Life lessons I learnt while snorkelling at Andaman Islands

 “The best way to observe a fish is to become a fish”- Jacques Yves Couousteau  So I agreed to a trip to Andaman Islands with the highlight of itinerary being snorkelling at Elephant Beach. I felt as buoyant as the boat that rode over the inky blue ocean, the improvised motor reverberating noisily over the…

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Born free: In wilderness of Gir

Also known as Sasan-Gir, the Gir Forest National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary in Gujarat was established in 1965 and is the only home to Asiatic Lion. I had decided to take a jeep safari in the wilderness to get a glimpse of this magnificent creature. Even after spending the better part of night standing in…

Two days in Ilaha-de-Cama

Portugese called it Ilaha de Cama, The Isle of Calm. And true to its name Diu  is one laid-back calm town. Ours was the only car that seemed to occupy the wide metalled road besides an odd motorbike or pick-up van here and there. There was no hustle-bustle otherwise a very common site on any given…

Fast-tracking through Udaipur, The Venice of East

Meandering through the narrow crowded streets of this gorgeous old city, negotiating the sharp turns, taking in the little glimpses of  people and their way of life we rode around in a black and yellow auto-rickshaw bumping at obscure speed-breakers and protruding stones our bones rattling in silent protest....we avoided a cow here, a bunch of dogs there, an on…

An evening at Lake Pichola

"Blue, limpid, mighty, restless lakes God's mirrors underneath the sky...." Lake Pichola shimmered with its azure waters reflecting like mirror, the equally gorgeous skies above... A large boat whisked us off , all eager tourists on a ride across the tranquil, picturesque and fairly large Lake Pichola.  For an hour we sailed across the lake taking it all…

A Glimpse Of Royalty At City Palace, Udaipur

With whatever time we could squeeze out to visit Udaipur, in our long road trip from Rajasthan to Tamilnadu spread over a period of six days, we were left wanting for more.... Though old Udaipur is a maze of meandering narrow alleys teeming with people, cows, stray dogs, trash thrown carelessly, vehicles and tourists but it…