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I always find that the best way to explore a new place is through their food. I get a better sense of what a country or city is like only once I’ve spent sufficient time walking through alley walls and eating at restaurants or little carts of the street. I was all set to embrace Taiwan and explore it’s food culture but I found it to be more overwhelming than anything else. Taiwan is a small island that generally tends to get over shadowed by its older siblings like china or Japan but if you pay attention, it’s got so…

Palace hotels are not a new phenomenon. Many castles, palaces and even forts across the world have been converted into hotels to give you a chance to experience it. While I haven’t personally had the chance to stay at such a hotel, my time at Narendra Bhawan is the closest I’ve come to sleeping in a royal chamber. The hotel was the residence of the last Maharajah of Bikaner, Narendra Singh ji and the minute you set foot inside, your experience from entering the hotel till the time you check out is all about giving you a glimpse into his…

Every time I ask people if they’d like to visit China I get a very lackluster response. By people I mean Indians most of the time and part of it is due to the political song and dance that both countries do with each other but a part of it is because they just don’t look at it as an exciting destination and I can’t fathom why. I jumped at the chance to visit Beijing and ended up regretting that I only has two nights there. The city is full of surprises and some wonderfully friendly people. It’s got its…

Food In China China really surprised me. I wasn’t sure what to expect but at every corner I found myself enjoying it much more than I expected. A whirlwind but incredibly memorable trip thanks to Sri Lankan Airlines made me realize Chinese food isn’t about the outlandish things you see on TV. I’ve picked 7 Chinese dishes that I personally loved and could eat repeatedly. If you’re planning a trip to China, this might help. Peking Duck Beijing turned out to be such an incredible hub for food. The most treasured dish there is the famous Peking Duck. There is…

Travelling is such a joy. I enjoy every single aspect of it, even the not so flattering ones. The flight to my destination isn’t always easy. Sometimes they’re long, at odd hours or terribly turbulent but when you fly Srilankan Airlines, my god are you in for a treat! I flew on Sri Lankan Airlines for a very exciting week in China and the first thing I did on my return was become a member of One World alliance. Needless to say, I really did enjoy my flights so these are my Top 7 reasons to fly Srilankan Airlines. Why…

Most of the time when I write about food, it’s usually a single restaurant that I thought was so good that I needed to talk about it so that other people can enjoy the experience. I’ve been writing recommendations on this site for over 5 years and very rarely have I come across a hotel where I think all their restaurants are worth boasting about. In most cases, one clearly outshines the rest but over the couple of days I spent lounging at the JW Marriott Pune I realised there wasn’t a single meal eaten that I wasn’t gushing over.…

There was a time when driving for a couple of hours or road trips were exciting but I find them losing their appeal. Maybe it’s a sign that I’m not as patient as I once use to be. After a rather turbulent flight in a plane far smaller than usual, a 3 hour drive to my hotel seemed more stressful than ever. Thankfully I had lovely company and the light at the end of this supposedly long tunnel was the gorgeous jungle of Bandhavgarh. For someone who is the truest definition of a city slicker, I’m amazed at my deep…

When you think of Australia several images come to mind. The great Sydney Opera House or the Great Barrier Reef, but for me, the first thing I think is Koalas. Australia as a country is home to some pretty unique wildlife and these adorable furry creatures are one of them. They’re not actually part of the bear family and they are actually just named Koalas but the resemblance has over the years christened them Koala bears. Most of these Koalas are usually found in wildlife sanctuaries or parks where you can visit them and even pose for a photo op.…

Travelers often categorize themselves as either a beach person or a mountain person. While both hold a great appeal, I’d call myself a jungle person. Going on safari in any part of the world gives me more pleasure than frolicking on any beach or waking up to any spectacular mountainous views. My first trip to the jungle in Madhya Pradesh made such an impact that it ended up being my favourite type of travel. The biggest advantage is that India has so many different national parks, each gorgeous in its own way and full of some incredible wildlife. It is…

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…