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Topkapi Palace: Istanbul – Intricacy at its best

It’s so difficult to choose which of Istanbul’s historical avatars appeals to us the most. There are stories of riches and rags. But Topkapi Palace definitely pushes Constantinople to the top. The seat of Ottoman Sultan Mehmet naturally had to enjoy the best location with views of the Sea of Marmara, the Bosphorus and the Golden Horn, all at once. I’d heard so much about the beautiful blue Iznik tiles (which I

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Shaniwar Wada, Pune – Ruined ruins

Standing in front of Shaniwar Wada, I thought, Wow. I can’t believe this is the first post about Pune on our blog. Pune, is a city just 3 hours South West of our home in Mumbai, India. It was also my home for a few years through college and we often visit my family there. But we haven’t seen it through the eyes of a traveller and neither have we

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Old Tailem Town: The Town Australia Forgot

“Would you like some more milk in that tea, dears?” she asked, her voice laced with sugar, hobbling ever so slowly towards us, hands trembling as she balanced two cups in their saucers. “No, that’s quite all right, thanks,” I hastily jumped up to take the cups from her. “So where you two from?” she asked, as she settled down in her chair. I gulped. How were we supposed to tell

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Chora Church, Istanbul: A hidden gem

The Chora Church, Istanbul is an often overlooked, unique and offbeat attraction in Istanbul. The reason? It’s really far away from Sultanahmet and the Blue Mosque where you’ll likely be staying. Getting there was a bit tedious, having to change trams and buses (trying to catch the correct bus at a large terminal where nobody spoke English was testing) followed by a long walk along the old city walls of

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Jama Masjid, Ahmedabad – An unmissable sight

We visited Ahmedabad in what was among the hottest summers this city in Gujarat had seen. A day tour around the city sounded fine from the air conditioned comfort of our Innova but when the driver pulled up outside the Jama Masjid, and I realised we’d have to leave our footwear outside, I was a bit unwilling. But we were in town only for the weekend, so we hopped out

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Sagrada Familia, Barcelona – A Gaudi afternoon

When we decided to travel to Barcelona, Charles was beside himself with excitement. “It’s the city of Gaudi. Oh the architecture we’re going to see, you’re going to love it, trust me” and he kept waxing eloquent about the beauty of Art Nouveau and Modernist and the Sagrada Familia. My exposure to art nouveau or churches for that matter had so far been limited to Paris, and being the Francophile

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Champagne walk with the historian, Taj Falaknuma Palace, Hyderabad – Raising a toast to the Nizam

Staying in the luxury of the Taj Falaknuma Palace in Hyderabad did not only entail feeling like a guest of the Nizam but also staying in a living breathing museum. We were really excited at the prospect of not only getting a chance to touch and feel history, but to enjoy the privileges that came with it. One of these privileges was a champagne walk with the palace historian, to

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Sabarmati Ashram, Ahmedabad – Understanding Mahatma Gandhi

The Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad was home to Mahatma Gandhi. Father of the Nation. And a million other names by which he is also known. We’re not about to start singing paeans to him, (there’s always a second side to every coin) but we will acknowledge his contribution to the independence movement in India. So what better day than today, to tell you about our trip to his riverside abode.

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Adalaj Stepwells, Ahmedabad – Into the depths of history

The Adalaj Stepwells came highly recommended by our Gujarati friends as a must visit attraction while we were in Ahmedabad. So when our driver cum guide at the House of MG recommended we ditch the day trip package and just let him take us to places he thought we’d like, we were thrilled to see him taking the 18 km journey to the district of Gandhinagar. What’s a Stepwell? It

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The Deccan Odyssey: A tour of old Hyderabad

Taking off on a tour of old Hyderabad city was something we weren’t in the least bothered about while at the Taj Falaknuma since it was an experience in itself. But while we were staying at the Taj Krishna, we were treated to a customized tour of the best experiences and sights in Hyderabad, a tour they call the “Deccan Odyssey”. Taking off from the hotel in two auto rikshaws

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Taj Falaknuma Palace, Hyderabad- Mirroring the heavens

Hyderabad has never really featured in our minds as a tourist or travel destination in India. But when we discovered what seemed like more than a hotel, the Taj Falaknuma Palace, we knew we just had to experience it and just like that Hyderabad skyrocketed to the top of our travel bucket list for 2014. Falaknuma. The word literally translates to “like the sky”. When Nawab Vikar-Ul-Umra built this palace

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