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Road-tripping in Cape Town

Road-tripping in CAPE TOWN!

The scenes and sounds from my Cape Town trip have not fizzled out yet. The word ‘gorgeous’ is cliché and “beautiful” stands insufficient. This is one of the most blissful, carved out with perfection and blessed with natural diversity, kind of place. With its iconic Table Mountain, enthralling flora & fauna, windy Cape of Good …


CESKY KRUMLOV – The Bohemian Beauty

If the fairies ever chose to live on Earth, it would be ‘CESKY KRUMLOV’. This Bohemian beauty blew me away. So what if we can’t be there physically, we can always do an arm-chair travel. Here is everything that you would love to know about it. The memories are absolutely fresh in my mind as …

Lockdown Art


Art is keeping us inspired in Lockdown Let me begin by raising a toast to the indominable spirit of mankind. We could not have changed the course of this pandemic, without science and its keepers. In this time of unprecedented crisis, it has been exceptionally inspirational to see how healthcare professionals, security forces and essential …

Kalamkari work on my dress

My Visit to Kalamkari Museum in Pedana

My dress is all about Kalamkari work (fish design) I knew about Kalamkari work before coming to Vijayawada in Andhra Pradesh but finding my way to Pedana village and its one-of-its-kind, authentic house museum, was not easy. I learned about Pedana and the Kalamkari art museum at the dance village of Kuchipudi. One of the …

Himchali man and woman -Art work

What is Himachal Day?

I am sure you all know about Himachal Pradesh, one of the Himalayan states of India, which is not only home to some of the popular scenic mountains (Shimla, Kufri, Chail, DharamShala, Dalhousie, etc) but also picturesque villages-towns. Gunehar, a small village near Bir, is one of my personal favorites and always reminds me of …

Illustration showing a traveller dreaming of travel

Traveling through Art during Lockdown

Planes are parked in hangars, trips have been postponed, vacationers are stay-put at home and solo-travelers are making the most of this imposed family time. Well, its our “new normal” and we have no choice but to adapt to the current scenario. But what about the wandering souls? What are we upto? Well, we have …

Art work around COVID 19

Social Distancing – Gond Art Work

Panic will not help but talking about the virus in a positive way will definitely be a value addition in preventing the spread. We must take lessons from other countries where the numbers have been on a rise and analyze. All across the world, scientists, doctors, experts and the leadership are insisting on ways and …

Necklace -Gulaabi Meenakari

Gulaabi Meenakari (Pink Legacy) of Varanasi

Cheers to the Gulaabi Meenakari of Varanasi – Modern art forms are easily accessible but to enjoy a perspective on high-quality, illustrious, traditional, exemplary work, it becomes important to dig into the roots of Indian art and its patronage. Some of our age-old cities have survived the influence of unique cultures and have thrived as …

Types of Keris

Keris Making in Malaysia

This story on Keris Making was published in Sakal Times. I am sure you are thinking who talks about daggers and weapons in the days when the world needs to be reminded of peace and harmony? But trust me, this is all about art and craftmanship and my intentions are biased towards the artists and …

Things to do in Vijayawada

Vijayawada – 5 Must Dos

On the banks of the culturally and agriculturally significant Krishna River, Vijayawada aka the “place of victory” thrives as the business capital of the state of Andhra Pradesh. This city in Krishna district, not only basks in the beauty of its hills and canals but also abounds with mythological and historical legacies. Here is a …

Things you must do in Hamburg

Quirky Street Art in Hamburg

Germany’s biggest port city, Hamburg is blessed with many cultural landmarks and modern-day architectures but there will always be few nerds like me (street art fans), who will get excited at seeing the colorful splashes on the walls, graffiti or street art on random walls. This post is for the street art lovers like me. …

Berlin's most popular local food

I ate Currywurst in Berlin

I ate vegan Currywurst for the first time near Checkpoint Charlie in Berlin. I hope you did not miss this popular fast food during your trip to Germany. Though it was nothing close to the idea of curry in my mind (Indian curries are made up of gravy), I liked the weird and saucy fusion. …

Valencian Paella recipe and more!

Valencian Paella & Sangria

‘Toasting over Sangria in Spain’ is definitely a thing to do on every traveler’s bucket-list, but you really can’t afford to miss the traditional Valencian Paella, as well. Lucky me, my wish was granted in Valencia and Ibiza in Spain. Valencia is the home-land of this simple but sumptuous rice dish. My first rendezvous with …

Vienna Itinerary

4 days in Vienna

Music and sound in perfect harmony- it has to be Austria. I was very keen on visiting the capital city, Vienna and I am glad that I made it there in 2019, just after Berlin. In fact, there were a lot of places where I wanted to go, especially Salzburg, Innsbruck and Hallstatt but Vienna …


Revisiting Riyadh in Saudi Arabia

A shorter version of this story on Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia was published in the October issue of SpiceRoute, in-flight magazine of Spice Jet Airlines. If I had to name one country which called for anxiety or anticipation before traveling, I would call it Saudi Arabia. When I went to Riyadh, 4 years …

making new friends

5 Great Ways of Meeting New People Abroad

Wherever and whenever you travel, holidays always provide amazing opportunities for meeting new people and making 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

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, …


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

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

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

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

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 …


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

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 …

Buddhism in Colombo

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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 …


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. …

Food walk around Pettah

7 Dishes That You Must Try In Sri Lanka

Now that the religious unrest and 10 days emergency is over in one of the most peaceful and beautiful places called the Pearl of the Indian Ocean, you can travel to #SriLanka for all these delicacies, especially for Ceyon Tea, Egg hoppers, Kottu, Baby Jackfruit Curry, Pol Roti and Woodapple Shake.     Here is my …

Cuddl, Travel, App

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

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

Culture-rich and cool Bali

Hello Friends, I am just back from a short, sweet and a superb trip of Hello, I am Just Back from culture-rich and cool 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 …


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

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

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 …


Where To Eat In New York City

There are about a million reasons to travel to New York City. This year I had got my reason too when my blog was approved for the media accreditation for IIFA 2017, which was recently concluded in the Med Statium but to my luck I had to miss on the opportunity. Though I couldn’t plan …

Laakhamaari - A sweet dish made by the Newaris tribe

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 …


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


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

Varanasi’s Unsung Wooden Toy Makers!

(An edited version of the article, ‘ Wooden Toy Makers of Varanasi’ was published in the Rail Bandhu magazine! 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 …

Tulips, Srinagar, Kashmir, Purple


    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 …



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


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

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

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

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

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 …


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

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 …


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

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

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 …


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

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 …


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 …