Hotel Marine Palace Kovalam

Video Review Last month, we stayed at Hotel Marine Palace in Kovalam for a night. This hotel is located on Beach Road and has a good view of the Hawa Beach. Though the exterior is pretty unassuming, the room itself was spacious and well furnished. We had a glorious view of the sunset on HawaContinue reading “Hotel Marine Palace Kovalam”

A Night in Vrindavan

November 2021 My mom had been to Vrindavan only once, and that was a long time ago. That had been a day trip of Mathura & Vrindavan, arranged by my dad’s office. I was a kid at the time and only remember that it was the sort of trip where you rush from one spotContinue reading “A Night in Vrindavan”

Year 2021 Trips

So another year comes to a close and it’s time to log this year’s trips! January – Rishikesh We try to go to Rishikesh at least once a year as it is our family’s favorite destination. This year we went to Rishikesh on the Republic Day long weekend. We stayed at Aloha on the Ganges,Continue reading “Year 2021 Trips”

A Song and Dance About Garbage

The hills are alive With the sound of music,With songs they have sung For a thousand years… …sang Maria in the opening scenes of the evergreen Sound of Music. But the song reverberating through the Bhimtal hills these days has just been around for the last five years or so and goes something like this:Continue reading “A Song and Dance About Garbage”

Trailing the Tiger in Bandhavgarh

This travelogue about our trip to Bandhavgarh more than a decade ago was selected for publication by Mississippi Books (www.mississippibooks.co.in) in their anthology, Caravan. Over the last few years, I have been on tiger safaris in Corbett, Rajaji National Park, and Thekkadi but have never been fortunate enough to actually spot a tiger. This time,Continue reading “Trailing the Tiger in Bandhavgarh”

Aloha On the Ganges, Rishikesh – A Review

Usually, when we visit Rishikesh, we stay at the Ganga Resort run by Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam (GMVN). But it hasn’t yet resumed operations after the Covid lockdown. So this time, we tried a new resort, Aloha on the Ganges. Aloha on the Ganges is a beautiful, 3-star resort in Tapovan, Rishikesh, a little aheadContinue reading “Aloha On the Ganges, Rishikesh – A Review”

Thursday Hops #8

So there’s been a lot of talk about a new temple. No, no, I don’t meen the Ram Lalla temple in Ayodhya but a much smaller and humbler temple in our apartment complex. Originally, it was a temporary structure but at the beginning of the year, donations were collected to make it a bit moreContinue reading “Thursday Hops #8”

Thursday Hops #7

I’m back in the city! And so for Thursday Hops #7, here’s a view of the city at night. I know, it does remind you of the iconic song Little Boxes by Malvina Reynolds, made popular by Pete Seeger. If you haven’t heard it before, do check it out below. Little Boxes is a greatContinue reading “Thursday Hops #7”

Traveling to UP in Unlock 3.0

I’d been in Bhimtal, Uttarakhand for the entire Covid-19 lock-down period and then some. There were several reasons for staying there beyond the lockdown period but the main thing that stopped us was transport. We had our dog with us so trains were not an option, even if they had been running. We needed toContinue reading “Traveling to UP in Unlock 3.0”