Cathedral of Medak

It’s been a long time since my last post. It’s not that we have not been traveling but the motivation to write was somehow missing and added to that were technological issues that are best left undiscussed for now.

Anyhow, the motivation to write has reignited now courtesy a new fancy blogging device (read MacBook Air) from the hubby-man and a lazy rain washed weekend here in Mumbai.

So last weekend, which was a long weekend for Id-ul-fitr, we seredipitously found ourselves in Hyderabad – the city of Nizams. If one is a foodie, there is perhaps no better time to visit Hyderabad than during Ramzan, as this is the only time of the year when the city’s many popular biryani joints are also dishing out plate after plate of the delectable Haleem – a stew made of mutton, lentils, pounded wheat and dry fruits that is meant to provide instant energy to those breaking their day long fast.

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Crescent moon of Id rises over the ruins of Golconda Fort

But between feasting on biryani, haleem and phirni and catching up on Golconda’s glorious past in the light of the crescent shaped Id moon, we took a road trip to Medak, a dusty town 90 kms north-west of Hyderabad whose claim to fame is the Medak cathedral considered to be the largest church in India. Continue reading “Cathedral of Medak”

Into the night in Periyar Tiger Reserve

Periyar Tiger Reserve in Thekkady, Kerala is a tropical evergreen forest located high up in the Cardamom Hills of the southern Western Ghats of India. An overnight train to Madurai and a three-hour taxi ride later we were in Periyar one cloudy Saturday morning.

On the way there, I excitedly tell P about the night trek organized by the Periyar Forest Department where visitors can join the regular forest protection party as paid volunteers. They have three slots; 7pm to 10pm, 10pm to 1am and 1am to 4 am where groups of 5 to 6 volunteers accompany a forest ranger on his daily beat. Our Bengali middle class risk-averse cells are suitably assuaged and we opt for what appears to be the least perilous of the three, 7pm to 10pm. Continue reading “Into the night in Periyar Tiger Reserve”

Vineyard Hopping in Nashik

Winter is here and even sultry Mumbai has not been able to remain untouched by it’s pleasing touch. Unlike the north of India, winters in Mumbai are about hot afternoons but pleasantly cool mornings and evenings and if you too dread the cold like I do, it is just the right amount of winter you would need – warm enough to keep those bulky blankets and woolens at bay and cool enough to give a respite to fans and air conditioning. Continue reading “Vineyard Hopping in Nashik”

WanderfulWeekendz turns One!

Hola!

Earlier this week, WanderfulWeekendz quietly turned one. We would have completely missed this milestone if not for a sweet reminder from Facebook.

It’s been a year of blogging and sharing our weekend travel stories with all of you. Thank you for sometimes reading, sometimes liking but most importantly, for staying with us. Your readership keeps us going from one post to the next.

Hence, on the occasion of the first birthday of WanderfulWeekendz, we are re-sharing five of our most liked posts. If you missed them the first time over, please stop by and read them this time around.

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Serendipity’s in the Air

We were on our way to a vacation in Langkawi, Malaysia. When we checked in at Kuala Lumpur airport, we could not get adjacent seats. So we took the only ones available in two separate rows with the intention of swapping them with someone after boarding the flight.

As I approached my designated middle seat, I noticed that the seat adjacent to mine was occupied by an old Caucasian lady who looked all set for a beach vacation in her bright shorts and top. I politely asked her if she was travelling alone and if she would like to swap her seat with ours so that I and my husband could sit together. Continue reading “Serendipity’s in the Air”