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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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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A lesson in history in Maheshwar

When I landed at the Devi Ahilya Bai Holkar airport in Indore, I was curious to know who Devi Ahilya Bai was. Why has an airport been named after her? I got my answer in Maheshwar! We took a detour to Maheshwar on our two nights and three days trip to Indore, Ujjain, Mandu and Omkareshwar. Maheshwar is popular with pilgrims as much as it is with tourists. I am hardly a religious person. So Maheshwar…

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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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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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An April of Arts

nouveau art play reading group - mumbai arts theatre

I haven’t travelled to any place new in April 2016. It has been a conscious decision to slow down. One could say that I am taking a break! So what did I do the whole of last month then? Well, I watched movies in the theatre every weekend, including watching FAN twice 😛 , attended a popular Television Awards Night and explored the arts and theatre scene in Mumbai. From a stage musical on Jazz…

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Rajput practice of Jauhar among women at Chittorgarh

[Last updated: 20 January 2018] On a morning in January 2016, a friend and I were touring one of India’s largest forts, Chittorgarh. Ambalal, our guide along with Mainuddin, our rickshaw wala toured us from point to point within the fort that consumed the entire day. We saw the Meera Bai temple, Bhimkund, Rana Kumbha’s Palace, Karni Mata temple, Kirti Stambh, Vijay Stambh and other prominent ruins. But the story we took home from this…

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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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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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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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9 reasons why you must visit the Goa Carnival

Have you ever visited Goa during the Carnival? Trust me! There’s no other place you’d rather be. The annual 4 day Goa carnival is organized in the first quarter of the year and it is one of the most exciting times to be in Goa. Larger than life floats, colorful costumes, music, dance and sprightly performances are witnessed by millions of tourists that throng this place to be a part of this public celebration. And if…

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