Planning tips for a one week trip to Turkey

17 Oct

We are just back from a week-long trip to Turkey and loved everything about this country and its diversity ‚Äď from the epic and diverse landscapes, to the delicious vegetarian food, the beautiful mosques, so much ancient history and the awesome urban culture. While one week is definitely not enough to visit even the main sites here, we had limited leaves and decided to cover as much as we could in this time. And as always, left the rest for our next trip here ūüôā

Hot Air Balloon at sunrise, Goreme, Cappadocia, Turkey

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Visiting Kenya on a Budget

18 Aug

Africa. A continent I had been meaning to visit for as long as I can remember. But somehow all my plans were shelved during the planning stages itself after seeing the initial estimates of costs related to the trip. You are right, it just seemed very expensive. Stories from friends and online articles showed such large numbers that Africa seemed beyond my reach for a very long time. However when my wedding date was confirmed for the end of May, I felt that a new beginning deserved visiting a new continent and decided to seriously try and figure out ways to visit Kenya on a budget. And here’s how you can visit it too without emptying your bank account.

A Lion at the Maasai Mara, Kenya, Africa

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Meghalaya – The Green Unknown: Travels in the Khasi Hills by Patrick Rogers

14 Aug

I stumbled upon this awesome book quite by chance. Off late I have been trying to read more of lesser known Indian authors or lessor known books on India and came across this book on Kindle Unlimited. Intrigued by the setting of the book and the authors love for the living root bridges, I decided to give it a try.

Pic courtesy – Amazon and Kindle Unlimited

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An Evening with a Million Fireflies in Purushwadi, Maharashtra

5 Jun

‚ÄúImagine walking along a meandering path with very many twinkling fairy lights moving all around you in pitch darkness. Inspiring an innocent wonder, adding a bit of magic to the air and bringing out the child in you in trying chase these lights.‚ÄĚ ‚Äď To sum it up in a few words this was my experience at my first sight of thousands of fireflies at the recent Fireflies Festival in Purushwadi with Grassroutes. ¬†

Festival of Million Fireflies at Purushwadi. Pic courtesy Sunny Lamba

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A long weekend in the Garden of Streams – Jhira Bagh Palace, Dhar, Madhya Pradesh

11 Apr

In the last few months my travel plans seem to have a mind of their own and I have travelled to majority of the places that I had not originally envisaged. Changes have been galore and several airlines have made a lot of money on my cancellations. Thankfully though via another unexpected change in plans I found myself in Jhira Bagh Palace in Dhar, Madhya Pradesh for a long 4 day weekend trip. And I am so glad that my earlier plans did not work out.

Jhira Bagh Palace, Dhar, Madhya Pradesh

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Visiting the majestic Sheikh Zayed Mosque, Abu Dhabi

10 Feb

Nearing the Sheikh Zayed Mosque on our drive, my sister said lookout for a huge gleaming white mosque ‚Äď that‚Äôs the Grand Mosque. I did and can only describe my first sight of it as truly special ‚Äď a magnificent structure in white with domes in multiple sizes and beautiful minarets against the setting sun, green palms and white sands. Quite unforgettable.

Sheikh Zayed Mosque / Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi

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Amidst Stone Temples and Deodar Forests in Jageshwar, Uttarakhand

19 Nov

Jageshwar, a beautiful temple town amidst dense deodar forests in Uttarakhand, was a last-minute by-chance addition to our itinerary. We had earlier planned to drive directly from Kathgodham to Pithoragarh and stay there for the night. But this drive would have been very long and late into the night (it is not advisable to drive in the hills in the dark), so our cab service advised that we stay at Jageshwar instead. We reached Kathgodham by train, found our car for the trip and after slightly unwanted issues with car quality commenced our long , winding and beautiful drive in the hills. The entire drive in the Himalayas is mystical, with winding roads and blind turns, pine and deodar forests, a river racing along and paying hide and seek, small villages making occasional appearances, beautiful green terrace farms donning the mountain sides and numerous birds either flying solo or in beautiful symmetry.

Views on the drive to Jageshwar, Uttarakhand, India

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