Shimla Sojourn

Vacationing in Himachal, was a long overdue plan. Then things fell in place with a short trip to Manali and Shimla. After spending a day in Manali, we decided to drive to Shimla as well with sight-seeing at Kullu naturally fitting in the itinerary. Nothing could have prepared me for the beautiful landscape that unfolded…

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Meandering Through Manali

The inky blackness swallowed up all that came in its way.....the deep valley was dark and eerily silent as our lonely car trundled up the winding road...tired and desperately wanting to crawl into a warm bed,  I still sat alert clutching at the door, fearing the worst as the midnight crept upon our car on that hill-side.…

Festivals of Goa

There is more to Goa, the most favored destination for fun-loving travelers, than just sea and surf or sun and sand or overflowing spirits for that matter. Mere mention of Goa conjures up the images of colorful gaiety, exuberance, festooned decorations, merry revelers, foot-tapping music and joyous vivacious dances and for me....most definitely the caricature art depicting local…

Hazaar Khwaishein Aisi (A Thousand Dreams)…

Only a few days ago, I had poured out my angst post the mindless attacks on innocent lives at Nice, Kabul, Turkey and Munich. With such everyday restless frenzy and hatred in world, I have slipped more often into a contemplative mood and wondered where on earth should I go but a traveler at heart I have also…

Road To Kodaikanal

I love taking road trips (preferably in self driven cars) not only because it gives me an excuse to travel to new places but also because it affords me a melange of sights all through the journey...a weird tree stump, a garishly dressed up couple, a pond with water lilies, a sunset, an odd signboard,…

The Foundry Of The Steel Giant

"Saavdhaan! loco aa rahi hai" the haunting voice suddenly caught my attention as I donned myself with the safety gear issued for a visit to the workshop of sixth largest steel plant of the world. My puzzled expression brought an indulgent smile on the face of the Plant's representative who in an attempt to explain managed to confuse…