guide: Eat your way around Amritsar

City guide Amritsar food

I rang in my 30th in Amritsar. The city was long pending on my bucket-list. What was it about Amritsar that attracted me so much…the border where two countries at loggerheads participated in a patriotic rave, the golden temple every visitor came back home raving about, or the food dunked in pure ghee, potent enough to give you an organ failure – mostly the third. I’m starting to believe I’m the happiest when I write…

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Sri Lanka: When people make places

People are a very important part of my travel. They can make or break an experience for me. When I was backpacking in Sri Lanka for two weeks in November 2017, I got the opportunity to slow travel – immerse myself in local culture, stay at places where few have ventured and interact with countless local faces. In this post, I’m going to share three local host experiences that stayed with me long after my…

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My best travel moments from 2017

I wish you all a very happy new year 2018. Feels like 2017 passed in a blink of an eye, isn’t it? I hope it treated you well. It was a good year for me in travel. Although, I mostly fled from work, people and to numb down feelings. On some trips, I joined friends; on some friends joined me; and on others I simply travelled alone, which in itself was very satisfying. Here are…

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My guide to Sri Lankan cuisine in 20 dishes

I prefer to eat local in a new city. It’s one of my favourite things about travel. How interesting it is to learn how food has shaped a country through years of history, cultural influences, weather, local crops. My first exposure to Sri Lankan cuisine was in London while studying there. My landlords were a Sri Lankan family and the rent included one meal at home. So I was sort of familiar with the Hoppers…

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