The rock-cut steps, hot from the summer afternoon sun, literally burned my feet as I hurried towards the couple of steps a little up ahead which looked cool, thanks to a temple next to them. I was not even half way through the 614 steps. Heck, I hadn’t even crossed 50 steps and I was already questioning my decision to climb the Vindhyagiri hills, on this scorching August afternoon. “Is it worth?”, I asked myself. “Maybe it is but for now, I need to get to the steps which were not as hot as a furnace.” I had wanted to see this more than 58 feet tall statue of Bahubali (also know as Gomateshwara) since a while now, so atleast I knew there is no looking back.
Bahubali Standing Tall – Shravanabelagola
I wanted to see the monolith up close for which Shravanabelagola is famous for, up close.… continue reading
After living in Bangalore for almost 8 long years if someone says that he has not been to Kerala, getting weird looks from others would be the most obvious thing to expect. Kerala is one of the first places that comes to one’s mind when you are planning a trip to South India, if you are from the North. And for those like us who live/d in the southern part of the country, it is one of the most popular destinations. From culture & history to food and from delightful backwaters & house-boats to beautiful beaches, Kerala has everything to please your soul. And yes, not to forget the centuries’ old lush green tea gardens with the rustic colonial touch about them.
Gorgeous Tea Gardens of Munnar, Kerala
While all these were enough reasons to head to Kerala on one of the so many weekends and holidays I had when I was in Bangalore, I somehow, always found myself postponing to some other time. … continue reading
Until a couple of years back I never knew that there was another border gate between India and Bhutan. I thought Gelephu and Phuntsholing were the only two though which you can go to Bhutan. So when I came to know about that we can also enter Bhutan through Samdrup Jonkhar, which was very near to where I now stay, it was only natural that one winter afternoon we found ourselves leaving Darranga behind and walking into land of the land of the Drukpas. The Last Shangri-la, as some also like to call it. Back then, we were hardly able to see the border town because we had reached quite late and had to return too but I knew I would come back soon.
Unplanned trips are fun, they always have been. And they still continue to be so. This trip too, to what was once a French colonial settlement in India, was no different. One summer morning as I found myself riding towards this little town on the East Coast of India. A thousand thoughts were running through my mind none of which I can remember now, save for one. I remember thinking why, even though a part of me had been wanting to visit Pondy since quite sometime, I had never really given it a serious thought. The reason always had been the same, ‘because it was touristy’ and I was not a fan of such places.
Beautiful French Architecture – Pondicherry
Then why was I heading to a place which would be crowded, all the more because of the long weekend ahead?… continue reading
On November the 30th last month, I took a leap of faith into uncertainty. A couple of weeks after that, on the 14th of this month to be specific, I went a step further. I packed all my stuff and left Bangalore and with it, a stable and well-paying job and any chance of returning to the corporate life. As my train rolled out of the platform, I remember a strange feeling of excitement and nervousness building up inside me. After all it was not one of those decisions which you take overnight.
I have been thinking about it for more than half a year before I found myself in a position to actually decide.
Back in 2009, when I came to Bangalore, I knew that I am not going down to settle down here (or in any city), I knew I would leave.… continue reading
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
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
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.
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
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
As we rode through the switchbacks on our way to the Baba Budangiri peak, the fog seemed to grow thicker and thicker.… continue reading