Rajasthan Road Trip (Leg 2 of 2)

Continuing my post on the trip to Rajasthan (Click here to go to the first part https://shwetravelogues.wordpress.com/2016/06/15/the-rajasthan-road-trip-leg-1-of-2/)

After being treated like royalty, we left Jodhpur to make our way to Udaipur with a stop-over at Kumbalgarh about mid-way. In most cases, you always get a glimpse of your destination, you know what is to come, Kumbalgarh however was one such exception. Built at an elevation of 1100 metres above sea level on the Aravalli Hills, the fort was made in a manner such that it could not be seen by any enemy until they actually knock on their Ram Pole (i.e. the name they have given to the entrance gate). Pretty inconvenient for invaders huh? Continue reading “Rajasthan Road Trip (Leg 2 of 2)”

Lesson #1: Food in Travel

Well, I’ve written a lot about the brilliant places to visit, the best food to eat, the things you ought to do. But in this series of short stories, I’m going to talk about things no one talks about – The things you learn from the blunders you make in travel!

I’m going to talk about the first and the most important thing when you travel abroad that truly is hard to adjust to and is quintessential for survival, food. Even more so if you’re a vegetarian. The first problem is the definition of vegetarian gets slightly screwed as you travel to colder destinations (purely my observation). Continue reading “Lesson #1: Food in Travel”

The Rajasthan Road Trip (Leg 1 of 2)

A first of any kind of experience is always excellent isn’t it? And a road trip is one that has been on my bucket list for way too long. After months of planning, brainstorming on where to go, we finally decided to do a road-trip in Rajasthan in December 2015.

Since we were crunched for time, we had only 7 days and had a limitation of dropping the car back where we started, we decided to do only one half of Rajasthan and since Udaipur was a must do for me, we settled on the southern half of Rajasthan (Since one blog post might be too big to capture the trip in entirety, the same has been split in two, https://shwetravelogues.wordpress.com/2016/07/14/rajasthan-road-trip-leg-2-of-2/) Continue reading “The Rajasthan Road Trip (Leg 1 of 2)”

The Impromptu Trip to Helsignor

As a traveler, it is only natural to plan every leg of your trip to the T, backed by extensive research and even more so when you do a backpacking trip for 20 days across 5 countries. But just like all else in life, each of us have been in a situation where the best of plans have not worked the way you wanted it to.

The 5th of October, 2013 was one such day for us. We had to change our plans in the last minute and ended up having an extra day in Scandinvia and we decided to go to Denmark a day in advance. Without knowing what to do, we landed early morning in Copenhagen. Most of what we could do in Copenhagen were to open much later in the day and we moved back and forth near the station lugging our huge backpacks wondering what we should do next. Thankfully since we were in Scandinavia there was access to Wi-Fi and a quick scout online led us to take a bet on a trip to Kronborg Castle in Helsignor for that morning. Continue reading “The Impromptu Trip to Helsignor”

The experience below waters

For any beach loving person, Andaman Islands is a name on the bucket list you just have to cross off and even more when you’re based out of Chennai from where the islands are most accessible by air. So done and dusted with my MBA, I had way too much free time on my hands and a trip to Andaman and Nicobar was just what I needed!

An ad-hoc trip of sorts, we made our way to Port Blair in the middle of April. Though much more famous as a honeymoon destination, Andaman has enough and more to offer to a group of friends looking to have a good time.  On reaching Port Blair, we wasted no time in getting from the airport to the point where you get the ferry to the Havelock Islands, we had our goal pretty much set. A journey of 3 hours in the boat with a view to die for all through the way. Clear waters spread across like a never ending oasis all around as far as your eyes can see in mesmerising hues of blue. Continue reading “The experience below waters”

The trek up the Preikestolen

I first came to know of Preikestolen or Pulpit Rock through just a google image when I was looking for things to do in Norway and the same was listed as the Top 5 treks in Scandinavia. The image mesmerized me at first glance and I needed no further motivation to find my way to get there.

A brief history on the place first, Preikestolen is a cliff at 604 metres height above Lyserfjord is located in the southern part of the Ryfylke district in Rogaland county, in Western Norway. The cliff is said to have been formed during the ice age nearly 10000 years ago when the edges of the glacier reached the cliff, the water of which is said to have frozen in the mountain’s crevices which eventually chipped off and left behind a hanging cliff. This fact makes it another reason you have to go as the rest of the cliff can eventually break off and the view will be lost forever. However, jokes apart, the geology of the cliff have been researched thoroughly and it has been confirmed that there is no danger of the cliff falling apart in the immediate future, so be rest assured. Continue reading “The trek up the Preikestolen”

The town called Igatpuri

If you are wondering where Igatpuri is, for all those outside of Maharashtra unaware of this beautiful city do not be perturbed I was one of you just a couple of days back. Igatpuri was not our destination, on our way back from the much overhyped Sula Fest we had planned a pitstop here and that is how we discovered this place.

Igatpuri is a town in Nashik District about 45 kms from Nashik and about 130 kms from Mumbai. Like most districts in Maharashtra, the roads connectivity is absolutely fabulous and the Mumbai Nashik highway makes for a smooth, comfortable and relaxing drive. Continue reading “The town called Igatpuri”

Eiffel Tower at first sight

With backpacks packed, we left Lille for our first major trip in our Euro Trip. We were leaving for Spain by rail, with a plan to travel for 2 whole days before actually reaching the destination. But like the saying always goes it’s not the destination that matters but the journey! Well in this case, I got both!

The “plan” was to spend an evening in Paris on our way to Spain, in other words we had only enough time to go see the Eiffel Tower and head back and the plan was to explore Paris once more later. Continue reading “Eiffel Tower at first sight”

The City of Barcelona

In a globally connected world, where all experiences can be read about at the click of the mouse and only feel like deja vu when you actually do it, Barcelona was an exception and a truly refreshing surprise. Mainly because it was our first long trip and i  didn’t have much time to Google it…. But who knew that would turn out to feel so good.

We reached Barcelona after a long-haul train journey that took us from Paris to Avignon Centre to Lyon and then finally to Barcelona. People said there were better train routes, but we enjoyed our journey nevertheless and  reached Barcelona the same night. Continue reading “The City of Barcelona”