10 Offbeat things to do in Santorini

Santorini – the island of romance, world-famous enchanting sunsets, sun beamed houses perched on the cliffs facing the glittering Agean sea; is undoubtedly one the most popular and photographed Greek island (and rightfully so!)

With this perfect setting, Santorini is a haven for couples and honeymooners. Having seen several photos on my social media feed, I always thought Santorini was all about the whitewashed houses, blue domes and sunsets and loads of Instagram-worthy pictures and a place ideal to be covered in 3 days ( I was so wrong!) Continue reading “10 Offbeat things to do in Santorini”

Noir

On a cold January night, Samir and I were snuggled up on our couch in a warm throw, watching a movie on Netflix after dinner (yeah we are one of those couples!). Half way into the movie, I crawl inside the throw. My husband was a bit perturbed and fully hopeful for “something exciting”. Quick enough to not let his expectations blow up (ahem), I said “Don’t get excited, I am just practising for the dinner next week for my birthday. Continue reading “Noir”

Get Lost

The title of my blog might seem a bit rude but it also just happens to be the most satisfying and rewarding thing  to do when you are Venice!

What conjures up when you think of Venice? A romantic Gondola ride with a man donned in blue and white striped shirt singing to you while you pass under numerous bridges? Apart from living up to its tag of one of the most romantic cities in the world, this beautiful lagoon has so much of a character that you are bound to fall in love with Venice.

Venice is a charming little city which can be easily covered by foot and I personally feel 2-3 days are enough to explore Venice but given the vibe of the city I am sure you would want to stay more. We went in October, an ideal time if you want to give the hordes of tourists a miss! Continue reading “Get Lost”

My Pushkar Experientia

My solo bag packing trip to Rajasthan was filled with many experiences and obviously provides me loads of meat to blog about. My last blog revolved around trusting your gut feeling, and taking that thread ahead, I want to share yet another page from my Rajasthan Chronicles.

“Don’t go to Pushkar, it is so dirty that in spite of being an Indian you will find it unbearably filthy. Besides Pushkar Mela in November, there is nothing much to see, just a brahma temple that’s all. You will be bored out of your wits if you go there. If you want, stay in Ajmer and make a day trip to Pushkar and back. Besides, it is  brimmed with perpetually high hippies smoking pot and not very safe for women, tujhe nahi maloom ? (Don’t you know?) Continue reading “My Pushkar Experientia”

Paris Beyond Eiffel Tower and Notre Dam

The Vintage Portobello Market | London

Few days back, I travelled to London for business and ofcourse the wanderlust in me managed to squeeze in as many places in and around London during my short stay.

Among the other touristy and offbeat things, one of the items on my checklist was to go to local street markets. London hosts number of markets in different parts of the city such as Camden Lock, Stables Market, Brick Lane, Spitafields, Petticoat lane, Borough market and more. Each market has its own specialty, for instance if you fancy cut price clothing, leather wear you must head to Petticoat Lane, Coloumbia Road market for exotic collections of flowers while Borough Market is known for gourmet food across the globe. Continue reading “The Vintage Portobello Market | London”

Trust your Gut , Solivagant

“Railway Stations can be very overwhelming. Filled with hordes of unknown people and chatter, hustle –bustle, trains steaming in with constant announcements in the background. I stood there with a huge rucksack and pink bag and for the first time it sunk in that I would be taking this journey alone. Though the country was my own, but the region was something I was blissfully unware of. Did I do the right thing, should I have taken another train that would reach a bit early? I am taking a lot of risk, is it safe, should I just go back? 1 min and 3 deep breaths later, I was ready to take on this journey which would be one of its kind and definitely a first” Continue reading “Trust your Gut , Solivagant”

The Sky Lantern | Goa

So it was first long weekend of 2015 and it also coincided with my birthday.  I wasn’t really excited about my birthday but one thing I knew for a fact that I did not want to be in Pune. I wanted to go out. Given the long weekend, tickets (train/flight/bus) to go anywhere were exceptionally steep. The accommodations were also no exception and were fully booked.  With very few options left, decided to drive down to Goa and find some cheap stay. I was happy with this proposition for I love beaches, I can sit there for hours and second, I was excited to ring in my birthday in Goa and party hard. You see it was best of both the worlds:) Continue reading “The Sky Lantern | Goa”

Viva Barcelona

I wanted to go to Barcelona ever since I saw the movie Vicky, Christi and Barcelona. I know it is clichéd but there is no denying that the movie is awesome, the performances impeccable and the direction by the eclectic Woody Allen and all in the backdrop of  beautiful Spain.

So when I had an upcoming business event in Barcelona, I jumped at the opportunity and with visas and tickets in place (Spain Embassy is one of the nicest and quickest, so in case you are applying for Schengen Visa, consider Spain J), I was all set for Barcelona. Unlike my other trips, I hardly had time to do in depth research before, thanks to my crazy work schedule but did manage to read up on my way to Barcelona.

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Of Unplanned trips – Hampi Rove

It was Christmas and I was working (rather I forced myself to office and was reluctantly sitting in front of the laptop. The atmosphere in the office was also very festive and people were in  no mood to work( or at least I saw it that way). I was sitting in my cubicle and was browsing the internet and I ended up reading a travel blog and there is a sudden irrestible urge in me to go to some place I have never been. Wanderlust is what some people call it.

That very moment, I do a bit of secondary research zero down Hampi, check for the tickets on redbus and the next thing I know is sitting in Anand Travels with my brother on our way to Hampi.

(This blog will help you plan your trip to Hampi) Continue reading “Of Unplanned trips – Hampi Rove”