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, Humayun, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Humayun was born as … Continue reading Humayun’s Tomb, the inspiration to Taj Mahal

Six Most Restricted Countries You Might Be Travelling To

According to the think-tank Freedom House, internet freedom is declining all around the world. Censorship is being ramped up on everything from social media, e-commerce websites to search engines. Interestingly, many of the countries with the strictest rules and highest censorship are also popular tourist destinations. NordVPN gives advice on travelling to the tourist hotspots with high internet restrictions “It’s wise to check if your next travel destination … Continue reading Six Most Restricted Countries You Might Be Travelling To

Wanderers – Abhilasha Kale

After a long hiatus, we are back with our Wanderer series featuring fellow travellers and their experiences while on the road. Meet 28-year-old Abhilasha Kale, a banking professional whose beagle Coco is the love of her life. Her hobbies include Indian folk dance, painting and driving. Abhilasha recently discovered the joys of solo travel and hopes to undertake many more solo voyages. What got you hooked … Continue reading Wanderers – Abhilasha Kale

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 and planning a super awesome trip. With a weeks’ time in … Continue 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 be a mesmerising one. A trek across this village one can … Continue reading Why camping in Tosh should be on your bucket-list

Offbeat Thailand: The Bridge on River Kwai

Wanting to skip the usual and touristy Bangkok-Pattaya-Phuket itinerary, our plan to drive through the country led us to the western Thai town of Kanchanaburi (pronounced by locals as gaanjanaburi). The town is a gateway to historical attractions, national parks including Erawan Falls and the infamous Death Railway. If you are fond of classic movies, you may have watched The Bridge on the River Kwai. … Continue reading Offbeat Thailand: The Bridge on River Kwai

How to obtain an International Driving Permit in India

Do you remember how many times you read countless articles on the best roads to drive on in the world and wished you could just sit in a car, throttle its heart out and drive off where ever you wanted to? We all have been there. At least I have, a million times. Road trips are the one thing I crave for the most and … Continue reading How to obtain an International Driving Permit in India

These 60 year-olds drove 16,000 km across India in a Tata Hexa!

A couple of years back when I told my husband about my plan of us taking off on a never-ending road trip, he dismissed me as crazy and even after a lot of coaxing from my end he did not concede. Thus my epic plan never took off. Recently I had the privilege to talk to Air Commodore (retd) G L Hiremath, who along with … Continue reading These 60 year-olds drove 16,000 km across India in a Tata Hexa!