Wanderlust

A documentary of travel adventures by Padma Koutha

Month: January, 2013

Universal Studios, Orlando: Day 1

When I was a little kid, my cousins who lived in the United States visited us in India on vacation. My cousin had just been on a trip to Disney world and she refused to part with and wore a Mickey Mouse t-shirt which she had bought in Disney for most of the 3 week trip.

I remember this detail even years later and distinctly remember how much I wanted to visit the magical world of Disney myself.  I dreamed of visiting Mickey and Minnie and my favorite Donald Duck and Goofy. When I finally did go to Disney for the first time; I was 22 years old but it was just as magical. It’s a make believe world where you can be silly, goofy and act like a kid and not worry about being an adult for a while. Read the rest of this entry »

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Nawalgarh: The Havelis

As promised, here is a post on the havelis of Nawalgarh. PS: This a photo-heavy post.

After an excellent breakfast, we went to explore the havelis in Nawalgarh. The havelis in Nawalgarh are characterized by beautiful fresco paintings. Fresco painting is a method of using water-based pigments on wall surfaces. Since the havelis are several hundred years old, the pigments used were natural vegetable colors. It was a pretty impressive sight to view the intricate paintings adorning each wall surface and appreciate the artistry of the painters.

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Nawalgarh: Koolwal Kothi

In December 2012, we headed to Nawalgarh, Rajasthan for a 2 day vacation. Rajasthan is a popular tourist destination; both among locals and foreign tourists. The rich history of the state; beautiful palaces, distinct and colorful culture and the flavorful food makes it a great choice for a vacation. The popular cities in Rajasthan including Jaipur, Udaipur and Jodhpur are visited by several hundred tourists each month and have a lot to offer in terms of ‘manufactured’ fun; guided tours into the city’s sights, a night of singing and dancing with local costumes, puppet shows and traditional Rajasthani dinners.

Nawalgarh is a different experience from what you would expect from Rajasthan. Located about 141 k.m away from the city of Jaipur; the drive from Jaipur international airport took us much longer than the anticipated 2 and half hours. Read the rest of this entry »

The beginning.

The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page – St. Augustine

I have always thought about blogging and briefly dabbled with a couple of different subjects. I love reading and writing and a blog is a platform to share my thoughts on subjects I am passionate about.

On a recent vacation, as I sat down with my family to discuss our dreams about the future, we discussed what we would like to do if we didn’t have the constraints of money and time. My little brother (who is growing up too fast) wanted to be a chef. My sister is fantastic at organizing and planning events and she wanted to be an event organizer. My mom loves to garden and wanted to spend time sourcing exotic plants and maintaining a quality garden space.

I then thought about what I would like to do and while the idea of buying a couple of Chanel bags did cross my mind; I realized that I wanted to travel the world. I wanted to experience the world; different countries, cuisines and culture. I have been fortunate to grow-up and live in 3 different countries and visit several more.

This blog is a documentary of my travel adventures; some touristy cities and a few off-beat, little explored places.