Flying Mumbai Tel Aviv Mumbai with El Al

By Mridula Dwivedi September 24, 2016 3 Comments , , ,

On my recent trip to Israel I was flying Mumbai Tel Aviv Mumbai with El Al, the Israeli national carrier. It was my first flight with El Al. If I will remember one thing from the trip, it will be the level of security they deploy. At the outset, let me state very clearly, I understand. I am not complaining, at all. ...

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Applying for Philippines Visa in New Delhi- My Experience


I am bad at dealing with visas. I like them to get out of my way as soon as possible. However, on many trips I have no control over them, my sponsors take care of it. There have been instances when I have got a visa on the last possible day! But applying for the Philippines Visa in New Delhi was a relatively straigh...

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Explore Landour with Rokeby Manor

By Mridula Dwivedi September 21, 2016 30 Comments , , ,

This year there has been a deficit of mountains in my life. But my trip to explore Landour with Rokeby Manor was one beautiful trip. I had initially planned for three nights with my kind hosts. But due to date constraints, I had to cut it to two nights. I regretted every minute that I was not staying longer. ...

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Kumana National Park, Eastern Sri Lanka


When the alarm went off at 4.30 am I groaned, it could not be 4.30 already! However as we were traveling in a group, I got up somehow and stumbled down on time to go to the Kudumbigala Monastery and Kumana National Park near Ampara in Eastern Sri Lanka. I am not a morning person. Given a choice I will never w...

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Dubai International Airport- My First Experience

By Mridula Dwivedi September 16, 2016 8 Comments , ,

Photo Credit- Jag_cz/Shutterstock I became acquainted with Dubai International Airport in 2001. I was flying Delhi-Dubai-Athens and back and was a Ph.D. student then. I was wide-eyed too, sometimes I miss that, I don’t think I am that wide-eyed anymore! This was my second trip abroad, the first being to Singapo...

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Sightseeing Around Pasighat, Arunachal Pradesh

By Mridula Dwivedi September 15, 2016 16 Comments , , , , ,

What do you do when you are not attending the Solung celebrations at Pasighat? Why you go sightseeing around Pasighat! I admit I could have done a better job. But the little that I saw, was refreshing. Balek and Roing Villages Close to Pasighat are two small villages Balek and Roing. I had two beautiful gu...

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The Solung Festival at Pasighat

By Mridula Dwivedi September 14, 2016 26 Comments

I woke up at the night due to thunder. I was staying at Aane Hotel in Pasighat, Arunachal Pradesh. I was really tired, not so much because of the journey but I had disturbed sleep for a few nights at home! I was probably still operating in Israeli time zone. It kept raining heavily throughout the night. When I woke ...

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The Ferry Crossing Over the Mighty Brahmaputra at Bogibeel

By Mridula Dwivedi September 12, 2016 20 Comments , , ,

I landed at Dibrugarh and food was the first thing on my mind. It was 2.00 pm, I was in no mood to travel ahead without food. I would board a ferry along with the car and cross over the Brahmaputra River at Bogibeel. I was eventually going to Pasighat in Arunachal Pradesh. The ferry crossing over the mighty Brahmapu...

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Dead Sea is So Much Fun- A Trip to the Israel Side!

By Mridula Dwivedi September 1, 2016 38 Comments ,

As I walked towards the Ein Bobek Beach, my eyes, I am sure, were twinkling. Dead Sea is so much fun and I was getting a second chance to indulge. I was so looking forward to it! Ein Bobek is on the Israel side of the Dead Sea. Dead Sea is a landlocked salt lake between Israel and Jordan. Dead Sea is 430 meters belo...

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Travel Tales from India & Abroad

I am Mridula Dwivedi and I started blogging on 'Travel Tales from India' in June 2005. I renamed it Travel Tales from India & Abroad in 2016. Within a few months of the launch my travel blog found a mention on both the BBC and The Guardian. I also featured in a National Geographic Skoda Yeti Video. I was recently featured on

I quit my job as a professor in May 2015. I am having a blast ever since. I do not miss my work but sometime I do miss my salary! Somewhere along the journey I ended up acquiring a Ph.D. from IIT Kanpur! I now wonder why?

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