Dubai & Abu Dhabi # 6: Day 3 Part 2 – Desert Safari

Even after superlative urbanization and uncountable tourist spots, desert safari still remains one of the prime attractions of Dubai. We left at around 3 PM in a Land Cruiser which seems to be the widely used 4 * 4 for desert safari. It took an hour to reach the first designated stop. The primary purpose of the …

Dubai & Abu Dhabi # 5: Day 3 Part 1 – Deira and Dubai Museum

Exploring old Dubai and its history was the plan in the first half of the day. We took a short taxi ride to Bur Dubai station and then took Abra ride @ AED 1 per person to Deira Old Souk station. Across the road from the Deira Old Souk Station are the Spice Souk and Old …

Dubai & Abu Dhabi # 4: Day 2 – Atlantis the Palm and Dubai Marina

On day 2, our original plan was to visit Atlantis the Palm in the morning to afternoon time and then move on to visit Dubai Garden Glow and Dinosaur Park in the evening. Realising it will be a lot of walking and travelling from one corner of Dubai to another, we tweaked our plan and …

Dubai & Abu Dhabi # 3: Day 1 – Marhaba Dubai!

Excitement and anxiety brewing from the last couple of months was at its peak. Excitement for the upcoming trip and anxiety of travelling by Air India Express. Air India Express does not have web check-in facility. You must do counter check-in. You can pre-select seat by paying odd Rs. 150/- extra per seat. Anticipating a …

Dubai & Abu Dhabi # 2: How We Built The Itinerary

The most time consuming yet most enjoyed part of the trip planning is preparing the itinerary. It is almost impossible and more infeasible to pre-decide the itinerary and strictly follow it for a city like Dubai. One thing we realized that this will be an ongoing activity. We started to build the tentative itinerary by noting …

Dubai & Abu Dhabi # 1: The Preparations

Dubai or Singapore was the question during the mid of July. A little bit of discussion, some help from Google and Dubai emerged as the choice for our next family vacation, primarily for the following reasons… Singapore would be enjoyed more by a 7/8-year-old child than a 3.5-year-old that is what my son is right …

Mysore & Coorg #2: Day 1 – Mysore sightseeing

Mysore is approx 185 Kms and 3.5 hrs drive from Bengaluru airport. The drive is smooth once you escape Bengaluru traffic. The route has multiple outlets of Cafe Coffee Day and a local chain Adyar Ananda Bhavan AKA A2B, for short breaks. Adyar Ananda Bhavan serves North and South Indian veg. food. In the morning, they serve only South Indian breakfast. …

Mysore & Coorg #1: Pre-Trip Musings

Mysore-Coorg trip during February '17 was a result of my inaction to book Mumbai-Udaipur flight tickets on time in December '16. The prices increased by half and my VFM conscious conscience did not allow me to go ahead. This was supposed to be the first vacation with our soon-to-be-three year young son, barring a couple of weekend …