When Shall We Indians Learn “To Travel” & Not Just “Sightseeing” ?

Sounds crazy !!?? But this is the story with most of us. Most of the Indians don’t travel, forget about solo travel which is a distant dream. We just go to places which have already been explored by others and compete to take selfies and post it in Facebook and then come back exhausted and start telling people what we have seen. It looks like we went to that place just to come back with some stories to tell rather than enjoy that place wholeheartedly. Why so?

Another thing becoming popular recently is itinerary!! Everyone is becoming travel experts and making his or her own itinerary, but not the original itinerary but copy paste from different travel sites so as to add maximum places within the given time frame. While I don’t blame them as everyone has limited time and want to explore everything in that locality in a short span of time to gather some stories to tell to their peers, can we not think at least beyond that itinerary and popular places and go beyond and explore differently? Can we not think of doing some research before going to a place and check those places hardly anyone visits except the natives? Can we not check in to small motels and enjoy with the locals with local delicacies rather than hunting for typical Indian spicy foods in typical Indian Restaurants? Sounds like a real challenge. Continue reading “When Shall We Indians Learn “To Travel” & Not Just “Sightseeing” ?”

Pictures Speak Louder Than Words


Sitting by the window and looking at the endless vista dreaming to get lost among the beauty of woods trees river soil sand, this girl is announcing to the world that her time is about to come and the day is not far when she too will keep her feet on the rocky roads, snow filled trails, never ending desert to see, to explore, to cherish the wonders of mother earth. (Pic taken in Phuentsholin, Bhutan)

1422395_987519711287380_4634334478488158628_nLast wish of a chair: I am waiting for someone as lucky as I am so as to share a precious moment together and enjoy this beautiful morning where first few rays of the sun, call of the birds, whispering sound of the leaves creating a heaven on earth and for sometime I want to make a beautiful ‘us’… Continue reading “Pictures Speak Louder Than Words”

Why Lucknow Chowk Must Be In Your Bucket List ?

IMG_7584.CR2Very few visitors I found in Lucknow who after a busy day do retire to their hotel rooms and book a taxi for Amausi Airport next day without visiting the famous Chowk area. However most of them go to buy apparels made of Chikan. Undoubtedly Chikan is one of the biggest attractions for any visitor coming to Lucknow but not the only reason that makes Chowk a must-visit destination.

Chowk is a market area located in old Lucknow. The area stretches to around one kilometer from Gol Darwaza on one side to Akhbari Darwaza on the other with abundance of popular tourist places all around from the pages of History. However here I am not going to talk about the already famous tourist destinations like Imambara, Rumi Darwaza etc in the vicinity which people already know.

Whenever we talk about Lucknow or Chowk, the first thing that comes to our mind is Awadhi Food. And why not? Nawabs were patrons of art, culture, and food becomes an important part . And in this Chowk area only, many great Awadhi Cuisines were innovated and gradually came to the forefront of Indian cuisine.

Getting up on a Sunday morning and driving to Chowk to relish the mouthwatering Nimish (widely known as Makhan Malai) Continue reading “Why Lucknow Chowk Must Be In Your Bucket List ?”