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Kumarakom Lake Resort, Kerala – Suprisingly unique

This is the first time we’re featuring a resort as a destination, because Kumarakom Lake Resort isn’t a hotel, it really is a destination. Set against the backwaters of Vembanad Lake in Kerala, Kumarakom Lake Resort is a self-contained trip in itself. An hour’s drive from Fort Kochi, we knew we were approaching Kumarakom Lake Resort by the telltale signs for resorts and hotels lining the slim road that went

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Le Colonial, Fort Kochi – Heritage meets luxury

As our car pulled into a small sandy clearing in a quiet area of Fort Kochi, I felt my breath quieten. What stood before us was a whitewashed wall, with a beautifully polished wooden door. A brass plaque with a crest, affirmed this was the place. Le Colonial. The non-hotel hotel, as Neemrana (the chain) called it. I was most intrigued to find out what that meant. After having stayed

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The Fort Kochi Guide

Still stuck in time, this erstwhile trading port, has seen a lot over the years, from the Portuguese to the Dutch and then the British before India’s independence. It’s colonial past, however, haunts it till this day. As you walk down, the buildings, the doorways, the streets and shops bring alive its history. Fort Kochi is a small settlement on the coast and you can walk the entire length and

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Dharavi Slum and Industry Tour – An Amazing Reality

“How do you deal with beggars?” is a pertinent questions travelers visiting Mumbai ask us. I don’t really have an answer to it. There’s no blanket rule. Sometimes, I instinctively filter them out, sometimes I have to make an effort to ignore them, sometimes I get mad when they tap on the car window with their bangles, sometimes my heart melts and I give a shrivelled old cripple some change. But

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The Mumbai Guide

Maximum city. This is one section of our site we’ve struggled with the most. Because we live here. We call this place home, and we don’t quite know where to begin or where to end. Mumbai is the commercial capital of India, the home of Bollywood, the most cosmopolitan city in India, one of the oldest and most crowded cities, the busiest port, the most expensive real estate in the

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Ivory Resort, Kihim, Alibaug – Letting time go by

Alibaug to Kashid: Clean water, sand beaches, fresh air, a couple of hours away from the city, that’s what earned Alibaug the position of Mumbai’s favourite weekend getaway. So many families even bought land, farm houses and holiday homes there. But that was years ago. Tourism was said to be the mainstay of Alibaug’s existence. But the neighbouring industries, and an unorganised tourism industry, over time turned it into a

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Ku, Morjim, Goa – Empty your mind

If you’re looking for a very different side to Goa, here’s the absolute gem. We’d previously written about the top 10 things to do in Goa. And there is all that and more that you can pack into your travel to Goa. But there is another side to Goa that you must experience as well. The slow side. The really slow side. The side that gives you a whole different

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Top 10 Things To Do in Goa

1. Water sports It’s not just Goa’s beaches that are dotted with people. You can find them up in the sky as well, screaming their lungs out! Goa’s popular beaches are filled with various beach activities like parasailing, banana boat riding, jet-skiing, etc, and water sports are definitely among the top 10 things to do in Goa. Along with a brief list, I’ve also included some indicative prices. The activities

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The Goa Guide

The Goa Guide – A cold hard fact about Goa before you travel From beautiful beaches to quaint, historical hamlets, Goa has lots to offer to different kinds of travelers. The truth about India’s sweetheart (considering it’s pretty much the unanimous choice for all kinds of holidayers) is that it has, over time, turned jaded and torn. Infested with all the possible tourist cliches, crowded and filthy beaches, overpriced accommodation and activities, and

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The Gateway Hotel at Nashik – In good hands

We visited Nashik for an extended weekend as a belated birthday celebration for Charles. The idea was to do something relaxed, yet a little different from the usual beach-bumming in sweltering Goa. With a luxurious yet affordable Taj property, the much talked about and way overdue attraction- the Sula vineyards, and all of this just over 3 hours away on a lovely open road. It sounded like the perfect weekend

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Sula Vineyard Tour and Tasting, Nashik, India

Sula Vineyard. For someone who drinks only wine, I was most excited about a weekend in India’s wine country. It meant a chance to finally visit the Sula vineyard; that produced the wine that I drank most often – Sula. It meant a chance to taste the gamut of their selections and finally find something I love. It meant a chance to stroll through the lovely vineyards, and listen to

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