Weekend at Chikmagalur

Just got back from a weekend stay at Chikmagalur. It is a quaint little hill station in the Western Ghats about 275 km from Bangalore, making it an ideal weekend getaway from Bangalore. You can drive down to this hill station in about 4-5 hrs comfortably. Legend has it that Chikmagalur was given away as dowry to the youngest daughter of the then King of Sakharayapatna. Chikmagalur literally means younger…

Top 50 New York Experiences

The Big Apple has been top of my bucket list since I was a child. I have always dreamt of visiting and experiencing everything I had watched and read about this amazing city. Living in London, I always found it more convenient to visit European cities for holidays, given the proximity and cheap fares. But in 2017, I knew this was the year to book that dream holiday, and I…

Seville – A First Timer’s Account

We landed in Seville, the flamboyant Andalusian capital in the South of Spain, on a warm humid afternoon of June and went thru an inordinately long wait for immigration. Hotel accommodation had been booked in the old town area of Las Setas, a historically important district of Seville and very centrally located. Well paved (with stones) lanes and buildings with Andalusian architecture greeted us. Seville is known to be a…

Places To Visit During Your Domestic Vacation

The great Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu quoted: “A good traveller has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.” This profound saying is apt when referring to the pristine aura that India, as a tourist destination, attracts. We want to make the best out of any vacation. Having a vacation, within India, would mean that you have numerous places to visit. Planning is essential to make sure that all…

Caput Mundi: Rome

When in Rome… don’t blink for a second or you may miss something! The entire city is a priceless treasure; a living and breathing tribute to history. I couldn’t stop gasping as I walked around the city, each fragment of it a work of art built by the great grand masters. The art, culture, icons, people… they’re all individual masterpieces, making up one of the greatest cities in the world!…

Birding And An Indian Vacation

Our country is a bird watcher’s paradise. There are lots of birds found in India, actually more than the species of birds in Europe and in North America. There are tours which organize or combine a vacation with birding or birdwatching. There are more species of birds found in India than any other country, that is about 1250 species out of the total 8650 species in the whole world. These…