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    Air Arabia Mumbai – Sharjah

    Flying to international destinations from Tier 2 cities in India is a pain in the neck. You need to fly to the nearest metro with an international...

  • Solo Travel

    Solo Travel

    In my recent long distance travels whilst returning home by train the gentleman next seat asked me what took me to Kannur? “I was keen to explore...

  • A Chettinad House

    Chettinad doors to a faded glory

    An edited version of this article was published in the February’15 issue of  Travel + Leisure India and Southasia magazine as Chettinad’s treasure chest   A beautiful Kolam...

  • Sunset in Arabian Sea

    Goa paint me Red

    An edited version of this article was published in the Feb’15 Vistara in-flight magazine. The waves lapped at my feet as the golden disc slipped down the...

  • Kingswear

    In love with Devon

    An edited version of this article was published in Travel + Leisure India and South Asia magazine (December’14) It was my second trip to United Kingdom after...

  • Dandeli Paddy Fields

    Dandeli Diaries – memorable experiences

    Dandeli had been my abode for three days and I had enjoyed every moment of it. Three years back I had visited Dandeli but then it was just...

  • Borough Market

    Borough Market for the Global Cuisine

    I climbed the stairs to step out of London Bridge’s tube station.  A cold draught blew in and I zipped my jacket. It indicated I was getting...

  • A perfect landing

    Balloon Safari – Romancing the sky

    I woke up at dawn and got ready for the safari of my life. Have you ever been part of the limitless azure sky with white puffs...

  • Travel

    How Traveling Changes your Life

    This post appeared in Women’s Web Traveling is the tonic for life that keeps the soul replenished. Every moment brings in a new perspective to the journey...

I am not a gadget friendly person but there are some gadgets that I cannot live without in my travels. Like my bulky DSLR which is part of my luggage on every travel of mine. I always wonder if only it could shrink in size but give the same picture clarity and features so that it would be compact and easy to carry.

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The other day my six year old daughter Kavya asked me “Mama what does adventure mean?” I looked at her for few moments and wondered how to explain this complicated yet so simple term to her. To make it easy I decided to tell her a story that actually started with her.

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An edited version of this article was published in the February 2016 issue of Vistara in flight magazine.

Macau is a classic example of the East meets West kind of story. An amalgamation of European culture from 500 years of Portuguese colonization and Oriental culture with strong Chinese influences this SAR (Special Administrative Region) with odd polarities has loads of surprises in store for its visitors.

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Travelling to Kashmir, rather you are flying to Kashmir then you need to know few things before planning your trip. This paradise on earth is renowned for its beauty but has been in the limelight for war and terrorism. Hence the need for added security while travelling to this heaven on earth.

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2015 has been a great year in my travel space as I took baby steps to explore the big wide world. Not that sacrifices weren’t made as I had to make few compromises by putting down my paper after working for thirteen years in the software industry. But travel has taught me something very important that my daily job failed to do – to  live every moment to the fullest. The ride hasn’t been easy as I have had to face the chill wind couple of times in my solo travel ventures. I earn peanuts as compared to a day job, there have been months where my reserves have dried out completely but that has never deterred me from taking further solo trips to explore this beautiful world and I managed to tick many from my bucket list.

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The festive season is in the air as Christmas bells would soon ring and herald the good times. It is that time of the year when the young and the old, friends and loved ones get together and celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ followed by some wine and dine. After the mid night mass all across the globe there are huge family gatherings, exchange of gifts and merry making with large variety of delicacies, cakes and turkey available for the foodies.

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Macau is a SAR (Special Administrative Region) which has a separate political system from that of the Peoples Republic of China. It has high autonomy and the region comes directly under the Central People’s Government. Having said that Macau is a peninsula of Mainland China across the South China sea and the Pearl River Delta. It is rightly called the Las Vegas of Asia as the gaming industry contributes to most of its revenue closely followed by tourism and hospitality. As Macau was under Portuguese administration till 1999 it has large influences of the Portuguese and Chinese culture. It is a great place to spend your time in the old city area for an in-depth view into this melting pot.

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An edited version of the Pune food article was published in the November’15 issue of Citadel magazine.

In the heart of Pune city stand edifices that would transport you to the era of Shivaji Maharaj an Emperor in the seventeenth century and to the times of the Peshwas. The old city area has been categorically divided into Peths (settlements/localities) since the rule of the Maratha dynasty. The Wadas that hold the legacy and heritage of Maratha Empire stand tall across the streets. Wadas are one or two storied structures that house multiple families since the bygone times.

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The Kodagu or Coorg district nestled in the Western Ghats is known widely for its headquarters Mercara or Madikeri. This hill station also called the Scotland of India is a conflation of Tamil, Tulu, and Kerala traditions and cultures. Sprawling hills, dense forests, coffee plantations, trekking trails and abundant wildlife makes Coorg a great destination to rewind, relax and rejuvenate. Lush greenery with rice steppes, streams and waterfalls it is indeed a sight for sore eyes.

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Travelling to Germany can be overwhelming for many Indians. I got to travel to Germany when the Refugee Crisis was at its peak. Having visited few countries in the European continent the Germany experience was unlike the others . In a city like London you would bump into Indians in many localities like Wembley, East Ham, Southall. Take the tube and chances are high that every fifth guy is an Indian. Indian restaurants are sprawled across the city and food is never a problem. Germany is a different ball game but with careful planning and some patience the German experience would be truly enjoyable.

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