Strolling The Aga Khan Palace

Built in the late nineteenth century near the banks of the Mula river, the grand Aga Khan Palace – one of India’s biggest historic landmarks, sat right at the top of my things to do in Pune list as I tried to explore the city over the weekend. I had explored the iconic Shaniwarwada yesterday, followed by the Raja Dinkar Kelkar museum. While the Shaniwarwada wowed me, I was super impressed by what lay inside the otherwise nondescript three-storey museum but more on that soon. For now, let’s talk about the Aga Khan Palace where I stopped by on my way to the airport.

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The courtyard of Aga Khan Palace, Pune

Because the Aga Khan Palace falls on the way to the Pune airport, actually just a few kilometres from it and my flight to Bangalore was late in the evening, I had almost the entire day to explore the place.… continue reading

Nagaland Inner Line Permit Guide

While applying for Inner Line Permit (ILP) for Arunachal Pradesh, I had also applied for Nagaland Inner Line Permit as I wanted to visit Mon and Longwa and a little beyond that, during the Aaoling festival before heading to Basar for the Mopin festival this year (more on the festivals festival later). While I had wanted to apply the Arunachal Pradesh ILP offline because my travel plan in the state involved inter-district travel, for Nagaland I had planned to apply the ILP online as my plan here was pretty straightforward. But that was not to be.

Nagaland ILP

How To Apply Inner Line Permit (ILP) For Nagaland

Types of Inner Line Permits for Nagaland

For easier segregation of the people visiting the state, the government of Nagaland issues Inner Line different categories.… continue reading

The ‘Tour’ That Never Happened

One of the things that we wanted to do during our stay in George Town, Penang, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage was to take a tour of the Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion, also known as the Blue Mansion. While researching for our trip, I had bumped upon this place unexpectedly and had spent some time reading about it. I was quite fascinated by its past (you can read about that on Wiki here) and was even more excited when I found that you could actually stay there. I decided to book the place for our stay in Penang. But one look at the tariff per night and I quickly came back to reality. But I wanted to see the place up close.

The Blue Mansion, George Town, Penang

The Blue Mansion, George Town, Penang

What could I do?… continue reading

Arunachal Pradesh Inner Line Permit Guide

Over the last couple of years, more and more Indian tourists have started coming to North East India, an incredibly beautiful part of the country. North East India has something for everyone, be it the adventure loving and thrill-seeker traveller, be it someone who loves the monsoons and the clouds or be it the someone who wants to take everything slow and just laze around in the hills. However, visiting the north-eastern states, at least few of them must be approved by the authorities. One such state is Arunachal Pradesh. You must obtain an Inner Line Permit (or ILP) if you are an Indian and a Protected Area Permit (PAP) if you are a foreigner.

How To Apply Inner Line Permit (ILP) For Arunachal Pradesh

How To Apply Inner Line Permit (ILP) For Arunachal Pradesh

What is an Inner Line Permit or ILP?continue reading

Street art In George Town

When I had resigned from my job and moved to the North East, one of the things I had expected to be able to do is to blog more frequently and regularly, among other things. However, if you have been following my blog for a while you would have already noticed that things, at least the blogging bit, have not been going the way I had expected it to be. I haven’t been able to blog regularly even though I have tried to. I have wanted to share so many stories over the past couple of months, actually more than that, but haven’t been able to.

Kids on a bicycle, Armenian Street, George Town, Penang

Kids on a bicycle, Armenian Street, George Town, Penang

So, let me try to regain my momentum with this photo-post about the beautiful street-art of George Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Penang, Malaysia.… continue reading

A Stroll In The Shaniwar Wada

For a change this time, I wanted to take the trail tourists take when in this historic city of Maratha. It had been almost a decade since the last time I was in Pune. Back then I had come as a student and had neither the inclination nor the time and money to see Pune. So when I found myself in Pune again this time, I knew I had to make the best out of my couple of days here. I knew that I can’t really explore the city in two days so I thought, why not be a tourist and go see the top things to see in Pune!

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The Courtyard – Shaniwar Wada, Pune

The options were many but thanks to my love for of old and historic places, I decided to start my Pune tour from the historic Shaniwar Wada.… continue reading

Seeing Bahubali, Up Close

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 gomateshwara at shravanabelagola

Bahubali Standing Tall – Shravanabelagola

I wanted to see the monolith up close for which Shravanabelagola is famous for, up close.… continue reading

Meandering Munnar

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

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