Editor's Picks for Summer 2018
Fisherman’s Wharf is a true blue tourist joint, often called by many as a ‘tourist trap’ but I have always liked the energy at this place. To start with, spend some time at Ghirardelli square where the original factory used to be, and don’t forget to have those free samples of the world-famous chocolate. On a cold weather day, you would find a huge fire-place in open and you can have a relaxing coffee or hot chocolate to give you a good company. Once done, head all the way to Pier 39 and watch the “Sea Lions” on those old wooden decks. One can keep gazing at these big creatures for ever. Sample some fresh breads at Boudin Sourdough Bakery & Cafe. Follow this with two rounds of the whole place and you would be amazed by the sheer color and vibrance, from the souvenir shops to street performances, to museums, the rides and swings, to food kiosks and of course a lot of tourists. On a good day, one can easily spend an entire evening at the Fisherman’s Wharf. And finally when you have nothing else left to explore then head to Alcatraz.Read More
Next day morning we left for Paro Bhutan at 9 a.m.Only Bhutan air operates flights to Bhutan.It is a hour flight from Kolkata. On the way one can view Himalayan peaks including Kanchanjangabefore you land in Paro, which is in a valley between mountains.I learn that only pilots who are experts in flying among mountains are engaged for this flight.first thing which strikes you is the cleanliness of airport and surroundings.We drove from airport to Thimpu which is 50 kms away through Bhutan countrysidesRead More
Your troubles don’t end once you get the entrance tickets. Because the tickets to the actual boat ride will be issued only at the counters near the lake boating area which is another 2 kms away. From the gates of the sanctuary we left our car and took an auto to reach the boat house(auto drivers queue up at 3 am to book their place at the head of the queue). For the 2 kms, autos charge(robbed would be the right term)200 bucks to the inner gate of the sanctuary. From there, it is a sprint for another 500 metres to the ticket counter. After all these troubles, I just about managed to get the tickets just in the nick of time. I heard from the authorities that to avoid these troubles one can stay at the KTDC Aranya Nivas, inside the sanctuary which provides access to the boat rides.Read More
So the five of us zoomed out of Delhi by a cab on a Saturday morning by 6 am. It is recommended to leave Delhi early morning, else you get stuck in the traffic which will be tiresome. After crossing Meerut, we halted for breakfast as everyone was feeling ravenously hungry. Believe me, nothing meets the taste of Parathas & chai at the roadside dhabas during such trips. We filled our belly and then the journey resumed.Read More
I couldn’t pen down my trips since 4 year in ghumakkar but remain a silo reader & virtual traveller nonetheless. Coming up with few for places & few more memories to take you guys for a virtual tour… North East was on the list from a long time & finally got a chance to execute it, in summer breaks of 2016. Took almost one month in finalising the itineraries & enquiry with tour operators about weather & Road conditions. Just after flight booking I came to know that Monsoons strikes early in North east & bridge is broken after Mangan. Tourist got stuck in b/w who headed for Northern zone ( Lachun & Lachen etc.) .As gurudongmar lake was not possible in that case, so excluded North Sikkim from the plan & decided for remaining Sikkim within one week.Read More
The streets of Mahabalipuram are a photographer’s delight. The city is famous for stone sculptures. You can get your sculpture done within 3 months and get it delivered to your place just by giving your photograph and your measurements. The murals of deities, elephants, bhuddha’s are a very common sight. It is an eye feast to look at the workmen at work, carving intricate designs on the stones. I got to speak to one such person, Surya , who was diligently making a Ganesh idol. It took him 3 months so far to make the below idol and it would fetch him 35,000 INR. These idols are made using the machinery as well as traditional hammer and chisel. It gives altogether a different experience to stand among numerous idols which are going to make it temples where we are not allowed to go even 5 steps nearer. After a brief visit to the workshops we headed to the Arjuna’s penance.Read More
While cricket is a big sport throughout India and the aforementioned Indian Derby and other races draw significant crowds for horse racing, football remains immensely popular. This is true in most of the world, and India and Mumbai specifically are not exceptions.Read More
The slate cutting factory with the old rusty machinery al around. Slates were used for roofing, fencing etc. and was big business then. The factory was eventually closed down in the 1969 and now serves as a National Slate Museum.Read More
Hey there. I don’t know where to start. India has opened my eyes to a whole new culture I have never before seen. I’ve been born and brought up in Auckland, New Zealand, and often visit my home city Pune. However, this time, my relatives and I decided to visit the heart of Madhya Pradesh to get a historically and culturally rich experience. After having an initial debate on which places to go to, we came to the official conclusion of touring Khajuraho, Orchha and Gwalior.Read More
If you think about Kolkata and music, what immediately springs to mind is Rabindra Sangeet. Rabindra Sangeet are the songs written and composed by Rabindranath Tagore. Tagore composed about 2,230 songs which are distinctively intrinsic to the Bengali culture.Read More
We started our journey late night from our office campus. Booked a traveller so that we all gather at office and start our journey from there only. As some of my colleagues have their respective shifts so it was the better option to start the trip from office. So we started it at around 10:30 pm and took some snacks and juices with us as it is going to be a long and tiring journey specially after office hours. We got seated ourselves in the traveller and started our trip.Read More
We entered to a zone where no mobile network was available. In the jungles, we were cut off from rest of the world. Oh, it’s not only that, we were cut off from electricity too! Yet we were so engaged with the nature that we hardly felt their absence.Read More
We started driving from Kona towards the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. While we were Driving what struck us was the variety in tropical plants and flowers.
बकखाली में ढेरों होटल, रिसोर्ट और लॉज है, जो यहाँ आनेवाले सैलानियों की संख्या के हिसाब से कुछ ज्यादा लगती है. हाँ, समुद्र-तट के सामने वाले होटलों में भीड़ ज्यादा मिलती है. बकखाली का मौसम गर्म है. यहाँ आने का सबसे अच्छा समय नवम्बर से मार्च के बीच होता है, क्योंकि इस वक़्त गर्मी कम रहती है और भीड़ भी ज्यादा होती है. होटल में खाना खाने के बाद हमलोगों ने थोड़ी देर आराम किया और लगभग 4 बजे समुद्र-तट पहुंचे. तट पर पहले से काफी चहल-पहल थी. बकखाली के समुद्र-तट से सूर्योदय और सूर्यास्त देखना दोनों ही समान मनोरम अनुभव देता है.
I had just arrived and a mere look at the beach is what made me fall with it! Let me describe what Radhanagar beach was like. The place was super clean and had a handful of tourists. Radhanagar beach was guarded by police officials who were also responsible for the safety of the tourists. Next to the beach was a famous hotel chain which provided accommodation in beautiful huts made of bamboos and natural products. The place was serene and calm.
The view of the blue sees was amazing and I had never seen such a beautiful shade of water. The sand was perfect and was near to white. Radhanagar beach also had tourist huts made completely of bamboos. Radhanagar beach is not for the ones who are looking for some action. The beach doesn’t have any facilities for snorkelling, scuba diving or boating.