Posts by: Makrand

I have been in Hyderabad for 10 years now and in these 10 years, I visited Charminar two times, stayed there for 10 minutes and left. Charminar which is the symbol of Hyderabad, never generated any interest for me. So when I got an invitation to take a walk around Charminar with a person who has explored the area on...

सर्वप्रथम नव वर्ष की हार्दिक शुभकामनाये। एक लम्बे समय से विचार था कि मुझे हिंदी पाठको के लिए भी कुछ लिखना चाहिए परन्तु कभी इस विचार को कार्यान्वित ही नहीं कर पाया. समझ नहीं आया कि कहाँ से और कैसे शुरुआत करुँ। इस ब्लॉग पर लिखते हुए ५ वर्ष हो गए. एक समय था जब मैं अंग्रेजी में २ वाक्य स्वयं से लिख बोल नहीं पाता था....

When I put my foot on the Port Blair airport, I moved one more step towards achieving my ambition of visiting every state and union territory in India. Each state has given me some unique experience and Andaman is not an exception.  Andaman, Goa, Kerala, Diu, Gokarna – yes they all have beaches but each place is...

As I stood at the entrance of cellular jail, memories of history chapters referring to ‘Kalapani’ flashed back in front of my eyes. I had read about the atrocities on freedom fighters by the British rulers of that era and it felt bad to know about that. But honestly speaking it was just a story like any other story...

When you achieve something after hard work, you get a feeling of accomplishment that makes all the hard work worth. On a fine Sunday after trekking for almost two and a half hours, when I was eating some snacks sitting under a tree, I had exactly the same feeling.  We Indians love food and we can always go an extra...

If travel is education, then Mumbai is a teacher.  I had an opportunity to take a 7 days crash course from this teacher and I hope the wisdom acquired stays with me. I went to museum, I saw play in theater, I enjoyed street food but something that stuck with me was the spirit of the city. In between all the chaos...

I was standing on the highway in the outskirts of Pune in search of a shared taxi for heading towards Mumbai. A lot of people who are traveling to Mumbai for personal work, allow other people to board their car for around Rs 200 so that their fuel expenses are covered as well they get company on the way. One such car...

From the inception of my travel blog, this has been the longest dry season in terms of blogging. Past 6 months have been disappointing for me when I look at the home page of my blog. It’s not just the number of posts but the overall enthusiasm had dropped down. I had been noticing an alarming level of procrastination...

When my wife had expressed her wish to go on a multi day trek, I asked her to go ahead 🙂 , although I knew I will have to join as well before she asks explicitly. I am not a fan of multi day treks where you stay multiple days without taking bath and perform daily activities in an open air environment 🙂 .But while...

As I look around, I find many other parachutes flying in the sky effortlessly. The hills at a distance appear inviting to meet them. The water in Phewa Lake below complements the green surrounding perfectly. The sound of wind in my ears reminds me of its importance. I see some eagles at a distance wondering what...