Sandeep 's World >> Blogroll >> Travel

June 30, 2015

Travel Tales from Mridula

Trekking with my Daughter!

So many emotions that run through my heart when I think of my recent trek with Chhavi. We trekked up to Jamadi in Himachal Pradesh. It is not the first trek that I did with her. In fact, we took her on treks when she would go up on a pony. This was the first trek where she walked all the way on her own along with me. Trekking with my daughter is so special.

As I said before, I would lying if I would say it was easy. But it is quite incredible the way she has grown up and the distances she can walk now! [...]

June 30, 2015 11:52 PM (IST)

Be on the road

The Embassy Row Hotel: DC’s Chic Business Luxury Address

Washington DC, the capital of the United States of America is a popular tourist destination with people from all around the world. They come to see the White House, the National Mall, the Lincoln memorial, the many museums and art galleries and to indulge in the food and lifestyle circuit of this beautiful city. On my recent road trip across the United States, I visited DC and during this visit, I stayed at the Embassy Row hotel near Dupont Circle. The below hotel review is based on this recent experience of [...]
June 30, 2015 11:26 PM (IST)

Ace Hotel: Retro Luxury in Los Angeles Downtown

There is always a certain charm of staying in a historic building. On my recent visit to Los Angeles, I stayed at the Ace Hotel in Downtown LA that once used to be a film studio. This hotel review is based on this recent experience of mine.
1) Everything about this hotel screams retro and classic. From its rough looking exteriors to library themed reception, from its record player in its various rooms to the overall minimalistic and grunge look, this place definitely captures the eye [...]
June 30, 2015 09:18 PM (IST)

Santa Monica: Where Route 66 ends

I am sure you have heard of ‘Route 66’! It is one of USA’s most iconic routes that has been made famous through an innumerable number of journeys, be it on motorcycle or in a car, van, camper, RV or a truck. Starting in Chicago, it weaves and winds itself through Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California, till it reaches the pacific coast at Santa Monica. While the route is exotic for sure, for the Route 66 travelers, the final destination is one of their trip’s [...]
June 30, 2015 07:50 PM (IST)

How I was fooled by the White House!

My jaw dropped open at the very first look! The White House was one of my main reasons for visiting Washington DC and here I stood in front of it completely dejected. I felt like I was let down. I felt like I had been fooled. It was one of those moments that shook very part of my cranial region. Even my American friend felt the same way. Both of us had explored all of the monuments in the National Mall area before reaching the White House. The idea was to save the best for the last.
But when we [...]
June 30, 2015 07:47 PM (IST)

24 hours in Austin, Texas

Are you planning a holiday to Texas? Are you driving through Austin? Do you have a short layover in Austin and looking to explore the city while waiting for your connecting flight? Are you on a business trip to Austin and have some spare time to explore the city?
Well, if you have answered ‘YES’ to any of the questions above, you might be interested in this article about some of the top attractions and experiences to be had in the super cool city of Austin.
Austin, the capital [...]
June 30, 2015 07:46 PM (IST)

The Urge to Wander

Pergamom, Turkey

I believe implicitly in the capacity of all human beings to achieve their dreams if they put their minds to it. I also believe that when you want something badly enough, you – and the universe – will usually find ways to make it happen. Within reason of course. For I know from experience how a lack of means, […]
June 30, 2015 05:58 PM (IST)

Her Yatra Diary

Where to Stay in Shirdi? A Peaceful Accommodation in Your Budget!

Shirdi is one of those spiritual places that are jam-packed with innumerable hotels today. Weekends or weekdays, scores of faithful pilgrims, descending from all over the world, jostle for a breathing space in this holy town. Sometimes I wonder how the landscape would have been, around say 25 or 30 years ago, when pilgrimages were less commonly undertaken and thought to be more a privilege of the elderly. To break my bubble of inquiry, my mother is quick to paint a tranquil scenario: The pilgrim rush was less. [...]
June 30, 2015 04:00 PM (IST)

The Wanderer

Mega Kitchens on Nat Geo India: Akshaya Patra at Hubli

As the specially designed vans carrying food for the school children leave the kitchen compound in Hubli, the day doesn’t quite get over and it’s just the beginning of another one. I am talking about the Mega kitchens run by the largest NGO in the world, Akshaya Patra, which makes and distributes food to over 1.2 million students every single day across ten Indian states. Just this one kitchen in Hubli, Karnataka itself makes food for 175,000 students in villages all around the city.

However, behind [...]

June 30, 2015 11:56 AM (IST)

Indrani Share

Faces of India - 219

A pujari at a shrine offering the holy water to the people offering prayers. The shot was taken at Chikkamagaluru. 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.
June 30, 2015 11:23 AM (IST)

A Wandering Mind

Egyptian Vulture near Dharamsala

We were on our way to a temple, with a hot spring. "It is a nice temple" assured our driver. "It won't be crowded at all." The single bus standing outside the tiny temple should have warned us, but we didn't pay attention till it was too late. The shrine, and the spring, were filled with people - who stared as we walked in. It was an unnerving experience, and we rushed to get out. A flash of white on a tree diverted me, and I hurried to see what it was. It turned out to be an   Egyptian [...]
June 30, 2015 09:49 AM (IST)

Be on the road

Arcotel Camino: Posh Business Hotel in the heart of Stuttgart, Germany

Are you planning a trip to the home of Mercedes and Porsche in South West Germany? Well, if you replied ‘Yes’, you might be looking for a good hotel to stay in the city of Stuttgart, the capital of Baden-Wurttemberg. On my recent trip to Germany, I stayed at the Arcotel Camino Stuttgart for 3 days and 2 nights and the below review is based on this recent experience of mine.
1) This 4 star hotel run by the Austrian hotel chain ‘Arcotel’ is located right in the heart of the city. The Hauptbahnhof [...]
June 30, 2015 01:50 AM (IST)

Lotte–Great Backpackers Hostel at Heidelberg, Germany

From time to time, I end up staying at some hostels that feel like home. I end up staying there for a long while and make great friends there. When I traveled recently to Heidelberg, the beautiful town in the Baden-Wurttemberg region of Germany, I stayed at the Lotte Heidelberg , a great backpacker hostel. This review is based on my experience of staying here.
1) This hostel is run by a backpacker who knows what backpackers look at and hence every thing that a backpacker looks for in a hostel is [...]
June 30, 2015 01:14 AM (IST)

Best Western Plus Hotel Schwarzwald Residenz: Good Family Accommodation in Triberg, Germany

Recently, I went to the fairy tale Black Forest in the Schwarzwald region of Germany. This whole region is insanely green and picturesque and is loaded with stories. For a part of my Black Forest trip, I based myself at the scenic mountain town of Triberg where I stayed at the Best Western Plus Hotel Schwarzwald Residenz . The below review is based on this experience of mine.
1) The hotel is located on top of a hill and hence commands a great view over Triberg town. However, it is a about a 10 minute [...]
June 30, 2015 01:11 AM (IST)

Rajesh's India

Sri Yoganarsimhaswamy Temple, Melkote

In Melkote there are two important temples. The Yoganarsimhaswamy Temple is on a small hillock. 
People can climb the steps from the ground level which is approximately 500 steps to the top. If not they can go by their light motor vehicles till the half way almost nearer to the temple. Still from here there are approximately 250 steps to the top.
The temple is at the height of 1777m from the mean sea level and is a creation of Hoysala times with a beautiful image of seated Yoganarasimha [...]
June 30, 2015 12:14 AM (IST)

Be on the road

Hotel Figueroa: Plush Spanish Mediterranean Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles

Are you planning a holiday to Los Angeles? Well, if Rodeo drive, Hollywood, Universal Studios, Sunset Boulevard, Malibu, Santa Monica and others are on your radar, you might want to park yourself in a good hotel in LA. That is precisely what I did when i stayed at the Hotel Figueroa in downtown LA on my recent trip to Los Angeles. I stayed at this hotel for 4 days and 3 nights and the below hotel review is based on this recent experience of mine.
1) This 1925 hotel is located right in the heart of [...]
June 30, 2015 12:13 AM (IST)

Desi Traveler

July 2015 Calendar- Download Desktop Wallpaper

Read the original post on desi Traveler - India Travel Blog. Family- Nature- Photography
July 2015 Calendar- Download Desktop Wallpaper

July 2015 calendar desktop wallpaper: A playful Elephant Calf Half of 2015  is already gone, and monsoon is already showering relief from heat in most of the country while rest of us eagerly await for the first Monsoon Showers.  In the meantime I share with you the July  2015 desktop calendar to download. But first [Continue Reading By Clicking Here...]

This [...]

June 30, 2015 12:07 AM (IST)

June 29, 2015

Aravind's Treks 'n Travels

Chinnakanal falls – A beauty in Munnar

26 June 2015 It was an amazing experience to see the water galloping down the rocks to create a beautiful waterfall at Chinnakanal, a few km to Munnar. It does not need much effort to reach this falls as it showcases itself on the roadside. But to enjoy its full beauty you need to visit in Monsoon when rains hit Munnar hills.
June 29, 2015 09:29 PM (IST)

Chennai Trekking Club

Writeup by Kathirvel & Sylvia Nelson

Writeup by Kathirvel:

I am always excited when comes to Promod and Noel organization of Photographic events. The surprise for participants will always be there.

PC: Shanmugasundaram
I have been to ICF museum earlier once with almost same team. This time under the hot sun its little bit difficult even to stand for five minutes. Somehow everyone managed to take some pics of museum and had introduction chats with everyone. At this time everyone was waiting to see the students performing the malarkambam [...]

June 29, 2015 08:03 PM (IST)

Be on the road

I am a Top Inspiring Travel Blogger

It has been raining accolades for me these last 7 days. I am thrilled to say the least!
This time I have been featured in a list of “ Top 10 Travel Bloggers who inspire you to travel ”. This is a global list with bloggers from all over the world and across many categories (family travelers, solo male travelers, solo female travelers, traveling couples and more), which makes the accolade so very sweet for me.
I am very sure that one of us in this diverse group will definitely appeal [...]
June 29, 2015 07:20 PM (IST)

The Wanderer

Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Tiruchirappalli

Located in the south Indian city of Trichy (or Tiruchirappalli) in Tamil Nadu, Our Lady of Lourdes Church was built in the 1895 in the Gallo-Catholic design. The Catholic church is a replica of our Lady of Lourdes church in France. 
At the entrance to the Our Lady of Lourdes Church

So who exactly was Our Lady of Lourdes?

Well Lourdes is a town in France and is famous for numerous apparitions of Virgin Mary in the year 1858. A peasant girl saw her for the first time in a cave and told [...]

June 29, 2015 07:02 PM (IST)

Indi Tales

Walk though Smugglers’ mind at Indian Customs and Central Excise Museum, Goa

Why do smugglers smuggle goods across borders? Simple – to save taxes that the governments impose on taking these goods across borders. To avoid these taxes, some smart people try to fool the customs officers on the borders. Sometimes they succeed and sometimes they are caught. When caught, they become the stories in the lives ...

The post Walk though Smugglers’ mind at Indian Customs and Central Excise Museum, Goa appeared first on Inditales .

June 29, 2015 04:00 PM (IST)

Indrani Share

Cathedral of Granada, Spain

After the long wait for the precious Alhambra ticket we had the whole of morning free. That gave us the opportunity to stroll through the streets of Granada. The first on the list of Granada must see monument was the Cathedral. Taxis are not allowed near the cathedral, we were dropped off at a distance. But it is easy to get to the monument. The façade though monochrome of brick color is
June 29, 2015 12:42 PM (IST)

Itchy Feet

Hotels I love: Chamba Camp TUTC

There are those who, when they go camping, want to leave it all behind. And then there are those who want to take it all with them. And want to have it all when they get there. I belong to the latter group. Love and fresh air may be enough for some; I look for fast wi-fi and cappuccino on

The post Hotels I love: Chamba Camp TUTC appeared first on Itchy Feet .

June 29, 2015 11:31 AM (IST)


Celebrating republic day at Indian Embassy, Berlin

I had reached Berlin in early January. Due to initial home sickness, I was longing to meet some Indians, at least see them, in Berlin. I had not tried cooking Continue Reading →
June 29, 2015 10:31 AM (IST)

Desi Traveler

Frame The Star Contest

Read the original post on desi Traveler - India Travel Blog. Family- Nature- Photography
Frame The Star Contest

Clicking Mercedes Benz for Frame The Star Contest I am typing this post sitting next to a cosy fireplace in the end of June. No I am not kidding I am in Chikmagalur  hills famous for their coffee and black-pepper plantations. I am here in this beautiful bungalow all excited about this contest called “Frame The Star [Continue Reading By Clicking Here...]

This awesome post Frame [...]

June 29, 2015 01:09 AM (IST)

June 28, 2015

Voice of Greenery

Someshvara Temple, Haralhalli

The temple is situated on the bank of river Tungabhadera facing east dedicated to Shiva assignable to 12 th  century of Kalyana Chalukya king Vikramaditya VI, built of schist stone. Inspiration kept in the temple, refers that Joyedevaras constructed the temple and granted lands for the maintenance of this temple at Vikramapura. The name of the village is now called Haralahalli. The earliest inscription found here refers to the rule of the Guttas of Guttal. Their ruler Vikramaditya II was ruling under the [...]
June 28, 2015 03:21 PM (IST)

June 27, 2015

The Urge to Wander

DSC_6455 copy

This story begins with a legend. From a 13th century Korean chronicle – Karak Sam Kuk Yusa – of the emergence of six princes from a clutch of golden eggs, descended from the heavens in a gilded casket wrapped in red silk. The princes miraculously attain adulthood within twelve days. Suro – the eldest – is crowned first king of the Kara dynasty and ruler of Geumgwan […]
June 27, 2015 07:34 PM (IST)

Desi Traveler

Welcome To Singapore: A curtain raiser to Visit Singapore

Read the original post on desi Traveler - India Travel Blog. Family- Nature- Photography
Welcome To Singapore: A curtain raiser to Visit Singapore

desi Visits Singapore I slept most of the smooth flight from Chennai in India to Changi Airport in Singapore, only to be awakened by the sonorous announcement that we have reached Singapore and we need to stay seated till the plane comes to a complete halt. But the plane load of desis had other plan [Continue Reading By Clicking Here...]

This awesome [...]

June 27, 2015 06:02 PM (IST)

Indrani Share

Street Lamps from Barcelona

Barcelona has some amazing street light fixtures from the 19th and 20th centuries. Most of them are functioning well. These old ones are made of cast iron and have such beautiful designs. Some of them are just single lamp holders while some have 3 or more. I showed two old lamps in my post: The Ramblas Ramble Walk, Barcelona. One was the Font de Canaletes, located at the Ramblas, where Barça
June 27, 2015 01:20 PM (IST)

Rajesh's India

Nadankanan Zoo - Black Swan

Nadankanan Zoo  at  Bhubaneswar   is one of great zoo  in India. There are various animals and birds at the zoo. One among them is Black Swan.
June 27, 2015 11:55 AM (IST)

Voyager for Life

An Abode Of Lushness And Tranquillity In Dombe Village

I’m fortunate to have explored quite a bit of Karnataka – Dandeli , Hampi , Nandi Hills , Mysore and Bangalore in the last couple of years, and I have to say that it’s one of the most beautiful states in India. So, when I got a chance to visit Sai Vishram Beach Resort in Coastal Karnataka, I just couldn’t resist the idea. As soon as I landed in Mangalore, I knew I had a great trip in store. The verdure of coconut plantations along the road hinted at the beauty that waited in Dombe Village.

Although [...]

June 27, 2015 04:49 AM (IST)

June 26, 2015

Rajesh's India

Nadankanan Zoo - Ibis

Nadankanan Zoo  at  Bhubaneswar   is one of great zoo  in India. There are various animals and birds at the zoo. One among them is Ibis.
These birds are in a artificial pond along with other water birds in the zoo.
June 26, 2015 11:27 PM (IST)

Lakulisa Temple, Pavagadh

Midway throgh the Pavagadh Hill one can find ruins of a small temple by the side of a pond. This Lakulisa Temple is for Lakulisa founder of Pashupata Shaivism which was one of the oldest and prominent Shaivite sect.
Today this 10th century A.D. ancient temple on the rocky hillsides lie in ruins. This dilapidated temple holds the iconography of Lord Shiva thought it houses Lakulisa within its walls.
Even though most of the upper half of the temple has fallen off the walls are still standing walls with [...]
June 26, 2015 10:36 PM (IST)

Images of India - 118

A glimpse of heritage monument of India in bl ack and white. Check other posts that will give you more details about this monument.
Lalgarh Palace in Bikaner
June 26, 2015 10:33 PM (IST)

Be on the road

Best 5 German Tourist Spots

When traveling to Germany, your primary concern is having enough time to visit all the places you want. Unless you are doing the proverbial backpacking trip across Europe, time constraints will influence how many places you can visit before you have to return home. Here are the five best German tourist spots for travelers.
Image via Flickr by Roller Coaster Philosophy
The most popular amusement park in Europe is Disneyland Paris. The second most popular is Rust's Europa-Park [...]
June 26, 2015 08:55 PM (IST)

Sandeep's World

Narasimha Parvatha Trek

Adding a widget with a trail map and a sumamry of the trek. Location: Shimoga & Chikkmagaluru districts, Karnataka. Highest altitude: Approximately 1150m @ Narasimha Parvatha peak. Starting point: Malandur, near Agumbe, Shimoga district ...
June 26, 2015 08:43 PM (IST)

Travel Tales from Mridula

Beautiful Glimpses from our Himachal Pradesh Trek

We came back from our short trek in Himachal Pradesh yesterday. My neighbor Anita and her daughter Kashwi joined Chhavi and I on this adventure. As both the kids are less than ten we picked up an easy Himachal Pradesh trek. Ramakant ji have been our guide in Himachal Pradesh since many years. The added blessing is that we stay at his home in Jagatsukh! My legs ache from the walk downhill as I am writing this, sitting cozily at his home!

It was crazy to trek with two kids. When they would play together, [...]

June 26, 2015 08:21 PM (IST)

Travel at Bhushavali

Sri Vaikundam - Part 2 (Tirunelveli - Tamil Nadu)

You saw my 1st post on Sri Vaikundam, I told you about a mandapam filled with astonishing sculptures like Thirukurungudi. Here!!!

The exquisitely Vijayanagara Yaali Pillars!
Even the loop of the Yaali isn't left alone!
The same humans forming Horse & Elephant here too!
The Kodungaigal filled with animals here too. Isn't the mom & child monkeys adorable!
More monkeys!!!! On either sides are Ugra Narasimhar & Narasimhar!!!

More coming soon!!!


Refer [...]

June 26, 2015 07:28 PM (IST)

Chennai Trekking Club

Get Out, Life is Calling!

We trek, we run, we cycle, we bike, we plant, we farm, we swim, we save lives, we learn, we climb, we clean, we teach, we capture, we camp, we are CTC-ians!

As of last week CTC crossed the 25 thousand member mark. What are you waiting for to get out and start living?

June 26, 2015 06:29 PM (IST)

Be on the road

In the Top 100 Global Solo Men Travel Blogs Club

When it rains, it pours!
Only yesterday, I got to know that I had been featured as one of the Top 12 most popular travel bloggers in India and today, I find out that I am in the Top 100 Club of all solo men travel bloggers worldwide . This feature comes as a surprise, but brings a lot of contentment as I see my name amongst Gary Arndt, Rick Steeves, Nomadic Matt and other top quality and extremely popular international travel bloggers.
This list has not been produced by a travel agency, [...]
June 26, 2015 03:51 PM (IST)

A Wandering Mind

A tea plantation walk in Dharamsala - a Photo Post for Skywatch Friday

This weekend promises to be a hectic one for me, and I am sure you have plans too. Therefore, instead of something for you to read, I have a photo post for you... These were clicked when we went for a walk in a Tea Estate in Dharamsala. The sight of greenery against the backdrop of the mountains, birds, butterflies and flowers never fails to inspire me, and I hope they will inspire you too! 
It was supposed to be a Tea Plantation walk, but the first thing we saw were roses!!! lots of them! 

Read [...]

June 26, 2015 10:56 AM (IST)

Faces in the Crowd - A Selfie Moment

Somewhere in McLeod Ganj....
A couple of monks with a friend were roaming around, the monks were bored, the friend was trying to click a selfie! It was a moment, just asking to be caught on camera!
People-Watching is fun, though not as much to click them, at least for me! However, when they are so engrossed in their own selves, and least bothered about who is watching... or clicking... them, I sometimes give in to the impulse and capture them on my camera!
What do you think of this photo? I would [...]
June 26, 2015 09:24 AM (IST)


Berlin Ringbahn metro train: See the city on ride

I remember it was friday. I had not spent much time in Berlin by then, winter had just arrived. I got a proposal from my friend Tobias to drink beer Continue Reading →
June 26, 2015 08:33 AM (IST)

Indrani Share

Sunset on 19th May, Spain

Fences along the road to Seville reflecting off sun’s setting light!  Good Fences  SkyWatch Friday
June 26, 2015 06:07 AM (IST)

Voyager for Life

My Experience Of Travelling Alone In KASHMIR

People still have a sense of fear for Kashmir. The epic floods of September 2014 just added to the ‘terror’ that’s associated with this ill-fated land. But, I’d like to tell everybody that going to Kashmir has been my best decision as a traveller. So did I find it safe as a woman solo traveller? Yes, absolutely safe. In fact, it is much more comfortable for a woman to travel alone in Kashmir than anywhere else.

It’s time to break myths about Kashmir. I wouldn’t say that you shouldn’t be careful [...]

June 26, 2015 02:44 AM (IST)

Desi Traveler

Experiential Travel in Jordan

Read the original post on desi Traveler - India Travel Blog. Family- Nature- Photography
Experiential Travel in Jordan

Jordan Travel Experiences Evolution is the essence of life and those who do not evolve join dinosaurs. We travelers too continue to evolve over our journeys, for there is no better teacher than travel. While some time I say I am an MBBS MD traveler just to showcase how different travelers like to bracket themselves, [Continue Reading By Clicking Here...]

This awesome post Experiential [...]

June 26, 2015 02:08 AM (IST)

Sujoy Das

Trailwala | Adventure Trips

I recently came across a new adventure travel marketplace that connects travelers directly with trip organizers for experiences such as trekking, water sports, paragliding, safaris, camping and biking.
As  most of us who have tried to book a trek know, it can be pretty time-consuming and frustrating to find that perfect match: one that meets your dates, your budget, and your preferences when it comes to things like safety equipment, reviews, eco-friendliness, group size, etc.
Trailwala [...]
June 26, 2015 02:00 AM (IST)

June 25, 2015

Indi Tales

Walk through Zakopane – Ski Town of Poland

Zakopane is a small little mountain town located at the southern tip of Poland in lower Tatra Mountains. It is popularly known for its Ski resorts and mountaineering trails and is commonly referred as the winter capital of Poland. A hill in the shape of a sleeping man is the most identifiable natural feature of ...

The post Walk through Zakopane – Ski Town of Poland appeared first on Inditales .

June 25, 2015 04:00 PM (IST)

Le Monde

A little bit of bragging!

It is not always that I like to boast.

Very rarely.

But a little bit of it gives you positive energy, they say. There are times when you want to share good news with your so many unseen fellow readers and friends.

Its happy news time again. I have been interviewed by Times World Travel Magazine by Bennett & Coleman! It is about ‘Independent Women Travelers’.

It is a cover story and one full page is dedicated to me. The interview is edited a bit, probably to accommodate [...]

June 25, 2015 03:44 PM (IST)

Climber & Explorer

Places to visit in Delhi: The Isa Khan’s Garden Tomb

Most people have heard of the famous Humayun Tomb in Delhi but few know that within the Nizamuddin area there lies the Isa Khan’s Garden Tomb.
The Isa Khan Garden Tomb, Delhi
Though much smaller in size as compared to the Humayun Tomb it is a beautiful structure which actually predates Humayun Tomb by 20 years. It was built in 1547 AD during the lifetime of Isa Khan himself. Isa Khan was a noble in the court of Sher Shah Suri. It is probably the only surviving octagonal tomb complex. The canopied [...]
June 25, 2015 01:36 PM (IST)

Indian Backpacker's Travels

Why you must sail on a yacht and not a boat in Goa

One of my earliest “misadventurers” was in a yacht club when I tried learning to sail as a young teenager. It was in Madras (now Chennai) harbour and on my very first day out at sea, I plunged into the deep . I barely ventured out again but my fascination with yachts and sailing was rekindled with the husband learning how to sail .

So, every time I travelled to islands and beach destinations, I was lost in a medley of sails and yachts. My earliest memory was looking out of my hotel window [...]

June 25, 2015 12:24 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: [...]

June 25, 2015 12:15 PM (IST)

Chennai Triathlon - Sprint, Olympic, Half Iron - Aug 9th 2015

Registrations Open
Open water swimming classes are ongoing twice a week since December and will continue till August. Venue/Timings/Details on  Facebook


Event:  Chennai Triathlon Organizer:  Chennai Trekking Club  Web site: Facebook:  Chennai Triathlon Objective:  non-profit event to promote an active lifestyle through sports Venue:  Ottiyambakkam near Chennai Categories:  Sprint, Olympic, Half Iron Registration:  [...]

June 25, 2015 12:15 PM (IST)


Click here to register:


Organizer:  Chennai Trekking Club  Web site: Facebook:  Javadhu Hills Ultra Objective:  non-profit event to promote hill running, outdoors, active lifestyle Venue:  Athipet  near Jamunamarathur, Javadhu Hills  Cause:  conservation of bio-diversity through native tree plantations Target:  active long-distance [...]

June 25, 2015 12:15 PM (IST)

Be on the road

I am amidst 12 Popular Indian Travel Bloggers

Hello All,
Its happy news time again. I have been featured in a 12 Most Popular Travel Bloggers from India list by Culture Trip, a one stop digital platform for global culture and lifestyle. This list puts me in the company of esteemed travelers and writers (some of whom are good friends) that you should check out if you have not already. You might get some inspiring ideas for your next holiday from these blogs.
Thank you everyone for your support. It is your support that has [...]
June 25, 2015 11:46 AM (IST)

Chennai Trekking Club

India Clean Sweep II - Vizag


Event: Revamp Vizag – I / India Clean Sweep – II 

Venue: KGH and Andhra Medical College

Date & Time: 7th June 2015, 7:30 AM – 10:30 AM

MEECONS along with CitYzen (CSR arm of Phoenix IT Solutions Ltd) organized “Revamp Vizag – I”- as a part of  Chennai Trekking Club's  India Clean Sweep II. Cleaning activities were done in eight other cities in South India including Pondicherry, Coimbatore, Hyderabad, Dharmapuri, Madurai, Tirunelveli, Thanjavur and [...]

June 25, 2015 10:07 AM (IST)

India Clean Sweep II - Thanjavur


Team :  Natives of  Thanjavur

Cleanup Location :  Samanthaan Kulam

( Post event write-up by Ganesh Anbu )

இனிதே நடந்து முடிந்தது சமந்தாங்குளம் தூய்மைபடுத்தும் பணி !!!!

பாண்டியர்கால சாமந்தங்குளம் தூய்மைபடுத்தும் பணியை செய்ய நாம் முடிவு செய்து, [...]

June 25, 2015 10:06 AM (IST)

India Clean Sweep II - Kanyakumari


Team :  Sacred Heart International School

Cleanup Location :  Colachel Beach

                                                              The students of Sacred Heart International School (Pammam, Marthandam) participated in the Coastal clean [...]

June 25, 2015 10:05 AM (IST)

India Clean Sweep II - Tirunelveli & Tuticorin

Team :  Nellai Nature Club

Location :  Aanaiyar Kulam

Nellai Nature Club a group formed by nature loving souls of  Nellai. The club regularly arranges Cycling trips, Bird watching, Photography, Trekking & Tree Plantation activities.  The passionate team was part of India Clean Sweep 2014 where they cleaned up river Thamirabarani.  This year the same passionate team has conducted a cleanup drive at  Aanaiyar Kulam  as part of India Clean [...]

June 25, 2015 10:04 AM (IST)

India Clean Sweep II - Dharmapuri


Team :  Anbum Aramum ,  Pasumai Payanam  &  Thalirgal

It all started on a full moon day during the course of a casual conversation when we were on a trek to Velliangiri hills. Siva was talking about CCC with lots of enthusiasm and he was way too excited and committed on making CCC 6 a great success and reaching out to more people. He then asked me why don't i do it in my hometown and mentioned that we can cover it under India Clean Sweep which is an initiative by Team [...]

June 25, 2015 10:02 AM (IST)


Travel Blogging Workshop: July 18, 2015, New Delhi

Travel the World for Free:  How to be a successful travel blogger / social media influencer and get paid to travel.

A Signature Workshop by Ajay Jain:  July 18, 2015 – Kunzum Travel Café, New Delhi

Travel bloggers are a busy lot today. They are being wooed by travel companies, hotels, airlines, tourism boards, cruises and other service providers to write about them. Their trips get sponsored, and enable them to even make money.

Would you like to be one such influential travel blogger yourself? [...]

June 25, 2015 09:52 AM (IST)

June 24, 2015

Be on the road

11 Gorgeous Monsoon Weekend Treks from Bangalore

I love Bangalore for many reasons. One of the main reasons I love this city so much is because of its proximity to the Western Ghats. I am into nature, forests, wildlife and basically the outdoors. This gives me the perfect opportunity to indulge in all of this every weekend. And these monsoon weekends, I think they are the best time to explore the Western Ghats. The sight of fresh green, the full waterfalls and rivers, the dense dark clouds, the floating mist and the pitter-pattering rain make it the most [...]
June 24, 2015 11:17 PM (IST)

Rajesh's India

Black-capped Chickadee at Coonoor

In Sim's Park of Coonoor  among the various plants and trees one can also see a lot of birds. During tour of the park we also spotted many birds and one such bird is Black-capped Chickadee .
It has a black cap, black bib and white sides to the face with a short dark bill. Its underparts are white with rusty brown on the flanks. Its back is gray and the tail is normally slate-gray. 
It is curious, with little or no fear of humans.
The birds hop along tree [...]
June 24, 2015 10:31 PM (IST)


Vadodara located on the banks of the Vishwamitri river. The present day city is an educational, industrial and commercial center as visualized by its late ruler, Sayaji Rao Gaekwad III.
The city has lot of history as in the ancient times it was part of several kingdoms such as Gupta, Chalukya, Mughals and Gaekwad's of the Marathas. This can be seen even today as there are several heritage monuments across the city. The city progressed a lot during the time of Maratha [...]
June 24, 2015 10:27 PM (IST)

Aravind's Treks 'n Travels

A beautiful hill called Makalidurga

7 June 2015 It was 1PM which was an odd time to start any trek. In front of us was Makalidurga, the hill that we had planned to climb. While coming towards Makalidurga we decided to climb Nijagal Betta which caused delay in arriving at Makalidurga. It was lunch time and we were little hungry. A hot day with almost clear skies was not ideal for afternoon trekking. A hill next to
June 24, 2015 10:02 PM (IST)

Itchy Feet

Gokarna: Sun, sand and spirituality

Gokarna has not woken up completely when we drive into the town early on a Sunday morning. We are on the single main road, a narrow stretch known as ‘Car Street’ after the temple juggernaut, which sits heavy and drowsy as the rest of the village. Its huge wooden wheels are stuck in the mud, waiting for the annual festival

The post Gokarna: Sun, sand and spirituality appeared first on Itchy Feet .

June 24, 2015 06:50 PM (IST)

The Shooting Star

Lufthansa india, Lufthansa travel contest

I remember being blissfully lost amid the canals and cobblestoned streets of Amsterdam. Locals cycled along leisurely, quaint cafes with good-looking baristas tempted me in, charming houses adorned by vibrant spring colors lined the cobbled walkways. Time seemed to move backward. Even hours after the effects of the (happy) cakes had worn off, Amsterdam felt like a bubble I never wanted to burst! The year was 2011 and I was just another corporate dweller in need of a break. I didn’t know then that winning [...]
June 24, 2015 06:30 PM (IST)

Chennai Trekking Club

Ainthinai - Back to our Roots : Organicville - Paddy Transplantation on 14th June 2015

ஐந்திணை நாற்று நடவு முகாம் 14-ஜூன் 2015  –  ஒரு பார்வை.

OrganicVille-  கு புறப்பட்ட குறிப்பு

வலக்கம் போல நான் வைத்த அலாரம் 4.15  AM  கு அடித்து என்னை எலுபியாது. நானும் எலுந்து ஐந்திணை முகாமிருக்கு செல்ல [...]

June 24, 2015 03:53 PM (IST)


T19, Queen Tigress of Ranthambhore: Royalty Runs in the Family

T19, or Krishna, the famed tigress of Ranthambhore National Park, Rajasthan, India

All tigers have a royal air about them, but some rule amongst them too. Like Krishna, numbered T19 by park authorities, in Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve in Rajasthan in India.

To be honest, I did know this until my recent visit to the park. I was hoping to shoot tigers, and the ‘queen’ more than obliged.

Krishna is the most sought after tigress in the park; no one gets shot (on camera) more than her family. She [...]

June 24, 2015 02:38 PM (IST)

Be on the road

Fashionable and Comfortable Travel Clothing with Nautica

The more I travel, the better I get at choosing my travel gear! You know the reason why? Well, that is because I seem to face all those problems during my travel days and hence need a solution to make my travels more comfortable. Over the many years of travel, I have upgraded my backpack, upgraded my footwear many times, purchased a smaller rugged laptop and bought myself many gear that either solved my problems during travels or provided me with innovative solutions.
In Front of the National [...]
June 24, 2015 01:30 PM (IST)


A visit to Bamberg Cathedral church, Germany

After my visit to riverside view of river Regntiz, I went to the most famous chruch of Bamberg – The Bamberg Cathedral. Bamberg cathedral is a famous church because someone Continue Reading →
June 24, 2015 11:42 AM (IST)

Indrani Share

Tickets for Alhambra, Granada, Spain

The plans for visiting Granada was made 3 months prior to actual date of visit, hotel reservations too were made a month before the dates but we forgot to do one important thing. That is, check up the places we intended to visit. Alhambra always figured in the top of the list of must see places in Granada, but it never occurred to us that the entering it actually isn’t so easy. It is not like
June 24, 2015 11:28 AM (IST)