Photo diary: A day trip to the Lepakshi temple

During a recent visit to Bengaluru, we took a quick day trip to see the famous Lepakshi temple. The 500 year-old temple, and the massive Nandi statue next door, were well worth the drive. Read More

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IQ’s veg review: ‘Zza Bar – Some of the best pizza you’ll ever eat in Hyderabad

‘Zza Bar (short for ‘Pizza Bar’) may only be a little hole-in-the-wall vegetarian pizzeria, but it serves up some of the best pizza and cheesecake you’ll ever eat in Hyderabad. Or anywhere, for that matter. Read More

A visit to the inner citadel of Hyderabad’s Golconda Fort

The inner citadel of Golconda Fort is arguably Hyderabad’s most popular sight, with its panoramic views and palace ruins. And even if you’ve seen it before, there’s always something new to discover. Read More

Hyderabad itineraries, and things to do in the city

Hyderabad’s 400-year history means the city has lots to see and do, not to speak of its rich and varied cuisine. This downloadable infographic will give you some easy-to-reference Hyderabad itineraries and things to do. Read More

IQ’s veg review: Tatva, Hyderabad’s best-kept vegetarian secret?

Tatva may just be Hyderabad’s best kept secret, as far as vegetarian restaurants go. With excellent Italian, continental and north Indian cuisine, this is a place foodies should try at least once. Read More

Durga Puja 2018: Glimpses of gods and mortals

While most of India celebrates Navratri and Dussehra, some parts celebrate Durga Puja instead. And no one does Durga Puja quite like the Bengalis, no matter where they are. Read More

12 places with heritage sites that left us spellbound

Every place has some kind of history, with the past of some being longer and more complicated than that of others. But history leaves its mark in the heritage and architecture it leaves behind. And here are places with heritage sites that we found particularly fascinating. Read More

Things to do on the weekend in Hyderabad: The outer ramparts of Golconda Fort

The central citadel of Golconda Fort is one of the most popular tourist spots in Hyderabad. But most visitors don’t realize that there are some magnificent sights among the outer fortifications, too. Read More

This is what it’s like to visit the Charminar early in the morning

Nothing says Hyderabad like the Charminar. The 400 year-old monument and mosque was built when Hyderabad was founded, and is still the symbol of the city today. But though it’s impressive at any time of day, we decided to try and avoid the crowds and the summer heat by going at 7:00 AM in the morning. Read More

My 50th blog post, and a roundup of my top 10 posts so far

It’s been a little more than year since I started this travel blog, and it’s been tough but fun! Though I’ve enjoyed writing everything I’ve published, here are the top 10 posts I’ve enjoyed writing the most. Read More

4 more unexpectedly great restaurants for vegetarians in Hyderabad

Here are four more restaurants in Hyderabad—besides the six I’ve already recommended—that you can eat at as a vegetarian and still get served great food (even if they’re recommended by a non-veg friend). Read More

5 great destinations to beat the heat—and the crowds—this summer

Escape the Indian summer heat and the crowds of visitors in these amazing but relatively less touristy destinations. Read More

12 vegetarian dishes from all over India that you need to try

Try these dishes for a quick snapshot of India’s enormously varied cuisine the next time you’re travelling around the country. Read More

4 reasons why you should stay in Agonda on your next Goa trip

A long, beautiful beach, accommodation to suit every budget, lots of eateries, and plenty of things to do nearby make Agonda one of the best places you can stay in south Goa. Read More

Millennia back in time: The magnificent temples of Madurai and Tanjore in South India

The jaw-dropping size and intricacy of these ancient temples in South India will leave you speechless, even if you only see them from the outside. Read More

5 awesome mountain holiday destinations in India

From lush green plantations, cloud-topped peaks and dense jungles, to precariously perched monasteries, Martian landscapes and sapphire lakes, these five destinations can offer you some of the most spectacular mountain experiences in India. Read More

The surreal rocks of Fakhruddingutta in Hyderabad

If you’re in Hyderabad and don’t know what to do with yourself over the weekend, take an hour or two to experience the surreal rocky expanse at Fakhruddingutta near Gachibowli. Read More

Nine things you should know if you want to have a good time in Coorg

We learned the hard way that having a good time in Coorg is not as easy as you might think. Here are nine things that we found out that you should know too, if you’re planning a visit. Read More

The forgotten Paigah necropolis is a must-see in Hyderabad

Go back in time to Hyderabad’s glorious past with a visit to the Paigah Tomb complex, the last resting place of five generations of the foremost noble family of Hyderabad. Read More

20 evocative beach pictures from around the world 

From walking a protected turtle breeding ground in Goa with two doggies and swimming in rock pools in the Seychelles to riding a motorcycle on a beach in West Bengal, here are 20 evocative beach pictures from our travels around the world. Read More

Yay! A review of mine’s been published in Lonely Planet Magazine India

I recently wrote a short reader’s review on Thinnakara Island, Lakshadweep and submitted it to Lonely Planet Magazine India. I never thought they’d publish it, but they did! Of course, this isn’t a commissioned review or anything, just a reader’s contribution, but it’s still very reassuring. Hopefully, this is a sign of good things to come. Read More

A perfect long weekend among the hills and tea plantations of Coonoor

Surrounded by the Nilgiri mountains, the hill stations of Coonoor and Wellington make for the perfect long weekend, with spectacular views, rolling tea plantations and misty winding roads. Read More

20 spectacular travel photos we’ve taken so far

From Germany to the Seychelles, and from all across India, here are 20 spectacular travel photographs we’ve taken during our travels so far. Read More

How we lived the island life for a few days in the Andamans

From snorkeling around the spectacular corals of South Button island and sitting in the still water of Wandoor beach to wandering around creepy Ross Island, here is how we lived  the island life for a few days in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands of India. Read More

Magical sights of Hampi that you may not even know exist

While the majestic Virupaksha temple, and the Vitthala temple with its massive stone chariot and musical pillars, are probably on ever visitor’s itinerary, Hampi has a lot more to offer—regardless of the weather. From riverside walkways with stairs cut into the living rock, and hidden shrines emerging from their lush sugarcane fields, to gigantic boulders in fantastic shapes, and emerald rice fields reflecting the sunrise in their motionless waters, here are some of the sights that have enchanted us over the years. Read More

A getaway in the clouds: O’Land Plantation in the Nilgiri hills

Most visitors to the Nilgiris take in the sights and sounds of Ooty and its populated environs without realizing that the seemingly-infinite tea plantations on the hills offer a completely different experience, far from the madding crowd and closer to the wild Read More