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Exploring Bandhavgarh National Park with Taj Safari’s Mahua Kothi


I am a fan of Taj Safaris ever since my first trip to Banjar Tola in 2009. I have visited their Baghvan and Mahua Kothi Lodges too. And I can happily recommend them all if you are looking for luxury. But this post is specifically about Mahua Kothi at Bandhavgarh National Park. The Lodge [caption id="attachment...

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What to Expect on a Tiger Safari in India


Are you excited about your tiger safari in India? You want to go see tigers in the wild? While it is indeed thrilling to spot a tiger in the wild, you will enjoy your trip more if you understand the ground realities. Here are some tips, some do's and don'ts of going on a jungle safari in India. Some of the tips are ...

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10 Long Weekend Destinations Around Delhi NCR

By Mridula Dwivedi April 27, 2017 24 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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The Grand Indian Holiday Sale by Thomas Cook India

By Mridula Dwivedi March 6, 2017 16 Comments ,
Thomas Cook - creative

It is going to be summer vacations! There would be no rush in the mornings for school but there would be a rush to travel soon! Thomas Cook India has come up with the Grand Indian Holiday Sale for the holiday season. The theme of the sale is “AB POORA INDIA GHOOMEGA!” A wide variety of budget holiday packages...

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SATTE 2017 Musings

By Mridula Dwivedi February 18, 2017 16 Comments , , ,

The first time I attended SATTE it was 2013! Gosh how time passes by! I attended it again in 2014 and 2016. In 2015 I was out of town. So what is SATTE? It is a leading trade event for tourism. In 2017 35 countries and 28 tourism boards participated in the event. The next logical question is if 2017 was a trade even...

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Maruti Suzuki Desert Storm 2017: The Winners Edition

By Mridula Dwivedi February 15, 2017 4 Comments , ,
Suresh Rana and Ashwin Naik

The Maruti Suzuki Desert Storm 2017 concluded on 4th February in Jodhpur. The rally was flagged off from Hanumangarh on 28th January. The journey took the drivers through Bikaner, Jaisalmer and Jodhpur. There were plenty scenarios of drama before the winners were eventually decided. The toughest sections duri...

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Surajkund Mela 2017

By Mridula Dwivedi February 13, 2017 23 Comments , ,

Surajkund Mela is an annual affair which happens usually from 1st to 15th February every year. It is a colourful event with more than 1000 artisans display there artifacts at the Mela. [caption id="attachment_25216" align="aligncenter" width="617"] Surajkund Mela, Haryana[/caption] I last visited in 2015. I us...

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Leg 4 of Maruti Suzuki Desert Storm concludes at Jaisalmer

By Mridula Dwivedi February 4, 2017 10 Comments , ,

The 15th edition of #MSDesertStorm concluded its leg 4 at Jaisalmer with CS Santosh extending his lead by around 10 minutes ahead of R Nataraj. The participants completed a total distance of around 300 KM along the city’s golden Sam dunes crossing Turkon ki Basti, Siambar and Mangaliyawas. Maruti Suzuki Desert Sto...

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Maruti Suzuki Desert Storm gets Underway

By Mridula Dwivedi February 1, 2017 12 Comments , ,

Motorsport has always challenged the imagination and competitive spirit of mankind since its inception. It pushes the limits of both, the man and the machine, by traversing them through a series of mental and physical barriers. Maruti Suzuki Desert Storm personifies these traits. In India, following its belie...

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Meeting Mahaveer Swami the Famous Miniature Painter from Bikaner

By Mridula Dwivedi January 25, 2017 14 Comments , , , ,

We got out of our car in a narrow by-lane of Bikaner. It was getting dark too. And then we walked some distance to reach Mr Mahaveer Swami's workshop. Mr Mahaveer Swami is a renowned painter from Bikaner, he does art in the miniature form. Almost all his paintings sell in six figures and more. Yet there he was, in h...

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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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