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For someone who still squeals at the sight of a lizard and has yet to accept that a garden frog will not kill her, I am shocked at how deeply in love I am with wildlife. If I could, I think I would do a minimum of 5 visits a year to different jungles. I had hear great tales of how stunning Chitwan was in Nepal and tried on a number of occasions to plan a trip but to no avail. Last month thanks to a gracious invitation by the Nepal Tourism Board I finally  made it to Chitwan and…

When I think of travelling, I have this terrible habit of avoiding the countries closest to me. Any rational human being would pick something that’s close by but I always think that it’s so close, it’s not going anywhere I can always visit later. This is the only reason why it has taken me so long to visit Nepal which is literally a 2 hour flight away from me. It’s also the stupidest excuse, a thought that occered to me  after 10 days in the country. I realised 3 days into my trip what a grave mistake it was to…

India is a diverse country and the cuisine is possibly it’s biggest tresure. Hyderabad is a haven for foodies with a voracious appetite. There’s Andhra cuisine, Telangana cuisine and then there’s Hyderabad’s famous Mughlai cuisine. During the holy month of Ramzan, the old city comes alive at night and the streets are flooded with restaurants and vendors selling some of the most delectable food. Biryani kebabs, haleem, sweets, falooda and even fresh juice, there is an abundance of food available and thanks to the ingenious team at the Novotel Hyderabad Airport Hotel I was able to sample some. I’ve had…

When you think of a tiger safari in India, jungles like Kanha, Pench, Bandhavgadh or Ranthambore. The big jungles that have a loyal fan following and eager safari enthusiasts voraciously recommending them. What most people don’t realise is that India has nearly 50 tiger reserves and is possibly the best country in the world to spot a big cat. With everyone flocking to the 10 most popular reserves, it’s the smaller parks that get left behind but are equally stunning and home to big cats as well. Last minute planning in the peak of what is commonly called Tiger Season…

Travelling is a great way to kick back and unwind and it’s easy enough that can be done last minute as well ( depending on the kid of traveler you are ) Of course if you’re travelling with children, no matter how small or old they are, a certain amount of pre planning is a must. I’ve been to Thailand on a number of occasions but this post is special because after a fair amount of questions that I often get, I decided to put together a small sample itinerary of a travel plan to Thailand when you are travelling…

Tourist often visit Thailand and flock to the beach or enjoy the fast pace of Bangkok. For a more local experience I’d highly recommend travelling East, just 245 kms away from Bangkok to the sleepy town of Chanthaburi. While it might not currently be on the tourist trail like the Koh islands or even Chiang Mai up north, it’s got its own appeal that seasoned travelers now find charming and most importantly untouched by throngs of tourists. You can visit the temple where a 100 year old pagoda is situated, shop of semi precious stones ( sapphires and emeralds anyone…

Hong Kong is one of those holiday spots that  has people falling in love with it. For an Indian traveler Hong Kong ticks a lot of boxes, great food, easy flight access, an Indian community so there’s always family or friends around, good food, lots to explore and some gorgeous hotels. What’s not to love ? I remember thinking on my first visit to Hong Kong last year that I had barely scratched the surface. I will admit I spent more time on that trip at Disneyland and over eating dim sums to really play attention but on a recent…

What I really like is when an airline makes an effort to ensure my entire flying process is smooth and hassle free. With a business class ticket it seems like the passenger is royalty but with premium economy he’s not far behind. Having flown Economy and Business Class, I can honestly say the Premium Economy Category is that perfect bridge between the two. It’s not quite business but it certainly isn’t economy and without a doubt makes your journey a more pleasant one. Here are a some of my observations that I figured out during my Premium Economy flight from…

If I’m being completely honest, I had no idea what to expect from Canberra. Most journos that had visited seemed to think very poorly of this Australian capital calling it dull or drab in comparison to the action packed and might I say highly more advertised Sydney or Melbourne. Thankfully I’m the sort of person who liked the destination to speak to me and surprise me and oh my god did Canberra surprise me ! I’d go as far as to say it delighted me and my only regret is that I didn’t have enough time to do justice to…

I had no idea what to expect from this small island country but I can tell you this, a week spent exploring was enough to entice me to revisit at leisure. Taiwan is tiny but then again, I love all things tiny 🙂 It’s small geographical size makes it easier to visit and driving from one city or county to the next is easy. Which is a great bonus because the best way to see a country is to drive through it. Taiwan is what I like to call the perfect blend of Chinese and Japanese tradition. Having been ruled…