Djinns (or genies, if you please) are as entwined in Indian lore as they are with Arabian Nights. The Jamali Kamali mosque in the heart of Delhi is one place that is believed to be haunted. Whether you subscribe to the allure of ghosts or are a cynic hoping to tear down the myth as nothing but urban legend, we bet you’ll have the night of your life twiddling paranormal equipment in the eerie silence.
As the name suggests, this is one of those pinch-me places. On the surface it appears as any other museum with exhibits arranged in orderly fashion but it is one of the weirdest places on Earth. There are toilets that mimic a bookcase and even a throne. However, the underlying reason for this museum is noble. Dr Sulabh started the sanitation movement in India, a truly historic undertaking built on Gandhian principles. This crusade is changing the lives of the poor one toilet at a time.
Quiet whispers whip through the desolate lands of Kuldhara. Experience the surreal solitude far from civilization, as you walk through this village, abandoned overnight. The history of this place will give you the chills. We bet you’ll find yourself asking, “Where are they now?”
In the fashion of hot cakes, Mirchi and Mime is a nondescript bar & grill in trendy Powai that has been setting the food scene on fire! What makes it stand out from the crowd is its ‘Do as I do, not as I say’ attitude; we are of course referring to its differently abled wait staff. The seamless dining experience takes away any inhibitions you might have about communicating in sign language, with a very helpful staff dressed in quirky shoes and a wide smile always on hand.
This immersive back-to-the-roots experience comes with a twist. By the time you leave, you will master any one of the key survival skills out in the countryside – coconut frond mat weaving, bamboo basket weaving or Warli painting. But wait, there’s more! Zip line across shallow fields and scale the height of a coconut tree on the rope course, to pack a punch into this eco-friendly day of planting trees and harvesting grains.
The smell of freshly painted wood accosts the senses in a jungle that’s too close to the beach to be truly considered wild. Sitting under the shade of coconut fronds and scraping fine wood, moulding a guitar with your bare hands all seems surreal until you strum the strings for the first time. Music is food for the soul, so go ahead and nourish the soul.
Having to croon and click your tongue at your vehicle is an odd thing to do for most of us. The clippety-clop of feet and rickety wheels are also things we are unaccustomed to. Bullock carts are a lifeline for many agrarians, but the closest we ever get is a ride on one of them. However, if you’re curious to know if you’d be any good at driving a bullock cart, here’s your shot at earning a shiny, bullock cart driving license!
We don’t condone drinking and driving but hey, whizzing down the undulating roads of Bangalore City when you’re a little tipsy is quite fun! Hop on a bicycle and weave your way through the night scene to popular pubs in the locale and gorge on the lip-smacking food, keeping pleasant company in the quirky settings. The mismatched elements and winding roads will keep the spirits flowing and high (if you catch our drift *wink*)!
Whether you want to walk through the lush greenery, enjoy organic, farm fresh food, or even check out an apiary, your ideal getaway is at a farm. That feeling of being one with nature and giving back to the land that provides is immensely satisfying. You can volunteer to plant saplings and move them when they are mature enough or simply find the nearest hill and hike up for an unbelievably green panorama.
A low humdrum fills the air when you start your engine… As you straddle one of many popular muscle bikes – perhaps a Harley Davidson or a Royal Enfield if you prefer – and feel the vibration of the powerhouse under your feet, you’ll know it’s time for the ride of your life. With the wind in your hair and a song in your heart, what more do you need to conquer the famed East Coast Road that stretches along the entire coast!?
In the recesses of rural Punjab, the scent of citrus lingers in the clean air. Kinnow farms three hours from Amritsar offer a lush experience in solitude. The brainchild of a couple passionate about being perfect hosts, this is where you could have a little contest to see who can pick the largest orange or who can buzz to the nearby village and back on a Royal Enfield. Feel at home and as close to nature as you possibly can.
The raw growl of a tractor as it coughs and sputters along a village road is an introduction to a flourishing way of life. The Punjabi countryside is boisterous and inviting, colourful and traditional. You’ll catch the men tending to the fields and the women churning butter. The best is yet to come however, for meal times are a phantasmagorical explosion of taste!
The Flash may be the quickest in the Superhero Universe, but you’d be just as hard pressed to catch the nimble tree climbers as they bound up a coconut tree in 6 graceful leaps. In the land of the coconuts you can learn to soar up the beams with just a couple of ropes. Just remember, all you need for tree climbing is daring, and confidence – the view at the top is worth it.
The slate is clean, but wrinkly. We’re talking mammoth canvas and vibrant vegetable dyes. The elephants sway gently as you paint a masterpiece. There’s something metaphorical in washing it away at the end of the day though, for just like the paint, your woes are ephemeral. Lose yourself in this relaxing activity.
There are more CC’s in the Museum’s name than in the vehicles on display. But what the engines lack in speed, they make up in years. The older are wiser, they say. This vintage car museum is a great find for car enthusiasts. What’s more, you can get behind a wheel and take some of the cars out for a spin.