An Icelandic Saga

It’s not easy to plan a cross country trip, in a foreign country, leave alone traverse isolated roads. But all you need to keep in mind – before a trip it all makes sense, during it – there will be moments of doubt, after it – only bliss. Iceland is not what you’d think it’d…

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Grassroot Art in Nirona

ART FORM: Bead-work/Cloth Dolls & Lac Work. Location: Nirona, Gujarat. Contact: No cards or contact information was available. But do scout the area and enquire about them. It’s a relatively small village, I assume everyone should know each other. 🙂 What Worked: Abject poverty coupled with a will to survive the odds, are two factors…

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Appreciating Art in Udaipur

Artist: Traditional Rajasthani Paintings & Block Print Material Store Location: Rajasthan Handicrafts & Textile Factory (Sales Complex) 91, Bhattiyani Chohatta, Near Mama Ji Ki Haveli, Udaipur, Rajasthan.  Rahul Khaturia : +91 98873 63093  Email: rahul_kh05@rediff.com What Worked: This quaint shop lies en-route Gulabh Bagh. If you’re on a strolling spree, it might be a good…

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Getting Folksy in Udaipur

Performances: Ghoomar, Matki Dance & Puppetry Location: Bagore-Ki-Haveli, Ambapol | Picchola Lake, Udaipur, India Price: 60 INR + Camera charges Time: 7:00 p.m. onwards What Worked: Although Bhagore-Ki-Haveli is primarily a costume museum, come evening, it transforms into a fitting platform for Rajasthan’s folk artists. The eerie yellow lighting, dilapidated ruins in the background and the statue…

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Kashid & Murud Janjira

Distance: Mumbai – Kashid 130 km (Approx.) Mumbai – Murud Janjira 150 Km (Approx.) How to get there: The most convenient way to reach Murud Janjira would be by road. Besides state buses, there are many pvt. hire cabs/tourist vehicles that will make the trip for a fixed fee. Alternatively, try doing the road trip…

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Nagaon

Distance: Approx 100 Km from Mumbai. Should take at least 3 hours (subject to traffic). How to get there: By Road Google Maps Lodging: Sidz Cottage Review: Nagaon isn’t markedly different from its neighbour, Alibag. Perhaps, there are fewer people.  Nagaon’s coastline is lined with tall trees which make for excellent snaps. Horse rides, lazy swims,…

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Alibag & Awas

ALIBAG Distance: 108 Km from Mumbai (by road). Approx 3 hrs (subject to traffic at Panvel) How to get there: 1. By Road Google Maps 2. By Ferry/Catamaran from  Gateway of India to Alibag. Take a local bus or rick to your resort. Review: Alibag is probably the most popular weekend getaway for those living in…

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