Switzerland Summer Vacation | Travel Diaries of a Summer Holiday in Switzerland

Switzerland ~ the name invokes images of green meadows, swiss cows grazing as their bells gently ring in the breeze, pretty wooden chalets, alpine mountains covered with snow  and of perfect cerulean skies. For many Indians, thanks to iconic director ‘Yash Raj’ films, Switzerland was the definitive romantic getaway; many of his films’ romantic songs […]

Vegetarian Travellers’ Food Guide to Uzbekistan | Uzbekistan for Vegetarian Travellers

Whenever I get query about my all women group trip to Uzbekistan, the most frequent question is about availability of vegetarian food options for travellers there. This is not surprising as Uzbekistan is a Central Asian country and one which is majority Islamic. Therefore, vegetarian travellers wonder about Vegetarian food options when planning on a […]

Samarkand in Uzbekistan | Travel Diaries Uzbekistan in Central Asia #

For the lust of knowing what should not be known, we take the Golden Road to Samarkand ~ James Elroy Flecker Samarkand, in Uzbekistan is the jewel of the Great Silk Road legacy and its most famous city. Believe to be one of the oldest inhabited cities in Central Asia (and probably the world), along with […]

Shaniwar Wada in Pune, Maharashtra | The Past and present

Ever since the movie Bajirao Mastani came out, I was interested to visit the palace of the Peshwas of the Maratha empire- Shaniwar Wada. Peshwa Bajirao the first, prime minister to Chattrapati Shahu commenced the building of his home. The term “Wada”, meaning residential home and Shaniwar literally meaning Saturday. I finally got the chance […]

Basilica of Bom Jesus in Old Goa, India | UNESCO world heritage site – Churches and convents of Old Goa

As a kid, reading about St. Francis Xavier’s incorruptible remains on display at The Basilica of Bom Jesus in Goa, was morbidly fascinating for me. It was one of the ‘attractions’ of Goa for me while growing up and I used to think how it could be possible to go against nature. As an adult, […]

Miramar Beach in Panjim, Goa | Beaches in North Goa

Miramar beach in Panjim, North Goa was the only beach I visited in Goa during our monsoon Goa getaway. It was a different experience to be on a beach in the rainy season, especially in Goa which is famous for its beach life.

St. Augustine’s Tower and Church in Goa | UNESCO World Heritage Site – Churches and Convents of Goa

On our monsoon getaway to Goa, one of the most charming sites we visited was the St. Augustine’ s Tower and Church in Old Goa (or Velha Goa). It is actually a ruined church complex and not many visitors come here, though it is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site – Churches and Convents […]

Mario Miranda Gallery in Panjim | Offbeat things to do in Goa

Mario Miranda and Goa are synonymous with each other. The iconic Goan artist, cartoonist and illustrator is famous for its illustrations of Goa, goan life among many of his works. I grew up seeing many of his cartoons on The Times of India newspaper. So when on monsoon getaway to Goa, One of the first […]

Alwar Monsoon Travel Guide | Quick Getaways from Delhi – NCR

Alwar district in Rajasthan is so close to Delhi/NCR and yet a whole different world away. The rugged ancient mountain range Aravallis cover significant parts of the district and there are a smattering of forts, palaces, temples and farmlands. The monsoons transform the landscape of the aravallis, when the flora literally bloom out, turning the […]

Visit to Fontainhas in Panjim, Goa |Goa Travel Diaries

On the list of the top most things to do in Panjim city, for me during our monsoon getaway to Goa was is to visit Fontainhas quarters.  The Fontainhas is the old Latin Quarters in Panjim city and the Portuguese traditional architectural and town planning  influences have been preserved here. Visiting Fontainhas heritage quarters is taking a walk […]

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