Sidhbari

Sidhbari – A Spiritual Retreat in the lap of Dhauladhars near Dharamshala

Cloistered away from the sight of tourist madhouse is a quaint town named Sidhbari, near Dharamshala. Often ignored by commercial tour agencies who savour on listicles, Sidhbari is thankfully a bit far from famous tourist triangle of Mc-Leodganj- Triund- Dharamshala. Many decades ago, a Hindu monk too was enchanted by this town (which then, was …

Bhangarh Fort

Bhangarh Fort – Family Trip to the Most Haunted Fort in India

‘Haunted’, claimed all…‘we could hear weird voices and noises’, said some, while a handful vouched there is really nothing spooky about the place! These were some of the reactions from friends who got to know of our family trip to the most haunted fort in India!!! I vividly remember the day of our visit to …

Mindrolling Monastery Dehradun

Mindrolling Monastery Dehradun- The largest monastery in India

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 of …

Ayutthaya Buddha

Ayutthaya Temples and Ruins : 10 Photos to help you plan a trip to this UNESCO Site

Ayutthaya Temples and Ruins – UNESCO Site 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 in India. Ayodhya, one of the ancient …

City Palace Jaipur Architecture

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

The City Palace Jaipur in India 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 City Palace, …

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 the very colourful mask …

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 from Dalhousie, where I …

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 in Chiang Mai on my …

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 struck me at Kanniyakumari …