Travel Diaries

Dancing with the Arctic Sky

April 17, 2018

Huddled inside a lavvu, a Sami tent, around a blazing pinewood fire, we binged on coffee and “almost homemade cake”—almostbecause Knut, our guide for the night, bought the chocolate cake with coconut and sugar dusted on top from a store and sliced it in the kitchen at his home! We learnt from him about the …

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View of Mandalay from our hotel

Mesmerized in Myanmar

March 22, 2018

Mingalaba! Hello and Welcome to Myanmar-Our local guide greeted us when we landed at the airport.at Mandalay on November 24, 2017.  We were a group of 12 women travelling with Wonderful World, led by Shibani Vig, looking forward to a week-long trip to this off beat, not so touristy destination.  As we drove to our …

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A Walk in Persia – Iran

January 11, 2018

Dozens of bouquet-wielding families intact with grandparents, kids, uncles, aunts, and cousins line up the narrow exit with warmth and good tidings at the Tehran Imam Khomeini international Airport. Seeing our group leader – a spirited tomboyish sturdy woman – is a welcome relief, given all the caution meted out to us – as a …

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wonderful world Travelling to Bhutan

Travelling to the last Shangri La

January 11, 2018

Traveling to Bhutan, considered the Last Shangri La, had always been a dream for me and it was finally coming true. I had seen an announcement for the June Bhutan trip of Wonderful World on Facebook. The itinerary looked very interesting and I signed up with a friend. We flew from Delhi to Paro and …

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Jamming in Jordan

February 1, 2017

It all started in May last year when Shibani posted a sneak preview of Wonderful World’s inaugural trip to Jordan, online. The trip planned for November 2016 sounded different so we enthusiastically signed up for it. And we weren’t disappointed! Our Jordan holiday turned out to be a memorable Middle Eastern sojourn that packed in …

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spiti with wonderful world

October 13, 2016

It is exactly two weeks today since I got back from Spiti but I already want to go back! Is it soon, I ask myself? And then I realize, deep down, I never wanted to return. But since that was not possible, I left a large part of me there. That way, in search of …

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Siem Reap – Of Temples and Margaritas

July 31, 2016

Ever since I had spent 6 months in Manila on work, I had been fascinated by South East Asia. The food, the flavors, the people and the stunning diversity in landscapes had always entranced me. It is my dream to backpack through the Golden Triangle (a mountainous opium-producing route running through Laos, Myanmar and Thailand), …

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Relaxing holiday in Andretta

July 22, 2016

I travelled to Andretta over the recent long Easter weekend with Wonderful World. I had heard of Andretta before, seen photos of the mountains and admired their pottery at bazaars in Delhi. I always wanted to visit but had never gotten the opportunity. When I saw the announcement of the trip, I immediately signed up. …

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Hampi

Hampi – magical ruins amongst boulders

July 17, 2016

Hampi – magical ruins amongst boulders Earlier this month I received an unexpected call. Wonderful World was having a trip to Hampi and they had a vacant spot. Would I be interested to go? Well having been in Bangalore for almost 11 years, Hampi was on my bucket list. This was a trip I could …

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Har ki Dun uttarakhand

A song for the mountains

June 14, 2016

Har ki Dun I rounded a curve and stopped in my tracks. From left to right stood peak after peak, slopes covered in thick green pines; here and there a slash of white to announce a frozen waterfall. My eyes weren’t used to seeing such things – a scene that looked untouched since the time …

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Meghalaya diaries

Meghalaya diaries

March 28, 2016

I signed up for the Meghalaya trip blindly due to my faith in Wonderful World (having done the unforgettable Bhutan trip with them) and the trip leader and good friend Sejal. Day 1: Ganga and I landed in Guwahati at 18:00 PM. I always fancied having someone stand at the airport holding a placard with …

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memories of spiti valley

October 20, 2015

I found my mecca – memories of spiti valley Some places touch the eyes…and some, the heart! It was a February night when I lay on my bed, checking my Facebook alerts, etc., and I came across this group called Wonderful World that was conducting a 10-day trip to Spiti Valley. I have to confess, …

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wonderful world turkey tour

My dream destination – turkey

October 10, 2015

How i missed my flight and still made it to my dream destination – turkey How I missed my flight and still made it to my Dream Destination As I signed the last document in office, with one eye on my watch, I realized I was going to miss my flight. I was flying to …

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wonderful world Andretta, Himachal Pradesh tour

A dream vacation: andretta 2015

July 28, 2015

I had always wanted to travel, but as a single woman I had no idea how to go about it. Then I saw a post by Wonderful World in a Facebook group regarding an all-women tour to Andretta, Himachal Pradesh. The funny thing is, I have never travelled before, and had never even heard of …

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wonderful world Himachal-Pradesh tour

Midst the snow covered mountains

July 28, 2015

I recently had a chance to spend a long weekend in the small artisan’s village in Himachal Pradesh called Andretta. Let me start off by saying it was wonderful! A perfect weekend getaway which offers a variety of activities ranging from Paragliding to simply lazing around at the home-stay with absolutely nothing to do other …

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Windswept galle

Windswept galle

April 15, 2015

When I was about seven, I think, and it was my first time visiting Mumbai (then Bombay), I believed that every alley and every street would somehow dead-end into the Arabian Sea. Imagine my disappointment, then, to find that most of Bombay dead-ended into a snarl of traffic somewhere instead of dead-ending into the ocean! …

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A little trip, a big adventure and many friends

April 15, 2015

The train was moving out of the station and there they were – waving goodbye. What was I doing, going off alone with a bunch of women I had never set eyes on before? But now it was too late to back out from this only-women trip to Khajuraho, Panna and Bandhavgarh organised by Wonderful …

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madhya-pradesh tour

Madhya Pradesh: into the wild

May 28, 2014

Great company, fun adventures…. The Journey We were nine ladies – cutting across ages, cultures and cities but united in our determination to enjoy our little holiday together. We chose the night train to Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh for its convenience and by 8:30 we had set off. Imagine a compartment full of enthusiastic strangers getting …

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wonderful world Amritsar trip

AMRITSAR : TRULY PUNJABI

May 26, 2014

I have to confess (sorry Shibani!) I was mildly apprehensive about the Amritsar trip. I have never travelled with a group of strangers before, mentally relegating it to the kind of thing that scarey cat people did, who were nervous about dealing with new things and places, whereas I liked to see myself as an …

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