Being a traveller and an ardent music buff, if there’s one event that gets me excited every time, it is music festivals. Live music, the best of talents, that happy, vibrant festival vibe and those 2 days of being away close to nature, what’s not to love?
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Thanks to a travel content to win a free trip that we ultimately didn’t, we got stirred into action, and created all this content out of virtually scraps of photos we had, honed and developed my video making skills, and bonded so much in the process.
After all, that’s what the purpose of traveling too is.
It can be said, that every traveler worth their weight in luggage dreams of backpacking to Europe at least once in their lifetime. The folklore, the pop culture associations and the movies glorifying Europe have only heightened the charm of this beautiful continent. But more often than not, the Indian passport (and associated VISA formalities) and the dismally low rupee vis a vis the Euro ( €1= ₹81) doesn’t hold too well for such lofty travel ambitions for us Indian folk.
Sometimes greatest things are discovered by accident. Having just about 5 days on hand, and having covered most of the weekend getaways in this part of the country, we might as well have rolled a dice. The outcome was an impromptu trip to Kochi, a major city in Kerala, about 600kms south of Bangalore, and later another shortish detour to Varkala, Kerala’s Goa.
While accidents do happen, and nothing is completely fail safe, just having an awareness about the different scams that are prevalent around the world and keeping your wits and general caution about you could go a long way in ensuring a safe and mishapfree trip, as much as possible.
For a dose of South Indian heritage, and an architectural marvel in all its lost glory, do visit the Badami Caves, but just for a day or two.
Chances are, you haven’t heard of Araku Valley. Tucked away on the eastern edge of the state of Andhra Pradesh, is this little quaint hill station (elevated about 900 mts ~) in the Vishakhapatnam (Vizag) district, famous for its coffee plantations and home to a large number of South Indian Tribals.
A recent work trip for a team building activity landed me in Goa. Not only was this the 6th trip to the coastal state but also the most luxurious. So one stayed at the uber-posh Alila Diwa resort, chilled in the infinity pool, while kicking back with a mean cocktail and a Napolean pasta. However, 3 days of the pomp and I was done with it and needed a real vacation. So, we sneaked off to Gokarna- Goa’s lesser-known (thankfully), less touristy but prettier neighbour in Karnataka.
Where else in India could you bike to a beach one minute and feel like being in a quaint European Village the next?
There’s something about Pondicherry. A small beach town tucked away at the southeast coast of India, which was once a French colony as can be seen from its architecture and local influences.
It’s not everyday that you end up thousands of miles away from your base on a random weekend trip without taking a single flight (but everything else), but so it happened and how. When you’re with someone for the first time, the excitement to do new things is intense, and the need to connect strong. Our first trip together as a couple ended up being the symbols of love and erotica at the Khajuraho temples in Madhya Pradesh, the heart of India.