A family on the road to self discovery

Double Decker Root Bridge, Cherrapunjee

Here is the link of my first ‘Published in print’ travel story, in Mint on 13.12.2014. It details the trek to the double decker root bridge at Nongriat, Cherrapunjee.


Trek to Double-decker root bridge, Cherrapunjee, Meghalaya

Backwater cruise from Kottayam to Alleppey

The backwaters of Kerala is a bewildering labyrinth of interconnected waterways, formed as a result of sea-waves creating short barrier across the mouths of rivers flowing down from the Western Ghats range. It is composed of lagoons, lakes, rivers, rivulets, canals, streams and salty seawater. It lies parallel to the Arabian sea-coast of Kerala, has five large lakes interconnected by numerous canals both man-made and natural, and is fed by around thirty-eight rivers. This complex criss-crossing brackish lagoons and lakes, is also the lifeline of the people living around. It is a paradise for the tourists as it gives glimpses of rural Keralite lifestyle that is completely hidden from other modes of transport.

Cruise from Kottayam to Alleppey

Backwaters of Kerala

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A visit to the kingdom of spices in Kumily

While strolling in the market of Kumily, scent of freshly cut spices, sold in every nook and corner of this small town seeds a desire to visit one of the many spice plantations on the outskirts. We contact Sunil, a guide, who promises us a never before experience. As we enter a plantation, the sight of lush green vegetation and the smell of aromatic air sets the expectation of the things to follow.

‘A royal white-carpet welcome to the Kingdom of Spices’.
‘White carpet welcome! We don’t see a carpet, neither we expect one here’.
‘Well, we are a little early. The white carpet is in the process of making’, the guide humbly replies and brings us in front of a rubber tree. A coconut shell is hanging on a short sharp stick. The dripping latex from the tree is collecting in the shell.

Latex getting collected in coconut shells

Rubber tree

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Adventurous hike from Camogli to San fruttuoso

This is my seventh post in Liguria Series. Today we move onto Camogli-San fruttuosso, a place on Riviera di Levante in Liguria,Italy. This is our third stop on ‘this’ part of Ligurian coast and just like the previous two – Cinque terre and Rapallo, we will go hiking, this time from Camogli to the Abbey of San Fruttosso. Difficulty level is gradually increasing; If we put a scale of three, Cinque terre was at level one, Rapallo to Montellegro was level two and this one was surely level three.

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Some more Chittorgarh: the last ninety minutes

Contented, I came out of the Padmini Palace. The serenity of the evening was resonating with the tranquility of my satisfied soul. There were several monuments that I wanted to explore further, but there was no rush. I had been to the famous monuments of the fort and still ninety minutes were left for the closure of fort.

On my way back from Padmini Palace, I crossed the Kalika Maa temple. This temple, built in the 8th century, was originally a Sun temple. Later, in the 14th century it was converted into a temple of Maa Kaali. Rulers of Mewar revered Maa Kaali and any battle expedition started only after taking her blessings in this temple.

Decorated camel in Chittorgarh fort
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A Rendezvous with India’s national aquatic animal- Gangetic River Dolphin.

Ever since the Gangetic Dolphin was declared the national aquatic animal of India in 2009, it was on our wishlist. Well, no one can see any wildlife of his own wish. All we can do is go to that place where the wildlife is found, take a ride, wait patiently, and pray for the best of our luck. Wildlife tourism is thus an unpredictable trip and that is its charm. You never know what you will get to see.

Gharial- pride of Chambal

Gharial- pride of Chambal

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