2014 through my travel looking glass

This year has been unpredictable, frightening and very emotional for me. There were times when I didn’t want to open my eyes to a new day and there were nights when I didn’t want the morning lights to interfere. In all honesty, when I look back in time, I did not preempt any of this….

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What the 2004 Tsunami taught me

Awoken by the buzzing sounds of my mobile phone, I read the numerous text messages from my friends. I was at a relative’s place in Chennai and woozily walked across the house asking everyone if they had felt the earthquake. Most of us were clueless. I put my mobile aside and continued with my morning….

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Itinerary: Sandakphu Trek

Planning out my Sandakphu trek was not difficult though I was confused with the many route options. This terrain can be done in a number of ways and across days. I wanted to do mine solo (sans a guide) and over six days. However, I completed the trek in five days, with a guide and…

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Staying at Coffee Trails Coorg, Karnataka

Virajpet, the quiet cousin of Madikeri, only 45 minutes away, introduced me to the beautiful Coffee Trails Coorg. Perched up mid-way on a hill in Kodagu district, this homestay sprawls across a big property. There are two ‘bungalows’ or sections in this property. It is owned by Ragini and Capt. Suraj who stay in the…

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Memories from the Mountains

It was -8 degrees Celsius night before and the proof of it was staring at me from the window, where I saw water frozen through disconnected pipelines. I wanted to play spoilsport and somehow make up for the sleepless night, just when I heard Amar call out, ‘Ready?’ We headed out to the viewpoint at…

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