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

“Not all those who wander are lost” – Why travel makes you a better person


“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” ― Lao Tzu

If a picture can speak a thousand words, then  a quote like this can speak a million. Literally and figuratively, this is what travel can do to a person; once you start, there’s no looking back – it’s like a bucketful of Maltesers sitting right next to you. I’ve always wondered if travel can do you no harm, why don’t we do more of it? What’s better than learning from your own experiences than sitting inside four (or probably more) walls, in front of blackboard or a screen?

When I was younger I always wondered what travel could do to you as a person; I was extremely jealous of my friends and family who planned their vacations way in advance. Most importantly, I wondered how they managed to take off from work and life in general; there’s always something to do! This is when I learnt to live and let live. To me, travel is the best possible teacher or experiences, both good and bad. What’s life without all that excitement?!

This post is simply my thoughts on how and why travel can make one a better human being which of course reflects onto other aspects of life and the other personas we behold: Continue reading

Our hope to conserve, preserve and celebrate: Museums


On account of International Museum Day that is celebrated on 18th of May every year since the year 1977, we wanted to look at some of the museums around the world that should be part of some of your travel plans when you visit these places. Why Museums one might wonder.

With the turn of times where we have seen destruction of antiquities by barbarians. Museums have become safe havens to conserve artefacts from falling into wrong hands. From the earliest inscriptions to  technology marvels and from Roman coins to bronze figures, they remain a place where our journey through time is best understood.

Similar to our World Heritage Day series, here’s our first post on the International Museum Day series. In this post, we look at a handful of museums from the Southern part of India. 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 🙂

In our words, here’s the complete guide to Hampi: Continue reading

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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What you need to know about The Taj of the Deccan


Bibi-Ka-Maqbara otherwise called The Taj of the Deccan is one of Aurangabad’s most prized possessions. Made of marble from mines near Jaipur, this replica of the Taj Mahal is a beauty by itself. With an extremely well laid out garden and symmetry maintained in every aspect, this mausoleum is a must-see for all travelers.


Bibi-Ka-Maqbara, Aurangabad

Here’s what you need to know about Bibi-Ka-Maqbara: Continue reading