Indians of the Year : Afroz Shah, Virat Kohli, Manushi Chhillar, Rajkumar Rao and more

Indian of the Year 2017 awards through my eyes…     There was energy, enthusiasm and excitement in this glittering evening at Taj Diplomatic Enclave, Dhaula Kuan. As the dusk settled down, it evolved into a celebratory night when some of the most inspiring Indians came together to win, honor, congratulate and rejoice over the 11th edition of…

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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…

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Yet Another Food Festival Kicks Off At Park Plaza Faridabad

Park Plaza Faridabad is celebrating ‘RANGEELO RAJASTHAN’   While I love attending food festivals, chef tables and cooking shows, there are very few occasions when my own city, Faridabad gives me a reason to mingle, indulge or blog about. This industrial city of Delhi-NCR is a sleepy one in comparison to Gurgaon and Noida. On a usual weekend,…

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Sustainable India : A Day Spent with Empowered Women of Indian Villages

Exploring the roots of India (Villages)!   What is the first image that conjures up in your mind when you think of Indian villages? Small settlements, countryside, agricultural fields, hamlet, thatched cottages, simplicity, ruralism as a way of life, lack of city-like facilities or more. Despite the fact that a larger section of Indian population lives…

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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…

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Travel & Art Series : Jammu Wall Paintings Voice Out Strong Social Messages

Travel and Art!!   I returned from Jammu, the city of temples on 2nd October and was off to a beautiful heritage village, Garli in Kangra valley on the following day. This has been October so far. The latest is that I have started a ‘Travel & Art Series’  which aims to capture everything related to art…

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3 Distinct, Off-beat And Relaxing Stay Options in Uttarakhand

August was a happening month in terms of travel. In between my return from Kuala Lumpur in the first week and the trip to Tamil Nadu (Coonor, Wellington, Ooty) in the last week, I also had the privilege to go for a six days off-beat sojourn in Uttarakhand during the non-rainy days. This is the month when people usually…

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5 Essentials to look for when booking a Budget Hotel

‘A vacation is like love – anticipated with pleasure, experienced with discomfort, and remembered with nostalgia.’ – Source unknown     While looking for words to describe a recent vacation, I stumbled upon the quote above that helped me sum up my experience. Tired of my mundane routine, I looked forward to this vacation and…

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IIFA 2017 In NEW YORK : The Delhi Press Conference

IIFA 2017, Big Apple,  A.R. Rehman, Woosh washing,  Shuruaat Gala Dinner and more     So here it is, my blog ‘PENDOWN’ has secured media accreditation for IIFA (International Indian Film Academy) Awards 2017 happening in New York this month. Initially, I was super excited about it and had my eyes on Times Square but now it hurts…

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Travel Blogging Calls For Seriousness, Passion And Sacrifices!

“Before you quit your job to travel, you must plan it well. The salary cut down isn’t easy to handle, so you must be mentally prepared for it.” “You will not regret your decisions only when you know the consequences.” “People often don’t realise the seriousness of freelance work or travelling for work. The general notion is…

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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…

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My 4 Days And 3 Nights of Jungle Adventure With Singinawa

Here is my freshly baked wildlife adventure from the Kanha jungles of Madhya Pradesh. I have just come back from a short and sweet indulgence at Singinawa Jungle Resort and my Instagram, Facebook updates are all about that. It was one beautifully curated trip with a special focus on art, culture, food and of course wildlife. If…

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Go For A Luxury Train Trip… Says A Golden Chariot Traveler!

I had no idea that a luxury train journey in India too could have a distinctive thrill about itself until I experienced Golden Chariot. It will be a memory, treasured forever. Before this, my best train experience was the journey from Interlaken when I had travelled to the highest railway station in Europe, Jungfraujoch at…

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All That I Wanted Was A Shikara Ride On The Dal in Srinagar

  ‘Dal’ means ‘Lake’ in Kashmiri. Don’t call it  ‘Dal Lake’, only Dal….     With bewitching landscapes, verdant surroundings, undulating mountains, gorgeous trekking trails and bounteous blessings of nature, Kashmir is blessed. It is rightly called the paradise on Earth. I had always known it through books, news, websites and people until I got an…

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Gulmarg touched my soul, Srinagar enriched my senses

It has been more than 24 hours that I have returned from Srinagar but I am still hung over the alphabet K. It stands for both Khyber and Kashmir. The memories of snow-splashed Gulmarg, the wholesome hospitality of ‘The Khyber Himalayan Resorts and Spa’, the striking beauty of the 46 varieties of tulips in Srinagar, the colourful life…

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TRAVELING TO TRAT WITH BANGKOK AIRWAYS AND EXPLORING THE BLUE RIBBON PRIVILEGES

THE TRIP TO TRAT   In my recent trip to Thailand, I traveled to a gorgeous beach destination, Koh Chang via Trat. First and foremost, I must emphasize that Trat Airport has to be the most beautiful and cutest airport that I have visited so far. The moment I stepped out of the flight, the green ambiance and…

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NEW CITY 2017 – Advanced, Energetic, Smart & Comfortable City Car!

Being a comfortable and luxury travel blogger, I am always on a lookout for experiences that talk about comfort and sophistication. In the last three weeks, I  have been busy exploring exciting things in the capital. So when Honda Cars India Ltd. (HCIL), leading manufacturer of passenger cars in India invited me for the car…

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SPA on the ridge and JACUZZI overlooking the mountains – AAMOD at SHOGHI

Traveling has made me more receptive and open to testing new waters. As a travel blogger, I often get invited to exciting places and this way I get to learn and indulge in many forms of luxury and hospitality. My abode and my workstation keep changing but I love the fact that I get to discover some of the…

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My Story of White Water Rafting & River Camping in Bhutan

The Punakha Dzong is definitely one of the most beautiful buildings of Bhutan known to me. It is located at the confluence of the Pho Chhu (father) and Mo Chhu (mother) rivers in the Punakha–Wangdue valley.  From far or near, the sight of the dzong is breath-taking, awe-inspiring and fabulous. I was absolutely in love with…

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23 Colors of Earth, Quad Rides And The Longest Zip Line

Hey, I am back with yet another unique travel post. I explored this exciting place in Mauritius.   23 colors of soil in a valley, adventurous quad-riding options, longest zip line (1.5 km), Nepalese bridge, fern gardens, animal farms, waterfall in natural intimacy, amazing view of the Indian Ocean, great food in the restaurant, an offbeat…

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Ladakhi Men & Women Have Unique Fashion Sense

    In September, I visited the rugged but spellbinding landscape of India (Ladakh) to attend Naropa festival 2016. Naro Palace, situated 40 kilometers from Leh was the venue of the event. Children with folded hands, monks adorned in maroon robes, spiritually excited people of all ages, locals dressed in traditional attires and expansive mountains…

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HANDIKART Sells Indian Handicrafts From Different States

I love to collect handicrafts from different states of India! I take pride in decorating my house with hand-crafted beauties made by local artists. Do you have a passion for it too? Let us find out how HANDIKART is procuring products from local artisans and why it has got me hooked with its elegant and genuine handmade product offers….

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Being Shah Rukh Khan’s Guest in DUBAI…

Shah Rukh Khan’s #BeMyGuest Video with DUBAI TOURISM is riveting!   The concept of King Khan extending a personal invitation to everyone on behalf of Dubai is interesting, exciting, thrilling and absolutely winning. Who wouldn’t love to explore DUBAI and be a guest of Shah Rukh Khan? I must applaud Dubai Tourism for playing the best marketing…

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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…

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Sing, Dance and Eat : The Sunday Brunch at QLA is uniquely different!

Qla, The Kila, Mehrauli- Hubby and I picked it for the ‘Sunday Brunch’ and boy it seemed like a perfect thing to do in Delhi by the winter sun. If you haven’t been on a lunch date for a long time or you fancy doing one amidst some live music and tasteful setting in a courtyard, you must read on.       I am…

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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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