Udaipur In Three Days

Recently, a classmate reached out to get a three-day itinerary for Udaipur. As we dug through our emails, photographs, and memories, we couldn’t help compiling an itinerary of the city of lakes… Day 1 – City Palace Museum, Jagdish Mandir, Bagore Ki Haveli & Lake Pichola Start at the City Palace Museum. It opens atContinue reading “Udaipur In Three Days”

Udaipur

The City Of Lakes In 36 Hours We’d been to Udaipur earlier but never together. When we were drawing up our itinerary for the Rajasthan road trip, we knew we’d to include the city of lakes. It was our second destination. We left our Jaipur home stay after a hearty breakfast. Our first halt wasContinue reading “Udaipur”

Stay Safe!

When the clock struck 12 AM on 1 January 2020, none of us had thought the new year would turn out thus. Sure, the preceding years had their share of ups & downs. But these were never global in nature. Today, the entire world has come to a standstill because of the Wuhan Virus. CitizensContinue reading “Stay Safe!”

Jaipur

The Pink City In 36 Hours We had been to Jaipur earlier but never as a tourist. One time for work, the other time to shop. So, when we were drawing up our itinerary for the Rajasthan road trip, we knew we had to include the pink city. It was our first destination. The FirstContinue reading “Jaipur”

ROAD TRIPPING THROUGH RAJASTHAN

Living in Delhi NCR, a trip to Rajasthan becomes almost compulsory every winter. In the past, we’ve made short trips to Churu, to Jaipur, to Kishangarh, to Pushkar, to Ranthambhore, & to Sariska. However, in 2019, we decided to do a proper, week long road trip of the desert state, flitting from place to place.Continue reading “ROAD TRIPPING THROUGH RAJASTHAN”

MUSKURAIYE, AAP LUCKNOW MEIN HAI!

Lucknow in 24 hours There are some places you can never get enough of. Lucknow always brings a sense of belonging. It feels like home. Tunde kebab & kulfi at Aminabad, walk at Hazratganj, sightseeing at Bada & Chota Imambargahs, crossing Cantt, mutton nihari at Rahim’s, kulfi at Chhappan Bhog, chikankari & zari shopping atContinue reading “MUSKURAIYE, AAP LUCKNOW MEIN HAI!”

Buddham Saranam Gacchami

A half-day excursion to Sarnath “Buddham Saranam Gacchami. Dhammam Saranam Gacchami. Sangham Saranam Gacchami.” (“I go to the Buddha for refuge. I go to the Dhamma for refuge. I go to the Sangha for refuge.”) We have been drawn towards Buddhism for a long time now. As we visited places like Bhutan, Ladakh & Spiti,Continue reading “Buddham Saranam Gacchami”

SEEING BENARES IS DIFFERENT FROM EITHER HEARING OR READING ABOUT IT! *

Varanasi in 36 hours We still prefer referring to Varanasi as Kashi. The word ‘Kashi’ conjures up images of ancient India. After all, didn’t Mark Twain say, “Benares is older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend, and looks twice as old as all of them put together.”? We made our way toContinue reading “SEEING BENARES IS DIFFERENT FROM EITHER HEARING OR READING ABOUT IT! *”

A Girl Who Travels

I was nine when I went on my first school trip. More such school/ college trips happened when I was 15 & then 20. I traveled alone to attend my friends’ weddings in Kerala, Tamil Nadu & Uttar Pradesh when I was 25-26. Those same years, I visited Thailand & to Bordi with just myContinue reading “A Girl Who Travels”

A Walk On The Rajpath

Winter is a great time to go sightseeing in Delhi. Before winter 2019 begins, we felt we must finish blogging about our winter 2018 sightseeing! To begin, we post about Rajpath today. Ideally, we should come to the most important road in India to see the Republic Day Parade. But, thanks to our apprehension ofContinue reading “A Walk On The Rajpath”

A Day on A Boat

To end our Bali blog posts series (see posts 1, 2 & 3), what can be better than to write of the day we spent on a boat, out in the ocean? It’s an experience we highly recommend. When your bones are tired from visiting temple after temple, or from partying too hard, a dayContinue reading “A Day on A Boat”

What & Where We Loved Eating In Bali

How can travel be complete without food? Now that you know where to stay in Bali, & what to see/ do, it’s time for the restaurants we loved. As before, the below eateries are tried & tested! Breeze at The Samaya Seminyak The Samaya is a resort in Seminyak. Breeze is its beach side restaurantContinue reading “What & Where We Loved Eating In Bali”

What We Loved Seeing In Bali

We hope Bali Basics turned out to be helpful to you. Now that you’ve figured out where you want to stay on your Bali holiday, we help you with the sights we saw in Bali & loved. The attractions below are tried & tested, & advocated (& not mentioned in any order of preference)! Beaches…Continue reading “What We Loved Seeing In Bali”

Bali Basics

Before we headed to Bali, we had a lot of confusion about its geography & location. Was it an island? Was it a part of Indonesia? How big was it? Blame it on ignorance. And, there’s no better antidote for ignorance than travel. Once we’d been there, many contacted us when they were planning theirContinue reading “Bali Basics”

Beat The Heat! – 2

A few folks reached out to us to know more about the three destinations we recommended in Part I to escape the Indian summer. Glad we could be of help! But, three destinations are inadequate for six months of the intense north Indian summer. So, we bring three more long weekend getaways from Delhi. AllContinue reading “Beat The Heat! – 2”

Beat the Heat!

Come April & the Sun starts its mercilessness on the hapless souls of the National Capital Region. Right till September, it becomes a matter of hot, very hot & unbearably hot. In these six months, at least one getaway is needed to cooler environs. Aren’t we thankful that the Himalayas are a stone’s throw away?Continue reading “Beat the Heat!”

KHAJURAHO – A PHOTO-LOG

Madhya Pradesh must be the most underrated tourist destination in India. The centrally-located state has nature, heritage, & art. Yet, we neither hear much about it nor see family & friends visiting MP. We ourselves were oblivious of all that the state has to offer till we made our way there. On our maiden trip,Continue reading “KHAJURAHO – A PHOTO-LOG”

Masai Mara National Reserve – All The Practical Stuff!

When we began our research for the Masai Mara National Reserve, we found information to be scattered across the Internet. Climate information at one place, visa at another, what to carry at yet another… We made a mental note then itself that we would list down the useful bits at one place when we gotContinue reading “Masai Mara National Reserve – All The Practical Stuff!”

MASAI MARA TALES

For somebody who has grown up watching the nature & wildlife channels on television, the Masai Mara National Reserve was a must-have on the bucket list. Thus, when an ex-colleague, now working in Nairobi, asked us to come over, specially as the migration season was on, we did not have to think twice. It alsoContinue reading “MASAI MARA TALES”

OUR MAGIC MOMENTS PRESERVED

… our love affair with this online photo service provider. Over the years, Zoomin has made even our ordinary photographs look excellent in print.

Cruising Along The Indian West Coast

2,500 KMS. Nine days. Three travelers. A Toyota Innova. & the Indian West Coast!

The Journey, The Traveler

It is not just about travel; it is also about the thoughts that rush to me when I travel…

The Land of Happiness – Part III

We are struck by the similarity between Bhutan and Scotland.
On curves, we feel we are on our way to Hogwarts. We will turn around the corner & there will be the Hogwarts School of Wizardry and Witchcraft.
Sigh!

The Land of Happiness – Part II

It is on the way to Punakha that the King crosses us on a bicycle, His envoy following him.

While cars stop & hawkers stand up in respect, the King’s simplicity touches us…

The Land of Happiness – Part I

It has an idyllic setting; you can see the Sun rise behind the mountains, the village slowly coming to life, unpaved roads, greenery, calm & tranquil… There is nothing not to love.

If there is one place you should cover in Bhutan, it is this.

When Like & Dislike Co-existed

“Gar firdaus ae baruhe zamin ast, Hamin astu Hamin astu Hamin ast.” (If there is heaven on earth, it is here, it is here, it is here.)