2016 Travel Recap and ‘To Come’ in 2017

A summary of my travels in 2016 and chalking out the itinerary for 2017

2016 was a great year for me travel wise, from the salubrious climes of Scotland to beaches of Goa, my passport and bags did a lot of heavy lifting. I have to plan my travels around my children’s school and academic calendar. I really marvel at the mom’s who manage to travel round the year, maybe I will be able to do it once the kid’s fly from the nest ! Continue reading “2016 Travel Recap and ‘To Come’ in 2017”

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Road Trip from Sikkim to Bhutan – Part 3

A 8 day leisurely road journey from Gangtok (Sikkim) to Bhutan and back. Unplanned, sans any research, GPS, trip advisor or lonely planet…….the best road trip ever !!

Read Road Trip from Sikkim to Bhutan – Part 1 HERE

Read Road Trip from Sikkim to Bhutan – Part 2 HERE

Pic courtesy Wikimedia

I can’t believe I didn’t finish the series !! I went to UK and in the excitement this story got side tracked completely. Well here I am to conclude the 3 part series 🙂 . Continue reading “Road Trip from Sikkim to Bhutan – Part 3”

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A Boat Ride and Vistas Galore !

All the landmarks to revel in on a boat ride across the River Thames.

Will it be an exaggeration if I said Thames is the lifeline of London ?      No, I guess not ! Thames is to London what Ganges is to India.

“TWENTY bridges from Tower to Kew –
Wanted to know what the River knew,
Twenty Bridges or twenty-two,
For they were young, and the Thames was old
And this is the tale that River told:”
― Rudyard Kipling 

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My Literary England

My journey of visiting birth and work places of great English authors and poets across England.

Shakespeare’s birthplace and home in Stratford-upon-Avon.

You don’t have to be a bibliophile to know the literary giants of English language hailing from England ! Names like Shakespeare, Jane Austen, Geoffrey Chaucer, Keats, Milton, Wordsworth, Tolkien are part of our lives in the form of movies, poems, plays, books and so much more. And if you happen to be a bookworm like me and devour English classics then a trip to England is like a literary pilgrimage. Continue reading “My Literary England”

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A day in ‘City of Bath’

Soak yourself in this Georgian city to feel the pulse of true England !

The stunning Bath Abbey

I visited many places during my trip to England and loved everything about this country but a few places left a lasting impression and I am sure I will be back there sometime to relive the experience, probably in spring/summer. On top of the list is the spa town ‘City of Bath’. This UNESCO World Heritage city replete with gorgeously imposing Georgian architecture is roughly 156 km from London and is easily accessible by trains / coach buses. Continue reading “A day in ‘City of Bath’”

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UK Visa for Indian Passport

A – Z of how to get the UK visa without any agents !

UK visa stands right besides the difficult to get finicky, first world visas like USA, Australia, Schengen when you have an Indian Passport ! UK tourist visa entitles you to visit England, Scotland and Northern Ireland multiple times for a 6 month duration. You can opt for long term visa too but it costs a bomb !

You definitely DO NOT need an agent and it’s no guarantee that you will get the visa if you apply through one, if you have all your documents in order and are organised, it’s a breeze.

The basic premise for getting a visa is that you should be able to prove :- Continue reading “UK Visa for Indian Passport”

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Edinburgh – City of Culture

Of all the places I have traveled to, Edinburgh firmly sits on top of the list of my favorite places in the world. I happened to go to this medieval city in thick of winters with temperature ranging from -2 degrees to 5 degrees maximum with the occasional snowfall ! Continue reading “Edinburgh – City of Culture”

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Scotland Photo Diary !

A collection of my favorite pictures from the Scotland Sojourn.

Am just back from a super solo trip across UK. This is a photo diary of few pictures from the 500 odd pics I have in my dropbox. Will be posting in details about my experiences, till then pics it is !

A stunning bridge near York

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Is there a REAL Dubai ?

Scratching beneath the surface to see if there is a soul to the Steel and Chrome City !!

Pic courtesy LConstantino

I recently read a popular travel blog’s post on why the blogger would never go back to Dubai ! The post made me reminisce about my trip to the UAE in 2007, it comes at an apt time since I will be in Dubai in 2 days for a couple of hours on my way to London. I went back in time to recollect my own thoughts and experiences of this shiny, glitzy city of oil !  Continue reading “Is there a REAL Dubai ?”

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The planned city of Malaysia – Putrajaya

A detour from Capital of Malaysia to Putrajaya…..is the detour worth it ? Read to find out for yourself !

The intelligent city – Putrajaya

On our last day in Kuala lumpur, we had a few hours to kill till we boarded our afternoon flight to Bangkok. Not wanting to go in the city traffic we decided to take a trip to nearby city of Putrajaya. We arranged for a vehicle to take us to Putrajaya and drop us off to the airport later. I have heard that Lavasa City in India is inspired from Putrajaya. I don’t know the authenticity of this though. Continue reading “The planned city of Malaysia – Putrajaya”

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