22
Jun
2014
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Coorg: Green, misty land ….

There is an explicable joy in staying at a plantation – green paddy fields, enticing mango orchards, flowering stretches of mustard or dwarf coffee plants. Coorg let’s you experience this joy, without hordes of tourists clambering at your heels! Off season? Coorg is situated at an altitude of ~3500 feet. As we Indians like to say ‘It is a hill station!’. A lot of local tourists gravitate towards Coorg during the summer months of April...
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20
Jun
2014
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Bhutan – The happiest country in the world!

Bhutan makes you happy. If you are in the happiest country in the world,  you are bound to feel happy. It is the only country in the world that measures GNH(Gross National  Happiness)  and focuses on spiritual and materialistic development – hand in hand. Bhutan: Happy and blessed! Bhutan was never on the bucketlist. I went to Bhutan when I was single,  and the bucketlist did not even exist then. My first foreign destination- Bhutan! It...
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17
Jun
2014
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Kruger National Park

I love animals. You can imagine how much I love them – the Kruger National Park was part of our honeymoon plan! The Kruger National Park is a jungle – verdant forest with bush cover. If you are expecting to see rolling plains and grasslands (snapshots from Masai Mara or Serengeti that are lurking in you head), that is not what you will see. Baby, it’s truly a jungle out there! Home to many… The...
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12
Jun
2014
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Istanbul: Mini Guide

A city that gracefully straddles two continents, Istanbul is my favourite city! There is a unique buzz about this place – rocking nightlife, architectural wonders, interesting history, warm & friendly people and delicious food – soul satiating experience for the veggie. While Cappadocia, Pamukkale and Antalya are on the list of must visit places, this trip did not include them. We spent four days in Istanbul, falling love with the city. Where to stay: Feeling...
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8
Jun
2014
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Milos Mini Guide: Our favourite Greek Island

Aphrodite, the Goddess of Love, can set the mood for romance and kindle the warmth in your heart. When you are in Milos, you don’t have to be a honeymooning couple to feel what Aphrodite can do! The island is blessed by Aphrodite – the beauty of the island sets the mood. The seventy colourful beaches on the island ensure that the mood lingers on! Milos – ‘Island of Colours’, was the first Greek island...
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6
Jun
2014
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Petra: Rose Red City

We were in Petra on a cool spring day. A bright morning was a good time to explore the ancient city of Petra. Perfect weather - we could not imagine walking through the rocky terrain in the sweltering Jordanian summer heat. Armed with two bottles of water, our camera and some Jordanian Dinar in cash, we were all set at the Petra entrance at 7:45 am. Our intention was to be there at 7 am. Have a heart, we were on vacation. Rising at 7 am was the best that we can do.
4
Jun
2014
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Sweden: Abisko: Packing right for a trip to the Arctic

Plan to see the Northern Lights and visit the Arctic in winters? Ensure that you do not turn into ice candy – pack wisely for the trip. Seeing the Northern Lights dance was on Ankur’s bucketlist. We had figured out that the driest place in Northern Europe is Abisko. It is said that if you stay there for 4 nights (during winter), there is a 60% chance that you will see the aurora borealis. But...
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28
May
2014
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India: Gir National Park – the only home of the Asiatic lions

I love animals, barring the creepy crawlies in the world. Not that I have anything against them, but I would rather stick to larger species in the mega life forms. It was my love for animals that had taken us for a wildlife safari on our honeymoon to Kruger National Park in South Africa – that was over three years ago. It was time for another wildlife trip! Ankur isn’t too fond of the four...
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24
May
2014
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Jordan: Diving in Aqaba (Red Sea)

Ankur and I had received our SCUBA diving certification (Open Water Diving) in September 2012. While I was keen to get the Advanced Open Water Diving certification as well, Ankur had pretty much had enough of the underwater world. I guess after the first few dives, he had figured our that he might never get lucky enough to run into a mermaid. Hence, diving did not seem worth the effort. As we set foot in...
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19
May
2014
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Thailand: Koh Tao – SCUBA Certified!

I am a water baby – I love the pool… and the sea… and waterfalls… In short – any water body. We had had a glimpse of the underwater world while snorkelling at Maldives – there are more colours under water than those on land. Peeping into the enchanting aqua world had made its way on the bucket list and was very high on priority. This one wasn’t an easy one – preparation started almost...
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