Mango Beach House, Kihim

February 10, 2014 3 min to read

Mango Beach House, Kihim

Category : Resort

With 3 weddings in the second half of 2013, we hadn’t been able to take a travel break since Fratelli ! So when a small cause for celebration came up last week, we decided to splurge on ourselves a bit and drove down to Mango Beach House in Kihim (Alibaug) this weekend. Mango Beach House (http://www.mangobeachhouse.com) is a very c...

Kaas Plateau : Valley of Flowers

October 2, 2013 7 min to read

Kaas Plateau : Valley of Flowers

Category : Driving, Mumbai Monsoons

Most of us have heard stories of the famed Valley of Flowers in the Himalayas in Uttarakhand – where the entire valley is engulfed in wild flowers of all colours, for a couple of months in a year. My father had the good fortune of seeing it for himself back in his younger days and he cannot help gushing about how beautiful it was, ...

Fratellli Winery

September 11, 2013 8 min to read

Fratellli Winery

Category : Driving, Resort

As with the Indian wine market, Sula Vineyard near Nasik has the top-of-the-mind recall for winery visits if you are from Bombay. In fact, quite a few people struggle to name Indian wine labels apart from Sula, given how ubiquitous it has become. However, there are smaller, newer winemakers who think they can do a better job than Sul...

Croatia : Part II – Dalmatian Coast

June 20, 2013 13 min to read

Croatia : Part II – Dalmatian Coast

Category : Natural Wonder

After finishing capital city Zagreb and the beautiful Plitvice National Park in Part 1, we reached Split on the Dalmatian Coast Croatia’s oldest (and second largest) city was founded in 305 AD by Roman Emperor Diocletian. He built a magnificent fortified palace by the sea as his retirement home, after he gave up the throne in Rome ...

Croatia : Part I – Zagreb & Plitvice

June 20, 2013 11 min to read

Croatia : Part I – Zagreb & Plitvice

Category : Natural Wonder

Croatia ? Sounds vaguely familiar, but don’t quite know or remember ? Croatia is on the Mediterranean sea, across the Adriatic from Italy. There are thousands of islands off the coast – also called Dalmatian coast. Lots of coastal towns, pretty as a postcard, with their orange riled roofs. It is one of the erstwhile Yugoslavi...

Rann of Kutch

February 23, 2013 20 min to read

Rann of Kutch

Category : Driving, Historical, Natural Wonder

160 kmph on the speedometer. Engine screaming near 5000 rpm. The road wide, smooth and shimmering in the heat. On both sides of the road is barren yellow land. Dry, with occasional scrub here and there. No sign of life for miles. It is cool in the car, but our senses are wide awake – lots of adrenaline pumping as the car goes faste...

Ajanta Ellora

October 3, 2012 16 min to read

Ajanta Ellora

Category : Driving, Historical

We hadn’t done a driving holiday yet (though we had been to Pune in the car), so we were on the lookout for an opportune time and a destination. The time appeared in form of Gandhi Jayanti on a Tuesday – the last long weekend of the year. And for a while I had been itching to visit Aurangabad – to see the Ajanta and Ellora cave...

Ladakh

July 21, 2012 22 min to read

Ladakh

Category : Natural Wonder

If you’re a travel enthusiast in India, Ladakh has to feature high on your list of must-see places and we are no different. Because of its remote location and tough terrain, Ladakh is best enjoyed in a group and it requires a week at the very least. Hence, it had remained on our to-do list for far too long. So when an opportunity t...

Khajuraho

February 5, 2012 10 min to read

Khajuraho

Category : Historical

We did a Bandhavgarh National Park + Khajuraho trip over the Republic day weekend. The travelog for Bandhavgarh can be found here After another hearty breakfast, we bid adieu to the Tiger Den resort at Bandhavgarh and started for Khajuraho (230 km away) at about 8 am. We figured we should reach Khajuraho by 12.30 pm – accounting fo...

Bandhavgarh National Park

February 1, 2012 6 min to read

Bandhavgarh National Park

Category : Natural Wonder

When we first drove through Bandhavgarh National Park, all we saw were the godawful roads inside the sanctuary. It was a neverending series of potholes which even backward Africans would refuse to acknowledge as a road. At 9 pm in the night, after 2 hours of traveling in the car from Katni station over Madhya Pradesh’s not-so-good ...

Kerala

December 27, 2011 13 min to read

Kerala

Category : Natural Wonder

It was the first full-family holiday for Pradosh’s family – us both, Pradosh’s parents and his brother and his wife Munnar (Day 1) We caught the Spicejet flight to Kochi from Mumbai, which left at 0830. After landing in Kochi around 11am, we headed off towards Munnar in our vehicle for the trip. The first half of th...

Hampi, Pattadakal and Aihole

September 5, 2011 15 min to read

Hampi, Pattadakal and Aihole

Category : Historical

Large and diverse as our country is, it can claim to only 28 odd UNESCO world heritage sites. Hampi and Pattadakal are both on that exclusive list. The capital of the 15th century Vijaynagar empire, Hampi had a small but bright existence in India’s vast history (compared to some of our cities which span several millennia), with its...

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