9
Aug
2014
1

Hong Kong: Skyline and City Lights

Hong Kong has grown vertically over the years. The skyline of the city is dotted with sky scrappers that shimmer and glimmer at night, like jewels strewn by a careless child. Neither Ankur nor I are particularly fond of big cities and bright lights. However, Hong Kong has a unique charm… glitz and glamour, mixed with some local culture and a lot of expat influences. There was a compelling desire to want to see this...
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7
Aug
2014
0

Bhigwan: Shooting Birds!

250 kilometers away from Mumbai is the little village of Bhigwan, which plays host to hundreds and thousands of flamingos every winter, from the months of December to March. I have not read about it in any guide book or travel magazine and it stays under the wraps, unexplored by the maddening tourist crowds. Maybe that is the reason why the flamingos fly there… they still have their space, relatively undisturbed by mankind. This was...
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5
Aug
2014
0

Marrakech: Travelling back in time..

…by K Preetam I wanted to set foot in Africa, and the easiest and cheapest option available from the UK was Marrakech in Morocco. Getting a visa for Morocco was a hassle free process. I visited their embassy in London and obtained a visa on the same day. Where to stay? Medina is the old town area of Marrakech – a small quarter brimming with activity and culture. I want to mingle with the locals...
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3
Aug
2014
0

Stilbaai: A well kept secret!

Stilbaai does not make it to the list of places that people flock to visit in the Western Cape in South Africa – I wonder why? The sleepy town is a hidden gem. I am in two minds to write more about it lest it’s pristine beauty gets marred. I guess I shouldn’t be selfish and share a little something about Stilbaai …at least for those who are looking to slow down a little! For...
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2
Aug
2014
0

Inspired by animation!

We all have our travel inspirations – adventure, food, culture, nature, people, architecture, history, religion – to each, his/her own! For Ankur, it’s watching Nature in her splendour – waterfalls, snow clad peaks, blue oceans, stalactites and stalagmites. Formally, my travel inspiration is culture and food. Shhhh… let me share a secret with you… Animation movies are a big travel inspiration for me!!! I could have added exotic locations where Hollywood and Bollywood movies are...
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30
Jul
2014
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The Liebster Award – for Us!!!

Yippeeeeeee… Ticking the Bucketlist has been nominated for the Liebster Award! We have been nominated by Ben and Jazzy, the bloggers of Road Affair. Thank you guys!!!   This is the first public acknowledgement that the blog has received and Ankur and I are truly delighted! If you like to travel for culture, food, nature, people….or simply to get your passport stamped, like us and join us. Follow us by email to get updates; absolutely...
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27
Jul
2014
0

South Africa: 10 Day Itinerary for the Western Cape

The road trip around the Western Cape in South Africa was our maiden road trip. As you would gather from my earlier posts, this was our honeymoon. Ankur says that back then, I sounded more excited about the road trip as compared to the wedding. I am not to blame! Please blame the travel bug that bit me! In all honesty, Ankur likes to travel as much as I do and was equally excited to...
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25
Jul
2014
0

Istanbul : Beyond Monuments

There is history at every nook and corner in Istanbul – a key tourist attraction. However, you may be different – history may not appeal to you. The following may be your typical characteristics: You enter a museum or an archeological site only when your better half drags you there… and you tag along only because you want to avoid an argument while you are on a vacation You believe that what is done in...
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22
Jul
2014
0

Kegalle: Millennium Elephant Foundation

My love for animals would be pretty evident to anyone who has read my earlier posts. The size of the four legged does not matter – I find an elephant as interesting as a tiny squirrel. As a little child, I remember going for an elephant ride with a mahout (elephant care taker) who would come with the gentle mega life form right till our door step. Sitting in the basket mounted on the elephant’s...
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20
Jul
2014
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Cape Town: Top five picks

Blue waters to swim in, sandy beaches to sun bathe, delicious food to indulge, rugged terrain to exercise your muscles – I am not talking about the Mediterranean coasts. Get your focus off the famous countries in the Northern Hemisphere and move your attention to the jewels in the Southern Hemisphere. I am talking about Cape Town, the crowned and famed city of South Africa. Let not rumour mill make any negative impressions on your...
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