Go Goa – anytime, everytime, manytimes!!!

By Moutushi Ghoshdeysarkar People find paradise in Goa. Some like the beach. Some like the drinks. Some like both. And then there are slightly eccentric people like my husband who love to chase ghosts – well he loves to walk … Continue reading Go Goa – anytime, everytime, manytimes!!!

Fortified Living within 99 bastions – Jaisalmer Fort

Maharawal Jaisal Singh was banished from Ludavra (Lodhruva) by his younger brother who ascended the throne. He chose to built this unique fort resembling the giant ark of Noah in 1156 AD on a hillock called Trikuta Hill. Thus Jaisalmer became the new abode of the Rawal, named after him. It was a mud fort then. Continue reading Fortified Living within 99 bastions – Jaisalmer Fort

The Very Affordable West – Singapore

Singapore was once a small fishing village, then Singapura (Lion City), then an important settlement in the 14thcentury (evidence from archaeological excavations) and finally “great ruins” by the time the Portuguese came in the early 16th century. Sir Stamford Raffles identified Singapore as a natural harbour with not more than 150 people living at the mouth of the Singapore River and merely a 1000 in the whole island, as he landed in 1819. Continue reading The Very Affordable West – Singapore

Pahalgam – The unforgettable pony ride in paradise

Little did we know about the adventures that awaited us! Roddur had been very eager since he rode a horse in Darjeeling and a camel in Jaisalmer. I was very sceptical since in Darjeeling, I mounted one and got down immediately screaming hypnotically and in Jaisalmer was almost hanging for my dear life at the camel’s butt. Continue reading Pahalgam – The unforgettable pony ride in paradise

10 days in Andaman – Baratang – 25th – 27th Dec’19

For a mainlander it is an experience of a different kind, especially if one is a first time visitor like me. Of course, with water filling three fourth of the Earth we all are living on one island or the other, but ours is a huge one, and the more inland we live, it does give a sense of safety – at least from tsunamis. Continue reading 10 days in Andaman – Baratang – 25th – 27th Dec’19

10 days in Andaman – Jarwa Reserve – 25th Dec’19

Aalu paratha is one of my favourite dishes and to my excessive pleasure whether in Kashmir (had the unforgettable experience of having them on a shikara) or in Andaman I had the fortune to savour them; it almost always comes as a complimentary breakfast. Following the tradition, breakfast was on the house in shelter hotel at Port Blair too. Continue reading 10 days in Andaman – Jarwa Reserve – 25th Dec’19

Chasing Temples in the Capital of Mallabhum (Bishnupur) – 1

Twenty four structures including temples, ruins and a museum in town; a temple 25 km to the north-west, another 10kms to the northeast, a village 22 km to the south-west and a popular pilgrimage 43 km to the south-east; that’s all we had planned for the 3 day trip to one of West Bengal’s hottest tourist destination in winter – The temple town Bishnupur. Continue reading Chasing Temples in the Capital of Mallabhum (Bishnupur) – 1

10 Days in Andaman – Port Blair – a deeper look – 23rd – 25th dec’19

It grew dark as we whiz past the jetty in Sanju’s car and as we were passing by the harbour front road with the sea on one side and a hill slope on the other, I wished if we could stay nearby and the wish came true! The Shelter Hotel is on the base of the hill slope which houses the Cellular Jail. The ‘honeymoon suit’ as they call it is just another double bedded room with a clean attached bathroom; but the balcony is a love affair for sure. It has a moderately good sit out option facing the sea, right across the road. Continue reading 10 Days in Andaman – Port Blair – a deeper look – 23rd – 25th dec’19

10 Days in Andaman – The Havelock Chapter – 21st – 23rd Dec’19

The sand is white! The water is turquoise! And I am in the heavens! That is what I felt. The sun was yet to begin his goodbyes so we took a little stroll along the beach, Anoushrayan in the waters mostly, I was ecstatic but skeptical, not knowing the depths. We found that all the properties lined up on the Govindnagar beach had this unique facility for the guests to wander on the beach late night or early morning or just as and when one felt like. Continue reading 10 Days in Andaman – The Havelock Chapter – 21st – 23rd Dec’19

10 days in Andaman – Facts Figures and Touchdown – 21st Dec’19 – 1st Jan’ 20

If the trip is shorter then Havelock is a must (2 nights), Neil can be dropped, in Port Blair the Cellular jail, Samudrika Museum, and Chatham Forest Museum can be done in a day and another can be spent to visit Ross Island and North Bay and the city in general. Continue reading 10 days in Andaman – Facts Figures and Touchdown – 21st Dec’19 – 1st Jan’ 20

Karnataka Hoysala Temple Trail Day Trip

A quick shower & we hopped into our little WagonR around 6:20AM. Heading towards the Tumkur road (NH4) via Yeswanthpur we reached the end of the “under construction” toll bridge. 5 km ahead New Agarwal Bhavan is a decent joint for la nourriture. It was around 7:23AM & the parking was full already. The prices are competitive & the choices galore. On the way to Nelamangala crossing a little further down, a huge Anjaneya statue on the left is an eyecatcher. Hassan road NH48 is to the left of the crossing, while NH4 continues straight down to Tumkur. The Hassan main road was being broadened & with lots of heavy machinery at work & freshly tarred widespread roads laid; it felt good at the very onset. Continue reading Karnataka Hoysala Temple Trail Day Trip

Karnataka Hoysala Temple Trail Weekend Trip

We took the ring road to Tumkur from Old madras Road & reached New Agarwal Bhavan, the good food joint with washrooms, at around 7:20AM. We went straight down on NH4 till the by-pass road just before entering Tumkur city, a distance of 41km from the food joint. The by-pass road meets NH206 at the rightmost outskirts of the town, which runs through Gubbi(19km) to Tiptur(82km) & reaches Arsikere (107km). Continue reading Karnataka Hoysala Temple Trail Weekend Trip

Chasing Temples in the Capital of Mallabhum (Bishnupur) – 4

Set amidst the garden maintained by the Horticulture society which also houses many trees are the two ancient temples. The last one on the grounds lining the boundary is Kalachand temple. Some 20 people had gathered both men and women when we reached there and more were pouring in; not for worship but some meeting which involved distribution of money. Continue reading Chasing Temples in the Capital of Mallabhum (Bishnupur) – 4

Chasing Temples in the Capital of Mallabhum (Bishnupur) – 3

Terracotta or baked earth art is extensively in use in West Bengal, from temples to jewellery, decorative sculptures to tiles and everything in between. The rest of India and abroad also adores terracotta, for its pliability which helps give form to a plethora of ideas that is bound only by one’s imagination. Continue reading Chasing Temples in the Capital of Mallabhum (Bishnupur) – 3

Bhujiawala’s humble abode – Bikaner

Moutushi Ghoshdeysarkar Of Haveli’s and forts and temples we talk, as we try to picture Rajasthan, but we forget that the most used snacks without which the drinks gets boring is also a gift of Rajasthan, mainly Bikaner, within 200kms of Pakistan, amidst the desert. Bikaner was called Jangladesh, it is in the Thar desert and was completely baron but the one thing which made it an oasis on the trade route between the Gujarat coast and central Asia, were its natural springs. Rao Bika was the eldest son of Maharaja Rao Jodha of the Rathore clan of Jodhpur and … Continue reading Bhujiawala’s humble abode – Bikaner