“It is going to be the best view of any river that you may have seen,” the unflinching faith in Alam’s eyes shone through as he said this. He was speaking of the river Yamuna, the same brackish, foul-smelling body of water that has been the bane of India’s capital city, Delhi. And yet, there was no room for any doubt that the “Hawa Mahal” of Alam’s village in Katha, Uttar Pradesh, provided a view like no other.
“And now it’s clear,” he said passing the telescope eyepiece toward me. “Can you see a big dot and three other small dots on the same line?”
“That’s Jupiter and it’s 3 moons.”
Standing on a big lawn in a 6 degree Celcius cold winter, in the wee hours of morning in a place 100 km from Jaipur, we saw Jupiter and its two moons.
How would you like the chance to soak in the silence of the Himalayas, watch the clouds roll by, listen to the birds singing and all while living next door to India’s best-loved author, Ruskin Bond?
Everyone who has taken their pet on a vacation once knows that there is no going back. Every time you take a break without your pet, you have returned to the look of ‘pure betrayal’ in your pets eyes. One whiff and they know where you’ve been because we, the undeserving humans, are poor at covering our tracks. Continue reading “Top 5 Pet-Friendly Resorts In India For That Purr-fect Break From The World!”
It was a thriving city situated on the top of a hill, surrounded by the dense forest where history was made, lost and drowned with the passage of time. It is the story of the ruined hill fort of Mandavgad (or present day Mandu), situated close to the city of Indore in the Malwa region of western Madhya Pradesh (MP), India. Continue reading “Mandu: A Ruined City in the Heart of Incredible India”
Priti and her husband Sundeep, bought Hill Stream cottage with a view – to provide guests with a home to relax in, soak in a bit of ‘Himachal’, but mostly to develop this tiny hamlet in Khaniari, Dharamshala. The development started with Sundeep getting the road to the village built, using the Government’s ‘meri sadak’ (check out their android app) scheme. Next, a couple living in the village were hired to take care of the cottage. Hopefully more will be hired soon, and the dangerous urban migration trend will be stopped, at least in this small village.
Homestays are my preferred option when travelling with kids. In most cases, homestays make for great options to stay close to nature and is among the best ways to understand the local people or soak in local flavours. While looking for homestay options in Kannur, we came across the Amban Heritage. Continue reading “Amban Heritage Homestay, the celebration of a legacy”