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.
Thinking of Mumbai, what comes first to mind is Bollywood, second, the sea and third may be the sky scrappers. This city of dreams has a speed faster than light and Mumbai looks a bit different from Bombay. Continue reading “Khotachiwadi, Mumbai – 400004”
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!”
Weekend Getaway from Mumbai
Addressed as the dream city and the economic capital of India, Mumbai witnesses a lot of tourists and immigrants from rest of the country and world. We fall under the second category and I must say, Mumbai has a heart of gold as we feel home already. Continue reading “Aksa Beach”
It’s been four years that we visited Bhutan, but there is something about this country that our memories are still oven fresh. Sharing some of our favorite picture 🙂
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!”
‘Mercedes’ somehow reminds me of childhood. Not because I owned it or something but it was probably the only luxury car brand known to me then. I don’t own it now either but now I am aware of other brands as well! While filling up slam books for my friends in school my patent answer to “You wish to own” question was a “Mercedes-Benz Car”. Not much has changed though, I still wish to own one. But then, or till the time I visited this one in 2013, I never knew that Mercedes-Benz has it’s own goddamn museum. Or for the matter of fact, almost all luxury brands have.
Continue reading “Mercedes-Benz Museum. Stuttgart”
If you have been a regular reader of our blog, you must have realized by now, that we do have an inclination towards mythology and we never miss a chance to cover travel stories of the Gods either. Here comes another one, after all, its Durga Puja!
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.
We are so happy to boast that we’ve been nominated for the Bloggers Recognition Award and would like to thank Traveler’s Whispers for nominating us! If you haven’t checked their blog already, please do stop by. They provide customised services, share great stories, and also have an online shop.
This is our first nomination and we are more than excited 🙂
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”
Paris could easily be entitled as one of the most famous cities of the world. And it is not in the list of ‘The World’s Top 10 Most Visited Cities’ for no reason. The ones who have visited are still in awe and it tops the bucket list of those who haven’t.
Continue reading “An Evening at Eiffel!”
We assume travelbug has bitten almost everybody who can even remotely afford it. And God’s are no far behind (affordance being of least consideration). It’s summer vacations in most parts of the country and it’s that time of the year when people holiday with families. So does Lord Jagannath as today he is leaving on his 7 day trip to his aunt’s place (mausi ka ghar) with his beloved brother Balabhadra and sister Subhadra.
Continue reading “Travel Tales of Jagannath – Rathayatra”
I could feel nostalgia. I had been here earlier. I could relate to each and every bit of the process, and while I was busy missing college and my textile design days, my better half was busy clicking pictures and listening to all the stories from the locals.
Continue reading “Dream Weavers of Fulia”
Well, the world is aware of our very own Baahubali now, and there have been an array of artwork with reference to this movie. This is our take away from the larger than life movie, as no one wants to over pack while travelling.
Continue reading “Travel Packing in Baahubali style!”
‘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”
“Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.”
Continue reading “We love this happy country (And you should, too!)- Bhutan”
Who goes camping during the festivals in India? We Indians have always been renowned for celebrating festivities with families. True, very true. But last year during Holi (March 2016), we decided to give the family affairs a miss and joined a group who was going for a 3 days- 3 night’s camp to Sirkabad, Purulia to celebrate this colorful festival.
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!”
Tinchuley was a very sudden plan, as we had never even heard of this place before. Both of us were extremely repulsed with our work lives and were craving for a weekend break when a colleague introduced us to this heavenly village in the clouds. Since we were planning very close travel dates, we could only manage Sleeper tickets in a train. But that could not lower our enthusiasm and excitement of being able to check another place on the globe.
Continue reading “Tinchuley – Home in the Clouds”
“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.