• Lifestyle. Travel.,  Punjab.,  Travel

    Street Foods of Amritsar

    Besides, the Golden Temple, one other aspect that attracts people to Amritsar is food! I found many interesting street food stalls around the Golden Temple and near the main market area. I tried delicious kulchas dripping with butter, the famous deep fried Amritsari fish, puri with chickpeas, cardamom masala tea, kachoris, jalebis, phirni and lassi served in clay cups, fruit…

  • India.,  Lifestyle. Travel.,  Punjab.,  Travel

    The Golden Temple in Amritsar

    Scoot flies directly to Amritsar from Singapore.  This trip was sponsored by Scoot. The Golden Temple, also known as Sri Harmindar Sahib is one of the most spiritual place in India. This is also the holiest shrine in Sikhism. It is in Amritsar, Punjab. The Golden Temple is a small part of a huge complex known as the Harmandir Sahib.…

  • India.,  Lifestyle. Travel.,  Punjab.,  Travel

    A Visit to the Gaushala

    As part of the Rai Bahadur Rattan Chand Trust, Ranjit’s SVAASA also look after more than 200 cows at the Gaushala in Amritsar. The milk supplied by the cows here are sold to homes as a token charge. The money collected is used towards the cost of maintaining the shelter and the feed of the cows. It is definitely a…

  • India.,  Lifestyle. Travel.,  Punjab.

    Magical Ranjit’s Svaasa

    I was looking forward to going to Ranjit’s Svaasa since the time I started planning the trip to Amritsar, Punjab. This trip was sponsored by Scoot that flies weekly from Singapore to Amritsar. Ranjit’s Svaasa is not just another hotel. It is a 250-year-old haveli. And what is a haveli? According to Wikipedia, a haveli is a traditional townhouse or…

  • India.,  Lifestyle. Travel.,  Rajasthan.

    The Farm – Countryside Resort

    The last few days of my stay in Jaipur are spent in a resort in the countryside – The Farm. It is a real Indian countryside, about 20 minutes away from town. One must experience this part of India. So much to see and inhale on the way to The Farm -children, cows, adults, men in colourful turbans, little restaurants…

  • India.,  Lifestyle. Travel.,  Rajasthan.

    Om Niwas – peaceful Hotel

    We were picked up from the airport by the hotel’s car and we went straight to the Om Niwas Hotel, Jaipur. Om Niwas is situated about 4 km from the Pink City of Jaipur and is in a residential colony. Occasionally, I like to stay in hotels like this – away from the maddening crowd, peaceful and relaxing. It was…

  • India.,  Lifestyle. Travel.,  Rajasthan.

    The Lassiwala of Jaipur

    I love lassi and know how to make one too. But the lassi I drank in Jaipur particularly from Kishan Lal Govind Naraian Agarwal Lassiwala, established in 1944 made me hang my head in shame!! The name of the shop is a mouthful but a few mouthfuls of this lassi is not enough. YOU GOT TO TASTE THIS! I heard…

  • India.,  Tamil Nadu.

    At Jeppiaar Fishing

    The Jeppiaar Fishing Harbour is located at Muttom, Kanyakumari District, Tamil Nadu. I went there at 5 am to catch the lively life. The boats were coming in with the catch and the fishermen were busily engaged in shifting the fish to the land. The middle men were auctioning the catch while the others were bargaining at the top of…

  • India.,  Travel,  West Bengal.

    Streets of Kolkata

    Kolkata, also known as City of Joy to many, is a highly polluted place and very dusty, busy and noisy! Cars, taxis, trams, men-pulled rickshaws and pedestrians make up the bulk of the road. I found it interesting that while there is so much of poverty and begging kids around, there are also the equally wealthy travelling comfortable in their…

  • India.,  Travel,  West Bengal.

    College Street – Mecca for Books

    It is simply amazing! Hundreds of thousands of books of all sorts are sold at the College Street bookstores in Kolkata. I did not know where to start my walk and what to look at. When the giant bookstores are closing down in many countries, this place is having a roaring business. This street is on the same road as…

  • Tamil Nadu.,  Wine & Dine

    Banana leaf Meals

    Besides being environmentally friendly, the banana leaf helps retain the flavor, aroma and nutritional value of the food placed on it. As the banana leaf is big in size, it provides ample space for the food to be laid in the traditional fashion. It is known fact that as soon as hot food is placed on a banana leaf, it…