Hidden in plain sight – Pataleshwar temple in Pune

Pataleshwar temple in Pune - a heritage site on the busy Jangali Maharaj road

Said to have sheltered the Pandavas But history says the Pataleshwar temple was built by the Rashtrakutas Carvings left unfinished on the basalt stone The cave temple was incomplete for reasons unknown. When I first heard of the Pataleshwar cave temple in Pune, I imagined it would be somewhere on the outskirts of the city. … Read more

Places to visit in Mahabaleshwar

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A recent trip to Pune had me visit one of my favorite hill station in Maharashtra. Mahabaleshwar has tons of memories associated with it – a lot dating back to my school and college days. Owing to its proximity to Pune, I have been here umpteen times and each time, the place bowls me over … Read more

Mastani Mahal at Kelkar Museum

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If Bajirao Mastani interests you and if you have liked my last post on Shaniwar Wada, you are sure to get intrigued by this one. The Mastani Mahal – or the Palace of Mastani. For those who have not seen the movie or are unaware of Bajirao, a quick story from history. The Epic Romance … Read more

The collection at Kelkar Museum, Pune

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My last post on the Mastani Mahal at the Kelkar Museum saw tremendous interest and response from all of you and as promised there, here is my account on the rest of the Kelkar Museum. To start with, let me introduce this museum to you. It has been in Pune for quite some time now … Read more

10 beaches on the West coast of India, other than Goa

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When it comes to the West Coast of India, or for that matter, India itself, the first beach destination most think of is Goa! Though very well-developed and extremely popular, Goa is NOT the only beach destination along the Arabian Sea. Here, we present 10 amazing beaches in India you need to plan your next … Read more

5 Weekend Getaways from Mumbai

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Every once a while the hustle of your city life gets to you, especially when you are in the ‘city of dreams’- Mumbai. The city’s fast-paced life coupled with a hectic work schedule usually tires you out and an escape from this hum-drum of daily life becomes necessary. Mumbai is surrounded by beautiful tourist spots … Read more

Kolad – A Weekend Destination from Mumbai and Pune

View of the Kundalika River, Kolad

A sleepy little village by the banks of the river Kundalika – sounds like a lazy weekend? Nope, Kolad is much much more than that. Sure you can choose to have a lazy weekend here, but once you discover what Kolad offers, I am sure you might want to consider a great, adrenaline-filled holiday. Let … Read more

Guide to White Water Rafting in South & West India

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One of my latest adventure activities was during my last trip – White Water rafting in Goa. Interestingly, when I shared my experience on my social channels, a lot of people were surprised to hear that this was available in Goa. Indeed it is and in my opinion, it is one of the “must do things … Read more

Mumbai through the Gateway of India

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Mumbai – a city that I have spent considerable time in. Earlier for a transit as I was staying the Gulf, later as a short vacation spot with cousins and then with as a business hub. Thanks to my marketing career, there was no escaping Mumbai. However, in all these years, it has been all air, road … Read more