Saurav Chakraborty

Saurav

A Piper, a Prisoner, a Dreamer and yet sometimes a doer! Saurav is a classic case of Dr Jekkyll and Mr Hyde of the modern times! A dedicated workaholic from 9 to 6, he tries his hand at Blogging, Photography, Net Gazing, Trekking at the first opportunity that he gets. An avid traveler, who gets excited at the mere mention of a new unexplored place, Saurav has written quite a few articles for Terrainspotter and also been pivotal in gathering the fellow travelers that exist on this site!

  • Lansdowne - Amidst The Pine Forest
    Lansdowne - Amidst The Pine Forest

    Saurav Chakraborty   Saurav Chakraborty   Dec,2012   Dec,2012   0  0

    Lansdowne is located in Uttarakhand, India in the Pauri Garhwal district. It is 1870mts above sea level, 250kms away from Delhi and 81 kms from Pauri. Kotdwara is the nearest station 41kms away”...

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  • Munnar - Misty Wonder!
    Munnar - Misty Wonder!

    Saurav Chakraborty   Saurav Chakraborty   Dec,2012   Dec,2012   3  3

    Landscaped tea gardens,cascading waterfalls all around you, long winding roads with a whiff of fresh mountain air on each turn, cheerful villagers returning your wave with a 100 watt smile and the gra...

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  • Utan - The Sea beckons from the hilltop
    Utan - The Sea beckons from the hilltop

    Saurav Chakraborty   Saurav Chakraborty   Dec,2012   Dec,2012   2  2

    Imagine a place from where you can see the Arabian Ocean's vast expanse - left,right and centre.A place located on a hilltop with Coconut trees lined along the gravelled path,swayed to and fro by ...

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  • Song Loharkhet and Dhakuri - The Lost Villages!
    Song Loharkhet and Dhakuri - The Lost Villages!

    Saurav Chakraborty   Saurav Chakraborty   Dec,2012   Dec,2012   2  2

    The foundations of the Pindari Glacier trek that I undertook with Mr Badru,started from a place called Song.Song is a small and beautiful village about 199 Km's from Kathgodam(The place till where...

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  • Matheran - Forest On Top
    Matheran - Forest On Top

    Saurav Chakraborty   Saurav Chakraborty   Dec,2012   Dec,2012   0  0

    Some really interesting facts about Matheran to get you glued to this post Matheran is the tiniest hill station in the world   Matheran is the only pedestrian tourist destination in Asia Matheran...

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  • Karla Caves - Among the Theravada Budhists
    Karla Caves - Among the Theravada Budhists

    Saurav Chakraborty   Saurav Chakraborty   Dec,2012   Dec,2012   1  1

    Karla caves are one of the best example of rock cut caves in India.Build during the 2nd century B.C, the caves are a sight to behold with it's intricate craftsmanship and Buddhist style grandeur.L...

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  • Pune City - In the land of the Peshwas
    Pune City - In the land of the Peshwas

    Saurav Chakraborty   Saurav Chakraborty   Dec,2012   Dec,2012   0  0

    Pune has kind of always played second fiddle to Mumbai and I was always keen to find out more about this seventh largest Indian metropolis. So when my close friend Kishor told me that we could stay at...

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  • La Cote d Azur de l Est - The French Riviera Of The East- Pondicherry
    La Cote d Azur de l Est - The French Riviera Of The East- Pondicherry

    Saurav Chakraborty   Saurav Chakraborty   Mar,2010   Mar,2010   0  0

    After driving through the East Coast Road halfway, the best place to halt a day or two is Pondicherry (now called Puducherry), which is by the way, an Union Territory. Pondicherry town dates back to a...

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  • Hyderabad - Welcome To The Land Of The Nawabs!
    Hyderabad - Welcome To The Land Of The Nawabs!

    Saurav Chakraborty   Saurav Chakraborty   Oct,2010   Oct,2010   2  2

    Hyderabad, the name itself sounds majestic! I remember my dad's ranting about the Golconda's and the Chowmohallah's when I was just old enough to comprehend other people views. So when I g...

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  • Gurgaon - Oh My Good Gaon!
    Gurgaon - Oh My Good Gaon!

    Saurav Chakraborty   Saurav Chakraborty   Dec,2012   Dec,2012   4  4

    There are many things that make Gurgaon a unique place to live in. Let me think of a few that you might find interesting: A. It's the only place in the world where you cannot get your morning cup ...

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  • Delhi - The Secret Garden
    Delhi - The Secret Garden

    Saurav Chakraborty   Saurav Chakraborty   Dec,2012   Dec,2012   0  0

    Located near the Saidullajab Village, very close to the well known PVR Saket is the Garden of Five Senses. Build by Delhi Tourism Transportation Developement Corporation(DTDC) in 2003, this is quite a...

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  • From - Satara to Kolhapur
    From - Satara to Kolhapur

    Saurav Chakraborty   Saurav Chakraborty   Dec,2012   Dec,2012   0  0

    56 Km from the Pune city lies the neat little town of Satara. The name Satara was given in ancient times due to the 7 hills that surrounded the city. The highway stretch onwards from Satara is a truly...

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  • Kochi - The Culture Curry!
    Kochi - The Culture Curry!

    Saurav Chakraborty   Saurav Chakraborty   May,2011   May,2011   2  2

    From the time you land up at the Kochi Airport, you know that you have come to the right place. The plane lands in Kochi and you walk down to the Airport which seems like a resort entrance. The Kochi ...

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  • Pindari Glacier - The Hills Are Alive!
    Pindari Glacier - The Hills Are Alive!

    Saurav Chakraborty   Saurav Chakraborty   Dec,2012   Dec,2012   3  3

    On reaching Pindari Glacier after the long trekking journey, one is speechless for many minutes with the amazing beauty that unfolds in front of them! The mesmerizing songs of the winds that reverbera...

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  • Driving along the East Coast Road!
    Driving along the East Coast Road!

    Saurav Chakraborty   Saurav Chakraborty   Dec,2012   Dec,2012   2  2

    In case you have made a few south Indian friends in the past, the mention of ECR must have been quite frequent in your life. Ask any Chennai person the best way to chill, and you will most probably be...

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  • Jilling - Off The Beaten Track
    Jilling - Off The Beaten Track

    Saurav Chakraborty   Saurav Chakraborty   Dec,2012   Dec,2012   0  0

    Jilling does not appear in many Hotel listings or guide books. About two hours drive from the Kathgodam Railway station, Jilling is tucked away in utter anonymity deliberately till you suddenly find i...

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  • Rishikesh - The River Wild
    Rishikesh - The River Wild

    Saurav Chakraborty   Saurav Chakraborty   Dec,2012   Dec,2012   0  0

    ''Serenity, mysticism and exhilaration''… If you want to associate your next weekend trip with these three terms then this travelogue by Terrainspotter is a must read! Let me in...

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  • Coorg - How green is my valley
    Coorg - How green is my valley

    Saurav Chakraborty   Saurav Chakraborty   Dec,2012   Dec,2012   0  0

    A typical morning slumber in Coorg will be broken by normally three things - Bird's Chirping, the sound of a slight drizzle on the nearby tin patch and the cool winds rustling through the open win...

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  • Velneshwar Beach - The Lonely Konkan Coast
    Velneshwar Beach - The Lonely Konkan Coast

    Saurav Chakraborty   Saurav Chakraborty   Dec,2012   Dec,2012   0  0

    If you are looking at an ideal water spot where you can enjoy the beauty of nature while swimming and sunbathing, then Velneshwar beach in Maharashtra is just the right spot for you!  This is one...

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  • When Quality Meets Quantity - Unconventional Joints in Delhi!
    When Quality Meets Quantity - Unconventional Joints in Delhi!

    Saurav Chakraborty   Saurav Chakraborty   Dec,2012   Dec,2012   2  2

    If you are a hardcore self proclaimed foodie, the conundrum that one have always faces is the classic one : Where can I go and have the best food at the cheapest price ? We decided to put our memory c...

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  • Bangkok -  A heady brew of Culture and Modernity
    Bangkok - A heady brew of Culture and Modernity

    Saurav Chakraborty   Saurav Chakraborty   Dec,2012   Dec,2012   1  1

    A Trip to Bangkok has many stages in it and these stages can be divided into Days actually. One needs a separate day to feel the history and ancient grandeur of ‘Krung Thep Maha Nakhon’ wh...

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  • Pattaya - City By The Sea
    Pattaya - City By The Sea

    Saurav Chakraborty   Saurav Chakraborty   Dec,2012   Dec,2012   2  2

    The word 'Full On' cannot be better fitted to a place other than Pattaya.The city by the sea where's there's always something happening! Lone walks on the beach at Sunrise,eating out t...

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  • In Search Of The Elusive Dhaba Food - Part I
    In Search Of The Elusive Dhaba Food - Part I

    Saurav Chakraborty   Saurav Chakraborty   Dec,2012   Dec,2012   3  3

    So the Terrainspotter team recently went, well once again…to Kasauli. Now the fun of going to Kasauli is exploring Dhabas all along the highway. In this new series inside ‘Gastronomic Del...

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  • Kasauli - Houses On The Hill
    Kasauli - Houses On The Hill

    Saurav Chakraborty   Saurav Chakraborty   Dec,2012   Dec,2012   3  3

    There is nothing that special about Kasauli, Really! There are not too many sightseeing points compared to a Shimla or a Mussorie, but that’s what I think is the strength of this tiny hill stati...

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  • From Manali To Rohtang - To The Valley Of Lost Souls!
    From Manali To Rohtang - To The Valley Of Lost Souls!

    Saurav Chakraborty   Saurav Chakraborty   Aug,2011   Aug,2011   3  3

    The Terrainspotter team had the most impromptu plan ever made to go to Rohtang! There are plenty of places to visit in Manali including solang valley, Rohtang pass, Manu temple, Kothi, Hadimba Temple,...

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  • Gastronomony Divine In Mumbai
    Gastronomony Divine In Mumbai

    Saurav Chakraborty   Saurav Chakraborty   Dec,2012   Dec,2012   0  0

    In Mumbai,there lies a place called VT.In VT,there's an area called Fort and in and around Fort are  - Gastronomic delights. Delights - that - give - your - stomach - the - taste of...

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  • Kashid - White Sands and Blue Seas
    Kashid - White Sands and Blue Seas

    Saurav Chakraborty   Saurav Chakraborty   Dec,2012   Dec,2012   2  2

    The pristine Kashid Beach is located on the shores of Arabian Sea, in the North Konkan region of Maharashtra, India. It is located 30 km from Alibag and 135 km from Mumbai on the Alibag-Murud road. (T...

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  • Zebopping at Utorda - Vignettes Of Goa
    Zebopping at Utorda - Vignettes Of Goa

    Saurav Chakraborty   Saurav Chakraborty   Dec,2012   Dec,2012   2  2

    I have always been fascinated with Goa.It is not only because I have spend my adolescent years there,but also because of the fact that Goa is truly an unique place.A place that has beauty,culture,dive...

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  • The Art Of Chilling - Shogi
    The Art Of Chilling - Shogi

    Saurav Chakraborty   Saurav Chakraborty   Dec,2012   Dec,2012   0  0

    Over the last one year, we have always tried to cover locations that are a bit offbeat from the 'Usual Suspects'. These destinations have always had their cult following over the last 10 years...

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  • Eat Your Heart Out - Kanua @ Bangalore
    Eat Your Heart Out - Kanua @ Bangalore

    Saurav Chakraborty   Saurav Chakraborty   Dec,2012   Dec,2012   0  0

    When you open a Burrp.com or a Zomato.com website or app, you are introduced to 100's of restaurants in your area and 1000's across the city. When you open the morning paper, leaflets drop out...

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  • The Ultimate Morning Hill Drive - Dhanaulti
    The Ultimate Morning Hill Drive - Dhanaulti

    Saurav Chakraborty   Saurav Chakraborty   Dec,2012   Dec,2012   0  0

    Our visit to Dhanaulti was amidst a lot of confusion. We were halting at Mussorie and of course there are tons of things to see in and around Mussorie. Be it the Mall Road, the Kempty Falls or the wal...

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  • Agra - The Holy Shrine, An Emperor's Passion & The Highway!
    Agra - The Holy Shrine, An Emperor's Passion & The Highway!

    Saurav Chakraborty   Saurav Chakraborty   Dec,2012   Dec,2012   0  0

    I am sure there would be hundred's and thousand's of articles on the Taj Mahal and Fatehpur Sikri. After all they are World Heritage sites and part of the existing wonders of the world. Well R...

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  • Sieze The Day - Mcleodganj
    Sieze The Day - Mcleodganj

    Saurav Chakraborty   Saurav Chakraborty   May,2011   May,2011   0  0

    One of the simplest hill trips with a bucketful of options if you live in Delhi, or have come there for a meeting during your busy job schedule...is Mcleodganj...Or Bhagsunag...Or Dharamkot. Well, the...

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  • Jim Corbett Park-The Maneaters Of Kumaon
    Jim Corbett Park-The Maneaters Of Kumaon

    Saurav Chakraborty   Saurav Chakraborty   Dec,2012   Dec,2012   0  0

    It’s an added advantage if you have read the ‘Man Eaters of Kumaon’ before visiting this famous Indian National Park. The book brings to life for today’s generation the famous ...

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  • Pelling| On Cloud Number 9
    Pelling| On Cloud Number 9

    Saurav Chakraborty   Saurav Chakraborty   Dec,2012   Dec,2012   0  0

    This is the most apt Title that I could think of when I wanted to define in four words about Pelling. This absolutely awesome hideout in the hills in West Sikkim allows you to do something that we do ...

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  • Inside The Pink City
    Inside The Pink City

    Saurav Chakraborty   Saurav Chakraborty   Dec,2012   Dec,2012   1  1

    The first thing that catches your eye as your car enters through one of the seven gates into Old Jaipur is the universal manner in which the colour Pink has been used on the buildings. The other thing...

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  • Amidst the Tea Estates in the Hills - Darjeeling
    Amidst the Tea Estates in the Hills - Darjeeling

    Saurav Chakraborty   Saurav Chakraborty   Dec,2012   Dec,2012   1  1

    Ask any Bengali about Darjeeling and the first memory he/she will have is as a toddler holding mom and pops hand and having visited Darjeeling! It's another thing that the memory of the trip would...

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  • Liberate me from the Ocean Of Existence - Dhakineshwar Temple
    Liberate me from the Ocean Of Existence - Dhakineshwar Temple

    Saurav Chakraborty   Saurav Chakraborty   Dec,2012   Dec,2012   0  0

    An early Saturday or Sunday morning visit to Dhakhineshwar Temple is good for many reasons...even for a non temple going person like me. First you get to see the serene and holy ganges and all the mor...

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  • The Lush Green Western Ghats - Mahabaleshwar
    The Lush Green Western Ghats - Mahabaleshwar

    Saurav Chakraborty   Saurav Chakraborty   Dec,2012   Dec,2012   2  2

    One of the best hill stations on the Western Ghats, Mahabaleshwar is the perfect weekend getaway located amidst the scenic Sahyadri Mountains. With mesmerizing waterfalls, long winding roads and the p...

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  • Pawna - Lake Placid
    Pawna - Lake Placid

    Saurav Chakraborty   Saurav Chakraborty   Dec,2012   Dec,2012   3  3

    Lonavla is truly the home away from home for all Mumbaikars.It's 40 Minutes from Panvel, easy to reach...and does have a great cloudy & cool weather from mid June to September.There's just...

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  • Time Stops in Calcutta - Docking at Dacres Lane!
    Time Stops in Calcutta - Docking at Dacres Lane!

    Saurav Chakraborty   Saurav Chakraborty   Dec,2012   Dec,2012   2  2

    I will take the liberty in this post to call Kolkata as the Good Old Calcutta.I have mentioned it before in one of my earlier post that in Calcutta - sometimes time stops.It really does!There are nook...

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  • History, Culture and Food Enjoyed In Winters - Delhi
    History, Culture and Food Enjoyed In Winters - Delhi

    Saurav Chakraborty   Saurav Chakraborty   Dec,2012   Dec,2012   4  4

    This post has been in the backlog for a long time. When I was in Mumbai, I always missed the enigma called Delhi where I started my career in 2003 and I used to always think about writing this article...

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  • City Of Lakes - Udaipur
    City Of Lakes - Udaipur

    Saurav Chakraborty   Saurav Chakraborty   Dec,2012   Dec,2012   1  1

    Rajasthan is one state of India that gives many images at once when one thinks about it. The vast desert, the Rajputana Heritage, India's largest state and many more. Udaipur, probably the most fa...

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  • In the Middle Of Nowhere - Tanot Mata and Ranau
    In the Middle Of Nowhere - Tanot Mata and Ranau

    Saurav Chakraborty   Saurav Chakraborty   Dec,2012   Dec,2012   4  4

    There are places that are tourist attractions. There are also places that are still off the map for many tourists, but ones who take the pains to go there, come back with a completely fresh perspectiv...

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  • Sultanpur - A Jungle Just Away From The Concrete Jungle
    Sultanpur - A Jungle Just Away From The Concrete Jungle

    Saurav Chakraborty   Saurav Chakraborty   Jan,2013   Jan,2013   0  0

    If you are living in Gurgaon , you are definitely living in the Concrete Jungle. Your 9 to 6 job ends, you go home and after some interactions with family , you sleep off. One does not notice how many...

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  • Nangli Village Stay - A Taste Of The Asli India
    Nangli Village Stay - A Taste Of The Asli India

    Saurav Chakraborty   Saurav Chakraborty   Jan,2013   Jan,2013   0  0

    Digging this travelogue from the mind's old memoir lanes. You know the best way to see the real India is to set on a journey that is self explorative and there are no set agendas. Such an oppurtun...

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  • Veggies Delight At Chail - Sharmaji Ka Dhaba
    Veggies Delight At Chail - Sharmaji Ka Dhaba

    Saurav Chakraborty   Saurav Chakraborty   Apr,2013   Apr,2013   4  4

    Once in a While, you come across restaurants that are solely dedicated to one and one thing only - the food. They dont care about Ambience, Location, Presentation but only the fact that people should ...

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  • The Balcony With A View - Salogra
    The Balcony With A View - Salogra

    Saurav Chakraborty   Saurav Chakraborty   Apr,2013   Apr,2013   7  7

    There isnt much about Salogra on the web, thus this travelogue is a great kick for me personally. I though was introduced to this gem of a place about 8 years back by my good friend Atharva, who was k...

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  • Far Away From The Madding Crowd - Pangot
    Far Away From The Madding Crowd - Pangot

    Saurav Chakraborty   Saurav Chakraborty   Mar,2013   Mar,2013   0  0

    Pangot has found prominence as a hill station with tourists over the last few years. Just 15 Km's away from the ever popular Nainital, these areas till long were only known by a select few. The dr...

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  • Living In The Orchards - Mukteshwar
    Living In The Orchards - Mukteshwar

    Saurav Chakraborty   Saurav Chakraborty   Jul,2013   Jul,2013   0  0

    In total, I have been thrice to Mukteshwar over the last 8 years. Quite a repeat visitor I have been to this quiet hill station about 60 Km's from its much more famous and illustrious neighbor, Na...

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  • The skull Island- Kelva Beach
    The skull Island- Kelva Beach

    Saurav Chakraborty   Saurav Chakraborty   Aug,2013   Aug,2013   0  0

    Long long time ago, an angry young man(A),an eccentric mathematician from IIM Calcutta (V),a budding SEM specialist(G),An unknowing Editor(R) who was a Victim of our drunken binges and yours truly me ...

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  • Radhey radhey- Mathura and Vrindavan
    Radhey radhey- Mathura and Vrindavan

    Saurav Chakraborty   Saurav Chakraborty   Aug,2013   Aug,2013   0  0

    Pappan drives his rickety rickshaw through the crowded Mathura near “Dwarkadeesh Temple”. He wiggles his steering and swivels his body as he maneuvers the Rickshaw through the sea of bodie...

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  • An Evening At Hyderabad - Hussain Sagar Lake and Paradise Biryani
    An Evening At Hyderabad - Hussain Sagar Lake and Paradise Biryani

    Saurav Chakraborty   Saurav Chakraborty   Oct,2013   Oct,2013   2  2

    Hyderabad has always been one of my favourite Indian Cities. I already visited it many times before and have written about my Hyderabad sojourn on Terrainspotter before. My last trip was a guided tour...

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  • Religion, Mythology And Psychedelia - Pushkar
    Religion, Mythology And Psychedelia - Pushkar

    Saurav Chakraborty   Saurav Chakraborty   Dec,2013   Dec,2013   0  0

    Some say that three is a crowd. Some also say that two is bliss. I say that Travelling Solo can be swell! Recently I drove down to Pushkar from Delhi and stayed there for 2 days and unlike other desti...

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  • Super Sized Me - Eating At Drive Ins and Diners at the US
    Super Sized Me - Eating At Drive Ins and Diners at the US

    Saurav Chakraborty   Saurav Chakraborty   Apr,2014   Apr,2014   0  0

    One of the things I always loved about the United States among the Numerous other things that I liked was the various Drive Ins and Cheap Food Joints that I saw in the movies. I would always see the h...

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  • 99 More Things Left To Do In Life - Bukhara @ ITC
    99 More Things Left To Do In Life - Bukhara @ ITC

    Saurav Chakraborty   Saurav Chakraborty   Sep,2014   Sep,2014   0  0

    As the Title suggests, every person has his or her Wish List or Bucket List, whatever you may call it. It feels great when you cross an item from your Bucket List, aint it? Eating at the Bukhara was o...

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  • An Early Morning At The Taj - Taj Mahal
    An Early Morning At The Taj - Taj Mahal

    Saurav Chakraborty   Saurav Chakraborty   Dec,2014   Dec,2014   0  0

    There are two things that India is known for the world over : Taj Mahal and Sachin Tendulkar(In the same order of priority). While Sachin has become a regular face due to the advent of cricket in over...

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  • The City By The Bay - San Francisco
    The City By The Bay - San Francisco

    Saurav Chakraborty   Saurav Chakraborty   Sep,2015   Sep,2015   0  0

    "The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco - Mark Twain". I heard this on the hop on hop off bus during my amazing stay with Family at San Francisco. There's so much ...

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  • The Sin City - Las Vegas
    The Sin City - Las Vegas

    Saurav Chakraborty   Saurav Chakraborty   Nov,2016   Nov,2016   0  0

    During my visit to Las Vegas I had almost filled up my phone with photos. Unfortunately all my photos got deleted by mistake. The only photos that I am left with are the ones I put on social media. So...

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  • The Fine Art Of Getting Leh'ed - Leh & Beyond
    The Fine Art Of Getting Leh'ed - Leh & Beyond

    Saurav Chakraborty   Saurav Chakraborty   Sep,2017   Sep,2017   0  0

    I have been an avid traveler to the hills over the last 15 years of my independent life but somehow a trip to Leh had remained unticked in the ever increasing bucket list checklist that keeps getting ...

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