Cherry Blossoms at 7000 KMs from Japan – Tulip Top Gardens

Have been trying cover some lesser known destinations in Australia (‘lesser known’ in regards to the usual itinerary of a tourist on a tight schedule). My first article in this thread was about a Chinese Garden themed park in midst of the bustling city of Sydney, link  :https://champographie.com/2018/12/22/hidden-china-bustling-sydney/comment-page-1/ Had been thinking of penning down about… Continue reading Cherry Blossoms at 7000 KMs from Japan – Tulip Top Gardens

Andaman Escapade – Day 2, Breathing Underwater and Scooter Adventures in Havelock!

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Starting from where I left… https://champographie.com/2018/03/18/work-says-no-leave-here-is-my-4-day-plan-which-might-help-andaman-escapade-day-1-wandering-in-and-around-port-blair/ Accustomed to hitting the snooze button multiple times before finally getting down from the bed, the previous night I had cautioned my brain not to repeat that practice in the morning. So at the very first ring of the alarm, instead of going for the mobile, I jumped out… Continue reading Andaman Escapade – Day 2, Breathing Underwater and Scooter Adventures in Havelock!

Momos in Bhutan, Oranges from Arunachal and the lush greens of Assam -Bhairabkunda

A stretched stay at home was long due. I grabbed my stuff and headed for Guwahati in the last week of November.  Reaching home, I realized that my parents were even more excited than I was and were waiting with a plan set for a road trip the very next day. Mom had been keeping… Continue reading Momos in Bhutan, Oranges from Arunachal and the lush greens of Assam -Bhairabkunda

The Blessed Playground

Rumtek Monastery is located in Rumtek, 23kms away from Gangtok, East Sikkim. It is one of the largest in Sikkim and belongs to the Kargyu sect of Buddhists which originated in the 12th century in Tibet. The architecture of the monastery is one of the finest in the world and resembles the original one in… Continue reading The Blessed Playground

Got a Day Off and a Hundred Rupees While in Kolkata? – Let’s Take A Ride Back to 1599!

Had been thinking for almost an year of visiting this place…and like all plans this too had been postponed for a reason or another (I still have a list of places in queue now for years!). So one Sunday of March, deciding to ignore the scorching sun, I hopped onto a local train at Howrah… Continue reading Got a Day Off and a Hundred Rupees While in Kolkata? – Let’s Take A Ride Back to 1599!

A Silent Night and An Early Morning Ride @ Mandarmani

Mandarmani is a seaside resort village at northern end of Bay of Bengal, and located in West Bengal, India. It is one of the largest and fast developing seaside villages of that area. At a distance of around 180km from Kolkata, the settlement lies on the Kolkata – Digha route. Mandarmani’s beach is argued to… Continue reading A Silent Night and An Early Morning Ride @ Mandarmani

A musical train journey, a Nobel Laureate’s memoirs, classrooms under the trees and a market amidst the woods – Shantiniketan

Got a day off in Kolkata? Need an escape from the honking taxis, the high rises, and the hulla bulla of the streets? Then Shantiniketan is where you should head for. Had been to this serene town last year with family, but that being a properly planned trip my ‘nomadic’ instincts longed to be back… Continue reading A musical train journey, a Nobel Laureate’s memoirs, classrooms under the trees and a market amidst the woods – Shantiniketan