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Exploring the world with two backpacks and a lot of curiosity! 

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Welcome to our travel blog!  

Read about the tales of our travel and so much more! 

We've got you covered on regular trails, some off-the-beaten-path spots and even satiating your hunger pangs in unfamiliar territories - and not to forget that hint of budgeting to plan your own awesome getaway!  🤠

 

 

 

 

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Russia

altWhen to Visit Russia: We tell You about the best Season to Explore on a budget!🌞

Here's a when-to-visit guide with just about enough details to help you pick the best time to go to Russia (including details on when we did it and why we chose that month).


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altFive Reasons to visit Murmansk, Russia (an Arctic Circle special) 

A prelude to the most amazing Arctic circle experience we have had in our lives till date - visiting Murmansk in Northern Russia! This is the northern most city in the world, but what makes it so special? Read on to know!


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A classic thing to do in Moscow, besides attending a show at the Bolshoi Theatre, is to dine on an evening Cruise on the Moskva river. We tell you about our experience of spending our Saturday evening on board The Solaris yacht (and how you can do it on a budget too)!

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Visiting the major attractions in Moscow and St Petersburg can be quite expensive; so, we tried this little multi attraction ticket that worked flawlessly and saved us over INR 12,000 (USD 200) in just 4 days - Whaaaaat! See how we did it and you can do it too.


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altHow to get your Russian tourist visa easily (including tips for using an agent) 🛂

Here's a how-to guide for getting the mandatory tourist confirmation and voucher (for applicants from all countries) and specific details on procuring a Russian tourist visa in India - complete with cost and procedure details!



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India

altChikkamagaluru in two days: what to see and do! 🍀

Everybody visits this little town atleast once, in Southern India. If you haven't already, here are few things you must see! Complete details on where to stay, what to do, and what time to visit each of the sights in the most beautiful part of the state.


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altDoddagaddavalli Lakshmi Temple, a Hermit Shrine in offbeat Karnataka 🏛

Join us in exploring an amazing architectural marvel, just three hours away from Bangalore. Full details including a map marker and how you can visit, and a few pictures to inspire you to get on the road!

 

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altKannur, an off-beat tropical paradise 🌴

Overlooked by many, Kannur is a gem in the world of off-beat travels - we tell you about our stay at a beach house on one of the quaintest white-sand beaches on mainland India! Bonus details on how you can experience a budget-friendly getaway at Chera Rocks!
 

 

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Vietnam

alt15 Awesome Things to See in Hanoi (the capital city of Vietnam) 🤩

The seat of Vietnamese power during the colonial era and the Vietnamese-American war, this city has so much to see and even more to tell. We share a list of fifteen places to check out (with bonus pointers on how much time to spend at each location)!
 

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Egypt

altClimbing the legendary Mt. Sinai in moonlight (Under-The-Stars special) 🌄

The holy site where Moses received the Ten Commandments from God and the best night trek we've experienced - Read all about how we visited the holiest mountain in the Middle East, from an equally beautiful town on the Red Sea coast: Sharm El Sheikh.

 

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altExploring the Great Pyramids of Giza in a day 🤠

Wondering how you should plan a visit to the Egyptian Pyramids? Here's all you need to know (including tips on getting there, stay and even how you can watch the Sound & Light show if all the tickets are sold out!)

 

 

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altHow to visit Abu Simbel (from Aswan) in a day 🤓

Did you know why the Temples of Ramesses II and Nefertari, were actually moved 200 metres from their original position to where they are now in 1968? Or are you looking for the best way to visit the monuments? We've got all the details for you right here!

 

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Laos

altExploring the city of Vientiane in one day 🛵

Often overlooked, we tell you why you must check out this beautiful little capital, not for its buildings or sights alone, but for the sheer volumes of history it has to share with travellers. By the way, did you know that it was once, one of the richest parts of South East Asia?

 

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Malaysia

altVisiting the Oldest Rainforest in the World: Taman Negara 🌿

It is just like the Amazon forest in South America but more than twice as old! And the best part: eco tourism. We tell you all about how you can explore the forest, engage in some fun activities, go trekking and even spending the night at Kuala Tahan, the nearest village.
 

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Bahrain

altHow to explore the kingdom of Bahrain (Long Layover Special) 🇧🇭

Don't spend your long layover inside the airport, just get outside and wander through historic monuments, admire grand mosques, swim at man-made islands with exotic beaches and take advantage of the GulfAir stopover package!
 

 

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Thailand

altWhat to do in Bangkok on a transit 🇹🇭

Bangkok has definitely got a HUGE list of places to explore - but with only a few hours in hand, what to do? We got all the info you need to get out of the boring airport to do some quick sightseeing (cost and bonus tips included)

 

 

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India

altSunsets in Kutagal, Ramanagara 🌄

Looking for a sunset getaway from the Bangalore? One of the most impressive landscapes we've seen in Karnataka.

Read this article for some quick pointers (location marker included).

 

 

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altAvani, a remnant of The Ramayana 🌅

Looking for a sunrise getaway from the Bangalore? A beautiful hill, a heritage temple and one very interesting tale of mythology - we've got the details on everything you need to head there on your weekend (location marker included).

 

 

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Uzbekistan

An 8 day itinerary for Uzbekistan 🇺🇿

A perfect week in the Central Asian nation, with day-by-day details of what to see, where to eat and how to get around in Tashkent, Samarkand, Bukhara and even Khiva. With Bonus pointers on how to budget for it too!
 

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Samarkand, straight out of The Arabian Nights 🧞‍♂️

Undoubtedly, Samarkand is home to the most marvellous monuments of Central Asia like the grand ensemble of the Registan. But thats not all: we've got you covered on all you need to know to explore this Silk Route City!
 


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Travelling back in time, at Khiva 💫

One of the greatest cities on the old Silk Route that connected Asia and Europe, is well preserved as an open air museum! Surreal right? We've got pointers for you on things to see and how to get there too.

 

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Bukhara: The Holiest City in Central Asia 🕌

One of the holiest cities in all of Central Asia, Bukhara is a well preserved city, with its countless mosques, captivating alleys, and the ever-enthralling architecture of the Taimurid era.
 

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Sri Lanka

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A Sri Lankan sojourn 

Often overlooked as a neighbour, the Pearl of the Indian Ocean is a budget traveller's paradise - here's all you need to know about this beautiful country!


 

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A 5 day itinerary to explore the best of Sri Lanka 🇱🇰

Five full days in the most interesting island in South Asia, all for under INR 60,000 (USD 900) for the two of us: How can you do it too! We've got details on everything we explored and how much we spent.

 

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Singapore

Park-Hopping in Singapore 🐘

Thinking about how to plan your visit to the most incredible zoological parks in Singapore? Look no further - here's all you need to know!


 

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How to experience Singapore in 4 days 🇸🇬

Singapore is one of the most-visited countries in the world, especially for Indians. Here, we tell you about how you can plan your first-time-trip to the Lion City!
 

 

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Jordan

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An 8 day road trip in Jordan 🇯🇴

We tell you how you can make the most of your money as you explore one of the most interesting countries on this planet!
Includes: day-wise itinerary, budgeting ideas, what to wear and details on Visa too.

 

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Camping in Wadi Rum, Jordan 🐪

If you have been wanting to camp out in the desert, then you should definitely check this out! 24 hours in the land that looks like Mars.
 

 

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What to see in Petra, Jordan 🤠

Petra is one of the seven wonders of the modern world. We tell you all about the interesting spots, some tales from history and about the cost.

 

 

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Petra by Night 🌌

If you want to experience a whole new perspective of Petra, the lost city of the Middle East, then consider this show! Read all about it in here.

 

 

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What is the Jordan Pass? Is it worth buying? 💰

The Jordan Pass (or JP) is your ticket to nearly every major site in the country. Plus, a Visa fee waiver. We reviewed it - so read about our verdict

 

 

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Cambodia

altBudgeting for a trip to Angkor, Cambodia 🇰🇭

Planning a trip to Cambodia? Here's the low-down on the costing. Details on flights, hotels, VISA, food, activities and a lot more!

 


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Which Temples to visit in Angkor, Cambodia? 🤠

If you have been wondering about how to plan for a temple run in the Kingdom of Wonder, read all about it here!
 

 

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India

altA weekend in Wayanad 😍

We did a little road trip to Wayanad this June and stayed at one of the best resorts in town! Want to know more about it?

 

 

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A refreshing weekend in Yercaud 🌿

Road-trip from Bangalore to the Lake Forest, in the Eastern Ghats? We've reviewed a wonderful little resort right up there in the hills. Check it out!


 

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A soulful weekend in Pondicherry 🏖

The paradisal town of Pondicherry is the perfect weekend getaway. Three days of beachside fun, eating french pastries and connecting with the inner self!


 

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Travel tales from Andaman 🏝

Join us in exploring the beautiful territory of Andaman islands, India! Read about our experiences and tips to plan a holiday for yourself.

 

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Planning a trip to Andaman 🏖

Read more on how you can plan your own trip to India's very own paradise island! Tips on how to get there, where to stay, how to get around, what you can do there and lots more.
 

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About us

We've been best friends since we met first at fifteen. We never traveled much when we were studying, but we always had the wanderlust hidden inside. After getting married, we decided to explore the world, one step at a time and share our experiences with family and friends! 😃

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