The fascinating Capri!

“The beauty is majestic, changing skies are magical, The faraglioni rock formations are miraculous, you look fascinating when those ships dot you all over!

Hey Capri, I yearn for every moment I left you, my eyes long to see you, my mind dreams of you every moment and my heart beats for you! You have so much of charm in itself.”

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Capri Visit – I visited Italy last year & loved Capri and Anacapri at first sight. A chance to visit the Faraglioni Rocks via boat/ship and witnessing Blue Grotto, a spell binding nature’s phenomenon will leave you abundant praise for the Nature.

How to reach Capri from India:

  1. Flight from India to Rome
  2. Rome to Naples via Train- Approx. 1 – 1:30
  3. Naples to Capri via Ship/ferry – 1-1:30hour

Total Time –

The only way to reach Capri is via Ship/ferry, which we took from Naples. It is worth a walk visiting those beautiful floral lanes leaving you awe struck at the beauty of blue sea. It also showcases exclusive grand clothing/ interior shopping streets[frequently visited by the richest], along with numerous eateries. Seems it could be the costliest Real estate:).

To Stay – Suggested for Budget travellers, stay at Naples and make a full day visit to Capri/Anacapri! Last ferry back to Naples is post 8pm, so you can witness amazing sunset on the sea as well having some yummy food by the side.

 

Capri Travel

Faraglioni Rock formations

Capri

Amazing Floral lanes!

Add Capri to your Must visit list!

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Visit Phuket -Phang Nga Bay

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Beauty lies in the lap of Nature! so many wonders in this world which needs deep understanding & ample appreciation.. Amongst all these, one of them is “Gravity Defying Limestone formations at “Ao Phang Nga National Park” of Thailand, close to the most crowded Phuket.. One of the most amazing bays of Thailand ,it has many wonders hidden in its girth..Apart from these limestone rocks, it also has some hidden lakes, really small beaches, caves.. it actually is a great collection of Islands & fun to explore with sea canoes . You’ll be amazed at the pristine waters which seem dotted with these rocks and those gorgeous misty mountains in the backdrop..God’s sake its a postcard perfect place for the “selfie” & photograph lovers!

How to reach : There are numerous online travel operators who organise a day tour to some group of islands including Phang Nga Bay involving a trip to “James bond island” &” Koh Panyee” the most famous of the two bays of Phang Nga.

Boat trip from northern end of Phuket is the best way of exploration.

Read & get more detail of these islands around Phuket at Phuket.com 

Enjoy Travelling!

 

 

 

 

6 Reasons to visit Delhi

Well Mumbai to Delhi ,from one metro to another mostly seems like a biz task ,but let’s take a break & freak out in lovely Delhi (AAP ki Delhi) enjoying some of the best cuisines & wandering like a Delhite:) So let me be the virtual guide & help you guys plan a perfect trip .

  1. Spoilt for choices ,rewards embarks the beginning of journey ,book flight on Cleartrip.com according your convenience ,with close to 248 weekly flights from Mumbai to Delhi ,it has options for all ,morning goers as early as 6:25AM & for late night owls at even 9:30PM. Not just normal bookings ,I’m their regular user & have generated good discounts /cash backs on most of the trips (I believe this adds a bonus & marks the happy beginning )
  2. Spice up your Taste buds: Delhi is heaven for Foodies, the inherent fragrance of Spices make them desirable more than anything else. From amazing BIryani’s to chaat’s to some more than 20-30 variety of Parantha’s ,Kulcha’s ,Jalebi ,Kulfi’s & what not ,I can’t even mention the names. Every Old Delhi lane has something delicious to offer you .With numerous restraunts, one can get taste of all cuisines available in this world, name it & you get it somewhere in Delhi..Chinese, Mediterranean, Italian, Lebanese, Thai, Mexican & of course India J. Guess the planning has started!!
  3. Love ART & Architecture : The high “Qutub Minar”(dated as old as AD1192) ,some amazing artwork’s from Mughal Era – Jama Masjid ,Humayun’s Tomb ,Red Fort ,India Gate ,Lotus Temple ,Akshardhaam ,they all instil a sense of Indian History. Many ruins of monuments can be seen scattered across .Old Delhi itself seems to be a Must visit area” ,full of hustle bustle ,congested bazaars ,road side vendors selling some amazing gol gappas & Chaat ,along with highly bargained utilities. New Delhi, with parts of South Delhi seems to be in sync with modernization with sprawling hyped markets. “Delhi Haat” is a lovely place to go to ,with numerous art & crafts ,emporium stalls ,many days of the month bear some amazing festivals there which compliment to the wide variety of food from all states of India.
  4. Shopping & Women..Inseparable: Girls you got-a catchy deal!! Well, lot many options, from road side cheap shops of Lajpat, Sarojini ,Karol Bazaar to mediocre “GK M block” market to numerous Malls & brands. From clothing to jewellery …just name anything & you get there, all trendy & yes traditional too.
  5. Cafes & Coffee: Planning in “Dilli ki sardi” Just sip amazing coffees & get that winter out..Planning in summers/Rains ,Cold coffee makes you sizzle:)
  6. Events & fests: Every weekend usually there are events organized in Delhi, from Cultural to Handicrafts to Decors, to Kids fests to yummilicious food fests. There is always something on the plate ready to be served with varied choice.

I guess by now, the bags would’ve gone into “Packing mode” ,just visit Mumbai to Delhi flights right now ,get onto your deal & fly off!

Warm Delhi will welcome you & ensure you have a splendid exploration!

8 Must watch places in summers India

40degree morning gave me a feel of chill & a deep urge to explore “Sangla”,”Kaza” (In Himachal Pradesh) & Tawang (Arunachal Pradesh) these places in May/June..

All thanks to “Conde Nast Traveller” for a lovely Indianized less than 25 degree 8 must watch places this summer..

Attached is the link guys ,read out to feel the chill this May:)

http://www.cntraveller.in/story/12-places-below-25-c-summer/

 

 

Royale UDAIPUR!

Nonetheless, this beautiful city of Mewar has addictive clutches which binds anyone who visits this city due to the serenity it bounds in itself, the royal culture it hostages, wonderful people residing &the best of all the simplicity it carries in itself! It does not connect me ‘coz of just the above mentioned reasons, but this is the location where I was born, where I’ve spent lovely years during my post graduation, which has ample sweet memories in my mind all the time.

So let me give you all a brief on this city, where to roam around, and what all to doJ

Little bit of history & geography for this princely state of Mewar:

Founded in 1559 by Maharana Udai Singh, Udaipur had a well flourished trading town of “Ayad” which was then the capital of Mewar in 10th Centuries.

Situated at an altitude of 1962Ft above sea level ,it lies in southern Rajasthan touching Gujarat on its border ,lying on the south slope of Aravalli Ranges .Also termed as city of Lakes ,Udaipur has close to 11 lakes few of which (more popular ones) are :

  • Fateh Sagar ( Biggest in Udaipur ,with ample eateries around it ,serving as a picnic spot)
  • Lake Pichola
  • Badi Lake (Badi ka Talab)
  • Swaroop Sagar
  • Lake Udai Sagar
  • Doodh talai lake

Udaipur has been termed as one of the most “Romantic cities” & also described as “Venice of the East” .


Apart from these picturesque lakes with Aravalli ranges on the back, there are many other attractions which are bound to charm as:

Forts & Palaces:

1. City Palace which towers over Lake Pichola

2. The Lake Palace :lies in the middle of Lake Pichola covering close to 1.5 hectare of this island .This palace is now converted into 5 star property & why not ,it seems that this white marble is emerging from turquoise waters , waves touching & waving ,this is one of the most astounding places to visit & stay ,to adore the beauty ,craftsmanship ,handicrafts of this lovely town of Mewar.

3. Kumbhalgarh Fort: Close to 60Kms from Udaipur town, this fort is most famous in Rajasthan after Chittorgarh Fort offering amazing view of the surroundings. It is said that fort’s walls are thick enough to take 8 horses simultaneously!

4. Chittorgarh Fort: An epitome for the Rajput’s, it definitely narrates the grand history, sacrifices of the Rajput heroes .A must see Fort to get a glimpse of the grandeur.

5. Haldi Ghati : This is the place where Chetak (horse of Maharana Pratap) took his last breath by serving his master (Maharana Pratap) .Many stories of the history can be known here ,as this was the site wherein Maharana Pratap & Akbar had the battle .

Museums:

1. City Palace Museum: Having a huge collection of weapons, armour, swords

2. Shilpgram Museum: Museum which makes you fall in love with the art & culture, exclusive Terracotta work, amazing wooden carvings .Crafts festival organized during winters adds vivacity to the whole set up!

3. Classic Car Museum: For Vintage car lovers which comprises of interesting collection as Cadalec ,Morais etc

Temples:

  1. Jag Mandir : Again in Lake Pichola ,it has amazing carvings ,row of elephants at the entrance gives a look as if they are guards protecting the heritage.
  2. Nathdwara :Some 48Kms from Udaipur town ,it is one of the most famous temple of “Lord Krishna”
  3. Eklingji : As the name says it ,again a temple for Lord Shiva ,adored all through by the masses.

Kumbhalgarh WildLife Sanctuary
Not just lakes & Temples & Palaces, it also entails Sanctuary for Wild life lovers .Named after Kumbhalgarh Fort, it has Wolf, leopards, hyena, sambhar’s, antelopes, deers & numerous birds for bird lovers. Not just wild life, the beauty it captures while traversing the sanctuary will keep you spell bound.

Well, this little town carries so many historic “gatha’s”, scenic places, temples, sanctuaries; it seems that this is one –stop destination for all kind of tourists.

And ,why not ,I need to be proud of my home town ,a town which made me self-dependent ,which gave me beautiful memories ,some lovely friends for lifetime ,some principles of life ,an education to be garnered all along .

SO here it come – Three Cheers for my Princely CITY – CITY OF MEWARS –UDAIPUR!

Unmasking –The real us!!

Yes, It’s enough of Smart phones, Tablets, Internet, Offers, e-Commerce. Need to put a full stop to this digital world we have entered into, at least for sometime during the day & if not daily there has to be a 2-3 days a month wherein the actual crux of this life can be felt in ! The actual essence, the real world, real people, lovely nature besides us, all of it has to be felt certainly.

Let’s all pledge to take a pinch of the freshness, which will certainly play an important role to create a fragrant aura, to help us motivate ourselves, to feel an unsullied spanking new life, but the main question arises how?

Will the detoxification lies in just one line-

Leave behind your digital world. Switch off your mobiles, tablets, laptops, no shopping, no mails, no Whats app, no Facebook/Twitter..Nothing!

So what next, well you will be flooded with bright thoughts to spend this lovely time, for me, I would love to spend a complete day with my hubby, kid & close friends as–

  1. Venture out for exploring the beautiful sparkling Sunrise, right next to the garden close to my place. Wouldn’t it be a great idea to embrace the nature around us, walking hand in hand with people you love? Walking through the greens with a cup of coffee, hearing the chirping of birds, looking high to the rising sun, gleaming at the beautiful fresh flowers around, yes, this will be a perfect start for us, valuing the nature & relations!
  2. Following to the “Raahgiri” (well ,if it is on Sunday’s & for Delhi ,else you can plan your own in the colony you stay) ,to unwind , to cycle up to the location & try few wonder steps with friends to check on the left stamina (not just dance but yes would definitely go for aerobics ,Yoga & Meditation) .This can be a perfect platform to enjoy the beautiful mornings with friends in a fruitful manner .Lost enough of energy ?So ,next would come pouncing on protein shakes for family & spices free sprouts with milk –muesli & a nutritious yummy breakfast from so many options to chose from !Don’t forget no touching of the Phone/TV/Laptop/..No temptations! Well I’m sure this energetic morning would make a great start for a digital free beautiful world 🙂
  3. Well, what to do now? Think on your lost passions- Sketching? Oh Yes ,I thought of it so many times ,but this bloody 24 hours ,they seem so small for me (as the world revolves around E-Commerce ,Whats app ,Facebook only) or Playing Scrabble with family or want to recall those innocent Ludo /Snakes & Ladder/UNO play ? Yes, try out; they can all still be so much fun together.
  4. Forgot the forceful nap mom used to ensure we took in the afternoon as a kid? Don’t have a time for even a power nap? Well, so this day belongs to purify your soul. Have a deep sound sleep to find yourself blissful & well ready for an exciting evening waiting ahead..
  5. For sure ,let me see kids play ,let me hear people laughing out loud (in real world) ,let me grab the rackets in open sky once again .So this takes me to a big garden where again I’ve fallen prey to mother nature ,to help me rebound those young days & let me play disc , try some smashing shots on the badminton I loved playing ,sit with elders & have a lovely chat with them ,make them feel lively ,to again embrace the beautiful sunset ,not amidst the trails of cars but a perfect scene to see the rays changing the colour & setting in slowly ..Not an end, there has to be a welcome to “Chanda Mama”:)
  6. Well, we did plan a good “Antakshari session” in the late evening, with friends pouring in (with a condition …No mobiles) & that was rocking, we ate, sang, danced to our own tunes! It was astounding really, without any disturbances.

So a beautiful day was coming to an end, but the starry night awaited for us on the terrace. Taking quick steps towards the terrace, I again wished to count on those shiny stars, to trace Great dipper, figuring out Jupiter & Mars & trying to explain all of it to my kid .Wow ,It was so much of fun ,we sat there for some 2 hours ,only to see ourselves enjoying the real world , spending a peaceful quality time & cuddling the nature around us !It was an introspection time. It was my time which made me pledge to have many such days in a month, without any beep beeps!

One more pledge came ,not just to have more of similar days ,but to have couple of such days out from the metro ,direct in the lap of nature ,to jump to nature’s least crowded places ,wherein me ,my loved ones could have just “Our time” ,trekking & Playing in the lap of gorgeous nature ,in the farms ,on the hills ,on the grasslands , exploring the flora & fauna ,living the way villagers do!! Interacting with the locals, understanding their livelihoods, culture all means so much, If we can have all this by ourselves, why is Google required? Well, my blood is gushing to see myself unwinding in this manner.

Yes, that’s what is the real togetherness for me, to get close to nature with the loved ones, to hear out others, that is moving from reel to real world for me!

Have a look at this Kissan video stating the “Real Togetherness with Nature”

GOAN ardour-Off season…Offseason…Offseason!

PART I 

Air Asia..Launching Services …Pre-Booking opens…Limited seats left…July –Aug –Quick decision ..Tickets Booked..GOAJ -The FINAL Destination!!

So hurriedly had we decided to make Goa an “On beat” heart throb in this Off Beat Monsoon season by booking the tickets this April in a span of just few hours..But as the saying goes, never regret the decision once made, indeed alarmed by the “Offseason Tag” in these months, we decided to have a prolific stay & make this trip a chronicle in the chapter of our lives with our 11month kid.

So tagged as “Last minute Managers” ,all the readiness ranging from booking of the hotel to planning the itinerary ,was made in last 3 days ,yet being very un-certain about the roam around plan ,but since it was a trip with our best couple (also having same aged Kid) ,it had to be something electrifying &indeed it turned out to be.

Bags Packed –Catching the flight –”On the Time” – Here we started in night, traversed 2hrs & landed in GOA(Dabolim Airport)at approx.10:30 PM .

Cold shrill breeze welcomed us, as fresh rains had just poured over making the land soggy, full of fresh aroma, the first look even at the night was so unsullied, far away from that of Delhi.

Taking a cab to our hotel “La Spazio” in North Goa took some 1.30 hr from the airport & with all clamouring over of both the kids (rather their excitement ;)), reaching the destination to have a luxurious dinner at 12 midnight along with sipping some fresh aromatic coffee under the dark starry sky was completely un-thought off ..As said ,it was a brilliant start!

Slept over a comfortable night (even by the kids, post being tired of past day’s continuous events), again rainy morning welcomed us..But it was for hardly 30 minutes post which decent sunshine broke out..Relaxing beside the pool, making kids aware of “an altered but cool life” by getting them dipped in the pool water, seeing them enjoy really made all the eyes sparkle & smiles gleamed all over ..Post having a sun cum Pool bath, it was time to have a breakfast & ponder upon our Day1 to make it a good start.

Having thought off ,to let kids experience so called “Thrill” ,we planned to roam around the city ,catch some amazing beaches at our time by 2-wheeler –Activa.

Hiring two of them, here the sojourn began ,with “WE” the drives as well as riders ,making the passersby our GPS (& yes boards all over were actually a great help ,especially during late evenings/night) –

So the first halt had to be beach closest to us ,which was Anjuna Beach
,highly Rocky & a very small one but the very first look at the waves gushing over those rocks & splashing water all over made it so pleasant ,to add on look at those “Red Rocky Crabs” added an amazing flavour & excitement to begin with ..Holding Boiled Yummy “Bhutta’s” & struggling to capture those crabs took first 15-20 minutes ,post which I was ordered to click some good pics of the family in line;)


Facts of Anjuna :

  • Part of 30km stretch of Arabian Coastline ,it encompasses “Anjuna Village”
  • A small & lovely but red-black rocky beach with swaying palm trees, also famous for Trance parties during tourist season.
  • It also has Saturday night market to enjoy & re-fill the bags;)

Having lunch on ample eateries close to Anjuna beach, the menu being, (All Veg.) Biryani, Chilli Manchurian & fried rice & Breezer, first experience of Goan food was perfect .Since evening was setting in ,we planned to drive quickly to the most heard off –”Baga Beach” & enjoy on the shacks there .

With a ride of approx. An hour (tracing the roads, with the help of passersby & sign boards),it was actually a smooth drive all over ,seeing the vehicles at parking ,we knew it would be a mad rush & yes upon entering the beach ,it actually had a mad..Very entertaining crowd..All sorts of crowd ,& not just human’s ,I could rather complete “Animal Kingdom” having a water bath there;) ,Without any discrimination ,Dogs ,cows ,crows & Humans ,all were playing hand in hand;) . Agree the first such look was not loved by us, but both the kids rolled over with their laughter on seeing them play ,catching ,running in the water & coming all over …


Well, that’s an advice to the regulatory bodies of Goa, but we did relax at the shacks, getting our head massages done ,sipping drinks & lavishing on some Hot pakora’s till night fell on! Later post sunset the beach became a lovely place (no more signs of Animal kingdom), few beach lovers playing beach volley ball & some families playing in the water & yes we rolling in the sand after our lil kids ,for whom digging up the beach sand had become fun;)

Post lovely sunset, night was falling in when we decided to start back & drop on “The Mango Tree” restraunt, a very famous one with sumptuous food & drinks..A super yummy veg.sizzler ,followed by Cappuccino ,Pasta , Spring Rolls & Pizza..Ah!! Our tongue was protruding from tummies at the amazing taste of all.. So filled were we that even standing up from the chairs was becoming difficult..But it was close to 11:30Pm & with kids along, we had to return back to Hotel !

Facts of Baga :

  • Baga is a part of 30Km stretch of Beach coastline which starts at Aguada & ends at Chapora .
  • This beach is quite famous for Parasailing ,Banana Rides & even Dolphin cruises (although we couldn’t experience as all water sports are closed during these May –Aug/Sep)
  • Compared to Calangute ,this beach is quieter & with ample of shacks
    Deeply engrossed… Well read on part II