The erstwhile French colony of Pondicherry is a well loved travel destination for all and sundry owning to it’s leisurely pace, bright colonial buildings, quaint cafes and broad seaside promenade. However, few ever venture further south to visit the remains of the erstwhile Danish settlement of Tanquebar/ Tharangambadi situated in the Nagapattinam district, 120 kms away from Pondicherry. Continue reading “To Tranquebar – The Land of the Singing Waves”
Memories are funny things. You never know what random incidence or coincidence triggers memories buried deep in the past. For the past couple of days I have been thinking of Mandu – a fortress town situated 100kms away from Indore where the Malwa plateau suddenly and abruptly end to give way to the rolling Narmada valley. Continue reading “Monsoon and memories of Mandu”
For a really long time Nagpur was for me, that major railway junction that we passed on our long train journeys from Mumbai to Kolkata during summer vacations. Nagpur was an especially notable stop in an otherwise mundane journey not just coz most trains had a longer than usual stop there but also because it was the last stop before the train finally left the state of Maharashtra and crossed over to a new state Continue reading “What’s so great about Nagpur?”
When planning a trip, we always try to go off the beaten track and explore places that have been hitherto overlooked. Hence, when it was time to visit Goa; probably the most over-exposed destination in whole of India; I desperately tried to find a side of Goa that is still untouched. Some research led me to Chandor, a lush village 15km away from Margao. Continue reading “Chandor – The un-touristy side of Goa”
One missed attempt and countless failed plans later, we finally made it to the Great Rann of Kutch; just before the tourist season ended in late March. Thanks to Big B’s vehement accounts of a colorful life in the starkly barren Rann of Kutch, we have had Kutch on our bucket list for some time now.