Bimmah or Hawaiyat Najm Sinkhole in Oman


The Hawaiyat Najm Sinkhole in Oman is a thing of beauty. It is known by many names, Hawaiyat Najm, Bimmah Sinkhole or Dabab Sinkhole. It is on the road between Dabab and Bimmah hence the last two names. There are two theories about its formation. One is the scientific one, that the limestone interacted with calcium ...

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Booking Flight Tickets- The Fun Never Ends

By Mridula Dwivedi May 8, 2017 10 Comments , ,

If possible, I like to book my own holidays from beginning to end. Two factors lead to significant costs on any holiday, flights and hotel. More often than not flights cost more than hotels.  I feel like I have won a lottery when I find a cheap flight on my own. My Maldives and Sri Lanka trips happened because I co...

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Dolphin Watching in Muscat, Oman- When Magic Happened!

By Mridula Dwivedi May 7, 2017 22 Comments , , , , ,

I have done dolphin watching before, the kind where you see two dolphins in a blink it and you miss it kind of experience! Dolphin Watching In Muscat was on my itinerary in Oman too. It was a 8-9 am slot and I was wondering if it was too late in the day? I was invited to Oman by the Ministry of Tourism and the groun...

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Travel Insurance – Love it or Hate but You Need It!

By Mridula Dwivedi April 28, 2017 20 Comments ,

Summer vacations are almost here, and people in India are gearing up for family travel! The outbound market from India is big now! I know as a travel blogger because the tourism boards which in the past told bloggers they don’t work with Indian Bloggers are now coming back to promote their destination in India! ...

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10 Long Weekend Destinations Around Delhi NCR

By Mridula Dwivedi April 27, 2017 22 Comments , ,

I am told that 2017 is the year of long weekends. Personally life has been a long weekend since May 2015, after I quit my full time job. But I still remember the thrill of being able to work out my leaves around a long weekend. So, here are 10 long weekend destinations around Delhi NCR. If you choose good weather yo...

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Summer Holidays are Here Again!

By Mridula Dwivedi April 25, 2017 20 Comments ,

I have mixed feelings about summer holidays. On one hand it makes family travel easy, on the other it turns the whole of India and beyond into fish market! As we Indians are family oriented and over 1 billion, summer vacations mean crowds, high prices and a wait everywhere. And I am not a fan of any of these! I i...

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Dress Code for Women in Prague

By Mridula Dwivedi April 23, 2017 12 Comments

I was wondering if I need to change the title 'Dress Code for Women in Prague' to something like what to wear in Prague or what to pack? But then I decided to be consistent. In Prague you can wear anything you please. However, the weather often makes it very clear what one should wear! I went to Prague at the...

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Astoria Hotel in Prague


I traveled to Prague for a personal vacation with my daughter and niece whom I call double trouble. I booked my flight and hotel with Makemytrip. They offered me the Astoria Hotel in Prague and after reading the reviews I agreed to book it. We had a wonderful stay with them. I love it when I get the same service as ...

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Things to do in Sharjah

By Mridula Dwivedi April 16, 2017 20 Comments , ,

What is there to do in Sharjah? The answer is there are many things to do in Sharjah- from souks to walks to museums and much more. Shopping Even though I am not much of a shopping fan, let me start with shopping in Sharjah because that is the first thing I did there! I was staying close to Blue Souk (Cent...

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Mridula Dwivedi

I started my India travel blog, Travel Tales from India in 2005. In 2016 I realized Travel Tales from India and Abroad better reflected my writings. I love to walk and ride in metros around the world. I have not been everywhere, I am not even close, but it is on my list. I also quit my job as a professor in 2015, it was a happening year! I did a Ph.D. from IIT Kanpur ages ago!

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