15 countries, 1 month – eastern europe trip (DRAFT)

11/7/2015GermanyFrankfurtlost luggageFrankfurt City hostel
12/7/2015GermanyFrankfurtcity tour. Took overnight bus to Berlinovernight bus
13/7/2015GermanyBerlinBrandenburg Gate, Berlin Wall, Memorial to the Murdered Jews of EuropeCouchsurfing
14/7/2015PolandWroclawReached on 13th night.Market Square,Wrocław Multimedia Fountain,Japanese Garden.Couchsurfing
15/7/2015PolandKrakowWalking city tour, the Cloth hall GlobArt Hostel
16/7/2015PolandAuschwichfull day concentration camp tourGlobArt Hostel
17/7/2015PolandZakopanafeincularVilla mediasite, slovak paradise
18/7/2015SlovakiaPopradslovak paradise trekDowntown bratislava hostel, bratislava
19/7/2015SlovakiaBratislavacycling towards Vienna, reach Prague by late night by busCouchsurfing
20/7/2015CzechPragueCharles bridge, old town, nightlifeCouchsurfing
21/7/2015Czechcesky Krumlov, Cesky budejoviceLovely little town, ate at Restaurace U KalichaCouchsurfing
22/7/2015AustriaGmundencity tour, lake . Amazing food, amazing hostCouchsurfing
23/7/2015AustriaHallstattSalt mines, lake, fenicular ride,  beautiful park. Drove to Lake BledAce of Spades, Lake Bled
24/7/2015SloveniaLake Bledamazing lake, Bled Castle, travelled to Divaca, limestone caves (Skocjan Caves)Rooms and Apartments Kvasic, Krka
25/7/2015CroatiaKrka -> Zadarwalked around, drove from Krka to Zadar, stopping at Kuterevo bear sanctuary Marco Polo rooms, Zadar
26/7/2015CroatiaZadar -> SplitPlitvice Lakes National Park. swam in the lake, did the hike. Guest house Vujevic, Split
27/7/2015CroatiaSplitWandered around Split city. Took a bus from Split to Dubrovnikovernight bus
28/7/2015Bosnia and HerzegovinaDubrovnik -> Sarajevobooked at a car (chevrolet spark) +GPS at 35 euros per day for 7 days.  Drove to SarajevoHotel Story,Sarajevo
29/7/2015SerbiaCacak -> nisAte in café pizzeria, visited museum, park 
30/7/2015BulgariaSofiadid a walking tour of the city. Saw excavation, hammam, different types of churches, Ate at a desi place -indian restaurant Kohinoor, finally!Couchsurfing
1/8/2015MacedoniaSkopjecouchsurfing at OsloCouchsurfing
2/8/2015MacedoniaOhridAmazing scenary, lovely drive, hiked randomly on the way, churches, met wonderful folks who were cycling across europe, did camping with themAccomodation Jovan
3/8/2015AlbaniaTirana -> BudvaNothing much to see in the city. Lunch break and moved to MontenegroMojo Budva
4/8/2015Montenegro -> CroatiaBudva, Kotor BayWandered in the city, Did cliff jumping with localites. Did the Kotor Fortress hike in Kotor bayVilla banana, Dubrovnik
5/8/2015Croatia -> SerbiaDubrovnik, BelgradeWalked around the city and castle. Famous for games of thrones shooting. Flew to serbia and Stayed in Belgrade. Did escape roomShine hostel, Belgrade
6/8/2015GreeceAthenswe stayed at Kamdev yoga center 😉 … Walked around acropolis, necropolic, amphitheater, pagoda, partheneon , went crazy in one of the sweet shops and tried all the varieties of sweets. Ate at an indian restaurant – indian chefCouchsurfing
7/8/2015GreeceAthenswe stayed at Kamdev yoga center 😉 … Walked around acropolis, necropolic, amphitheater, pagoda, partheneon , went crazy in one of the sweet shops and tried all the varieties of sweets. Ate at an indian restaurant – indian chefCouchsurfing
9/8/2015TurkeyIstanbulDolmaBahce, Blue mosque , hagia sophia, parkCouchsurfing
10/8/2015TurkeyIstanbulTopkapi palace museum, Grand Bazaar, HammamCouchsurfing

Scotland in 5 days

  • Glenfinnan duct
  • Fairy pools
  • Neist point lighthouse
  • Quiraing hike
  • Driving through amazing landscapes (especially in Isle of Skyye)
  • Edinburgh city
  • Whiskey distillery tour (we missed it)
Detailed day-wise plan:
Day 1:
  • Land in Glasgow in morning. Pick up rental car from the airport
  • Drove to Cameron House hotel for lunch (this is on Lake Lochmond and has a nice view) – can also take sea planes here
  • Drove to Glencoe (nice views/ hikes)
  • Slept at MacDonald hotel and Cabins (near Glencoe) – pic below – cheap cabins with a great setting but basic rooms
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Day 2:
  • Drove via Fort William
  • Glenfinnan viaduct (Harry Potter fame – pic below): can try to take Jacob’s train but need to book beforehand
  • Stayed at Balmacara mains (very nice B&B, overlooking a lake)
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Day 3:
  • This is when we reached Isle of Skyye (major part of our trip) – took 2 days to reach here but amazing views on the way. Even better views and drive on this island
  • Fairy pools (recommended but requires a bit of walk/ light hiking) – pic below
  • Neist point lighthouse (Pic below) – highly recommended, small trek to reach this place
  • Stayed at Dunvegan at a cheap B&B. Can also consider staying at Achalochan B&B (looked pretty nice)
  • Keeps raining lightly almost everyday
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day 4:
  • Coral beach in the morning – nice walk on the beach but not a must do
  • Castle Ewen Fairy Glen – recommended but short visit. unique structure of small hills and nice views
  • Quiraing hike – highly recommended. one of the best views but requires some hike. LOTR was partly shot here
  • Did a really long drive to reach back to Perth (1 hour from Edinburgh) – roads all through are excellent
  • We missed it but try to visit a distillery on the way
Day 5:
  • Edinburgh (nice city). Key places:
    • Edinburgh castle (decent)
    • Scotch whiskey experience tour (Great if you missed visiting a distillery)
    • National museum of scotland (very nice)
    • St Giles Cathedral (great views from outside and inside)
    • Royal botanical garden (okayish  – can skip)
    • palace of holyroodhouse (we missed it as it was closed)
    • Arthur’s seat – great hike which we missed because we didnt have time
  • Fly back to LondonIMG_20170519_172859

South Africa in 11 days (A road trip)

Budget – INR 3,00,000 for 2 people


1) Scuba dive with Sharks
2) Swimming with Penguins
3) Safari with Giraffes and Zebras
4) Visiting the Southernmost point of Africa continent
5) Drakensberg and Lesotho trip
6) Cape town – Tabletop mountain (one of world’s 7 wonders of nature), Cape of Good Hope
7) Surfing at Mossel’s bay
8) Beautiful beaches, amazing roads, and scenic drive (drove 4000kms in 11 days)



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How a wrong google map time estimation helped me in achieving my longest trek #VellagaviTrek

Location: Kodaikanal : Dolpin nose – Vellagavi – Kumbakkarai falls trail (India)

Total distance – 25kms (return)
Duration – 12 hours+
Difficulty level – Moderate/Difficult
Elevation – Highest point(dolphin nose)- 2000m.
Lowest point (kumbakkarai falls)- 400m
Best time to visit – Sept/Oct

First statement after finishing the trek – “F**k! Lag gai”


Things not to expect:

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New Zealand In 10 days

Budget: 5 Lakhs (including flights)

Day Place Accomodation Activity
1 Auckland SKYCITY Hotel Sky Tower visit + city visit
2 Auckland SKYCITY Hotel Waitomo glow worm caves and Hobbiton Experience
3 TE ANAU The Distinction
Luxmore Hotel
Fly to queenstown. Rent a car and go to on the way to te anau
4 TE ANAU Scenic Cruise in milford sound
5 QUEENSTOWN Hilton Onsen pool spa , shotover jet, sky dive
6 Wanaka Wanaka Edge
water lakeside
Enjoy the lake, scenary and learn to fly a plane at
Southern Lakes (Learn-to-fly)
7 Franz Josef Glenfern Villas Heli-Hike 3hrs + Glacier Hot pools
8 Arthur’s pass youth hostel near
Arthur’s pass.
Arthur’s Pass trek
9 Christchurch Novotel Antarctic Centre XPRESS PASS

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Cambodia and Bali in 10 days (draft)


This, as usual was a fast track trip. Owing to the price hikes during new year and lack of proper planning (as usual), we decided to go from  India -> Malaysia -> Cambodia -> Malaysia -> Indonesia -> Malaysia -> India. We skipped visiting Malaysia as we already covered it during our New Zealand trip.

The highlights of Cambodia were:

  1. Phnom Peng :
    1. Royal Palace
    2. Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum (Recommended to take a guided tour of it)
    3. Wat Phnom 
    4. A private boat ride in the Mekong river.
    5. beautiful landscape during bus ride from phnom penh to siem reap.
  2. Siem Reap:
    1. Stay in Pub street (dirt cheap beer, extremely cheap massage centers)
    2. Half day cycle tour to Angkor Wat
    3. visit to the floating village Kompong Phluk
    4. icecream of the french chef

The highlights of Bali were:

  1. Pro Surf hostel at Kuta
    1. Right next to Kuta beach.
    2. Had pool where we learned how to do summersault
    3. Surfing lessons provided for extremely cheap price with guarantee that we will be able to stand of the surf, if not, next class free. (we failed and went for the next free class)
    4. Trek to Mount Batur, an active volcano. a


1) Tickets:

Most important things are tickets. Trust me, they can be the costliest part of your trip if not planned properly. One should always try to book the tickets as early as possible. The sites like kayak and skyscanner come very handy. Search for options like from “Bangalore” to “anywhere” , “anytime” and see if any place suits your budget. You can also check for certain months and then plan your travel accordingly.

2) Say no to weekend travels:

Try not to travel on a weekend. The weekends tickets are usually more costy than the weekday tickets. Also the weekends differ from one country to another. For eg, in India, saturday and sunday are treated as weekend while in Egypt, Friday, saturday are weekends.Try to make use of such differences.


making the most of less no. of leaves and small pocket