• Travels through India, Part One

    Day 1- Udaipur- Rajasthan- North India

    Udaipur is absolutely a fairy tale city. The Taj Lake Palace with its magical setting surrounded by Aravali Hills on Lake Pichola is breath taking. I arrived at the Lake Palace by boat and was welcomed by sunny courtyards, pillared enclosures and airy balconies. It is an indulgent retreat. You can immerse yourself aboard the Royal Jiva Spa Boat on the tranquil waters of Lake Pichola. It is overwhelmingly blissful. Continue Reading

    I was born in Bombay (now called Mumbai), and have lived in the USA for more than 30 years. I have a passion for travel, for exploring, learning new cultures and being in new places. I love India and like to introduce all our clients to the colors, sounds, scents, traditions and food found throughout India. I customize all India trips and take our clients off the beaten path, where they can touch the heart and soul of the country. Other than travel, I love to read, cook, hike and spend time with my four boys.

    October 4, 2013 • Asia, India • Views: 4963

  • Tipping Etiquette When Traveling in Japan

    Depending who you ask and what part of Japan you are staying in, tipping may or may not be an acceptable practice.

    Many Japanese believe that good service should be the standard and therefore, tipping is not necessary. However, some staff that work for Japanese tourist companies are accustomed to receiving tips and may be grateful to receive a small gratuity. Continue Reading

    September 20, 2013 • Asia • Views: 102676

  • The Great Wall remains a wonder of the world

    China’s Great Wall stretches 5,500 miles across the nation’s historical northern border. Its construction took place over many centuries, and many dynasties, extending across all types of terrain — including mountains, towns, deserts and plains. Continue Reading

    July 23, 2013 • Asia • Views: 19575

  • The Dragon Boat Festival – Rooted in Tradition

    The Dragon Boat Festival is a widely celebrated Chinese holiday that occurs annually on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month. This year’s festival takes place on June 12. The festival is celebrated not only in China but also in Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore, Taiwan and Malaysia. Continue Reading

    June 9, 2013 • Asia • Views: 28768

  • The Cherry Blossoms of Japan

    Cherry blossoms (sakura) are symbolic in Japan. They are frequently found in Japanese art, film and music. The flower appears on all types of consumer goods, including stationery, dishware and clothes.

    In Buddhism, the cherry blossom symbolizes the transient nature of life because the cherry tree often only blooms for a week or two. The blossoms have been compared to a young woman’s beauty or as a symbol of life’s fleeting magnificence for Japanese samurai, soldiers and gangsters. Continue Reading

    May 23, 2013 • Asia • Views: 8832

  • Bhutan’s Amankora Gangtey provides a singular, blissful getaway

    For those seeking an exotic getaway, Bhutan’s small-but-luxurious, eight-suite Amankora Gangtey provides a memorable and blissful experience. As with all Amankora hotels, the service and accommodations are stellar.

    The location is a favorite of hikers, birders and people looking for something a little bit different. The lodge is set on a hill with sweeping views of the Phobjikha Valley and the sixteenth century monastery, Gangtey Gonpa. Continue Reading

    May 20, 2013 • Asia • Views: 7924