My favourite walking tours (and a GIVEAWAY!)

Walking tours allow you to explore at your own pace, discovering secret nooks and corners and revelling in the exhaustion of it all. How else would you look up at the sky whenever you wanted to, and see it invaded by the tops of lovely edifices and passing clouds? So, here are my favourite walking tours from all my travels thus far. And do look out for a contest at the end!

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Tracing Thai war history in Kanchanaburi

In the bright light of day and the charming backdrop of a temple-side river, it’s almost inconceivable that there might have existed a time when that very landscape was bathed in the sacrifice of war-time martyrs. Peaceful as the verdant town of Kanchanaburi is, its World War II relics are a grave reminder of the…

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Liebster Award: 2016

Last year, essayist Erin J Bernard had nominated me for my very first Liebster Award. It’s a community award given by bloggers to other budding bloggers. I’m not sure I qualify as ‘budding’ any more, having been a travel blogger since January 2015, but I think it’s really sweet of Sheetu to confer this honour…

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Thai-Baan: Affordable Thai in Mumbai

An invitation for an exclusive luncheon is enough to cheer one’s spirits. But make it an invitation from a Thai restaurant and my spirits are more than cheered. They are positively ecstatic! The humble and utterly likable Richard Dias of Gourmet Renaissance attempted to preside over this lunch party consisting of journalists, food writers and…

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My wanderlust list for 2016

I realise that we are two months into the year, but there’s no law against posting a wanderlust list in March. Besides you know what they say about wishes – let the Universe know and they shall manifest (subject to terms and conditions)! Hoping that the forces are listening, here is a list of destinations…

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Why Cantonese is my favourite cuisine

An invitation to the opening ceremony of ‘Cantonese Culinary Route’ at Pondichery Cafe, Sofitel Mumbai BKC reminded me anew why Cantonese is my favourite cuisine. As we all know, ‘Cantonese’ has very little to do with the ‘Chinese’ takeaway food that is so popular in India and abroad. Real Cantonese cuisine that comes from the…

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India, from a foreigner’s eyes

We travel to fall in love; with a stranger’s land and a culture that often has nothing in common with ours other than that it’s also based on love and mutual respect. But what British Airways has accomplished with its latest heartwarming campaign is to remind us of the immense warmth nestled in our own…

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A staycation in my own city

I always thought staycations were a silly concept. Why hole yourselves up within the closed confines of a room/hotel when you can be out there exploring undiscovered nooks and getting to know the locals? But that was until I was invited by Sofitel Mumbai on the occasion of their fourth anniversary celebrations. I spent a…

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Solo travel on Diu Island

Information about Diu on the World Wide Web is woefully inadequate. But as I discovered in just 24 hours, this welcoming little seaside hamlet is full of serene gems and beautiful sights. And their story deserves to be told. I landed in Diu at 2pm on Republic Day (26th January), uncertain about the time I’d…

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Thailand Tourism Festival 2016: Glimpses

Bangkok’s Lumpini Park came alive between 13th to 17th January, as the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) wowed everyone with a stunning cultural parade and stalls showcasing various facets of Thailand at the Thailand Tourism Festival 2016 (TTF). The festival was divided into four zones spread across Lumpini Park’s serene 142 acres of open space,…

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Sanjay Gandhi National Park: The jungle in my backyard

One cool autumn weekend, I decided I wanted to revisit the one real slice of wilderness on the borders of Mumbai’s concrete jungles – Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP), known commonly as Borivali National Park. One doesn’t expect much from a forest reserve that lies adjacent to the country’s highly industrialised commercial capital but SGNP broke through my reservations with its large expanses of untouched nature, a stunning tiger sighting and the marvellously hewn Kanheri Caves.

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