Visiting a hi-tech biographical museum in Pune

When my plan to play paintball at Della Adventures didn’t work out, I drove down to Pune from Lonavla. Looking for things to do in Pune, I came across the Darshan Museum. What would a Darshan Museum exhibit, I thought? At the back of my mind, I was skeptical if the museum would even let me in. In the past, I was not allowed to enter the Jama Masjid in Hyderabad because I wore a jeans…

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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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In search of the Nagla Bunder Fort, Thane and an unexpected discovery

It was a while since I rode the bike so I did a short road trip to Ghodbunder last week. We were supposed to end the trip at Hotel Fountain at the Thane-Ghodbunder junction after treating ourselves to Kheema Pao and Chai. But we changed our minds after I saw a board that read Gaimukh 05km. I had read about the Gaimukh Fort and the Nagla Bunder Fort on this very informative blog and I thought…

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Gallivanting in Mathura-Vrindavan

On my first ever trip to Uttar Pradesh, I saw myself getting down at the Mathura junction railway station. It felt like I had travelled back in time. This was not a metropolitan, not even close to it. Mathura was happily living in the past – A small town that was and is popular as the birthplace of Lord Krishna. Its twin city, Vrindavan, barely 20km away, is popular as Krishna’s playground where he spent…

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Celebrating the Bhandara festival at Khandoba Temple, Jejuri

bhandara festival jejuri - Khandoba Temple near Pune

I was randomly surfing the web one evening when I saw a picture of a temple in Jejuri covered in carpets of yellow. A quick search told me that the spectacle is called the “Bhandara Festival”. Bhandara is turmeric and the festival is related to a local God named Khandoba. Khandoba was a folk deity belonging to the 9th century. He was believed to possess qualities of Lord Shiva and his wives: Mhalsa and Banai – who…

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11 takeaways from my first trip to Hyderabad

Hyderabad had always fascinated me. While the city of Nawabs is rich in culture and history, there was also the thrill of driving down from Mumbai to another Indian state. In October 2015, prior to switching my job to boost my ‘so called’ corporate career, I took a two week break. The plan was to do a road trip, 720 km all the way to Hyderabad. Here’s what I learnt about Hyderabad from my first…

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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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A Dash of Luxury in Panchgani

In 2009, when I visited Panchgani for the first time, I was certain that this is a perfect weekend getaway in Maharashtra, away from the chaos of work-life monotony. Panchgani throws a nice colonial vibe and offers breathtaking views of the Sahyadri mountain ranges. Back then, I stayed in a ‘No frills’ B&B near the main market area in Panchgani. Recently, I had the opportunity to visit Panchgani again. This time to check out a villa…

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Eating Feni Ice Cream in Goa

I was in Goa for an extended weekend in September 2015 when I got a tip-off from a friend about a restaurant that serves Goa’s local brew, Feni in an ice cream flavour. The next day, I was here! Niko Homemade Ice cream and Restaurant Tucked away on the Siolim-Vagator road in Assagao, North Goa and hidden behind a big banyan tree is a standalone eatery – Niko. A typical Goan house has been converted…

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Rafting the Kundalika – My Tryst with Adventure in Kolad

Kolad River rafting-Kundalika River

I’ve been discovering places one weekend at a time. But slowly my wanderlust was wearing off from exploring food, forts and treks around Mumbai. I now wanted a new adventure! I happened to read about river rafting in Kolad, a small village in Maharashtra with a population of thirteen thousand. Kolad is home to the Kundalika River, an important source of water not only for the villagers but also hydroelectric plants around the region and the Maharashtra…

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Safa Masjid is Goa’s Oldest Mosque

“This is also a monument. Do you want to check, Edwina?” On the way back to the hotel from a wonderful trip to the Sahakari Spice Plantation in Ponda, my colleague casually pointed towards the Safa Masjid. A rather unknown-unheard of structure, the Safa Masjid stood lone and proud among plentiful greenery, accompanied by a masonry tank with turquoise waters. How could I have not got off to check the place? I told my colleague,…

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Royal Enfield Shrine at Om Banna Temple, Pali – Rajasthan

I might be a bike enthusiast but I never imagined a motorcycle deity at a temple. A small village in the Pali district of Rajasthan has a shrine where the deity is a Royal Enfield 350cc. Wonder how much pride the motorcycle brand must take! The Om Banna Temple was on my radar ever since I read about it on the World Wide Web. The opportunity to visit this strange temple came by earlier than…

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Exploring Street Food at Mohammad Ali Road During Ramadan

Mohammad Ali Road During Ramadan

[Last updated: 11 May 2019] Boliye madam, kya lao? Bheja Fry, Bheja Masala, Gurda Masala, Kheeri Kalegi? I found myself at what is called a non-vegetarian’s paradise, aka, Mohammad Ali Road during the holy month of Ramzan. I was here to explore the much talked about food scene. It was a given that I would visit this place someday, since I’m a hard core non-vegetarian. So one weekend while the rest of Mumbai was preparing to call…

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Goa San Joao festival – A Tradition to Jump into Wells and Lakes

Sao Joao festival Goa - Siolim

[Last updated: 1 July 2019] I visited Goa thrice last year. This year, I visited Goa twice in a month. I keep getting asked ‘Why do you always go to Goa?’ The simplest answer would be because I’m a Goan. But honestly there are many reasons. Goa’s laid-back lifestyle, delicious non-vegetarian food, friendly locals and vibrant festivals keep bringing me back. I love their festivals. Almost all of them have a carnival like feel. The…

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My Stay at Prince Desert Camp, Jaisalmer – In the Middle of Nowhere

Everything happens for the best. No really! Earlier this year, we planned a new year’s getaway to the Rann of Kutch to visit the famous Rann Utsav. Unfortunately our bookings, done by an online travel agent, got cancelled at the last moment. And with that our dreams of staying in tents and star gazing at midnight in the vast white desert of the Rann of Kutch were in shambles. But the travel enthusiasts that we…

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