Travel

Lumbini – Discovering the Origins of Buddhism

A beautiful morning in Pokhara and also our last, well, after spending three peaceful days here it was time to leave for Lumbini – the birthplace of Gautam Buddha and one of the four major Buddhist pilgrimage sites – located 291 km away, and leave Nepal from the Sunauli border, which is just 26 km. The distance might not be much but the mountainous terrain, zigzag roads ensures you don’t spe... »

The World Peace Pagoda Shines Over Pokhara

We had a relaxing time in Pokhara since we spent four days there, yes, I didn’t have to drive too much! So woke up late and after the terrible dinner at Everest Steak House the previous night it would only be fair for Bhavika to get some good food. So yet again we strolled through Pokhara market, bought a few things like a brass key holder for my sister, t-shirts with hand-made patterns for ... »

Drifting in the Serene Waters of Begnas Tal

Imagine waking up to the magnificent view of the Annapurna range and Machhapuchhare (or Fishtail Mountain) on the northern skyline of Pokhara. Its an amazing sight, and visible only in the morning when the skies are clear. We skipped breakfast to spend the day at Begnas tal (lake), which is located about 15 km from Pokhara market. There are eight lakes here and in fact the name Pokhara is derived ... »

Savouring Nepalese Food and Culture in Kathmandu

Our good luck on the road ran out just when we reached Kathmandu, the car began to jerk. We had carried some tools, always good in case of an emergency, the most important of them – the WD40 – which Clyde brought to clean the electric connections of the throttle positioning sensor and the engine. But that din’t work. The next option was to find a mechanic, which was difficult, however,... »

out of the thick of the jungle

Into the Wild at Chitwan National Park

There we were stranded (at least that’s what we thought) in the middle of Chitwan forest close to a water body at awkward hours when animals generally venture out, waiting for someone from Jungle Island Resort to pick us up! After five minutes that seemed longer than usual, we heard voices, one, two, maybe more people talking at a distance. We shouted out, “hello, is anyone there?̶... »

Finally Crossing the Nepal Border by Road!

We were off to Gorakhpur after spending early afternoon at Varanasi Ghats. Around 70 km away from Gorakhpur is the India-Nepal border at Sunauli. Since the Sunauli border crossing closes at 9pm, we choose to stay at Gorakhpur for the night. Driving in Uttar Pradesh was always scenic and so was the Varanasi to Gorakhpur route as we passed these lovely wild grass with white blossoms. We had few hote... »

As the Ganga Flows Through Varanasi’s Ghats…

After a long tiring drive from Jabalpur, it was only by late evening that we reached Varanasi, also commonly known as Benares or Banaras – the holy city of temples and one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. Before we delve into that, the first task was to find a decent hotel, we headed to Cantonment area, which has numerous hotels from high to mid range. After trying a... »

Pench the Oasis of Potholed Madhya Pradesh

Before the break of dawn we were on the road from Jalgaon, heading to our next stop Nagpur – 425 km away. We were on National Highway (NH) 6 which was in good condition, although I remember a good amount of trucks greeting us ‘Good Morning’, that definitely woke Clyde up. Then on the horizon the sun made its glorious golden appearance and soon enough it started getting hot. But h... »

the death of buddha

The Alluring Buddhist Caves at Ajanta

First Stop – Ajanta caves in Jalgaon, the ‘Banana City’ It seems like it was ages ago, though we started out just a month back in the wee hours of the morning in a bi-fuel car (petrol and LPG) both topped up to the brim. It was Kayde’s first long trip as well, so we had to be well-prepared – the car was overloaded with a portable gas stove to cook his meals, pram, bab... »

Road Trippin from Mumbai to Nepal!

What started off as a road trip turned out to become an adventure of a lifetime. Myself, Bhavika and Kayde – our 10-month old baby – went on a journey from Mumbai to Nepal where we crossed six Indian States and traveled within Nepal in our 11-year old car. Yes, we made it with a baby and the car. We covered a total of 5,530 km (around 3436 miles, thats more than the width of USA at the... »

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