A Train Through The Borail Hills

Close to a decade and a half back, I had taken the Silchar – Guwahati meter gauge train or Pahad line, as it was popularly known back then, once. For the kid that I was at that time, it was the most wonderful journey I had ever been on. I was delighted to say the least. The beautiful rail-line that snaked its way up and down the gradual inclines of the Borail range, the numerous tunnels built through the hills and the deep dense greenery had more than blown me away. So much so that I did not mind sharing my reserved seat with double the number of people it was supposed to accommodate.

Through the Borail Hills, Dima Hasao - Assam

Through the Borail Hills, Dima Hasao – Assam

From my window seat, I kept looking outside, lost in the beauty of the lone houses atop random hills and the meandering river below.… continue reading

Walking the streets of George Town

The glimpse that we had got yesterday of this beauty called George Town had made sure we to keep us all excited for the next morning. We wanted to explore the place as much as we can and we wanted to explore it slow. And what better way to do that than walk. Even better was the fact that we knew where most of the must see things in George Town were, thanks to last evening’s trishaw ride. We had first decided to walk to the heritage area of George Town right from our hotel near Komtar, but thanks to the humidity we soon hopped on one of the Rapid Penang buses (CAT bus) that ply at regular intervals and are free.

Khoo Kongsi, George Town - Penang chinese temple

Khoo Kongsi, George Town – Penang

The street art in George Town was one of the things I had been looking forward to, but yesterday’s quick visit to the heritage area had made me realize that this place was much more than that.… continue reading

Some History and Some Adventure

Old historic places have always intrigued be. From churches to old buildings to age-old neighborhoods and towns, the older they are, with their past preserved, the more they seem to impress me. There’s one thing I find common at such places, something I like the most and it would not be wrong if I say that it actually is the thing I enjoy the most when visiting age-old places. It’s the rustic charm that they have. You just have to just slow down a little and try to see beyond the obvious and you will realize how many stories lay undiscovered all around. The more you peel the layers, the more you realize how fascinating it is.

Tangkuban Perahu volcano

The Tangkuban Perahu, Badung – East Java Credit

Thankfully, our part of the world has many such wonderful places to be explored and one such place is the Bandung in Indonesia.… continue reading

The charm called George Town

Of all the place we visited in Malaysia, George Town was the most beautiful. Declared an UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008, this historical little town is a delight for people like me who enjoy getting a look and feel of the historic past of places. George Town with its charm had delighted me more than I had expected it to. No sooner had we walked out of the Raja Tun Uda Ferry Terminal in George Town after crossing over from Butterworth, the ageing but colorful buildings, the narrow roads and the seemingly easy-going people on the road made me fall in love with the place, almost immediately.

George Town - An UNESCO World Heritage Site photo

George Town – An UNESCO World Heritage Site

When you are so impressed by a place at its first look you can’t wait to get under its skin and explore.… continue reading

Getting to know the Hexa, in flesh

The first thing that caught my attention the moment I stepped inside the car was its surprisingly premium-looking interiors. And premium they were, unlike any SUV I have come across of-course except for the Land Rover which I took for a wonderful off-roading session some time back. As I settled down on the driving-seat while my team-mates made themselves comfortable in their respective seats, I couldn’t help but appreciate the perfectly in sync with each other interiors and the equally impressive console. It had impressed me yesterday by its looks from the outside and it does the same again today, from the inside. “It is going to be an exciting day”, I thought to myself as I belted-up, all set to hit the highway.

Test Driving the Tata Hexa

Test Driving the Tata Hexa

Okay, before I share with you my feelings about the TATA Hexa after our 180-kilometer drive which took us through varying road conditions, let me tell you that I have absolutely no technical gyan when it comes to cars.… continue reading

A fun weekend with friends and the Hexa

The memories of the last such drive in Goa, where I had driven the TATA Tiago (then known as Zica) through the beautiful roads of South Goa, brought a smile on my face as I boarded my flight to Hyderabad. I along with a bunch of other top bloggers of the country was invited by TATA Motors get a first-hand experience of TATA Motors’ upcoming SUV, the Tata Hexa. Last time we had had a lot of fun in Goa so quite naturally this time too, I was looking forward to a great weekend in Hyderabad. I am sure the other bloggers too had similar expectations.

tata hexa with camping gear fully loaded

The fully loaded Tata Hexa

In the lush green lawn of the hotel and under a clear blue sky stood the Hexa, all loaded with adventure accessories. … continue reading

Best way to cross over to George Town

If you had read my previous post (if you haven’t, here it is: Kuala Lumpur to Butterworth – From the Windowseat) then you already know that we had ditched the option of taking the Penang Bridge and had decided to take the more interesting option, the Penang Ferry to cross over to the Penang Island from Butterworth. We don’t get to take a ferry every day like we take buses or cabs so naturally, this sounded more interesting and hence the decision. A five-minute walk from the Butterworth railway station took us to the jetty which is well-connected to the station. No crossing the road business! And oh yes, it’s the cheapest way to reach George Town from Penang as well.

George Town as seen from the ferry - Penang, Malaysia

George Town as seen from the ferry – Penang, Malaysia

The approaches to the ferry from the station and outside, Butterworth - Penang

The approaches to the jetty from the station and outside, Butterworth – Penang

Both vehicles and people use the ferries to quickly cross-over so they were quite big in size.… continue reading

Colors of Monsoon in Chikmagalur

Monsoons are beautiful, especially in the western ghats. There are no second thoughts about it. The entire region looks as refreshingly green as it can, thanks to the monsoon showers that wash – off every single strand of dust leaf small or big. So a ride somewhere in the western ghats was inevitable and ‘Where’ was not a tough question to answer. The fact that Chikmagalur is arguably the most beautiful part of Karnataka and its close proximity from Bangalore only made matters much easier and it seemed that it was just a matter of couple more days before we were off to Chikmagalur. That was last year, a plan which never materialized. This monsoon however, things were better.

Magical clouds and refreshing greenery, Chikmagalur

Magical clouds and refreshing greenery, Chikmagalur

As we rode through the switchbacks on our way to the Baba Budangiri peak, the fog seemed to grow thicker and thicker.… continue reading