Backwaters Bound!

Exploring the backwaters!

Lying parallel to the Arabian Sea, the tranquil stretches of emerald backwaters in Kerala will take your breath away. The backwaters network in Kerala is fed by 38 rivers and we chose Citrus Retreat Resort in Allepey that lies on the banks of Pamba River. Originating from Sabrimala Hills, this river is the third longest river of the state. To reach this slice of heaven, we had taken a 3 hour train ride from Thiruvanathapuram, the capital city of Kerala, followed by a 20 minute ferry ride. We were happy to see the Operations Manager, Mr. Chan Vasah who had especially come to receive us. Upon arrival we were welcomed in a traditional manner – with Tilak, a big smiley Namaste and delicious Mango shots. We had booked the rooms via booking.com and it took us mere 3 minutes to check-in. Mr. Chan walked us around the property and the moment…

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Pangot: A Hidden Retreat In The Himalayas

Serenity at its best!

Devoid of the maddening crowd and cellular network, Pangot is a gem hidden in the laps of the mighty Himalayas. Located just 15kms from Nainital, this place with over 200 species of birds is a paradise for bird watchers. The bus started an hour late at 12am from Kaushambi bus terminal and was scheduled to reach Nainital at around 8am. Around 3am we woke up to a jammed road in Garhmukteshwar. It was Budh Purnima and all the devotees were lined up to take a holy dip in the Ganges. And this added a further delay of a couple of hours! While we happily slept through all this, one of our friends being true to his ‘planned spontaneity’ element, started shortlisting homestays that we could crash at for the weekend. The bus dropped us 3kms before Nainital Mall Road and we decided to walk that distance accompanied by some yum…

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An Escape To Dehradun

Happiness Is Random Travel Plans!

The decision to escape to this valley nestled in the mountain ranges of Himalayas while playing Foosball, tipsy at noon turned out to be one of the best decisions made. The place offers the best of both the worlds. It is perfect for those interested in cafe hopping and is a paradise for those who want to drive aimlessly marveling the scenic beauty. Here is a quick guide to spending a day in the valley. Try your hands at Boomerang videos. Its a new video app from Instagram that lets you turn everyday moments into something fun, and creepy! Sit by the roadside bench and enjoy the view! Pose for some ridiculous selfies! Any trip would be incomplete without them! Spread some love! 😀 Smoke up….or don’t! 😀 PS: Dehradun is just 6 hours drive from Delhi. All you need to do is pack your bags and leave! Now! 🙂 Happy…

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