Travel · United States

Hershey’s Chocolate World: a day of fun and “sweet” happiness

“More than any other food, chocolate delights and enchants… chocolate tantalizes and it comforts. Chocolate has soothed fretful children and welcomed tired travelers; mountain climbers have saved their last piece of chocolate to celebrate reaching new heights; suitors have given chocolate to show the depth of their devotion. Chocolate has been used as a stimulant, an… Continue reading Hershey’s Chocolate World: a day of fun and “sweet” happiness

Karnataka · Travel

Ageless beauties galore: Manjusha car museum, Dharmastala

Reaching Dharmasthala just as the temple gates closed for the afternoon break was a tad disappointing. Given the fact that it was a long weekend, the highways were crowded and it was a rather tiring drive. Hoards of pilgrims were already queuing up to obtain a darshan of Lord Manjunatha in the evening session at… Continue reading Ageless beauties galore: Manjusha car museum, Dharmastala

Travel · United States

Niagara Falls: mist, magic and magnificence personified

Derived from the Native American word that means “split in the flat land”, Niagara falls are arguably one of the most beautiful and popular water falls in the world.  Stunningly beautiful and breathtaking, no words can actually do justice to the magnificence of this natural wonder. Located at the international border between Canada and the… Continue reading Niagara Falls: mist, magic and magnificence personified

Travel · United States

Corning museum of glass: a display of sheer excellence, beauty and grace

While glass is an essential commodity that we use almost daily in our lives, it is something we take for granted and not much importance is attributed to the material though its utility is so high.  So, when you hear about a museum that is dedicated completely to the history, science and art of this… Continue reading Corning museum of glass: a display of sheer excellence, beauty and grace

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