New Cycle – Polygon Bend R2

After dilly dallying for a while, I finally pulled the trigger and bought myself a new cycle in April – the Polygon Bend R2 It is a gravel bike, which according to me, is the only type of dropbar bike that is suited for riding in and around Mumbai (for non cycling folks, gravel is

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Cycle Ride and Hike to Tiger Hilltop in Thane

Getting up before dawn, to watch the sun rise, is a cliched activity that is usually associated with yoga-lovers or senior citizens. Most of us regular folks probably value the hour or two of extra sleep instead, before we begin our daily grind. And on the off chance, when we do manage to wake up

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Cycle Ride to Chhota Morbe Dam

* I and 7 other cyclist friends rode to Chota Morbe dam in Nov 2021 Most Mumbaikars do not realize just HOW MANY pretty dams and backwaters surround this overcrowded, buzzing metropolis of ours. While they may be aware of Tansa and Vaitarna dams, because they supply drinking water to the city of Bombay, travel

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Cycling in Mumbai

Like a lot of people, who have discovered new hobbies or rekindled old passions, I (Pradosh) discovered cycling during the covid pandemic. I had picked up a simple gearless cycle, just a week before the covid tsunami hit our shores in Feb 2020. The idea was to do errands and maybe ride around my locality.

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Sondai Fort Trek

With the monsoons underway in full force in and around Mumbai, it is sort of hard to ignore the resplendent green beauty around Mumbai and stay at home on the weekends. But Covid-19 is still very much around and it is a very difficult balance to strike. Should we be careful and stay indoors till

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Madhya Pradesh Roadtrip Itinerary

Madhya Pradesh has an embarrassment of riches in tourist attractions – 10 national parks (forests), numerous ancient temples, forts & palaces, prehistoric rock art, rivers/waterfalls and generous doses of culture. Sadly, most of these sites haven’t gotten commensurate fame – and consequently, the state doesn’t even feature in the top 10 destinations for domestic Indian

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North Chile : San Pedro de Atacama

The Atacama desert was our final destination in Chile, as we completed our south-to-north traverse of the country. The Atacama is famous for being one of the driest places in the world, with some locales not recording a single drop of rain since weather stations were set up! On average, the whole region receives only

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North Chile : Elqui Valley and Lauca National Park

After two months of blissful travel in South America, we hit our first obstacle in North Chile. Unprecedented rains in the driest place in the world led to flooding in parts of the Atacama – specifically near San Pedro de Atacama, which we really wanted to visit! https://www.straitstimes.com/world/americas/extreme-weather-hits-chile-worlds-driest-desert-floods We were able to rejig our itinerary

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Santiago

After almost two full months of tramping around Argentine and Chilean countryside, including 6 weeks in Patagonia, we pulled into Chile’s capital Santiago. It is a proper metropolis – with a population of about 7 million, a functioning subway, international food options and an overall great vibe. For two Indians desperately looking for tasty (spicy)

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