Maharashtra

Maharashtra for Monsoon-Tourism

Maharashtra for Monsoon-Tourism

(This article was originally published in Mid-Day, June, 11th 2015) Make a big splash for Maharashtra With the rain gods knocking at our doorstep, it’s…

The Road to Khodala

The Road to Khodala

The road to Khodala is not paved with gold. Neither Khodala is a city of gold that awaits you. But for over 4 months in…

Indikaleido: A Cultural Kaleidoscope

Indikaleido: A Cultural Kaleidoscope

This year’s Kala Ghoda Arts Festival got over recently. While blogging on that, we realised that we forgot to write about Indikaleido, another cultural festival…

The Unassuming Panshet

The Unassuming Panshet

Outlook Travellers’ guide on weekend trips from Mumbai notes Panshet as one of the places around Pune. A place where you can’t do anything. Just…

The Cliffhanger @Takmak Tok

The Cliffhanger @Takmak Tok

Hang at about 1000 ft and have a 360-degree view of the landscape down. Thrilling and spine-chilling! Slowly move down until you reach a ledge…

The Ethereal Kaas

The Ethereal Kaas

Lalu’s ears. Sita’s tears. American softhead. Coat button. Mickey mouse—funny they may sound but these are some of the ethereal beauties of Kaas Plateau, near…

Goa, but not the Beaches

Goa, but not the Beaches

Go to Goa. Spend a week. But not a single beach. Then that could have been the new definition of Original Sin. But that’s a…

Anandwan – The Forest of Joy

Anandwan – The Forest of Joy

Travelling around, seeing new places and people is certainly joyful. But it has another remarkable aspect as well as impact. At times, we are reminded…

Hit That Trail

Hit That Trail

Happy to tell our readers that we were part of a team commissioned recently by India Today & Maharashtra Tourism to publish an Annual Volume…

A Short Trek to Vyagreshwar

An ancient Shiva temple on a hilltop. Reaching there involves a medium trek. A waterfall atop adds to the excitement. The trek, organised by Nature…

Five Monsoon Weekend Drives from Mumbai

Five Monsoon Weekend Drives from Mumbai

If getting out of Mumbai means Lonavala and Khandala for you, then read no further. Not that Lonavala and Khandala aren’t beautiful. They are indeed….

Jadhav Gadh. Exuding Old World Charm

Jadhav Gadh. Exuding Old World Charm

As we approach the entrance, the doorman ceremoniously lifts the bugle and plays. A little embarrassed, we enter the fort. More welcome ceremonies follow. A…

A Toy Ride. A Joy Ride

A Toy Ride. A Joy Ride

It’s in the long list for UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites. Whether it will get the heritage tag or not, the Matheran Light Railway is a…

Mumbai Winter Visitors Turn Pink

By this time, they would’ve already set off to Kutch or getting ready for the journey. When we met them in December, they were busy…

Birding at Nannaj Grasslands

The Great Indian Bustard didn’t reveal itself to us. But our birding experience at Nannaj Bird Sanctuary wasn’t disappointing. We spotted many other birds (don’t…

The Lost War Against Plastic

This sounds very pessimistic. Yes, we lost our optimism after a trip to Mahabaleshwar recently. We were there in the last week of September. Being…

Orange Country & Orange Gods

The history of orange says that the fruit has its origins in India. And perhaps most of India’s oranges come from its centre – Nagpur….

Karnala Revisited

One of our early treks was to Karnala. Karnala, with its thump-shaped pinnacle on its top cant be missed when you take the Mumbai-Goa highway….

Of Faith & Creativity (the Divine Tree)

Of Faith & Creativity (the Divine Tree)

With countless number of Gods & Goddesses (83 million by someone’s estimates or 830 million?), roadside stones and trees turning to temples is not new…

In Chikoo County

If you can’t travel or drive too much and all you need is a quite weekend getaway from Mumbai, then you can try option no…

“No Punjabi Dishes Please …”

If you happen to be in Ratnagiri and looking for good eating joints, here are some really compelling options. If you are a vegetarian, try…

Diwali 2007: Lonar

We prefer the subdued Diwali celebrations in villages rather than the high decibel gala in cities. So last diwali (2007) also saw us packing our…

Have Two Days? Try Option #134

While Outlook Traveller gives us 52 options to de-stress our weekends, in reality, the permutations and combinations of plans one can make out of that…

Hug the Clouds & Kiss the Beaches

Every trip of ours in Maharashtra reinforces MTDC’s marketing byline ‘Maharashtra Unlimited’. Be it treks, road trips or backpack trips. Numerous options that emerge from…

Smallest Wildlife Sanctuary

Where is the world’s smallest wildlife sanctuary? It is right here in India, in Maharashtra. At 5.15 sq km, Mayureshwar sanctuary is the smallest WLS…