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…

Dalhousie

It was many years back. It was my first time. And I fell in love. Love with the hills. Since then the hilly affair continues and we have been coming back again and again. This time our travel is to this awesome destination, Dalhousie. Dalhousie is a hill station in the northern Indian state of…

Go go, let’s go ๐Ÿ›ซ 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….

Let’s say it with flowers

It is that time of the year. It’s Spring. It’s when in India we celebrate our regional new year this month, the month of Vaisakha according to Hindu calendar. With different names in different parts of the country. The passion and spirit though remains the same. The celebrations really start from the previous month, Chaitra…

One morning in Lord’s

We were in London. And this time did not want to miss this tour. Last year when we were here, the maintenance period was on and I got quite disheartened. Hence for this trip, planned it out well in advance and made our online bookings while making our other travel and activity bookings, to make…

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…

Dharamshala

I was staying in Delhi then and had still not moved back to my hometown, Kolkata. There were two months that I used to wait for every year. May & October, the time to go out for our holidays. May, the longer one & October, the short and sweet one. This particular year it was…

Holi hai

Time to celebrate. It’s Holi. A day when the entire country and Indians all across the world celebrate. But now the colors are all around. Beyond community, caste, religion and nationalities. Holi, the festival of colors. The festival of love. The festival which signifies the victory of good over evil, end of winter, the arrival…

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 ๐Ÿค“

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…

This Beautiful World

Yesterday morning started with a very happy message. A comment from one of my regular readers, Sudeshna. And it made me feel good the whole day. It so happens that she also is a friend from my college and university days in Pilani and do remember we practiced together for a month or so to…

Ranikhet, India Beautiful ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ

One look at her and her bright smiling face as I came out of the office elevator everyday would make my day. She was the little girl manning our reception counter and the refreshing change in an office filled with oldies. She was like the daughter I had always wanted to have. And over a…

Holiday Activities & Adventures ๐Ÿคธ

For me international holidays are for cool & complete relaxation & not having to worry about bookings, standing in queues and planning activities & adventure after reaching our destination..๐ŸŒค๏ธ Ideally our planning should start in December for a May – June holiday with flight monitoring & booking around early February, when in my opinion fares…

Tips and tricks to save on your next trip๐Ÿ’ฐ

International pleasure trips are costly compared to ones within our own country. And hence every Rupee or Dollar saved is as good as money earned.   Money that we can channelize towards our next trip. And hence today I share with you two tips that I employ to save. On money and to buy peace…

Dreams or destiny ๐Ÿ‘ป

Our dreams decide our destiny. And so whether it’s our destiny or our destination, who should decide? We or someone else? I have always believed it’s going to be me. And only me. We love to travel often and experience the new. In this beautiful world. Many of my friends ask me. How do you…

Pilani

The car was now zipping. The roads were smooth. But all seemed new. Had never traveled on this route before. And I started feeling good, discovering the new. The destination though, very old. So old yet every day that we think about or see this place, we discover something new. I was on my way…