Panchgani : A weekend spent amidst the clouds

If you are based out of Delhi and are asked to go to Mumbai for a work stint the thing that excites you the most is the possibility of barish, chai aur pakode. But when the rain gods choose to deprive you, what do you do?

You just follow the dark, heavy, moisture laden clouds wherever they go and that’s pretty much how we ended up in Panchgani last month.

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First stop in God’s own country: Cochin

So the Pondicherry trip ended well and a couple of days in Chennai gave the right amount of time to catch up with friends and family. Having saved the best for the last, the next stop for me was Kerala.

This trip was supposed to be a solo one but when you have awesome friends, who are just as impulsive when it comes to making travel plans, then you never need to holiday alone. So Prasanth, who I met in Chennai, joined me on the journey to explore God’s own country.

Here’s a quick snapshot:

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Kovalam – A beach Retreat in God’s own country

I guess what they say is true. All you need to do is take the first step of a journey , not only will you find the path but you will also find people who will make the journey a lot less difficult and a lot more fun.

The plan was to travel to Cochin and explore the city alone but not only did it get extended to other parts of Kerela, I also got the company of an equally impulsive and crazy friend. We spent an entire day exploring Ernakulam and Fort Kochi, then returned to Angamalai, his home town from where we took a night bus to Trivandrum. We boarded the bus around 1 am and reached Trivandrum at 6 am in the morning.

Here’s a quick snapshot:

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Ranthambore : Into the Wilderness

Drive deep into lush green forests in a zone where by no means are you allowed to get out of the vehicle, and walking even a couple of steps is prohibited.  See wild animals, not behind bars but in their natural habitat living their lives like they are meant to – in the jungle. Crocodiles lazing, Sambar deer running about, peacocks dancing and if you are lucky maybe you will even be able to spot a diurnal tiger that this place is famous for.

This and so much more is in store for you just five hours away from the concrete jungle of Delhi. It’s a regular spot for wildlife and nature lovers but even for regular travellers like me, who just want to do something other than the usual on a weekend, Ranthambore national park is a treat.

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48 Hours in Mathura: The mystical city of saints, food and folklore

I have visited the city of Lord Krishna at least a dozen times before, but this was the first time I was able to see the city from the eyes of a traveller. It was only in this trip that I realized that this city has a lot to offer. Even if you are not a religious person you must visit this place for the history and folk lore associated with every nook and corner of the city.

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The magic of Parvati Valley and its less explored villages

Sometimes you want to just get away from the city life and lose yourself in a trance. Walk with no destination in mind and chance upon a hidden village. Sit in surroundings so beautiful that you lose yourself and end up watching the sun rise and set from the same spot. Drink from fresh water streams and party with the people from some untouched villages in their style.

Driven by these thoughts, we chanced upon Kasol while going through another blog for the wanderers. Little could we control ourselves, and in a jiffy, 11 of us just packed whatever we could find and headed towards this beautiful and magnificent Parvati Valley (in Himachal Pradesh) in a bid to explore Kasol and the nearby towns. Continue reading The magic of Parvati Valley and its less explored villages

Nandi Hills – a long drive escapade

As weekend approaches, there’s a new rush of energy that builds up to celebrate the end of work week. Living in Bangalore, Nandi Hills pans out to be a brilliant option to tap that energy. It’s a complete experience with an overnight drive, midnight snacks and coffee at the Airport, scenic drive up the Nandi Hills, a beautiful sunrise to welcome the day, and breathtaking views from the hilltop to begin your weekend!

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