Delhi

Tughlaqabad Fort in Delhi | Exploring the third city of Delhi – A city of 7 cities

The capital city of India -Delhi is a city of 7cities. Tracing its historic lineage from the time of the 'Pandavas' of the epic Hindu Mythology Mahabharatha in which the city of Delhi is mentioned as 'Indraprastha'  - capital of the Pandava kings, archaeological research points out to the city being the capital city atleast 7 times, beginning from the Tomar dynasty in 9th century to Lutyens Delhi of British rule. Being a Delhi resident all my life, I find it fascinating that there is still so much to explore around the city for a heritage lover like me. I had been planning to visit Tughlaqabad fort for a long time and there could not have been a better day than a sunny winter morning to do this. The Tughlaqabad Fort and mausoleum of Ghiasuddin Tughlaq are what remains of Tughlaqabad - considered to be the 3rd extant city of Delhi.

[caption id="attachment_5509" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Entrance of Tughlaqabad Fort, Delhi[/caption] (more…)

Sushmita Sarkar
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Family Getaway to Roopangarh Fort in Rajasthan, India | Driving Holidays in India

The best part of driving holidays or road trips is that one can set the pace of the holiday, relax and unwind whenever the mood strikes. Ofcourse, it takes a bit of last minute re-booking while on the road. On our winter family road trip through Mewar region (Route taken Delhi - Udaipur - Ranakpur-Kumbhalgarh-Mount Abu-Chittorgarh-Nathdwara-Roopangarh-Delhi), we decided to book ourselves a luxury or boutique hotel on our last leg of the trip, so as to treat ourselves to the best before we wind up the mega driving holiday. We chose to avoid Jaipur, which gets too touristy & crowded in December/January months and instead chose to stay at Roopangarh Fort in a small village around 25 kms off the main National Highway NH 8. It turned out to be a good decision as we absolutely loved the property, offbeat location in a small village, heritage property, view, laidback hospitality of the staff and interacting with friendly locals.

[caption id="attachment_5484" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Roopangarh Fort Hotel, Rajasthan[/caption] (more…)

Sushmita Sarkar
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Nalanda Vihara (University) Archaelogical site, Bihar, India | Day visit to UNESCO World Heritage site of Nalanda

The remains of Ancient Buddhist Monastery in Nalanda, Bihar, India is famous world over as the remains of an ancient Buddhist Monastery & university during 5th  to 1200 century B.C., which was visited by scholars from world over, most notably Chinese scholar Hiuen Tsnag   I was in Nalanda district some time back on work and did not let go of the opportunity to visit the archaeological site of Nalanda Vihara, which is an UNESCO world heritage site.

[caption id="attachment_5462" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Nalanda site - UNESCO World Heritage site[/caption] (more…)

Sushmita Sarkar
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Basel in Switzerland | Switzerland self planned Holiday Diaries

Basel in Switzerland, located in north western part of Switzerland where the borders of France, Germany and Switzerland meet, has a vibrant earthy vibe. Basel was our base city on the self planned trip to Switzerland, not out of choice but mostly because the husband’s work needed him to be there for couple of days. I did not know much about the city beforehand and it took me lots of research before planning the trip to Switzerland. Basel seemed to be quite a staid city from most of the accounts I read on the travel blogs & articles. However, Basel surprised me with this vibrant culture, heritage, rich repository of art & culture and its multiple layers. Spending our time in Basel during the Switzerland trip was one of the best decisions we took, as it also was economical than other more popular Swiss cities. Sharing my experience of Basel in Switzerland.

[caption id="attachment_5450" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Basel, as seen from the banks of River Rhine which splits the city in half.[/caption] (more…)

Sushmita Sarkar
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Visiting Thun town in Switzerland | Switzerland self-planned summer Holiday diaries

Thun is a pretty town and a municipality in the administrative district of Thun in the canton of Bern in Switzerland. The town of Thun is habited in the region where River Aare flows out to Lake Thun. We went on a day visit to Thun on our first day of the 7 day self-planned Switzerland summer holiday and were charmed by the quaint town’s heritage as well as natural beauty, owing to its location.

[caption id="attachment_5393" align="aligncenter" width="300"] River Aare flowing by Thun town[/caption] (more…)

Sushmita Sarkar
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Bern in Switzerland | A Day visit to Capital of Switzerland and UNESCO heritage city of Bern

Bern is the capital of Switzerland and also an UNESCO World heritage site. We visited the charming medieval city of Bern on our first day of our 7 day self planned summer holiday in Switzerland and it was an enriching experience, as also an enjoyable one.

[caption id="attachment_5382" align="aligncenter" width="200"] Bern - the historic city of many fountains[/caption] (more…)

Sushmita Sarkar
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Switzerland Summer Vacation | Travel Diaries of a Summer Holiday in Switzerland

Switzerland ~ the name invokes images of green meadows, swiss cows grazing as their bells gently ring in the breeze, pretty wooden chalets, alpine mountains covered with snow  and of perfect cerulean skies. For many Indians, thanks to iconic director ‘Yash Raj’ films, Switzerland was the definitive romantic getaway; many of his films’ romantic songs & sequences have been filmed in this country. So, a prospect of a summer vacation in Europe and that too in Switzerland has to be the ultimate travel dream comes true. However, I was in two minds, since it was summer and peak season for the ‘Indian Tourists’ to descend on Switzerland in package tours hordes, I actually thought it might turn out to be a disappointing experience. The husband had a work tour and convinced me that since we will be based out of non-touristy city Basel and also will be on a self-planned holiday, it will be a nice experience. So, it was with lot of anxiety as well as excitement that we headed for our self-planned Switzerland Summer Vacation.

[caption id="attachment_5369" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Jungfrau - Top of Europe, Switzerland[/caption] (more…)

Sushmita Sarkar
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Vegetarian Travellers’ Food Guide to Uzbekistan | Uzbekistan for Vegetarian Travellers

Whenever I get query about my all women group trip to Uzbekistan, the most frequent question is about availability of vegetarian food options for travellers there. This is not surprising as Uzbekistan is a Central Asian country and one which is majority Islamic. Therefore, vegetarian travellers wonder about Vegetarian food options when planning on a trip to Uzbekistan. I have attempted to write this ‘Vegetarian Travellers’ Guide to Uzbekistan’ in a FAQ type format, so that all the different types of queries regarding what to eat when in Uzbekistan for vegetarian travellers, are answered.

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Sushmita Sarkar

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