Room with a view: 10 Offbeat Hotels in India I stayed at

I’ve been extensively travelling around India since 2013. I may have fuzzy memories of some trips, but others have been very memorable. And most of them have had to do with the places I stayed at. Some had breathtaking views; few were about roughing it on the road. And while there’s a lot more to see, here are some of the most offbeat hotels in India I stayed at. These places range from budget to…

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Taj Malabar Resort & Spa, Kochi – A slice of paradise in Kerala (plus other things to do in Kochi)

Kochi – a quaint little town with tiny islands and peninsulas fringing the coastline of the Arabian Sea and brimming with deep-rooted historical significance is a lovely sight for the eyes with its houseboats and Chinese fishing nets. Here’s my list of things to do in Kochi to make your stay in God’s own Country a heavenly experience. Things to do in Kochi Unwind with a breath-taking village backwater cruise and watch and learn how…

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An Authentic Maharashtrian Dining Experience in Pune

Pune is known to have one of the best culinary scenes in the state. The land of the Marathas converges myriad cultures and lifestyles seamlessly, welcoming the contemporary while still respecting its roots. An authentic Maharashtrian dining experience in Pune is loaded with delicacies like Kaanda poha, Misal pav, Sabudana khichdi, Mastani milkshake, Pithla bhakri, Vada pav, Puranpoli, Kombdi Rassa, Bombil fry, Aamti and more. Not to forget, the vibrant pubs around the neighborhoods make…

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A staycation in Ganpatipule

I’ve said enough of how I have turned into a corporate slave. Work is getting the better of me. And while I enjoy budget travelling and roughing it out on the road, I’ve slowly developed a need and liking for do-nothing holidays. Those we also call ‘Staycation’. The type of trips where your hotel is a world in itself. There are no rushed itineraries to meet or monuments to see. You sit back and relax…

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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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Luxury Hotels in Bhopal: Jehan Numa Retreat Review

I had returned from one of the toughest treks I’ve done in my life. My head was high in pride but my body was aching no end. We were sleeping in tents and trekking 12km a day until sunset in the Satpura Tiger Reserve. Our battered bodies needed some rejuvenation. After completing the trek, I moved towards the city of begums – Bhopal, where my abode was the lovely Jehan Numa Retreat. It was just…

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