HOME OF SATGURU SAI BABA – SHIRDI, MAHARASHTRA, INDIA

“Chalo Bhulava Aaya Haiiii Baba Ne Bulaya Hai”. As the Indian saying goes “jab tak bhulava nahi aata, tab tak nahi ja sakte” (one can pay visit to the holy place only when god himself has called you, want you to see). Well I didn’t believe much on this saying and always felt it is you who decide weather you want to go or not. But now i think, i kind of have some belief on this saying. So the story goes like this. It was early this year when we all went (me, my son, parents, sister, aunt and driver) … Continue reading HOME OF SATGURU SAI BABA – SHIRDI, MAHARASHTRA, INDIA

THE SUN, THE MOON,THE PLANETS, THE STARS – ALWAR, RAJASTHAN, INDIA

Long weekends are always a boon and the time to travel for a travel freak like me. I love to explore new places, experience whenever i get an opportunity and outsource when the finances allow. This time i got to experience something unique which i never thought i would ever search. One blog suddenly came my sisters way and she shared it with me. And immediately we decided that we want to go to this place. It was the long weekend of March, thanks to Goodfriday. And we decided to go and see the stars, planets, moon, sun, galaxies, formations…etc … Continue reading THE SUN, THE MOON,THE PLANETS, THE STARS – ALWAR, RAJASTHAN, INDIA

PEACOCKS AND LOTUS – YEOLA, MAHARASHTRA, INDIA

It’s my sister’s wedding. And the most important rather exciting work is to do shopping. So we all decided to go to Yeola to purchase traditional maharashtrian saree – “Paithani”. The saree is made with very fine thread with Peacock design at the Border and Pallu. But now a days Lotus is also being made instead of Peacocks for variety. The saree looks really elegant when worn. Yeola is the only city in the State of Maharashta for purchasing traditional Paithani at a whole sale rate. So it is only advisable to go there if one wants to buy sarees … Continue reading PEACOCKS AND LOTUS – YEOLA, MAHARASHTRA, INDIA

LARGEST CRAFT FAIR – SURAJKUND, HARYANA, INDIA

I was very fascinated with the term Mela (in hindi)/Fair (in english) from my childhood. And the all thanks to our Bollywood movies. Brothers or family members used to get separate from each other in Mela and reunite later after many years. This used to be plot of many bollywood movie. Finally i got a chance to fulfil my wish this year in 32nd Surajkund mela organized in Faridabad, Haryana.   Surajkund mela is at par with international standard fair and is worlds largest craft fair This festival is held yearly for 15 days in the month of Feb showcasing … Continue reading LARGEST CRAFT FAIR – SURAJKUND, HARYANA, INDIA

PARTY CAPITAL – GOA, INDIA

Fun, Frolic, Adventure and Nightlife are all synonymous to Goa. The city is simple to understand as compared to other states of the country. It is divided into 2 regions North Goa and South Goa. And both regions are just opposite to each other in terms of activities/characteristics. North Goa, is more for party, having fun with friends. All the carnivals and festivals happen here. One can enjoy anything here from beaches, churches, forts, water sport adventures etc. While, South Goa, is more for relaxation. Grab a book or take a sun bath are the activities which one can enjoy here. Both … Continue reading PARTY CAPITAL – GOA, INDIA

DAY’S TRIP TO VILLAGE – DELHI NCR, INDIA

It is always difficult to decide a place for picnics especially when you have small kids. One needs to consider lot of factors before zeroing on a place. There are lot of questions which pops up – is it a baby friendly spot? Can I take food inside? Can we carry baby bags? How much time will it take to reach the place Etc. etc. Have listed two such places which are baby/kids friendly. And the best part is, this place is for everyone. There is something for everyone from elders to kids. No one will get bored here. Both … Continue reading DAY’S TRIP TO VILLAGE – DELHI NCR, INDIA

UTTRAKHAND, THE LAKE DISTRICT- NANITAL, NAUKUCHAITAL, SATTAL, BHIMTAL, INDIA

Nanital, known as “Lake District of Uttrakhand”, is one of the most popular hill station in India, especially for Northern India – it serves as a weekend gateway tourist destination. I always wanted to visit this place for two reasons, one it is a beautiful place and second, it is near to Delhi. Generally, people tend to visit those places which are far off and ignore the places which are nearby thinking we can travel this place anytime. And nearby places always get ignored as taken for granted destinations. We went there in August for 3 days, though not a good month to travel. Landslide is very common … Continue reading UTTRAKHAND, THE LAKE DISTRICT- NANITAL, NAUKUCHAITAL, SATTAL, BHIMTAL, INDIA

ADVENTURE CAPITAL OF INDIA – RISHIKESH, UTTRAKHAND, INDIA

It was one of my best adventure and cherished trip. Not only it was a well arranged/planned but was also my last trip as a bachelorette (before getting married) with friends. We were a group of 5 mad people (3 girls & 2 guys). We started our journey early morning at around 6am, in our own vehicle from Delhi, to avoid city traffic. When I look back now, it is very easy to plan things when one is single, with family lot of factors have to be considered while traveling, and specially with kids. It was Apr 2009 when I went to this magnificent … Continue reading ADVENTURE CAPITAL OF INDIA – RISHIKESH, UTTRAKHAND, INDIA

ANCIENT HISTORICAL TOWN – NEEMRANA, RAJASTHAN, INDIA

Neemrana, the place where i wanted to go from the day i heard about flying fox adventure. It was the major attraction for me to visit this place. So i was after my husband’s life to go there over a weekend….. We went in Mar which is not that good season to travel as the day gets quite hot. Luckily the weather was pleasant during our visit to this place. We preferred to drive down in our own car and stayed here for 1 night, 2 days.It was a 3 hr drive. We reached hotel at around 1 PM, post … Continue reading ANCIENT HISTORICAL TOWN – NEEMRANA, RAJASTHAN, INDIA

HILLS, BEACHES, MOUNTAIN PASS – GATEWAYS, MAHARASHTRA, INDIA

When I was in school, I always had some inclination towards official conferences and tours. I always used to think “wow – it’s so much fun in travelling/conferences”. My fantasy soon became hard reality and I got to know the fact, that all these conferences are super hectic. Luckily I got a chance to roam around during all my conference places in the free time. Mahabaleshwar It is a small hill station in the Western Ghats range. The hill station is very relaxing and beautiful.  Few spots which can be seen include: 3 monkey point – Natural sculpture of 3 … Continue reading HILLS, BEACHES, MOUNTAIN PASS – GATEWAYS, MAHARASHTRA, INDIA

EXPLORING HARYANA, INDIA

Haryana is a state in Northern part of India. It surrounds the capital Delhi from three sides forming northern, southern and western borders of Delhi. Hence the state is very scattered. The state has its own charm and has couple of tourism spots. Gurgaon It is Located at the South border of Delhi.  Is mainly known as industrial and financial hub, due to many companies have their headquarters. It has many big malls and several good restaurants for partying. The major tourist attraction is – Kingdom of Dreams, which is first live entertainment, theater and leisure destination. It has two … Continue reading EXPLORING HARYANA, INDIA

SARISKA NATIONAL PARK – RAJASTHAN, INDIA

We all friends were discussing about one day trip to some place, where everyone can spend some time with each other and will also get a break from their regular routine.  After lot of discussion, somebody suggested – “let’s go to Sariska – it’s a place nearby & we can come back in a day” Bingo – everyone agreed instantly. On the day of our picnic, we all started early(to avoid traffic jams) in our cars and met at decided point (as people were coming from different parts of the city), from where, we further started our journey together. It … Continue reading SARISKA NATIONAL PARK – RAJASTHAN, INDIA

AGRA – CITY OF TAJ, UTTAR PRADESH, INDIA

It would not be wrong to say Agra is synonym to Taj Mahal. The City is famous because of this spectacular monument in the city, Taj Mahal – 7th Wonder of the World. Have visited Taj Mahal 3-4times, andthe white beautiful stone structure is mesmerizing every time i have seen. It is weekend gateway from Delhi and takes 3-4 hours road drive. One can either come back the same day or can stay for a day to enjoy the beauty. Best time to visit – August – Mar (when the climate is cooler). During summer, the flooring gets very hot to walk … Continue reading AGRA – CITY OF TAJ, UTTAR PRADESH, INDIA

HOLY PLACE – ASHTAVINAYAK, MAHARASHTRA, INDIA

Ashtavinayak – literally means 8 Ganesha in Sanskrit. It is another very popular/well known gateway (for youngsters)/religious place in the state of Maharashtra.The trip refers to visiting 8 distinct idols of Ganesha, which are situated around Pune. Lord Ganesha is worshiped for unity, prosperity, learning and removes any obstacle. The pilgrimage s important because all the murtis were completely formed by nature, and were not created by human. We visited this place immediately post our marriage as their was a obligation which had to be fulfilled. Earlier, i was really upset as i generally do not like visiting temples. But i have to … Continue reading HOLY PLACE – ASHTAVINAYAK, MAHARASHTRA, INDIA

HIDDEN VILLAGE-SHAHPUR, MAHARASHTRA, INDIA

Nature’s Place – Hidden Village, a place to relax for people like us who live in urban cities and need desperate break from their regular city life. Quite place to relax & refresh one’s mind by getting closer to nature. Hidden village, the name says it all, is actually hidden from the world, lesser visited/known weekend gateway from Mumbai, Maharashtra. Went to this serene, beautiful place last month. It is approx an hours drive from Mumbai. After almost reaching to this place, as per the GPS “destination on your right”, we couldn’t actually see this place, it was actually hidden. … Continue reading HIDDEN VILLAGE-SHAHPUR, MAHARASHTRA, INDIA

THE CAPITAL, DELHI,INDIA

Delhi – the capital of our country is full of life- lively place, lot of tourist attractions, amazing food joints…the list is endless. Image of the city is dampened by some serious issues with respect to women safety. ..etc, but every city/country in this world has both negatives & positives and Delhi is no different. The city has its own charisma & culture. Living in Delhi for such a long time, I would highlight good things about the city. There are lots of things for a tourist to do from visiting key monuments to shopping markets to food joints. Here … Continue reading THE CAPITAL, DELHI,INDIA

QUEEN OF THE HILLS – MUSSORIE, UTTRAKHAND, INDIA

Mussorie is among the most famous hill stations  in the state of Uttarakhand in India. It falls under Dehradun (capital of Uttrakhand) District which is located approx 35 Km away and from Delhi – the distance is approx 290 Km. Other famous hill stations of Uttarakhand are – Nainital, Dhanaulti, Lansdown, Sattal, Almora, Kasauni, Bhimtal & Ranikhet. We travelled to Mussorie, couple of years back in 2011, from Delhi on a short vacation of 1N2D. We hired a cab from Delhi, and started our journey on a Saturday morning. On the way, we took halt for quick Breakfast at “Cheetal” … Continue reading QUEEN OF THE HILLS – MUSSORIE, UTTRAKHAND, INDIA

‘GOD OF BEACHES’- GANPATIPULE, MAHARASHTRA, INDIA

It was my wish from quite some time to visit lord Ganpati’s temple. Although, I usually don’t like visiting temples, but somehow, I had some kind of inclination to visit this place. Finally, my wish came true this year in March, when we were in Mumbai to attend a family function.  And from there, planned our short trip to Ganpatipule. Ganpatipule fallsin Ratnagiri district in the western side of Maharashtra and also referred as coastal ‘Konkan’. Konkan in Maharashtra is nothing but a coastal belt, so all districts situated on this belt are commonly refereed as Konkan. Due to its … Continue reading ‘GOD OF BEACHES’- GANPATIPULE, MAHARASHTRA, INDIA

HOUSE OF GOD – HARIHARESHWAR, MAHARASHTRA, INDIA

Harihareshwar is also referred as “House of God or Dev Bhoomi”. It is situated in Raigad district of Maharashtra. It is very a popular weekend gateway for people from Mumbai, Pune…and other parts of Maharashtra. This Konkan place is best known for its temples and beaches. I have been travelling to this place every year post my marriage as it is a resident of our “kul-dev” Shiva. It is said that Shiv ji along with Vishnu ji, Brahma Ji & Parvatii Ji appeared here and blessed this place as their home. Therefore, all 4 hills surrounding the place are named … Continue reading HOUSE OF GOD – HARIHARESHWAR, MAHARASHTRA, INDIA

“HEAVEN” ON PLANET EARTH – KASHMIR, INDIA

Kashmir…….Yes it is very rightly said….it is a heaven on Earth. The state is blessed with exquisite natural beauty – snow clad mountaintops, exotic orchids, lush green pastures, forests….& much more than you can think of…. It was our 3rd anniversary & we chose Kashmir for celebration. The decision could not have been better… We went in Dec and it was really chilly winter in Kashmir. I must say one should visit Kashmir during winters (which is considered as a not so friendly season for travelers). In Dec, you would see more foreign tourists than indian. This added great advantage for us. Wherever we visited, we got exclusive service. No long … Continue reading “HEAVEN” ON PLANET EARTH – KASHMIR, INDIA

7 SISTERS & THE ONLY BROTHER – ASSAM & MEGHALAYS,INDIA

7 Sisters and their only Brother – States of North East, as it is very popularly said. 7 Sisters – Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Meghalaya, Tripura; 1 Brother – Sikkim is a very popular phrase used to define North East stated of our country – India. North Eastern states have a very unique architecture, style which not only attracts you but also make you feel proud of your rich heritage and culture. I think, this part of india still unexplored & preserves its pristine & rustic culture for amateur tourists to explore. We travelled to  – two beautiful … Continue reading 7 SISTERS & THE ONLY BROTHER – ASSAM & MEGHALAYS,INDIA

GOD’S OWN COUNTRY, KERELA, INDIA

Kerela – Land of Gods or Gods’ own country, as it is so rightly said. It’s a paradise on planet earth, similar to Kashmir in North. The only missing thing in Kerela is snow, otherwise, it is as beautiful as Kashmir. It is a heaven on planet earth. We (me & my husband), went to Kerela during Monsoon season, which is considered as not so good season to go. But I feel, one should travel during off seasons. And trust me you do not lose a single thing in terms of sightseeing, facilities and any other service. The weather was pleasant, … Continue reading GOD’S OWN COUNTRY, KERELA, INDIA