making new friends
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5 Great Ways to Meet New People Abroad

Wherever and whenever you travel, holidays always provide amazing opportunities to meet new people and make some new friends. Some of these friendships may be short-lived or some may last rough weathers, but they certainly enrich your experience. In fact, there are some places where being ‘all by yourself’ can be utterly boring. From getting …

Go for an adventurous holiday in Bali
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Go Adventurous in Bali!

It is not without a reason that people say that Bali aka ‘Pulau Dewata’ is the island of Deities. There are more temples than houses in the island and some of the gorgeous and lavish houses can easily be mistaken for temples. It is a picture perfect destination that bestows the love of sun, sand, …

Turkey
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12 Treasures of Turkey

First things first, I have not visited Turkey yet but I have discovered multiple reasons to go there soon. I maintain a travel notebook where I list down everything that excites me or prepares me for a place. I have read a number of things about Turkey and it is definitely on my radar. I …

My Bali tour
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5 Fun Activities to Try in your Bali Tour

Here comes the Bali Tour One of the most popular stops on every tourist’s wish-list in Indonesia is Bali Island. It is famous for its volcanic mountains, beaches, coral reefs, and well-laid beautiful rice paddies. Get the best experience in Bali by engaging in a range of fun activities. Bali has awesome destinations for surfing, …

Itinerary for family trip in Goa
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A Relaxed Family Trip In Goa

Family trip in Goa! If you thought that holidays in Goa is only about holidaying with friends, let me try changing your mind. How about giving a surprise and telling your family that you are taking them on a holiday to Goa, a couple of weeks from now? Trust me, the expressions on their faces …

Exploring Vijayawada
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Undavalli Caves, A photo-story!

If you are anywhere near the cities of Vijayawada or Amaravati, in the state of Andhra Pradesh in India, you got to visit Undavalli Caves. This rock cut Hindu cave temple definitely deserves a few hours of your precious time. The moment I saw some of the photos from there, I was very sure that …

Good Restaurants in Bahrain
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Bahraini Food Is Delectable

Every time, I think of Bahrain, I am reminded of its deliciousness. Age-old recipes, traditional methods, fresh ingredients, high-quality dry fruits and aromatic spices make the best of the Bahraini food. Despite the influence of fusion food and foreign influx, traditional eateries continue to rule the dining scene in this small but pretty island nation. Some of the …

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11 Days in Nepal and HTM 2019

On Monday, I returned from Kathmandu after a very fulfilling and engaging trip. You will be surprised to know that I was there for 11 days and nights and yet, on the last day, I had to make a list of things to keep for next time. Literally, Nepal has so much to offer that …

Bahrain, Manama
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BAHRAIN, Ours and Yours

Before flying down to the city of Vijayawada, in Andhra Pradesh, (where I am staying for the whole of May), I was in Bahrain in the last week of April. Acquaintance with a new country meant a bagful of stories. You must have noticed my experiences on social media, now it is time to start …

Parvada Bungalows, Birthday, Manjulika
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Parvada, a home away from home!

It rained on the very first evening and I knew this was nature’s way of bestowing an auspicious welcome to me. I was in Parvada, a village in South Gola Range, which sits cool, green, vibrant and refreshing all through the year. You might think, its just a village but trust me there is a …

Places to eat i Vijayawada
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The IronHill experience in Vijayawada

“So while half of year 2018 was about my Mumbai travels, this year you will hear me from Vijayawada.” If you thought my days are dramatic and full of travels because I am a travel blogger, that is just one part of my personality. I also live a nomadic life as a consultant’s wife. So …

Buddhism in Colombo
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Sri Lanka, Be Strong and Safe! We Love You.

The events that took place in Sri Lanka on the day of Easter were absolutely heartbreaking and abominable. The suicide bombers killed innocent people for no reason. Many beautiful families were shattered in seconds. At one moment they were praying and next they were gone. I wonder where are we headed and how cruel humans …

Markets of mumbai, diamond rings
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Exploring Zaveri Bazaar in Mumbai

Zaveri bazaar in Mumbai, India is known as a paradise for those who wish to buy jewellery, both precious ones and artificial ones as well. As the name suggests, zaveri means jewellery and bazaar means market, which together means jewellery market. This market is almost 150-year old market that is situated in Bhuleshwar, somewhere between …

Singapore, food
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Singapore Foodie Guide

If you are a die-hard foodie, you must visit Singapore! And it is impossible not to fall in love with the beautiful city of Singapore.  After all, there is so much to do and see here. It is no surprise to see Singapore referred to as the hotbed of culinary experiences, thanks to the amazing …

Orange festival in Dambuk
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Dambuk And its Orange Festival

Where the mountain air smells of oranges, the slopes boast of hundreds of acres of orange orchards, the ambiance breathes out adventure, the river bed draws path for adrenaline pumping motorsports and the evenings are made up of electrifying music, it’s got to be one of the days from the Orange festival at Dambuk in …

Bhutanese culture
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10 Traditional Dances of BHUTAN

I still recall my trip to Bhutan (year 2016) as one of the most amazing and full-of-surprises kind of experience. I had reached this well-preserved haven with no preconceived notions and it had overwhelmed me with its sweet and charming revelations. Despite being a small country, it is absolutely pretty and photogenic everywhere. I mean I always knew it for its happiness …

Travel, Cruising
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GO CRUISING WITH FRIENDS – Here I Tell You Why!

Unforgettable Trip! There are some trips which are memorable, there are some which are adventurous and there are some which have lasting impressions.  The latter are simply unforgettable. Just yesterday, when I was sorting some pictures in my hard disk, I found a folder which read, ‘Crazy, Amazing and Fun’. As I peeped in, I found pictures from one of my …

Telangana, Hyderabad
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Sightseeing around business in Hyderabad

As the capital of Telangana, Hyderabad is a hub for all things touristy. The city itself is a mix of both old and new, making Hyderabad an ideal combination of traditional Indian living and fast-paced business enterprises. Known as the Pearl City of India, Hyderabad was once the go-to diamond and pearl trading region and …

Gorillas of Rwanda
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What is so Remarkable about Rwanda?

  While crossing the Rwanda pavilion at OTM (Outbound Travel Mart ), 2018 in Mumbai, the catchphrase ‘Remarkable Rwanda’ caught my fancy. In my first impulse, I wanted to ignore and walk past it but then I paused for a moment and tried raking my brain for the tiniest thing that I knew about Rwanda. My …

Mobistar, Selfie, Indiblogger
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My Hate and Love for Selfies!

  “I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.”   -Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre   It began with a big ‘NO’ for selfies! For a long time, I did not approve of selfies because in my view it was all about narcissism. I was quite reluctant with the …

Help us, Travel, Street Art
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Photoblog : Street Art of Gorakhpur

With so much street art happening everywhere, I am sure you must be wondering what is that excites me. First and foremost, I like this colorful and creative medium of expression because it beautifies the place, the walls, streets and  the overall ambiance. Secondly, I like the fact that street art has nothing to do with …

Iceland, Wildlife
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25 Amazing Reasons to Dream About Iceland

There is nothing more authentic than nature and some places are blessed with natural indulgences. One such place is Iceland. Packed with gorgeous assets, the naked beauty of this Nordic island country in the North Atlantic is nothing less than enchanting. Iceland is one place where Mother Nature is at her best, unadulterated and absolutely unpredictable. Made …

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I Love The World because….

The world is mine, Unique and one of its kind. I love it for its synergy and symphony, And for its zillions of life and creations. Made up of flowers and willows, Of soft sands, sparkling waters, wilderness and charming sunsets, The world is drop dead gorgeous! Isn’t it? Sigh, I am in love with it forever. …

Cuddl, Travel, App
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CUDDLL In – Let Us Find New Friends!

What is ‘Cuddll’ and Why Do We Need It? In the times when uninspiring and boring job, work-life imbalance, hectic travels, high dependency on technology, no hobbies to brag off, long distance relationships, mid week-stress and Monday blues have become hard truths of our life, the need of the hour is to act selfish and do …

Kerala, Thekkady, Kochi
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Boat Cruising and Night Scouting in the Periyar in Thekkady

After exploring the backwaters of Kerala and having a perfect rejuvenation in the house boat in Alleppey, I further traveled to unearth the paradisiacal beauty of Thekkady, which is famous for Periyar Tiger Reserve and the spice plantations. On the Kerala-Tamil Nadu border, this famous forest of deciduous and Savanah grasslands is home to lion-tailed macaque, sambar, gaur,  Nilgiri langur, elephant, deer, Indian …

Sanur beach, Bali, Indonesia, Volcano
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Hello, I am Just Back from Bali!

Hello Friends, I am just back from a short, sweet and a superb trip of Bali. In fact, I had started writing this blog from there itself but couldn’t post it because it was one hectic and thrilling trip which did not give me time to sort and edit all the pictures. Nevertheless, I was impatient to make a …

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Art Bahrain Across Borders, (ArtBAB) : Where Art Did The Talking!

Art Bahrain Across Borders, (ArtBAB) debuted in India with its first art exhibition held in New Delhi from 9th-11th Oct 2017 at Bikaner House. I had the privilege to attend the inaugural ceremony as well as learn about the works of eighteen Bahraini artists who were selected for this exhibition. I have included this experience for my ‘Travel and Art’ series (one of my ways of discovering places …

Telangana, Hyderabad
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2 Day Travel Guide for Hyderabad

Hyderabad, the ‘city of Nizams’ is a feast to the eye and yes, you guessed it, for the tummy! This city is steeped in history and is home to archaic monuments, bustling spice markets and sprawling palaces. In stark comparison to this, Hyderabad is also home to Hi-Tech city or Cyberabad, posh localities like Banjara …

Nilgiri Mountain Railways
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Wellington Diaries!!

These are my little notes from the charming town of Wellington!!   If you thought I am writing from New Zealand, I must tell you that India has its own sweet and charming town, known as Wellington. Interestingly, it is a very beautiful one, that floats in the clouds. Located in the Nilgiris District and …

Laakhamaari - A sweet dish made by the Newaris tribe
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Nepal And Its Many Flavours

What, Where and All That I Ate in Nepal   Flavours of Travel: While there are many facets to my travel stories, I relish exploring, eating and learning about the local food. In my belief, every dish has a story. I may not be able to decipher it every time but indulging in food is …

Travel
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My First Cruise Experience

MY FIRST CRUISE   I stood on the deck and stared at the rolling waves. I opened my arms for the air that came from far-far away. I cried when I saw the sky and the ocean merge as one. I glowed with the warmth of the beautiful sunrise. I let the strong winds caress …

Nepal, Thamel, Kathmandu, PATA
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POSTCARDS FROM NEPAL, HTM 2017

It is my third day in Nepal and interestingly I have already touched upon 3 places. I am here to attend the Pre-Familiarization trip, Mount Everest Day,  International Travel Bloggers Conference, as well as Himalayan Travel Mart organised by NEPAL PATA CHAPTER and NEPAL TOURISM BOARD. Travel writers, bloggers, social media influencers, buyers from all …

Art, Craft, Travel
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Varanasi’s Unsung Wooden Toy Makers!

VARANASI AND ITS TOY MAKERS      (An edited version was published in RailBandhu magazine in March edition)     There is magic in their hands and dedication in their actions. There is solace on their faces and integrity in their demeanour. There is the perspective of art and anticipation of possibilities. My afternoon walk along the …

Tulips, Srinagar, Kashmir, Purple
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I AM IN LOVE WITH THE TULIPS OF KASHMIR

    The purple tulips were irresistible. The magenta tulips looked ravishing. The pink tulips appeared as dancing dolls. The yellow tulips shone brighter than the sun. The red tulips took my heart away, away, away!!!     Each year when spring comes in the air of Srinagar, the city is taken over by a fresh bloom of …

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VERTIGO SHOULD NOT HOLD YOUR TRAVELS

While I frequently share my travel stories, I have always wanted to highlight upon the behavioral patterns of travelers and many other aspects of travel. This time, I have come up with something real and helpful- How to travel to the fullest without worrying about Vertigo? It might be new to some and some may …

Beaches in Thailand. Third largest beach in Thailand
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KOH CHANG IS BLUE, GREEN AND BEAUTIFUL

KOH CHANG     I was pulled into a magical spell of the eastern side of Thailand at the picturesque Trat Airport owned by Bangkok Airways. This easternmost province on the Thai coast is the way to the white-sand beaches of Koh Chang and the surrounding group of islands. Situated at a distance of 310 kilometers …

PAPAYA, Restaurant review
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An Evening At PA PA YA, Select CITYWALK, DELHI

PA PA YA, NEW DELHI     After eating at PAPAYA or PA PA PA at Select CityWalk, I had a good night’s sleep over a lovely gastronomical indulgence. This is yet another Zorawar Kalra’s brain-child restaurant and it claims to revolutionize Asian cuisine in its entirety. After being loved by food connoisseurs in Mumbai, this modern Asian-bistro is all set to enter the hotbed …

Cruise from Mumbai, Maldives
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Let Us Go Sailing From Mumbai to Maldives!

Traveling from Mumbai to Maldives has never been as thrilling as this.     Do you know about the excitement around Costa neoClassica? It is the first large, classy and luxurious cruise ship that is all set to take us on an exciting ride from India’s largest metropolis, Mumbai to the unrivalled white-sand beaches and the underwater world of Maldives.  I have never felt …

Supermoon, Goa, Tripurari Poornima
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Super moon and Tripurari Poornima in Goa

Last Monday, I celebrated Tripurari Poornima in Vithalapur, Sankhali – Goa!!!     November 14th, 2016 was a special super moon night. At precisely 7.22 p.m. the moon was closest to the Earth. It was the closest super moon to Earth in almost seven decades. There wouldn’t be another largest, brightest and closest super moon til 2034. …

Neemrana Boali
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Breakfast at Baoli & Dinner At Alwarbagh

On one fine Tuesday, we four travel bloggers visited Alwarbagh by Aamod, a beautiful resort located near the noted Sariska national park. Here is all about our interesting moments – the breakfast at Neemrana boali, the drive to the Hanuman temple, the stay at the heritage property, the authentic Rajasthani dinner that we savored, the pool party that went …

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Of Human Bonding and Travel Mart

    Pendown attended  Madhya Pradesh Tourism Mart 2016 and here is our first post. This story on ‘Human bonding’ by Mr. Rahul Bhatia who represented my website at the mart reinstates the fact that human bonding is a beautiful but intangible feeling and traveling becomes all the more enjoyable when you do with the …

Good Morning, Varanasi
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Good Morning Varanasi!!

  Varanasi (the city that gets it name from Varuna and Assi Rivers) is enchantingly enigmatic as it is famous. If you have had enough days of quietude, solitude and solo traveling, the best place to head to is Varanasi in the state of Uttar Pradesh in India.  I bet, you will love the clutter, clamor and …

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Bhopal- An Untold Love Story

Some unexpected travels are absolutely enlivening. The MP Tourism Travel Mart is scheduled next week in Bhopal and I have been gearing up for it for last few weeks. Tickets are in, itinerary is intact and I am all set. However, just before the FAM trip, an interesting opportunity came my way and I got …

Photo-journey to Pangong Lake
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The Beauty of Pangong Lake is Spell-binding

Let me take you to Pangong Lake!   Two weeks ago, I was in Ladakh to witness one of the biggest festival of the decade, Naropa festival.  No doubt, the festival gave  me an overwhelming experience around Drukpa Buddhist lineage, local culture, traditions and  initiatives like ‘Live to Love’, the landscape of Ladakh surprised me in many ways. Trust me, I …

Footloose and Fancy Free, Idiom, Travel blogger
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Foot Loose and Fancy Free in Mauritius!

Here are some rare and fabulous experiences from my recent trip that will make you go ‘FOOT LOOSE AND FANCY FREE’ in MAURITIUS.     After a long and tiring route from Delhi via Mumbai, it was a comfortable landing at Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport. It was a first time for me in Mauritius and therefore every little thing had its …

FOOD LIFESTYLE

Meraas-E-Sultanate and Delhi Delicacies!

With food historian and Persian Scholar, Ms. Salma Hussain     This was one delightful evening where I was swayed away with the narrative powers of food, where every dish spoke of its own tale, where delightful and unconventional combinations made for the flavors and where we celebrated the richness of Delhi’s history! And despite the tantalizing distractions, I sat around a long …

Peru, Local People, Titikaka lake
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Why am I talking about PERU?

PERU     Do I have a reason? Well yes, I have too many. First and foremost, you could blame me for having a traveler’s heart, curious mind and itching feet. For other reasons, you might want to scroll below.   I am keen to talk about PERU because this year I am curiously reading, visiting and looking forward to places that stand …

Cape town, Love, South Africa, Travel
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Hey Cape Town, I am in Love with You!

    Cape Town, the legislative capital of the country and the coastal city in South Africa is definitely a part of the phenomenal world. I can say this with all my heart because I have just experienced it in real and it is too good to be true. In 2014, when Cape Town was named the ‘best place in …

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Westin Turtle Bay Resort & Spa – My Experience!

  Westin Turtle Bay Resort & Spa in Mauritius!   A holiday in Mauritius is about indulging the senses and recharging the body. Mauritius, the land of the Dodo (extinct) is a pearl island in the Indian Ocean. It is one place where new standards of luxury are defined in the lap of luxury resorts almost everyday.  No doubt, this happening travel …

Frederica Nature Reserve , Mauritius, Pictures, Photography, Postcard
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Postcards From Mauritius

Hello and a warm hug from Republic of Mauritius. It is the fourth day in this gorgeous island and I am writing this post from my room at ‘Westin Turtle Bay Resort & Spa’ located in the North of the island. The weather has been lovely and it was drizzling in the morning. We went for shopping today and I …

Noida, Smaaash, Gaming
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Enter SMAAASH To Play Like A Child

It is time to take you through an exciting gaming experience which will definitely excite the child in you. Last week, I was thrilled to fly in the air, make my own roller coaster route and dig in at ‘Mighty Small Café & Bar’ at SMAAASH. It was a fun-filled launch event and looking at the enthusiasm of the people present …

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Just Back from…. Vizag

My Vizag story is one interesting piece… Go for it!   2016 has been blessed so far. I have been traveling every month. While March was about the hills, the birthday month April turned out to be all the more special. I had a chance to visit two different states of India for unique experiences. While …

Sat Tal ('Seven Lakes')
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The Walk : Bhimtal To Sattal

Nature Walk- Bhimtal to Sattal   A few weeks ago I had a chance to explore Aamod resort in Bhimtal. The 3 days stay at the property was a peaceful break from the clamour of the city. It was also a great way to spend some precious time in the lap of nature. After participating in …

Trip to Pathankot, ShopArt ArtShop 2, Gunehr, Travel
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Day 1: Pathankot To Gunehr To Bir

Udhampur AC Express reached Pathankot at 5.30 in the morning.  It was running late by 50 minutes. The three minute halt was enough for four of us to get down with our backpacks.  We had not realized in the train but it had been raining heavily. There was extreme chill in the air. As we walked out …

The Tehri Dam, Bhagirathi River
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All about my trip to Tehri Dam in Uttarakhand

At the mention of Tehri or Tehri dam, what flashes in your mind first?  Bhagirathi River, Uttrakhand, Tehri Dam movement, Man-made lake, Tehri Hydro Development Corporation, Highest, Biggest dam or something else!  Well this post will touch upon all aspects and more. Last month I got an opportunity to see this high rock and earth-fill embankment dam. Yes, …

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