10 ways to become a girl biker

I started riding about 2 years ago. Always had a craze for motorcycles since I was a kid, but was always afraid to ride. The parental pressure worked there. It all began when I forced my husband, my boyfriend back then to lend me his Avenger 200. Easy bike to ride, my feet touched the ground, it’s a nice cruiser to start off on. He helped me understand how the gears worked. Continue reading “10 ways to become a girl biker”

In Shots: Sunrise in Kasauli

My second time to Chandigarh was just another weekend trip through office. Saturday early morning flight took us to work and we got back Sunday afternoon. But this time around my team from Xpanxion and I did this impromptu trip to a close by hill station around 60 kms away and we witnessed one of the most beautiful sunrises ever, and the 30 years that I have been on this earth it was my first.

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A different Goa – Wildernest

Holidays in Goa are always fun aren’t they?, what would one associate them with, sandy beaches, the ocean, Kings beer, shacks, the seafood delights, sunny all the time. How ’bout I tell you about a place which has a forest, mountains, cool weather even in the month of May, cottages in the middle of a forest or over-looking a valley? You’d probably say Nah, are you kidding me that’s not the Goa I know, I’d say that’s the Goa you ought to visit.

The Road Trip

This is 2013, a bunch of friends and I planned to take a trip to Gokarna [also read: When a Gokarn travelled to Gokarna] and visit Goa on the way back. We had spoken to a friend who runs a curated travel service called wanderbug.in, go check her site out for some awesome off-beat travel destinations, she suggested ‘wildernest goa’ to us.

Just off Chorla Ghat, South Goa lies this resort. We spent 4 days there, and I thought I could spend more.

Things to do

We were all in my car when we reached the hilly region where wildernest lies. We had to park at the foothill, you’ll see a lot of cars there, just call the resort requesting a pickup and they’ll arrive with a jeep. The terrains preety rough, so unless you want to off road with a good four wheel drive, use their transportation services.

We checked in and had taken 2 cabins in the forest, the other option was cabins by the valley which were a bit more expensive.

The Rooms

The rooms possess a very earthy feel to them, a room and an attached bath, it’s clean and the best part is they have a glass wall with curtains so you can choose to wake up to sights of being amongst the trees or just drape the curtains in if you want privacy. The prices are reasonable 5-6k per room, which can accommodate 3 adults.

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Room at the edge of the forest
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Way to the room

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Food

The amount you pay covers the stay and food, they have a yummy buffet, they have a south Indian, Goan buffet and I might say a variety of items for you. Alcohol wasn’t covered in the amount you paid, but there is a bar, with a variety of liquor you can choose from, we carried our own.

Activities

It’s perfect for a group of friends, couples, and couples with kids. You’ll have a great time, swimming in the infinity pool, hanging out on the machaan, or if you’re like us, sitting at the restaurant playing poker all day.

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Us hanging out at the macchan
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Pool shenanigans
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Napping on the benches, after a day of doing nothing but looking at birds chirping.
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Just before we got to wildernest, lies a sidewalk overlooking a river.

The next time you happen to plan a trip to Goa and feel well, let’s not do the standard beaches and parties, Wildernest is a great choice for you.

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8 reasons why you should spend your honeymoon in the Andaman islands

Back in 2012, two young people aged 24 and 26 sought to find each other, they tied the knot and decided this is it, we were meant for each other. That was me and my husband Sumit, after our long 5 day long elaborate, expensive wedding parties we needed to do something for us, something to celebrate our union and that’s when the finger stopped at Andaman Islands for our Honeymoon, the wilderness, the beaches the adventure, it all defines us as a couple and if your like me, here’s a few reasons why you should ditch the typical Bangkok, Mauritius trips for our desi paridise called the Andaman.

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Be a tsunami not just a ripple

By the lake, she sat and thought of her journey,
Riddled with hurdles and obstacles she thought,
What gave her the courage to continue,
What gave her the will, she knew not.

The things she enjoyed every day got a smile to her face,
The beauty of nature its enormity.
The resilience to carry on gave her strength,
But now it was time to change the course of her race.

Unlike the stones thrown in the lake that caused ripples to form,
They mean nothing they cause no impact,
She was out there to become a tsunami and do hell with the need to conform.

Pompeii and Mt. Vesuvius

The world is full of wonder and mystery, as a little girl I once learned about what happened to the ancient Roman city Pompeii, all I learnt at that time was that the inhabitants of the city were hit by a massive volcanic explosion, the lava came gushing down on the city, freezing there helpless bodies through time. This always fascinated me and was one of my highlights for the Italy trip I made back in 2015.

You know how books only describe what a place is like, well my school books had pretty much altered facts, maybe just dumbing it down a bit for us Eight year olds, you experience history when you actually experience the place, not through vicarious means, and so did I, in this blog I’m going to talk about my visit to Pompeii, the ruins of the city, my hike to Mt. Vesuvius, which by the way is still an active volcano with a sprawling city of 3 million people just under the gargantuan. Continue reading “Pompeii and Mt. Vesuvius”

A Holiday in Rome

When we had our first international trip to plan, the finger stopped at Italy, well it had to, for its history, its people, its art and its scrumptious food.

You know how many bloggers will suggest Italy as the ultimate destination to try out but most might say that Rome is too touristy and should be left out, try the untouched, unexplored countryside instead, well most of them might be right about a lot of the other cities in Italy, but try the things I did to make my Roman Holiday interesting and my first city in Europe not so “touristy“. I plan to make you feel the Amore of this beautiful city. Continue reading “A Holiday in Rome”

The Hampi Bike Trip

As I sat there sipping my vodka and orange juice I starred at the steely grey waters of Ashwem beach, as the sun went down the sky burst in the evening colours of orange and red, I sat back to take another swig of my screwdriver and think about my first long bike ride through the beautiful Bangalore highway to the rustic scenes of Hampi to the Hippyness of Goa. Continue reading “The Hampi Bike Trip”

Delhi’s Deer Park

Being a Bombay girl, I’m used to the city life, the concrete jungle has a lot to offer, but Delhi has something special that Bombay lacks, that’s the super humungous parks they possess. Bang in the middle of the city, you’ll find some of the most surprising ecological wonders, one such park I went this time to was Delhi’s, Deer Park. Continue reading “Delhi’s Deer Park”

My Croatian Odyssey – Part I

After days of discussions and contemplating which countries we should travel to in Europe, the pin landed on Croatia. The land of beaches and parties they said, we did the former and much more along the way. In this post, I am going to talk all about our 2-week odyssey to the land of the Game of Thrones, the land that has seen one of the worst ethnic wars in the world and the land that has risen to almost winning the World Cup.
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