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, …

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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 …

Scuba diving in Netrani Island

Netrani Island is a small island, off the coast of the main land from Murdeshwara. The island is about 20 kilometres, a short boat trip from the main land. It is home to coral reef and is a popular diving site in Karnataka state. It is said that the visibility is around 15 to 20 metres range. Murdeshwara is a …

Day trip to Gingee/Senji Fort

One of the top touristy destinations to see in Pondicherry is the Gingee Fort, also known as Senji Fort. It is a great fort to get some insights into the history of Tamil Nadu. The fort was owned by many dynasties including Cholas, Nayakas, Marathas and Mughals. And ultimately passing the ownership to the British Empire. The Fort is famous …

Lake Forest Resort

I stayed at a very beautiful property, Lake Forest Resort, when I visited Yercaud this time. The resort is conveniently placed and is just 200 to 300 metres from the lake. The place is very beautifully built, keeping the authentic Tamil Nadu architectural design. I stayed in a studio apartment and the cost I believe is around Rs 4500 + …

Transportation to Bangalore airport

The cheapest way to get to Kempegowda International airport (Bangalore airport) is by the BMTC airport shuttles called the Vayu Vajra. They are the Volvo buses that run through 11 routes and are very frequent from various main bus stops across Bangalore. The latest and up-to-date information can be found on their website http://www.bengaluruairport.com/transport/buses.jspx?_afrLoop=4506657210112940&_afrWindowMode=0&_adf.ctrl-state=19tpwtjz6b_379 The timings from the Kempegowda bus …

Shivagange – a quick getaway from Bangalore

Shivagange is a Hindu temple and a mountain peak, situated in Dobbaspet. It is a quick one day getaway from Bangalore. The distance between Shivagange and Bangalore is about 50 kilometres. The mountain is in the shape of a Shivalinga and a spring flows close to the mountain which is called as Ganga locally. It is also famously known as …

Mandaragiri betta

The Basada or Mandaragiri betta (hill) is about 65 kilometres from Bangalore in Tumkur. It is a famous pilgrim temple for Jainism. The Mandaragiri is a small hill with 434 steps (~ 500 metres one way) to reach the peak. Supposedly, the peak has four Jain temples, which were closed when I visited. Nevertheless, the views of the lake from …

Yercaud – Things to do

While I was visiting Bangalore in June, I was planning for a travel with my cousins to any place closer to Bangalore. This was meant to be a quick getaway from Bangalore. After scanning all the places that were available to me on Club Mahindra membership, I selected Yercaud. Yercaud is a hill station in Tamil Nadu. It is in …

28 – Cartoon character that relates to me

Today’s topic is to write about that one cartoon character that I think is very similar to me. Before I choose one that relates, I would like to say all the Disney princess characters are great. I love each one of them but not even one of them is me. They are beautiful and they can sing. They make animals …

14 – My favourite restaurant

Today’s topic is about my most favourite restaurant. I love food and I generally try out different restaurants and cuisines. But there is always one restaurant which I go back to and it is Swathi restaurant on West of Chord Road in Bangalore. It is famous for Andhra food and I love the Chicken biryani and Chicken red chilly there. …

11 – 3 lessons my younger self should have known

First of all, apologies for not writing this post in the morning. I have not had internet the whole day as I was travelling. Next on the topic is the 3 lessons that I would give my younger self. I have a huge list of things that I would like to give my younger me. But I will just write …

10 – My favourite country

My favourite country? Out of all the 28 countries I have traveled so far, it is difficult to choose just one. I have liked different things in different countries. But I will still attempt this topic. I actually have 2 favourites. First one on the list is a country that is very close to Australia – New Zealand. I traveled …

08 – 10 things that make me happy

Next on the list is to write about 10 things that make me happy. I have been having very difficult days for few years now, and I have been trying to cope up with the times. So this makes it hard to count the blessings and the things that make you happy at the very moment. But I am going …

05 – 3 personality traits I am proud of

The next topic on the 30 days blog challenge is to list the three personality traits that I am extremely proud of. Before I start listing my personality traits, I would like to tell you a story of how I was and how I outgrew that to develop a trait that I am proud of now. When I was at …

02 – 20 random facts

The second topic of the 30 days blog challenge is to write 20 random facts about myself. If you have been reading my blogs then below are some of them which you already know 😅. 1. I love cats and dogs. 2. I have a sweet tooth – my weakness are chocolates and cakes. 3. I love chicken biryani. 4. I have broken many suitcases during my travels. 5. I …

01 – Introduction

The first topic of the 30 days blog challenge is to introduce myself. It is a bit odd to write an introduction about myself after I have written about 300 posts on my blog 😀 . But in the spirit of the challenge, I am writing my introduction below. My name is Raksha and I am Indian girl living in Sydney. My …

Hiking bucket list 2019

My friends always make fun of me. They say that generally people have one bucket list and they keep adding things they wish to do to that one bucket list. But I am that one person who has multiple bucket lists for just one place. One out of those multiple bucket lists is a hiking bucket list. I wanted to list …