4 Days in Pokhara, Nepal

After spending 2 days in Kathmandu (mostly eating momos in Thamel), we decide to make our way to Pokhara. We figure that the buses from Kathmandu to Pokhara left from quite close to our guest house in Thamel. Since we didn’t want to get scammed into buying a fake/overpriced ticket, we decide to directly go…

Of Breakfasts and Mountains : Van, Turkey

The bus journey from Trabzon to Van feels like a cross country drive. From the Black Sea Coast town of Trabzon, crossing the province of Agri and cold Kars, the bus makes a stop in chilly Erzurum at around 2 am. I am surprised to encounter frost on the ground, it is very very cold!…

On the Black Sea Coast of Turkey – 2 Days in Trabzon

We have arrived on the Black Sea coast in Trabzon at around 8 am after an 18 hour bus ride from Istanbul. Inspite of that, we feel fresh as the bus ride has been very comfortable to say the least. 2-3 names of hotels and guest houses have been shortlisted to stay in Trabzon. Ask…

All in a Day – Delhi to Istanbul to Trabzon

Our Delhi – Istanbul ticket was originally booked for 21 December on the 1050 am flight on a sale in May. As the day of departure came closer, we made a rough plan for exploring parts of Turkey we hadn’t been to in 2018; and Trabzon (located on the Black sea coast) is the first…

Esbelli Evi – Stunning Cave Hotel in Cappadocia

After enjoying an introduction to Turkey in Istanbul, it was time to take a bus to Cappadocia. I was quite excited to be heading away from the main city having repeatedly heard of Cappadocia’s treasures! And moreover, we were staying in one of the oldest original Cave Hotels of Cappadocia, Esbelli Evi. Istanbul to Cappadocia…

Practical Tips for Thailand Travel

Thailand remains the premier backpacking destination of choice for travellers. It has built great infrastructure catering to tourism. A forever favourite of backpackers for decades now, it is a starting point for many journeys into South-East Asia. Here, I present some practical tips to save money and travel across Thailand in the best possible manner….

Istanbul – Top Backpacking Hacks for a Shoestring Budget

I was deeply fascinated by Istanbul after having read and re-read Orhan Pamuk’s Istanbul – Memories And The City. Pamuk’s glorious anecdotes of his life in Istanbul and fine detailing of huzun (melancholy and nostalgia) in the timeless city had unknowingly resulted in a yearning for Istanbul for me. On this visit, I felt like…

Top Travel Memories from Thailand

‘Look, the ocean’s lit up’, said the guide in the boat. I was flabbergasted to see bioluminescence light up the water on a night boat ride. Thailand, as a country has been a favourite for Indian tourists over the years. It offers a mix of being a budget destination with pristine beaches, stunning temples, other cultural…

Villa Life on the Mediterranean Coast in Kas, Turkey

Popular travel planning websites and blogs had thrown up names like Bodrum, Izmir, Antalya, Fethiye, Marmaris on the Aegean Sea and Mediterranean Sea Coastline in Turkey. Akin to how I travel in India, we had decided to keep the Turkey trip flexible with no fixed itinerary. After spending a few days in Istanbul and Cappadocia,…

Temple of ‘Divine Madman’ in Bhutan : Chimi Lhakhang

It had been a balmy evening in Punakha. Somewhere along the way, our guide Sangay had pointed out that next morning our walk to ‘The Fertility Temple’ would begin from a particular place. He also mentioned that the temple was made in memory of ‘The Divine Madman’. It had sure aroused my curiosity; for a…

Bhutan : Experiences & Tips

Why should one travel to Bhutan- I thought of that multiple times during my one week stay in this incredibly happy land. Lonely planet writes ‘Bhutan is no ordinary place’ and rightly so.  When one travels from Phuntsholing (border town between India and Bhutan where up to 5 kms is a free area and can be…

Experimenting with Luxury at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

I was at a point that comes in everyone’s life, after slow travel in the high Himalayas of Ladakh, Spiti, Lahaul and other offbeat destinations (offbeat at that time), my family had began to feel slightly worried about my solo sojourns. I was making a lot of money, and yet wasn’t spending anything that could…