Month: May 2017

Back To From Where It All Started. Back to Basics

By the time you’ll be reading this, I’ll be flying over the Black sea, inching my way towards Oman, before finally boarding the flight to New Delhi. If you already do not know, I am arriving home after a 2-month backpacking trip across Europe. But all this time, as I backpacked across Europe, a part of which seemed more like a business trip, and less like backpacking, I wondered if this was originally how I planned my travels would end up as I’ll progress as a travel writer. I mean after exploring 8 beautiful countries across the green European continent, why do I still miss a part of what I’d left behind. Why do I still crave to explore some empty rain-forests, or the colossal Himalayas, where I’ve already been a thousand other times before. Why do I find such vast spaces more charming than ever now, despite them being a place where Google hardly works, and cell phones lose their reception too — making the experience a bit too unfavourable for any web-blogger like me? And yet, I …

Top Holiday destinations For Wheelchair Users

Everyone enjoys going on holiday – but it’s easier for some than others. If you use a wheelchair to get around, for some of the time or always, you need to research the accessibility of locations. The surrounding area and terrain is of upmost importance, and you’ll want to know the hotel can cater to all your requirements. In addition to picking up the phone and talking to someone, this guide to travelling with a medical condition suggests using Google’s Street View to get a feel for the local area – if there are any shops or other facilities, and whether you’d be able to get around with ease. But to help you decide where to start your search, I’ve done my bit too, and handpicked some top holiday destinations for wheelchair users: Tenerife, Spain If you’re after a bit of sun, Tenerife is one of the most popular destinations in Europe for disabled travellers. With a bit of online research, you’ll be able to find an adapted hotel or apartment to suit. There are walkways, …

Budapest: In Pictures

I have so much to write from my recent trip to Europe, that even after writing a dozen stories, it looks like I’ve just scratched the surface of it. Sure two months was a good amount of time to get an idea of what travelling in Europe is like, but it was sure not enough — especially if you want to understand the culture and history of a place. And when we’re talking about places like Budapest, things become even tougher — for Budapest, and Hungary at large, has a rich history associated to it. However, during a total of 7 day period (the time I stayed in Budapest), I still managed to learn a bit about it, even if from a very shallow perspective. So I thought of putting up at least one pictures post on Budapest where I can tell some stories via the pictures. Here you go… A view of the city divided by the River Danube. Pest on the right side and Buda on the left. These two cities were merged …

Gardens Of Villa d’Este, in Tivoli

The hilltop town of Tivoli, back in time, may just be a summer retreat for ancient Romans, but today, it is home for two UNESCO World Heritage sites: Villa Adriana, the sprawling estate of Emperor Hadrian; and the 16th-century Villa d’Este, a Renaissance villa famous for its landscaped gardens and lavish fountains. During my two week workawaying in Italy, near Rome, I happened to explore the old city of Tivoli, and in Tivoli, perhaps the most surreal gardens I’ve seen in my life. Villa d’Este, as I had imagined (after watching its glimpse in the Hollywood movie Lizzie McGuire) to be grand, majestic and awe-inspiring. But it turned out to be something more than that, something far magical and unrealistic. The detailed Villa d’Este dates from the mid 16th century when Cardinal Ippolito d’Este decided to make changes to the convent he was given, upon his appointment as the governor of Tivoli, Italy. A member of an influential family and a lover of the finest things in life, d’Este commissioned his architect to build a new, grand residence filled with everything that money could buy and from what …

My Journey Through Cambodia’s Depressing Past

[I visited Cambodia in 2016, but this is an edited version of the original story provided (by me) to and published by the print version of… Harmony – Celebrate Age, in May 2017] The mugshot of several dozen victims of the Khmer Rouge genocide lay in front of me. Some appeared to have a broken jawbone, and some, a few missing teeth. I winced every time I looked at a new face. The man next to me, however, stood still, though he appeared twitching from time to time. He looked Cambodian, and unlike me, I realised, he might just be finding the entire sight a lot more tormenting. A few faces might perhaps be familiar to him. I’d arrived in Phnom Penh only a day before, and I was already inside the infamous site of S-21 Tuol Sleng Jail. The place had some appeal, after all, S-21 of Phnom Penh is the reason why so many tourists come to Cambodia, at first place. After struggling with the thoughts and studying different faces for a few long minutes, …