2016: a year of new places, new emotions and self discovery


We know this post is a tad bit late; an entire month in 2017 has gone by. With a few important decisions to be taken, things have taken a different turn this year (definitely for the best) and has taken up some of our time. We’ve promised ourselves to get back to writing on a more regular basis and what hit us last week was when a dear friend who was visiting said – “frankly, your blog is almost dead”. This is most definitely true and it’s unfair that we haven’t been sharing our travel tales with you. 2017 is going to be better, we promise 🙂

2016 was quite an eventful year for us; filled with travel to new places and discovering the lesser known was a hidden agenda for us. It’s amazing what this can do to your soul. Continue reading


Our Odyssey to Kambuja Desa: a beeline to glorious past of the Khmer


Angkor Wat, Siem Reap

After much deliberation, we zeroed in on Cambodia about 8 months ago when we were going to travel to Singapore for a wedding. It felt like an opportunity fell right onto your lap; now who wouldn’t take advantage of such a situation!

The next argument crept in – do we do Siem Reap and/ or Phnom Penh? I wanted to do both but Bhargav was of course hell bent on focusing on Siem Reap. He finally came up with a solution: we combine Phnom Penh with our trip to Vietnam and/or Laos. I simply couldn’t say no to travel. I would be a fool to say no to more travel now, wouldn’t I? 🙂 All that I can say is that I am so glad we focused just on Siem Reap and you’ll know why soon. Continue reading

The City of Victory we call our own; the City of Hampi


Our trip to Hampi will always be close to my heart for numerous reasons. First, this was our first official historical getaway. Second, I didn’t know I was so fascinated by ancient art and architecture. Third, I didn’t know I’d walk 35 kms over a period of 4 days to see the ruins around the city of Hampi, and finally, I realized that there is more to life than work and the same old routine.

This is probably when it all began; the love for travel, history, mythology and possibly, the urge to do more of this.

I’m not going to bore you with the details of the trip but believe you me, I remember every minute of it. Yes, it was about 3 1/2 year ago, but I guess that’s what a canvas of ruins can do to your mind and soul.

Here’s a little something of what we experienced while at this famous UNESCO Site and one our most favorite architectural historian Dr. George Michell’s home ground, I would call it 🙂

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What you should (and shouldn’t do) when visiting a heritage site


This marks the end of our week-long blog series on account of World Heritage Day. While we have over 32 sites in India that have qualified to be World Heritage Sites in the eyes of UNESCO, every single ancient site in India is a beauty by itself. No two sites look and feel the same and more importantly, each one has a different story to tell.

We’ve been travelling together for a while now, and we’ve seen extremes of tourists; there is one kind that is so awestruck that they are glued to the site and don’t let others spend quality time at the site. There is other which I personally find annoying – climbing onto statues, scribbling their names so that they can be part of ‘history’ and those selfies with and while on top of statues and structures for edgy Facebook profile pictures.

Based on our observations and experience, here’s what we think one should (and shouldn’t do) while visiting a heritage site. Remember, this applies to every ancient site that exists in the world today; after all, its one world and we all call it home:

A disclaimer – when I mean ‘you’, it isn’t directed at you my dear reader. If you are reading this, you possibly are as serious as we are, and I like that. Please do not get upset at the tone with which the below points have been written. It’s our duty as travellers to stop those jokers who just ruin the experience for us by doing things that they shouldn’t! 

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Six things to keep in mind when you plan your travel


We’ve been traveling as a duo for over four years now and every trip has taught us one thing or the other. Some trips have been way more successful than others; but experience is the best teacher, yes?

Impromptu plans and schedule are quite exciting but you wouldn’t want to regret missing out on some important sites now, do you?

Here’s what we think you should keep in mind when you are planning your next trip that could remotely help you have some organized fun: Continue reading