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

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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

Asia Bar & Kitchen, Mumbai

A whiff of the orient at Asia Kitchen & Bar

The newly opened Asia Bar & Kitchen stands in a league of its own as a swanky, spacious and understated restaurant with a fine listing of oriental drinks and food. Purists generally turn their nose up in disdain whenever I mention vegetarian sushi. But Asia Bar & Kitchen once again reinforced my faith in its deliciousness. The asparagus and avocado tempura rolls had a crispy interior and softer exterior. The combination of ingredients and textures, combined with the creamy sauces made this dish a real winner. Continue reading A whiff of the orient at Asia Kitchen & Bar

Mohan Shakti Heritage Park, Solan, Himachal Pradesh

Offbeat Himachal Pradesh: Chail & Solan

I’m not particularly religious but even I cannot deny the spiritual lure of some shrines that reverberate with the presence of something otherworldly. It was all thanks to Club Mahindra Kandaghat that I ended up at one such refuge – Mohan Shakti Heritage Park. Giving the popular Shimla a miss, we devoted ourselves to unravelling the secrets of lesser known Chail and Solan over a nippy November weekend. Continue reading Offbeat Himachal Pradesh: Chail & Solan

Club Mahindra Kandaghat

Club Mahindra Kandaghat: White-washed beauty

It was late evening by the time we reached Club Mahindra Kandaghat, a grand-looking garden resort complex protected by filigree gates. The temperature was around 11 degrees and the cold breeze made itself known to me despite my warm jacket. Club Mahindra Kandaghat is spread over what seems like a mountain in itself and there are many uphill climbs along storybook lanes to be had. We undertook one such mini journey in the dense darkness of the wintry night. Down in the lawns, the weather seemed even chillier. But our hearts warmed at the sight of the pretty private table nestled in a corner, covered with myriad delicacies like cookies, tarts, cakes and fruits. Continue reading Club Mahindra Kandaghat: White-washed beauty