Travel · United States

Solvang: a slice of Denmark in California

Danish windmills, statues of Hans Christian Andersen, Danish bakeries, wooden storks and elf houses atop Danish style buildings.  For a moment, you could think this is straight out of a quaint town in Denmark, but this is Solvang in California for you! History Translating into “sunny field” in Danish, Solvang was founded by three Danish… Continue reading Solvang: a slice of Denmark in California

Travel · United States

Alcatraz, San Francisco: an enigmatic trip down history

  One of the most popular attractions in fog city aka ‘San Francisco” is the Alcatraz island.  Located just under two kilometres from Fisherman’s wharf, the island is also called the “rock” owing to the fact that it was a barren, irregular mass of land jutting out of the bay.  Covering an area of about… Continue reading Alcatraz, San Francisco: an enigmatic trip down history

Tamil Nadu · Travel

The essence and spirit of Madurai with GRT Regency

It is often said that while Chennai is the capital of Tamil Nadu, Madurai is its soul.   Also called the “Athens of the East“, Madurai is a vibrant city, bustling with energy.  It lies on the banks of the Vaigai River of the state.  Intrinsically associated with the quintessential Tamil culture, Madurai is an eclectic… Continue reading The essence and spirit of Madurai with GRT Regency

Tamil Nadu · Travel

Five ‘not so touristy’ things to do in while in GReat Trails, Kodaikanal

Also known as the “Gift of the Forest”, Kodaikanal is situated on a plateau between the Parappar and Gundar Valleys.  Blessed with rich flora, Kodaikanal is bestowed with meadows and grasslands in abundance along with Eucalyptus trees and shola forests in the valleys.  With the lake being central to the hill stations’ attractions, Kodai has some… Continue reading Five ‘not so touristy’ things to do in while in GReat Trails, Kodaikanal

Reviews · Tamil Nadu · Travel

GReat Trails, Kodaikanal: Ideal break amidst nature

Having experienced the best of GRT’s hospitality at GRT Grand on a personal visit to Chennai a couple of years back, an invitation for a bloggers’ meet by GRT, Kodaikanal had me all excited.  I am happy to say that brand GRT not only lived up to my expectations but pleasantly surpassed them, making my… Continue reading GReat Trails, Kodaikanal: Ideal break amidst nature

Karnataka · Travel

Pattadakal and Badami: Evolution of Chalukyan temple architecture

The exquisite temples of Pattadakal and Badami in the southern state of Karnataka are yet another illustration of the rich and unique heritage of India.  Located less than 500 km from Bangalore, the temples at Pattadakal and Badami demonstrate excellence of the Chalukyan School of Architecture and date between the fifth and eighth century AD.… Continue reading Pattadakal and Badami: Evolution of Chalukyan temple architecture

Food

Healthy Broken Wheat Payasam/Kheer with Pecans and Banoffee

Payasam or kheer is a commonly prepared dish typically served as dessert in Indian cuisine.  While there are umpteen ways to prepare payasam with numerous variations, the basic recipe calls for the use of either rice, wheat, or pulses along with milk and sugar and is generally flavoured with cardamom, saffron, cashews and raisins. This dessert is customarily… Continue reading Healthy Broken Wheat Payasam/Kheer with Pecans and Banoffee

Miscellaneous · Travel

A trip to the white continent: a journey of a lifetime by The Q experiences

Visiting the utterly beautiful, frigid yet rather mysterious continent of Antarctica is the dream of every traveller.   The good news is that this trip is closer to reality than you think. For, come the 9th of December 2017, you can embark on a truly exotic 11 day trip all the way to the South… Continue reading A trip to the white continent: a journey of a lifetime by The Q experiences

Decor

Home Canvas: the one stop shop for all your décor needs

As the popular saying goes there is no place like home and your home is always a true reflection of your personality. The pleasure of doing up your home by collecting things you love and finding a place for all your treasures and memories, compares to none other.  Everybody wants their home to be special… Continue reading Home Canvas: the one stop shop for all your décor needs

Travel · United States

Five ways to enjoy the Grand Canyon to the fullest

For some, the majesty of the Grand Canyon can be a bit overwhelming for the first-time visitor. Nothing can really prepare you for this fascinating 277-mile long and 18-mile wide natural wonder where the passage of time is not measured in years but centuries. One of the seven natural wonders of the world, the entire area… Continue reading Five ways to enjoy the Grand Canyon to the fullest