Unique Adventure stays you should try at least once in a lifetime

Fairy Chimney Inn, Turkey || Photo Credit: internationaltraveller.com

I love reading travel and adventure stuff especially Lonely Planet, Condé Nast Traveller, National Geographic Traveler and Travel + Leisure. Watching NGC since I was 5. Maybe it is the reason I did developed the sense of adventure since childhood. Few days back while browsing on Pinterest, I stumbled upon pictures of jaw-dropping unique stays in the world while searching for aesthetic wallpapers. Well, till now Giraffe Manor in Nairobi (Kenya) where the Giraffe’s regularly greet guests during morning and evening meals. Snow Globe, the cozy igloos stay at the Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort, at the edge of the Arctic Circle, where you’ll sleep, not only under the stars, but under the mystical mint-colored Northern Lights. The Swedish Ice Hotel in Sweden which rebuilt every winter using local water from the Torne River, new suites are designed and constructed from different artists every year were my favorite kinda stay until I read about  Hotel Costa Verde in Costa Rica have a refurbished vintage 1965 Boeing 727 air frame, which in its prior life shuttled globetrotters on South Africa Air and Avianca Airlines (Colombia) turned into a luxury guesthouse and rests on 50-foot-tall supports. (No Kidding!!). Continue reading “Unique Adventure stays you should try at least once in a lifetime”

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An evening stroll along the Juhu Beach

Whatta crazy week I had! Seems the day has been cut short though it’s Summer already (I am talking about 42 degrees of Summer here in Ahmedabad 😀 which I love the most! Don’t judge!). We complain a lot about many things in life. Struggling to manage and fix everything everyday and forgot to be grateful. But, I have learn so many things this past week. One of it is – trust the route of meditation and mindfulness that help me to find inner peace. Anyways, story for another time 🙂 let’s catch up with another travel story of Mumbai.

Juhu Beach is the longest beach in Mumbai. The surrounding area of Juhu is one of the poshest localities in Mumbai and is home of many famous Bollywood and TV celebrities – the most famous being Amitabh Bachchan’s Bungalow – Jalsa. It’s been an important landmark since past many years. Amitabh Bachchan’s regular Sunday routine when he waves to the awaiting fans at the gate of his residence, popularly called his Sunday Darshan. But what really caught my attention all these years here, at Juhu Beach? The beach? YES. But what else? ISKCON Temple and Prithvi Theatre Continue reading “An evening stroll along the Juhu Beach”

10 TRAVEL HACKS you should learn by now!

Hello to all my beautiful readers from all over the world! Here I am back with Sunday Special post. But, instead sharing my foodie stuff I decided to share 10 Travel Hacks with you all. Being a Travel Planner my self for six years and counting for my own venture as well I have been exploring India a lot lately, I am sharing travel tips I gathered.

We simply love to travel, don’t we? (Oh! is that even a question? ;)) As Summer vacations are around the corner, I thought to share some Travel Tips which will help you to Travel hassle free. Travel is full of pitfalls. One wrong step and your vacation could be ruined by a shady hotel room, an overpriced restaurant, a wasted afternoon at a tourist-trap attraction or an overnight flight crammed. So, guarantee a smooth trip by planning thoroughly. Either you would like to travel solo or with your partner or family vacation or with kids or with your friends or first time traveler. I am sharing TRAVEL TIPS from the basic. Like, How to plan your holiday? Which place to choose according to climate? Categorize your interest? How to pack things? (As you can’t carry your home while you are holidaying :p), What to leave at home and what to carry with you? How to travel safe? How to capture those sweet moments? and much more. Continue reading “10 TRAVEL HACKS you should learn by now!”

Bandra – Sweet Little Haven of Mumbai

I absolutely love staying at Marine Drive and never want to stay at any other place in Mumbai but sometimes you should break out from your comfort zones and explore other places too. Once I decided to stay in Bandra and explore the places around instead of hopping local train to Bandra every day. I booked Airbnb stay for 2 nights instead of hotel to connect more with local. Practically it was chaos the night we (I and my mother) arrived but the next morning feel so good instantly. It was the best decision to stay here. The British built most of their great monuments in South Mumbai and the Portuguese decided to stay at Suburbs of the city. Bandra have such a quaint and quiet winding bylanes, cute cozy cafes, crumbling but amazing bungalows, lots of tree shades, and some Indo-Portuguese-Colonial style houses still standing strong. In the 1950’s the rich and famous as well as wannabes moved to Bandra to be closer to the Bollywood film studios of the suburbs. It quickly became a vibrant and cosmopolitan neighborhood like no other. Soon Bandra has become famous and became Mumbai’s has unique lifestyle, full of contrast yet harmony neighborhood. Modern high rise architecture with marvelously colorful graffiti and old Church at Chapel Road is my most favorite one after Bandstand. Lesser than anyone know, Bandra will certainly reminds you of Goa ❤ as well Bandra (West) is listed in 2018 Time Out’s 50 coolest neighborhoods in the world on number 15!! 🙂 Continue reading “Bandra – Sweet Little Haven of Mumbai”

Sunday Special: My 5 best restaurants and Cafés in Ahmedabad that serves heavenly delicious foods that you can always taste the freshness in each bite.

Eating is one of life’s greatest blessing and pleasure you can’t deny. And for travelers it’s not solely about eating good food. It is about understanding the culture heritage. Culinary traditions. Rituals. Art beyond boundaries. Even a simple raw onions can do wonders to your body that you learn from interacting with locals and sharing the knowledge with the world. In today’s world Gastronomy or Culinary Tourism (refers to trips made to destinations where the local food and beverages are the main motivating factors for travel) has emerged as an integral part to any tourist experience. There was a time when people really lived to eat:D Culinary Tourism is a diverse and dynamic channel for sharing stories, forming relationships, building communities and understanding the heritage. Chicken wrapped in a dough and cooked under the earth with some charcoal, the traditional style cooking cannot ever match the taste with the one we cook in a cooker. You cannot dare to label a ‘good healthy big bowl of rice noodles filled with vegetables and sea food’ as a junk food in Thailand or Vietnam but you label it a ‘junk food’ in India. Believe it or not, FOOD has the ability to shape your journey and define your memories. Here I am introducing you to my brand new post SUNDAY SPECIAL and sharing my 5 best Restaurants and Cafés in Ahmedabad. Continue reading “Sunday Special: My 5 best restaurants and Cafés in Ahmedabad that serves heavenly delicious foods that you can always taste the freshness in each bite.”

Sunday Morning, South Mumbai Churches Walking Tour

The interesting shift in Mumbai’s architectural styles from Gothic to Gothic Revival to Indo-Saracenic to Art Deco can be seen around South Mumbai from Fort area till Colaba. Cathedral of Holy Name, built in Gothic Revival style in 1905, is conveniently located on the road behind Colaba Causeway. Further away, towards the end tip of Colaba at Navy Nagar (South end of Mumbai). St. Thomas Cathedral, built in Neoclassical architecture and Gothic Revival architecture style built in 1718, the first Anglican Church in Mumbai. Named in Honour of Saint Thomas the Apostle. The Cathedral is located in the Historic Centre of Mumbai — the Horniman Circle. Afghan Church (formally called the Church of Saint John the Evangelist) built by the British to commemorate the dead of the First Afghan War and the disastrous 1842 retreat from Kabul. Continue reading “Sunday Morning, South Mumbai Churches Walking Tour”

The old world charm neighborhood in Mumbai that you will fall in love with: South Mumbai – Part II (THE UPPER EAST SIDE OF MUMBAI)

img_0759I love traveling more than anything. Discover new places, learn about history, art, culture. Meet new people and listen to their stories. But, unfortunately, my bank balance doesn’t always agree so I’m all time looking for ways to travel in super tight budget, save more money and make sure I get reward for whatever I spend while traveling. Right from collecting Dineout cashback months before traveling so that I can use it to make payment at restaurants who accepts Dineout Pay. Do more online bookings and collect Payback points. Dine-in at restaurants who are member of Zomato Gold so that I can have 1+1 on food. And many more! I am a Freelance Travel Planner since May 2012 and have learn numerous travel hacks by reading more about it on pinterest and travel blogs. One of the best travel hacks of all the time is: EXPLORE PLACES ON FOOT MORE.

In previous post (you can read it here), I introduced to y’all the old world charm of South Mumbai. Today I will share my side of the story about the Upper east side of Mumbai – South Mumbai or Old Bombay or SoBo. Why this side of Mumbai should be on your list and you need to spend more time here than at any other side of the city. Continue reading “The old world charm neighborhood in Mumbai that you will fall in love with: South Mumbai – Part II (THE UPPER EAST SIDE OF MUMBAI)”