Apr 302015
 
May 2015 Calendar- Download Desktop Wallpaper

  May 2015 calendar desktop wallpaper : Houseboat in backwaters of Kerala There is no if but or may, as May is already looking at us in face and telling us to be ready for the Heat and Dust. In most of North India we will experience dust storms, loo and an acute shortage of water and electricity.  May is also the month when we are ready to pack our bags and head for our summer vacations. But like I say many times for people like me summer vacations mostly meant visiting relatives, specially your grandparents if you lived [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Mar 052015
 
Review of Houseboat Stay in Backwaters of Kerala

Review of Houseboat in Kerala Backwaters Let us continue with our love affair with God’s own country and in this post revisit the magical famed backwaters of Kerala. Though you may find backwaters in many places in Kerala right from Trivandrum to Kollam but it is Alleppey that has earned the moniker of Venice of East. Indeed these famed canals are the lifeline of most of the coastal and the preferred mode of transport. I have written about my cruises in the Alleppey backwaters when I visited the Champakulam Church one of the oldest Portuguese Church in India. But I [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Jul 152014
 
So Where is Denwa Backwater Escape Resort ?

Resort Review: Stay at Denwa Backwater Escape  Pugdundee Safaris The driver who picked us from Itarsi railway station was calling the resort to confirm that he has picked us up. I could overhear him, “OK, so I will call you once I reach the Big Banyan Tree” In the remote hamlet, the Big Banyan tree turned out as the largest landmark before you reach the last stretch of the dirt track on the way to Denwa Backwater Resort. Now if you are like our neighbors ( who are pretty nice people actually), you too may ask “ Denwa Backwaters? , where [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Jul 022014
 
Captain Mohan of Our Houseboat in Alleppey

El Capitano of Alleppey Houseboat  Some time we are so engrossed in the beauty of our surroundings that we totally forget about people around us. But is travel only about looking at scenery or shopping, or is it about connecting with the people you meet. One such wonderful person I interacted for a brief while was Captain Mohan of our Houseboat in Alleppey( Official name Alappuzha).  If you have read my earlier posts about our travel in Houseboat you will know what a wonderful experience we had traversing the network of canals in Alleppey. We visited an ancient Portuguese  Church [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Jun 172014
 
The Indian Grey Hornbill-A Wonderful Father

  Indian Grey Hornbill-The adoring father from the world of Birds On this father’s day I was travelling so I missed celebrating the same at home with my daughters who have made beautiful cards for me. So when I came back I thought of writing a post about Father’s day but could not think of a topic, till I was browsing through my pictures of the recent trip to Satpura National Park in Madhya Pradesh. Along with a lot of other birds and animals one common resident of Satpura jungles is the Indian Grey Hornbill, the least flamboyant of the [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Jun 012014
 
Life in Backwaters of Kerala

Featured Story of the Month in Ghumakkar: Life in Backwaters of Kerala Well some of you are aware that I sometime contribute to the largest multi author travel blog from India ( readership and author wise)- Ghumakkar, which literally means a  Traveler.  You will remember that Ghumakkar was part of  the best Hindi travel blogs of India list that I compiled ( Ghumakkar publishes stories both in Hindi and English) A few weeks ago I contribute a story about Life in the backwaters of Kerala for Ghumakkar and was happy to see it accepted by Nandan Jha the founder [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

May 132014
 
Travel Tuesday Picture: Oscar the Election Star

    When we got caught in Election Campaign in Kerala We we were traveling in Kerala it was election time, and now the elections have ended and we are all waiting for the results of the largest elections in the history of mankind. As yesterday I launched a twitter contest on desi Traveler, I thought this Tuesday we will give a travel picture. Then I remembered this picture that I clicked spontaneously in Kerala.  The picture has a very interesting story. We were walking towards our a boat jetty in Alleppey to for our backwaters tour in Kumarakom, [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

May 102014
 
Kumarakom Lake Resort: A Retreat for the Royals at Lake Vembanad

Kumarakom Lake Resort: The Magical World of Lake Vembanad This is only my second hotel review and a tough one to write. I mean how do you review a resort where the Royals from the House of Windsor spend their time? The first thing I noticed when I was checking in at the exotic patio cum reception of Kumarakom Lake Resort was a picture of smiling Prince Charles. Some time back the longest in waiting for throne, Prince of Wales along with his wife Duchess of Cornwall – Camilla, stayed to celebrate the 65th birthday of the Prince. I think finally [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Apr 212014
 
Vivanta by Taj- Kovalam : A Stay in lap of luxury

A Review of Vivanta by Taj- Kovalam, Trivandrum This post is a bit of Nostalgia (with a big N), so please bear with me. There was a time when I lived in hotels and airport lounges; I traveled for 15-20 days in a month.   But most of the time I was too tired to check any of the hotel amenities. My typical schedule would be to  take an early morning flight to my city of destination which could be any major city like Bombay, Kolkata, Bangalore, Ahmadabad, Kathmandu etc. go straight for business meeting, either try to take the [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Apr 172014
 
The Man Who Saw Jesus

Making of Jesus in the Backwaters of Alleppey in Kerala Happy yet humbled at our discovery of the ancient Portuguese church in the backwaters of Alleppey during our Houseboat ride, I and Nelson my friend from Portugal decided to explore  some more around the church.  I was pondering of higher questions like divine, god, religion etc. and one thought kept on coming to my mind, “  God made man or man made God? , if God is one, why do we have so many religions? And how come every religion claims  as the only true one? Can there be more than [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]