Friday, June 17, 2016

Delhi to Haridwar Road Trip | Driving Holidays across India

While taking stock of the various road trips I have taken and written about till now, I realized that I haven’t shared the ONE ROAD TRIP I DO MOST every year – Delhi to Haridwar (in Uttarakhand). In fact it would be incorrect to call it a road trip in my context, it’s more of a home to homecoming trip. We live in Delhi and have a second home in Haridwar, so easily take about 5-6 trips via road in our own self driven car, in a year. You would want to know why only via road (and not via train and/or via bus). Well, we tried other modes too but found that driving our own car via road to Haridwar is the best option, in terms of time taken, the amount of luggage we can carry and the number of pit stops we can take; in short, it’s absolute freedom. So sharing our experiences and tips for Road Trip from Delhi to Haridwar, for all those who want to make the journey via road.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Delhi to Rishikesh Road Trip by Bike ~ A Solo Rider's Chronicles

After chronicling two solo bike road trips (read here and here) , The Solo Rider now travels from Delhi to Rishikesh in Uttarakhand (India) on a solo Bike Trip on his trusted Royal Enfield . As before, there are no pre-booked hotels, only a tentative route researched and some tips from various online & offline sources.   Read the adventurous solo bike road trip by ‘The Solo Rider’ from Delhi to Rishikesh.

Delhi to Rishikesh is one of the most frequented routes taken by both bike riders and car owners for weekend getaways from Delhi. I was looking for a quick solo bike ride around Delhi, due to lack of time for a longer road trip. So naturally,  Rishikesh became the next destination to be explored. I have been earlier there twice (but not on a bike/motorcycle). The sound of Ganga had always mesmerized me. But thundering my way to Rishikesh on a bike has been in my mind for long. I had come to Delhi in January on a soulful get together with school buddies after a long gap 15 years. I  just had 5 days on my hand for a quick bike road trip before my buddies arrived for the get together, so I geared up and took my trusted Royal Enfield bike  to head for Rishikesh from Delhi. 

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Kingdom of Dreams at Gurgaon ~ Lunch at Punjab Pavilion in Culture Gully

Kingdom of Dreams in Gurgaon, Haryana is one of our preferred destinations for a fun time with family. Since it opened in  Delhi/NCR, we have been here couple of times, both for the food & theatre musicals (read previous experience here ). Last month, me and the husband were again invited by the gracious KOD team for a lunch at their Punjab pavilion and it was a delightful experience as always.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

National Gallery of Modern Art | New Delhi | India ~ A summer afternoon experiencing Art

What to do on a ruthlessly hot weekend summer afternoon as a couple? Malls get too boring after a time (how much window shopping can one do and how much people can one watch!) and there are not many nice movies of our choice (maybe we are getting jaded and old style couple). Well, I got the brainwave last week to visit National Gallery of Modern Art (New Delhi, India) and when I asked the husband, he was quite open to it (he appreciates art since he never could get much headway in it as a school kid!). So on a hot summer Sunday (temperature at exactly 45 degrees celcius), we visited the National Gallery of Modern Art in New Delhi (India) and it was a lovely time spent experiencing Art.

National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), New Delhi, India  is a premier institution of its kind in India. It is run and administered as a subordinate office to the Department of Culture, Government of India and has two branches one at Mumbai and the other at Bangaluru. As the gallery website rightly describes “The gallery is a repository of the cultural ethos of the country and showcases the changing art forms through the passage of the last hundred and fifty years starting from about 1857 in the field of Visual and Plastic arts. The NGMA collection today is undeniably the most significant collection of modern and contemporary art in the country today.

Monday, May 16, 2016

The Perfect Vacation ~ A wayfarer soul’s wishlist

Take Vacations, go as many places as you can,
You can Always make money, You can’t always make memories.

I would like to start by saying that there is nothing called a standard ‘PERFECT VACATION’.  For me, a vacation can be of many kinds – Family Vacation, vacation with friends and solo vacation.  Needless to say, each vacation is different from another and the list of perfect circumstances to make the vacation ‘perfect’ in my travel wishlist will differ. However, a hassle free vacation which does not leave me more stressed afterwards is a ‘perfect’ vacation for me.

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