Year 2020 Trips

January – Rishikesh We ushered in 2020 in Rishikesh. We had come here a few days earlier and stayed at GMVN’s Ganga Resort. Then on 31st December 2019, we joined our friends at Parmarth Ashram. They were celebrating their 25th anniversary and had invited a few close friends and relatives. Apart from the famous aartiContinue reading “Year 2020 Trips”

The Great Ocean Road Bus Tour

Previous Our 2nd day in Melbourne was devoted to the Great Ocean Road Bus Tour. This was our primary reason for including Melbourne in our Australia travel itinerary. I had been quite sure I wanted to visit the Great Ocean Road (most trips originate from Melbourne) as well as the Great Barrier Reef (accessed fromContinue reading “The Great Ocean Road Bus Tour”

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 #21

This week’s Thursday Hops is dedicated to the ongoing farmers’ protest against the recently introduced farm laws. I won’t go into the nitty-gritties of the laws as I’m not really an expert on them. But just think, if the very farmers that these laws are claiming to protect are protesting against them, then there mustContinue reading “Thursday Hops #21”

Thursday Hops #20

Last week, we went to Bangalore to visit my sister. This was our first flight since the lockdown. I must say airlines are doing their best to maintain social distancing and sanitization norms. No contact check-in and boarding, alternate seating near boarding gates, gowns for the middle seat passengers, face shield, mask and sanitizer forContinue reading “Thursday Hops #20”

Thursday Hops #19 – Banyan Retreat, Corbett

We did it! We took a super-mini vacation for the first time since Covid 19 struck. Many of those needing a break from the Covid-induced, stay-at-home routine have started opting for mine-breaks at resorts within driving distance of their homes. If you are travelling in your own car, it is quite safe. No risk ofContinue reading “Thursday Hops #19 – Banyan Retreat, Corbett”

Thursday Hops #18

What with the Diwali festivities and tackling the work piled up afterwards, I missed posting Thursday Hops last week. So this week I’m playing catch up and posting what I ought to have posted last week. Today’s post is about my Puja corner, which was hastily put together last year when my mom was visiting.Continue reading “Thursday Hops #18”

Thursday Hops #17

After a looooong time of almost exactly an year, we got to attend a family function today. It was my nephew’s engagement. Due to the pandemic, only the immediate family – in India, ‘immediate family’ includes all brothers and sisters of the bride and groom and their families – were in attendance. In all, itContinue reading “Thursday Hops #17”

Thursday Hops #16

As I mentioned in my previous edition of Thursday Hops, we were living in an East Delhi colony when my son was a little boy of five or six. As the colony had originally been unauthorized, there were not many parks or open spaces there. So I used to take him to a park inContinue reading “Thursday Hops #16”

Thursday Hops #15

This week I went to visit my in-laws. Their house is located in a small colony in East Delhi, and they have been staying there for the last 45 years or so. This locality was originally an unauthorized colony, which basically means there was vacant land lying around and someone came along and put upContinue reading “Thursday Hops #15”