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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…

I remember being rather upbeat for a 4 am pick up having barely slept the night before. I could hardly contain my excitement and kept grinning to myself like an idiotic person as I walked through a rather deserted hotel lobby since no person in their right mind would want to be up at this unearthly hour. What can I say ? To experience something magical, you need to really go the distance so if I had to forfeit my supremely comfortable bed to hop into a van full of strangers and drive out into the unknown for my very…

People often ask me which are my favourite food destinations and always seem surprised when I say Australia. The country has plenty to offer but it is their exceptional flavours, creativity on a plate and abundance of great produce that makes it a favourite. Truth be told, this is the home for the popular TV show Masterchef Australia that has honestly changed the way India eats and appreciates food. The last time I was in Australia was a whirlwind trip to Sydney but this time around I managed to get a real sense of what Queensland has to offer. I…

When I was in school, one of my closest friends went on a family vacation to Kenya. This was an easy 18 years ago when it was fairly unheard of that anyone in Mumbai went to Africa for a holiday instead of the usual suspects. I remember her coming back from her travels and saying ” Roxy believe me when they say it’s God’s country, they really mean it ” . Since that conversation in my mind, I had painted the most pristine and beautiful image of the country. Years later when I found myself in the heart of the…

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…

Often looked at as the gateway to Kenya, Nairobi tends to be ignored by most travelers as the excitement with visiting Kenya is generally reserved for the National Parks, Maasai Mara or even its spectacular coast. Sadly the capital city doesn’t get much love from travelers which is terrible because Nairobi is a thriving vibrant city with plenty to offer if you just take the time to look for it. If you’re spending a day in the city then your first order of business once you’re well rested should be to pay a visit to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.…

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…