Experience the Arabian City in Luxury at Taj Jumeirah Lakes Towers Dubai

Dubai is undoubtedly the world’s fastest-growing city. It’s got everything a traveller seeks. From glittery skyscrapers, sweeping sand dunes, beaches, man-made islands, shopping malls to some of the most mind-boggling architecture and monuments, Dubai is an awe-worthy city. In recent times, Dubai has surpassed all expectations and become one of the poshest cosmopolitan cities in the world. It is an excellent destination for a vacation, but also a bustling business hub. Many multinational companies have…

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Hotels in Chennai: Vivanta Chennai, IT Expressway is perfect for your next business event

Chennai, formerly Madras, is the capital city of the state of Tamil Nadu. Cosmopolitan yet steeped in traditions, Chennai is quite dynamic. Located on the Coromandel Coast of Bay of Bengal, the city features among the top 10 to have the highest literacy rate in India. Chennai is also called the ‘Detroit of India’ as many IT companies prefer to open their branches and headquarters here; hence the city sees a massive influx of business…

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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’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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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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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 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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