A Trip to Mt Popa and Salay

Mt Popa is the holy shrine of Nats, Demi-Gods of Burmese Pantheon. Buses from Yangon to Bagan reach Nyaung Oo around 5 AM. Though the check-in time in all Bagan hotels is 2 PM hence I decided to go to the Mt Popa and Salay excursion. Mt Popa is about 50 km away from Nyaung…

10 reasons to visit Myanmar now

Myanmar or Burma, A country so close yet so far due to power game, geopolitics, and sanctions. While other South East Asian nations are grasping with over-tourism, Myanmar has just opened up to the World in 2015. It is still exotic, underpopulated and unexplored to foreigners. Affordable flights and economic boom drawing industry, expats and…

Kasauli – A Do Nothing Hill Resort

We arrived at Kasauli, a quaint hill station tucked in Shivalik Hills in the state of Himachal Pradesh from Chandigarh. It was a short journey from Chandigarh to Dharampur by bus. From Dharampur Kasauli is few km uphill on a ridge at an altitude of 6000 ft. Some destinations are just meant to be for…

Top Places to Visit in Visakhapatnam

Vizag or Visakhapatnam is Andhra Pradesh’s largest town on the eastern seaboard. It is a traveler’s delight as the Eastern Ghats and the Bay of Bengal plays hide and seek around Visakhapatnam. It is also famous for its cleanliness and various beaches and parks. We arrived from Kolkata on a sultry April afternoon.  The city looked…

Chitrakot and Tirathgarh – Chasing waterfalls in monsoon

Monsoon in India is an off season for traveling in India as plains get flooded, safaris are closed, hills are mostly prone to landslides. But nature has created waterfalls which are at their spate from July to September. Chitrakot and Tirathgarh Falls of Bastar District, Chhattisgarh are two famous falls which are at their very…

Araku Valley-The Jewel of Eastern Ghats

Araku Valley has been a well known and popular hill resort located among the Eatsern Ghats of Andhra Pradesh. Yet still it holds the rustic charm of “do nothing” escapade on a weekend. Ii is located close to a bustling city yet secluded by verdant hills and valleys. Araku is still protected from vagaries of…

Weekend Escape to Debrigarh Sanctuary and Hirakud

Debrigarh Wildlife Sanctuary – A little yet unknown sanctuary tucked at the western corner of Odisha near Sambalpur is a wonderful place to unwind and relax for true nature lovers. Thanks to a brilliant initiative by Odisha Forest Department, a ecotourism venture of Eco Tour Odisha is managing and promoting sustainable, responsible tourism to little…

Marvel of Gangaikonda Cholapuram

Gangaikonda Cholapuram, a name I read in history books in school kept my desire alive to visit it continued till I finally managed to make a trip here in July, 2018. As the history of the text books revolves round the Mughals, Guptas and Mouryas in India, the history of Cholas, Hoysalas and other South…

Day Trip to Shivasamudram

Kaveri river originates at Tala Kaveri, Kodagu(Coorg) and meanders through the rocky plateau of Southern Karnataka creating shallow gorges, cascades and riverine islands. Shivasamudram is such an island in Chamarajnagar district of Karnataka which is blessed with serene landscape and holy places. We started from Mysore Road Bus Terminus, Bangalore in morning. KSRTC buses are…