Pondicherry, a weekend of total bliss

Last weekend I was in Pondicherry, a tiny French city on the east cost of India. I always wanted to visit Pondicherry when I was in Bangalore (it is just a one night journey from Bangalore to Pondicherry). But it never worked out – all my friends had already been there, and the common feedback…

Bhutan love (Part 3)

This is in continuation with my previous posts on Bhutan. Read part I and part II here. We were in Paro for 4 days, and in between we went to Haa for a stay over at a Bhutanese villa. It was a home stay where we got the real feel of Bhutanese life. The family…

Colors of Bhutanese culture (Part 2)

This is the second part of my Bhutan travelogue. You can read Part I and Part III here. In Bhutan, I got a chance to live like an absolute local. I didn’t feel like a tourist at all. Apart from eating authentic Bhutanese cuisine for almost every meal, I also tried out their local fermented…

Bhutan afterglow (Part 1)

This is the first part of my Bhutan travelogue. You can read the next two parts here – Part II and Part III I miss the food in Bhutan! Yes that is the opening statement of my Bhutan travelogue. The entire span of two weeks I spent there, I only gorged on authentic Bhutanese cuisine….

Solo trip to Hangzhou, China

Last month I was in Shanghai for work. It was a hectic work schedule but I managed to squeeze out some time over a weekend and visited a nearby lake town called Hangzhou. Initially I wanted to visit Beijing and see the Great Wall of China. But Hangzhou seemed like a more authentic Chinese experience….

Barcelona afterglow

Barcelona is the city of odd. After Prague, the next city where I really felt a sense of belonging was Barcelona. I was intrigued by what I saw and the city spoke to me through silent moments. I also took a one day side trip to Figueres, a small town close to Barcelona, about 2…

Roma aka Rome afterglow

Rome was the first BIG city that I visited in Europe, and for the first time I felt really tiny and lost and anxious. Rome was full of people. In the last three cities, Prague, Vienna and Florence, I had got used to the quiet space I got for myself. Rome on the other hand…

Firenze aka Florence afterglow

When I close my eyes and visualize my time in Florence. . .I see everything in slow-motion. After being mesmerized by Prague and Vienna, in Florence I slowly started getting into the grove. The tensed traveler within me was dissolving and a path finder, an explorer was slowly emerging. I also fell sick during those…

Wien aka Vienna afterglow

After falling in love with Prague in two days and promising myself that I will come back to Prague again in the future, I caught a morning bus towards Vienna. I am so glad I had booked all my tickets in advance before leaving India. I saved both money and time. It was a long…

Where to go in Europe for your first trip?

This post had been lying in my drafts. Here it goes….till I find time to write about the trip again! 🙂 This weekend, I promise. ————————————————————————————————   I started planning my trip in May. Since then a lot of changes took place in my itinerary till I finally booked my tickets last month. Usually when…

Praha aka Prague afterglow

Has it ever happened to you that you want to go somewhere and you don’t know why? I had a thing like that for Bangalore many years ago. I always wanted to live in Bangalore. . .without knowing anything about the city. It was a strange connection. Later I was fortunate enough to actually live…

In Europe..fall in love with a stranger

Last fifteen days were a whirlwind moving from one country to another like a vagabond. All my life I have been on the move, but this was the peak of wandering. I did not stay at any particular place for more than three days. And there was always so much to do, so much to…