Planned on a random impulse, Pondy was going to be my first officially passive holiday, with a blank to-do list, the desire to feel rested and absolutely no attempt at any strenuous self improvement; in short, a break from the usual life and usual holidays. That I had earlier been to the region and checked … Continue reading Pondy – Of Pastels, Posing & Strolling
Laitlum, Dawki, Mawlynnong, Mawsmai and Kaziranga - the destinantions that stand out from my family trip to Assam and Meghalaya. Few locations in India entice travelers as much as India's north-east, and justifiably so. A rich biodiversity in terms of not only its flora and fauna but also its demographics, this region of India is home … Continue reading Journey through India’s North-East: Assam & Meghalaya
It was a spur of the moment decision to drive to Santiniketan via Maluti, the poster child of Jharkhand tourism today, as a part of our Holi celebration. We were totally unaware of what was in store for us. Forget Mathura and Vrindavan for Holi (which are way too crowded and hooliganism seems to rule the roost anyway) Bolpur is where one … Continue reading Traveling through India’s East: Maluti to Santiniketan
There is more to Delhi than power, politics and a tumultuous past. The intermingling of cultures and its position as the capital of a large and vibrant democracy result in a plethora of eclectic events and experiences. Food Delhi does not disappoint the epicureans. From the best fine dining restaurant in the country, Indian Accent, to the cheap and … Continue reading When in Delhi – Quintessential Experiences
For people with ample time to explore the city environs, it is the by-lanes that have the hidden gems and the most fascinating stories. In the shadow of every great monument of Delhi thrives the remaining vestiges of the culture that the main monument is now a token of. A lot of walking tours/heritage walks have now … Continue reading When in Delhi – By-Lane Mysteries
Always on the lookout for good stories and trivia, it is no surprise that the city I love, almost revere, is Delhi. To give a flavor of what is in store if you decide to walk the by lanes of Delhi, in one of the stories I heard on a walking tour, Qutub Minar has … Continue reading When in Delhi – Checklist Monuments
Traveling solo to Kashi, for Dev Deepawali, was a risk well taken, the net result in the category of good decisions taken in 2017. Call it Varanasi, Benaras or what you will, to me it will always remain Kashi, the holy city of the Hindus. For some inexplicable reason Kashi had always been my dream destination and traveling solo … Continue reading Why Kashi?
Packing up. The nagging worry of departure. Lost keys, unwritten labels, tissue paper lying on the floor. I hate it all. Even now, when I have done so much of it, when I live, as the saying goes, in my boxes. Even today, when shutting drawers and flinging wide an (sic) hotel wardrobe, or the … Continue reading Packing Up
Per Aspera Ad Astra- four words that aptly summarise our trip to Spiti Valley. It is a Latin phrase which means "through hardships to the stars." To say that this region is surreal is stating the obvious, to say that reaching here is tough is in the genre of FYI, what needs stating is that it's totally … Continue reading Spiti Valley
"There is no happiness for him who does not travel, Rohita!...The feet of the wanderer are like the flower, his soul is growing and reaping fruit; and all his sins are destroyed by his fatigues in wandering. Therefore, wander! The fortune of him who is sitting, sits; it rises when he rises; it sleeps when … Continue reading Why Travel?