Banaras through my eyes

One month prior to my visit, when I told one of my friends about my plans to visit Varanasi, he had a hearty laugh. “But why Banaras?”, he asked. ( Banaras is a former name of Varanasi.) “Are you a foreigner to visit this temple city or do you want to become a Baba(a saint)? There…

Kalga: A hamlet from a fairytale

A sleeping hamlet lost in its own world with very few tourists, this place is a land of flowers! The apple orchards, white and purple colored flowers were in abundance that lit the whole village just like the string of tiny bulbs lights up a place during festivals. In contrary to the fewer tourists, I…

Tosh in monsoon

Sweating, panting and thirsty, with drizzling rain, we began our climb to a beautiful village; Tosh and suddenly the cloud disappears, the sun shines bright with a view of the village far away and everyone halts. “Look, look, a rainbow !” And the little child in me aroused making me realize, once again, how wonderful…

Mythological importance of Kheerganga

Kheerganga is a land of Shiva. But most importantly, it is the place where lord Karthikey went in deep meditation and gave up all the worldly things. Also read: Kheerganga: Trek to the mystical land Here’s the story- According to the localites, it was the time when lord Shiva asked their son Karthikey and Ganesh to travel…

Kheerganga: Trek to the mystical land

Lush green forest, tall pine and deodar trees, waterfalls, snowcapped peaks, and view so beautiful that it melted my heart. The tall dreadful mountains crushed my ego, making me realize how small I am in front of His creation and here I was, speechless and left only with love. Mountain does teach one to be…

A hunt for the fireflies- Night trek to Rajmachi

After the wretched conditions of summer, monsoon was nearby. Sun had started playing hide and seek and it had already drizzled in Mumbai. So we could wait no more and hence planned night trek to Rajmachi in the first weekend of June. The adventure began in Mumbai itself where we missed our train and later…

An adventurous journey to Shiva’s abode: Bhimashankar

Nestled amidst the dense forest, Bhimashankar is a wildlife sanctuary, famous amongst nature lovers and trekking enthusiasts and is also a religious place for Hindus. It is home to many endangered species of flora and fauna and is renowned for Indian Giant Squirrel (popularly known as ‘Shekru’ in Maharashtra). Also, plenty of medicinal herbs can…

Cheap thrills in Goa: New year’s eve

Partying on new year’s eve, on most of the occasion, have made me regret the next day. Too much crowd in hotels/clubs, hustle-bustle on the streets, the crowd going berserk at not getting food/ drinks on time leaves me in a perplexed state. So 2017 had to be a peaceful one. And what better than…

Nature’s architecture- Harishchandragad and Konkan Kada

‌‌Harishchandragad is one of those places that will leave your eyes sparkling with joys. One can never get enough of it and each time it treats the eyes with different hues giving different experience and pleasure. There are many ways through which one can reach Harishchandragad. We opted to ascend from Khireshwar village which is…

Mythological importance of Gokarna, Murudeshwar

Apart from hills, beaches, and shacks, Gokarna is a holy place for Hindus.It is said that lord Shiva appeared here from cow’s ear. Hence the name of the place is Gokarna. (Go-cow, Karna-ear) Read: Gokarna- Trekking to the sand kissed beaches The story goes this way- Ravana performed penance at Mt.kailash to please lord Shiva to…

Gokarna- Trekking to the sand kissed beaches

It was Friday, and I had a long weekend ahead (Monday, 5th sept was a holiday on occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi). I was sitting at my desk wondering if there is any other way to reach Gokarna as our train tickets did not confirm. Saddened by the fact that even bus tickets were sold out…