Category: City Escapes

City Escapes, Travels

Riding Solo in Jaipur: My Day at Amer Fort and Nahargarh Fort

I stand and watch as Maike browses through a stack of big sized post cards. We were at this little souvenir shop at the Amer Fort. “This one’s for mum…this for Jeroen…” she picks and chooses around 6 cards, “…and this for me.” “For you?” I asked, slightly intrigued. I understand buying post cards as …

City Escapes, Travels

Riding Solo in Jaipur: Day 1 at Hawa Mahal, City Palace & Jal Mahal!

Walking out of my dorm room, I headed towards the wash basin area. It had been a long day, beginning with a 5am flight, followed by an entire afternoon of roaming about in the Jaipur ‘winter’ sun which was anything but wintery. I couldn’t wait to take my contact lenses off and plop under the …

City Escapes, Touristy Spots, Travels

When in Vizag: Day 2 at the beautiful Araku!

“Do you want to go…you know…down there?” “I don’t know. Do I?” “We could if you wanted to go deeper…” Yeah, not what it sounds like. We were standing in half darkness, that was punctured at regular intervals by green, blue and pink lights, contemplating about going further down the Borra Caves. Having already climbed …

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When in Vizag: Day 1 of Tourist-ing across the City

I woke up with a start. Did I miss it? Checked my phone. 3.45 am. Maybe not then, I thought, allowing myself a sigh of relief. I was on the Coromandel express, traveling to Visakhapatnam. This train goes till Chennai and halts at Vizag at approximately 4 am – for 20 minutes (I made it …

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First Rule of Police Bazaar: You bargain till you die.

..or buy. There’s no Rule 2. This golden nugget of wisdom was offered by our acquaintance at Shillong and taken to heart by my parents, uncle and aunt.  They nodded, with a steely resolve hardening their features. I, however, am a disaster at bargaining. You wouldn’t usually expect it from a Kolkata girl who has …