A train for 2-3 hours from Jaipur and we were supposed to reach Sawai Madhopur well in time for dinner. However, considering all our trains were on time till now, chance had to catch up and this was significantly delayed- so we had to make do with oranges, biscuits, and some really bad chilly bajjis… Continue reading Rajasthan : Of wild life and tips for your own adventure
After return to our stay, we hopped on to the car ride we'd booked shared with a tourist from China, one from Australia, a senior couple from Calcutta. An hour later we dropped off only to ride camels to finally get to the Sand dunes. Once there, we alternately walked around and sat awhile… Continue reading Jaisalmer and Jaipur- Of sandy sunsets and unsung saviors
A very kind auto driver had been arranged by our Airbnb host to pick us up from the Railway station at an ungodly hour. Even as we dragged our luggage across the alleys of Jaisalmer in the dark, I knew it'd be my favourite of the places in Rajasthan and I was right. A quick… Continue reading Jaisalmer : Of getting lost in the desert and finding our way to food!
We ended our heritage walk at the Ambrai Ghat which was the most spacious and well maintained of the ghats we'd been to in Udaipur and afforded a view of the Jag Mandir, City Palace and Shiv Niwas. We've every single time in the past had a very good experience with heritage walks but we… Continue reading Udaipur, Jodhpur: Of grand palaces and grander sunsets
Rajasthan has been on our joint lists for a while now, so after an early morning flight in late December we reached Udaipur from Bangalore to our stay in the old city on the first floor of a charming 70-year-old home. Since it was already 3pm we just about managed to find a restaurant a… Continue reading Udaipur: Of strolling around the old city of lakes
Note: These tips are as per 2019 September but there's no reason many of them will not be relevant for whenever you'd plan your travel to Turkey. We hope you learn from our goof ups and make fewer of yours! 😉 Food : Food, in general, is significantly less spicy than Indian food - salt… Continue reading Tips for Turkey travel!
Wandering around the Grand Bazaar area, we came across the 16th century Beyazit Camiisi (mosque). Like many structures in Istanbul, this too was built after the destruction of the earlier Fatih mosque due to an earthquake. On entering the mosque we had flashbacks of the Hagia Sophia and as it turned out, this was indeed… Continue reading Istanbul- Of miniature paintings and monumental palaces
We woke up the next morning to the sounds of seagulls by our window. Stumbling out of bed we got ready and went to have breakfast on the terrace of the Airbnb that yielded a beautiful view of the waters of the Bosphorus. A brilliant breakfast later we were all set to tackle the day.… Continue reading Istanbul- Of sunken palaces and splendid bazaars
Early the next morning we had a small bus pick us up to the airport and then to Istanbul. It genuinely felt like a return to a place so familiar. It's amazing how quickly our definition of home can change. Once we settled into the Airbnb, the only thing we had on the "agenda" that… Continue reading Istanbul: Of swirling dervishes and the winding Bosphorus
The next morning after a generous breakfast replete with homemade jams of oranges and plums, the loveliest grapes, olives, cheese, eggs and cakes we made our way to the bus station for our bus to Denizli in a bus booked the previous evening. The bus itself was such a delight with in-bus entertainment of Turkish… Continue reading Pamukkale : The cotton castle of Turkey