While we love everything about Mumbai, the city life here can get exhausting at times, leaving the residents craving for relaxation. It is a common sight to see people leaving on Friday evenings and coming back on Sunday nights, all rejuvenated and ready for the busy week ahead.
Some dreams don’t let you sleep.
Some cities don’t let you stop.
When you are in Mumbai, you have to be Bombay by heart.
Introducing our first ever Vlog! Continue reading “Life In Bombay!”
History and architecture always amazes us. Not only because of the various types, styles, materials, intricacies, labor and intelligence put into making them but also the stories, myths and realities associated with them.
“Kolkata is not just a city, it is an emotion.” – said someone.
Kolkata welcomes you, hugs you and makes you fall in love with itself. Kolkatans can brag about its rich heritage and food non-stop, and we are one of them too. With pride. And why not, this city won the title of India’s best street food hub.
Two months of the new year gone already. Time just flies. Phew!
Looking back, 2018 has been a complete roller coaster ride for us as we shifted our home 1275 miles west from home. Kolkata to Mumbai. Settling in the new city kept us on our toes and travel took a back seat for some time. So while we were in Ahmedabad in December for a family wedding, we took a small road trip to Devsthan Dwarka, Somnath and nearby places.
This post is completely women centric and men might want to keep out, but in case you have friends, girlfriends, wives or daughters whom you care about and you travel with, give it a read.
If you are a foodie, you are reading the right thing. Welcome!
We are foodies too and love experimenting with cuisines and dishes on out travel expeditions and in daily life. Husband being a die-hard non-vegetarian and me being a vegetarian, you will get a taste of both the varieties here.
Continue reading “EAT BIT : Best places to eat at M.G. Marg, Gangtok”
“The mountains were calling and we had to go!”
It had been quite some time that we had gone to the Himalayas and we had been missing them bad. So, this time, we went on to discover the second smallest state of India – Sikkim!
Continue reading “The Eternal Sikkim!”
Welcome to the 31st post of This Taraf!
We are bursting with joy on being felicitated with the Liebster Award and would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to Snehal Patil from Tinkersland for the beautiful gesture. Be sure to drop by her incredible blog!
We did not go to Bankura or Bishnupur, we went in the search of Mallabhum, to live the history of the Malla Kings and to learn the stories of their flourish and ruins. How Lord Madan Mohan still resides in wrecked temples, how Radha and Krishna still play Rasleela in the dark maze of Rasmanch and how one could still hear the cries of Lalbai at the Lalbandh. Bishnupur now might be living in the ruins but the stories behind are spellbinding.
Continue reading “Mallabhum Katha – 10 reasons to explore Bishnupur”
Without art, the crudeness of reality would make the world unbearable ~ said someone. And so true it is.
If you have been a part of our travel journey till now, you would know that we are mad about art and we tend to find art in all our destinations. One such destination is the Bikna village in the Bankura district of West Bengal.
Continue reading “The metallic world of Bikna – Dokra Art”
This Taraf wishes all its wonderful readers a very happy and healthy New year.
Hello Guys 🙂
Hope the New Year is treating you well and a lot of travel and good food is on the cards. It was a great start for us as we were traveling on the New Year’s Eve and the first day of the year too. And if that means that we get to travel the entire year that would be blissful!
Continue reading “Panchmura – Kingdom of Terracotta”
No air conditioners, no lavish interiors and no ornamented delicious looking coffee glasses. Welcome to one of the oldest and classic coffee place in the city of joy. This place is nothing like the Cafe Coffee Days, or Baristas or Starbucks, it is just a modest place, which has been able to survive from the pre-independent period till date.
Continue reading “An evening at Indian Coffee House, Calcutta!”
Banaras, Kashi, Varanasi whatever you call it, they all lead you to the same place on the world map, i.e., the longest living city. Vedic Culture, Ethnic Tribes, Mahabharata, Buddha, Mughals, British, World Wars, riots, Banaras has seen it all, as the archaeological evidences advocate traces of civilization back in 2000 BC. None of this could steal the essence of this city and Banaras is still raw and pure at heart.
Readers might feel that we are obsessed with Durga Puja. The fact is we live in Kolkata and we actually are obsessed with Durga Puja! The festival is just a few weeks away and we can see the madness in the city. Idols are undergoing the final finishing, pandals are in process, entire city is shopping and traffic problems have almost doubled but we love it this way. It is that time of the year which everybody waits for. Well, almost everybody. Food, fun, fashion, family, friends, the level of excitement knows no boundaries.
Continue reading “Festival Fiesta – Durga Puja”
‘Puri’ is considered to be the ultimate holiday destination in our part of the world (read West Bengal) and almost everybody we know has been there more than twice at least. Easy accessibility, inexpensiveness, religious values and everlasting beaches have made this place a comfort getaway for all age groups. And we, the self-proclaimed travelers had not been there even once and we have been mocked at and looked down upon for that. Yes, really! So, we vowed to visit Puri and eradicate this embarrassment forever.
Continue reading “10 things to do in the Land of Jagannath – Puri”
You must be wondering if two days are enough to capture the spellbinding beauty of Meghalaya. Well, no. But one do not always have the time and leaves you want to spend on travelling. And short trips now and then, works wonders.
Continue reading “How to explore Meghalaya in 2 days!”
‘The greatest part of a road trip isn’t arriving at your destination. It’s all the wild stuff that happens along the way.’
We had been on a lot of single day road trips but did not ever experience the wilderness of being on the roads for a few days at a stretch. August 2016, it was, and we planned a 12-day long road trip through none other than the royal state of Rajasthan. Why Rajasthan? Because no one is unaware of the rich heritage this state boasts of. It is one state that offers you numerous places to see, varied experiences and adventures and is probably the most vibrant region of India.
Dining at a 5 star almost makes you feel like a royal and JW Kitchen is no exception. The experience starts from the entry gate itself when the entire staff treats you like a celebrity.
Continue reading “JW Kitchen, Kolkata”
John Muir rightly said, “The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.” So to give clarity to our creative blocks we decided to pay a visit to the mighty Kaziranga National Park. Why Kaziranga? Because it is nearer, budget friendly and takes lesser time to reach from our side of the world.
Continue reading “10 Reasons Why Kaziranga National Park should be on your bucket list”
This blog is going to be a little different from the previous ones as this is the last one for 2016. Bidding Adieu to 2016 is both happy and sad as this year has been like a roller-coaster ride.
Continue reading “2017 – When & Where to Go in India!”
“Ashwiner majhamajhi uthilo bajna baji”- Here comes our very first blog. Since we just recovered from the hangover of Durga Puja and are already into preparations of Diwali, why not share our experience about meeting the ‘Queen of Calcutta’. In case you plan to pay a visit to her next year, pack your bags in advance.