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Mumbai Diaries: Part 4 (Final)

It was the day to leave Mumbai for Aurangabad. I was scheduled to travel by train from Dadar Railway Station in the afternoon, and the journey would take about 6.5 hours. I had the morning to myself but didn’t make any sightseeing plans except that I wanted to make a brief visit to Kotachiwadi. Kotachiwadi is a heritage village in Girgaon, Mumbai where the houses are built in old Portuguese-style architecture. I read about this village from a magazine article and was intrigued by the narratives on this village. I had completely forgotten about this until 2 days prior to

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Mumbai Diaries: Part 3 – Marine Drive

By the time it was late afternoon, I was beat. I couldn’t take anymore sightseeing. I returned to the hotel to cool off and rested. But the one thing I didn’t want to miss was sunset at Marine Drive seaside promenade. In Bollywood movies, film characters seem to draw life from the beaches, seaside promenades and coastlines. And Mumbai is no exception. The scenes of Marine Drive in the movies are typically at sunset or at night, evoking romantic moods..or sometimes drunken brawls 🙂 Well, romance and inebriety were not exactly on my mind at that time but I was

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Mumbai Diaries: Part 2

By the time the heritage walking tour ended, my guide and I became fast friends. We decided to have lunch in Colaba. I’m sure you must have heard or read about Leopold’s Café in Colaba. It was made famous by the book Shantaram, and its author Gregory David Roberts frequents the café every now and then. Leopold’s was also unfortunately the target of the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks. Bullet marks can still be seen in the café. I was tempted to go to Leopold’s but read reviews that the food and drinks are overpriced due to its fame and the café

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Mumbai Diaries: Part 1

After a 3-year hiatus, I’m back in India. And it’s my 8th visit to this country. Roll out the red carpet, fellas! My first trip to India was with my mom in 2003. We visited the Golden Triangle up north: Delhi-Jaipur-Agra. Then I began to make frequent business trips to Delhi throughout 2010-2011, and by that time, I was already bitten by the travel bug, so I took every chance I had to travel for leisure in other parts of North India such as Amritsar, Jodhpur, Udaipur and Ladakh. And in 2014, for a change, this 8th visit to India

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Amritsar: A Weekend At The Border

After visiting Taj Mahal and Agra Fort the previous weekend, I took another opportunity to travel to a destination in North India which is not typically part of the Golden Triangle route (Delhi-Jaipur-Agra). I went to Amritsar in Punjab state, the spiritual and cultural centre for the Sikh religion. It was a very short visit to Amritsar over a weekend,  thus I only covered the main highlights of this city which were the Golden Temple and Wagah border. Lush green fields of Punjab, just after the monsoon: The best time to visit the Golden Temple is early morning to catch

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A Mughal Weekend In Agra

It was my fifth visit to India since 2003, my fourth visit to this country in 2010 and my second visit to Agra Fort and Taj Mahal. As a result, my friends in India have often joked about making me an honourable citizen of India! I was in Delhi for a month-long business trip and a former colleague of mine in Delhi offered to take me to Agra over the weekend to see the Agra Fort and the renowned Taj Mahal. I didn’t mind visiting to these places again because the last time I was there was in 2003. We drove from Delhi to

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Royal Rajasthan

Royal Rajasthan Rajasthan has always intrigued me. Its monumental Mughal forts, the grandeur of the Maharaja palaces, the colourful sarees of womenfolk against the dull background of brown grasslands. This incredible state is known for its extreme climate – the summer can be blazing hot as high as fifty degrees Celsius while the winter temperatures hover around twenty-five degrees with minimum of eleven degrees at night. I felt that the month of December seemed a pleasant time to travel to Rajasthan; however, it was bitterly cold in Delhi, India’s capital city. Delhi was my first port of landing after a

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Jullay!

‘Little Tibet’ We have finally landed in Leh, the capital of Ladakh. The Ladakh vacation was something which we have been planning for about five months, and something which I have been reading about for quite some time. It all started over a couple of pints of beer in November 2009 when my friend from India told me so much about this ‘Little Tibet’ in Jammu & Kashmir region, the northernmost state of India. Also, I have watched a comedy called ‘3 Idiots’ which filmed a couple of scenes in Ladakh. Ladakh is dominated by mountain ranges especially the Himalaya

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Dilli-Delhi-Delay!

Why India? Incredible !ndia..The tagline from India Tourism. The tagline that you see in every advertisement, be it on billboards, print or television, it never fails to amaze me how aptly it describes India.  I have always wanted to visit India and that curiosity started more than ten years ago. I have read many books and watched numerous documentaries about India and it’s because of the fascinating mix of history, cultures, forts, monuments, mountains, deserts, beaches, people and colours. In 2003, I had the first taste of what India has to offer by visiting the heritage sites of Delhi, the

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