Meandering Munnar

After living in Bangalore for almost 8 long years if someone says that he haven’t been to Kerala, getting weird looks from others is the most natural 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

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

A day in Bhutan’s Oldest Town – Samdrup Jonkhar

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.

Beautifully decorated prayer-wheel, Samdrup Jonkhar

Beautifully decorated prayer-wheel, Samdrup Jonkhar

Fast forward to the first day of 2017, we again found ourselves driving towards Samdrup Jonkhar.… continue reading

Walking The Streets of Pondicherry

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.

french style cafe Pondicherry

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

Looking Back at 2016 : In Pictures

The New Year is just round the corner as 2016 comes to an end. This year has been quite exciting for me, both in terms of travel and big decisions that I took in life (finally!!). Looking back at 2016 brings a smile on my face, every time so it’s only natural that I feel like sharing all that had happened over the years. But because that is definitely not a good idea lest the post becomes never-ending, let me share a handful of fun moments which I shared over the course of the year on my Instagram timeline.

A Day-Trip to Yercaud
Yercaud remained elusive to me for quite some time before one fine morning I finally decided to drive down up to this colonial hill-station. Though my visit there was not during the best of seasons when it is most beautiful but the slowness and the charm of the uncrowded place made up for it.… continue reading

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