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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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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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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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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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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Prince of Wales Museum – The Best Museum Mumbai has to Offer

I took a break from my Gujarat posts and visited Prince of Wales Museum two weeks back. This is my second visit to Prince of Wales museum, since I was not able to do justice to the museum in my first visit in 2012. As a Bombayite, I could afford to visit Prince of Wales museum twice. But some of the readers of this post may/would not like to be in this position. Hence, I…

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Maharashtra Nature Park – From Dumping Ground to a Nature Pleasing Space

It doesn’t take an expert to know that Mumbai is synonymous with congestion, noise and pollution. And yet in all this chaos, Mumbai has managed to nestle a Butterfly Park, popularly known as Maharashtra Nature Park. WWF (India) – a wild life and nature conservation organization, conceived the concept for a nature park way back in 1970. More than two decades later, we have Maharashtra Nature Park. Obviously, the course of allocating acres of land…

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Bird Watching at Sewri Jetty – Flamingos in Mumbai

Nature lovers and those complaining about Mumbai’s congestion have something to rejoice! Sewri – a neighbourhood towards South Mumbai, has a jetty cum dock which is home to thousands of Flamingos and other rare bird species from November to March. These are migratory birds that come from as far as Siberia to the mud flats in Sewri via the Rann of Kutch in Gujarat. They are foraging for food during this period and the mucky location…

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How To Tackle Travel Sickness – My Inexpensive Tricks

I come across a lot of people who suffer from Motion Sickness aka Travel sickness. Traveling by bus in particular, is dreadful for many including myself at times. I have realized this is a sickness that is not hereditary, bursting the myth my mum fed me (even she suffers from travel sickness). So let me first explain why some of us feel uneasy while traveling……. What is Travel Sickness? When we are in a moving…

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Ancestral Goa museum and Big Foot– Victim of its own concept

If you are bored of visiting Goa’s infinite beaches or if you are the type of person who enjoys visiting museums then Ancestral Goa Museum is a place you can check out. The Place Ancestral Goa is meant to give you a cultural glimpse of Goa – Olden style homes, what their occupations were like? how did they dress? what did they eat? et cetera. The place is also popular as Big foot because of an…

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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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Vallarpadam Church, Kochi is home to an Interesting Folklore

I was in Kochi on an official trip when I had a day spare until I headed back home. Thankfully, my local colleague offered to show me places around the city. We started early morning to visit the Chinese Fishing Nets and Fort Kochi Beach. Both were lovely sights. But soon my excitement started to dampen after seeing St. Francis Church, Willingdon Island and Marine Drive. These were all nice places but nothing you could take…

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Banganga – Mumbai’s Mini Ganga

IMAGINE, a sacred place, a fairly large waterbody and concrete stairways surrounding the waterbody in overcrowded Mumbai? Rituals and Mythology make way for what is today called ‘Banganga’, unbelievably located in the heart of Mumbai. If history is to be believed, Lord Rama and his brother Lakshman took rest here while on their quest to search for Lord Rama’s wife, Sita. Rama was thirsty and asked his brother Lakshman to bring him some water. Lakshman…

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