Guide for first time visitors to Hampi

The austere, grandiose site of Hampi was the last capital of the last great Hindu Kingdom of Vijayanagar. Its fabulously rich princes built Dravidian temples and palaces which won the admiration of travellers between the 14th and 16th centuries. Conquered by the Deccan Muslim confederacy in 1565, the city was pillaged over a period of six months […]

Art Science Museum, Singapore

Art Science Museum in Singapore

This post was updated on 24th Sep 2018. Art Science Museum in Singapore has very mixed reviews on Tripadvisor and its difficult to judge from their website if its a place worth visiting while on a short trip to Singapore. I usually do not blog about individual activities, but this one deserved a detailed write […]

Art Science Museum, Singapore
First time guide to Auroville

Auroville – Guide to first time visitors

Last updated on: 19th January 2019. Visiting Auroville was a very different experience from our usual holidays. I am sure I would have called it life-changing if I stayed for a longer duration. We visited for 5 days for the first time and again for a week 2nd time and the experience is hard to […]

First time guide to Auroville
Wayanad, Kerala

Wayanad – Perfect place to unwind in the lap of nature

Wayanad  in monsoon is mesmerising. We were there in September first week and enjoyed the rains on and off on this hill station. Though we have been to Kerala 6 times earlier; north Kerala was still untouched and we decided to tick that off from our bucket-list this year. Wayanad is approx 300 kms from […]

Wayanad, Kerala
White Rann of Kutch

White Rann of Kutch – Salt desert in Gujarat

Rann of Kutch, also known as White Rann or Great Rann of Kutch is a seasonal salt marsh located in the Thar desert in Gujarat and partly in the Sindh province of Pakistan. This vast expanse of salt crust is formed because the rate of evaporation of water is lesser than the rate of precipitation. […]

White Rann of Kutch
How to watch rocket launch in Sriharikota

How to watch a rocket launch in Sriharikota, India

Update: 15th July 2019 ISRO – SHAR has now opened its doors to Indian citizens to watch the rocket launch from inside SHAR. Interested visitors need to register for the event in advance on their website https://www.shar.gov.in/VSCREGISTRATION/index.jsp Read: How to register for Chandrayaan-2 launch at Sriharikota Do you have a space enthusiast kiddo at home? […]

How to watch rocket launch in Sriharikota
Hoi An, Vietnam
Halong Bay in Vietnam
Apply for Vietnam Visa online
Sadhana Forest, Auroville
Art Science Museum, Singapore
One horned rhino at Kaziranga
Vat Xieng Thong, Laos
First time guide to Auroville
Wayanad, Kerala
White Rann of Kutch
How to watch rocket launch in Sriharikota
Pepper Green Village, Wayanad

Pepper Green Village, Wayanad review

We stayed in Pepper Green Village for 2 nights during our Wayanad holiday. We wanted to relax in the midst of farms and forest. Based on tripadvisor reviews, we zeroed in on Pepper Green village next to Kuruva Dweep island. You can check out my post on Wayanad to decide which area suits you best […]

Wayanad, Kerala

Wayanad – Perfect place to unwind in the lap of nature

Wayanad  in monsoon is mesmerising. We were there in September first week and enjoyed the rains on and off on this hill station. Though we have been to Kerala 6 times earlier; north Kerala was still untouched and we decided to tick that off from our bucket-list this year. Wayanad is approx 300 kms from […]

Attractions in Bali

Attractions in Bali

Bali is known for its temples and beaches. However, there are many other attractions in Bali that are worth visiting. This post is a guide for attractions other than Bali temples and beaches. If you would like to know about the temples of Bali: how much time would you can budget to visit them; what […]

Grand Mirage Resort, Bali

Grand Mirage Resort, Bali review

Grand Mirage Resort & Thalasso Bali is located in theTanjung Benoa area of south Bali. We went to Bali in May for a week and stayed there for 3 nights. We stayed in Adhi Jaya hotel in Kuta for the 1st 3 nights. You can read my review of Adhi Jaya in this post. Grand […]

Adhi Jaya hotel, Kuta

Adhi Jaya Hotel, Kuta review

Adhi Jaya hotel in Kuta is located right opposite the Discovery Mall. We visited Bali in May and were looking to spend 3 nights in Kuta because of its proximity to the temples we wanted to visit. We were thinking of Mercure Kuta which had a restaurant overlooking the pool; but their package including breakfast […]

Pura Ulun Danu

Quick guide to temples in Bali

A trip to Bali is not complete without visit to its temples. Its infact impossible because of the sheer number of temples Bali has 🙂 It is estimated that Bali has more than 10,000 temples and I am not surprised. Temples can be found at every nook and corner of this island. Majority of the […]

Hotel Oasis, Bhuj

Review of Hotel Oasis, Bhuj

We went to Rann of Kutch in Feb 2017 and stayed overnight in Bhuj at the Hotel Oasis. Location Hotel Oasis is located 4 km from the Bhuj airport and 2 km from the railway station. The location is good given it is close to the market place and most of the attractions in Bhuj. Distances […]

Sri Swami Narayan Temple, Bhuj

Bhuj – Gateway to Rann of Kutch

Bhuj is the closest city to Rann of Kutch. It has an airport, with flights from Mumbai. It is also well connected by train from Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Delhi, Pune etc. We reached Bhuj at around 5 pm by a Jet Airways flight from Mumbai. A cab from Hotel Oasis picked us up. Hotel Oasis is one […]

White Rann of Kutch

White Rann of Kutch – Salt desert in Gujarat

Rann of Kutch, also known as White Rann or Great Rann of Kutch is a seasonal salt marsh located in the Thar desert in Gujarat and partly in the Sindh province of Pakistan. This vast expanse of salt crust is formed because the rate of evaporation of water is lesser than the rate of precipitation. […]

One of the clusters at the tent city

Rann Utsav tent city package

It was our first trip to a salt marsh and what better place to start than the world’s largest salt desert in India itself 🙂 We visited Rann of Kutch from 6th Feb – 8th Feb and booked the 2N/ 3D package at Rann Utsav tent city. Our first impression of the tent city was ‘wow’. […]

Punnami-Oravakal-Festival

Punnami Orvakal Festival: June 9-11

We are headed to Punnami Orvakal festival on 9th June. This is the first edition of this event and there is not much awareness about it. We have been to Oravakallu Rock garden earlier and you can read about our experience in this post. This festival promoted by AP Tourism claims to be one of its […]

How to watch rocket launch in Sriharikota

How to watch a rocket launch in Sriharikota, India

Update: 15th July 2019 ISRO – SHAR has now opened its doors to Indian citizens to watch the rocket launch from inside SHAR. Interested visitors need to register for the event in advance on their website https://www.shar.gov.in/VSCREGISTRATION/index.jsp Read: How to register for Chandrayaan-2 launch at Sriharikota Do you have a space enthusiast kiddo at home? […]

How to apply for Malaysia Visa

Apply for Malaysia Tourist Visa Online

Updated on: 13th May 2019 Disclaimer: This guide is for Indian passport holders travelling to Malaysia as tourists. The information mentioned is up to date at the time of writing the post. I will try to keep it updated. Please refer the official website for specific queries. Note that there are some websites like http://windowsmalaysia.com/ which claim […]