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

Mangeshi Temple, Goa

Unseen Goa: Sahakari Spice Farm & Mangeshi Temple

India is a land of diversity; yet each region is associated with a particular community, terrain and flavour. It is easy to forget that even the states and union territories are microcosms of the country’s cultural potpourri. That is why, it came as a surprise that 66% of Goans are Hindu and as per legend, Lord Shiva was the first real ‘tourist’ to visit India’s … Continue reading Unseen Goa: Sahakari Spice Farm & Mangeshi Temple

Sunrise at Sea of Galilee, Israel

Ten reasons to visit Israel

I’ve never had the chance to visit Israel. And until recently, I wouldn’t have wanted to either. What did I know of Israel after all, other than Biblical references and the fact that India enjoys good foreign relations with the little Middle-Eastern nation? But lately, my thirst for revisiting the relics of bygone eras has compelled me to confront the ancient charms of Israel. And … Continue reading Ten reasons to visit Israel

Bruschetta at Vero Cibo, Novotel Goa Resort & Spa

Vero Cibo: Novotel Goa Resort & Spa’s new bistro & bar

It’s not just mountains and temples that are awash with ‘good vibes’. It’s also places like the idyllic, gorgeous and uber luxurious Novotel Goa Resort & Spa at Candolim. An infinity pool against the backdrop of lush coconut trees and grassy green lawns, a state-of-art play area at the reception and the newly opened bistro & bar called Vero Cibo define this five-star property in … Continue reading Vero Cibo: Novotel Goa Resort & Spa’s new bistro & bar

Ibis Styles Goa Calangute

Ibis Styles Goa Calangute: Affordable, inimitable chic

In a seaside state-town that is dotted with shacks, villas, homestays and five-star hotels, Ibis Styles Goa Calangute comes as a breath of fresh air. It is a stylish yet affordable three-star resort in the heart of North Goa, mere minutes away from Tivai Beach and a short ride away from the famed Calangute and Baga Beaches. Designed in becoming hues of turquoise and purple, the hotel exudes exclusivity and all the salty, breezy pleasures of party-loving Goa. While the rooms are cosy but smallish, the swimming pools are lavish in size and design; and there are two of them. Continue reading Ibis Styles Goa Calangute: Affordable, inimitable chic

Pune landscape

Pune reminiscences

Two years in Pune, at an age when my personality was evolving and I soaked up new experiences like a sponge, have given me a fair idea about the city’s draws and limitations. Tucked away in the resort-like environment of FLAME (Foundation for Liberal and Management Education), I looked forward to weekends with the enthusiasm of a bushy-tailed 21-year-old. Solo or accompanied by a friend, I’d board the bus to the city and look forward to movies, lunches, shopping, pampering and exploration. Continue reading Pune reminiscences

Taj Mahal at sunrise by Gerard McGovern

Experience Agra, the Mughal way

The world famous Taj Mahal may have put Agra on the map for tourists but truth be told, this ancient city is alive with many other atmospheric monuments and mausoleums. Shrouded in the legacy of the Mughal Era, they carry almost as heavy a weight of mystical history as the Taj. For starters, Agra Fort and the nearby Fatehpur Sikri are two other UNESCO World Heritage Sites, though not parts of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Although best known for its reign under Akbar, Agra was mentioned even in the much older Mahabharata. Continue reading Experience Agra, the Mughal way

Ice-cream collage at Papacream, Churchgate, Mumbai

Papacream, Mumbai: Sweet heaven

I have an on again, off again relationship with ice-creams thanks to my sensitive throat. Never a great fan of simplistic, puritan ice-creams, I am more enthused by ice-cream in combination with crunchier, chunkier, warmer elements like waffles, chocolate cake and cookies. This is why Papacream works for me. They don’t just serve ice-cream. They serve complete dishes using ice-cream as the protagonist. The exception to this rule is of course the Belgian chocolate ice-cream which I recommend you have as is, in a cup or waffle cone just for its pure perfection. Continue reading Papacream, Mumbai: Sweet heaven

Lake Geneva, Switzerland, on the banks of Chillon Castle

The world’s most expensive but beautiful countries

The trouble with beauty is that it does not exist merely in cities that are affordable or accessible. Stunning marvels are flung across varied corners of the globe, many of which are far beyond our means. And yet, the travel-loving heart wants what it wants, even if means taking a personal loan for travel, just to make the next big trip a reality. So without much ado, here are the five most expensive but also very beautiful countries, according to Numbeo’s Cost of Living Index. Continue reading The world’s most expensive but beautiful countries

LeEco Le 2 Review

LeEco Le 2 review: A true winner

At 5.5 inches, the phone fit perfectly in my palm and I was pleased with the HD display, on par with phones that are priced much higher. Le 2 is priced at Rs 11,999 (even lower if you get it during the online sales) but its specifications match those of more expensive models. A 16 MP back and 8 MP front camera, 3 GB RAM, 32 GB ROM, 3000 mAh battery and Android Marshmallow OS are just some of the highlights. Continue reading LeEco Le 2 review: A true winner