My First Helicopter Ride – A Visit To Mata Vaishno Devi

Helicopter Ride to Sanjichat.   Last week I visited Vaishno Devi, one of the biggest and sacred temples of India located in Katra at the Trikuta Mountains in the state of Jammu and Kashmir.  And I am delighted to say that it was quite a beautiful and crowd-free darshan. I say this because there was absolutely no rush in…

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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…

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South Africa and France – Best Honeymoon Destinations

‘Travel + Leisure – India’s Best Awards 2016′   On 17th November 2016, I attended ‘Travel + Leisure India & South Asia’s India’s Best Awards 2016′.  The venue of the event was Shangri-La’s – Eros Hotel, New Delhi. It was one of Delhi’s nippy evening but the travel enthusiasts of the capital came forward to raise a toast to 49…

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Breakfast at Baoli & Dinner At Alwarbagh

On one fine Tuesday, we four travel bloggers along with our friend Sumit from Escape Route 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…

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The Beauty of Pangong Lake is Spell-binding

  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 came back with mixed feelings. There were…

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Naropa Festival 2016: The Millennial Birth Anniversary of Naropa

His Holiness- Gyalwang Drupka addressing the devotees at the Naropa Festival 2016       I returned from Ladakh or the ‘Land of High Passes’ on Tuesday morning but I can still feel the excitement and energy that had taken over Naro Palace for the last few days. While Ladakh witnessed the world’s largest assembly of Drukpa…

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Schengen Travel Insurance: Know Inclusions and Exclusions

  Do you want to travel across multiple countries without going through the endless paperwork? Read this to know how it is possible in Schengen area and what is the required travel insurance. I have been to Europe twice and it was Schengen visa which made it possible.  This visa really comes very helpful because with just…

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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…

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Travelers, Please Try Skirting India’s Skirt Talk!

  While I ask every traveler to ignore the infamous ‘Skirt Talk’ that has been doing rounds for the last two days, I also believe that in today’s times when women are choosing their decisions and destinations, they can any day decide not to visit notoriously unsafe and culturally backward countries. India definitely needs to be…

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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…

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ON19 – A Perfect Dinner Date in Cape Town

In Cape Town, our heart to heart conversations, the spectacular views from the nineteenth floor, the desserts  and top-of-its-class service made for a delightful affair that evening. Dining at ON19 restaurant in Westin, Cape Town will always count as one unforgettable experience of my trip to South Africa.  48 hours were two less to spend 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…

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My Dreamy Affair With Heritage Le Telfair, Mauritius

DREAMY – This was the first word which popped in my mind as my eyes settled on the signature view of the Heritage Le Telfair Golf & Spa Resort in Mauritius.  I stayed here for 2 nights last month. This was our first stop on a familiarization trip to the island nation famous for its beaches, lagoons and reefs. Personally, it was my…

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Johannesburg Diaries : A Visit To Fourways Farmers’ Market

        I landed here in Johannesburg on Thursday night and I planned my first Sunday as exciting as I could do. In the first three days, I extensively read about the city on the internet and took a liking for the different names that add to its vibrant demeanor – Jozi, Jo’burg, Egoli, Joni, Joziburg, Joeys, JHB, etc….

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Indonesia Calling: Jakarta, Java, Sumatra, Komodo And Lombok

Beratan Lake, Bali, Indonesia, June 16 2015 : Balinese villagers participating in traditional religious Hindu procession in Ulun Danu temple Beratan Lake in Bali, Indonesia, June 16 2015.   Stockphoto     Exactly four and a half years ago, when I had visited Indonesia in November, I had been warned of the rainy season. In fact…

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ShopArt ArtShop 2 : A Unique Art Event In Gunehr

Some journeys are not just overwhelming but creatively fulfilling too. My most recent trip to Gunehr, a village in Kangra Valley was one of its kinds. Quaint location, unpretentious beauty and wholesome village makes Gunehr. For me, it was just the right place to rejuvenate at, after being afflicted with viral for two weeks. When I was packing my bag, I…

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CHAMBAL- Its rustic, its raw, its untamed…go for it!

      Hey, what do you know about Chambal? When a fellow travel writer posed this question to me… I went blank for a moment. Charmanwati river, Phoolan devi, legendary bandit tales, mud moulds and the violent ravines… uuummmhhh…that’s it!           I sounded nervous because that was all I knew about or had heard about Chambal….

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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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16 favorite photos, I Love Bali Because…

  Bali is a beautiful island in the Indonesian archipelago. It will always remain a special vacation to me because it was my first international trip (honeymoon) and I was elated to find myself in Indonesia’s picturesque island. After Bali, I have visited more than ten countries but yet the memories of this island paradise have never withered away. Its…

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