Category Archives: My Travel Diaries

Road Trip from Bangalore to Kutta,Coorg Through NagarHole National Park

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Last weekend we took a Road Trip from Bangalore to Kutta,Coorg and stayed at Hut Resorts amidst Coffee Plantation. The place was called as Turtle Pond and was really a beautiful property. I am putting the Tripadvisor Link Below.

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My Favorite Holiday Destination| Goa|India

Goa is my most favorite holiday destination in India. If I have to to pick one place in India, it will always be Goa. Goa is a perfect place to unwind and live free. 

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My Trip To Switzerland-3 Days in Land of Love

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What a better day to take you through my Switzerland Trip. Today is the Day of Love and Switzerland is the place of Love. It is beautiful beyond imagination. The beautiful and clean landscapes, the warm people, the perfect engineering all makes Switzerland a Dream Destination.

We spent 3 days in Switzerland and have created this short video that takes you through our journey.

Here is the city wise breakdown of our Trip:

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Europe – Paris, Switzerland and Italy – Plan It Yourself Trip

This is going to be extremely useful post for anyone thinking of plan-it-yourself  trip to Europe. What will follow is details of all I had done for my Europe trip !

Flashpacking Trip To Europe


To shortlist, get ready for the following tasks:

  1. Deciding on Travel Dates and Destinations
  2. Visa process
  3. Flight tickets
  4. Accommodations
  5. Train Tickets within Europe
  6. City wise itinerary
  7. Passes
  8. Fooooood
  9. Money
  10. Shopping & Packing
  11. Mobile & Internet
  12. Budget
  13. Suggestions from my experience

 

Let’s begin…:

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Europe Diaries: In Love With Paris: Paris Day 1

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As mentioned in my social media accounts I am bringing you my Europe Diaries. Last week we went on a 10 day trip to Europe-France, Switzerland and Italy. We planned the whole trip on our own and it just turned out to be perfect. We have so much of information share with you all. Thus there will be a whole lot of posts that will cover what we did and how we planned the whole trip. I am starting the series with my Day-1. Visit to PARIS- The City of Lights and Love.

I don’t know know where should I begin. Let’s just say I loved this place. May be Love is also a small word. It is a memory that I will cherish forever in my life. Paris is many things for many people: Fashion Hub, Art Hub, Architectural Hub. For me it was beautiful lanes with beautiful people all around. I loved the vibe of this place.  The lanes and buildings of Paris are just beautiful. The buildings seem to be in so much sync. I could such keep looking at them. There are snacks and coffee bars all around the city. The side lanes of River Seine are just so gorgeous. In short, if you ever get a chance you MUST , MUST visit this city. We stayed there for 2days, but that wasn’t enough. In this post I am just sharing some pictures from our trip to Paris.

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Bannerghatta National Park Trip

I am going to try and keep this concise. The purpose for this post is to help fellow travellers to Bannerghatta National Park on how and what to do!

How to go?

  1. You can drive via NICE road.
  2. Drive through the city through Bannerghatta road: I took this road as I left early enough on a weekend morning to avoid city traffic 🙂
  3. Take city buses – Volvo AC and non AC buses both ply to Bannerghatta National Park.

Breakfast:

Since I took Bannerghatta Road, I had an option to breakfast in A2B near IIM. Its advisable to not to stop for breakfast before you are almost out of city. Else as day builds up so does traffic. There are many eating outlets near IIM area like McD, Fasoos, KFC etc. But once you are past Cinepolis, you may struggle for a decent place for food. Bannerghatta National Park itself has snacks outlets but none for a proper breakfast 🙂

Drive:

I was out of city quick enough for any traffic. I left home around 8 in morning. Stopped for breakfast in A2B. The drive through Bannerghatta Road isn’t as pleasurable as drive on highways but it saved me some KMs and most importantly I got goooood breakfast :). I reached the park before 10am.

At the Bannerghatta National Park:

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The Parking Lot

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ThePinkTrends Picks: The Rock Stars and Dud Products Of 2014

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It’s almost the end of the year . Just a day left. Can you believe it? I am sure all of you must be busy making your new year plans and so on. So as my last post for the year 2014, I thought what could be better than telling you about the best and worst products I have used this year.

This year I have bought a lot of stuff, some were part of wedding kit, some great reviews , some blogging keeda( bug) and some just like that. So I am hoping this post will help you pick some really good products for the year 2015.

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Goa Diaries 1: Why to Go, When To Go, Where to Go, What To Do

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I am just back from my amazing vacation from North Goa  and the first thing I wanted to do is share my experience. There is so much of information that I want to share across. I am planning to do two posts in this series. Post 1 – With the information of what to do in Goa, where to go and why you must go. Post 2- The various beaches of Goa and what you can enjoy in each beach. Hope you will enjoy these series and find it useful.

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Plan your Short Weekend Getaways through Travel Websites

After a long stressful and tiring week, people love to chill out over the weekend. They can either choose to be at home or be in the city to meet friends and family. But if it a long weekend with a holiday on either side of the week, it might be a better idea to sneak away from the traffic and crowd in the city to a soothing, serene location nearby for a couple of day with family or friends.

The major reason for such places to flourish in the close vicinity of the city is to allow people to relax and have fun for short duration before returning to mundane work weeks. Moreover these places are easy to afford than a full fledged holiday but equally exciting and scenic. People also do not want to take long breaks for vacations these days due to work pressure, stringent deadlines or high travel cost with family.

Some important advantages of planning a weekend getaway can be stated as follows:

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My Trip to Kodaikanal from Bangalore

Having done my studies in South India(Bangalore), I had heard great reviews about this place and being a travel enthusiast wanted to go there so much. When I got a chance, I really enjoyed my experience there.

In South India almost all Hill Stations are same. It will have a Echo Point, a Point From where you can see the whole city and plains, few waterfalls, probably a sunrise/sunset point, some zoo. Kodai is almost similar except that  there is this huge lovely lake within the city, where you can cycle around, which is  simply beautiful and adds to your experience.

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I have been to Ooty, Munnar, Wayanad(which is so not a hill station), Coorg, Chikmagalur but Kodai is my favorite. I had heard great things about Munnar too,but my experience was not so good. WHY?? Weather. See weather is the most important thing while visiting any hill station in south India. You might not believe ,but these so called hill stations are actually little hot in summers. These are not the hill stations with snow clad mountains rather they offer you lush greenery and pleasant weather. I somehow prefer to visit them in starting of rainy season, unlike most people. I just love the blooming flowers, the washed out feel, clouds passing through you, the perfect chilly weather, enjoying those hot samosas, sipping a cuppa tea and taking a light walk around. This is my idea of holidaying 🙂

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Kodai Lake_Aerial View
Kodai Lake_Aerial View

Kodai has a huge lake within the city and you can rent a bicycle and paddle around the lake. Not that typical rent a boat types. With the lake in between, you cycling around, enjoying the awesome weather the experience is quite great. I just loved it. If your timing is right, you can actually feel as if you are paddling among the clouds. Once you are done, you can enjoy the local home made chocolates or whatever you prefer, there are quite a lot of eating options around.

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Garden in kodai near lake

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There is not much to do in the city, so a day or two is fine if you are planning to be only in Kodai. Apart from the lake, there’s Coakers Walk where you can take a walk along the hill side and enjoy the lovely sunset if sky is clear. Pine Forest is another place worth a dekho. Rest all places are just ok,s o don’t waste much time roaming around small places and getting bored. I would suggest that rather book a nice hotel, stay within the city, enjoy the rides along lake and just walk around the city and relax.

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Coakers Walk . Image Source:Internet

 

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Pine Forest_Kodaikanal

Hotel Villa Retreat is one very good option and has best scenic view to offer. While having breakfast in morning, I actually felt like having breakfast in lap of nature which was such and beautiful and refreshing feeling. My visit was to Kodaikanal wouldn’t have been perfect without the beautiful stay in Villa Retreat. The food was really yummy there, something that I had not expected from a tourist place. My Trip to Kodai was a wonderful, wonderful break from my regular 9-6 Work Routine.

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Let’s Share : Been there? Liked it ? Have something to say? Know any other great hill station down south? Do share your views.