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Grand view of Kotagiri Valley

Kotagiri – Keystone to Indigenous Tribal Welfare and Development

This blog post is about how the lives of indigenous tribal people living in and around Kotagiri have been impacted positively due to path...

Hampi – Boulders and Ruins have a tale to tell

THE KISHKINDHA MOMENTS Mountainous gigantic boulders scattered everywhere form the landscape and contours of Hampi, as I look around from the top of Anjanadri Hill....

Chhoti Haldwani Kaladhungi – Village nurtured by Jim Corbett

SPINE CHILLING MOMENTS"Any moment a tiger can dart out of these bushes”. My guide Mohan Pandey whispers, sounding quite cool. "Probably it's watching our...

Kanchipuram – Carved in Stone and Woven in Silk

Arriving at Chengalpattu station, the glistening massive Kolavai Lake, took my breath away. My train changes direction here, taking me through lush green farms...

Colorful Fontainhas – Panjim Goa’s best kept secret

The bus journey to Panjim from Madgaon was a little over an hour and it unveiled the sleepy Goan villages along the way. The...
Secunderabad Railway Station

Secunderabad-The confluence of influences

It's a nice feeling of returning to the place I first visited a couple of decades back. My eyes run wide to figure out...

Reflection of a Journey #BlogchatterA2Z

And so it was in the dead of the night on March 31st that I really decided, I would move on with the A2Z...

Last Minute Announcements #BlogchatterA2Z

“QUIRKY EXPERIENCES IN INDIAN TRAIN TRAVELS” On a sunny afternoon of peak summer in Hyderabad, sweat rolls down my eyes, as I tug along my...

Berth Pangs In The Coach #BlogchatterA2Z

“QUIRKY EXPERIENCES IN INDIAN TRAIN TRAVELS” Summer heat burns my skin but I am in no mood to take all that into account. My focus...

Civic sense is common sense #BlogchatterA2Z

“QUIRKY EXPERIENCES IN INDIAN TRAIN TRAVELS” Suddenly the train starts and there is pandemonium all around. Our train had made an unscheduled stop at an...

Drunken state of mind #BlogchatterA2Z

“QUIRKY EXPERIENCES IN INDIAN TRAIN TRAVELS” I was panting as I came running in to catch the train just in time, and within seconds the...

Getting pushy with Excess Baggage #BlogchatterA2Z

“QUIRKY EXPERIENCES IN INDIAN TRAIN TRAVELS” The train was already late and its scheduled stop was for only 2 minutes. There was a mad rush...

Tatkal Bookings–Fact or Fiction #BlogchatterA2Z

“QUIRKY EXPERIENCES IN INDIAN TRAIN TRAVELS” Sitting in front of the computer, I wait with bated breath for the opening time for tatkal booking in...

Getting the door to open #BlogchatterA2Z

“QUIRKY EXPERIENCES IN INDIAN TRAIN TRAVELS” Arriving at the station late night, I was glad that the rains had just stopped. The roads were all...

Unscheduled Halts Irksome #BlogchatterA2Z

“QUIRKY EXPERIENCES IN INDIAN TRAIN TRAVELS” Arriving at the station an hour early, only to escape the peak evening traffic rush, i check the digital...

Insufficient Air-conditioning #BlogchatterA2Z

“QUIRKY EXPERIENCES IN INDIAN TRAIN TRAVELS” I woke up with a start from sleep on the inside upper berth of 3rd AC. Profusely sweating, I...

A Scary Journey #BlogchatterA2Z

“QUIRKY EXPERIENCES IN INDIAN TRAIN TRAVELS” The journey began with a question mark, but the TTE was quite helpful in ensuring I got my reservation...

Keeping Decorum #BlogchatterA2Z

“QUIRKY EXPERIENCES IN INDIAN TRAIN TRAVELS” Travelling at night, I complete my dinner and prepare to sleep. On a cold wintry night in the sleeper...

Trip Down Memory Lane #BlogchatterA2Z

“QUIRKY EXPERIENCES IN INDIAN TRAIN TRAVELS” Here are some Indian train ticket booking memories, that date back to the 1980's to 1990's and are evergreen....

Moments In Many Journeys #BlogchatterA2Z

“QUIRKY EXPERIENCES IN INDIAN TRAIN TRAVELS” While most journeys are quite uneventful, and are even forgotten in no time, a few experiences always stand out....

Entertaining Noises #BlogchatterA2Z

“QUIRKY EXPERIENCES IN INDIAN TRAIN TRAVELS”  Train journeys are often compelling situations when you have to grin and bear. I didn't have confirmed tickets in...

Overcrowding in Outdated Coaches #BlogchatterA2Z

“QUIRKY EXPERIENCES IN INDIAN TRAIN TRAVELS” Train journeys in India often kindle mixed response from passengers. While some AC coaches are world class, you cannot...

Observing People #BlogchatterA2Z

“QUIRKY EXPERIENCES IN INDIAN TRAIN TRAVELS” Entering the train, almost instinctively we tend to strike a conversation, with the passenger sitting next. Small engagements make...

Reservation Queue #BlogchatterA2Z

“QUIRKY EXPERIENCES IN INDIAN TRAIN TRAVELS” Booking at the reservation counters have always been an experience, that fits the description of a suspense thriller. You...

Inadequacies of Railway Facilities #BlogchatterA2Z

“QUIRKY EXPERIENCES IN INDIAN TRAIN TRAVELS” It isn’t very frequently that we go in search of facilities in a railway station beyond the normal needs...

Scrambling to get into coaches #BlogchatterA2Z

“QUIRKY EXPERIENCES IN INDIAN TRAIN TRAVELS” The heat was killing and none could escape the severe perspiration. Looking for a place to sit at the...

Traveling on Unreserved Ticket #BlogchatterA2Z

“QUIRKY EXPERIENCES IN INDIAN TRAIN TRAVELS” The TTE did the rounds and by observing him deal with some, it became clear that he didn’t brook...

Unpredictability of Arrivals and Departures #BlogchatterA2Z

“QUIRKY EXPERIENCES IN INDIAN TRAIN TRAVELS” It was the last day of our holiday and we arrived at the station by dusk, with a tired...
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