5 spectacular places to go trekking in Goa

Goa has earned the reputation as one of the most happening tourist destinations not only in India but across the world. It is famous for the beaches, nightlife, seafood and the flea markets. Goa has a vibrant culture and a vibe which attracts every kind of traveller. It has a coastline of about a hundred kilometres and quite a few number of beaches which offer numerous adventure activities. One of the many things to do…

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Guide to Dudhsagar waterfall

Goa is a haven for beach lovers. But there are many other places to visit in Goa that make for a great day trip. Now, how about a little effort to behold the cascading beauty of a gushing waterfall? The Dudhsagar waterfall is an absolute delight, and you simply cannot afford to miss it! Located about 60 kilometres from Panaji and 80 kilometres to the south of Belagavi, between the states of Goa and Karnataka…

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David Scott trail – A trail through Meghalaya’s colonial past

Once lovingly called the Scotland of the east by homesick British officers during the East India Company rule, Meghalaya still retains the crown. With misty hills, dominating rainforests and expansive meadows, the region is full of pristine beauty. There are breathtaking nature trails, innumerable waterfalls, countless living root bridges and sacred forests waiting to be discovered. One such hidden gem is the David Scott trail in the Khasi Hills of Meghalaya – a charming hike…

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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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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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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 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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Four people stories from Ganpatipule and other travel anecdotes

There’s an interesting quote by Nick Miller I read on the internet which I am going to use as the basis for this post… …Travel is extraordinary conversations with ordinary people. It’s waiters, gas station attendants, and housekeepers becoming the most interesting people in the world… Travel is a smile that leads to a conversation in broken English. It’s the epiphany that pretty girls smile the same way all over the world. Travel is tipping 10% and…

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Camping in the Satpura tiger reserve

Sunsets be like… “That’s it! I can’t walk anymore. I’m going to give up?” I thought several times while trekking in the Satpura Tiger Reserve. I was doing the Panchmarhi trail under the Satpura Under Canvas programme, a unique walking safari by Reni Pani Jungle Lodge. Satpura is the only tiger reserve in the country where one can camp inside the forest and undertake walking trails. During the British Raj, Madhya Pradesh was known as…

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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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Jodhpur: Mehrangarh Fort inside out

I was on a solo trip to Agra and Jodhpur, when I found myself at the Agra Cantt railway station reading Monisha Rajesh’s Around India in 80 Trains. My own train to Jodhpur was delayed by four hours. By midnight, I had boarded the Howrah-Jodhpur Express and reached Jodhpur the following morning. One cannot visit Jodhpur and leave without checking the Mehrangarh fort. The monumental structure is Jodhpur’s identity and the highlight of your trip. Rao Jodha, founder…

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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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