Why everyone is planning a trip to Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka truly has something to offer everybody – from golden beaches and national parks teeming with wildlife to exciting urban sprawl. No wonder that so many people are making this diverse island their destination of choice for a trip away. Expedia claim that over £6 trillion is spent in the travel and tourism sector every year, and the tourism sector in Sri Lanka is one of the fastest-growing in the world. Even when I…

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4 best child-friendly activities in Thailand

Thailand is possibly one of the most enchanting countries you’ll ever visit. It has incredible beaches, endless forests, and crystal-clear waters for as far as the eyes can see. It’s no surprise then that millions of people flock Thailand every year to lap up the offerings this South Asian country has in store. When you think of Thailand you’re likely thinking of young, solo travellers, out to have the time of their lives. However, there…

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Work for a Cruise line – Travel the World

Ever thought of a career that took you around the world? Do you think your education (or the lack of it) does not support your aspiration to see amazing destinations. How about working on a Cruise ship? A cruise not just serves the purpose of transporting you from point A to point B but also provides you with an all round experience of living life at sea. Restaurants, Bars, Casino, Clubs, Lounges, Rooms & Suites,…

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The Goan Odyssey – 5 Things to do in Goa

Most tourists have heard of Goa as a popular Indian holiday destination. Goa sees millions of tourists each year and the numbers are only increasing. What is it that brings travelers to this tiny state? Many would echo Beaches. And quite rightly, Goa has beaches beyond one’s counting skills. But, would it be right in saying that beaches are its sole crowd-puller? Of course not. There has to be something more to Goa than just…

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Sanjay Gandhi National Park and Kanheri Caves – Among Asia’s most visited parks

[Last updated: 27 April 2017] Sanjay Gandhi National Park or Borivali National Park is among the most visited parks in Asia. It is said to gather nearly 2 million visitors annually. Of course, this could be attributed to the huge population of Mumbai city alone. Nevertheless, if you claim to be a Mumbaikar or are visiting Mumbai, this place should be ticked off your list. Borivali National park has the distinction of being a 104…

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Miraculous Cross, Anjuna – I found another Miraculous Cross in Goa

Having been the place of my ancestral roots, I have visited Goa more times than I can count. The beaches are now exhausted, the restaurants and cuisine now commercialized and there is no empty place left for time by yourself with the tourist explosion in this hippie state. Do not get me wrong, I love Goa and I keep coming back to this place in moments to find myself or when I just want to…

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