I attended 34th edition of Raigarh’s CHAKRADHAR SAMAROH

Chakradhar Samaroh    When ‘Chakradhar Samaroh’ was mentioned to me for the first time, the name appealed to me right away. It not only sounded very catchy but powerful too.  To my ignorance, little did I know that there was much more to an interesting name. It wasn’t just an occasion but one of the…

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1 Day in Raipur – Exploring Street Art and Chhattisgarhi Food

Let me introduce you to Raipur!   This was my first touchdown in Raipur in Chhattisgarh state and I was pretty excited. I was headed to cover the 34th edition of Chakradhar Samaroh, a 10 day festival in the Raigarh district, in Bilaspur Revenue Division. For the uninitiated I must tell you that Raigarh is famously known…

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JüSTa Sajjangarh Resort in Udaipur, where the Sajjangarh fort follows you everywhere

A perfect weekend trip to Udaipur!   My weekend trip to Udaipur turned into a delightful sojourn by the monsoon showers welcoming us, the overcast skies lending a cool ambiance and the state-of-the-art suite in JUSTA Sajjangarh pampering us like royals. We literally indulged in one of  the loveliest views of the Monsoon Palace or Sajjangarh fort….

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THE ENCHANTING HAA VALLEY IN BHUTAN – Published in Sakal Times

HAA VALLLEY – Haa District is one of the 20 dzongkhag or districts in Bhutan and it truly showcases the rustic character of Bhutan! The spectacular scenery of Haa Valley gives you a peek in the most unspoiled, raw, beatific and peaceful character of Bhutan. One can find beautiful home-stays with modern amenities here. I had an…

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Let us visit Raman Reti, Ukhal Bandhan Ashram and Bramhaand Ghat

  “The Key to Happiness is the reduction or negation of Desires”- Lord Krishna As per Hindu mythology, Krishna is the eighth avatar of the Lord Vishnu (second God in the Hindu triumvirate or Trimurti). This year, the month of September brought exuberance and auspiciousness of the festival of Janmashtami. Come, let us unravel the religious…

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PHOTOWALK : This is how Mumbai is geared up for Ganesh Chaturthi

Which city strikes your mind when someone mentions Ganesh Chaturthi and the pompous celebrations? I am sure it is Mumbai and I think the city does it best with passion and in style. Lord Ganesha’s birthday is a propitious occasion and it happens to be one of the biggest spectacle in the city of Mumbai in Maharashtra. It…

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My recent visit to Shree Siddhivinayak Temple

Shree Siddhivinayak Temple is definitely one of the most revered and visited temples in India. Whoever visits Mumbai definitely nurses the wish to seek bappa’s blessing. Since its one of the top attractions of the city, it also gets a huge footfall every day. No doubt, everybody cribs about its long queues but ends up…

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PAYTM APP keeps making life easy! Book train tickets now.

“It is not the strongest or the most intelligent who will survive but those who can best manage change.”   In today’s age when there are millions of websites and uncountable numbers of applications being created to make our life easier, it is becoming complicated to keep track of each of them. I am reminded…

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Meet The Lady behind Two Large Floating Restaurants In Mumbai

My ship is for everyone – it’s my gift to Mumbai and India….. says Shripriya Dalmia Thirani, a young and dynamic businesswoman who has dared to dream big.     Mumbai will soon boast of two largest floating restaurants – Queensline Neverland and Queensline See YAH which will operate in Girgaum Chowpatty and the Gateway of India. The capital…

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Holidaying in OOTY for Neelakurinji, Nilgiri Train & More

A COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE ON OOTY   Ooty has plenty of indulging options that are sure to entertain travellers of all age groups and interests. Exploring the scenic neighborhood, basking in the rolling tea gardens, taking a ride on the Nilgiri Mountain Railways, enjoying the thrill of a horse race or discovering Ooty Hunt Club, there is no…

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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…

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Sunset in Colombo and My First Evening Around Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia

FIRST EVENING IN COLOMBO   This is about my first day in Sri Lanka, precisely about my first walk in the capital city of Colombo and I was excited like a kid. We arrived early, checked in our Airbnb apartment by 12 noon and surrendered to a small nap too. I wanted to explore the city right from the word go but our…

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Travel From Ayodhaya to Sri Lanka – Shri Ramayana Express and its details

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF SHRI RAMAYANA EXPRESS?    What would it be like to go vacationing for 16 days, stopping at different places in different states of India and tracing an entire Ramayana circuit via train? I am not sure how many of us would have have wanted to have something like this but I am glad something like…

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#TRAVELPALS – We Dared to Discuss the Magnanimity of the Mighty Himalayas

TRAVELPAL’s TWITTER CHAT   We are pepped up every month. We brain-storm around several topics. We pick one based on relevance. We discuss it with brands who approach us. We declare the dates. We invest a whole lot of energy into our discussions. And finally, we moderate our chat in many different ways. Who are we and what are…

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World Chocolate Day Masterclass and Decoding Chocolates with Fabelle

A masterclass around Chocolates can be very enriching. I had no clue until I attended one recently. Trust me, after the class, I am able to appreciate the cacao products in a better way. I have learned to decode different varieties and their flavors and textures. I have picked up some interesting vocabulary of the world of chocolates. And most…

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Artusi Ristorente – Creating Emilia-Romagna region in Gurgaon

While I was in Mumbai and traveling further, I terribly missed Delhi-NCR for its food. And now when I am back, I am back to my real business. Being in the city means that I go around discovering new places to indulge. My latest find is ‘Artusi Ristorante’ at 1 Horizon on the Golf Course Road, Gurugram. I visited…

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KARNAL – Home of King Karna and Kalpana Chawla

There are ambitious metropolitan cities and there are small and laid back cities which are on their way to become smart. The city of Karnal, originally known as Karnalaya (home of Karna) falls in the category of the latter. Located at a distance of 132 kilometers from Delhi and 125 kilometers from Chandigarh, it makes…

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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…

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What is in store for you at PENCH NATIONAL PARK in India?

The edited piece of this article, ‘Reliving Kipling’s Jungle Adventure’ was published in AIR ASIA India in-flight magazine in the month of JUNE.  Sharing my draft below. The blogpost also contains the link of the article that was published. Wilderness is never far from pretty!! It inspires and intrigues mankind in many ways. Be it any part of…

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Fascinating Wall Art at Fishing District of Sassoon Docks, Colaba

Do you know about Sassoon Docks and Koli fishing community of Mumbai? I took a trip to the docks with a friend and see what we found.    You will be surprised to know that this open-to-public fishing market is 142 years old, an asset of India. It is also Western India’s first wet dock constructed…

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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…

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THE SPICY STORY OF CARDAMOMS – Published in Trujetter

In the heartland of spice-world, it is hard to resist a love affair with the heady fragrance of the queen of spices.     She is the special one whose leaves are aromatic, whose fruits are called capsules, whose seeds reside inside peacock green colored pods and whose herbaceous perennial crop claims a relationship with the…

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Road Tripping With Friends : Faridabad – Delhi – Kufri – Shimla

Impromptu Travel Plans are the best!   I relish re-visiting places. Given an opportunity, I love going back to the same locations and places to relive old memories. Recently, when hubby and his friends were zeroing on a getaway to make the best of their extended weekend holidays during the festival of Holi in March, I blurted out Kufri…

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IIFA 2018 gives us a great reason to plan a Bangkok trip

My most recent International trip took me to Bangkok, Rayong, Chanthaburi and Pattaya. Its just been six weeks and I am itching to go back to Bangkok again. Of course, I am a girl and I love shopping in Thailand. But this time its my love for Bollywood and Indian cinemas which is speaking. For last two years,…

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How about Dining in a Swimming Pool in Corbett?

I am sure the caption has got you curious. The stark combination of dinner, swimming pool and Corbett isn’t a usual one. While talking about forests and National Park, I should be talking about safari, wilderness, birds and tigers but this post is not about any of these but my dining experience in a swimming pool….

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Offbeat in Thailand : Chanthaburi and Chantabhoon Waterfront Community

In the east of Thailand, there is a sweet little town on the banks of river Chanthaburi. Located four hours away from the capital city Bangkok, this gem of a place is famous for its gems market at Srichan Road. This delightfully quaint place is an experience where one can spend hours and hours without getting…

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TASTES of THAI – Food is one reason for which I love going back to Thailand again and again

There can never be a dull moment in Thailand if you love eating and shopping. I am just back from my fourth trip to Thailand and trust me it was as vibrant and delicious as my first, second or third visit there. While shopping comes inherently to me as it is a girl thing, indulging in authentic Thai food…

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As I Rediscovered Gorakhpur: Temple, Gita Press, Street Art and More

Gorakhpur is my first city. I was born in this laid back city of Uttar Pradesh and I am connected to it in many ways. My Mum hails from there. Co-incidentally, both my parents graduated from Gorakhpur University (D.D.U) before they got to know each other. Technically, it should have been a love marriage for them but since they…

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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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How to Plan a Bangalore-Coorg Road Trip with Your Family

If you wish to experience the joys of travelling amidst nature, then a road trip from Bangalore to Coorg should be on top of your bucket list. A beautiful drive through misty roads and picturesque views, the drive is listed among the best road trips in India.   If you’re planning your next road trip,…

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Kohka Wilderness Camp in Pench – Let us relive the chapters of Jungle Book!

  Traveling is a great way of releasing your natural senses of curiosity and seeking stories. Sometimes it can be as simple as sampling new food or hearing a local tale. Every trip, every travel gives you atleast one memorable story but there are some places which give you much more. They leave you engaged and amused…

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A Few Hours in Nagpur and Some Fabulous Wall Art Made My Day

I visited Kohka Wilderness Camp in Pench a few weeks ago and while returning to Delhi, I decided to spend a couple of hours in the city of Nagpur too. This was my first time and I am glad that I could learn a few things about this winter capital of Maharashtra. Before this, I had only visited Nagpur…

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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…

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Popular Shopping Places in Coorg to Visit on Your Family Vacation

Fondly known as Scotland of India, Coorg is everything that a hill station should be and more. This dreamy location is scenic due to its lush hills, gorgeous expanses of coffee plantations, and magical sunsets. Just take a walk along any winding road in Coorg and you will realize what it means to experience sheer…

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AMUSE HOUSE : A New European Bistro in the Heart of South Delhi

Why did you decide to call it AMUSE HOUSE? I curiously questioned Mr. Tushar Kapoor, Director of the newly opened European Bistro in Ansal Plaza.   And he came up with a very fitting and cheerful reply, ‘I want each one of my guests to be amused by the food, flavors, drink and ambiance of this place, and not just…

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The KINGDOM : Experiencing the Wilderness outside Yala in Sri Lanka

We really got lucky in Sri Lanka!   Last week of December 2017 saw me exploring the ‘Pearl of the Ocean’ with hubby and I must say each day brought something new. While it not only shaped into a fantastic holiday, some experiences left us delighted to the core. After spending 2 days in Colombo…

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Enjoy the Magnificent Tulip Festival of Kashmir with Family

The Kashmir valley is one of the most beautiful places in India and Srinagar is among its star attractions. For years, I had itched to see this beautiful part of India but it was only last year that I got lucky. I not only got an opportunity to experience the gorgeous vibes of Gulmarg but also discover the serenity of Srinagar. I stayed there…

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Let Us Discover Channapatna – The Toy land of India

The new-age gadgets and technological advancements have altered our love for age-old practices and products of exquisite craftsmanship. The influx of foreign far-fetched devices has literally taken over the demand of traditional handicrafts and hand-made artifacts. And of all the odds, competition from outsourced products which come at cheap prices has killed the passion and…

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What happens when you lose a decade of travel photographs?

Do you itch to travel often? Do you take interest in clicking pictures? Are you possessive about your travel photographs? If the answer to all the above questions is in affirmation, I am sure you know how we photographers have to be very careful about saving our collection and how painful it can be to…

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I Travelled to the Moon and Back in Mumbai! You can do it too in Delhi.

Who thought that one day moon would come visiting us on Earth and we would be in love with it like never before? I have always been fascinated by this astronomical body that revolves around Mother Earth. Unlike our planets or satellites that are far, far away and cannot be seen without the telescope, moon has always been…

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Street Art and Graffiti: Penang – Bali – Colombo- Amritsar- Mumbai – London

My admiration for everything related to art and colors goes back to my childhood days. My father gifted me my first palette and brush when I was eight and never did I let a blank sheet go waste every after. I grew up making drawings, paintings and canvas. Though I did not nurse a goal…

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5 Beauties of Tamil Nadu – Coonor, Wellington, Ooty, Kothagiri and Lovedale

I hope you read my last post around the Nilgiris and the Neelakurinji flowers that will bloom this year.  This article is in continuation which revolves around the gorgeous town of Wellington and its neighboring places like Coonor, Kothagiri, Lovedale, Ooty emphasizing on the history and heritage of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. This will also give an…

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After 12 years, Neelakurinji of the Nilgiris are back in 2018

Neelakurinji : The purple flowers, native to Niligiris bloom after every 12 years! The peak blooming season is from August to October. One of the places where you can see these flowers is in Munnar. Eravikulum National Park is one of the best attraction to check for this flora. They are taking bookings at https://eravikulam.org/.  …

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Vitamin E is Back in my Life!

Travel and Fitness go hand in hand.   This is my personal account of having the first encounter with breast lumps and how I have discovered a new relationship and trust in Vitamin E and its supplements. I have realized that if I have to keep travelling, I have to be fit and healthy.      Tuesday afternoon! (June 2017)  Hospitals…

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Indulge in the Delish Hoppers and Kottu of Sri Lanka – Do A Culinary Walk!

While the world adores Sri Lanka for its tea, I will always love it for its local delicacies. Its been a fortnight that I am back from this beautiful beach country and have indulged in the deliciousness of Punjab too, yet my taste-buds have not forgotten the flavors of hoppers, string hoppers, kottu, pol roti, coconut sambol, wood apple shake, and…

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South Africa Camping: Top 5 Locations and Things To Do

I hope you remember my 40 days trip to South Africa in 2016. What a fabulous itinerary it was! I had brought back fond memories from there and it still happens to be the country where I had some of my biggest wildlife and road adventures. I did blog about many experiences from there but there is lot that still…

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We Rang in the New Year at the Weligama bay in SRI LANKA

Sri Lankan stories! My Sri Lankan sojourn gave a refreshing kick-start to 2018.       Sri Lanka, the land of serendipity is remarkably blessed with beautiful beaches and landscape. Despite being our first time there, we faced no hiccups at all. Not only did the gorgeous country surpass all our expectations, it gave us memories for a…

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High, Low & Best of 2017! Going Back To My Alma Mater As A Travel Blogger Was Superb

Hi Friends,   PENDOWN wishes you a hale and hearty ‘Happy New Year’! I hope you had a meaningful and magnificent 2017 and I bet 2018 will be better in many more ways. I want to believe that it is going to be an year of greater aspirations and stronger mindset and we will all find our secrets to peace, patience and…

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Kanpur City Surprised Me With Its Street Art

Exactly 10 days ago, my cousin got married in Kanpur and it was a beautiful and cherish-able occasion for the whole family. I got a chance to return to this city after 10 years. Unfortunately, like last time, I once again had only few hours at my disposal before the evening function. Thanks to Delhi to Lucknow Shatabdi…

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I am dreaming of Tirol, its capital Innsbruck and the Austrian alps

I have been dreaming of Innsbruck in Austria!   Why? Because I am hooked to it. Ever since I have seen the teaser of the song ‘Dil Diyan Galla’ from the movie ‘Tiger Zinda Hai’ by Yash Raj Films, its been like love at first sight. It is not only one of the most romantic songs of the year 2017, but…

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Welcome to Carmelia Haven in Thekkady….

Let me take you to a place where you will wake up in the misty mornings, will hum the tunes of the chirping birds, and will tread your own nature trails, where the picturesque flora and fauna will fill your heart with joy, where you will surrender yourself to the mysteries and miracles of nature, you will spend your days…

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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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I Was Elated To Find These Murals in Periyar Jungle, Thekkady

My TRAVEL and ART Series continues….   If you have been reading my blog, you would be knowing that I am just back from God’s own country and it was my first visit to two of its pristine places, Alleppey and Thekkady. Despite having been to Kochi thrice before, this was the first time that I came back…

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Taking a Spicy Route in the Backwaters of Alappuzha

Cruise, Dock, Look Around & Cherish Life!   For someone who lives in Delhi and has only the mountains as the nearest weekend retreat, the idea of staying in a luxury house boat and cruising along the backwaters of Alleppey (Alappuzha) sounded therapeutic. Especially because I had not done it before. I had just returned…

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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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Chateau Garli – A Beautiful Home With A Charming Heritage

Garli in Himachal Pradesh   Had I not had an opportunity to stay at Chateau Garli, 100-year-old heritage home built by Lala Mela Ram Sud, I would have never discovered this gem of a place called Garli. Far away from the maddening crowd of the city, this soulful and colorful hamlet has to be one of my best finds…

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Rome –> Florence –> Venice –> Paris – 10 Days Itinerary

When you have a friend in Delhi who is planning a Euro trip and has asked you to help with an itinerary while you have another friend in Mumbai who is just back after spending three weeks in the most exotic European countries, you simply take information from one and pass it on to another. I decided…

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Celebrating Super Initiatives That Are Changing The Face of Delhi-NCR

I am Celebrating Super Initiatives.  Join Me!! Before I start, I must thank Vodafone India for this contest. I am sure everyone who blogged for it will agree that it gave us a chance to sit down, google about the good initiatives, talk to people, discover and read about some of the most amazing reforms or…

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Here Is All About My Gorgeous Trip To Amalfi Coast, Italy

This article has been written by Laxmi Shukla, (my friend and a travel lover) who recently did a 3 week Euro trip. She almost lost her heart at Amalfi Coast.     During our Euro trip, we did not dare miss visiting Amalfi, a UNESCO “World Heritage Site”. This gorgeous, small little town is situated in the…

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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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Good Food and Great Laugh at The People and Co.

This is about one eventful evening that I recently had at The People and Co., Cyberhub!   CyberHub is definitely one of the cool places in Delhi NCR where your hunt for live music, rock band shows, stand up comedy, flavorsome food, interesting ice creams, delish desserts, yummy treats and refreshing drinks ends. In fact, my visit…

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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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Travel & Art Series : The Mysore Wall Art – Mysuru Dussehra

Art is my reason to Travel!   I have always had an inclination towards art. Anything and everything around colors and creative work brightens my eyes. So much so that I am always on a look-out for random work of art, be it in the form of a painting,  a piece of crafted wood or color splash around the street….

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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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Paragliding- When I Flew High In The Air at Kuala Kubu Baru

I am excited to write this post because this is the most recent example of how I fought with my fears and took the plunge. Traveling makes one fearless. Doesn’t it? This is going to be about my paragliding experience at Kuala Kubu Baru in Selangor, Malaysia. I was on a press trip with Selangor Tourism + Malindo…

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Some Tales of Nigeria and Pictures from Craft Gourmet in Lagos

My old connection with Nigeria!     My old passport carries a yellow fever vaccination certificate. You must possess it if you are travelling to Nigeria. I remember procuring it at the time when it used to be difficult to get appointments at the few selected hospitals in Delhi where one had to stand in…

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4 Things We did to Refresh our Childhood Memories in Berlin

  We moved to Berlin last year and in the last one year, we have been lucky to visit a number of places in Berlin & rest of Europe. Trust me, I am completed overwhelmed with all these amazing experiences and indulgences that I have had. Right from planning the trips, researching must-visit places, making…

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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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My Visit To The Township of Soweto, Orlando Towers and Vilakazi Street

WHAT IS SO SPECIAL ABOUT SOWETO?   This was the first question that my husband asked me when I mentioned that we must go and explore Soweto. And then there were many more. I really had to convince him and his friends to accompany me to Soweto township during my trip to Johannesburg, South Africa but…

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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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Travelling Abroad? Here are Five Things You Need to Carry!

With the summer holidays underway it is the perfect time to plan an overseas holiday with friends and family. If you have found cheap air ticket from Mumbai to Bangkok, it is time you embark on a journey. Travelling abroad is an exciting experience. Therefore, if you have been feeling jumpy before an upcoming trip to…

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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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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…

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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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Beachcomber, Mauritius: My Most Luxurious Hotel Stay

There is a piece of loveliness in the Indian Ocean and it is called Mauritius.   An indulging, pampering and luxurious holiday in Mauritius means a stay in Beachcomber hotels and resorts.I had heard this, read this and can absolutely vouch for it. One of their properties, Trou aux Biches Beachcomber Golf Resort & Spa…

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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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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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When I sampled ‘FARM TO FORK’ menu at ‘LODI -THE GARDEN RESTAURANT’

When I am not travelling, I can be found indulging in good food in some part of Delhi-NCR. This week, I was happy to be back at Lodi – the restaurant after a long time. Their new menu ‘FARM TO FORK’ was the highlight of my visit.     Lodi – The garden restaurant has an endearing charm…

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GOLDEN CHARIOT TRAIN – Pride of South (8 Days/7 Nights) – Part 1

Golden Chariot is not just a train journey but it is an unparalleled way to explore South India.    With respect to my travel experiences, the month of March was magnificent. Everything around me conspired to make that much-awaited trip to South India happen. And it not just happened for me but it rolled in…

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ARUNACHAL PRADESH TOURISM CONCLAVE : THINGS TO KNOW

The Department of Tourism, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh organized their first  Tourism Conclave in Delhi on 24th March 2017. I am glad that I participated in the event as a traveler cum travel blogger because it made me sit upright, notice the hidden beauty of the biggest state of North East and firmly say that…

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A Weekend Trip to Hyderabad Under 10 Grands. Here’s How You Can Too!

“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.”     —-  Henry Miller   This is a guest post by a friend who lives in Bangalore and here she talks about her recent trip to Hyderabad and the experience of living in OYO rooms.   Travel has always attracted me,…

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VILLAGE TOURISM : EATING A HEARTY MEAL IN A LOCAL’s HOUSE

This heartwarming food experience dates back to my visit to Shoghi last year. It was a beautiful winter afternoon and after walking through the woods, I was as hungry as a bear. The final descend to the house in the neighboring village was worth all the effort. The warmth and hospitality of the family members…

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GHUNGROO – DELHI’s FIRST DANCE & DINNER THEATRE

Hi folks, March has been amazing. I have just returned to Delhi after one super ride on Golden Chariot and it feels great to be back with a bagful of stories from South India. The state of Karnataka mesmerized me and I can’t wait to share my travelogues.  But before that, I must talk about few noteworthy…

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THIS WOMEN’S DAY – LIVE YOUR DREAMS AND FLY HIGH

I must say it was a very touching and inspiring women’s day celebration for me.    We had all gathered to cheer for womanhood in a historic way. It was the eve of International Women’s Day celebration with Air India, a name which is synonymous with the history of Indian aviation. To mark the occasion, Air India…

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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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#PiyoTaaza – TRAIN TRAVEL WITH KIDS BECOMES EASY

  #PiyoTaaza – THE HASHTAG SAYS IT ALL   Young parents can wear their travel pants because the time has arrived when babies will love to have their day or days out traveling in trains with no fuss. Travel train marketplace, RailYatri which was conceived to simplify train travel has some really good news for the…

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SURAJKUND INTERNATIONAL CRAFTS MELA – INCREDIBLE INDIA & More

Even though I have been living in Faridabad for the last five years, this was my first time when I finally had a chance to visit SURAJKUND INTERNATIONAL CRAFTS MELA. The venue happens to be only 20 minutes away from my house but during the mela season it was a different story altogether. It took close to…

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PD aka PORT DICKSON : A Lesser Known Destination of Malaysia

In 2014, when I had visited the capital city “Kuala Lumpur” and the historic state of “Malacca” in Malaysia, I was told by almost everyone that I must drive down to Port Dickson, the lesser known destination that makes a 10-mile coastline towards Malacca. The idea of relaxing in a beach resort and taking a…

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How Is Airplane Food Made? A Visit to Air India’s Flight Kitchen!

AIRPLANE FOOD!!!     What is the story behind Airplane food? When and where is the croissant prepared, which we eat at 32,000 feet above sea level? Who arranges the bulk packed meals in the airplane trolley? What does the flight kitchen look like? What is the flow of order of this grand kitchen? And…

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LEARNING ABOUT TOKYO CITY – THE GATEWAY TO JAPAN

The travel blogger-cum-foodie in me has been dreaming of visiting Tokyo ever since I have attended the TOKYO WONDERLAND seminar last week. It was organized by Tokyo Metropolitan Government at Le Méridien New Delhi.    What do you absolutely love about JAPAN?  I had once asked a friend who was in Japan for few years. TOKYO……

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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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The Whole Country Came Alive At Thailand Tourism Festival

It’s been two days that I am back from Thailand but the hangover is yet not over. I was in Bangkok when the capital began its 5 days celebration of the largest travel fair – THAILAND TOURISM FESTIVAL 2017 (TTF) along with Chinese New Year with a touch of Thainess.  I had the priviledge to attend…

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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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A Visit To The Construction Site of Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir

The year ended on a beautiful and spiritual note for my blog ‘Pendown’. December took me to Vrindavan (26th to 28th) and it turned out to be one notable trip of 2016. I gathered one of those rare experiences when I got a chance to see the making of something big and beautiful (Vrindavan Chandrodaya…

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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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CAPE TOWN TRAVEL – 16 Pics Of My Most Gorgeous Trip of 2016

If I said ‘CAPE TOWN’ is one of the most breathtakingly beautiful cities in the world, it would only be a cliché! There is an unusual beauty and overwhelming cheer about it. It is much prettier than what you and I virtually know of it. When I visited it in real, my heart swelled with happiness. The moment…

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