On the last day of my business trip in Mountain View, I visited Napa Valley with my friends in the valley.
We started with the free tour of Korbel Champagne Cellars, walking us through the process of making Champagne, followed by Champagne tasting.
I would be driving 2300km spanning 4 states in 3 days was definitely not something I had thought when we decided to leave for an impromptu trip to Kodaikanal from Hyderabad.
Day 1: Overnight drive from Hyderabad to Bangalore
Osman Sagar is an artificial lake about an hour’s drive from Hyderabad.
Our first stop was Mrugavani National Park. The park has Safari tours from 10am to 4pm. You can roam around the park without the guided safari tours, however most parts of the park can be visited only on the guided tours.
This tallest Masonary is a 3 hour drive from Hyderabad.
Bhongir Fort is located in Nalgonda district at a distance of 150km from Hyderabad.
Rappelling at the fort is run by the Rock Climbing School run by Shekhar Babu, who summited Mt. Everest in 2007 and currently leads expedition to Everest. Shekhar has trained Poorna, the youngest girl who summited Everest at the age of 13 (Bollywood movie Poorna)
We visited Krabi in 2015. Here’s our itinerary
15:00 Finalize itinerary, scuba, forex amount, phuket plan, car rental etc.
15:30 Check in online at same time to get seats together
Whenever I take an international flight, I try to extend my layovers. This is how I had visited Hong Kong and Singapore while traveling to Taiwan and Australia for student exchange and internships in college. Two months after joining Google in Hyderabad, I got the opportunity to visit the Googleplex in Mountain View. I was flying via Dubai so I decided to pick flights that gave me a long layover.
I love making impulsive plans. It all started when I was in Hard Rock Cafe and heard about an Air Asia sale for round trip tickets to Kuala Lumpur for less than 8000 INR (120USD). I stepped out, called other friends from work and college and booked tickets for 6 of us that night, followed by 10 other friends booking their flights later that week.
I had half a day’s halt at Singapore while traveling to Australia.
This is the rough itinerary I made before leaving. Ended up making a lot of changes as I had a friend living in Singapore who showed me around.
Out of 10 zen temples in Japan, 5 are in Kyoto and 5 are in Kamakura. We started at 8am from Shinagawa station and this was the itinerary we followed.
This was my itinerary when I visited Hong Kong in 2012.
- 06:50am Immigration, check in hotel, brunch near hotel. Get octopus card.
- 12:00pm One hour Star Ferry’s Harbor Cruise. Get down at Tsim Sha Tsui.
I lived in Taiwan for four months on a semester abroad program. I had a Chinese and 2 Taiwanese roommates. Taiwanese people are extremely friendly and welcoming to foreigners. I made some of my best friends there.
An internship in Australia means a trip to the Barrier Reef. We flew to Whitsundays as it has great diving and sailing tours at the Airlie beach. Sailing on siska, an 80ft Ocean Maxi that has won races all over the world with the friendliest staff was one of the most thrilling experience of my life. Okay, so here it begins with an introduction of what each one of us was up to.
That’s the reason I love Canberra. A great place for long drives with lots of weekend getaways, with Tidbinbilla being one of them.
We ended making an unplanned weekend trip to Brisbane and Gold Coast during my internship in Canberra.
When I got my summer internship at Sony Corporation, Japan, the first thing I added to my todo list was to climb Mt. Fuji. During my interviews with Sony, I mentioned this as one of the reasons I want to do the internship in Japan. Preparing intensively by reading blogs, asking locals and referring tourist websites, our group of 9 interns from India, decided to take a once-in-a-lifetime trip to summit Mount Fuji (富士山, Fujisan), Japan’s highest mountain, an active volcano, 3776 meters above the sea level.
Amritsar is the home of the most beautiful Gurudwara, the Golden Temple. Amritsar has one of the most historically touching place, the Jalliyanwala bagh and Amritsar is the place for the best Punjabi dhabas. But what makes a trip to Amritsar a must is the Attari Border.