Asia

Trip to Bhutan: Land of Thunder Dragon

In loving memory of my grandma whose indomitable spirit and energy has inspired generations.

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‘The Land of Thunder Dragon’, ‘Pioneer of Gross National Happiness’, ‘Only country located entirely within Himalayas’, ‘Mysterious’- these are some of the phrases typically associated with this small, landlocked- Bhutan. I visited Bhutan in April 2017 and the only regret I had was that the trip was short. (more…)

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In God’s Own Country (Kerala): Kochi and Alleppey

This post is about my 4 day trip to Kochi and Alleppey in the Indian state of Kerala. I visited these places with my friend who goes by the pseudo-name mythalez. We made an attempt to write about our journey as a conversation. I hope you enjoy reading this as much as we enjoyed writing this collaboratively.

TheSlowStarter: We had an interesting start to the trip. I almost didn’t make it.

Mythalez: I gave you a call as I got onto my cab around 8 am. The call woke you up, I guess. Your house was 1.5 hour drive away from airport while the flight was in 2 hours. The fun began!

TheSlowStarter: Yes, it’s probably a record to reach the airport in that time. I packed for the trip in 5 min (all the years of experience in travelling for work helped :P). (more…)

Maldives in a Budget

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Maldives and budget typically don’t go together. This beautiful island nation in Indian Ocean has that alluring charm but appears to be out of reach. With tourism contributing to 30% of the country’s GDP and 100+ resorts thriving in a 300K population country, Maldives has branded itself as a luxury destination with many couples heading here for honeymoon. In fact, non couples are probably rare here since my friend and I were recognized by the hotel staff as “two single ladies”. Located in Indian Ocean southwest of India and Sri Lanka, Maldives is just a couple of hrs by flight from these countries. (more…)