Royal Rajasthan, Travel

5 must-visit places in and around Alwar on a weekend getaway from Delhi

Flooded with fields of gently swaying yellow mustard and blooming sunflowers, flanked by the lush rolling mountains of the Aravallis, Alwar is a rich repository of Rajput architecture and flamboyance and a place that is the genesis of ‘Alwar ka Mawa’ or Milk Cake. Come with me as I explore the must-visit places in and …

self guided vegetarian tour of Chandni Chowk
Delhi Diaries, Travel

A self-guided vegetarian food tour of Chandni Chowk in Old Delhi

A self-guided vegetarian food tour of Chandni Chowk with family, on a Sunday, threw many surprises our way. The 400- year-old Chandni Chowk stretch was a rhapsody of vintage frames, divine flavours, mazy lanes, bygones dotted with bloodshed, ornate doors and a cauldron of varied beliefs and faiths. Come with me as I discover the …

Avani Pattaya Resort and Spa
Thailand, Travel

5 reasons to stay at Avani Pattaya Resort and Spa on a family vacation to Thailand

Avani Pattaya Resort and Spa is a unique destination for a family stay, on a trip to Pattaya in Thailand. Pattaya is the most favoured destination for travellers coming from around the world to Thailand. It would be surprising for many to read that there is more to Pattaya beyond the entertainment street, and, that, …

Trigarth Kangra Valley Festival
Himachal Hymns, Travel

Trigart Kangra Valley Festival- An ode to the richness of Himachal Pradesh

‘Trigart Kangra Valley Festival’ read the invite, and I was a bit puzzled. I pondered over the connection between Kangra valley where the event was happening and the word Trigarth(Trigart) until a simple google search threw me off-guard. The search result made me realize how little I as an Indian knew about this ancient land of …

Contest Entries, Travel

The curious case of my Blind Date on a family trip!

A colonial cottage cocooned in salubrious surroundings nestled amidst rolling mountains, a gentle breeze ruffling the azure waters of a nearby lake, drops of dew rolling down the waxy foliage,a window with no bars that open to these scenes and my tired palms wrapping around a warm mug of hot chocolate savouring the paradise beneath …

Golu Bommai
Tamil Nadu Trails, Travel

The significance of Bommai Golu during Navaratri – India’s Doll Festival

Navaratri or Golu pandigai ( for Tamizhians) is India’s Doll festival and in fact, Hinamatsuri- the doll festival of Japan is very similar to this ancient Hindu custom of dolls’ display. While Navaratri (Navratri) across the rest of India is often associated with ritualistic worship or garba or Durga Puja, the local populace in TamilNadu celebrate it as a ‘nine-day dolls …

Gangaikondacholapuram temple
Tamil Nadu Trails, Travel

Gangaikondacholapuram – Possibly the most elegant UNESCO Heritage Site in the world

The UNESCO Heritage Site of Gangaikondacholapuram temple in TamilNadu, India, is a result of triumph, aspiration and dream of one of the widely acclaimed and successful Chola emperor – Rajendra Chola. Everything about this wonderful temple site is as grand and magnificent as the historical milestones of the emperor. Personally, I consider it the most elegant of …

Chekka Chivantha Vaanam
Random Musings

Five reasons why I liked ManiRatnam’s Chekka Chivantha Vaanam – An unconventional review!

‘Should we book tickets for Mani Ratnam’s Chekka Chivantha Vaanam?’, I asked The Hubby, anticipating a by-default ‘lacklustre response in a non-affirmative tone’. You must be rolling your eyes questioning my judgemental view of the better-half. But who better to know than me about The Hubby who hates watching movies in the theatre! That he …

Thirumalai Nayakar Palace
Tamil Nadu Trails, Travel

Thirumalai Nayakar Palace-A stunning heritage structure in Tamil Nadu,India

Thirumalai Nayakar Palace also known as Madurai Palace is a testimony to the city’s secularism and diversity. If Madurai is world- famous for its Meenakshi Amman Temple, it is equally popular for the Anglo-Indian community, the churches, the Jaina Caves and its multicultural society. On my recent trip to Madurai, I decided to visit the …