Visiting Bhilar book village in Mahabaleshwar

In the era of Kindle, would you visit a village dedicated to books? On the way to Mahabaleshwar over a weekend, we spotted a huge signage that read Pustakanche Gaon – Bhilar. Predictably, the next morning we showed up in the village to find out more. Bhilar is a quiet town, sandwiched between the twin hill stations of Mahabaleshwar and Panchgani in Western Maharashtra. Much like its neighbours, its population of barely 3000 earn their…

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Top 5 places to see in Mahabaleshwar

Mahabaleshwar, a hill station in the Western Ghats, is the ultimate retreat if you want to get away from the mad crowd in the city. Once the summer capital of the Bombay Presidency during the British Raj, today this hill station includes three villages (Malcolm Peth, Old Kshetra Mahabaleshwar and a part of the Shindola village). Places to see in Mahabaleshwar There are several places to see in Mahabaleshwar that offer breath-taking views, which are bound…

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Monsoon getaway: Mallalli waterfalls, Coorg

Mallalli waterfalls Coorg

With its misty hills and emerald landscapes, Coorg or Kodagu in Karnataka is the Scotland of India. There’s quite a lot to discover here – from waterfalls to coffee plantations, national parks, temples and a Buddhist monastery. A hidden gem in the region is the Mallalli waterfalls – one of the most beautiful sights you will see in the heart of Karnataka. Located at the foothills of the Pushpagiri in the Western Ghats in Coorg,…

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Fireflies and vegan meals in Purushwadi

[Last updated: 25 May 2019] Picture this Somewhere in the interiors of Maharashtra, you’re walking on a lonely winding road – no street lights – pitch dark – dense forest – and millions of fireflies glowing like Christmas lights. I saw this magical sight in Purushwadi, a village merely four hours from Mumbai. Every year, Purushwadi is host to the Fireflies festival, around the month of June-July. Well, it’s actually Grassroutes – an eco tourism organisation…

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I finally tried Zoomcar and here’s what I think

Note: I paid for the trip and the review was conducted anonymously. Views are my own. Promise! For someone who LOVES driving as much as she LOVES travelling, Zoomcar and similar concepts are a blessing. You’ll notice many of travel experiences involve road trips, because…I simply love the roads. It’s not about getting to a destination but the journey itself – watching the landscape change from your windshield – one moment it’s barren, the other…

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Meeting Olive Ridleys at the Velas Turtle Festival

A small coastal town in the Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra is home to the annual Velas Turtle Festival. The endangered Olive Ridley Turtles thrive in warm tropical waters of the Pacific and Indian Ocean and India is a hotspot breeding ground for them. If you want to see hordes of these turtle hatchlings then the coast of Odisha is the place to be. Closer home, a town named Velas accounts for 40% of the hatchlings in Maharashtra. Every…

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Add Silvassa to your list of weekend getaways

After returning from Udaipur, there was going to be no big trip for a while. But my feet were itching to travel. So I decided to do a short road trip to Silvassa. Silvassa gets its name from the Portuguese word ‘Silva’ meaning wood. The city is the capital of Union Territory – Dadra and Nagar Haveli, sandwiched between Maharashtra and Gujarat, with Daman (another Union Territory) 30 km away. Silvassa has picked up popularity…

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