Category: Travel

Sagar Lake in Alwar

Sagar Lake in Alwar – An Introspective Photo Tour

Water is the elixir of life and there is no denying this. Especially, in a country like India that has been and to an extent is still dependent on the monsoon rains for its water needs. I am reminded of a shloka on Water from Rig Veda : Aapo Hishttaa Mayo-Bhuvasthaa...

Moosi Maharani Ki Chhatri

Moosi Maharani Ki Chhatri – A Stark Reminder of Power, Love and Sati

Rajasthan is all about royalty, masculine valour, Rajput war stories and a patriarchal presence.Though it also is known for its reverence to women in various divine forms, the infamous social practices of Child Marriages and Sati that once dominated the State cannot be ignored.Thankfully, these are becoming less prevalent ascribable to...

Dalhousie

Dalhousie – Bakrota Hill that connects Bengal and Himachal

Living in the mountains amidst the thick growth of pines, deodars, rhododendrons, spruce and other flora and fauna interspersed with wooded trails is in itself a meditative and a medicative process. More so for urban dwellers who find themselves surrounded by greenery all of a sudden. The great poet and Nobel Laureate...

Mindrolling Monastery Dehradun

Mindrolling Monastery Dehradun- A Detailed Virtual Tour in 25 Photos

A sense of calm and tranquillity pervades as one enters the Mindrolling Monastery Dehradun in the mornings.The only noise that is heard is that of the monkeys jumping and playing on the roofs.The monks in red robes go about their chores silently without any pandemonium.The premises is spic and span, devoid...

Forest Research Institute's Architecture

Forest Research Institute’s Architecture – A Photo Tour

The one monumental and prestigious institute that has been synonymous with Dehradun for over a century now, has to be the massive colonial Forest Research Institute.  I personally believe this is the only place that has not changed much, post my very first visit to the Doon valley a couple of...

10 Tips and Tricks to stay safe in Indian Winters

Tips and tricks to stay safe in the Indian winters were churned out, in a casual group conversation for a dear friend ( a first-timer to the hills) to keep herself safe in the winters. The group resonated my thoughts on putting together the tips and tricks suggested by me. So...

The Travel Story of Easy Peasy Keerai recipe

The most underrated of the vegetables are the leafy ones. Many of them slowly find their way up the muddy path, to feel a ray of sun, get caressed by the gentle breeze and yet grow in this world sans care. The lucky ones are nurtured by their masters and mistresses...

Ayutthaya Temples and Ruins

Ayutthaya Temples and Ruins : 10 Photos to help you plan a trip- Part 1

Ayutthaya to Ayodhya  – A nostalgic trip down the memory lane A couple of years back when Lucknow was our home for a short-period,  we frequented Ayodhya – the Hindu pilgrimage town on the banks of the revered  Sarayu, a river that flows through the central verdant plains of Uttar Pradesh...

City Palace Jaipur Architecture

City Palace Jaipur Architecture : 30 Photos to get you started on Responsible Tourism

The City Palace Jaipur has eluded me for more than a decade until our recent trip in April, this year. Jaipur, the capital city of Majestic Rajasthan, has been one of the most frequented places on my Travel list after Agra and Hyderabad. Yet, I could never spend ample time exploring the...

Best time to discover Tamil Nadu is during the Maargazhi season

The time of the day is of cuddle and comfort, to be immersed in a deep slumber, to snooze the alarm and beg for some more time and catch up on a little more sleep. Just when one thinks that they have cajoled time for some respite, one starts hearing a...

Kathakali – The colourful classical dance form of Kerala that requires a revival

The name ‘Kathakali’ usually unfolds an imagery of vibrancy, opulence, flamboyant costume and expressive dance. But for me, it had always rekindled old memories of my school days when in one of the projects, we had to stick a chart on Classical Dance forms of India and I was captivated by...

Enchantment

Travel, no doubt makes one experience varied culture, art, cuisines and gives immense satisfaction.But it can also take away precious things from your life. Maybe not always but seldom, it can prove to be a taker and not a giver. Who can know better about this two-faced ‘Travel’ than a nomad...

Boat ride

Backwaters of Kerala – An Indulgence with Responsible Tourism

The month of October always brings back fond memories of my trip to the backwaters of Kerala. It has been seven long years since we undertook our family trip to Cochin and this wonderful vacation remains as the most cherished sojourn till date. I love Cochin and is one place apart...

TajMahal at Agra – A different perspective through my lens

The TajMahal at Agra does not cease to mesmerize tourists and travellers from around the world. The same holds good for us Indians too, as I am back from my fifth trip to the Taj. Old monuments and buildings fascinate me to no end since my childhood and so do the...

Unfurling the colours of Umbrella Village in Chiang Mai

  “Everyone wants happiness, No one wants pain. But you can’t have a rainbow, without a little Rain“ Well, what if you are embraced and protected from rain by a whole Umbrella village and are still shown a vibrant rainbow! It indeed would be wonderful, right? I exactly found something similar...

The Fascinating Case of Bottled Critters in Laos-Snake Wine

Disclaimer: I am not promoting the usage of Alcohol/Snake Wine or its consumption in any form through this post. This is just an account of my off-beat experience and an experience of a varied culture. Travelling and exploring new places is a way of life for our family and I enjoy it...

A sneak peek into my Thailand Trip -Video

Back to Blogging 40 days of travelling with just some intermittent rest, traversing across Thailand and India from North to South is reason enough for me to start blogging again! Yes, finally, after a long hiatus found time to update my blog. Cognizance The realization of having not blogged all this while...

Dalhousie to Dainkund – Experience The Never Ending Musical Notes of the Singing Hills

I was composing the blog post on the mesmerizing Bhool Bhulaiyya of Lucknow, yesterday, and was reminded of our trek from Dalhousie to Dainkund and return across the Singing Hills of Chamba(Himachal Pradesh).The path through the woods was haphazard, brimming with possibilities of getting lost and gave us a sense of...

Memorable Labyrinth of Bada Imambara

Lucknow, the capital city of Uttar Pradesh , India- is synonymous with the Imambaras. I am a Hyderabadi and I always found a connect between the city of Nawabs-Lucknow and City of Nizams-Hyderabad. From the architecture to the cuisines, there is always a similarity between the two places.On our city trip...

City Palace Jaipur Architecture

The Varied Hues of Royal Rajasthan

Infinite mounds of fine sand, large stretches of parched lands, scanty greenery, endless mirages with hamlets of mud houses, around scattered water bodies. Isn’t this the imagery one recollects upon hearing the word ‘desert’? Added to this imagery are the exquisite and exotic palaces of the royals, locals wearing colourful turbans...

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