Month: November 2019

A Guide to Planning and Enjoying a Multi-generation Family Holiday

Travelling in a large group of friends and family, to the hills of Himachal or Uttarkhand was the only way we travelled while growing up. I have memories of those road trips, stretching over a couple of days, when we packed food for the road, still made frequent pit stops at local dhabas on the highway, were never in a rush to reach our destination, but once we did, we all settled in quickly. The parents were happy to have all the kids off their chest, and us kids would be thrilled to spend our days playing games and running around, and well, just being kids. Our demands and needs were much simpler and adjustments and joy came fairly easily. Today, most of us are city dwellers with fast lives and jobs and commitments, and while we are travelling much more than the generation before, most of us chose to do it with our partners or a small close knit group of friends and family. In fact, the more I think about this, I realize …

A Photo Essay of Madikeri, Coorg : 50 Shades of Green

Kodagu, popularly known as Coorg is a beautiful part of Karnataka that I visited last year. We stayed in a picturesque town called Madikeri, which is the district headquarters. Framed by the Western Ghats, Coorg is rich and diverse in its flora and fauna, as we experienced up close, through a walk into its rainforests as well as a hike to Nishani peak, organised by our hotel, Taj Madikeri. The Taj Madikeri is built in a stunning location, surrounded by 180 acres of rainforests on all sides. They organized a walk with Nitin Subbiah, a naturalist and our guide and we were intrigued with his deep knowledge of the many mysteries of the forest, the unique balance of nature, the many examples of the harmony that exists between the flora and fauna – from funnel web spiders that create their home and trap their prey, to strangler trees, wild elephants, exotic butterflies, mushrooming of spices and coffee, this was an incredible walk that was enjoyed across age groups (our group spanned three generations from age …

A Guided Walking Tour of Lodhi Art District with St+Art India

Early this year, I stumbled upon Instagram photos of some very striking wall murals in Delhi’s Lodhi Colony, and as I traced their origins, I learnt that they were part of a focused effort by an organization called St+Art India, a non-profit that aims to bring the art experience outside of a traditional gallery, into public spaces, thereby making it accessible to all. The Lodhi Art District, as it’s now getting popularly known, is their largest project so far. Outside of Delhi, the foundation has also beautified spaces in Mumbai, Hyderabad, and Bangalore, with Chennai coming up next. When St+Art announced the walking tours for Delhi, I immediately signed up for a slot this October. The weather gets better and this would be a perfectly fine reason to walk around one of the most scenic parts of Delhi, with tons of art around. This is a paid tour, but of course you don’t really need to pay since this is an “open air museum”. I just thought it would be more fun in knowing the …