Solo destination: Shantiniketan, Bengal

About 165 kilometres away from Bengal’s capital is the dusty and crowded town of Bolpur. As I alighted from the train on Bolpur Railway Station, I was taken aback by the crowd. I was even more shocked with the chaos and noise outside on the main street. This was not how I had imagined Shantiniketan…

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Photo Story: Mohan Shakti Heritage Park, Himachal Pradesh

As I departed for Chandigarh airport from Kandaghat, we stopped by Mohan Shakti Heritage Park. The park was about 20 kilometres away from Kandaghat which took us roughly an hour. The premises is spread over 40 acres and has a cafeteria and washrooms. The area is being developed with Ayurvedic centre currently. This space is essentially a…

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A Guide to Kandaghat, Himachal Pradesh

Kandaghat is a small highway town, about 30 kilometres ahead of Shimla when travelling from Delhi or Chandigarh. I had crossed it many times on my way and back from the capital of Himachal Pradesh. But not until I won the Dream Trails contest with Club Mahindra did I get a chance to explore and stay here….

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A Quick Guide to Kolkata, Bengal

I had a fellow blogger and friend visit Kolkata last year. In my course of hosting Kathleen, I explored a part of the city, I now live in, as a tourist. This is always a surreal experience for me. Firstly, backyard travel is a rare practice in today’s travel culture. Secondly, a fellow traveller can…

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Photo Story: My First Durga Puja in Kolkata

For many, Durga Puja is synonymous to Kolkata. However, if I were to associate one place to this festival, it would always be Shillong. Barring seven years, I’ve spent every Durga Puja at home in Shillong. Last year was my first Pujo in Kolkata in my adult life. And this year, would be my second here. I…

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The Mushrooming of Microbreweries

If today I wanted to travel to across India, only to explore the plethora of microbreweries in the country, it is plausible. The metropolises of Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Pune and Kolkata are seeing a rise in numerous brew pubs. My first brush with a craft brewery in India was in Pune. Established in 2010, TJs…

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