It was my 27th birthday and a long weekend. Although I never plan my birthday, I always wish that I must spend it somewhere away from the city. Being aware of this fact my brother and my friends always plan something or the other (Last year I was in Spiti :P). So, I was expecting… Read More Road trip to Nashik vineyards and Bhandardara
Albany is one the most beautiful cities I have ever been to. It is blessed some of the most stunning beaches of the southern hemisphere: beaches with turquoise water, white sand, large waves, and huge rocky terrain cutting through the ocean. Picture perfect !!! Albany has three nature reserves and Two People’s Bay is the… Read More Two Peoples bay
Perth, the capital city of Western Australia was our gateway to Australia. The occasion was the minutely planned 10 days road trip to South West Australia. We kept just 2 days for this beautiful city: we underestimated it! Perth is a small laid-back city but at the same time contributes close to 10% to the Australian… Read More The wonderful city of Perth
In 2013, I had watched this beautiful movie “Lootera” based on O. Henry’s story The Last Leaf and directed by Vikramaditya Motwane. Two things which I really loved the movie was its cinematography and its dialogues. One particular dialogue which got stuck in mind and which motivated me to see Chandratal was a lovely conversation on… Read More Chandratal
At 1098 meters, Bluff Knoll is the highest peak of South-Western Australia and third highest in Western Australia. Sound fascinating right? ‘Highest peak’. Well, its not that difficult as it sounds but it is certainly the most spectacular peaks in Western Australia. Important information Length: 6km (return) Time: 3-4 Hours Level: Easy to Moderate Best period:… Read More Hiking Bluff Knoll
Congratulations on your decisions to travel Australia. Here is a comprehensive post on how to get your Australian tourist visa in India How and where to apply? The only mode of for application is through VFS centers. You cannot apply online, you (or your travel agent) will have to visit one the VFS centers and… Read More Australian tourist visa for Indians
Kaza is the headquarters of Spiti and located at 3750 meters from sea level. It is laid back town and will compel you to adapt to its speed. In no time you would start planning your next trip (may during the harsh winters as well) or even settle down there. Reaching Kaza The only way… Read More All about Kaza
In my Spiti road trip, one thing that stood out was my stay at this Namsey homestay. This was one of the best homestay experience I ever had – a home away from home. Run by Dr. Suresh and his family, the homestay is located near helipad in the very small but incredibly beautiful city… Read More Namsey Homestay – Home away from home
Congratulations on your decision to visit Spiti Valley. You are definitely up for some amazing times of your life. Travel via Shimla – Kinnaur – Spiti – Manali Route This route has many advantages over Manali – Spiti route but the foremost one which I can think of is acclimatization. The NH 22 provides a… Read More Planning Spiti – Things to keep in Mind !!!
Diu, the tiny island with an amazing tourism advertisement and equally awesome tourism website, is tucked beneath Gujarat’s Kathiawar coast and fairly hidden from tourism map of India. Calma de Ilha as they call it in Portuguese is absolutely opposite to its twin brother Daman in terms of serenity. Mostly pronounced together but they are geographically… Read More Calma de Ilha – Diu
Spiti Valley road trip is my first road trip in the dry regions of northern Himalayas. Like most of you, I also faced a moral dilemma of Spiti or Ladakh and honestly it wasn’t that hard decision. I always like to travel in lesser touristy parts so went ahead with Spiti. Next, comes the harder… Read More Spiti Circuit in 9 Days – Detailed Travelogue !!!
This time we decided to visit Goa during monsoon. Although it was pre-planned trip, still we thought of making it an impromptu one. Hence we did not do any research nor booked any hotel for stay. One thing of which we were sure was Goa is amazing during monsoons. We had planned to visit Goa… Read More Go GOA!!! v2.0
Planning to visit Spiti Valley? Looking for an experienced driver? And a comfortable ride? Your search ends here. Meet Deepu. He has more than 12 years of driving experience in Spiti Valley and owns an Innova. I found him to after dozens of calls to drivers listed on Devils on Wheels website. Most of them either… Read More My Friend Deepu !!!
While scrolling down through Facebook, I stumbled upon a post on ‘Tribal Lunch’ by one of my friend made me stop and click on the link to read more about it. I shared the link with some of my friends to plan it out. Finally, after a week or two, we randomly thought of going… Read More When I found organic in the middle of concrete
Located on the banks of two rivers: Pho Chhu (meaning father) and Mo Chhu (meaning mother), Punakha is a small but culturally very important city in central Bhutan and well connected by road. It is one such place where I would love to settle in and enjoy rest of my life in peace. Everyone in… Read More All about Punakha
Himalayas – the sheers name of it send waves of excitement down my nerves and ignite hundreds for beautiful memories. Ever since I trekked Surpass in 2013, I longed to return again and thanks to perfectly placed weekends in the last week of 2015, I planned to trek Kuari Pass. Although it is at a… Read More Kuari Pass – India’s serenest winter trek
Diveagar (Dive Agar) is a serene coastal village in Konkan located in Shrivardhan Taluka, Raigad district in Maharashtra, approximately 170 kilometres south of Mumbai. The area includes a fishing settlement, a beach, a temple, local businesses engaged in coconut and betel nut tree farming, and some resort businesses such as restaurants, cottage rentals and motels, and… Read More Diveagar
The name ‘Pushkar’, literally means ‘lotus flower’ is one of the sacred Dhams (pilgrimage site) in Hinduism. For tourist like me, its place where colors and cultures come alive, where every grain of sand dunes has its own music, where no one will stop you from doing nothing or everything. According to the legend, Brahma… Read More Pushkar
It had been quite some time now since I bought quechua arpenaz XL tent but haven’t been able to put it to use. The whole purpose of the purchase was to do laid back barbeque camping, so when Bhramanti 365 organized a leisure camping somewhere near Panvel, I readily signed up for it. I don’t actually remember… Read More Camping by the brook
The best part of living in Mumbai is the plethora of weekend getaways it offers to travel enthusiasts. Some destinations are so obscure, resting amidst the wilderness of western ghats that one has to dig deep on the internet(got the irony! 😉 to unearth them. Kaas Plateau is one such place. Maharashtra’s very own valley of… Read More Kaas Plateau
Ever imagined traveling on a road overdosed with greenery all round, multiplied with soothing rains and a pinch of hide and seek playing mist and no traffic hassles; Won’t that be one of best idea for a road trip? Malsej ghat, a mountain pass in the heart of Western Ghats is one such place. Almost… Read More Malsej Ghat
Paro is a very small and the most beautiful city of Bhutan. It is the oldest capital city of Bhutan and only city with an international airport. As soon as I entered Paro, I knew this is the place which I had been searching all my life. Roads with very little traffic, distant view of… Read More Paro – The capital of the last Shangrila
Weeks of documents, excel sheets and presentations and the crowdy-pacy life of Mumbai were a perfect ingredient to the monotony settling in when four of us friends decided for a small break. Meanwhile, there were more items piling up on our office desks. So, we had to make it back by Monday. That’s what made… Read More Prabalgad- A break from the monotony of Mumbai
Its been more than a month since I shifted to Mumbai, but hardly I could find a place for my lungs to breathe. The city is lively but the roads are too packed for cycling, the local parks are too small for running and government swimming pools are too crowded to book a slot. I… Read More Harihar Fort
Phobjikha is a small village in west-central Bhutan with even smaller population and known for is its amazing valley and black necked cranes. Commercial tourism industry is non-existent for good. Only two families run homestays. This place is around 6 hours ride from Thimpu and the roads are not good. Non-Bhutanese need a special tourist… Read More A mystic land called Phobjikha
Why is it called the Tiger’s Nest? Legend has it that in 8th century Guru Rinpoche flew to this exact spot from Tibet on the back of a tigress. He came to subdue a demon and then took residence in a cave where he meditated for 3 years, 3 months and 3 days. This was… Read More Hike Tiger’s Nest Monastery
Staying in Thimpu Thimpu has many hotels but only certain few are in the heart of city. Almost all travel blogs suggest Hotel Tandin in budget category. The rates now has been revised and current price for standard double bed is 1800 Nu. (1 Nu = 1 INR). The hotel has all the basic amenities… Read More Thimpu
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While planning my trip to Bhutan, one of my biggest concern was commuting. Bhutan has poor public transportation system. Things might get a bit difficult if you are a tourist (it is necessary to pre-book a car for the entire trip at Thimpu). So I had no option but to hire a car. I called… Read More My friend John
YES !!! it is possible to get permit for Bhutan from Royal Bhutan Consulate, Kolkata. And YES you can get permit for your friends who are traveling with you (The one who is applying must be traveling though) Address General Bhutan House, 6, Mall Road, Kolkata 700 080 Phone No – 033-2559 3676 / 2560… Read More Permit to Bhutan from Royal Bhutan Consulate, Kolkata
On the corner of Lindsey Street and Mirza Ghalib Street (Free School Street) lies one of the most amazing sandwich maker. No one discovers this place accidently and neither did I. A friend of mine had once casually mentioned about this place (no name no address, just the sandwich maker in New market) and for non-kolkatan… Read More Sandwiches at Maa Kali Store, New Market
General Information and Tips A sound suggestion would be to go with a group of friends The trek is scheduled to be for 11 days, excluding the traveling part which can be a bit of issue for someone like me who is working in a private sector organization. We managed to save the prior two… Read More SARPASS Trek – 10 days of bliss
You own a kindle, congratulations!!! It is an amazing gadget. Here is how you can send the articles on my blog to your Kindle device or to your kindle app on andriod/iphone– Sending articles to your Kindle device, one click at a time! Follow the steps mentioned in the above link and you’ll be done.… Read More Send the blog posts to your Kindle
If you ask me about the happiest place I have even been to in India, the answer would be Kasol without any second thought. It’s a perfect ‘go and do nothing’ destination. Kasol is a small town with more tourists than locals, tourists who came here and never left. Such is the magic. Reaching Kasol… Read More Kasol – A bundle of Joy
Krabi is one the most beautiful places I have been to. If you are planning a Thailand trip, do include it.
Pre-requirements – Carry camera Identity proof document other than PAN CARD Travel light, please 😛 DAY 1 Ask for a pick up for hotel from station/airport Leave for Khumbhalgarh by 10 am. Have POHA/PYAZ KACHODI for breakfast at Sukhadiya Circle. (Bhole Nath Nashta Center) AT KUMBHALGARH (via Ranakpur Jain Temple if possible) Ask the driver… Read More 2 Nights 3 Days Udaipur + Khulbhalgarh Itinerary
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Requirements Passport Number of stays should not exceed more than 15 days. A recent passport size photograph (4 x 6 cm). In case if you have forgotten to carry one, there one counter quick photo counter just before the Visa on Arrival queue at Suvarnabhumi airport…. they will print the photo on your Visa application… Read More Visa on Arrival Process at Suvarnabhumi Airport (Bangkok)
Congratulations for your decision to visit Thailand. Here is a comprehensive list of things which you should keep in mind before leaving India – Money exchange – Certain minimum amount of Thai Baht needs to be carried for getting clearance at airport. The best way would be carry 50 % cash, use credit card wherever… Read More What you need to know before traveling to Bangkok from India
Bulleted below is comprehensive list of requirements for SARPASS trek – RUCKSACK (Although YHAI provides one but they are useless) Cotton t shirts Shirts and Track Pants (no jeans) – Keep an extra pair unused till the last climb Towel(light one) Wollen Jackets (Don’t compromise on this) Thermals – Must Monkey Caps – Must Good… Read More Things to Carry for SARPASS trek
They say, Kolkata is the king of street food in India. After exploring it for almost a year (I haven’t covered 10% yet) and after landing here from Delhi, I think I can say they are right. You won’t find better Chinese anywhere in India. BLUE POPPY Located at Sikkim House (earlier at Gorkha Bhawan), Salt Lake.… Read More Chinese, Nepalese and Tibetan Food in Kolkata
Goa – General Info Let’s face it, Goa is a where many of us start our traveling sojourn and never get enough of it. I have been to Goa more than once and that too on a very tight budget. Best time to visit Goa is Nov to Jan. Avoid Christmas – New Year’s Eve… Read More Go GOA !!!
Most of the folks living in Kolkata would have already been to Mondarmoni/Digha beaches. But have you considered cycling on it? I have done it recently and it really feels as a breath of fresh air and an underrated drug free antidepressant. Why don’t you try next time !!! Endless stretch of crowd free beach along… Read More A Biking Trip on a Moterable Beach
Ranthambore is undoubtedly one of the most popular Indian National Park. Set in the backdrops of the Aravallies and the Vindhyas range, it has got some very interesting backgrounds to offer. The forest here changes its colors in every season. It varies from lush green in October, to yellows and reds in winter (from the… Read More Ranthambore Guide
If you planning a weekend trip from Kolkata where you just lay back and do absolutely nothing, Takdah is the place for you. When I write absolutely nothing, I mean it. Takdah in local language means mist and the place actually in the mist. Generally it is advised to visit the place in the pleasant… Read More Weekend Gateways @ Kolkata – Takdah
General Tips and Do & Don’ts It is strongly suggested to pre-plan your trip keeping in mind that Kerala attracts a huge number of tourist from world over. Bike trip – Not recommended. Roads are not that awesome coupled with ever changing weather, sharp turns. We were a group of four and hired Innova. For… Read More Kerala – Indeed God’s own country.