DEVIN CASTLE BRATISLAVA, SLOVAKIA

When I said that I am going to Bratislava, I got a “mixed bag” reaction…. Where is it? What is there to see? Who goes to such unknown and “untouristy” place? Well! That decided it… I needed to visit, see and then write about this capital city of Slovakia, the other half of breakaway country…

BRAJ BHOOMI (Land of Braj)

Braj Bhoomi falls within the Golden Triangle of Delhi – Jaipur -Agra…… The name Braj is derived from the Sanskrit word Vraja or Vajra…… Though never a clearly determined political region in India, Braj Bhoomi is very well demarcated culturally……. This region is an integral part of the life of Lord Krishna, a major deity…

VISAKHAPATNAM

Often called “The Jewel of the East Coast”, Visakhapatnam is a port city located on the eastern shore of India…….. Situated in the State of Andhra Pradesh, Visakhapatnam nestles among the hills of Eastern Ghats and faces the Bay of Bengal in the east…… Apart from being a port city, it is primarily an industrial…

TAJ MAHAL

The Taj Mahal, a massive Mausoleum of ivory white marble, is situated in Agra, Uttar Pradesh…….. It is considered to be the greatest architectural achievement in the whole range of Indo-Islamic architecture……. It is built in a vast Mughal garden, on the right bank of the Yamuna River………. The Taj Mahal was commissioned by Mughal…

1 BHK RESTAURANT (BREW HOUSE KITCHEN)

ADDRESS : 1 BHK, Ground Floor, Next to Meera Towers, BST Colony Road, Oshiwara, Andheri West, Mumbai. 1 BHK is a multi cuisine restaurant…… Serves North Indian, Italian, Parsi, European cuisines…….. Ambience of the place is amazing…… Entire place is lit with tiny yellow bulbs…… Hanging star lanterns adds to the ambience…… So does the…

MUMBAI-ALIBAUG-MUMBAI

Recently went to Alibaug by ferry…… The ferry trip from Mumbai to Alibaug is in two parts…… First part is the ferry, in Mumbai, from Gateway of India to Mandwa, and vice versa……. Second part is car/bus from Mandwa Jetty to Alibaug, and vice versa……. Throughout the trip seagulls kept everyone enthralled……  Here sharing the…

BOTECO RESTAURANT

ADDRESS : Ground Floor, Near Gate No.3, Unit Go-1A BKC, Standard Chartered Building, Bandra Kurla Complex, Bandra East, Mumbai. The moment one enters this place, a good vibe is felt….. A warm welcome by courteous staff adds to it…… Ambience of the place is wonderful…… Panels with books, potted plants and stained glass…… Bar lit…

SIGDI RESTAURANT

Address : Surat Navsari Road, Kafletha Village, Surat district, Gujarat. Sigdi, an open garden restaurant, situated at Kafletha village near Lajpore, is a perfect place for an evening out with friends…….. This is a multi cuisine restaurant……. The waiters are very helpful…… The Fish platter they suggested as Starters is quite good…… Platter contains pomfrets,…

K.RUSTOM’S ICE CREAM

ADDRESS : 86, Veer Nariman Road, Churchgate, Mumbai, Maharashtra. Khodabux Rustom Irani started a Department Store selling various things except ice creams at Veer Nariman Road, in a nondescript building, just a kilometre away from Marine Drive……. But in 1953 they decided to sell ice creams….. Initially, ice creams were served on pretty porcelain plates……..

KALA GHODA FESTIVAL

An annual festival, the Kala Ghoda Festival takes place in the Kala Ghoda area of South Mumbai…… This historic area has institutions like Jehangir Art Gallery, David Sassoon Library, Mumbai University, Max Mueller Bhavan, etc……It is nine days long and generally starts on the first Saturday of February…… This much awaited festival attracts visitors from…

Autumn Sonata in Japan

Japan, a country which conjures up image of Sumo wrestlers and Sushi for some; robots, cars and highly advanced electronic goods for others; maybe Mount Fuji and blossoms (fondly called Fuji san and Sakura by the Japanese) for nature lovers; but for me it is a country which is as beautiful as a bride when…

BROOKE BOND TAJ MAHAL TEA HOUSE

  ADDRESS : 36/A, Sanatan Pereire Bungalow, St John Baptist Road, General A.K.Vaidya Marg, Bandra West, Mumbai, Maharashtra. While visiting Mount Mary fair last month with a friend, came across this wonderful place – Taj Mahal Tea House…… Liking the look of the place, we entered…….We were pleasantly surprised by the cool blue & white…

VISEGRAD ON THE DANUBE BEND, HUNGARY

Danube is the second largest river in Europe, originating in Germany and flowing through ten countries. Along with Volga, Rhine and their many tributaries, it forms a big network of waterways for transport of cargo by barges. Most of the major cities on its banks have the mandatory river cruise for the tourists to showcase…