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!

Garden of shaniwar wada pune

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

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

Life 2.0 : Bye Bye Bangalore

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.

Life 3.0 rajiv verma

Life 2.0

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

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