Fanaspada Waterfall, Kharghar – Two wildlings chasing wilderness in a city

In the monsoon of 2017, Kharghar, a locality near Mumbai in India pleased us in many ways. Our first attempt of getting close to the most popular waterfall in Kharghar failed. So the second time, we attempted getting close to the second most popular waterfall in Kharghar. Husband had been here once before in 2016, so he was very confident it would be a success … Continue reading Fanaspada Waterfall, Kharghar – Two wildlings chasing wilderness in a city

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Kharghar in Monsoon –Tale of two Bengalis with tummy full of Biryani on a hilltop in the lashing rain

Kharghar is a part of Navi Mumbai, India. Those in Mumbai may frown a bit when I drop the ‘Navi’ and call Kharghar just a part of Mumbai, but for everyone else, it doesn’t matter much. A local train on harbour line from CST (ChattrapatiShivaji Terminus) station of Mumbai takes around one hour and fifteen minutes to reach Kharghar. Technically, it is a valley surrounded … Continue reading Kharghar in Monsoon –Tale of two Bengalis with tummy full of Biryani on a hilltop in the lashing rain

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Chowmahalla Palace – A date with palatial Hyderabad

Our self designed walking tour in Hyderabad brought us to the Chowmahalla Palace. In the erstwhile era, Hyderabad was ruled by the nizams. Chowmahalla Palace served as the seat of the nizam rule. ‘Chow’ means four and ‘mahal’ means palace; no wonder there are four palaces in the compound of Chowmahalla Palace. Its architecture was inspired by the palace of the Shah of Iran. There … Continue reading Chowmahalla Palace – A date with palatial Hyderabad

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Baari Village, Maharashtra: Experiencing the three ‘H’- Hut, Hospitality and Homestay

In 2016 the husband went on his life’s first trek. It was Kalsubai, the highest point in Maharashtra, India. When he showed me the humble photos clicked on his cellphone, the first thing I remember asking him was the name of the base village. “Baari, ” he replied. He went on a ‘pre-arranged group trek’ with a gang of around 40 trekkers. The downside of … Continue reading Baari Village, Maharashtra: Experiencing the three ‘H’- Hut, Hospitality and Homestay

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Olfactory and Visual Feasts on the Streets of Hyderabad: Laad Bazaar and Pathhargatti

I recalled a faint memory of a man trying out different perfumes in a market of one of the Indian towns. The man was on TV. I don’t remember the channel, may be Discovery or National Geographic. The city was Hyderabad. Years later, when I got a chance to visit Hyderabad, I made sure I didn’t miss discovering the unique aromas of the city. Travelling … Continue reading Olfactory and Visual Feasts on the Streets of Hyderabad: Laad Bazaar and Pathhargatti

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When Maharashtra Blooms: Kaas Pathar, Deccan India’s Valley of Flowers

“Hey, so what are you planning as your next destination?” asked our friend. “Did you say plan? Oh I am a great planner. But, the universe seems to dislike the planned version of me,” I replied. In 2013 I was trying to plan a hiking trip to the Valley of Flowers in Uttarakhand. Two months prior to its execution, India saw one of its worst … Continue reading When Maharashtra Blooms: Kaas Pathar, Deccan India’s Valley of Flowers

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Hyderabad, The Old City: A Foodie’s Delight

For a culinary enthusiast, Hyderabad is a treasure trove. Food in Hyderabad is not just for your tongue but for your all five senses. Influenced by the Mughals, Persians and the Telugu culture, Hyderabad evolved with a unique taste of its own. The best part about Hyderabadi food is that it satisfies the stomach without burning the pocket. Here is a quick list of seven … Continue reading Hyderabad, The Old City: A Foodie’s Delight

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24 hours in Hyderabad : A one day itinerary

Hyderabad, the capital city of the newly formed state of Telengana in India is aptly known as the ‘City of Nawabs’. 24 hours is a mere nothing to explore the luxurious footprints that the Nawabs have left.  But, as the world is getting more and more developed, the schedules are becoming busier. In the rat race of climbing up that professional ladder, often people are … Continue reading 24 hours in Hyderabad : A one day itinerary

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Kalavantin Durg: The Unplanned Day Trek in The Sahayadris

We never venture out without doing proper research. Our love for research is so great that we may equate the happiness we get out of it with the happiness while doing the actual travel. But, our journey to the Kalavantin Durg was different. It was spontaneous, and we had very little idea what to expect! Where is Kalavantin Durg? Panvel is a suburb of Mumbai, … Continue reading Kalavantin Durg: The Unplanned Day Trek in The Sahayadris

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