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August 01, 2015

Indian Backpacker's Travels

Journeys and jottings

Greetings ! This post is not about a destination or tips or travel tales or lists. It is a about a little perspective on a couple of things – one, on the blog itself, two, on blogging.  I have been toying with the idea of an editorial of sorts every month, which gives you a bit of a sneak preview on the content coming up , but I also want to have some conversations with you , my reader on travel in general or my travels in particular or just a little thing that I want to share – could be an idea, [...]
August 01, 2015 03:15 PM (IST)

Rajesh's India

Birds at Sangram

During our trip to Mysore, we also visited Sangram . Among other things this place is frequented by birds.
We noticed Ibis in the middle of river during our tip.
We also came across Painted Stork.
August 01, 2015 11:30 AM (IST)

The Shooting Star

swartberg pass

These are all the reasons I want to make 2016 the year of Africa for me, and hopefully for you!
August 01, 2015 10:35 AM (IST)

Le Monde

Smiling Taiwan

A lot of people visit Taiwan only for Taipei 101 . It is an extremely popular tourist attraction. That, plus entry ticket of NT$1000 (Approx. INR 2000); the budget traveler in me had almost decided against visiting it. In the end better sense prevailed and I took a metro to Taipei 101. I can never regret visiting it. I am yet to write about the place but here is something else about it.

Smiling Taiwan. That is how Taiwan likes to refer to itself. As tourists, we feel it around us the moment we step out [...]

August 01, 2015 10:00 AM (IST)

Trails of a Traveler

Coorg Bird Watching

Coorg Bird Watching More photos in this link Coorg was the one of the first places where I started photographing birds. This over a period of time got me a bit interested in watching the Birds. Hence over a period of time I developed some interest in birds and even started recognizing (ID-ing as it is commonly called) some of the birds. But this trip has completely changed my
August 01, 2015 09:44 AM (IST)

Indrani Share

Faces of India - 224

I was on a day’s trip to Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala last Saturday. It was for my college get together, so didn’t have sufficient time to do sightseeing. But I managed to capture a couple of faces for my FOI series. Here is one woodcutter or may be wood collector who seemed to be in a hurry, didn’t look as if he minded my clicking. I wonder what he was thinking though.  Faces of India, a
August 01, 2015 07:30 AM (IST)

July 31, 2015

Anki On the Move

GermanFest 2015:Milwaukee,America

Milwaukee ,24th July 2015: Zicke, zacke, zicke, zacke, hoi, hoi, hoi!
Screamed the crowd in unimaginable ecstasy of the German Fest 2015 with the German Stein Beer in their hands held up high
This is a popular slogan from a German Drinking Song when people want to get drunk.German Fest Milwaukee was held from 24-26th July in Milwaukee, America .
  "Ein Prosit " 
 With Beer stein or glass in hand
 A Salute to Your Health or Well-being! 
 Ein Prosit, [...]
July 31, 2015 11:56 PM (IST)

Indrani Share

Faces of India - 223

A student of Sri Sri College of Ayurvedic Science and Research, Bangalore. It was her graduation day, the pic was taken when she was taking the hippocratic oath.    Faces of India, a series through which I intend to portray the various characters of my country whom I met during my travels. See more here. 
July 31, 2015 11:22 PM (IST)

Rajesh's India

Images of India - 123

A glimpse of India in black and white. This picture is taken while vegetable vendor on his cart selling vegetables to interested customers.
Another image at the same place in color.
July 31, 2015 10:29 PM (IST)

Indrani Share

Granada to Seville, by Road

It was one hectic sight seeing of Granada which started at 6.30 in the morning and went on non stop till 8.30 in the evening. The next night halt was planned at Seville which is 250kms west of Granada. Google maps showed estimated time of travel by road as 2 h 39mins. The spirits were high after the memorable tour of Alhambra and we thought we would be able to complete the journey; we weren’t
July 31, 2015 06:36 PM (IST)

Indian Backpacker's Travels

Ancient capital towns of dynasties in Karnataka – 11

India is a land of many cultures and every dynasty has left its mark on it . In Karnataka alone, I traced about ten dynasties and kingdoms and my love for ruins and heritage has taken me to a few of them. In the last post on ancient capital towns of dynasties in Karnataka, we visited Talakadu, the capital of the Gangas,  Srirangapatna of Tipu and his father Hyder Ali,  Mysore of the Wodeyars, Madikeri of the Haleri Kings and Dwaasamudra of the Hoysalas. 

Read – Ancient capital towns of dynasties [...]

July 31, 2015 03:54 PM (IST)

Her Yatra Diary

Guru Purnima: Sai Baba of Shirdi, Shraddha and Saburi.

Dhyanamoolam Guru MurtiPujamoolam Guru PadamMantra Moolam Guru VakyamMoksha Moolam Guru Kripa ~ Guru Gita, Guru Strotam The Guru's form should be meditated uponThe feet of the Guru should be worshipedHis words are to be treated as a sacred mantraHis grace ensures final liberation. Today marks a very auspicious occasion in the Hindu Calendar, it's the full moon night of 'Guru Purnima', a festival dedicated to the great Indian sage, Vyasa, the author of the Mahabharata and the Brahma Sutras. It's a day that celebrates [...]
July 31, 2015 03:04 PM (IST)

Chennai Trekking Club

Chennai Triathlon, Aug 8-9 - Participants

Participating Triathletes in their respective Distance / Age / Gender categories:

Kind reminder that we will strictly maintain cut off timings for each category as announced earlier:

Half   Iron : 10 hours (men), 11 hours (women) Olympic : 6 hours (men), 7 hours (women) Sprint : 3 hours (men), 3.5 hours (women)

Finisher medal, t-shirt, e-certificate, trophy will only be given to those completing within the above timings.

Half Iron - Male - Open
BIB Name Category Gender Age City H102 [...]

July 31, 2015 02:58 PM (IST)

Travel Tales from Mridula

The Sunset Cruise at Kumarakom Lake Resort


Everyday at five thirty in the evening there would be a great bustle around the Kumarakom Lake Resort . After a leisurely tea, it would be time to board the sunset cruise boat which left at the appointed time.A kid would stand say, “Don’t go daddy is coming.” Someone else would request to wait as their friend would be around in a minute. When there were no more such requests the Sunset Cruise at Kumarakom Lake resort would finally leave!

I went on the cruise twice, alas but the [...]

July 31, 2015 01:49 PM (IST)

Chennai Trekking Club

Writeup by Sylvia Nelson : PhotoTour VIII

Writeup by Sylvia Nelson:

I registered for this tour on a whim like I’ve done on my previous CTC outings. And I must say I was not disappointed to say the least.  Early to bed, early to rise- was my mantra for the day and there we were- a decently sized group at Koyambedu in the early hours of June 28th.

​PC: Sundar​

The first stop was the Puzhal Lake. The lifeline of Chennai was at minimal capacity, quite a worrying sign for a parched city and a wake-up call to all residents about this [...]

July 31, 2015 11:52 AM (IST)

Itchy Feet

Friday photo: Kathmandu

After the terrible devastation caused by the series of earthquakes in Nepal this April, newspaper reports say that life is slowly limping back to normal. The Durbar Squares are still in a shambles but are now open to tourists. This Friday, an image from the vibrant Durbar Square of Kathmandu… I was lucky enough to spend a few days in

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July 31, 2015 11:27 AM (IST)


Download cleartrip mobile app: experience flight, hotel & resorts booking

There has been a lot of technological advancements in recent years. We saw many of the e-commerce site moving over to mobile app and shutting down their desktop version of sites. Not Continue Reading →
July 31, 2015 08:20 AM (IST)

Desi Traveler

Madame Tussauds Singapore: Clicking Pictures With Celebrities In Singapore

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Madame Tussauds Singapore: Clicking Pictures With Celebrities In Singapore

Some fun pictures at Madame Tussauds Singapore I first visited Madame Tussauds in 2001 with my wife in London and ever since it has been a must visit to any city that has a Madame Tussauds. So Singapore Madame Tussauds was on the wish list as it is one of the major attractions on the [Continue Reading By Clicking Here...]

This awesome [...]

July 31, 2015 03:09 AM (IST)

August 2015 Calendar – Download Desktop Wallpaper

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August 2015 Calendar – Download Desktop Wallpaper

August 2015 calendar desktop wallpaper: Kathakali Dancers from God’s Own Country   So August is here and so is our August 2015 Calendar desktop wallpaper for download,  from your friendly neighborhood desi Traveler.  This picture was clicked in the birth place of Kathakali, or God’s Own Country Kerala during a performance I witnessed at Vivanta [...]

July 31, 2015 12:08 AM (IST)

July 30, 2015

Indi Tales

First Thoughts on Himachal Odyssey

Himachal Pradesh was my backyard when I was growing up in Chandigarh. A chill in the air would make us run to the rooftop to see if it has snowed in Shimla and if we need to pack ourselves in woollens. When I reached university, we did enough driving trips to Kasauli and around including ...

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July 30, 2015 04:00 PM (IST)

Desi Traveler

Cleartrip App For Android: Video Review & Step By Step Guide

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Cleartrip App For Android: Video Review & Step By Step Guide

 A Step By Step Video Review & Guide to Cleartrip App for Android Phones In the last post I had reviewed the Cleartrip App with help of the screen shots that I captured while booking tickets to Goa and hotels in Singapore and Goa. So let us move one step further and show you the [Continue Reading By Clicking Here...]

This awesome post [...]

July 30, 2015 03:24 PM (IST)

Chennai Trekking Club

Chennai Trail Marathon, Sep 13th - Registrations Open

Some say it as one of the most challenging ultra runs, some call it the most beautiful multi-terrain trail run in South. Come and experience running bliss on  Sep 13th  near Chennai!

Registration portal -

Headcount limited to 1000 (entry criteria below).

CHENNAI TRAIL MARATHON, Sept 13th 2015 (Sunday)


Organizer:  Chennai Trekking Club  Web site: [...]

July 30, 2015 11:42 AM (IST)

Itchy Feet

Autumn in New Zealand

It was early autumn in New Zealand when we went there – the first week of this April and we were excited about seeing the foliage colours. Since we landed in Auckland and spent the first few days in the north island, we didn’t get much of a chance to spot autumn colours but once we flew to Queenstown, we

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July 30, 2015 11:25 AM (IST)

The Wanderer

Grand Mercure Goa Shrem Resort: Tales from Goa

Grand Mercure Goa Shrem Resort is one of Accor group’s latest five star offering in India and within the last one year in Goa they have built a great name for themselves. Located close to the Candolim Beach, its a beautiful and cozy property perfect for a weekend excursion for families as well as business gatherings.

Here is my review from my recent visit Grand Mercure Goa Shrem Resort .

Swimming pool at Grand Mercure Goa Shrem Resort

I was in Goa last in May when sun was strong and rains were [...]

July 30, 2015 07:47 AM (IST)

Anki On the Move

Festa Italiana 2015:Milwaukee,America

How I wish now,I could someday head to Italy again to watch it all in the countryside.From the flag - throwers of Florentine to the traditional game of Bocce to the gondolas on the lakefront to the La-moresca dance from sicily which used bells to emphasize beats to the replica of Trevi Fountain, Festa Italiana 2015 ( July 17 - 19 ) was a day well spent for us.
I wish the peace in the world..

Trevi Fountain @ Festa Italiana America
Life comes full circle.When I was reminiscing about my past vacation [...]

July 30, 2015 07:33 AM (IST)

Voyager for Life

5 Reasons Northern Kashmir Is Calling You!

Northern Kashmir is slowly coming out of its shell and beginning to beckon tourists’ attention. The fact that it’s close to Azad Kashmir makes it even more inviting (at least I think so). 

Also read The Unsung Valleys Of Kashmir  

As soon as you touch the brink of Baramulla, the landscapes begin to change into somewhat coastal, which is totally unexpected in Kashmir! It’s truly an experience to travel by road in Kashmir. You get to see so much of Kashmir that’s so ‘not-talked-about’ [...]

July 30, 2015 05:44 AM (IST)

July 29, 2015

Travel at Bhushavali

Spices Home Stay (Palakkad - Kerala)

There's something more special about Home stays when compared to hotels or resorts. Its something like resorts, but more personal and with more specialized food that's most probably has local flavours and don't cost so much as resorts!!! So yeah, its a very good option. One such fantastic home stay was here at Palakkad in Kerala called Spices.

Located close to a small village called Alanallur near Mannarkad, the homestay is located within a huge estate. The actual ancestral house of the owner, Mr.Sunil [...]

July 29, 2015 07:03 PM (IST)

Le Monde

Croatia on my radar

The travel guides describe Croatia as ‘stunning’ and ‘beautiful’. That’s true, they are, but these words just don’t do the country justice. Croatia is so much more than that.

Croatia has been in my list for long. Looking at pictures online or in brochures really isn’t enough to appreciate the tranquil feeling you get from being in the area. Take your camera but don’t spend the day behind the lens.

It’s difficult to think of anywhere in Croatia that isn’t naturally [...]

July 29, 2015 06:40 PM (IST)

Travel Tales from Mridula

The Best Advice is the One that Works for You!


I will say the most relevant thing first, the best advice is the one that works for you , period. I will take this even further and say the best advice is that you figured out on your own and then went ahead to make it work for you.

If success was ‘N step linear formula’ all the problems of the world would get solved in a jiffy. A lot of advice would go something like this- Follow step A, then do B and C should be the result. And yet in the real world that is hardly the case.

Chances are [...]

July 29, 2015 04:19 PM (IST)

Ocean Windz

Visiting - The Greatest Fort (Part I)

For a short trip - me and Mrs had to come up with contenders of our own. The events behind birth of Khalsa (Saint-Soliders) and interest in Sikhism made me choose Amritsar. Sikhism - a new religion of India has produced many a valiant and industrious men-and-women. Amritsar is the same place where infamous event of Jallianwala Bagh occured. Close to a century ago, 1000+ people at a peaceful
July 29, 2015 03:25 PM (IST)

Desi Traveler

Cleartrip App Review

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Cleartrip App Review

How to use Cleartrip Mobile app for Air tickets and Hotel Bookings I have been an early adapter of internet and all the magic, and convenience it brings to our life. I moved to online payments in 2000 when there was only one third party utility to do the same.  Now in the age of smart [Continue Reading By Clicking Here...]

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July 29, 2015 11:51 AM (IST)

Chennai Trekking Club

ONE DAY MODERATE TREK TO EAST NAGALA – 25TH JULY 2015 - write-up by Priyadharshini


-          write-up by Priyadharshini

TP Kotta Dam - Dead end pool – Picnic Pool – Magic Pool - TP Kotta Dam ----17 KMs

I was longing to go for trek for almost a year, my colleague asked me what’s so special about trekking!  A trek to me is where one can feel only the positive energy. The positivity of the nature induces the positive energy in every trekker and helps to get rid of all [...]

July 29, 2015 11:42 AM (IST)

Tales of a Nomad

Allahabad- Places to Visit and Things to Do

Allahabad evokes a sense of sanctity and conjures up images of rivers, temples and Mughals. Also referred to as Parayag and Illahabad, it is well known for Sangam (the confluence of Ganga, Yamuna and mythical Saraswathi), which plays a significant role in Hinduism. Prayag is one the four spots where Kumbh mela, which is considered to be the largest religious gathering in the world is held. The city is well known for its numerous temples which are strewn across its various streets and corners. While it was under [...]
July 29, 2015 09:31 AM (IST)


Victory column Berlin: sightseeing and history

Tobi always loved to express things in details covering almost every detail of the topic. That day was Sunday. We had come out for cycling around Berlin from Karl-Marx strasse Continue Reading →
July 29, 2015 09:06 AM (IST)

Rajesh's India

Cave No. 4, Elephenta

Elephanta  is famous for the magnificent  Great Cave . But there are also other caves here that are not in great shape. One among them is Cave No. 4 built anytime between 6th and 7th century A.D.
It has a portico in front of the cave with several entrances. On either side of central entrance there was probably a chapel or room with pillars in front. The central entrance on the portico leads to a damaged shrine. 
The shrine door has door-keepers at each side, leaning on dwarfs, with [...]
July 29, 2015 08:24 AM (IST)

July 28, 2015

Indrani Share

Wordless - 340

Inviting your captions and titles on my wordless moments.  --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Thank you very much dear friends for all your lovely comments in my previous post. Few of your comments here: -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------
July 28, 2015 11:55 PM (IST)

Wordless - 339

Inviting your captions and titles on my wordless moments.  --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Thank you very much dear friends for all your lovely comments in my previous post. Few of your comments here: . 1. Yellow bus drowning, with fellow beings frowning. by Deeshani Batra  2. Strange
July 28, 2015 11:36 PM (IST)

Her Yatra Diary

... From the Ghats of River Godavari in Nashik: Who Am I?

Who am I? ... I am someone who was born years ago, by the grace of Lord Shiva and the penance of Sage Gautama, from the Western Ghats at Trimbakeshwar in the beautiful family of the Sacred Rivers of India. Highly inspired by River Ganga - the eldest of all my sibling sisters, who had already successfully carved her own renowned course through the mighty Himalayas – and charged with the pure pristine energy of the Divine Feminine, I gathered the courage to break free and chart my own trail as well. An innocent [...]
July 28, 2015 06:00 PM (IST)

Indian Backpacker's Travels

Why I buy travel insurance

Travel stories are not always fun. There are stories of adventure and “misadventure.” And many a time, when we travellers gather together, we tell stories of many travels that have gone wrong.

Memories take me to Edinburgh in Scotland when I boarded the last train to London, which was to arrive around midnight . I had an early morning flight out of Heathrow to Bangalore and had booked a cab to pick me up at the station to take me directly to the airport. But two hours later, the train stopped [...]

July 28, 2015 03:17 PM (IST)

The Shooting Star


I'm no history buff. But traveling through medieval German villages dotted with timber-framed houses and vineyards dating back 300 years, felt like flipping through the pages of an ancient storybook.
July 28, 2015 02:35 PM (IST)

Be on the road

31 Vibrant Visa on Arrival Holidays for Indians

For us international Indian travelers, getting a visa is one of the biggest items to handle for our holiday. And at most times, they cause so much head ache that we end up differing that holiday. And that is why I have been putting up helpful visa articles that will come in handy when you plan your international holidays. My last article detailed 9 exotic visa free countries for us Indians and this article talks those countries where we get easy visa on arrival. These visas could either be free or paid. All [...]
July 28, 2015 12:18 PM (IST)

Chennai Trekking Club

JHU15 - Final Finisher Timings / Rankings

75K Open Male

Rank BIB Name Category 25K 50K 62.5K 75K Finish 1 S138 Bipul kumar Open 1:58 4:42 6:23 8:08 Podium 2 S128 Ajay Jose Appaden Open 2:14 4:58 6:59 9:04 Podium 3 S129 Gajendra R Open 2:34 5:31 7:28 9:18 Podium 4 S149 Athmanandha Open 2:42 6:14 8:09 9:54 Yes 5 S125 sathish Open 2:53 6:24 8:24 10:19 Yes 6 S108 Rajeshkumar PR Open 3:00 6:39 8:29 10:20 Yes 7 S113 Srivatsan Krishnamurthy Open 2:58 6:20 8:29 10:21 Yes 8 S111 anup yellur rao Open 2:50 6:23 8:39 10:45 Yes 9 S115 E. Ramesh Open 3:11 7:03 [...]

July 28, 2015 11:29 AM (IST)

The Wanderer

Magical legend of Lamayuru Monastery in Ladakh

Located in  the  faraway land of Ladakh , Lamayuru Monastery is perhaps one of the most intriguing  places  that you can see. Considered to be one of  the  largest and oldest monasteries of Ladakh, it's also a place which has numerous stories and legends  associated  with it. Using a few of those, I built the story after my visit to Lamayuru, and I must confess right in the beginning that it's part legend, part fiction.

Lamayuru Monastery in winters with grim clouds [...]

July 28, 2015 11:21 AM (IST)

July 27, 2015

Be on the road

Plan Your Stay at Luxurious Hotels in New Delhi

Whether you travel for business or pleasure, a luxurious hotel stay can make your travels pleasantly relaxing. Modern conveniences, great locations, and competent staff all go a long way in making a trip a good one. Add to all of that, sleek décor, delicious food, and complimentary extras, a stay at an Imperial hotel will make you feel like royalty. Today’s hotels are much more than just a place to rest your head at the end of a busy day of work or site seeing! They have become a part of the total experience [...]
July 27, 2015 06:26 PM (IST)

Indrani Share

Flowers and Pools of Generalife Gardens, Alhambra, Granada

Allah has promised to the believing men and the believing women gardens, beneath which rivers flow, to abide in them, and goodly dwellings in gardens of perpetual abode; and best of all is Allah's goodly pleasure; that is the grand achievement. ~ Koran 9.72 Traditionally Moorish gardens are a symbol of cool place to rest and reflect and their imagination of jannat (heaven). There is one more
July 27, 2015 06:07 PM (IST)

Travel Tales from Mridula

That Love Hate Relationship with Indian Railways


I actually have a very close association with the Indian Railways. My father used to work and retired from Indian Railways as a Chief Signal Engineer! So, my childhood was spent in a huge railway house in a small town in UP. It was full of mango, litchi and guava trees. And it goes without saying I traveled a lot in trains. In fact all the major journeys were train journeys as low cost airlines were not even conceptualized during my growing up years in India!

Train journeys used to be fun. Even [...]

July 27, 2015 03:37 PM (IST)

Itchy Feet

My Spafari experience in South Africa

This is how it works at the Karkloof Safari Spa. They stop you at the main gate to verify your credentials and then phone the reception to expect you. You drive on further on the mud track and reach the reception area. After those last fifteen bumpy minutes on a gravel path, those cold towels feel just perfect. No complicated

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July 27, 2015 02:48 PM (IST)

Indi Tales

Bandhavgarh National Park – Beyond the Tigers

Bandhavgarh National Park is best known for tiger sightings. Being a small national park with fair number of tigers, tiger sightings here are almost guaranteed. In fact we were told that you have to be lacking in luck to not see tiger here. As luck would have it, Tigers decided to give us a miss ...

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July 27, 2015 02:00 PM (IST)

Indian Backpacker's Travels

Tips for the Indian Budget Traveller

Planning a holiday and yet wondering how to counter the weak rupee and the soaring prices ? All you need is a little planning to ensure that you get your penny worth as you can travel. And here are some simple tips for the Indian budget traveller that ensures that you can save money on your vacation.

Travel offseason

Most destinations offer a good deal if you plan to visit them during offseason. Try and book your trip just as seasons change. For example if the hotel website tells you that rates change [...]

July 27, 2015 12:46 PM (IST)


Hefeweizen beer: story of my favourite German beer

I think that was my first weekend at Berlin. I and sam had always loved drinking beer even when he was in India. I still remember we went to drink Continue Reading →
July 27, 2015 09:12 AM (IST)

Rajesh's India


The historical place Champaner was named by this name in the 8th century by the King Vanraj after General Champa. Later this place was ruled by Rajputs and Gujarat Sultans. Sultan of Gujarat, Mahmud Begada in the 15th century rebuild this place and whatever we see today here is constructed in that period.
Today the place is part of Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park . The historical monuments here consist of a series of fortifications, temples, mosques which can be seen on the hill top as well as plains [...]
July 27, 2015 06:30 AM (IST)

July 26, 2015

Rajesh's India

Sayaji Baug, Vadodara

Sayaji Baug at Vadodara is one of the largest garden that spreads over 113 acres. This garden on the river Vishwamitri was built by Maharaja Sayaji Rao Gaekwad III in the year 1879.
There are altogether three gates to the park and one of them is near Sayaji square. As one enters through this gate can see floral clock consisting of an hour, minute and seconds hand that move on the 20 ft diameter dial.
This beautiful place is rich with flora that includes more than 98 species of trees. The park has [...]
July 26, 2015 11:55 PM (IST)

Baroda Museum and Picture Gallery, Vadodara

Baroda Museum and Picture Gallery located at Sayajibaug in Vadodara is one of the finest museums in the country. Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad III founded this museum in 1887 and it was opened to the public in 1894.
This museum resembles Victoria & Albert and Science Museums of London. The building on the lines of Indo-Saracenic architecture was designed by Major Charles Mant and R.F. Chisholm.
It showcases a rich collection of art, sculpture, wood carvings, Akota bronzes. The picture gallery has [...]
July 26, 2015 11:52 PM (IST)

Climber & Explorer

The Langar in Sis Ganj Gurudwara, Delhi

Langar is a Sikh tradition that probably has roots in the Sufi tradition of sharing.
Langar at Sis Ganj Gurudwara, Delhi

Big and historic Gurudwaras in Delhi like Sis Ganj, Rakab Ganj, Bangla Sahib, Damdama Sahib and some others have reserved a separate hall for the community kitchen where food is served round the clock to devotees. This too is a sacred space. Till some decades ago Langar was served on leaves stitched together and people would take a small part of it home for the family members but [...]

July 26, 2015 08:51 PM (IST)

Travel Tales from Mridula

Kayak, Canoe or a Houseboat?


I have now been on a houseboat , canoe and kayak in the Kerala’s backwaters. While all are fun ways to explore the backwaters, each has its own set of advantages and disadvantages. In this post I am going to compare all the three modes of exploring the backwaters in the God’s Own Country. Even though the experiences happened over two trips, I was exploring the Vembanad Lake on all the three excursions. So, the experiences are of the same region and comparable. So Kayak, Canoe or a Houseboat, [...]

July 26, 2015 04:48 PM (IST)

Travel at Bhushavali

Ottimo Cucina Italiana Restaurant - A Review (Chennai - Tamil Nadu)


“Rocky and Mayur have ventured out to explore food from all parts of India and curate videos on I'm contributing my part by relishing my favorite dishes at Ottimo Cucina Italiana  and sharing my views with you all!  You can also upload your video review on AskMe and stand a chance to meet Rocky and Mayur.” 
-  Edit  dt. 26/07/2015 abv. Orig article below published dt.27/12/2012
I've already written overall about [...]

July 26, 2015 12:25 PM (IST)

July 25, 2015

Travel Tales from Mridula

Walking through Chandni Chowk II


I went on a photowalk through Chandni Chowk recently. It left me with thoroughly mixed feelings. On one hand it offered good food and a peek into the past. But there were so many people who were living on the streets. Some of them quite old too. I wonder what got them there in life. But then I am get ahead of the story.

The White Haired Man

The white haired man was sitting in front of a sweet shop peeling potatoes. He told us they peel about 20 kilo of potatoes in a day.

The Young Helper [...]

July 25, 2015 11:13 PM (IST)