This is the first part of the blog that covers our Stok Kangri summit in July 2018. 20th July 2018 Having woken up from our disturbed sleep – the flight took-off from Mumbai at 4 am! - we raised the window shades of the airline seats we were in (which, we had, smartly enough, all … Continue reading Stok Kangri – Part 1 – pre-trekking days
The Ratri Bazaar in Baroda is a great draw, for localities and tourists alike. A safe place to have a quick bite, or an elaborate dinner, with family and friends, late in the night! The food park is open round the night and the offerings are delicious. And while you are here don't miss on … Continue reading Ratri Bazaar – the night market – we need one in every city!
Harishchandragadh fort is on the bucket list of all trekkers who trek in Sahyadris, and for no mean reason. It's among the highest, toughest and most enjoyable of treks in Maharashtra. The views from Taramati peak - the 4th highest in Maharashtra - and Konkan Kada - a semi-circular cliff overhang with a vertical drop … Continue reading Konkan kada – a spectacular viewpoint atop Harishchandragadh fort
Potatoes, sweet potatoes, beans, spinach, purple yam, and lots of spices 🙂 It all goes into an earthen pot, the mouth sealed, and half buried upside down into a heap of burning cow-dung cakes! What you get after an hour or so is boiled, spiced vegetables, to be eaten as-is with a copious serving of … Continue reading Ubaliyu – a curious delicacy that springs up across the Mumbai – Ahmedabad highway near Vapi every winter
Driving from Jamnagar to Rajkot noticed this anomaly! The HPCL attendant said this has been the case for a week now. Not sure what is causing this though...or whether this is a Gujarat specific scenario but interesting. Have you noticed this? Any idea what could be causing this?
What is popularly known as gola (crushed ice candy dipped in a variety of syrups) is a popular dessert in Gujarat, especially the Saurashtra region. It comes in various levels of sophistication, from the humble ice lolly around a candy stick with just one flavor, to elaborate ones with malai, mawa and dry fruits, served … Continue reading Anybody for a gola tonight?
Lonar Crater - the only hypervelocity natural impact crater in basaltic rock in the world! And it is also the third largest salt water lake in the world, with the water there being about 7 time saltier than sea-water!