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The promise of a relatively short drive seemed exceedingly hollow as we drove up and down winding mountains meandering through aggressive truck drivers in search of a temple that held great mythological significance. Day one of my trip to Mussoorie to explore the Garhwal region was full of promise and excitement and despite the long but breathtakingly gorgeous drive, I felt more curious than anything else. I’m not a Hindu and most of the mythology is unfamiliar to me except for the bits I learn in school so when I do get an opportunity to visit temples or shrines with…

I remember driving up to Mussoorie and passing the main square that was thronged by a particular breed of crass and annoyingly loud selfie stick wielding tourists thinking this trip was going to be the death of me. It’s only as I drove through the gates of the Marriott and sank into my extraordinarily comfortable bed that I thought maybe Musoorie could redeem itself. The funny thing about service is that it either makes or breaks your experience and the next 4 days were soaked in memorable experiences thanks to a dedicated and wonderful team at a hotel that went…

I’ve said it a million times and I’ll keep saying it – there is nothing like being on a safari. I’ve been lucky enough to experience the wild in Africa as well as in our own back yard in Central and North India and every single time, it is just as special as the last one. My recent jungle adventure was in Madhya Pradesh which is starting to become one of my favourite states in India. About a 4 hour drive from Bhopal airport and I found myself in Satpura at a very pretty place called the Forsyth Lodge. I’ve…

A lot has been said about the ceremony that happens daily at the India- Pakistan border in Amritsar Punjab. The first being that they still refer to this as the Wagah border when Wagah is actually a village in Pakistan. For us Indians it is actually officially called the Ataree Border. That’s just one of the things people find fault but a lot has been said about how it’s more this elaborate song and dance and it’s more hype than anything else. Many folks don’t approve of the slander and  actively encouraging the crowd to look at Pakistan who is…

Punjab is one Indian state that has made an impact globally. When the west thinks of India, they often associate Punjab or Punjabis and that’s because the entire state is full of history, culture and life. The city that seems to represent best what Punjab is all about is the capital Amritsar and having recently spent time exploring I can happily say that Amritsar is a fantastic city to visit. It’s a bit of a stretch for us in Mumbai with a two hour flight but it’s an ideal Weekend getaways near Delhi . It’s not a difficult trip to plan…

There are always cities or countries on my wishlist. Places I’m curious about or can’t wait to visit. Amritsar however never featured as one. My sister has been talking about visiting the city and specially the Golden Temple and I always thought yes I’m sure it will be lovely, but I never had a burning desire to visit thinking it was more hype than anything else. I have never been happier to have been proven wrong. Thanks to an exclusive media invite for the launch of the Taj Swarna hotel in Amritsar I spent two days enjoying everything the city…

I honestly had no idea what to expect with Macau. It wasn’t a destination I had longed to visit. It wasn’t a place where a lot of folks I know have been nor did I think there was anything to it except for their casinos. I made a last minute decision to pop over to Macau since I was visiting Hong Kong and I’m so glad because those two days spent in Macau turned out to be packed with fun and so memorable it’s actually made me want to re visit. Two nights isn’t much to really do justice to…

I’m a big believer in taking short breaks or mini vacations whenever I get the chance. Sometimes work gets hectic and I need to switch off and take some time for myself. February is always a hectic month for me as I have several projects that take up all my energy but once they were over, I managed to hop on a plane and found myself spending the next two days in an oasis of peace and relaxation. The hotel itself is a beautiful property that has access to the beach which is a hop skip and jump away. It’s…

After five days of exploring the different parts of Israel, I found myself being driven to its financial capital city with a very fitting song  ”  Yahabibi Tel Aviv ” blasting from the car radio. I had no idea what to expect. So far Israel had turned out to be the most delightful surprise and I couldn’t imagine Tel Aviv to be any different. What I hadn’t envisioned was leaving with an extremely heavy heart after two days of exploring this vivacious city. The city is liberal, accepting, and so full of life and colour that no matter how many…

It’s that time of the year when I can’t quite decide how I feel about the new year. 2016 was a bit of a rollercoaster but for the most part all positive for which I am deeply grateful because I really can do without the drama. I was fortunate enough to tuck in a fair bit of domestic and international travel which quite honestly gives me the greatest joy. People always find it strange but I seem to be happiest at airports and hotels completely haggard and surviving on barely any sleep and superb intense itineries. No matter the stress…