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Andaman : Island hopping and Under Sea Adventures

Andaman : Island hopping and Under Sea Adventures

I went for a much required Scuba diving holiday after 3 years to the Andaman Islands again. A lot has changed since 2010 when the only Indian airline which flew there was the national carrier and one flight by Kingfisher. Go Air got me to Port Blair in 5 hours flat from Mumbai. With Makemytrip,...
arasinamakki - homestay with a river

arasinamakki – homestay with a river

Stream of joy is a home-stay run by one of the most revered couple of Arasinamakki, inside their estate next to the river Kapila. Surrounded by beetlenut trees, rubber plants and lots of spices, its almost like staying in a private jungle. A small tributary of netravati flows just behind the homestay. Walk through the...
yuksom, west sikkim : homestay & around

yuksom, west sikkim : homestay & around

Yuksom, a beautiful little hamlet in west Sikkim, is where I concluded my 14-day Sikkim experience; when in fact as per my rough plans, we (my cousin and I) had two more destinations on the list before it was time to go back.
bhimbetka caves - 500k year old civilization

bhimbetka caves – 500k year old civilization

Shaded in a thicket of teak and sal, amidst rock-strewn cliffs, the Bhimbetka caves in Madhya Pradesh find enlistment as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. There are enchanting rock paintings here that date back to the Paleolithic, Mesolithic and Neolithic periods adorning these caves
holy surfing swamis - surf spots on indian coasts

holy surfing swamis – surf spots on indian coasts

Karnataka is home to a surfing school run by Swamis who .. well.. SURF! Situated in the coastal village of Mulki, South of Mangalore, the Ashram Surf Retreat offers you a comfortable stay and surf lessons
3 Heritage Homestays in Goa worth checking out

3 Heritage Homestays in Goa worth checking out

One usually tends to stay close to the beach in Goa, may it be the various 5 star hotels or the hundreds of beach shacks and bamboo huts that have propped up in the recent past.  Of course there are a lot of so called “Portuguese era homes” where you can rent a room or...
india by rickshaw - the adventure for charity

india by rickshaw – the adventure for charity

Imagine the fastest, safest, earth-munching all-terrain vehicle in the world. Then imagine the opposite. Three wheels, half a horse power and more fun than any other vehicle on planet earth the humble Rickshaw is undoubtedly the ultimate long distance, off road machine, despite being designed for short distances on road. Now imagine trying to get...
udwada - a slice of parsi history

udwada – a slice of parsi history

Not much has changed in sleepy town Udwada since the last 150 years. Large houses, once built around the holy fire temple, lie vacant and dilapidated. The typical Parsi homes with high ceilings, sloped roofs with ornamental skirting, and wide porches are over a century old, and are worth preserving or being declared as heritage...
rainforest retreat at mojo plantation - coorg eco lodge

rainforest retreat at mojo plantation – coorg eco lodge

The Rainforest Retreat, an award winning eco-lodge that practices sustainable tourism and emphasizes environmental awareness. It is located on a certified organic spice farm (Mojo Plantation) in one of the most natural and scenic parts of Kodagu district (10 km north-west of madikeri town). They cater to environmentally conscious travelers who want to experience a...
mcleod ganj - himalayan glimpses

mcleod ganj – himalayan glimpses

You either are on the “mountains” holiday like most travellers would call it or you probably have taken a stroll here after visitng the Dalai Lama at Dharamsala down the hill. Either ways, Mcleod ganj is a good stop for the india tripper. Brief History Named after David McLeod, McLeodganj and Dharamshala became renowned places...
the maharaja express - pamper your queen!

the maharaja express – pamper your queen!

Maharajas’ Express, a pan India super luxury train has begun its journey as it left Mumbai for New Delhi `Princely India Tour’ on March 6. The train is being operated by Royale Indian Rail Tours Ltd. (RIRTL), a joint venture between Cox and Kings (India) Ltd and Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC). The...

holi – whats your favourite colour?

Celebrated all over india, although more festive in the north, Holi signifies colour. If you are visitng around the festival, you have to experience it to know it. March 1st 2010, Monday this year is the main day Holi, also known as Dhulheti, Dhulandi or Dhulendi, is celebrated by people throwing colored powder and colored...