The station at the end of India

Much like Milliways, the Restaurant at the End of the Universe, Attari isn’t any less significant place in the history of time. A railway station that has seen enough of ‘brother from another mother’ jokes – Attari, the three-platform station serves as the last Railway halt in India before you cross the border into Pakistan’s Wagah, merely 3…

Jugaadus: A hack of a stay

It isn’t very often you would call a crammed two BHK with a rooftop a comfortable hostel, but surprisingly, this little place called Jugaadus hidden in the narrow alleys of old Amritsar proved to be quite pleasant when we stayed at the most loved Amritsar hostel for backpackers. The fact that we were staying with 16…

Entrance to wilderness

We travel to find new homes. Sometimes we merely spend a night at a place but we make it our home. Stays are one of the three things we crave for when we travel – the other two being people and places. This is about stays. The places we stayed at, the places that stayed…

Take Kala Ghoda subtract townies

Take Kala Ghoda subtract townies subtract pomposity subtract selfies add handmade fabrics soaked in ethnic colours and multiply it by folk performances. When we were found on all fours at Surajkund, the finest of crafts mela there is. The mela is known for exquisite handlooms and handicraft products sold in an ambience created to represent…

Prague in 10 photos

There’s more to Czech art scene than the touristy Lenon Wall. Czech street artists against the Baroque buildings of the city are a refreshing surprise much like a cookie chip in a vanilla scoop. Though it’s very difficult to stand out in an architectural marvel city like Prague but the local artist community in the…

24000-verse long poem and still unfinished.

Savitri is the longest poem ever to be written and published. Of course, it had to be a Bengali author who’d write 24000 verse long poem and still call it unfinished. The poem is so long that Sri Aurobindo, the author, revised the book eighteen times before publishing it and it nearly took him fifty…

A backpacker turned into a nature crusador

Aviram Rozin arrived in India as another Jewish backpacker trying to maximise his stay in the country with minimal money. A small brush with Sri Aurobindo ashram and his thoughts gave Rozin a purpose in life. It’s uncanny how a little exposure turned a backpacker into a nature crusader and a global citizen. He is…

An extravagant way to see grapes turn into wine

Sula Vineyards in 60 seconds. An extravagant way to see grapes turn into wine, Sula Vineyard is the-go-to place if you aspire to be a wine connoisseur. Sula welcomes anyone with or without a basement cellar for their wine tasting tour that takes you through the harvesting, crushing and pressing, fermentation, clarification, and then aging…

Mario Miranda’s Panjim

For those who find beaches boring this one is for you. Panjim isn’t for the ones with swim suit and vitamin D deficiency. It’s for the history buffs and colonial junkies. Goa that isn’t Russian and Goa that isn’t north Indian. We call it Mario Miranda’s Panjim.

Russians and more Russians in sarees.

While everyone loves the chaos in North Goa, we were found on all fours at some of the abandoned, hence unspoiled, beaches of south Goa. This one features Russians and more Russians in sarees. It took us 9 days and four tired feet to touch both coasts of India.

The greatest bed & breakfast

#BayToArabian Day 8. The Konkan Railway has to be the greatest bed & breakfast in the world, at least when we talk about the bed & breakfast with wheels and the ever changing view. It’s purely accidental that the Konkan Railway is considered a mode of transport; if not it would be the best hotel…

Time travel to the 15th century

Rewind 600 years when every monolithic structure was made from elephantine granite rocks, when kingdoms had soundproof chambers to share top secrets, when queen’s bathtubs were bigger than their palaces, when elevated performance stages were higher than most structures, when there were more temples than houses, when there was a jewel bazar opposite every big…