YMCA Indian Students Hostel – A good and safe option to stay when you are travelling solo

YMCA Indian Students Hostel – A good and safe option to stay when you are travelling solo, A feel of India when you are not in India. Safe option in a central location. The best part people speak your language, they are from your part of the world … More YMCA Indian Students Hostel – A good and safe option to stay when you are travelling solo

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A Witness to an enjoyable reunion with some very old old friends

Being in London, that too when FIFA World Cup was going on in full swing – what would you expect at all the outlets – crowd, crowd crazy crowd noise noise and more noise. So what does a non Football crazy person like me do…. I had done my share of Football craziness last night, what I was looking at was a slightly slower atmosphere less charged, I needed to recollect my thoughts and prepare myself. And yes most importantly when you are meeting friends after 18 long years, the same friends you had taken the first international trip, you would have a lot to catch up
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Explore India – Jaipur – Nahargarh Fort

The third in the fort trilogy of Amer (built in 1558), Jaigarh (built in 1726) and Nahargarh (built in 1734)-these forts technically were not constructed at the same time but together they formed a strong defensive ring for city. All the three forts are interestingly inter-connected. One should not miss visiting this fort while visiting … More Explore India – Jaipur – Nahargarh Fort

Kerala Diaries – St. Francis CSI Church, Fort Kochi

The oldest European church built in India….
Reflection of the Colonial struggle of various European powers in India….
First resting place of the first European who discovered the sea route to India from Europe…..
A catholic church in the beginning and now an Anglican church…
A living historical monument of today’s Kochi or Cochin……

Yes, the St Francis CSI church in Fort Kochi is all this and much more. A must visit for not only people with religious bent of mind but also a must visit for all history lovers, architecture lovers.
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CSI Christ Church – A century old hidden gem in Munnar

Not heard about this church? No wonder. No tourist guide would ever tell you about this church, not many people would add this to one of the must visit places in Munnar. For pictures of the church Click here Even before we had reached Munnar, this church was on our itinerary. The Google Map helped … More CSI Christ Church – A century old hidden gem in Munnar

A delightful and memorable accommodation option right in Munnar town The Grand Plaza, Munnar

Location: MSA Road, Munnar (close to KSRTC Bus Depot and DTPC office) https://www.google.co.in/maps/place/Grand+Plaza+Munnar/@10.0740541,77.0631902,325m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x3b079bd322f63321:0xb8324258ce022720!8m2!3d10.0739863!4d77.0639136 We were travelling to Munnar for the first time so a lot of time was invested on choosing the staying option. The travel operators were offering us various resort options in Munnar but somehow we were not convinced. We checked the reviews … More A delightful and memorable accommodation option right in Munnar town The Grand Plaza, Munnar

St. John’s Wilderness Church, Nainital – Time travel to the British Raj era

A church completed in the year 1852, a church in the wilderness, an ancient church right in the midst of bustling Nainital close to the High Court, a church having memorial of victims of the infamous Landslide of 1880. Read here … More St. John’s Wilderness Church, Nainital – Time travel to the British Raj era

Explore India – Lucknow, The Hidden Gems #1-Dilkhusha Kothi

In every part of Lucknow there is a piece of history hidden waiting to be discovered. There is a story in every nook and corner of Lucknow, be it the old city or the outskirts. Lucknow or the erstwhile Awadh or Oudh (the British pronunciation) has always played an important role in India’s freedom fight – be it the being one of the most important centres during the First War of Indian Independence (the Revolt of 1857 or the Sepoy Mutiny as the British like to refer), or be the part of Gandhiji’s Quit India movement, Swadeshi movement. Lucknow had in the past always been the favourite place for the Indian Freedom Fighters.

In the Hidden Gems series we would talk about some lesser known and unknown tourist destinations in Lucknow. … More Explore India – Lucknow, The Hidden Gems #1-Dilkhusha Kothi