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Tuesday, 29 December 2015

Eastern Gray Squirrels of Minnesota

Some cute little joys of travelling

In Minnesota I made some cute little friends, the eastern gray squirrels. They are my little friends who visit my patio every morning. How many of us, whether at home or travelling observe and have some little joys like these. Here are some pictures of the totally cute eastern gray squirrels.

Sunday, 20 December 2015

Delayed flight? Here are 5 things to make the wait less painful

Tips to help you make the wait less boring and less stressful

Flight delays can be very frustrating for commuters, especially for those who have travelled a long way with several connecting flights, gone through a long queue at security check, boarding, immigration and customs; not to mention surviving the heavy traffic while initially making it to the airport itself. Here are five things you can do to reduce frustration and boredom while waiting long hours at the airport.

Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Udaipur - The City of Lakes

A Trip to the famed historical city in Rajasthan

Udaipur, aptly called the city of lakes, placed in foothills of the enchanting Aravali mountain range boasts of beautiful and breathtaking lake Pichola, lake Fatehsagar, mesmerizing monuments, palaces, serene hills and nature, and is truly worth visiting at least once in our lifetime. Here is a brief account of our trip to Udaipur, the second most popular destination of Rajasthan.

Saturday, 21 November 2015

Now navigate offline while travelling with Google Maps

Use Google Maps in the absence of an internet network



While travelling, especially in remote areas with low or zero network coverage we have all faced the issue of finding directions and navigating with our cellphone maps. But now, with the latest offline features of the Google Maps app, we can search and navigate places offline, without an internet network signal. Here are some useful information and tips.

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Travelling with and without Smartphones

How they changed the way we travel & how to make best use

We use smartphones a lot during our travels these days - for navigation, weather forecasts, online hotel and travel reservations, searching for nearby tourist spots, fun activities, restaurants and what not. The phone camera also serves as an alternative to a handheld camera. I am one who has travelled with and without smartphones, and in my personal experience they have changed the way I travel. Here are some tips and perspectives on how to make the best out of it.

Monday, 11 May 2015

The great Manastambha and other temples of Karkala

The famed Jain centre in Udupi district, Karnataka

Karkala town in Udupi district of Karnataka is home to several historically significant hundreds of years old Jain temples or basadis. Many historical structures like the great Manasthambha before the Neminatha Mandir at Hiriyangadi, stand in Karkala as wonderful examples of art and architecture. Continuing from the last part, here is the rest of our trip to Karkala, including the Anantapadmanabha temple and Ramasamudra lake.

Sunday, 19 April 2015

Online travel festival in India

Great Indian Travel Festival, 18th to 26th April 2015

Representational Image


An online travel festival has been launched in partnership with Google, called Great Indian Travel Festival or GITF, featuring several deals on airfare, hotels, holiday packages, transportation and discounts on luxury hotels and cruise packages.

Thursday, 16 April 2015

Bahubali Gomateshwara monolith of Karkala

The famed Jain centre in Udupi district, Karnataka

Photo by: Pradeep Hegde.


On our second visit to Karkala and its Jain temples, we also visited the 12.8 metre or 42 feet tall monolith of Bahubali, the Gommateshwara. Built in 1432 CE, this 583 year old monolith in Karkala is the second largest monolith of Gommateshwara.

Thursday, 19 March 2015

Chaturmukha Basadis of Karkala

The Four-Faced Symmetrical Jain Temples of Karkala, the famed Jain centre in Udupi district, Karnataka

Karkala, a town in Udupi district in Karnataka is home to several historical and significant Jain temples or basadis which are hundreds of years old, with the architecturally prominent and unique Chaturmukha Basadi, the four-faced symmetrical Jain Temple.