HOW I GOT LEH’D

Gateways to heaven are said to be adorned by beauty, incomparable with even the best of jewels or materials that anyone can buy. But what does one say to the roadways that lead you to some of the picturesque locales in the north of India? Are they indeed our gateways to heaven? Because I, for one, have seen so many that I wonder whether heaven resides right here in India. Ladakh, is one such place which gets me thinking – How am I to absorb such wonder in so little a time? Welcome to the arms of a small town, …

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The Coffee Trail

It was just a narrow road, but on either sides and as far as my eyes could take me ahead, it was a world of greens, and nestled in the green leaves were beautiful brown coffee beans – a sight to behold for a coffee lover like me. I already felt at home on the first day of my drive through Coorg and Chikmaglur, and was extremely excited with the prospect of visiting a part of India, which smelled of coffee even as you took its name. And that is why I lovingly call this trip a coffee trail, because …

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12 HOURS IN BHOPAL – PART 3

Meeting done but I was famished. I had planned to visit some of the old eateries of the city Bhopal. But by this time, Anand, my driver had understood me. He was a strict vegetarian, but had spoken with some friends of his & drove me to a hotel called Zam Zam. I was skeptical about the place, but he assured me that the non vegetarian food here was the finest in all Bhopal. Nice simple restaurant, the menu looked fabulous. At such times, I wish we had more people sharing the meal table with me in Bhopal. It allows …

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12 HOURS IN BHOPAL – PART 2

1st meeting of the day was a short one – a site visit of the famous Jehan Numa palace. IT was lovely to go there in the morning & experience the life of the royals. I would suggest that if someone is visiting Bhopal then one should take some time to visit the palace & have a cup of coffee – the coffee doesn’t matter but the history & the photographs of the royals will surely take you back. It’s a lovely experience. 1st meeting done & still had 2 hours to go for my next meeting. I decided to …

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12 HOURS IN BHOPAL – PART 1

The alarm went off at 4.00 a.m. exact. Well… a machine programmed to go off at 4 will operate as set, but the human body isn’t. But this time was different. I woke up with alacrity. The reason was 2 fold – I had a flight to catch n time, tide & flights wait for no one. The 2nd reason was my destination – Bhopal, the city founded by Raja Bhoja. My reason for this alacrity had nothing to do with Raja Bhoja, but Bhopal’s history as the city of Nawabs & hence the history of gastronomy that lay hidden …

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The Snow Leopard Trail 2018

No matter what you do in life you have to be passionate about it and so are Shankar Ganesh and Vinayta Raheja, (big time travel fanatics) who head The Road Less Travelled. The Road Less Travelled is a travel company based out of Mumbai who conduct a host of excursions like self drives, food trails, treks and heritage drives and The Snow Leopard Trail is one among them and if I had to be honest, The Snow Leopard Trail is the most exciting and the most adventurous trip they have in their portfolio. It was not even a month after …

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Bond with the Mountains – Adventure Trekking with The Road Less Travelled, TRLT

Bond with the mountains

BOND WITH THE MOUNTAINS – Fading Boundaries Between Heaven and Earth If you have always wondered what heaven looks like, then ‘Bond with the Mountains’ is a trek that you shouldn’t miss. This 7 Nights and 8 Days trek will take you on a breath-taking journey – to the Panchachuli Base Camp which is abundant with exotic scenery, snow-capped mountains, silky streams, alpine meadows, and beautiful flora and fauna. What’s special about TRLT’s ‘Bond With The Mountains’ trek? Is it just the beauty around? That’s definitely a part of it but the USP of the trek is that it’s specially …

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