Monsoon Magic: Pune – A Photo Essay

Punekars consider themselves lucky in myriad ways. One of them is the proximity to the beautiful countryside.  If you are in Pune, a one hour drive in any direction will transport you away from the maddening crowd and commotion to a world of tranquillity.  Come monsoon, Punekars head to some favourite spots or are inContinue reading “Monsoon Magic: Pune – A Photo Essay”

Humayun’s Tomb, the inspiration to Taj Mahal

Across India, many monuments are said to be an inspiration for the Taj Mahal. The Ibrahim Rouza in Bijapur is one such glaring example. The local guide in Bijapur narrated stories about how the Taj was inspired by Rouza’s architecture. But the only validated inspiration for the Taj Mahal is the tomb of Mughal emperor,Continue reading “Humayun’s Tomb, the inspiration to Taj Mahal”

Must Eat Street Food in Jodhpur, Rajasthan

Headed out to the blue city of Jodhpur? The city with palaces and royalty, the street food in Jodhpur is vibrant and delectable. Plan a visit to these famous spots for an authentic street food experience of the Rajasthani cuisine on your trip to Jodhpur. Also Read: What to see and do in Jodhpur, RajasthanContinue reading “Must Eat Street Food in Jodhpur, Rajasthan”

Mehrangarh Fort and Palace: A Photo Essay

The Mehrangarh Fort located in Jodhpur in the state of Rajasthan is one of the largest forts in India and one of the must-see places in the city. The mammoth fort was built by Rao Jodha, the founder of Jodhpur, in the year 1459 and sits atop a hill 410 feet above the city. TheContinue reading “Mehrangarh Fort and Palace: A Photo Essay”

What to see and do in Jodhpur, Rajasthan

Sitting on the edge of the Thar desert, Jodhpur, popularly known as the Blue City, is steeped in history. The erstwhile capital of the Marwar, the city was established by Rao Jodha, a chief of the Rathore clan, giving the city the name of Jodhpur. Jodhpur connected by air, road and railway from all majorContinue reading “What to see and do in Jodhpur, Rajasthan”

Things to do in Manali

After an epic trip to Himachal Pradesh last year, it was vacation time again. As usual, choosing a destination was confusing. Beach or mountain? The mountains won, and we headed to Manali for a quick three-day break. Taking a flight from Pune to Delhi and then an overnight bus to Manali, we finally made itContinue reading “Things to do in Manali”

Places to see near Kasol, Himachal Pradesh

‘The mountains are calling’ is what I used to tell myself every time I came across photos of my friends vacationing up north, be it the mighty Himalayas, Ladakh or the stunning north-east. After years of unsuccessful planning and travel announcements, I finally made it to Himachal Pradesh with a few friends getting together andContinue reading “Places to see near Kasol, Himachal Pradesh”

Why camping in Tosh should be on your bucket-list

Tosh, a pristine village near Kasol in Himachal Pradesh, is the last village in that belt. An hours’ bus journey from the town of Kasol and a small 4 KM trek through the village and mountains will bring you to the camping site. The sight of the snow clad mountains right  your tents will beContinue reading “Why camping in Tosh should be on your bucket-list”