5 Weekend Getaways from Mumbai

Water Sports in Alibaug

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

Places to visit in Mahabaleshwar

Places to visit in Mahabaleshwar - NeedlePoint or Elephant's head point

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

Reflections of 2016 – My Travel Round-Up

Thrilling Travel Reflections of 2016

Happy New Year to all of you! I intended writing this article out last week as a befitting end to a great 2016 — What better way to wrap it all up than a travel round-up. However, since the year was quite good, I decided to relish those last few moments of 2016 in the … Read more

Guide to White Water Rafting in South & West India

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

Lal Mahal – Shivaji’s Childhood Home in Pune

Just round the corner of Shaniwar Wada, near the Ganpati gate of this fort, lies a Red colored building. The Lal Mahal or the Red palace, is a reconstructed palace – the original home of the famous Chhatrapati Shivaji. I found this accidentally, on the internet and while I was at Shaniwar Wada, decided to just … Read more

The collection at Kelkar Museum, Pune

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

Mastani Mahal at Kelkar Museum

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

Visiting the Haunted Shaniwar Wada in Pune

It had been years since I had visited the haunted mansion of the Peshwas – Shaniwar Wada and I had some fleeting recollection of the same. The recent Ranvir Singh – Deepika Padukone superhit – Bajirao Mastani rekindled my curiosity and urge to visit the remains of this grand palace in Pune. Adding fuel to … Read more

Chilling out at U Tropicana resort, Alibaug

All we wanted is a quiet, relaxing holiday – my cousin and me were meeting after a long time and we just needed to chill, not too far from Pune and yet not too near. An acquaintance  suggested the U Tropicana resort and off, we went to spend some time together, away from the daily routine. … Read more

Mumbai through the Gateway of India

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

Shinde Chhatri: A Maratha’s memorial in Pune

Pune holds a special place in my memories and this visit of mine was about re-discovering Pune. It had been years since I had last visited the heritage destinations and the cultural hot-spots of Pune. And sure enough, not only had the older attractions become even better but I found some newer and unexplored ones too. Shinde … Read more

Adlabs Aquamagica: A perfect outing with kids

The invite to visit the Adlabs Aquamagica came at a perfect time, just as I was heading to Pune with my daughter for her summer holidays. With the crazy Pune heat, it did not take me much to convince my cousin and niece to accompany me. So, we booked a few extra tickets & headed to … Read more

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