• Mumbai with Meri Jaan
    Marine Drive- The Queens Necklace...that's where his and my love deepened.There is something else about this place. Something that is hard to pin, and even harder to capture in words.Mumbai was our little escape since more than a decade; and especially nights at marine drive had our heart.Hours just sitting there, listening to the ocean over mindless chatter and cool winds brushing over us. We fell in love again.It's not where you are, its who you are with that makes a place memorable.No matter how many times I visit it. It doesnt cease to amaze me.Even the queens neck would be empty if not for marine drive...We shared this space, this love with our daughter Adaah; and made it even more special by sharing our deep love for yoga amidst scores of onlookers! The sunset bestowing us with hope and faith of a better future....we felt embraced in its arms.Its amusing how she thinks I'm completely nuts to get down to yoga anywhere and everywhere, especially with so many onlookers and then joins my bandwagon with
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  • San Sebastian
    Team Kalamwali | 11-Aug-2019
    San Sebastian - By Eesha Patwardhan   After a late night sipping on some sangria goodness in Barcelona it was time to head north to San Sebastian in the Basque country. We left by rail at the crack of dawn and started our journey to probably one of the best beaches in Europe and definitely the best beach I’ve ever been to .  Sitting cozy in the train leafing through the pages of the Lonely Planet Traveller , I felt all so “travelleresque” .Yes this word is my contribution to the Oxford Dictionary.  Every good rail journey involves food as anyone who has travelled by rail will know. So it was time to visit the pantry which was more like a cafe with the view of the constantly changing landscape. Even the train food is nice here. Something as simple as grilled cheese and ham sandwiches tastes good when you use the best produce . Feeling satiated with the gooey cheesy goodness of the sandwich washed down with the freshly squeezed Naranja (orange juice )  I made my way
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  • Rupin Pass Trek
    Aseem Avhad | 26-Jan-2019
    आपल्या आरामदायी पर्यटनाची वाट सोडून जरा आडवाट धरायची ठरवली तर निसर्गाची आपण न पाहिलेली, अद्भुत, विलोभनीय अशी रूपं आपल्या समोर यायला लागतात.त्यातलच एक म्हणजे हिमालयातील ट्रेकिंग.हिमालयात ट्रेकिंग करायचं म्हंटल्यावर रुपीन पासचा ट्रेक एकदा तरी करायलाच हवा. रुपीन पास हा उत्तराखंड मधील एक अ श्रेणीचा ट्रेक.अ श्रेणी म्हणजे अतिशय अवघड.इथले रस्ते उत्तम असतील अशी समजूत मनाला घालून आलात तर तुमची निराशा होईल.इथले बहुतांश रस्ते अजूनही कच्चे आहेत.जसजशी आपण उंची गाठायला लागतो तसतसे आपल्यासमोर जो काही निसर्गाचा चमत्कार दिसायला लागतो तो खरच अवर्णनीय असतो. देहराडून पासून धौला या छोट्याशा गावापर्यंतचा प्रवास चकित करणाराच आहे.आपल्याला सोबत करणारी खळखळती यमुना नदी. नंतर लागणारी टोन्स नदी. हिमालयीन पद्धतीचे पूल.त्यावरच्या पताका.तिथले चिंचोळे रस्ते आणि त्यावरून गाडीचालवण्याचचालकाच कौशल्य.ह्यागोष्टीनी आपल्याला चकित नाही केले तर नवलच.धौलासाठीचा शेवटचा प्रवास हाडे खिळखिळी करून टाकणारा आहे.धौला ह्या गावात आम्ही पोहोचतो कुठे की पावसाने आमचे जोरदार स्वागत केले.आमच्या स्वागतासाठीचा पावसाचा धुमाकूळ थांबल्यावर जरा गावात चक्कर मारायला बाहे
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  • An autumn trip to Himalayan village, Sonapani
    Jyoti | 01-Dec-2018
    Sonapani is a small place situated in Nainital district of Kumaon division, Uttarakhand. It is approximately 70 kms from Kathgodam near Satoli village. It has a good road connectivity from Kathgodam/Haldwani railway stations and the entire drive is through dense forests of pine and deodar trees providing beautiful views. Himalayan village is a 20-acre property in Sonapani, consisting of beautiful orchards and offering stunning views of the greater Himalayas. There are 12 cottages present at 5 levels, each cottage offering beautiful views. You can choose the cottage depending on your privacy options or willingness to walk to the main dining area which is located at the topmost level! Beautiful trees and flowering shrubs adorn the entire property. Each cottage consists of a single bedroom, a bathroom and a porch where you can relax in the sun, read a book or simply laze around doing nothing. All the food provided here is organically grown in their own farms and arranged in a buffet. You will be treated to a de
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  • Ladakh - A land of mountains and monasteries
    Jyoti | 15-Sep-2017
    Ladakh was in my bucket list since a while and 2 years back in July i got the opportunity to travel there.The flight from Delhi to Leh is a spectacle in itself and the views of snow covered peaks that you see from above are hard to forget. Leh can also be reached by road from Srinagar and Manali so if you don't have any time constraints the journey by road will give scenic memories to last for a lifetime. The landing at Leh airport is an adventure  as you can see a narrow strip of land surrounded by mountains on all sides. Leh is situated at an altitude of 11,500 feet and you need to acclimatise properly by resting and taking adequate fluids in order to avoid mountain sickness. There are many monasteries in the region like Thiksey, Stakna, Hemis and Diskit and Buddhism culture can be felt all around. The peace and calmness which i experienced within the monasteries is hard to describe. The Khardung La  pass – the world's highest motorable road and the Chang La pass – claimed to be the
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  • Gokarna
    Jyoti | 28-Jun-2017
    Gokarna is a small coastal town situated in North Karnataka which is famous for its beaches and temples and is an important Hindu pilgrimage site. It is aroud 700 kms from Mumbai and 150 kms from Goa. The drive to Gokarna is scenic with Western Ghats on one side and the Arabian Sea on the other. Before a decade, not many people visited this place but recently many foreigners have started coming here and brought business to this sleepy town. They work with the locals here and help in flourishing the economy of the place. There are many temples in the main market out of which The Mahabaleshwara Temple is a famous Shiva temple. It houses the Atmalinga that Shiva had bestowed upon Ravana after a long penance. There is an interesting story behind placing of the Atmalinga at Gokarna. The Maha Ganapati Temple is located just near the Shiva Temple and built in honour of Lord Ganapati who deceived Ravana and placed the Atmalinga on earth. There are many beaches of which the Gokarna beach in town and the Om bea
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  • A TREK TO TIGER'S NEST – BHUTAN
    Jyoti | 10-Jan-2017
    Taktsang monastery also known as Tiger's nest is a sacred Buddhist site, located pre-cariously on a cliff in upper Paro valley at an altitude of 10000 feet. Its believed that Guru Padmasambhava flew on the back of a tigress to this site, meditated here and established Buddhism. The monastery can be accessed through different directions but the main track used by tourists and local people passes through dense pine forests, rhododendron shrubs and is adorned with clolourful prayer flags the entire way. The fluttering prayer flags against dense pine trees and blue sky makes an astounding view.There is a cafeteria located half way up the trek which gives amazing views of the monastery. It takes around 3 to 4 hours to climb the monastery through thick coniferous forest. I started at around 12 noon and completed the trek by 6.30 pm. It's advisable not to trek after heavy lunch and keep light snacks with you. The cafe located halfway is run by Bhutan Tourism and provides refreshments but you need to keep sufficie
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  • satyajitlimaye | 08-Oct-2016
    K2k blog   This was something that had been on mind for over 2 years, but find time and the right team was eluding me until everything fell into place this year. The decision to proceed was taken in May, we decided to coincide the ride with SHR which is southern hog ride, one of the 5 hog rides held every year. Till then we had heard of stories of people completing Khardungla to Kanyakumari on bullets but not on Harley Davidson which made the ride sound more interesting and thrilling. We have had fellow hogs completing Khardungla earlier, but this ride of 4300kms across the country was epic. The thought of Khardungla always increased the adrenaline level and the thought of conquering the peak gave us sleepless nights. So there we were Satyajit Limaye in Iron 883,   Vikrant Ghotge and Rohit Soni on Fatboy S and Siidharth Badamikar on his Street Bob. Trying to be the first guys to do it on a Harley. Once the dates were set, planning started about route that had to be taken. The first thing we rule
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  • Finally Leh’d! A Bike Trip to Ladakh
    roneibaba | 27-Jul-2016
    Finally Leh’d! A Bike Trip to Ladakh Leh like no other, bounded by two of the world’s highest mountain ranges, the Great Himalaya and the Karakoram. The district is bounded by Pakistan occupied Kashmir in the West, China in the North and Eastern part and Lahul Spiti of Himachal Pardesh in South East. Leh is an amazing place of cold desert mountains of various colors, rivers..streamsage old monasteries… stupas… momos…Buddhism…and most importantly the maggi noodles… basic living! This trip is a favorite of both adventure freaks attracts travellers from all corners of the globe, cycling, biking, camping for days together. Our journey began from Manali at early morning. It was a smooth ride to Keylong via Rohtang Pass (13000 ft).. a few halts… a few picture sessions. We reached Keylong by evening, showered & were out in the hotel corridors in no time.. Highlight of the entire journey…Manali – Leh Highway: The 485 km route opens only for 4 mont
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  • Rhea sovani | 30-May-2016
    Right from travelling in the land of martyrs in Vietnam to the rejuvenating beaches of Bali, I have either had extremely pleasant or overtly morbid experiences. These life threatening experiences usually involved me showing off my clumsier side such as toppling over a high speed banana boat in the middle of a sea in Bali, getting whacked by a 50 year old turtle in midst of a photo session which went tragically wrong and falling off a camel in the dunes of a dessert safari in dubai. Gosh! What a colossal mess. So, I would like to ease up and type out a rather interesting yet not horrifying or physically harmful experience during my school trip to the heritage city of Melaka, Malaysia. I was in 9th grade in an international school in singapore when we were taken for a 3 day getaway from our exhausting study oriented lives to the city of Melaka in Malaysia which was just about a 6 our drive considering how well laid the roads were. On the second day of our stay we were taken for a little heritage treasure hun
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  • Rohan | 26-May-2016
    Memoirs of Switzerland Gazing through the planes window I peeped to see the scenery below First sight of vast greens across the land To flowing river between the land Across came a ferry to escort our band As we landed on that blessed land Hospitality of men, quite to its best As women welcomed, us, willing guests. Driving with a cab to our destination Withering milestones giving a gist of the nation Vast fields and mountains touching the sky Was it a dream, or was it a lie? Hushed and subtle all around, No crowds, no bustle not a wild hound Winds blowing to a tune and smooth Without any dust, creasing our suit. Wooden houses stacked across Stone compounds gathering some moss A giant chimney, ruffling and puffing out On porch some men on whiskey and draught. As we moved through all of Berne, It had our praises and lauding to earn Some streets of tar to some cobblestones No bumps or dribbles and no pot holes! Centre of the city stood a huge cathedral Nearby a clock towe
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  • Kalamwali | 05-May-2016
    When you are welcomed with folded hands, a bow and smile everywhere u go, you know you are in Bangkok. When you feel like royalty as a tourist with the variety of foods and array of services available, you know you are in Bangkok. When you never run out of things to do, you know you are in Bangkok. 'The Big Mango', as it is fondly known, this city has attracted tourism from all over the globe, as a holiday in Bangkok fits almost any pocket, age group or preferred interests. Picking five 'must do in Bangkok' is like trying to pick the five best looking roses in a rose garden. Here is an attempt to capture the multifariousness with it's top five to enthral most type of tourists. Thai massage: In almost any direction you look, you will find massage parlours with 'Thai massage' neon signs flashing, inviting you for an enchanting massage. If you carefully and authentically pick the right joint, you can almost instantly fall into a deep slumber with the aroma of the massage and soothing Thai instrumental
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  • Kalamwali | 19-Mar-2016
    A road less travelled often takes one to a destination so unique and an experience so virgin. Ticking the 'to do' list of a destination is an agenda of a traveller. But tapping what's beyond the famous 'to do' list is the passion of an explorer. If a diary of a traveller who has just returned from Spain is glanced upon, one would certainly find mentions of Tapas, Paella, Flamenco, Antoni Gaudi, Soccer, Bull fighting. A diary of a more passionate traveller would read, Tomatina Festival, night life of Ibiza, quaint little nudist towns with heavenly beaches and more. But an explorer's diary would enlist beyond all this, right into the depth touching each angle of Spain's versatility. Arguably one of Western Europe's most multi faceted offspring, this country has something to offer to each category of travellers and explorers. Right from pristine beaches to Europe's highest mountains, glitzy cosmopolitan cities to traditional tiny villages. Here are a few elements of less explored but breathtakingly gorgeous Spa
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