Posts Tagged“travel”

A very well respected lady in the hospitality industry once told me  “a hotel is a hotel is a hotel is a hotel”. It sounds like the silliest statement but it made complete sense to me. Hotels across the world are the same. The format is the same in terms of multiple dining spaces, an all day cafe, recreation, even the layout at times seems familiar. What really makes one stand out from another is the overall experience and my 2 very comfortable and rather short lived nights at the Shangri La Colombo made me remember this peculiar statement. It…

For a Mumbaikar a weekend getaway often means Lonavala, Pune or someplace close by. Pushkar is seldom features but the truth is, it really should. This small Rajasthani town with it’s crazy holi celebrations, backpacking tourists and pretty lanes and temples is a wonderful place to visit. What makes the getaway truly marvellous is when you stay at the Westin Resort & Spa in Pushkar. Westin is a global brand that needs no introduction and this relatively new resort in Pushkar is a haven of tranquility and greenery. The USP here is their approach to Wellness keeping with the 6…

Nepal’s culinary landscape takes heavy inspiration from its neighbours ll its local highlights evokes a sense of familiarity for me. Be it the Dal Bhat that is their staple or the thali or the remarkably delicious Chinese fare or even the street style chaat. It isn’t uncommon to find samosa with chole and dahi puri in the street corners of Kathmandu nor a big plate of steaming fried rice. They’re all dishes that I find back home in India but with a distinct Nepali flavour. Regrettably I didn’t have enough time or opportunity to dig deeper into rustic local fare…

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…

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…