Bheema Bakasura betta/Kailashgiri betta

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 …

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 …

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 (Lisbon)

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 …

Metro in Bucharest

Bucharest has three modes of local transport – metro, trams and buses. Metro is a fastest and quickest way to get around the city in Bucharest. The metro stations are underground and they have a Movie symbol before the underpass. The tickets are purchased based on the number of trips. The minimum is 1 trip and it costs about 2.5 …

Old Town city walking tour in Bucharest

Old Town is definitely a gem with so many monuments and landmarks. It is a great place to discover the most exciting monuments dating back to even 17th century. I loved this walk around the various points of interest. Total distance: 6.5 kilometres Time taken: 2 hours Grade: Easy Landmarks covered:Antique Market. Templul Coral (built in 1857 and an entry …

Stavropoleos Monastery

Stavropoleos Monastery, also called as Stravropoleos Church was my most favourite landmarks during my Old Town City Walking Tour. It is an Eastern Orthodox monastery in the Old Town of Bucharest and is quite an amazing monument. The church is said to have been built in 1724 and was founded by a Greek monk. It is supposedly a masterpiece of …

Uber is your friend!

While in Bucharest, Uber is your friend. The Uber taxis are the safest, reliable and best way to travel around in the city. The most important thing to consider is that Uber app does not disclose your phone numbers to the taxi drivers and provides you as much information as possible about the driver and the vehicle, ensuring security. The …

Westerkerk church in Amsterdam

The best views of Amsterdam city can be seen from a viewpoint of Westerkerk church. The Westerkerk church is a reformed church in central Amsterdam. The church was built between 1620 and 1631. And it is the biggest church in Amsterdam. The tower of the church is 85 metres high and can be seen from most parts of the city. …

Communist walking tour in Bucharest

The coolest walking tour in Bucharest is the Communist Walking tour. There are free tours that run at 3 PM everyday Monday to Friday. But I did this walk on my own as I couldn’t get to the meeting place on time. The walk starts off at Romanian Athenaeum and ends at the Parliament Palace. Total distance: 6 kilometres Time …

L’Express in Brussels

During a bus tour in Belgium, I met an Indian girl called Deepa. After the tour ended, we both decided to have dinner together and that’s when she introduced me to a Lebanese restaurant called ‘L’Express’. It is very close to the Grand Place and it is a small narrow looking restaurant. The pita chicken (normal) costs Euros 9 and …