Gir National Park Trip (Devaliya Safari Zone)

Lions sitting on grass.

The Devaliya Safari Park is about 412 hectares of the Gir National Park that was developed as an interpretation zone. It’s also often called the Sasan Gir Interpretation Zone. This zone allows visitors to see lions, deers, boars, and other species of wildlife without disturbing their natural habitat too much. So you don’t have to only go on the Gir Jungle Trail to see the animals in Gir National park. The Devalia Safari Park which is about 13 kilometers from Sasan Gir Village is perfect for this!

What to eat in Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh

South India Thali at Dharamshala.

Dharamshala, the scenic city of Himachal Pradesh, is located in the Kangra Valley of the state. Dharamshala and its many small villages are known for the snow-capped Dhauladhar mountains. While there are a plethora of things to do in Dharamshala, the most favorite activity for some people there is to try the different food of the region.

20 Unique Cafes Around the World

Space effective architecture and ambience at The Lhong Tou Café.

We’ve seen some really quirky cafes around the world while traveling; some in old factories, some in scary allies, and some of them even situated at the top of mountains. If you look for the world’s most unusual cafes and best coffee shops, you’ll find some really quirky and strange ones. Wondering where all the … Read more

Where to eat in Bangalore, India

Masala Dosa at New Krishna Bhavan - Pic by Athul from Our Backpack Tales

Bangalore being the IT hub and one of the most populated cities in India, you can spot people form all over India and also from other countries living here. From temples and hill stations to waterfalls and forts, there are many places to visit around Bangalore which makes it a loved destination for tourists. Cultural … Read more

Best Street Food in Asia to Eat

Bhelpuri in Mumbai - Pic by Sarah from TheWingedFork

Living in Asia has its perks; warm weather, friendly locals, old churches, and most of all the best street food in Asia, or maybe even the best street food in the world. So if you’re traveling across Asia and wondering what best Asian street food you must try; here’s the list of the top Asian … Read more

13 Things to do in Tokyo, Japan with Kids

Nara Deer Park - Pic by Veronica from Vacay Visionary

Visiting Tokyo without knowing Japanese can seem scary. Luckily their hospitality coupled with most people speaking English makes getting around easier. There are so many things to do in Tokyo for adults and children. Many things on this list will be child-friendly since a six-year-old was my travel buddy. Tokyo is of course one of … Read more

Follow Your Tastebuds Through Taipei

Peanut Roll in Dihua Street - Pic by Robert from Leave Your Daily Hell

Taipei has more than earned its reputation as one of the best food cities in the world. However, deciding what to eat in Taipei can be a process of elimination that’s too difficult for many travelers, especially if it’s your first time in the city, if you only have a few days or if you … Read more

30+ Weird Foods of the World to Taste

Fried Lethocerus Indicus in Thailand market - Pic by Vijinathk

We were having a chat about the unusual food people eat in different cultures, and Laura said, “You know some people eat every part of the fish”. I said “Yeah, we do too! The fins, the eyes, everything.” And that started a long conversation about how my culture eats goat trotters, goat tripe, oxtail stew, … Read more

Where to eat in Bir Billing, Himachal Pradesh

Dessert at Byron Bay Café - Pic by Rachita from Nomllers

It is sad but not a lot of people know that Bir actually has a lot of amazing food spots to try out different cuisines and dishes here. Bir Billing is primarily famous as Asia’s Best Paragliding Site and has many monasteries, treks, etc. for you to check out here. But amongst all this, no … Read more

50+ Popular Drinks to try around the World

Some popular Herbes brands - By Paps from TheWingedFork

Ever had this happen? Travelled on holiday to a new city and after a fun day sightseeing, dropped into that famous café or bar and got stumped looking at the bar drinks list. Yep, that’s happened to me. What should I drink? What drink is famous in this city? What’s on the list of top … Read more

Where to eat in Jaffa, Israel

Traditional Israeli dish at Dr. Shakshuka - Pic by Denise from The Navy Blonde

Israel has the best food in the world. I may be slightly biased since I lived there for 5 years, but the fresh produce; incredible dips like hummus and tahini; and the Middle Eastern take on Mediterranean food is hard to beat. While there are countless must-see places in Israel, one of my favorite cities … Read more

Global Mardi Gras Food and Customs

Masskara Festival is held annually in October in Bacolod, Negros Island. Pic by Ceslou from Wikipedia CC BY-SA 4.0.

What is Mardi Gras? Or what is Fat Tuesday? The Roman pagan festivals of times long past were integrated into Christian traditions by the Roman Catholic Church and are now part of the festival that is called Mardi Gras. When is Mardi Gras? Or When is Fat Tuesday? Well, depending on the culture celebrating it, … Read more

Top Water Sports Destinations In The World

Kayaking at Cala Blava in Mallorca - By Abby from TheWingedFork

It’s summer somewhere in the world right now! We’re lucky we live on a blue dot that has summer in some place no matter the time of the year; and there are always some nice holiday destinations that are perfect for water sports. My friends and I have put together a list of the best … Read more

Unusual things to do in Goa, India

View from the Cabo De Rama Fort - Pic by Abby from TheWingedFork

OFF THE BEATEN PATH ATTRACTIONS IN GOAUsgalimal Rock CarvingsGalgibaga beachTalpona BeachSan Jacinto IslandKerim BeachMorjim BeachCabo De Rama FortPalolem BeachSt. Augustine’s Tower RuinsRita’s Gourment Cooking Class Butterfly Conservatory GoaKakolem BeachButterfly Beach POPULAR BEACHES AND DESTINATIONS IN GOACalangute BeachCotigao Wildlife SanctuaryCumbarjua CanalMapusa MarketNetravali Bubbling LakeArvalem CavesBaga BeachImmaculate Conception Church, PanjimPonda Street MarketCandolim Beach WHERE TO EAT IN … Read more

Kaka Baptista East Indian Museum in Mumbai

Old East Indian artifacts - Pic by Abby from TheWingedFork

My family always talks about how our great-grandfather Joseph Frank Rebello was the secretary to Kaka Baptista, the great freedom fighter. So it was necessary to visit the museum dedicated to him in Manori, Kaka Baptista East Indian Museum. How to get to the East Indian Museum in Manori? The East Indian Museum is in … Read more

Best Indian Street Food You must Taste

Dahi Puri at Elco Pani Puri Centre in Mumbai

Street Food and Local Restaurants in India that you must visit to try or eat at least once Indian food is most delicious food in the world! Okay, maybe not the sole winner among food around the world, but Indian dishes are definitely some of the most loved snacks and dinners in the world. Street … Read more

What’s for dessert in different cultures?

What's for Dessert?

What’s for dessert? I love dessert! Don’t you? So I’ve asked a few friends of mine to list the best desserts in their cultures. So here we have it – yummy desserts, Italian desserts, simple desserts, quick easy desserts, chocolate desserts, tasty desserts, light desserts, french desserts, fun desserts, summer desserts. Everything from great desserts to amazing desserts in different countries … Read more

Mumbai City Guide: Bombay – City of Dreams

Marine Drive in Mumbai, India - By Vikram Adani

Bombay, the city of dreams, that’s where I live. My Bombay. Or should I say my Mumbai? I’m an East Indian from Mumbai, or Bombay as we still like to call it. Bombay from the Portuguese meaning ‘good bay’ or Mumbai from the Goddess ‘Mumba’. Of course we’ve had a lot of names over the … Read more

What’s for dinner in different cultures (countries)?

"Ki tin pa come" - Aruba by Michele Peterson from A Taste for Travel

What’s for dinner? A question as important as asking about breakfast. What’s for dinner tonight? Is there any dinner? What’s easy to cook for dinner tonight? What can we make for dinner? Supper? Wat eten we vanavond? Vad blir det till middag? You cooking up a feast there? Beth sydd i swper? Kin Khao? Kas Vakarienei? We couldn’t … Read more

What’s for breakfast in different countries (cultures)?

What’s for brekky? – Allison from Las Vegas, USA

What’s for breakfast in different cultures and countries across the world? What’s for breakfast mom? What’s for breakfast darling? What’s for breakfast nan? What’s for breakfast at the cafe? What’s for breakfast honey? I’m hungry. What’s for breakfast? Is there any breakfast? Ever wondered what to have for breakfast? Some of these may be healthy breakfast … Read more

Nahargarh Fort, Jaipur: Abode of Tigers

View of the City of Jaipur from the roof of Madhavendra Bhavan at Nahargarh Fort.

On my recent visit to the UNESCO-designated city of Jaipur, Rajasthan I was lucky enough to visit Nahargarh Fort, originally named Sudharshangarh Fort. (Nope, not Nahargarh Palace; that’s just the name of many local hotels. Nahargarh Fort itself contains a number of palaces that we saw.) The name Nahargarh Fort directly translates to ‘Abode of … Read more

Top Indian Hill Stations you Must-visit This Year!

Darjeeling in West Bengal - By Mainik Biswas from Places and Pixel

India, the land of dreams and legends, the land that has everything to offer – from scorching deserts to frozen mountains, from flowing rivers to blooming valleys – everything you want to see, you can find it in this beautiful land we call home. But if you’re like me – a city dweller from Mumbai – you … Read more

Ramzan/Ramadan at Mohammed Ali Road, Mumbai

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Ramadan or Ramzan is a Muslim celebration of when the Quran was revealed to the prophet Muhammad. Fasting is necessary for Muslims who aren’t sick, elderly, menstruating, breastfeeding, pregnant or travelling. It’s one of the famous Five Pillars of Islam. My Muslim friends fast from dawn till dusk, and don’t have sex, eat, drink, or smoke. … Read more

Buying bras while traveling is tough!

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You’ve already read the blog about how I found it difficult to get back into a Kayak because my boobs kept getting in the way. But that’s not the only problem I’ve had with having big boobs. My country wants me to go braless Take for instance the fact that bras my size are not … Read more

Best local Ice Creams in the World

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Bells ringing, childhood memories. The ice cream cart comes to our neighborhood, but here in Bombay it’s kulfi. Sometimes it’s the kulfi man with the basket on his head announcing his arrival. ‘Kulfi-eaah’. As kids we used to run happily for ice cream or kulfi. That instant brain freeze when you bite, the cool feeling … Read more

Lebua Luxury near Amer Fort Wall, Jaipur, India

The pool and the luxurious diwans near the Amer fort wall - TheWingedFork

/Although I received a minor discount (media rates) for this stay, this does not influence my opinion of the experience. UPDATE: As of September 2018, the Lodge at Amer is no longer under the flagship of Lebua. “Lebua ae Lebua. Lebua ae Lebua.” I won’t tell you which family member was singing that song as … Read more

Review: Elco Pani Puri Restaurant in Mumbai, India

Elco's Bhel Puri is a delicious mix of sev, puffed rice, and more

Since we’ve been young, a trip to Bandra for shopping meant we got to eat some tantalizing snack at Elco Pani Puri Centre and Restaurant on Hill Road in Bandra. Hill Road has always been a street shoppers paradise. I remember coming here since I was 4 or 5, with mum and my siblings. And … Read more

Traveling the world as a Solo Nomad – Melissa

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Doing what you want and love isn’t something that should wait till later. Sometimes you just have to break free from the shackles or a routine existence and jump into that different life. And who knows? You just might find what you were meant to do. Today, Melissa from High Heels and a Backpack shares … Read more

Becoming an Independent Young Nomad – Jeremy

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As India celebrates its 70th Independence Day and the reaffirming of our freedom, we celebrate our right to be all we can be and our right to choose our own destiny. We celebrate youngsters like Jeremy who have chosen to walk the path less travelled, to find their own destiny, and to give hope to … Read more

Review of Café Olé in Pondicherry

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 Zuka in Pondicherry If you’re ever in Pondicherry, two places that you absolutely have to visit are Zuka and Café Olé. Located almost side by side, they are havens for choco-crazed folk like me. Zuka is a store with a wide range of chocolate goodies to offer, from cakes to pastries to little miniatures. Although for … Read more

Chiang Mai, Thailand: The Gem of the North

At The Top of Doi Ithanon - The Highest Spot in Thailand - TheWingedFork.

“Not going to Bangkok or Pattaya? Not even Krabi or Koh Samui? Are you Serious? But that’s where all our Indian brethren always go!” Our friends had a bit of a puzzled expression on their face when we announced we were off to Chiang Mai. My response was a slight grimace, followed by a long … Read more