The amazing woodwork of Vishrambaug Wada, Pune

The amazing woodwork of Vishrambaug Wada, Pune

Speaking quite frankly, I didn't expect much from Pune. Shortly after I moved to India, one of my new acquaintances told me that he went to Pune for a brief visit and "nothing was there". Years later his words still echoed in my ears every time someone mentioned this city. That's why I kept postponing ...read more »

A walk around the Shaniwar Wada fort, Pune

A walk around the Shaniwar Wada fort, Pune

With imposing architecture, rich history and intriguing legends in tow, the Shaniwar Wada fort is undoubtedly a centerpiece in Pune where sightseeing is concerned. That's why it was not hard for me to decide where to start my Pune tour when I finally visited the city after years of procrastination. Located within a short ride ...read more »

One day in a holy city – things to do in Nashik on a short visit

One day in a holy city – things to do in Nashik on a short visit

Located around 170 km from Mumbai, Nashik makes a comfortable weekend destination. Basically, that was the main reason why I decided to visit this city. Before planning this trip I only knew that it was famous for its vineyards and it’s an important pilgrimage destination. Neither of these things to do in Nashik were appealing ...read more »

5 reasons to visit the Gargoti Mineral museum near Nasik

5 reasons to visit the Gargoti Mineral museum near Nasik

I happened to know about Gargoti Mineral Museum when doing an online research for my upcoming trip to Nasik. Intrigued by positive feedback and the photos of striking mineral formations, I decided to include this museum into my itinerary. As things turned out, it was one of the best travel-related decisions I made in 2017. ...read more »

Bibi Ka Maqbara in Aurangabad is not to be missed

Bibi Ka Maqbara in Aurangabad is not to be missed

The Taj of the Deccan, mini Taj, poor man's Taj Mahal - the beautiful Bibi Ka Maqbara in Aurangabad has many names.  When I saw the monument for the first time one year ago, I was strapped for time - after visiting the astounding Ellora caves I had only several hours in the city before ...read more »

Visiting the stupendous Ajanta Caves

Visiting the stupendous Ajanta Caves

I made a trip to the Ajanta caves one year after my visit to the astounding Ellora caves. Although geographic proximity and common theme of these places suggests to include them in one itinerary, I'm glad I took time to settle my thoughts and sort my impressions out. It allowed me to take a fresh ...read more »