1 day in Kochi

Kochi, also known as Cochin, is a city in Kerala state of South India. The city is popularly known as the Queen of Arabian Sea as it has one of the finest natural harbours in the World. How to get there? There are frequent flights between any capital city and Kochi. There are also trains and buses that run between …

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Hike to Tiger Nest Monastery in Paro (Bhutan)

Tiger Nest Monastery, also known as Paro Taktsang and Taktsang Palphug Monastery, is a very prominent and important Buddhist sacred site in Bhutan. This monastery marks the beginning or the birth place of Bhutanese Buddhism. The sacred site consists of 9 temples out of which 1 temple is closed and is opened only once a year. The temple complex is …

4 days itinerary in Maldives

Maldives is definitely a paradise on Earth! I just returned from this exotic country and I have madly deeply fallen in love with it. Be it people or be it the blue clear ocean, I loved everything about this country. The capital city Male is the largest and busy city in Maldives. I traveled solo to this heaven and unlike …

Best day of my life! (Maldives)

There are very rare days in life where one feels that the whole World comes together to make their dreams come true. I have told many times, I love ocean and anything that lives under water. I love Mantas. I had seen two Mantas come by when I dived in New Caledonia. It was magical. They swam by very gently …

Diving in House Reef (Maldives)

The water in Maldives is absolutely divine. It is warm and clear. And a perfect condition to have a relaxed dive. The last three dives of mine (Rottnest Island and Sesimbra) had taken a toll on me. I had thought I would never come out of the anxiety or panic I had during those dives. But after diving here in …

1 day in Lucknow

Lucknow, is the capital and large city in Uttar Pradesh state of Northern India. The city is famous for its beautiful history and architecture. How to get there? There are frequent flights between any capital city and Lucknow. There are also trains and buses that run between the cities. Local transportation There are auto rickshaws, cabs and cycle rickshaws. So, …

Water bungalow in Maldives

From the time I had planned for Maldives (which was about 9 months ago), I wanted to stay at a water bungalow. And everyone knows that staying at a water bungalow in Maldives is super expensive. It costs generally around AUD 800 to AUD 4000 per night. Being a solo traveler, staying at a water bungalow was something which was …

Kumara Parvatha Trek (Karnataka, India)

This was my second time to Kumara Parvatha. I had hiked this mountain (maybe) around 10 years ago. I vaguely remembered the hike which I had done back then. So I decided to hike again – after all how hard can it be? I am a person who has hiked to Everest Base Camp you know! My ego was smashed …

Bheema Bakasura betta/Kailashgiri betta (Karnataka, India)

My best friend Akshata and I had a spontaneous call one evening, at almost midnight, and we decided to do a one day hike the following morning. After going through a list of places, we decided to head to Kaiwara to hike the Bheema Bakasura Betta. The betta is in the town of Kaiwara. Kaiwara is in Chikkabalapura district of …

Indian restaurants in Lisbon

I am a sucker of Indian food. I crave Indian food if I do not have it for a week or so. I want my rice and daal (lentils) at the least. So, while I was backpacking in Europe, I tried various cuisines especially Romanian and Bulgarian cuisines. And this continued for about 4 weeks. The result was when I …

Hike to Vattakanal (Canopy Hills)

The Kotagiri trek that I had planned to do over the weekend was cancelled due to not having the minimum required participants. Supposedly, the cancellation of hikes or treks due to not having many participants is quite common in Bangalore. So, I decided to call the Bangalore Mountaineering Club just a day before the hike to inquire if there was …

Porto: Historical Walking Tour

I absolutely loved Porto in Portugal. It was a treat to take pictures of this spectacular city. The colourful buildings and the amazing display of the tiles were something to look for. I took a 3 hours walking tour to cover most of the important landmarks within the city centre. The walking tour was with ‘Living tours Viagens e Turisma …

Taking pictures while Solo traveling

Earlier this month, I wrote an Instagram post about this. And I am so glad that some of you reached out to me appreciating the post and acknowledging that that was the biggest challenge that you thought while solo traveling. Since many of my blog readers are not on Instagram, I decided to pen the post on my blog as …

Kudremukh trek (Karnataka, India)

Kudremukh, which means the ‘head of a horse‘ in Kannada, is one of the mountains in the Western Ghats. It is in the Chikmagalur district of Karnataka and is about 284 kilometres from Bangalore. The peak is the third highest peak in Western Ghats and is at a height of 6207 feet. The hike goes through the lush valley and …

Backpacking in Europe

Backpacking is one of the most common forms of travel in Europe. It is easy and convenient and most importantly economical to travel within the countries of Europe. As part of my career break, I decided to backpack for 4 to 5 weeks in Europe. I did not visit too many countries but just a select few as part of …

Europe Travel Planner

First of all, let me start by saying Europe is a continent with 44 countries. And one cannot travel all the countries in just 5 to 6 weeks, like how people portray. I have been to Europe three times now and in spite of it I have traveled only to 6 to 7 countries. This is the continent that requires …

Hostels in Europe

I have told this plenty of times, I love staying at hostels. I have found that hostels are the best places to stay in Australia, New Zealand, any country in Europe, Canada and USA. Staying at hostels has many advantages, firstly its economical when you are budgeted traveller like me, secondly you tend to meet many new travellers from different …

Diving in Sesimbra (Portugal)

Sesimbra is about 40 minutes bus drive from Lisbon. It is a fishing town and most importantly a great town known for its dive throughout the year. The main disadvantage of the ocean in Sesimbra is that it is always cold and rough. As part of my Europe travel this year, I wanted to include some dives as well. While …

Chișinău – 1 day itinerary

I have to confess! I had never heard of Moldova or Chișinău before traveling to Europe this time. This is my third time in Europe and I had never explored the Eastern side of Europe. While I was in Bucharest for 1.5 weeks, I realised that Bucharest did not need 1.5 weeks to explore and see the city and surroundings. …

Amsterdam – 3 days itinerary

Let me start this post by saying that I loved this beautiful city of canals. The city was lively, beautiful and never slept and that’s what I loved about this city. Even though I had taken a very long flight from Australia to Europe, I did not for once stay back at the hostel when I was in Amsterdam. I …