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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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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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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My love affair with Street Food in Thailand !

An introduction to gastronomical delights in Thailand

Pic courtesy wikimedia

We have all tasted and savored the Indianised Thai cuisine like the green curry, red curry and the pad thai in India. Honestly that was the repertoire of Thai cuisine as far as I was concerned till I went to the exotic shores of Thailand ! Indians are no strangers to the concept of al fresco street food with our very own Chandni Chowks, Chappan Bazaars replete with Chole Kulche, Pav Bhaaji, Vada Pav, Mirchi Bajji and so much more. Continue reading “My love affair with Street Food in Thailand !”

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4 Day Itinerary for Singapore

An all comprehensive 4 day itinerary covering all the “Must – see – in – Singapore”.

The Baby Merlion

Singapore is a glitzy, glamorous, alluring and super chic city/country !
When you are going from India especially you can’t help but notice the cleanliness, orderly roads, quite and efficient hum of the city. It’s like neatly laid out Lego blocks, everything looking pretty in it’s defined space. The city shines like a dressed up Geisha, not a hair out of place. Continue reading “4 Day Itinerary for Singapore”

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Guide to Universal Studio, Singapore

A DIY guide to enjoying the Universal Studio in Singapore to the fullest without missing out the good things !

The famous Universal Globe

No trip to Singapore is complete without enjoying a day at Universal Studio, that is my firm opinion 🙂 .
Universal Studio is inside Sentosa Island but you need a full day to enjoy Universal and it has a separate ticket, not part of Sentosa entry ticket. Please don’t lump Universal trip on the same day as Sentosa if you want to enjoy full value for your money, as we Indians like to call it “Paisa Wasool” ! Continue reading “Guide to Universal Studio, Singapore”

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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 !!

Read Road Trip from Sikkim to Bhutan – Part 1 HERE

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.

Continue reading “Road Trip from Sikkim to Bhutan – Part 2”

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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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