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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A museum for toilets in Delhi

I find thematic museums very interesting. You’ll often find me giving such museums priority over a generic city museum. Like the time I visited the Naval Aviation Museum in Goa – a first in Asia and among the only 7 aviation museums in the world; or a museum dedicated to a Sindhi saint in Pune; or the wax museum in Lonavla with a Jackie Shroff statue; or the cricket museum in the suburbs of Mumbai,…

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Six amazing travel activities for families in India

India is a vibrant and diverse country, although it doesn’t always get the recognition it deserves as a family-friendly destination. It took me a long time to realise this too. Before exploring my own country, I had seen parts of Europe, Middle East, South East Asia, even studied in the UK. It is only in 2013, that I started taking travelling in India seriously. Since then, I’ve ticked 18 Indian states off my list. A…

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I finally tried Zoomcar and here’s what I think

Note: I paid for the trip and the review was conducted anonymously. Views are my own. Promise! For someone who LOVES driving as much as she LOVES travelling, Zoomcar and similar concepts are a blessing. You’ll notice many of travel experiences involve road trips, because…I simply love the roads. It’s not about getting to a destination but the journey itself – watching the landscape change from your windshield – one moment it’s barren, the other…

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A lesson in history in Maheshwar

When I landed at the Devi Ahilya Bai Holkar airport in Indore, I was curious to know who Devi Ahilya Bai was. Why has an airport been named after her? I got my answer in Maheshwar! We took a detour to Maheshwar on our two nights and three days trip to Indore, Ujjain, Mandu and Omkareshwar. Maheshwar is popular with pilgrims as much as it is with tourists. I am hardly a religious person. So Maheshwar…

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A foodie’s guide to Indore

A night before flying down to Indore, I sat with a colleague who hails from the city and made a list of snacks I HAVE TO try. Indore has so much to offer, your appetite is not going to be able to keep pace. So it would help if you kept a list handy. Anything over and above that list is a plus 🙂 It is true that the people of Indore trip on food. I…

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Memories of Chennai

Not many think of Chennai as a city that has lots to offer to a traveller. The capital of Tamil Nadu is a pure commercial hub. The weather keeps tourists at bay too. Summers extend up to 9 months and when it rains, it pours! In my opinion, Chennai is underrated. The city has a thriving local culture and a historic past as the ‘Madras Presidency’ of British India. I have had the opportunity of visiting…

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