Haridwar – The Treasure of Uttarakhand

When I was a teenager, my parents were located in crime saturated Muzzaffarnagar in Uttar Pradesh. Haridwar and Rishikesh were the two close destinations where we would often go....it gave my mother some peace. I loved going to Har ki Paudi...the stepped ghat at River Ganga. Once when my 80-year-old grandfather was visiting, he wished…

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A Holiday In The US of A

I love to travel...period. But it's not everyday that we plan a holiday, a month-long at that, abroad, because honestly that is a big decision and a hell lot of budgeting....And yet we did plan for a month-long vacation to the United States. Our 15th wedding anniversary was a milestone in our married life and a…

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,…

10 Destinations Safe Enough To Travel Solo or In An All-Woman Group

This article was written for and has first appeared on  Women's Web.  Who doesn't like to travel to new places and be free of chaos of regular life, to relax and rejuvenate....to just be one with nature? Women at times are concerned about safety which makes them think twice before going solo for travel. This has…

In Shiva’s Refuge At Airawateshwara Temple, Darasuram

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Airawateshwar Temple is one of the three Great Living Chola Temples. Built in 1162, by Raja Raja II the age old traditions are still followed in prayers and festivals. Darasuram is an hour's drive from Thanjavur and buses and taxis are easily available. Tour operators operate one-day, three-days and five-day tours for…

Kostamar Beach Resort: A Review

The fact that town of Diu is very small with only a hand-full of people arriving at its airport, was reiterated at the arrival lounge that had no conveyor belt to bring our luggage...instead two men hand-transported bags. As we made our way out of airport , at a distance the sea shimmered silver under the white ball of…

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…

The Train to Howrah

Tatanagar, a popular nickname for Jamshedpur, did not feature on my travel itinerary till a few days back when I was visiting the Steel Plant of Tata. For a city that is named after the steel magnate himself, it is not surprising that the original name of railway station Kalimati was changed to Tatanagar after the name of city's…

Siddis: A Tribe Lost In The Pages Of History

What are the chances of meeting an Afro-American who can speak Hindi, knows which part of the country Indian prime minister hails from and claims to have a great grandfather from Gujarat too? I would say none except that I met someone just like that on my maiden trip to USA at Times Square, New…

Adalaj Vav: An Illustration of Love and Religious Tolerance

 “It’s amazing what people do for love. It’s even more amazing what love does for people” It was for this love, for her deceased husband Veer Sinh chieftain of Vaghelas, that Rani Roopba, consented to marry Mehmud Begada, the slayer of her husband himself, on a precondition that he would complete the construction of ‘Adalaj…