Category: India

The grape deconstruction day – A visit to the Sula Vineyard

In the religious and spiritual space that Nashik provides amidst the banks of Godavari river where the Kumbh Mela which is the largest congregation of humans is held, the Tryambakeshwar temple or Shirdi Sai baba temple there is a surprising spurt of vineyards in the vicinity. Nashik since time known was famous for grapes and its production. Here most of… Read more →

Lavasa – One street wonder

Pegged and marketed as the first hill station after the British Era in India and is designed based on an Italian town – Portofino. At least that is what the designers claim. The images and colors of the place paint a vibrant picture of the town. The place began its construction around a reservoir of a dam so the central… Read more →

Rann of Kutch – Leg 3 – Dhordo – White and colourful wonder

The shine of Dholavira and its glorious past seamlessly fusing with the present could still be seen in the eyes of the musafirs (co-travellers). The wedding and the road trip to Rajasthan had taken the back seat in our head with the cravings of the seeing the White Desert / Rann coming to the forefront. We thus embarked on the… Read more →

Rann of Kutch – Leg 2 – Dholavira – History and Geography lessons

The journey so far took us through jams, national expressways, amazing lunches along the lake and to top it all, a fun filled wedding. We truly did befriend the highway and now we were very comfortable with the tarmac. With the wedding party send back to Mumbai, we were the kings of the free road, or as one of us put… Read more →

Rann of Kutch – Leg 1 – Befriending the Highway!

‘Mauke pe Chauka’ (grabbing the opportunity) is what we call this trip to date. One of the boy’s, elder brother was getting married in Pushkar, Rajasthan. The destination was about 1000 kms away from Mumbai. Such times bring old friends together. And on convincing them a little bit and teasing them with the photographs of Rann we managed to squeeze… Read more →

The package deal – INDIAN RAILWAYS travel – part 2

The spillage of the overflowing emotions and the thoughts of writing the post on Indian railways had fallen here in the as the part 2 of the series. In part 1 I spread out my views on how as children we loved the fact that bookings were done well in advance before the trip, the butterflies that I get before travel, the… Read more →

The package deal – INDIAN RAILWAYS travel – part 1

A casual discussion with a friend and a tweet from another prompted this post. Its been a long time since I actually travelled long distance by the Indian Railways. Flying now is more preferred as  time is saved and you could work for a day or two more and take fewer offs. The railways is by far, for the best… Read more →

Juley! Ladakh – The road from Manali

Juley!! a word that is the most heard word in Ladakh. Hi, Hello, How are you, Thankyou, Welcome and Bye all can be substituted as Juley! And the way you understand is based on the situation. And the way Ladakhis say it is lingers on you for long. The 3 men who went to Ladakh ( the inspiration of this… Read more →

Kerala – Overview

Kerala markets itself as God’s own country. Every person who has visited here has been charmed by the same. We also decided to visit Kerala as this time around time was of the essence. A trip here is very easy to plan with an ample number of references and itineraries available. What is interesting about Kerala is that it offers… Read more →

The essential Kerala stop – Kovalam.

My major research before a trip is usually done through Lonely Planet. And the version I have does not have any sights and activities on it! Still based on other research, went ahead and for sure turned out to be one of the essentials. The place is located about 200 kms from Alleppey, an inconsequential drive, unless you are interested… Read more →