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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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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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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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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A Guide to Daulatabad Fort and The Fishy Case of The Lost Guidebook

“Put the guidebook in the bag,” I directed Sayan. “Oh don’t worry it is safe with me,” Sayan replied back. I knew he was right. Sayan is one of the messiest persons when it comes to organising stuff but it’s no less than magic how he never loses a thing. We know each other from 2009 and he has never lost anything. “Eid- Mubarak.” We … Continue reading A Guide to Daulatabad Fort and The Fishy Case of The Lost Guidebook

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A Guide To The Bibi-ka-Maqbara- The South Indian Twin of The Taj Mahal

“Allah-hu-Akbar-Allah”. “Allah-hu-Akbar-Allah”. The sound blared somewhere outside. I rubbed my eyes and pulled myself out of bed. The ticking hands of the wristwatch reminded me it was our last few hours in the hotel, and in the city. My sleepy head husband looked at me with beady eyes. “Come on get ready, we can’t give in to sleep” I said. In a few minutes we … Continue reading A Guide To The Bibi-ka-Maqbara- The South Indian Twin of The Taj Mahal

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Hotel Review : Treebo Admiral Suites Aurangabad

When Yatra.com offered us a discount coupon, we used it as quickly as possible to book our Aurangabad stay. We were aware that Aurangabad would be very demanding a place. After whole days of exploring the UNESCO World Heritage sites and absorbing loads of historical data we were sure to need a calm place to retreat in and sleep the nights away without spending a … Continue reading Hotel Review : Treebo Admiral Suites Aurangabad

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Aurangabad Diaries: A Travelogue-cum-guide to the Ellora Caves of India

The sleeper bus dropped us off at Baba Petrol Pump, a bus stop in Aurangabad at 7.15 AM. It was an eight hours long journey but we were not complaining! For both of us it was our first tryst with a ‘sleeper bus’ and the ‘luxury service’ received in reality exceeded our expectation. Blessed by Amazon.in, we had received a couple of Yatra.com discount vouchers. … Continue reading Aurangabad Diaries: A Travelogue-cum-guide to the Ellora Caves of India

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Elephanta Chronicles: Voyager In The Arabian Sea

When I relocated from Kolkata to Mumbai, I brought with me luggage weighing 49.9kg. I remember the sigh of relief that me, my husband and the lady at the ticketing counter at the airport released. The joy that we didn’t cross the 50kg prepaid threshold. Yet when we decided to visit the Elephanta caves, I had no ‘proper clothing’ with me to suit the early … Continue reading Elephanta Chronicles: Voyager In The Arabian Sea

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