Contrary to popular belief, traveling in monsoon in India is a calm and affordable affair. With the waning of peak summer holiday season, crowds and prices at some of the popular tourist destinations in India come down steeply. In fact monsoon is an excellent time for planning holidays in India with some very spectacular monsoon destinations in India offering load of activities. Come June and July and the road to Ladakh in Jammu and Kashmir and Spiti Valley in Himachal Pradesh – 2 of the best monsoon destinations in North…Read more..
India has four Dhamas in four different directions i.e. Puri, Dwaraka, Badrinath & Rameswar. Odisha has one of those i.e. Puri: the Dham of eastern India. Puri is the spiritual capital of Odisha and considered as major fulcrum of piligrimage in India. The place is only 68 Km away from the state capital Bhubaneswar. Puri is also known as Jagannath Dham, Sri Kshetra, Purushottam Kshetra. It is famed in the world for Jagannath Temple as such it is the most busiest tourist place in India for the whole year. It…Read more..
Akshardham or Swaminarayan Akshardham temple in New Delhi epitomizes 10000 years of Indian culture, in generally its incredible grandeur, grace, sense and bliss. It merrily showcases the essence of India’s harsh architecture, traditions and timeless mystrical messages. It is hailed as an eternal place of devotion, purity & peace. “Akshardham” means the divine abode of God. The temple is a humble tribute to Bhagwan Swaminarayan theavatars, devas and great sages of Hinduism which attracts almost all tourists who visit New Delhi. The traditionally styled complex was inaugurated on 6th November…Read more..
“A world within a world” was how Rudyard Kipling once described Spiti Valley. Aptly so, as this lesser known neighbour of Ladakh has a lot to offer! From its snow capped peaks to the scenic village tucked away in the lap of the Himalayas, its ancient monasteries, inimitable wildlife and of course a captivating culture and a delicious cuisine, Spiti Valley has something for everyone. Situated at an altitude of around 12,500 feet it is bordered by Tibet in the east, Ladakh to the north, Kinnaur to the south east.…Read more..
Alleppey is well known for the backwater trips on houseboats and always comes on top among the best destinations to check out in Kerala, simply because it is a exclusive encounter that you cannot get anywhere else on the globe. Alleppey was described as the one of the locations known as ‘Venice of the East’ by Lord Curzon. A houseboat vacation along the natural backwaters in Alleppey provides a chance to observe landscapes attractions like lavish paddy areas below the water levels, small chapels, fishing with netting, ducks in water,…Read more..
Mumbai arch monument, The Gateway of India was built by the British during their rule over India. The power and majesty of the British Empire was symbolized through this structure. It is a popular place to visit in Colaba (South Mumbai) on the coast of Arabian Sea and opposite to the Taj Palace. It is the remarkable landmark of Mumbai City. The beautifully designed and strong pillars of this monument remind us about the sacrifices of our countrymen and also about the colonial rule.Read more..
It may be a pretzel or a doughnut that you’ll might prefer, but nothing beats the Indian Jalebi. No other sweet can be this simple and utterly delicious at the same time. Dough is poured in circles and fried till it becomes golden brown, it is then dipped in sugar syrup and you have the complicated shaped jalebi. The jalebi experience is unique. Though crisp and sticky on the outside, it is warm and juicy on the inside. There are many ways to understad the making of the jalebis. Plus…Read more..
1) Barista Creme – Colaba A spin-off from the Barista coffee chain, Barista Crème takes the concept of the coffee-shop and adds in deli sandwiches, salads, cheese melts and sweet hot and cold desserts. People still come here to enjoy full-flavoured espresso and cappuccino, but the café-like atmosphere ensures that people take their time. It is a popular place for breakfast with friends or a working lunch. 2) Cafe Coffee Day. One of India’s leading coffee-chains, Café Coffee Day serves up real espresso, cappuccino and other Italian favourites, made…Read more..
1) Lane Connecting SNDT to Cross Maidan. Once you enter this lane from the Churchgate station, your nostrils will be accosted with the aroma of food wafting out of the thelas lined on both sides of the street. Catering to the steady crowd of office goers and college students, who throng this place from morning to night, this Khau Galli is actually the lifeline for many. The staples at this Khau Galli are the butter pav bhajis, chaats and milkshakes. Fancy a non-vegetarian meal? Cross over to theCross Maidan, for…Read more..
A chapter from my north India trip which took me across the beautiful states of Kashmir, Jammu and Punjab. Below is an account of my experience at the retreat ceremony at Wagah border. The Retreat Ceremony I have never been to a sports arena in my life. All those matches and football finals – I‘ve always caught it on TV. The thrill of watching the game live, the thunder of the spectators as their chant reverberates throughout makes one hair stand on end. A similar experience was in store for…Read more..