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Holipura Village Chambal
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Through My Soulful Lens: Holipura Village Visit Around Chambal

  What comes to your mind, when you first think of Chambal? Do you think about Phoolan Devi or Paan Singh Tomar? I know even the name ‘Chambal’ creates a fear in our mind but the time has changed. The ravines of the Chambal village no longer house the famous dacoits. The ravines of Chambal (Madhya Pradesh’s Morena and Uttar Pradesh’s Bundalkhand) might definitely be a house to a thousand folklores once upon a time, the ones that are mostly narrated by our grannies in an attempt to threaten us but the village holds much more than what we’ve always …

Charminar Hyderabad Blog
Happiness, Hippie Tales

Walking Down The Bustling Streets Of Hyderabad At The Charminar

As I walked into the hot flash of air and a buzzling crowd covering the streets full of colourful dupattas, bangles everywhere and that strong tingling spicy smell emanating from the street food shops down the lane, I found myself on the iconic street of Hyderabad. Hyderabad, a city with an enticing plethora of options for food, shopping should be labelled a paradise for travellers and hoggers. Hyderabad, the city that is famous for its scrumptious biryani, beautiful pearls, glittery bangles and Irani cafes that dish out lip-smacking Irani chai and cookies was a great experience for me. While I was …

Cheryl Rambles
Happiness

Dear 25 Year Old Me, This Is What I Have To Say

  So recently a friend asked me, “What advice would you give your 25- year- old self?” and I was mum. There were a thousand thoughts running through my mind and I was struggling to string them together and put them all in front of her, all the things I wish to say to my present self. I stood there for a while taking deep breaths, looking out of the window, trying to play with my fingers a little, gathering all that courage and looking for the right moment to retch them all out. It was not like I had …

Kaas plateau
Happiness, Hippie Tales

Home Away From Home At Kaas Plateau: Valley Of Flowers

As the monsoon started settling down a little and my mom started counting down her 50th birthday, all I could feel was to take her out for a trip. She has always been a dreamer, a person who loves being at peace and enjoy moments alone. And as I scrolled through Instagram, I thought why not, Kaas plateau. One of Maharashtra’s most unusual landscapes; Kaas plateau is enveloped in flowers of various kinds four months every year. With waterfalls everywhere, clouds trailing around you and lush green plants singing the melodies of the crisp weather; Kaas plateau is a delight …

Happiness, Hippie Tales

Famous Churches In A Nutshell: Goa Travel Diary

We all know Goa is well known for being the party capital of India. Visitors from all over the world make their way to Goa for a fun frolic vacation. While the city of Goa is all about parties, sun, beer and the sand, it is also known for its monumental churches and exemplary architecture. Goa’s tryst with the Portuguese heritage and history cannot be overlooked. Unlike the image that we have of the state, it offers you the finest examples of stunning Portuguese designs. While they might have ruled us over the years, we cannot curse them for giving us …

Happiness, Hippie Tales

Hampi is magical! You must go to Hampi!

Hampi. Let me admit this, being a North Indian girl and living in Madhya Pradesh all my life, the first time when I went through the pictures of this region, I found them pretty sober and somewhere close to Mandav. I decided that I would rather travel way past Kerala and visit the tea plantations or maybe take a river cruise. Well, after a lot of thought, I somehow settled my mind for Goa and then to Hampi. Hampi; as I heard from a lot of people is a hippie paradise; an unexpected place with really jagged rocks, rice paddy fields, …

Hippie Tales

Panchgani, Maharashtra: My Tryst With Clouds & Heights

I am a sucker for all things fluffy. Yes! You may call me a girl who will most likely believe fluffy unicorns exist. And if you guide me to a place where I can find one, I will gladly pack my bags and move. Leaving jokes aside, what will you call vacationing on a hill station like? An invigorating climate that makes you feel like flying the top of the world? Or a feeling where you wish to roar like a tigress, taming life? Or just a normal trip where you get to add on tons of warm clothes and …

Happiness, On My Plate

On My Plate: Pattaya Street Food

Life is meant to enjoy and eating is one of the life’s greatest pleasures. People in Pattaya are all about appetite and so you’ll find food everywhere. 24 hours a day, even if you get up as early as 6 in the morning, you will find street shop vendors prepping and packing food for people who are leaving for work. They have an early breakfast habit. Not just this, but you’ll get scrumptious food on a satay stick for as little as 5 Baht (i.e. Rs. 10.) Now if you are a foodie like me and you love to experiment …

Hippie Tales

Singapore: My 3 Days Itinerary

The Lion City or the Garden City, Singapore is one of the most prominent tourist destination in South- East Asia. And if you are thinking going that far for 3 or 4 days won’t be enough, you need to give this piece a read. So, If you are looking for a short holiday, and you don’t want to end up feeling sad about booking flights to an island somewhere in the Arabian Sea or even a cheap holiday destination right here in India, look no further as Singapore- the dynamic country/ state/ city is just a short flight away. The …

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Exploring The Ruins Of Mandu: The Heritage Paradise Of Central India

A cold night, right after the first summer shower while I sipped the first coffee of the season, I stumbled across memories from this beautiful place 95 kms away from Indore. I scrolled through the pictures on my laptop, and I was struck. I wanted to go beyond the known places, places where my imagination runs wild and weaves history.  Fading colours, dusty floors, lush green surroundings, broken windows, musty smell and lost stories; these are all the things that wait for you at the historic grandeur of this Malwa region.  It was a sudden decision to drive there early in the morning. …

Happiness, Hippie Tales

11 Offbeat Travel Destinations In India: Because Goa Is Too Mainstream

India: the land of beautiful destinations, some even hidden for the ones who feel they have travelled everywhere and seen everything has a lot of places left to be explored. If you are one of those fearless travellers looking for destinations that are unknown and are far from the reach of your general tourist trail, read on. In this list, you’ll find dazzling sanctuaries, hidden monasteries, magnetic hills and even a lake that is strewn about with skeletons. These might be far from our reach and difficult to go to but are worth every effort. Not to forget, a perfect fit …

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