Budget Conscious Traveler’s Top 10 List !

10 gorgeous places outside India that can fit into every budget conscious traveler’s itinerary.

Travel has become an indispensable part of our lives. Be it to unwind, to take a break from the hectic schedules, to do some soul searching or see the world other than our own; the fact is that your passport is the key to the wonderland that you find yourself peeping through often ! Maybe it’s time to look beyond the enticing pictures on Instagram and head to these destinations for the much needed R & R. Continue reading “Budget Conscious Traveler’s Top 10 List !”

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The day I surrendered my heart to Gangtok !

Story of how Gangtok became a home for me and not a tourist hotspot 🙂

I was a 24 year old new mom who had to shift lock, stock and barrel for atleast 2.5 years to Gangtok to follow the husband’s call of duty. Sounds wow for a tourist, like a really long vacation ! But in my heart, I wasn’t ready to go, it meant quitting a well paying job and becoming a financially dependent housewife, which wasn’t appealing howsoever beautiful the place maybe ! Continue reading “The day I surrendered my heart to Gangtok !”

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Road Trip from Sikkim to Bhutan – Part 2

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 !!

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DAY 3- PHUNTSHOLING TO THIMPU – We started on this journey on day 3 with a visit to the Army doctor first 🙁 . My son and brother in law, both had an upset stomach !! So with a prayer on our lips and some trepidation we started the drive on the snaking mountainous roads. The first thing that struck me was how different the mountains in Bhutan were from the mountains in Sikkim.

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Road Trip from Sikkim to Bhutan – Part 1

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 !!

This was back in 2004 when we were posted in Gangtok, Sikkim. One of the most beautiful places I have had the privilege of living for 2.5 years ! Stories of Sikkim are for another post, today I will share my story of the impromptu 8 day road trip we took from Gangtok to Bhutan alongwith a guide to plan your own road trip. Continue reading “Road Trip from Sikkim to Bhutan – Part 1”

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Ye mera INDIA

My journey across this majestic land called India !

I would not call myself a traveler if I hadn’t seen the length and breadth of this beautiful land of my birth across states, town and villages.
The majestic Himalayas, blue Nilgiris, mighty Ganges,  turbulent Teesta, winding tea plantations, the chaotic road of old Delhi, the smiling toothless women selling guavas on the roadsides while driving through Uttaranchal mountains, the jalebi and pakora walas on roadside dhabas in Punjab sets this land apart from any other place in the world ! Continue reading “Ye mera INDIA”

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Visa Free, Visa on Arrival Destinations for Indians

For those sudden travel pangs !

Indian passport and visas are a match made in hell. The uncertainty of whether a visa application will come through or not sucks out all the excitement from planning a trip to a foreign destination ! I popped a few blood vessels filling out my UK visa and waiting for the decision 🙁 . Continue reading “Visa Free, Visa on Arrival Destinations for Indians”

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TOP 8 THINGS TO DO IN HONGKONG

List of must do/ must see in Hongkong

Sailing in Hong Kong – Photo: Prachanart Viriyaraks

Hongkong was a place I went on a total whim. Just decided to give a trip to Disneyland as a surprise gift to my son for his upcoming 10th birthday !
The mix of the British and the Chinese with Asian influences thrown in for a good measure fascinated us for sure.  Continue reading “TOP 8 THINGS TO DO IN HONGKONG”

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My Bucket List of Places To See

A peek into my travel bucket list !

All serious travelers have their bucket list of places to see, things to do, right ? Here is mine, in no particular order except for the first 5, they are definitely the ones I am going to see in next 2 years 🙂 Continue reading “My Bucket List of Places To See”

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Traveling with Children

The best gift to give your children is to travel with them

One of the best ways to bond with your family especially children is to travel with them , not tour but travel ! The memories you create are lifelong , priceless , the children learn so much more than they learn by sitting in a classroom . The exposure to how the rest of the world lives at an early age ,the sensitivity to ways of people other than yours goes a long way in shaping up the personality of the young ones. I have some extremely fond memories of traveling with my kids.

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To Travel or to Tour ??

Be a Traveler , not a Tourist

Tourists don’t know where they’ve been, Travelers don’t know where they are going – Paul Theroux

What do you prefer ?….the structured tours offered by multiple travel companies or the thrill of researching and plunging headlong in a trip to a place you have never been to. I guess from the statement above you can make out which category I belong to !

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