Our Quest for Happiness: Planning Our First Trip to Bhutan

Bhutan was one of our dream destinations and we wanted to visit there for quite some time. We first attempted to visit Bhutan in October 2018 and looked for flight tickets in January 2018 but guess what…they were sold out! We shifted the plan to travel to Bhutan in October 2019, kept a close track on the flights and booked our seats as soon as the booking window opened 11 months in advance, in November 2018. This was a record even for us; though we sometimes plan our trips 1 or 2 years in advance, we had never booked flight tickets almost a year in advance. I hope you will now understand how badly we wanted to go to Bhutan!
In this blog we pen down our experience of planning our Bhutan trip.

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Flying Business in Vietnam’s Youngest and Only Hybrid Airline – Bamboo Airways

We travelled to various locations of Northern and Southern Vietnam between December 25, 2019 and January 5, 2020. During these 12 days we fell in love with the country – the landscapes, the people, the culture and the flavours. We covered Tam Coc, Halong Bay and Hanoi in Northern Vietnam from December 25 to 31 and then travelled to Ninh Thuan, Phan Thiet and Saigon in Southern Vietnam from December 31 to January 5, for the rest of the trip. To travel between the two parts of the country we picked Vietnam’s youngest and only hybrid airline – Bamboo Airways – and flew in their business class cabin. This blog is an account of the entire experience of flying with Bamboo Airways – from ticketing to baggage claim.

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Exploring One of The Wettest Places on Earth – Sohra, in Monsoons

August is the wettest month of the year in India. And, we decided to visit one of the wettest places in the world in this month to experience Indian monsoons at its best – Sohra (popularly known as Cherrapunji). We were in Sohra for 4 days from 15th to 18th August, 2019.

This trip was not a hastily planned one like our first trip to Meghalaya, earlier in June 2019, when we visited Shnongpdeng to celebrate my birthday. We planned this trip for about a year after we found an amazing place to stay. The accommodation was perfect indeed; set amidst greenery and far from town, it lives up to its name – Ibankordor Jungle Resort.

Deciding to visit Sohra in Monsoons was the best decision we made. The entire region was lush-green and there was not a day when we did not drive through clouds. In this blog we pen down our experience during our 4 days’ stay in Sohra.

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Flavours of Vietnam

There is something interesting about Vietnamese cuisine – they have multiple layers of flavours that are in complete harmony and they are a beauty to look at. While we were traveling in Vietnam we had the opportunity try various Vietnamese food both from street-side vendors and fancy restaurants. In this blog we capture our food journey through Vietnam and our most recommended foods.

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The Noir. Experience – Our Last Dinner in Vietnam

For our last dinner in Vietnam we wanted to do something special and decided upon Noir – firstly for the experience and more importantly to help the cause.
The experience of dining in pitch darkness was something we were not sure how our mind and body would react to. But, from the time Germ (one of the co-founders) greeted us at the door we were made to completely ease down through welcome drinks, blindfolded games and the staff explaining to us how the entire experience would be conducted. Read the blog to know more about our #noirexperience.

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Birthday Celebration in the Hidden Gem of Northeast India – Shnongpdeng

On my birthday earlier this year, Shabbir decided to gift me a vacation, instead of taking me out for a fancy dinner and giving me some gift that I would seldom use. We could only squeeze 3 days from our busy work schedules that coincided with my birthday and decided to travel during that period. We shortlisted a couple of places to visit in Meghalaya during this trip, focusing primarily on Shnongpdeng, which is a fishing village of the Jaintia tribes. On one side of the village is the mountain and on the other side a river – the village is set in the valley. The main attraction of this village is not only the beautiful Wah Umngot but the simplicity and authenticity of the surrounding local community. It was truly a birthday celebration with a difference.

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Weekend in the Best Beach of Mainland India – Agonda

If you are a traveller, you must be well aware of TripAdvisor and their coveted ‘Travellers’ Choice Awards. When TripAdvisor announced the 2019’s top spot holders we wanted to make sure we visit at least one of them from the list right away. We love to visit beaches and were very happy to find that two of the top 5 Best Beaches in Asia were from India – holding the top spot on the list was Radhanagar Beach (Havelock Island, Andaman and Nicobar Islands), with Agonda Beach (Agonda, South Goa) coming in at the fourth spot. We found a long weekend in April and decided to hit either of the two beaches. Considering the fact that travelling to Andaman and Nicobar Islands for just a weekend would be futile, we decided upon Agonda Beach – the best beach of mainland India – as our destination. In this blog we pen down our experience during the 4 days’ stay in Goa.

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Why We Will Never Fly (International) With AirAsia Again?

AirAsia has successfully done what many budget airlines aspire to do – create an illusion of accessible air travel for the masses while making millions selling their additional services. We faced a lot of problems even when we booked ‘Premium Flex’ tickets with AirAsia – not only did they cancel one of the flights very close to the travel dates, they did not even provide all the services that come with the premium tickets, which are almost priced double the basic fare.
Nevertheless, if you do not go for their premium services and the only thing you expect from them is to fly you from point A to point B at the cheapest prices, then you would surely be impressed with AirAsia.
We, surely, were not impressed and we will not be flying with them again, internationally.

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The Unseen Beach Of Sri Lanka – Hiriketiya

Our choice of Sri Lanka as a destination for our honeymoon was completely accidental. We were utterly confused when we were deciding where to visit for our honeymoon – but we were sure of one thing, the hotel where we stay has to be unique. And, we finally found that hotel – Sea View Tree House in Dikwella. Without much thought we booked the hotel and then decided to work around with the travel, visa and other requirements. After a little more research we realized that we booked ourselves in a hotel that was just 5 mins away from one of the best beaches in the world – Hiriketiya Beach.

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