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Sightseeing in India Off the Beaten Path Historic Kolhapur & Konkan Coast

Sightseeing in India Off the Beaten Path Historic Kolhapur & Konkan Coast

By Pramod Kulkarni On the Road: This is the fourth episode describing my wife Jyoti and I’s visit to India during Dec.-Jan. 2016. After returning from Hyderabad to Mumbai, we still had about 10 days before our return to the US. So, we decided to take another excursion, this time to Goa. At the time, […]

Sightseeing in India Off the Beaten Path – The Grand Palaces of Nizam’s Hyderabad

Sightseeing in India Off the Beaten Path – The Grand Palaces of Nizam’s Hyderabad

By Pramod Kulkarni On the Road: This is the fifth episode describing my wife Jyoti and I’s visit to India during Dec.-Jan. 2016. After about two weeks in Gujarat and Pune, we flew to Hyderabad for four-day visit. I grew up in Hyderabad from essentially my birth to the age of 16 in 1967 with […]

Sightseeing in India Off the Beaten Path: Pune’s Medieval and Maodern Attractions

Sightseeing in India Off the Beaten Path: Pune’s Medieval and Maodern Attractions

By Pramod Kulkarni On the Road: This is the fourth episode describing my wife Jyoti and I’s visit to India during Dec.-Jan. 2016. After a nine-day trip in Gujarat, we spent four days in Pune, the cultural capital of Maharashtra, visiting family and friends, and taking in some of the sightseeing attractions. Rather than describe […]

Sightseeing in India Off the Beaten Path: Medieval Junagadh and Cultural Vadodara

Sightseeing in India Off the Beaten Path: Medieval Junagadh and Cultural Vadodara

By Pramod Kulkarni On the Road: This is the third episode describing my wife Jyoti and I’s visit to India during Dec.-January 2016. As outlined in the first episode, we undertook a 9-day trip to Gujarat. Adjacent Gir National Forest is what was the princely state of Junagadh. Located at the foothills of the Girnar […]

A slice of south India in Balochistan

A slice of south India in Balochistan

In a piece written some years ago, the political commentator and writer Mohan Guruswamy talks of meeting Baloch children on a visit to New Delhi. The children were evidently surprised when they discovered that uru and arisi were words that meant village and rice in their tongue as well as in Tamil, a language that Mohan Guruswamy understood. […]

Sightseeing in India Off the Beaten Path Somnath-Porbandar-Diu and Gir National Forest

Sightseeing in India Off the Beaten Path Somnath-Porbandar-Diu and Gir National Forest

By Pramod Kulkarni On the Road: This is the second episode describing my wife Jyoti and I’s visit to India during Dec.-January 2016. As outlined in the first episode, we undertook a 9-day trip to Gujarat. Our Gujarat saga began with a flight from Mumbai to Ahmedabad. Our tour driver met us at the airport […]

Sightseeing in India Off the Beaten Path: Travel through Gujarat and Along Sea Coast

Sightseeing in India Off the Beaten Path: Travel through Gujarat and Along Sea Coast

By Pramod Kulkarni On the Road: Like most working couples in the U.S., my wife Jyoti and I could barely manage two weeks of vacationing in India. As such, each trip to our native land would consist of a whirlwind of visits to the major urban centers for reunions with relatives and a few friends. […]

Beat Your Post Travel Depression With A Bang

Beat Your Post Travel Depression With A Bang

It’s the moment practically everyone dreads: the end of an amazing trip. Returning home, whether it’s from a two-week-long vacation or a month long trip, can hit you hard, and post-travel depression can affect everyone.  Here are top 7 ways to beat those blues. 1. Keep Those Final Days Busy That’s right! Most people just […]

The 7 best Christmas markets in the world

The 7 best Christmas markets in the world

Salzburg, Austria Scent of mulled wine and stalls with traditional Christmas knick-knacks, the Salzburg Christmas market is one of the most popular haunts. Said to go back as far as the 15th century, it’s located at the foot of the Hohensalzburg fortress. The Oberndorf Christmas Market, a village north of Salzburg, is where the world’s […]

The wonders of Leh and Ladakh

The wonders of Leh and Ladakh

If you are scouring for a comprehensive guide for the places to visit in Leh and Ladakh, here is some help. Check out Pangong Tso that is the undisputed highlight of the region and everything you wanted to know about it. Choose from the ancient monasteries of Lamayuru and Diskit, drive off to the high […]

5 Interesting Ways To Use Instagram For Travel Planning

5 Interesting Ways To Use Instagram For Travel Planning

Planning your trip in advance is getting easier with travel-enabling websites and apps being available to hand. Instagram is one such treasure trove, which can be used to check out locations and fellow travellers feedback, says an expert. Aurvind Lama from an online bus booking platform which leverages technology solutions to simplify and streamline bus ticketing […]

Of legends and lakes built by courtesans

Of legends and lakes built by courtesans

The story goes that the woman was a courtesan with the local chieftain who lived in a cave on a hill overlooking the lake. There is no record of her name, but a local writer called her Chandrasani; she is more commonly referred to as just sule, which is Kannada for prostitute.   The lake […]

Romancing the Rocky Mountains in Calgary

Romancing the Rocky Mountains in Calgary

You know Calgary for its accomplishment of hosting the winter Olympics of 1988, or as the place that hosts the famous Stampede (the annual rodeo exhibition). But beyond the traditional, your wandering eyes could also be romancing the Rocky Mountains in Calgary. Like when you head out onto the Observation Deck of the Calgary Tower […]

A comprehensive guide to Gold Coast: the theme park capital of Australia

A comprehensive guide to Gold Coast: the theme park capital of Australia

Gold Coast is served sunny side up with summers that last for a good 250 days of the year. Add to this, gorgeous beaches with powder white sands, azure waters and surf lessons at every waterfront; award-winning restaurants with views of the waves that serve delicious local delicacies and the best of international cuisine; hotels that aim to spoil you with spa treatments […]

Taman Negara: Malaysia’s wild side

Taman Negara: Malaysia’s wild side

Did you know where the oldest rainforest is located? Well if you said Amazon, just like I did when asked this question, you are wrong! It is Taman Negara in Malaysia, which is over 130-million-years old rainforest. Taman Negara in Malay literally translates to ‘national park’. Covering 4343 square kilometres, this tropical rainforest spans over […]

The most stunning beaches in Kerala

The most stunning beaches in Kerala

Its stunning backwaters have acquired worldwide fame, but there are numerous stunningbeaches in Kerala as well. Situated along the state’s beautiful coastline on the Arabian Sea, each of these beaches is unique in its beauty and ambience. You can cruise your vehicle on the state’s only drive-in beach at Muzhappilangad, pamper yourself at an upmarket resort near Kovalam’s picture-postcard crescent beaches or spend days […]

Exploring the majestic glacial lakes in Kalam Valley

Exploring the majestic glacial lakes in Kalam Valley

MINGORA: Queen Elizabeth II during her visit to Swat State in 1961 rightly called it the Switzerland of the East as Swat is an abode of high mountains, green meadows, tall waterfalls and clear lakes. The valley offers every luxury to nature lovers and adventure seekers, however, to explore its over 50 glacial lakes one […]

India on a high: highest places on the Earth located in India

India on a high: highest places on the Earth located in India

That India is a quirky place when it comes to travel and tourism is no news; from a temple where rats are worshipped (Karni Mata Mandir, Rajasthan) and a place known for mass bird suicide (Jatinga, Assam) to the magnetic hill of Ladakh and the living root bridges of Cherrapunjee—India has it all! And if […]

The 10 Types Of Travelers You’ll Meet While Traveling

The 10 Types Of Travelers You’ll Meet While Traveling

Even though as an activity traveling is something loved by all of us, and we all perceive it very differently. Different travelers have different aims during a holiday – some want to soak up in all the sightseeing, some want to go eat all the local cuisine, and some want to just order in room […]

Camps in Leh Ladakh—your guide to the very best

Camps in Leh Ladakh—your guide to the very best

A good way to celebrate this beautiful world is to camp, it means to get away far from the madding crowd, to live under the open sky, and taste the adventure of a lifetime. Camping in Ladakh, amidst the high Himalayas, is equivalent to meditation or introspection. The astonishing landscapes of Ladakh make it apt for a romantic camping destination. Spread out in a dramatic form, with […]

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