5 Stunning Destinations for Winter Vacation in India

Winter Vacations in India

Come winters, and almost everyone begins to look up for destinations in India where they can spend a part of their holidays. The winter months are when Indian tourist spots reach their crescendo since this is a pleasant time to be anywhere, even the hottest regions. Winter in India is usually called the “Pink” of … Read more

Summer Chillers at GReat Trails by GRT Hotels

The GRT Property at Kodaikanal

With the rising mercury in the cities, it is not surprising to see families setting off for their favorite hill stations across the country. Down south in Tamil Nadu, Kodaikanal remains a favorite and rightly so, given that it is the Princess of Hill stations. Besides the lovely things to do in Kodaikanal, what made … Read more

Fun things to do in Vancouver

Fun things to do in Vancouver

If visiting Vancouver is on your travel bucket list (and it should be!) there are definitely some great things you must do while you’re there.  Vancouver has so much to offer every kind of visitor that it’s difficult to narrow down the list!  No matter what your inclination, these fun things to do in Vancouver … Read more

Unusual Ooty Sightseeing with Todas, Kotas & Badaga Tribes

Portrait of a Toda Tribal Woman - Pingalamma

Ooty or Ootacamund is considered as the capital of the Blue Mountains (Nilgiris). This hillstation has been a weekend getaway and a honeymooner’s paradise for centuries. Owing to its popularity, I won’t be surprised if you tell me that you have ticked off all the major Ooty Sightseeing destinations here. In fact, so did I … Read more

The hidden underground city of Belum Caves Andhra Pradesh

The long passages of Belum Caves

Inhabited by the monks in search of peace, deep down under the earth’s surface, the 2nd longest caves of India in Andhra Pradesh turned out to be a secret town. Like any other town above the ground, Belum Caves in Andhra Pradesh had its share of pathways in the form of winding tunnels. As is … Read more

The tale of a gorge & a fort – Gandikota

Finally made it ! Gandikota!

People refer to it as the Grand Canyon of India. They said that the topography and scenic beauty is what makes this gorge a unique place. The good part of it – it is just 5 and a half hours from Bengaluru. And even better – not quite touristy. This evoked enough curiosity for me … Read more

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

Chitwan National Park: Of One Horned Rhinos & Crafty Ghariyals

One horned Rhino in Chitwan National Park

“It was almost as if I were the hero in the game Temple Run – meandering in a river, avoiding the seeming logs that turned out to be Ghariyals, swerving the whirlpools and most importantly, maintaining a balance”. The River Safari in Chitwan National Park was one thrilling experience, especially with 6 people on a log … 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

Things to do in Amsterdam

Main Amsterdam Attraction - Rijksmuseum

Growing up as a child in Switzerland with Dutch parents, I feel strongly rooted in the Netherlands, even though I never lived there. My husband George is a South African, and some of his ancestors emigrated from the Netherlands. Perhaps this is one of the reasons why Amsterdam attracts us both and why we have … Read more

Where Colors merge – Confluence of Indus & Zanskar in Ladakh

Mesmerized by the colors of the Confluence of Indus and Zanskar

Colors are such mood-enhancers and I still don’t know anyone who does not love them. Especially when they are thrown in by nature. Watching a stunning sunset merge with the waters of an ocean or myriad colors of the flowers that dominate a valley – it is just mind-blowing. A few places where I enjoyed … Read more

10 Things to do in San Francisco

Golden Gate Bridge - Things to do in San Francisco

During my first trip to San Francisco, what I learned about this city was more than my mini-brain could take in. I was so stumped and stupefied with the assorted package of fun and frolic this city has, that I forgot that I had a flight to catch for home. The city is just a … Read more

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