Author: Dev

Vienna On A Budget

A city of culture, history, music and art, with a night life to rival with that of any city in the world, that’s what Vienna is, in a nutshell. Walking through its many fairytale-like streets you wonder if there can be a place so royal and majestic in its appearance. No wonder, Vienna deserves its nickname The Imperial City, fairly well. But where on one side every experience, every sight in the city, is a total treat, the cost of travelling here — whether you talk about a 10 Euro cup of coffee, or a 150 Euro ballet performance — can feel overwhelming, especially if you’re travelling on a budget. But that doesn’t mean that it’s impossible to fill yourself up with the city’s history and culture, without having to spend too much. Because with my #ViennaNow budget travel guide, you can explore Vienna on cheap. And here’s how… [Also Read: What To See And Do In Vienna] Arriving In The City If you’re flying into Vienna, the best and the cheapest way to get to the city center is by taking the …

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 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 – despite them being a place where Google hardly works, and cell phones lose their reception too, making the all too unfavorable for me as a web-blogger? And yet, I very …

Farewells: My Biggest Travel Enemy

As I left the dinner table, and entered my room – a normal daily routine I was consciously repeating since the past couple of weeks, I wondered why it was the toughest, to leave and wishing THE FAMILY (I was staying with in Italy for the last 2 weeks) a ‘pleasant sleep’ tonight. As I slammed my room’s door behind me, and started typing a set of careful words, I realized that I may be feeling an overwhelming set of emotions, under the influence of some wine, but no, there’s nothing unusual in today’s circumstances; I always feel the same. Bidding farewells and saying final goodbyes have always been the toughest part of my travels. They make my life so much difficult, and a lot more unsettling. I always thought that after traveling for sometime, living more experiences, and bidding adieu to all the people I’ll meet on the road, I would somehow, almost naturally, master the art of saying farewells, without being driven by the moment. But this time as I departed, I realised that I’m pathetically failing in what …

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 about, 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 more 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 …

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 …

What To See In Budapest, And How

Nesting in the heart of Europe, Budapest offers its visitors an unlimited treasury of experiences. Budapest is one of those European metropolis,  popular for its wealth of sights, sounds and experiences. And what makes it better is that the city has something for everyone — from good food to charming architecture, to world-famous spas. In fact,the city has such rich experiences that visitors — especially those travelling for a short time and looking for offbeat experiences — often get so much peckish during their visit that they end up being confused about what to choose and what not. And if so is the case with you too and you’re in Budapest for only for a few nights (give Budapest at least three days, as less than that would be a total injustice to the city), here’s how I’d suggest you to plan your trip: Before Anything… Welcome to Budapest! Home to world-famous artists, mouth-watering food, and above all — cheap beer! Budapest, as a city, is vibrant. It’s comparatively much, raw, wilder, and backpacking friendly. I personally favored …

Exploring The Iconic Budapest Metro

The Hungarian National museum, if you want to see it all, appear to be much bigger and overwhelming than you can imagine. A long stretch of art and artifacts and centuries old history. Don’t plan to see and absorb it all, in a day, just like I did. You need more time than that. And then certainly not, plan an evening show in the city’s Opera House later, on the same day – something that I ended up doing, again. I remember my second day in Budapest was long and tiring. I mean the city had too much to offer, and I had only a week to explore it all. But the good thing about Budapest was an efficient public transport, and among its public transport system is the Underground Metro System, that is not just beautiful and iconic, but has a long history associated to it. Yes, we are talking about the history that takes you to 19th century – when Budapest, or the entire European continent, at large, got its first metro line. In many cities, the underground commute involves boring line …

From Getting Robbed In Bratislava, Slovakia, To Saying No To Making Generalizations: My Experience, As It Continues…

Before you read the story, I request you to please read it till the end. Please do not leave it in between finding a negative tone against Slovaks, or the Eastern Europe at large… because that was never the intention, and just cannot be!  Before I arrived in Bratislava, the capital town of the east-European country of Slovakia, a few people warned me about having my wits about the place. “You be careful walking along those streets; eastern Europe can be surprising,” they claimed. But I never cared much for their unsolicited advice. I mean for a person who had spent most of his life learning the art of self-defense, inside the crazy boundaries of a city like New Delhi, eastern Europe should be no problem, right? “I’ve seen worse,” I would carefully assure myself. To sometimes even brag about it a little, and sound more experienced, I would utter an experience or two from my solo backpacking trip in Southeast Asia, and Cambodia in particular – a country only suitable for those who are …

How To See Prague In One Day

Prague is one of those destinations that always seems to be in vogue. It’s been on the tourist map for a long time, and the crowds show no signs of abating – particularly when it comes to women. And I understand the fascination. Prague is, after all, gorgeous; has a Vegas-style nightlife; and speaks, from its all nooks and corners, but a hint of romance. But where on one side, the city is beautiful and vibrant, its well-preserved medieval city is abundant of rich history and stories. In fact, there is just so much to see and absorb here that if you’re staying here for only a few days, you’re going to miss a lot, unless you plan better. Since I stayed in Prague for only 3 days, out of which, I spent a day in the Bohemian and Saxon Switzerland Park, I was out of luck too. So very carefully, I opted for a full-day guided tour around the city (despite not being a big fan of guided tours) for I did not want to leave the city …