"I must admit, I have not been myself since I have gotten back from Bhutan", I said to my friend. "Why? What happened there? Is everything alright?, she said. Taking a deep breath I replied, I surely am back to Mumbai but my heart refuses to cross the Bhutan gate. The green cover of forests, the twists and turns on roads with prayer flags fluttering in the wind and colourful chortens on almost every nook and cranny literally ooze happiness and satisfaction. In this age of technology taking over human relationships, it is almost impossible to find a place where people prefer sitting in a circle to sip on homemade wine (Aara) with their family and friends, instead of connecting with each other on virtual world of social media. But in this world dominated by social media and show off there still exists a small Himalayan kingdom, the last Shangri La, the Land of the Thunder Dragon (Druk Yul) or as it is fondly called the Land of Happiness, Bhutan!
If you are among those who think of Kerala as just a land of backwaters and houseboats, pristine forests and wildlife, awesome cuisine and Ayurveda, then you are in for a huge surprise. Let us show you a side of Kerala that you perhaps do not know exists. Kerala is also a hub for thrill seekers, and enthusiasts come here for a dose of adventure. Biking, climbing, trekking, camping, water sports, and paragliding are among the few interesting things to do, here.
This trip to Hampi had been planned and postponed a zillion times and finally it had come to reality. Hampi stands witness to the history of rise and fall of Vijaynagara Empire, which was one of the largest and most important kingdoms in Indian history. It also has strong mythological roots attached to it. Hampi is also believed to be the Kishkindha Vanara kingdom and birth place of Lord Hanuman in Hindu mythology. Once a flourishing kingdom, the place is now a UNESCO world heritage site lined with temples and boulders all around. The site of boulders and ruins of Vijaynagara empire was a sight to behold.
A group of 9 strangers set out on their epic quest to uncover the beauty of Uttara Kannada district.
Goa is a lot more than beaches, booze and parties. Read more to know about my offbeat experience in Goa this monsoon!
A family full of travel buffs embarked upon their expedition to explore the God's own country from Mumbai on a beautiful morning. Kerala is ideal for slow travel as there is a lot to learn here in terms of its cultural diversity, natural beauty or to find peace of mind cruising through the backwaters. But as we all working class people are bound by limited leaves, we had to cover most of the major attractions of this beautiful abode of nature within a week.