Saguna Baug Neral – A place to experience village life

Last updated on May 10th, 2018 Amidst the hustle and bustle of Mumbai, the life in a village on the outskirts of the city seems somewhat like a long forgotten or a distant thing for most of the city populace. This lack of familiarity with village life and rural lifestyle also breeds the lack of appreciation for the farmers, who toil to produce our food grains and lack of recognition of their contribution in the country’s economy. The concept of…

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A place for art, crafts and nature lovers

Last updated on May 21st, 2018 Summer is in full swing! The scorching heat during the day compels us to spend time mostly indoors in the comfort of fans and air conditioner. Weekend outings are pushed to the evenings. On one of these evenings. we headed towards Navi Mumbai to see Urban Haat, an open-air crafts bazaar built on 12 acres of a sprawling lush green hill at CBD Belapur. Located near the CBD Railway Station, Urban Haat is a…

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4 Hidden Gems in Pune

Last updated on August 8th, 2018 Lately, I have been writing about some unexplored places near Mumbai, particularly the ones that bridge the rural-urban divide. In line with the theme of my current blog posts, I present a guest post by Diego Garzon, who is truly fascinated by the lifestyle, culture and heritage of Pune. Here he writes about four interesting places to visit in Pune.  — The historic state of Maharashtra is home to Pune, a magical place in India where…

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Top 150 Travel Blogs 2016

The official Top 150 Travel Blogs is here! What an exciting list to pull together. I’m proud to say that this is the most comprehensive and up-to-date list of travel blogs anywhere in the world today! As North America and Europe head into Summer, and Australia and New Zealand head into Winter, it’s a fantastic time to explore opportunities for travel. What better way of doing this then to bring you the absolute best travel blogs currently online… in fact,…

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Stretch (Not Stress) Yourself In The New Year! – The Zen Mama’s Blog

“Never be afraid to try something new. Remember, amateurs built the ark. Professionals built the Titanic.”~Anonymous A few years ago we were in Mexico. We looked at the map and saw a great hike we could take to a delicious restaurant. What we didn’t know is that we were about to go out of our comfort zone and stretch ourselves! We climbed rocks and hillsides with ropes while following our 20-year-old son. We ended up at our goal…a beautiful tropical…

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Top Three Healthy Destinations in India

Vibrant colours, aromatic spices, and a rich cultural heritage are some of the things that make India a bucket-list destination for many people around the world. India is also the home to one of the world’s oldest healthcare system Ayurveda. There is a multitude of places in India that offer an array of healthy activities, accommodation, and food options. Originating thousands of years ago, Ayurveda is traditionally known for its holistic approach to wellness and overall health. At its core,…

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5 Days in Hong Kong and Macau

Hong Kong is a wonderful, mixed-up town where you’ve got great food and adventure. ~ Anthony Bourdain Hong Kong comes across as a modern and efficient city with excellent infrastructure and facilities. Recently, my son and I had gone on a short trip to Hong Kong for five days and four nights. I found Hong Kong to be a people-friendly place with an interesting fusion of eastern and western cultures. Here I am sharing a detailed account of my trip.…

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A Visit to two Cities in Siberia

A dreadfully cold, desolate place covered with snow all around the year, where political prisoners were sent by the tsars and bears can be seen in the streets is how most people think about Siberia. I was fascinated with the Great Siberian Plains right from when my teachers had told me of this vast stretch of land that witnesses extreme winters, with temperatures reaching up to -40 deg C. Naturally, I was quite excited when my visit to Russia last…

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