Murudeshwar, Karnataka – An offbeat trip for culture lovers

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The place Murudeshwar does not ring a bell in your head instantaneously. You probably are still thinking which state is this place in and if you are not, you are definitely a staunch Hindu or a Shiva devotee. But that isn’t the end, it is also known for offering a wide variety of travel experience. It has hills, beaches, corals, temples, fort, trekking, waterfall and phew – literally everything! Isn’t that surprising? I. Getting there  Murudeshwar is a holy place in north Karnataka district of south India. Majestic and magical are two words which defines it perfectly and you will soon know why. It is nearest to Managlore-Murudeshwar Konkan railway route and is closest to Mangalore airport. You can also take a bus and reach Murudeshwar as well or drive yourself. It is a well-connected place. After all, it hosts the second largest Shiva statute in the world (first being Nepal) and in a country with maximum Hindu population. It has to be easily accessible! The peak season is November to February, so plan a 1-2 day trip around that.  II. Who made it? Initially just a small temple on a rock besides a sea-shore and later constructed by R.N Shetty, a renowned business man in India, […]

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Food Guide: where to eat in Gwalior?

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You haven’t figured anything of the city if you haven’t figured where to eat the local cuisine. Isn’t it? Gwalior offers a range of cuisine which is a reflection of its glorious past. While the vada pav, poha and dabeli carts showcase the Maratha influence over the city; gathering of localities in the morning to feast on Bedai, kachori and laddus smells of its geography. But, this isn’t it. Dining out in Gwalior would be completely different experience as it offers you kebabs and Korma giving you a whiff of the rich and royal Mughal period. Isn’t this enough for packing your bags to Gwalior and experience the richest and finest eating experiences in the country? If you haven’t read my previous posts on Gwalior on what to do and where to stay, you can read them here and here. Today, I am making an effort to ease your planning by listing out places to try for gastronomic delights not only basing on my personal pursuits but also of other known bloggers. So, lets start. 1. Street food at Naya Bazaar There is no better way to explore a city except being on foot. Walking around experiencing the bustle of the city, the […]

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Hotel Adityaz: A good budget hotel in Gwalior

Finding a good budget hotel (and, which fits your liking!) is always a fuss. If you aren’t a “planner” it can definitely be a tedious job. We had to plan a two-day stay at Gwalior for a meeting and we wanted to be somewhere close by the venue. When we started searching we had only one option. Now, I was in a fix. This can be an equally good or bad news. So I crossed my fingers and an eye to look at the reviews expecting it to be good (so my search gets over with one click). And, hooray! The reviews were up to the mark. 1. Booking using makemytrip.com We used makemytrip.com to book the hotel. It is one of the trustworthy websites you can use in India to book flight tickets as well as stays. They have a new feature of reserving the room and paying at arrival. So, that was a fantastic upgrade to the services provided by them! I could see the hotel and the rooms before deciding if I really want to stay there. Isn’t that very convenient? 2. Location We got onto driving from Delhi via Yamuna Expressway and reached Gwalior. It was easy to find […]

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Vivanta By Taj Madikeri (Coorg): An excellent getaway

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A friend of mine recently visited Vivanta by Taj Madikeri (Coorg) and he was all praises for it. He showed me a few pictures and talked and talked about it for hours. I was bound to spend sometime surfing on it after he left. So, I went to their website and figured what Taj had to offer. There was no thinking afterwards! Not even for a second. I had to book it, I had to experience it and share my experience with you guys. If you know anything about the luxury hotel segment in India, you would have definitely heard of the chain of Taj hotels. They are known for their grandeur, luxury, services, food and of course the overall experience. Vivanta By Taj Madikeri (Coorg) is little more than all of this. A near perfect destination to totally loose yourself in the serenity of nature. Before I go onto to talk about my experience with Vivanta by Taj Madikeri, let me tell you something about Coorg. It would be a great injustice to the city if I skip talking about it. Coorg is definitely much more than just experiencing Vivanta by Taj Madikeri. It is a city nestled in the […]

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Travelling to India during Diwali

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Travelling to India during Diwali can be tricky but definitely lots of fun. It can certainly make it to your must-visit-once list if cultural experiences form a part of your travel wish list. If you have not heard of this festival or seen a picture of any Indian family celebrating it in full form, then you should quickly take out one of your device and google it. See the grandeur and the energy of the people celebrating Diwali in India. It is one of the most celebrated festivals in India. First off, let me tell you some bits about the festival. Diwali or Deepawali is a festival of lights. The significance of this festival varies according to the region you are in. It is either linked to Goddess Laksmi (the goddess of wealth and prosperity) or honours the return of Lord Rama, his wife Sita and brother Lakshman from 14 years of exile. It is a celebration of the victory of good over evil, light over dark and knowledge over ignorance. I know, I know – a lot of people have questions around this. “Should we travel around Diwali in India”, “is it safe”, “what to do during Diwali”, “what are the things we should be taking […]

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Places to visit in India: Travel Itinerary for a one month trip (Part I)

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A lot of people ask me about the “places to visit in India”, the “tourist places in India” and what should they include in the “travel itinerary”. Guess, what? I live in India and I do not have a straight forward answer to this question. Yes, you read it absolutely right. I do not have a concrete answer to this. So, I can totally understand the confusions faced by others. India is an extremely diverse country, and offers you a variety of destinations. It can get overwhelming to settle on an itinerary. Driven by this confusion around places to visit in India, I decided to do a series on the potential itineraries. I believe this can (most certainly!) help you plan your own itinerary. I am not going in too much detail of what to visit in a city but I will definitely link it to other blogposts and websites that can help you understand the location better. However, I will broadly cover what the city can offer. If you want detailed assistance on planning an itinerary, read about the travel planning services here. For the purpose of this post, I will be taking January as an example. Jan 1: You should land […]

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