Pondicherry was French colony till 1954, and now is a Union Territory in the South East part of India bounded by Tamil Nadu. It comprises four coastal regions namely Puducherry, Karaikal, Mahe and Yanam. Puducherry and Karaikal are situated on the East Coast of Tamil Nadu, Yanam in Andhra Pradesh and Mahe on the West Coast in Kerala. The French influence is still visible in its French Quarter with tree-lined streets, mustard coloured villas, cafes and boutiques. Its a popular destination for both domestic and international travelers who visit it for various reasons from relaxing at the beach to immerse in spirituality, or just spend a nice time walking at the beach promenade. The Portuguese have been here, so have the Dutch, the Danes and the English.Read More »
Aurangabad is known for its proximity to the world famous Ajanta and Ellora Caves. These are sculpted out of rocks …. Rock cut temples, probably the toughest way to create a monument since it has to be built from top to bottom and not the other way. The UNESCO world heritage sites, an amalgamation of Buddhist, Jain and Hindu temples, attract a large number of tourists and is perhaps one of the most visited places in India. Ajanta is around 105 kms from Aurangabad while Ellora is around 32 kms from there.Read More »
Thiruvananthapuram (The city of the Lord Anantha) is also known as Trivandrum. The city maintains the old world charm of Kerala and is its Capital. Referred as the “Evergreen City of India” by Mahatma Gandhi, is surrounded by low coastal hills. The city is situated near the southern tip of mainland India. The city with its long winding roads, dotted with old styled houses and small shops will give you the feel of a small town though it’s the capital of Kerala.Read More »
Morocco is a North African country overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean sea. It is a melting pot of Berber, Arabian and European cultural influences. It is so easy to get lost in the magical beauty of Marrakech’s medina, souks, Atlas mountains, Sahara desert and much more.Read More »
Peru is more than just the Incan Empire and Machu Picchu. For travelers, it’s a travel destination that has a rich culture, distinct history and diverse geography comprising of mountains (the Andes), ocean (the Pacific) and rain-forest (the Amazon). Further, you have the beautiful metropolitan city of Lima, the intriguing Nazca lines and the Incan Sacred Valley. A small country holds so much diversity and therefore is a delight for the travelers.Read More »
Vietnam is often known for its civil war and with America. However, that was almost 50 years ago. There’s so much to this country than that violent history. To a true traveler Vietnam is known for its beaches, rivers, Buddhist pagodas, bustling cities, food, a rich ancient history and, proud and hardworking people who are warm, welcoming and proud of their culture and legacy. It is indeed an amazing experience exploring and discovering this and beyond in this beautiful country.Read More »
If you are visiting India and have not visted the New Delhi, Agra and Jaipur then you have missed the soul of India. These three cities are a beautiful amalgamation of history, culture, heritage, food and colours. This trip is also popularly know the the Golden Triangle and indeed it is as they represent a golden era of Indian ethos.Read More »
Odisha (formerly known as Orissa) conjures images of grandeur of ancient Kalinga and the war that transformed Emperor Ashoka towards the path of peace. An underrated travel destination, the state has an amazing mix of history, religion, the beaches, natural beauty with lush forests and lakes, and rich tribal culture. An amazing place for an offbeat traveler to explore the unexplored.Read More »
Rajasthan’s jewel in the crown is its vast and untamed desert. The journey across the gateway towns of Jaisalmer and Jodhpur into the shimmering sands of Thar Desert takes you through desert forts and temple ruins, remote villages and colorful markets, countless camels and rare sights of the black buck running wild.Read More »
Kerala is a treasure trove of experiential splendor and natural wonders. The western coastline along the Arabian Sea is high on beauty, beaches and culture with a historic past of spice trade on the Malabar Coast. The Western Ghat Mountains in the east, one of the world’s biodiversity hotspots, are alive with rich flora and fauna, and dotted with lush plantations and quaint hill towns. Surrounded by pristine stretches of backwaters with thriving local culture, it’s hard not to see why Kerala is God’s Own Country.
Thanks to such diversity, experiential travel is the way to go here. Watch the sun set through fishing nets, traverse the evergreen Ghats, or kayak along the backwaters. Spot elephants while bamboo rafting, mingle with locals at homestay, or discover exotic food. Immerse in an Ayurvedic massage, or just laze on quiet beaches. Kerala truly is a refreshing escape, revealing the most authentic, eco-friendly and sustainable side of India.