Lucha libre in Mexico City (Mexican wrestling)

I’d seen those Lucha Libre masks in the airport shops when I first entered Mexico. Those colourful masks, which I assumed were fancy gift ideas for kids. But a local friend cleared my misconception and introduced me to Lucha Libre in Mexico City – a kind of freestyle wrestling that is very popular in Mexico. …

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Portrait Photography

Photography is a hobby that I picked up about 15 years ago, around the time my son was born. I should thank him for that; for, it was to capture his birth and growing up that I bought my first ‘real’ camera (the SLR kind). My first camera was a Nikon FM 10; one that …

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Dharamshala and McLeodganj places to visit

Dharamshala and McLeodganj places to visit: After our last year’s trip to Varanasi and Bodhgaya, my friend ‘Smiling Buddha’, Deepak, and I were back on the road again; this time to the abode of His Holiness the Dalai Lama of Tibet in Dharamshala (Dharamsala – also known as ‘Little Lhasa of Tibet’). This is my …

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2 lovely days in Lalit Resort Bekal

Located near the Kalanad River in Bakel, Kerala, The Lalit Resort & Spa Bakel is a luxurious property with gardens and lagoons, They have rooms boasting of balconies with lagoon, garden or river views, whirlpool tubs, minifridges, free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs as well as tea and coffeemakers. This is an account of my trip to …

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A Varanasi travel blog

This Varanasi travel blog (Kashi travel blog) continues from where I left off last week: If you haven’t read Part 1 of this story, please read it here before proceeding further. Here is the link: Heading to Varanasi We left peaceful Bodh Gaya to head to another interesting place, a place where we would experience …

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Maha Bodhi temple, Bodh Gaya

This is an account of my trip to Maha Bodhi temple Bodh Gaya. The flight to Patna I grabbed a cup of hot bella coffee from the crowded Hatti Kaapi outlet outside the Bangalore airport terminal and found a comfortable seat to perch myself. I had caught an early morning flight from Mangalore. I was …

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Good Homestays in Chikmagalur

About this Chikmagalur travel blog: This is an account of a family vacation involving good homestays in Chikmagalur, coffee estates and offbeat temples of Hoysala. Where is Chikmagalur located? Chikmagalur is a hill station in Karnataka located on the foothills of the Mullayanagiri peak of the Western Ghats. Chikmagalur is about 250 kilometres away from …

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Ellora caves architecture

Ellora caves architecture: Ellora is one of the largest rock-cut cave complexes in the world and is truly an engineering marvel. The Kailash temple (Cave 16), also known as Kailasa or Kailashnath temple is the largest single monolithic rock excavation in the world. This is an account of my trip to see the Ellora caves …

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Pune heritage walk: reliving history

What is the Pune heritage walk? Pune Heritage walk is organized by Pune Municipal Corporation and Janwani Pune, an NGO. A National Award-winning walk (for the Best Heritage Walk project), it is conducted on all weekends at 7 am. The three-hour-long walk takes you around eighteen different heritage sites and is conducted in three languages: …

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Food trucks in Pune

I got a chance to explore some famous food trucks in Pune. This is an account of my Pune Food Truck escapade. Before we get there, a backstory: Some years ago,… no, I should say many years ago… in fact many, many years ago… during my high school days to be precise, I used to …

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Visiting Boracay?

Boracay is a beautiful island in the central Philippines known for its resorts and beaches. If you are looking for reasons to visit Boracay or are planning on visiting Boracay, please read this blog post as it covers some of the fun things to do in Boracay. *** Boracay: An Unexpected Invitation Whenever my wife …

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Living in Singapore: An ‘expat’ opinion

Living in Singapore – This is a short post written by my friend Ganesh. Ganesh lived in Singapore for more than 3 years and explored every nook and corner of this little island city-state. He now probably knows more about Singapore than any local there; so if you are planning a trip to Singapore, talk …

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Moodbidri Jain Temple

When I went to Moodbidri to meet an old friend of mine (about whom I’d written earlier), I planned it such that I would have some time to explore the famous Moodbidri Jain temple (a.k.a Thousand Pillar Temple (Saavira Kambada Basadi) in Moodbidri), and the giant Bahubali statue in Karkala. Moodbidri, a small town near …

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