Upasana Resort, Shantiniketan

It’s a place you would love to go back to. Again and again.. Shantiniketan Express reached Bolpur at 12.30 PM. It was dot on time and I was impressed. Then the escalator and the no effort slope down to the platform number one. Mightily impressed. Railways were progressing fine I thought and being an ex-Railwayman’s…

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On a houseboat, Dal Lake, Srinagar

We were back to Srinagar. This time for a different experience as no trip to Kashmir is complete without a stay for a few nights on a houseboat on Dal Lake. So I had planned this well in advance and identified this particular one. One of the best amongst many on Dal Lake. The De…

Gulmarg, Kashmir

It was a beautiful ride and it seemed we were truly in God’s own land. The roads were good, the driving great and the views which transport you to a totally different world. As we inched closer to our destination next, the photographs we had seen earlier of this place seemed to pale in comparison…

Pahalgam, Kashmir

We checked out from our hotel after breakfast. Shabir, our chauffeur had already arrived. I had booked the hired car through a travel operator before reaching Srinagar. From the time we were picked up from the airport and till now, the ride has been nice and smooth. Shabir a middle aged man had been driving…

Srinagar, Kashmir

I was seven years old then. It was a happy occasion. My favourite uncle had just got married and after a trip together far away with his newly wed, they were planning to stay with us for a couple of days on their way back. The word ‘honeymoon’ was known by the seniors but was…

Go go, let’s go 🛫 Goa

We wished to go to the seas. I wished for a cool joint with a small attached beach. Lots of green. A few lonely hideouts to sit and get lost. Great views, the boats, the waves, the adventurers, the fishermen, the birds, the blue sky, the white clouds. Also some great food and delightful service….

Agra

Sometime back a childhood friend called me up. And said. Hey where are you mountain man? I knew what he was hinting at, but acted I didn’t quite understand and queried. What do you mean? I am seeing you traveling all around in the hills, he replied. And then I quizzed him. Are you free…

Kausani

We were in Delhi. Me for some work and with me tagged along, my wife for a change. She always cribs whenever I go out for a solo trip. And I keep telling her. “Come on a solo trip is a solo trip. Not meant to have a partner”. But this time it was different….

It’s Pilani. And it’s different 🤓

I was thinking about it. And thought, February would be a good month. After that it would be difficult with my busy schedule of professional work, travel for a couple of hotel reviews and probably a wonderful home stay review right up there in the mountains. And then of course my planning for our summer…