Travel

Hussainiwala in Ferozepur, Punjab | Punjab Travel Diaries

Hussainiwala is a small border village in Ferozepur, Punjab and the most I knew about it was due to its closeness to the more famous Attari border in Punjab. While on a field visit sometime ago, it was happy fate that brought me to Hussainiwala and I had one of the most poignant & enriching evening, visiting Hussainiwala and witnessing the Retreat Ceremony.

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Sushmita Sarkar
Travel

Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Church in Panjim, Goa | Most popular Churches in Goa

Our monsoon Goa getaway sightseeing started with a visit to The 'Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Church'  located in Panjim, Goa, India. It is the most popular and visited church in Goa and has featured in many Hindi films.

[caption id="attachment_5290" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Church in Panjim, Goa[/caption] (more…)

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Travel

Mario Miranda Gallery in Panjim | Offbeat things to do in Goa

Mario Miranda and Goa are synonymous with each other. The iconic Goan artist, cartoonist and illustrator is famous for its illustrations of Goa, goan life among many of his works. I grew up seeing many of his cartoons on The Times of India newspaper. So when on monsoon getaway to Goa, One of the first visits I did was to the Mario Gallery in Panjim.

[caption id="attachment_5255" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Mario Gallery at Panjim Market, Panjim, Goa[/caption] (more…)

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Delhi

Alwar Monsoon Travel Guide | Quick Getaways from Delhi – NCR

Alwar district in Rajasthan is so close to Delhi/NCR and yet a whole different world away. The rugged ancient mountain range Aravallis cover significant parts of the district and there are a smattering of forts, palaces, temples and farmlands. The monsoons transform the landscape of the aravallis, when the flora literally bloom out, turning the rugged brown mountain ranges into verdant green all around. We have done interesting long weekend getaways from Delhi to different destinations in Alwar and thought to share the interesting monsoon travel guide to Alwar for all our readers in this post.

  • Neemrana Fort Palace - It is the most famous luxury heritage property in Alwar. Located in Neemrana, Alwar and run by Neemrana Hotels, this all year round luxury property is a dreamy place in monsoons. One can spend hours gazing at  the clouds and green landscape all around from the different vantage points, lounge in the pool or just spend time lazing around the palace in the various nooks & corners.
[caption id="attachment_5249" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Views from Neemrana Fort Palace[/caption] (more…)

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Travel

Brahma Kund in Rajgir, Bihar | Bihar Travel Diaries

The Rajgir hills, in Nalanda District of Bihar, located near the city of Rajgir are an important Buddhist, Hindu and Jain pilgrimage site. I visited the Rajgir hills region on my work trip in rural Bihar and while I did not have time to visit all the religious attractions/pilgrimage sites this time around, I was able to visit the Brahma Kund in Rajgir.

[caption id="attachment_5228" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Brahma Kund Rajgir, Bihar[/caption] (more…)

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Travel

Monsoon Getaway to Goa, India | Long weekend monsoon getaway with Girl friends

Goa ~ the name conjures images of endless beaches, carefree beach bummers, churches and a laidback life. I wanted my ‘virgin’ experience of Goa to be unique and for years I avoided the beaches of Goa for the very reason people thronged to them; somehow crowded beaches full of people has never been my thing. So when my girl friends suggested we meet up for a long weekend monsoon getaway somewhere, Goa came up instantly first thing in our list! It then took us months of research planning, booking and some more research to finally have our Monsoon Getaway to Goa….and boy was it fabulous!

[caption id="attachment_5208" align="aligncenter" width="300"] The mellowed down Miramar beach in monsoons[/caption] (more…)

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Travel

Barabar Caves in Gaya, Bihar, India | Oldest rock cut caves in India

The Barabar caves are the oldest surviving rock -cut caves in India, apparently dating from the Maurya Empire (322–185 BCE), located in the Bela Ganj Block in Gaya district, Bihar, India. Earlier this month, I was on a work trip to Gaya region and after a long day of field visits, the site co-workers insisted to take me to these caves. Having no prior knowledge of these caves, I was in two minds to visit. However, the description by the co-worker of the stunning artistry & work from Mauryan times generated enough curiosity in me to finally make the visit. I was glad to visit the stunning Barabar caves, which are an amazing example of sculpting & engineering work in the ancient Mauryan times.

[caption id="attachment_5194" align="aligncenter" width="225"] Flight of stairs leading to Barabar caves[/caption]

The path to the caves is via concrete flight of stairs and it is not a steep climb for healthy adults. On first look, the caves look very average from outside and that is the surprise factor about them. The caretaker came up on our request and opened the first door gate. As we entered and our eyes adjusted to low light, I saw a polished granite hall, it was shining as if it had been just polished a day before.

[caption id="attachment_5204" align="aligncenter" width="300"] First cave entry door in the Barabar group of caves[/caption] (more…)

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Travel

Mount Abu in Rajasthan, India | Driving Holidays in India

The desert state of Rajasthan, among its many forts, palaces, aravalli mountains, sand dunes and havelis also has the lone ‘hill station’ of Mount Abu. Reading about Mount Abu in the geography textbooks in school, I was fascinated by the idea of a hill station in the dry desert state of Rajasthan and wondered how it would look like. I so wanted to visit it and on our 8 day family road trip through Rajasthan this winter, I finally visited Mount Abu. It was a bittersweet experience and I came away with mixed feelings.

[caption id="attachment_5035" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Views from Guru Shikhar[/caption]

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