Novotel Imagica Khopoli

Reclaim your childhood at Novotel Imagica Khopoli

I’ve always wondered why ‘playing’ with the aid of toys, or sometimes nothing at all, is only the purview of children. For adults, all ‘play’ is bound by rules, be it sports, video games or board games. Over a weekend at Novotel Imagica Khopoli, I realised two things – one, I was free to be a child again and two, I was no longer scared … Continue reading Reclaim your childhood at Novotel Imagica Khopoli

Dubai Museum, Al Fahidi Fort

Dubai: The fog, the fort & the desert

I’ve been feeling uneasy about my travel articles lately. I keep asking myself – why should you, the reader, have any interest in what I have to say? As far as this post goes, I’m going to treat you to views of Dubai city, wrapped in thick clouds of morning fog. I’ll try to bring to life the wonder and excitement that courses through you … Continue reading Dubai: The fog, the fort & the desert

Tropical beach

Beach paradises you must visit

Who doesn’t love a trip to the beach? Soaking in the rays as you lounge about on the golden sands is most people’s idea of paradise. Calming and relaxing, a vacation away to the seaside will do anyone a power of good. But where are the best spots to check out? Today we’re going to take a look at some of the most popular places to visit if you’re off on a beach holiday; providing you with some ideas of potential future destinations to explore. Continue reading Beach paradises you must visit

Vegetarian sushi at Joss, Mumbai

Joss, Mumbai: Swanky Asian dining in the ‘burbs

The pair of chopsticks beside my table luckily had regular cutlery for company. I wasn’t about to embarrass myself by toying with those contraptions in such an elegant setting. So I happily cut into my Vegas Roll (Rs 850), topped with crunchy corn tempura and sank into my seat with satisfaction. The combination of avocado and furikake sprinkle made this sushi quite delightful. Of the three new vegetarian sushi on the menu, this one was my favourite. Continue reading Joss, Mumbai: Swanky Asian dining in the ‘burbs

Dubai rooftop view from metro

My Dubai New Year

If you’d told me a year ago that I’d be ushering in 2017 in a chilly open ground near Dubai Mall with hundreds of locals and tourists, I’d have scoffed at you. But life has a way of surprising us, doesn’t it? As the clock struck 12, all of us stood after hours of waiting, to see the fireworks light up the entire length of Burj Khalifa. It was magical not because of the scale of the fireworks ( slightly underwhelming) but because we found ourselves sharing a special moment with so many foreigners. Continue reading My Dubai New Year

In photos: Vinsura Winery, Nashik

Nashik is India’s own Napa Valley, dotted as it is with wineries and vineyards of all shapes and sizes. And while I’ve passed through several times, I’ve never really been to the famous vineyards thus far. Little Vinsura Winery tucked away in the onion village of Lasalgaon was my first proper visit to a winery in India’s Wine Capital. I didn’t have time to go … Continue reading In photos: Vinsura Winery, Nashik

Vasai Fort

Vasai Fort with Coolpad Cool 1

It’s hard to imagine today’s edifices lasting for over 400 years. Yet, Fort Bassein, better known as Vasai Fort due to its location in Vasai East, has managed exactly that. Though several parts of the fort are in ruins, many still retain their formidable aura. Back in 1535, the Portuguese built the fort to protect their capital, then named Fortaleza de São Sebastião de Baçaim … Continue reading Vasai Fort with Coolpad Cool 1

A standing horse rider at Sarangkheda Chetak Festival 2016

Sarangkheda Chetak Festival 2016

We arrive at the 20 acre ground after a sumptuous breakfast of poha, jalebi and kachori. The sheer number of horses is mind-boggling, as are some of the price tags. Padma, being the tallest horse at the festival, is pegged at a whopping one crore rupees. The 2300-2500 horses at the festival will participate in a number of contests based on both beauty and skills. Continue reading Sarangkheda Chetak Festival 2016

Drive to Malshej Ghat

Road trip to Malshej Ghat

It has always been my dream to drive down to Malshej Ghat in the thick of monsoons and lose myself in its blankets of misty greenery and waterfall-streaked mountains. I got my chance during one July weekend when the rains had subsided to a gentle, occasional shower. We embarked in a little grey Wagon R LXI, powered by a neat set of CEAT Tyres post breakfast. Continue reading Road trip to Malshej Ghat

Statue of Liberty

Review: One Awesome Roadtrip by Johnny English

Johnny English’s story does not have a historical context but it does have his personal history with the places and the titbits about his wife and travel companion thrown in. If you have never been to the United States of America, this book will serve as an interesting introduction to some of its cities. And if you have been on a road trip from New York City to Houston like English, you can compare notes. Continue reading Review: One Awesome Roadtrip by Johnny English