Places to visit in monsoon in India

Weekend Getaway from Mumbai - Lonavala

If you are interested in traveling but prefer doing so in seasons other than summer or spring – then one of the best places to visit would be India. It has vast land with three distinct seasons – Summer, monsoons and winter. The country offers different places for each of these seasons. However, it is … Read more

Adalaj Ni Vav – a beautiful melancholy in stone

Adalaj ni Vav near Ahmedabad

She traced the flowers with her fingers as she recalled her beloved. With tear-filled eyes, she sought the blessings of the Lord etched on the walls. Murmuring a silent prayer, she completed the circumambulation of the new Adalaj ni Vav And then without hesitation, she plunged in to the very dream she had completed. Adalaj … Read more

A travel guide to Saputara – the only hill station in Gujarat

Girmal waterfalls in Saputara hill station

Endless stretch of rolling greens attempted to hide its colored floral gems Trickling streams showered pearls on the verdant stems The grey clouds flirted with the hills covering a blue screen When suddenly, a curtain of mist dropped and obscured the vibrant scene. A futile attempt – if I may say – The beauty of … Read more

From Mandir to Masjid with Ahmedabad heritage walk

Shanthinath Ni Pol - a very picturesque pol that you can see during your heritage tour in Ahmedabad

The innocuous door opened to reveal a secret passage that led to a square with four homes facing each other. Where one showed a colonial touch, another showcased the local art. The third displayed a touch of Persia and the fourth stood vibrant with its Maratha designs. Distinct cultures intertwined, differences merged. Such was the … Read more

The rustic vibes of Janapada Loka Ramanagara

Malnad house at Janapada Loka

It wasn’t the first time that we had stopped at the same spot for breakfast Nor was it the first time that we had heard the foot-tapping music near the grand gate next door. However – it was the first time I saw those dancers perform to the beat of the drum And it was … Read more

Varanasi Street Art – celebrating the essence of Banaras

The age-old custom of chillum that prevails in Varanasi

The smoke from his chillum rose high and then merged with the fumes from the aarti. Right next to it, was the Kathak dancer performing a chakkar – all to the tune of tabla. I felt the essence of Banaras through these moments – all captured in the magnificent Varanasi street art. Visiting one of … Read more

Channapatna Toys – The Epic Toy Story

Channapatna dolls - the ones I bought

With one hand, he held the saw to rotate the spinning wheel. In his other hand, he fashioned a chisel. Securing a small part of the lathe with his foot, he began to work his magic. Within moments, the slab of rock transformed into a perfect mini globe that finally became a bobbing head of … Read more

Five Reasons to Invest in a Student Travel Insurance Right Now

While studying in a foreign country enhances your learning experience and opens doors to great opportunities, it also comes with certain risks and challenges. However, having a safety net can help you combat these challenges effectively, which in this case is student travel insurance. Such plans offer the insured protection against medical and non-medical emergencies, … Read more

All about the best beach in Dwarka – Shivrajpur Beach

Shivrajpur Beach - the best beach in Dwarka

The blue water turned white as it bubbled over my toes The soft sand had my feet got enclosed. Even from a distance, I clearly saw the friendly fins Waltzing with the gentle waves were the lively dolphins. They seemed far but still within my reach But then, that was how everything was – on … Read more

The Bet Dwarka Story – a mystical mix of fact & fiction

Getting to Bet Dwarka by a ferry from Okha

“It is not just a myth that the Bet Dwarka temple was actually Krishna’s home. There is evidence pointing to it – like the recent discovery of the Bet Dwarka underwater city and the various historical digs on the island itself. The is definitely plenty more to the Bet Dwarka story” I have been digging … Read more

Nageshwar Jyotirlinga – A renowned Shiva Temple in Gujarat

The Shiva Statue that greets you at the Nageshwar Jyotirlinga Temple

His eyes bore through my soul… They beckoned me closer. His gaze urged me to look… At things beyond the obvious. The towering idol of Shiva greeted me at the entrance of the Nageshwar Jyotirlinga temple. His gaze and aura struck me so powerfully that I wondered what the actual linga inside this Shiva Temple in … Read more

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