The Best Way to Visit and Explore New Places

For most of us Indians travel planning means visiting a travel agent’s office,going through some glossy brochures and pointing at one tour.”Aah its going to be the best one for us!”most people would think.NO,travelling on a “tailor made tour” or booking a tour through a travel agent is NOT the best way to travel.Lo and…

HALLSTAT HIGHS

I have a fetish for small countryside towns and hamlets.I take an instant liking to small home run bakeries and restaurents.I don’t like to go where the crowds go.And I enjoy writing most about my personal experiences in not-so-talked about places.If I think of all the places I visited last year and am asked to…

Sailing on gold hued waters..Kerala Houseboat Cruise.

Yes,this is Indias answer to a Nile Cruise.The Kerala houseboat cruise was one of the most unique offbeat experiences I have had on any of my travels within India.These houseboats are built of Ketuvallams,traditional boats in which entire structure of the boat is held together by coir ropes tied in knots.Traditionally these were the main…

When Goddess Durga visits Kolkata

Old Victorian buildings,yellow taxis,streets decoratively lit up and lined with trees,rosgolla and people who speak equally sweet a language as the rosogolla-these are reasons enough to visit Kolkata again and again.But today I want to talk, not about the most visited or the most popular places of tourist interest of Kolkata,but,about visiting Kolkata at one…

Chateau De Versailles

Versailles(pronounced Vair-SY in French) was a must do day trip for me during my visit to the French Capital of Paris.This wealthy suburb of Paris which was once a small village was brought to fame by King Louis XIV when he built the majestic Palace of Versailles in the 16th Century.Versailles Palace or Chateau De…

Stratford-Upon-Avon:A little gem in England

As our coach rolled into Stratford Town I was transfixed at the site of the Avon River canalling its way alongside the thatched English houses. Shakespeare’s heritage house  combined with the laid back beauty of the place made it my first choice to spend an extra day that I had during my visit to the…