Diwali through the Years

By Mridula Dwivedi October 7, 2015 No Comments , ,

Diwali is a festival that holds a special place in my heart. It is difficult to say what I used to like more as a kid- the sweets, the lights or the crackers. During the 1980s I was growing up in a small town in UP and Diwali meant an off from school for a few days, that in itself was a lot of fun. But as a child th...

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The Nanda Devi Affair by Bill Aitken

By Mridula Dwivedi October 6, 2015 13 Comments , ,

Moving around the tiny market known as Sister's Bazaar in Landour, I was busy buying jams at the famous Prakash and Co. I was in the area on invitation from JW Marriott Mussoorie Walnut Grove Resort and Spa. On the trip I met Anil Purohit of Windy Skies after a gap of seven years. While I walked out of the small but...

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Breakfast by the Stream with JW Marriott Mussoorie

By Mridula Dwivedi October 5, 2015 28 Comments , , ,

As I was getting down to the stream near the Himalayan Adventure Institute I was happy to walk. There is something about the uneven mountain road, it immediately sets me at peace. I was completely engrossed in figuring out where to put my next feet for ten minutes or so! As I approached the end of the path, there it...

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Travel during Pooja Holidays

By Mridula Dwivedi September 28, 2015 29 Comments

I love the idea of travel but I dread it when I find out that everyone else is going to do it at the same time. And that time has to be the holiday time, the nearest one being the Pooja Holidays. Now it makes life easy if you wish to travel at a time when it is easy to coordinate leaves. I no longer need to take lea...

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Mother Daughter Day Out at Dilli Haat

By Mridula Dwivedi September 27, 2015 40 Comments , , ,

Even before we started from home, Chhavi and I were bargaining hard with each-other. She wanted her hair braided right at the gate. I told her that she had to let me take pictures, including hers! The deals in place we headed to the metro station to go to Dilli Haat. It was the mother daughter day out! True t...

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Luxury Travel and Me

By Mridula Dwivedi September 26, 2015 22 Comments ,

Ask me about luxury travel and I will go- nah me and luxury travel? I am not a luxury traveler. Recently I went to Kota Kinabalu with Silk Air and Sabah Tourism Board. I was showing my daughter some pictures of the beach and she asked, “so mama where is your tent?” And that is my true identity. I am happiest ...

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You Can Make Your Dreams Work by Shalini Umachandran


I recently finished reading You Can Make Your Dreams Work: Inspirational Stories of 15 Innovators by Shalini Umachandran. Shalini and I were together on the media trip to South Africa in 2013. We had a grand plan of driving through Botswana (or was it Tanzania) with another of our team member, I hope they still rem...

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Kota Kinabalu City, Malaysia in Pictures

By Mridula Dwivedi September 24, 2015 26 Comments , ,

I will always associate Kota Kinabalu with rains, OK may be not always, but surely till the next trip. Due to the rains we could not go island hopping on our schedule. But that gave us half a day to explore the landmarks of the city which was fun. In this post I show you Kota Kinabalu in pictures. Kota Kinabalu is a...

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Shatabdi Express Journeys with Indian Railway

By Mridula Dwivedi September 22, 2015 34 Comments , ,

There was a time when trains used to be my favorite mode of travel. I still like it but I would happily take a flight over a train if it is available. Among all the journeys that I end up embarking on trains by the Indian Railway, I prefer the Shatabdi Express experiences the best. And there are many reason for this...

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Travel Tales from India

I am Mridula Dwivedi and I started blogging on 'Travel Tales from India' in June 2005. 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 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?

You can write to me at mridulablog at gmail dot com For advertising queries please check out my advertising page.

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