Category: Backpacking

Surviving Bed Bugs and Other stories

In 2012, during Diwali, I found myself at Karwar. Lying on the banks of the Kalinadi estuary formed at the confluence of the river and the Arabian sea, it is a small town. Idyllic almost. A clean sweep of a beach famed for inspiring Rabindranath Tagore to write a dramatic poem. Speaking of Karwar he

Serendipity – Finding Fried Fish in Gokarna!

Serendipity is amazing. And more so when you are on a No Reservations trip. For the recent Gokarna trip, apart from the train tickets, we had not booked anything. The idea was to arrive in Gokarna and then play it by the ear. It turned out to be one of the best ways to experience

Manikarnika – The Gateway to Moksha

On the first day in Banaras, we walked down from Assi to Manmandir Ghat where we took a detour and arrived at one of the most recommended Lassi places – Blue Lassi. While we waited for the hyped lassi at Blue (if you like simple traditional lassi then avoid this), we counted upto about 4-5

The Star Fort – Manjarabad, Karnataka

On our last trip to Bundi, we visited the Taragarh Fort, which literally means The Star Fort. However, during our research on Karnataka we came across a fort that is shaped like one! Located in one of the three geographical divisions of Karntaka – Malnad (Malenadu), close to the NH48 (Bangalore – Mangalore) is the

Tabo – First Glimpse of Spiti Valley

The silence, the all pervasive silence is what I notice first. Our convoy is at croassroads, we are in Tabo, our halt for the night. The town is small and bathed in the glow of the evening sun. Confusing signboards point us to different directions as we take turns at guessing the right route when

Amidst the Ruins and Boulders: Exploring Hampi

Last year I visited Hampi by myself, impressed by its boulders and monuments I took along 8 other backpackers this year. Our trip in short! Complete set of photos can be found here. This year we are heading to Hampi this Diwali, check out the details here ——— It is half past ten in the

Ajanta, Ellora and Aurangabad – Breakfree Guide

The caves of Ajanta and Ellora, famous for their exquisite paintings and sculptures are a big draw for tourists all times of the year. These caves are proof of the rich architectural capabilities of our ancestors. Many travellers make the world over make a trip to Aurangabad which makes for an ideal pit stop to

Losing My Heart in Himachal – Kalindi Manek

Travel is an enriching experience. For me, travel is a form of meditation. It is the best kind of therapy. Travel is not about going away from home. It is about making another one! Which is why, I consider myself fortunate to have had the opportunity to travel to the mystic land of Himachal Pradesh.

15 Things They Don’t Tell You When Riding In The Mountains (Leh – Manali – Delhi)

The Post – Virgin Leh Diaries were a series of posts written by the very inspirational – Karen C, after she rode a Royal Enfield Bullet from Leh – the roof of the world and to Delhi making pit stops en route. Her first hand advice to riders and travellers to Ladakh is important as

Budding Bundi

I always wonder about life in small towns. On every trip, I try and understand and to some extent live the small town life. To the city dweller, it all seems very interesting for a few days but after that, the glaring differences start making an appearance. If there is calm and peace to enjoy,