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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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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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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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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A corporate slave’s itinerary to Kanyakumari

Only a corporate slave knows the importance of extended holidays. Leaves are a rare gift, so we pin the yearly holiday list somewhere on our desk and carefully plan our trips around them. Over a family event, my cousin asked if I would like to join him on a trip to Trivandrum and Kanyakumari during the Holi weekend of 2017. We both travel extensively but separately. So I had said yes in the blink of…

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Parvati Valley guide for backpackers

[Last update: 1 July 2019] I had read enough stories about backpacking in Himachal Pradesh. More than half of them endorsed the Himalayas, weed, solitude and how people ended up finding themselves in the mountains. The idea of backpacking in Himachal was sold to me. So when a friend suggested that we backpack in the Parvati Valley in Himachal Pradesh, I said ‘Yes’ in a blink of an eye. On this epic 8 day trip, I stayed at…

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How I planned a trip to Udaipur in 8k

Much like the last year, I set out to visit a new city on the first day of 2016. Udaipur is one of the most popular getaways in India and rings a bell for luxurious travel. It’s a big wedding destination and honeymooners seem to love this place. I, on the other hand, had other plans. The more I was travelling, the better I was getting at planning my trips. Udaipur turned out to be…

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Beach Hopping in Maharashtra

The one thing Maharashtra must be thankful for is the Arabian Sea. Western Maharashtra is blessed with a wonderful coastline stretching 720km and dotted with beaches, both popular and pristine. There is a beach in Maharashtra for whatever your reasons – adventure sports, powdery white sands, virgin, secluded and/or a sea fort. Earlier this year, when Republic Day coincided on a Monday, I capitalized on the long weekend to cover some of the beaches on…

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Everything you need to know about Exploring Aurangabad in 3 Days

It was a long weekend when Holi coincided on a Friday. I quickly planned a trip to Aurangabad. 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…

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What to do in Ahmedabad in a few hours?

The Ahmedabad landscape has changed over years with investor friendly policies and solid infrastructure development. Business travelers will, most definitely, find their way into Ahmedabad. But the city is also an excellent base for tourists. Anyone visiting Thol Bird Sanctuary, Nal Sarovar Sanctuary, Anand, Patan and even Bhuj can easily keep Ahmedabad as their base for stay or layover. Adalaj Stepwell An Overview Recently, I took a stopover in Ahmedabad before leaving for Jaisalmer on…

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Road Tripping in Gujarat – 3 Nights 4 cities

Road trips from Mumbai - Kabootar-Khana-in-Champaner-Pavagad-Archaelogical-park

Earlier in 2014, I received 2 invitations to travel from friends. First was a wedding in Churu, Rajasthan; Second was an invite to Daman for a friend’s family occasion. Unfortunately, I had to choose between the two. Nevertheless, I gleefully murmured – “Good start to 2014”. South Gujarat is very doable in terms of road trips from Mumbai. So, we chose Daman. Plan was to drive further down and explore nearby cities in Gujarat. Google…

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Can Matheran Be Covered In A Day?

I was always skeptical of planning a day trip to Matheran. At the back of my mind ran questions like….. Is it doable? Will it be hectic? How long would it take to reach? What about toy train timings? Do toy trains run during monsoons? How much would I have to trek if I chose to not take the toy train? How much time do I give myself to sight-see if I return on the…

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2 Nights 3 Cities in Rajasthan: The Jaipur-Ajmer-Pushkar Leg

Have a weekend coming up or looking for a small holiday with friends or by yourself. Here is one of the many options you could consider with a good time assured. Rajasthan is soaked in culture and history aplenty. Gigantic forts, opulent palaces, variety museums, religious temples and hospitable people, this state has got it all. No wonder Rajasthan has been on the must visit list of many international travelers. As the largest state in…

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