Author: Manisha Tajne

Mysore Palace, Karnataka

Mysore is considered as one of the historical places of India. In earlier days, Mysore was a kingdom of the southern India which was ruled by the Wodeyer family. It also described as “City of Palaces” because it has a number of the historical palaces. Unfortunately when I reached Mysore late in the evening, the Mysore Palace was already closed.  I did not get a chance to see the palace completely, but somehow I managed to get few photos from outside. Mysore Palace is the one of the main attractions of Mysore city. It is also called as “Palace of Mysore” or “Amba Vilas”. The Mysore Palace is the home of the Wodyers who ruled Mysore for more than 500 years.   The Palace is indeed worth a visit, for its spacious halls, 3D wall paintings and architectural beauty. The palace should not to be missed seeing when it is illuminated on Sundays and other festival occasions specially during the Dasara festival. Palace Timing – The palace is open throughout the week from 10 am to 5.30 pm. Just to mention, Photography inside the main palace …

Ooty – Queen of Hill Stations, Tamil Nadu

Do you know how wonderful it feels when you finally travel to one of the destinations from your bucket list? Ooty, I have seen in many movies, romantic songs and in fact in some of the horror movies as well.  I still remember from my childhood, how fascinated I was about this place. It was a cold freezing night; when we reached Ooty after almost of 7 hours of long driving from Bangalore. In my previous post, I had shared the story how I ended up road tripping in Ooty. I was really excited; finally I was in the one of the places in India that I always wanted to visit. See Unplanned Road Trip to Ooty Udhagamandalam, popularly known as” Ooty”, “Queen of Hill Stations” is a one of the highest hill stations of India. It is a capital of the Nilgiri district of Tamil Nadu State. Nilgiri mountain is a part of Western Ghats. The place is visited by many worldwide tourists. Nilgiri Mountain Train or Toy Train is a stream engine train is one of …

Bangalore -> Mysore -> Ooty -> Bangalore –   A Perfectly Unplanned Road Trip

Unplanned things can bring real excitements in your travels. Have you ever got chance to go on any unplanned road trip? Sometimes, Journey is far better than the destination and if it is unplanned then we get to know how well we can manage all unexpected things. Recently, I was in Bangalore for my Wildcraft Alpha League Race event. Wildcraft Alpha League Race event was an adventure race in which we contestants had run 5 kms of muddy track along with crossing 20 different obstacles. Unexpectedly, there was a huge crowd of around 5000 people. It was the one of the best adventure experiences I had after Waterfall Rappelling. But at the end of the race my friends and I were totally tired and our bodies were aching badly. It was our reunion time, we four friends decided to go on a road trip and explore the Bangalore city and nearby places.  With some basic trip planning of a few hours we came up with the plan and we hired a car for one day .We thought …

Paradise Beach, Pondicherry – The Most Amazing Beach

I am a big fond of the beaches and spending time on the silent beaches is the most tranquil thing for me. It is true; Life is better at the Beach; indeed it is better when you are surrounded by the nature’s magic, blue ocean under the blue sky, silky sand and the palms. I am still amazed by the beauty of the Paradise beach of Pondicherry. It was a real paradise experience for me. See Paradise Beach in Photos Readers, I would like to know, what do you most admire about the beaches and which is the most amazing beach you have been to? ***************** Also see Le Pondy, Leisure resort by Paradise Beach

Kolkata, City of Joy

I will not forget that magnificent feeling, when my flight was over the Kolkata city in the midnight. It was a dark all over and what I could see is the gleams of the lights and bright illuminations Kolkata city.Early in the morning we reached the Kolkata airport/Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport. I was on my trip to Sundarban along with other 6 members.   Short Info of Kolkata  Kolkata is a capital of the West Bengal State and one of the metropolitan cities on India . It is best known for the Howrah Bridge, Durga Puja, Bengali sweets like Roshogolla & Sandesh, Machher jhol (Bengali fish curry), Victoria Memorial  etc. It is the only city in India where the tram train still runs. Kolkata is also called as “City of joy’ ’or “Citi of palaces”. Indeed, one of the colorful cities I have seen ever.   It was so joyous moment for me; the sun had just risen and we were passing through the streets of Kolkata. The trams, city buses were running on …

Sundarbans National Park

I was laying on the edge of the Elmar and watching the open blue sky. The Elmar – our small boat was cruising through the infinite backwaters of the Bay of Bengal. I was surrounded by the largest mangrove forest and the largest delta of the Ganges. The pleasant wind was blowing against my face and I was effortlessly going with the flow of nature, passing through the various channels and creeks of the Sundarban delta. I was exploring the least explored destination of the India. I spent two days on the small boat with the curiosity of witnessing The Royal Bengal Tiger and capturing the unseen beauty of Sundarban with my naked eyes. It was all about the serenity of forest, wandering in the wild, appreciating the power of nature and living the life of native people on the some remote island. Was it all real or just a dream?  Now, I am back in Mumbai with the beautiful memories of Sundarban. I am completely in love with it. The Sundarban is the land of Bengal tigers …

Chennai: My First Impressions

Chennai is one of the India’s largest cities and the capital of Tamil Nadu state. It is the cultural capital of India and one of most the most visited cities by tourists. Recently, I was in Chennai and really had an awesome time. My experience in Chennai mostly involves around traditional wedding, Chennai special food, long street drives and walks, some hopping in Pondy bazaar and visiting Marina Beach, the most crowded and longest beach of India. Chennai trip is a really special for me because it gave me one of the exciting experiences of my life.The First Flight Journey.  My first flight journey was so comfortable and enjoyable. I am so thankful to Jet Airways for such pleasant first flight experience.Though, I was very nervous and feared about the all of the incidents that could happen in the way.  But once I was in the air, I was quite brave and all the fear was gone. I was enjoying the view of earth and I was surrounded by the most beautiful thing, the clouds. It took us …

Explore The Elements Photo Contest 2015

Explore The Elements I just got to know about the Thomas Cook’s ” Explore The Elements”  travel photo blogging challenge . Explore the Elements photo blogging competition is all about capturing and expressing the four elements through travel photography. The four elements include Earth, Water, Fire and Air.  As per the competition, I have to submit my travel photos representing these four elements. So here are my entries for Explore the Elements contest Earth  Represents the hard, solid objects of the earth Associated with stubbornness, collectiveness, physicality and gravity Place – Malshej Ghat Water Represents the fluid, flowing, formless things in the world Associated with emotion, defensiveness, adaptability, flexibility, suppleness, and magnetism Place – Bandstand Fire Represents the energetic, forceful, moving things in the world Associated with security, motivation, desire, intention, and an outgoing spirit Place – Dahanu Air Represents things that grow, expand, and enjoy freedom of movement Associated with will, elusiveness, evasiveness, benevolence, compassion, and wisdom Place – Bhivapuri Next Step, I am nominating 5 bloggers to take part in ” Explore The Elements” …

Le Pondy – A Day Spent in a Leisure Resort, Pondicherry/ Puducherry

Le Pondy  I was in Pondicherry recently and I had a wonderful leisure time at Le Pondy resort. It was a beautiful morning, when we started our journey from Chennai to Pondicherry on East Coast Road (ECR). Around 12 pm, we reached in Pondicherry. We were wandering on the roads of Pondicherry in a search of any good hotel or resort. We all were so hungry due to journey. Accidentally, we saw a direction board of Le Pondy resort and we decided to go ahead with it. (I am so thankful to that direction board) Today, I am sharing experience of my day spent at Le Pondy luxury resort. Well, I would not lie if I say Le Pondy is the best resort I have ever been to until now. Entrance As I entered in Le Pondy, first thing I saw was a circular area with a beautiful dome structure in the center. At the reception, I got a big smile from a foreigner relaxing around the reception area. The resort was calm, clean and green. As …

Marina Beach, Chennai

No Doubt, the sea view was splendid. As I soaked my feet in seawater of Marina Beach, the first time in my life I felt the part of the Bay of Bengal. Nothing can give me a better feeling than spending a few days in another state,a far far away from work. So I was in Chennai with my best buddies for a wedding of my friend’s sister. On the wedding day, we witnessed a wedding ceremony in Tamil style and then we ate various Chennai special food items. In the evening, we were having plenty of time to roam around, so we decided to visit Marina Beach. Marina Beach, one of the famous tourist attractions in Chennai. As mentioned on the wiki, Marina Beach is not a just beach. It holds a few records like the longest beach in India (13 kms) as well the world’s eleventh longest beach. Travelling on public transport is a bit challenging, language is a barrier. It was not easy to convince rickshaw drivers.All the rickshaw drivers were asking …