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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My best travel moments from 2017

I wish you all a very happy new year 2018. Feels like 2017 passed in a blink of an eye, isn’t it? I hope it treated you well. It was a good year for me in travel. Although, I mostly fled from work, people and to numb down feelings. On some trips, I joined friends; on some friends joined me; and on others I simply travelled alone, which in itself was very satisfying. Here are…

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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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Indira Gandhi Memorial Museum, New Delhi

I happened to visit Indira Gandhi Memorial Museum by chance. It’s a not-so-pleasant fact that I visited Delhi but did no local sightseeing (except this museum), since I was attending a conference. Such is the life of a Corporate slave! Never mind. Indira Gandhi Memorial Museum was the residence of former Prime Minister Mrs. Indira Gandhi. The location has been converted into a museum as a tribute to the late politician. It stands in the…

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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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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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5 Reasons Why Thailand is a Hot favourite with Indian Tourists

Thailand Tourism has done exceedingly well to promote itself as a tourist destination. It created a space in the travel industry as a budget destination with all the right ingredients. Thailand receives tourists from around the world and India is no different. A recent report indicated that Thailand is visited by around 100,000 Indian tourists each year with figures only moving upwards. So what is it that attracts the Indian tourist to Thailand considering there…

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