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Five Unique things to do in Goa: experiences off the beaten track

Sun, sand, surf, parties and pure fun are just a handful of things associated with India’s tiniest and most vibrant state, Goa. Flanked by the glistening Arabian Sea on the west, Maharashtra on the north and Karnataka to the east and south, Goa is one of the most popular states in the country. Ruled until… Continue reading Five Unique things to do in Goa: experiences off the beaten track

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Temple markets: a kaleidoscope of zeal, vibrancy and effervescence

Small yet sustainable, little shops and establishments that mushroom around temples in India are one of the most lively markets you can ever find. They are a melange of energy, color and life.  Bustling with hectic activity and teeming with people, they showcase the many flavors of our diversity, culture and traditions. Here are some random captures:… Continue reading Temple markets: a kaleidoscope of zeal, vibrancy and effervescence

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City of Gates: Aurangabad – top four things to see and do

Named after the last Mughal king Aurangzeb, the city of Aurangabad is popularly known as the tourism capital of Maharashtra.  Located in the Deccan plateau, the city is home to a number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites including the impressive Ajanta and Ellora caves. Known as the ‘city of gates‘, Aurangabad has close to 52… Continue reading City of Gates: Aurangabad – top four things to see and do

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The state of many colors: Rajasthan, on my wishlist

Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning: Gloria Steinem As the above quote conveys, it is always important to pursue your passions.  Ultimately, having a dream in the first place and working towards making it come true is the essence of life.… Continue reading The state of many colors: Rajasthan, on my wishlist

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Chennai: The charismatic coastal city of South India – Guest post

I am very excited to share my first guest post that I wrote for the Wild Book Company managed by the wonderful Lois Key.  It is a photo essay on my experience in the multifaceted city of Chennai. True to its thriving cultural, economic and cosmopolitan nature, Chennai is multifarious.  While the city boasts of… Continue reading Chennai: The charismatic coastal city of South India – Guest post

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DakshinaChitra: a slice of South Indian culture and heritage

If you are a lover of heritage houses, ancient culture, folklore and traditional arts and crafts, DakshinaChitra is the place for you.  Located about 25 km from the metro city of Chennai, this centre has been open since 1996 and is managed by the Madras Craft Foundation (MCF).  Modeled on the lines of a cultural village, the… Continue reading DakshinaChitra: a slice of South Indian culture and heritage

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The Portuguese connection: Loutolim, Goa

Guest post: Bindu Gopal Rao Think Goa and you might immediately connect with images of beaches and night life. But there is so much more to Goa than partying that you can discover in India’s best loved beach state. And if you like me, are the kind who likes architecture, stop by at Loutolim a… Continue reading The Portuguese connection: Loutolim, Goa

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Pondicherry: my top 5 favorite places and things to do

The union territory of Pondicherry located in South India is one of my favorite destinations for a holiday or a quick getaway.  Also called Puducherry or just Pondy, this unique town was a French colonial settlement till as recent as 1954.  Hence, the “French connection” is unmistakable and distinct here. With the new part of… Continue reading Pondicherry: my top 5 favorite places and things to do

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Snaefell Mountain Railway: picture perfect vistas

If you a lover of heritage railways that chug their way through some stunning panoramic landscapes, Isle of Man offers some of the best. Located in the middle of the Irish Sea and equidistant from  England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, Isle of Man is a truly fabulous holiday destination.  Pristine beaches, a magnificent coastline and… Continue reading Snaefell Mountain Railway: picture perfect vistas

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Valparai: an alluring hill station

Nestled on the Anamalai hill ranges of the Western Ghats, Valparai at 3500 feet above sea level is an idyllic hill station.  Lush green shola forests, picturesque locales, well-manicured tea and coffee gardens and home to a wide variety of flora and fauna, Valparia is a hidden gem in the district of Coimbatore.  Dotted with… Continue reading Valparai: an alluring hill station