Category: Driving

Lonavala Drive with Tata Bolt

April 25, 2015 5 min to read

Lonavala Drive with Tata Bolt

Category : Driving

Watching Jeremy Clarkson & co review newly launched cars on Top Gear, or their Indian brethren on Autocar Show etc, have always made me so jealous. They actually get paid to drive around in new cars everyday to test them. Long drives, picturesque locations, they seem to have it all Till this Sunday, when I got to do the same with...

Mandu, Madhya Pradesh

October 16, 2014 6 min to read

Mandu, Madhya Pradesh

Category : Driving, Historical

(part of our Madhya Pradesh roadtrip) Mandu is called India’s best preserved medieval city, and justifiably so. Built by the Malwa governor Dilawar Khan in 1400, Mandu had an interesting 300 years of existence before it ceased being a capital and then was abandoned due to plague. Mandu is very similar to Hampi in the sense that the...

Sanchi, Madhya Pradesh

October 15, 2014 3 min to read

Sanchi, Madhya Pradesh

Category : Driving, Historical

(part of our Madhya Pradesh roadtrip) Sanchi needs no introduction – most of us remember it from our history books. However, I dont think Indian education system does justice to all these magnificent monuments left behind by kings long gone by. For example, the Sanchi Stupa is the sole surviving stupa built by Emperor Ashoka &#...

Vidisha : Udaygiri Caves, Madhya Pradesh

October 14, 2014 2 min to read

Vidisha : Udaygiri Caves, Madhya Pradesh

Category : Driving, Historical

(part of our Madhya Pradesh roadtrip) Vidisha is an ancient, but little known town in Central India. In fact the Great Stupa at Sanchi owes it’s existence to Vidisha – as Emperor Ashoka met and married his first wife Devi at Vidisha (she was a merchant’s daughter). Sanchi was one the first stupas built by Ashoka and...

Bhimbetka, Madhya Pradesh

October 13, 2014 3 min to read

Bhimbetka, Madhya Pradesh

Category : Driving, Historical

(part of our Madhya Pradesh roadtrip) If we go into India’s recorded history, the earliest written records we have belong to the Maurya kings (4th century BC) – mostly edicts and inscriptions left behind by Emperor Ashoka – or accounts of foreigners like Megasthenes and Fahein. The Nanda dynasty, who preceded the Ma...

Indore : Sarafa Bazaar, Madhya Pradesh

October 11, 2014 4 min to read

Indore : Sarafa Bazaar, Madhya Pradesh

Category : Driving

(part of our Madhya Pradesh roadtrip) Indore is sometimes called the “Bombay” of Central India – on account of being the largest city in Madhya Pradesh and its commercial capital. We were using Indore just as a resting point on day 1, but after sampling the amazing food on offer, we think it should be known as the f...

Madhya Pradesh – Bhimbetka, Sanchi & Mandu

October 11, 2014 3 min to read

Madhya Pradesh – Bhimbetka, Sanchi & Mandu

Category : Driving

October of 2014 was an exceptional month for travelers in India There were three long weekends possible in a single month – a situation which was probably unprecedented in the past few years. The 2nd Oct weekend was especially alluring because the following Monday, 6th, was also a holiday. So taking 3rd off would make it a 5 day we...

Spiti Valley

August 17, 2014 20 min to read

Spiti Valley

Category : Driving, Natural Wonder

Imagine a beautiful crescent shaped lake, with the most amazing turquoise colour you have ever seen. White clouds scattered across a stunning blue sky, snow capped hills towering around the lake. It is bright and sunny, yet a chilly wind is blowing, which makes you want to zip up your jacket tighter and push your hands firmly in ...

Kaas Plateau : Valley of Flowers

October 2, 2013 6 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...

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...

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