What Not To Miss In California

The state of California stretches from Mexico to Oregon. The Golden state as it is better known, is hub of art, technology and entertainment. With a variety of natural landscapes to attract, it was very much on our to do list during the month-long vacation to United States. Though we had enough days in hand…

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In Search Of Self At Matri Mandir, Auroville, Pondicherry

Can few minutes in the confinement of your own thoughts cut off from all distracting sounds and sights help you gain insight into yourself? Can it relieve you of guilt or pain? Is it so easy to accept your own faults and ponder over what could have been the better way? Can I really find…

For That Slice Of Pizza

It is always the small nondescript eateries that steal the show with their authentic delectable offerings be it kebabs on a tiny hand cart in by lanes of Lucknow or a tucked away corner selling sweetened thick buttermilk in Jodhpur or the many small makeshift stalls with their spicy ‘pani puri’ or ‘dahi-bhalla’ in the…

Need of the Hour: Eco Friendly Hotels

With depleting natural resources, world has finally woken up to conserving flora and fauna, recycling and reducing water consumption and adopting ways to utilize solar energy. ‘Eco-friendly’ is the buzz word and rules-regulations for the same are being gradually implemented. Each of us needs to pitch in and work towards conserving natural resources. As the…

Ruins Of Mandu

Hidden from view at a distant hill  towards the western end of Mandu plateau, are an old fort's ruins "Budhi Mandu"(translated literally it means ancient Mandu) dating back to tenth century with a large lake and group of temples. But this is not where you tread because a dense forest makes it almost impossible to…

Planning A Fun Vacation With Kids At Disneyland, Los Angeles

Our month-long vacation in USA was deliberately planned to culminate at Los Angeles. We chose to exclude all such activities which would not interest a twelve-year-old. The grand finale was all about making the trip special for our 'princess' and hence Los Angeles meant only Disney Park, Disney California Adventure Park, Sea World and Universal…

Mandu: Tragic Love Story Of Baz Bahadur And Roopmati

Monsoons paint this part of hilly Malwa region with bright emerald greens that is interspersed with dozen small lakes, ponds and little brooks gushing down the ravine and Mandu becomes the most beautiful spot of Malwa. The pleasing to the eye and invigorating for the senses scenery, earned for the city enclosed within the fort walls,…

Monsoon Fort Treks Near Pune

The first heavy monsoon shower arrived with not only the intoxicating pleasant petrichor but also brought back a longing to be on the green slopes of Sahyadris with gentle breeze ruffling my hair. I love to be in open air near the cool gurgling streams, listening to chirping birds hiding behind emerald green fresh leaves…

Rained In At Chicago

Chicago, to me, meant Mies van der Rohe, Louis Sullivan, Frank Lloyd Wright and some precious lessons from History of Architecture that I studied in college. While chalking out the itinerary of a vacation in USA, Chicago had to feature. Needless to say I was much excited. We rode a bus from Detroit to Chicago.…

A World Of Glass: Corning Museum of Glass

The realisation that my imagination of the extent a glass could be shaped was far too limited came only after a visit to the Corning Museum of Glass. Nestled in the heart of Finger Lakes Wine Country, this world's largest glass museum hosts 35 centuries of glass artistry and an international Glass market. It is…