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.…

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Kath Kuni Architecture: Heritage Of Himachal Pradesh

Heritage, as defined in the dictionary means "an inherited property such as historic buildings that have been passed down from previous generation and are worthy of preservation". The intangible heritage includes the traditional knowledge and practices relating to the natural surroundings that have been handed down by preceding generation. On a recent trip to Manali and…

Romancing The Rain: A Trek To Bhimashankar

I have never been keen on getting wet in the rain...so much so that when a few years ago, darling husband had very romantically suggested a motorbike ride to Lonavala in thick of monsoon I had, with an equal ardour, convinced him to cozy up at home instead of getting wet and cold in the rain! But a few…

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…

When Phoolandevi refused to budge!!

Phoolandevi refused to budge ....no, not the dacoit of 1980s, but the great Indian tusker at the Kaziranga National Park!! She stood still attentively listening to the sounds that the wind carried and trumpeted loudly, searching and signalling... desperately. She stopped in her tracks and would take us no further. A mother always worries...and wild beast…

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…

Jaaoon Kahan E Dil (Where on earth should i go?)…..

The snow-clad mountains, the misty verdant mountains, the roaring blue-green oceans and soft sandy beaches, the gurgling streams, the deep mysterious forests, the arid stretches of deserts with shimmering sands, the ancient ruins, the temples, forts, cave dwellings, the palaces, monuments and memorials....the wonderous, scenic, cultural, historical and architectural heritage of the world is but…

Nilgiri Mountain Train

Chugging Along Aboard The World Heritage Nilgiri Mountain Railway

The mellow morning sun playing hide and seek with the snow-white gossamer clouds made the balmy weather only more pleasant...As I walked down the road towards the little town station I marvelled at the wild flowers swaying eagerly from the hill-side along the road to paint it  in their individual hues; purples, blues, yellows and oranges…

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Heritage Run at Udagmandalam

"Is it okay, if I walk instead of running? I haven't run in ages!!" When I came to know about this GoUNESCO Heritage Run at Ooty, tempted as I was, I knew I would be panting more than I would be running. I had almost given up but a nagging lingering desire made me post a query on…

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,…