Devashish Patel


Lonavala to Bhimashankar [Lo-Bhi]- An Endurance trek

Walking along a stone path laid a thousand years ago, I wondered about the commerce, the warfare and cultural exchanges that may have happened on the roads that I tread. Lonavala to Bhimashankar ( Lo-Bhi ), a trek along the ancient trade route, is a gem of a range trek in Sahayadris that forced me to ponder over the history of this region beyond the exploits of Marathas, Mughals, and the Britishers. It is a […]


In search of Ukadiche Modak in Pune 2

Ganesh Chaturthi, a festival celebrated almost everywhere in Western India is also a time to indulge your sweet tooth. To welcome Lord Ganesh we prepare laddoos, modaks, puran polis, kheer and other delicacies. The most famous of them all is Ukadiche Modak – A sweet rice flour dumpling filled with saran which is a coconut and jaggery filling and served hot with a generous serving of Ghee. A perfectly made modak demands a mix of […]

Ukadice modak Ganesh Chaturthi

Pangong Lake – 5 Things sure to tickle your funny bone!

Pangong Tso Lake is Ladakh’s top tourist destinations. Every year thousands come here to witness its pristine natural beauty. The lake, at an altitude of 14500 ft., is 140 Kms away from Leh. One needs to cross the Chang la Pass located at 17590 ft to reach it. If you think altitude sickness will put a damper on your trip, then fear not. The below 5 things are sure to put a smile on your face. […]


Gir Jungle Safari Permit – Everything you need to know

Gir Forest and National Park is the last refuge of the Asiatic Wild Lions. The wildlife conservation efforts at Gir, have borne fruit. Today, as per the 2015 lion census report, there are 523 lions in the wild. In addition, the forest hosts a variety of flora and fauna. If you are planning a DIY Trip, then the below tips will help in booking the Gir Jungle safari permit to give you the best wildlife experience: […]

Lazy Lion Gir

Harihar Fort – An exhilarating monsoon trek 3

Have you ever experienced a 200 ft. long climb on steep rock-cut slippery stairs inclined at an 80 degrees angle in heavy rain showers ? If not, then you need to head to Harihar Fort in the monsoon to experience it. Bhavini heard about the steep ascend from her colleagues, and asked me to watch a Youtube video of the trek. I obliged and the video instantly stoked my sense of adventure. We had to […]

Harihar fort Sahayadris

Gir National Park – A travel Guide 1

Gir National Park is the last bastion of the Asiatic Wild Lions. It is situated south-west of the Saurashtra peninsula of Gujarat in India and covers an area of  1,412 km2 . A drive through the thick, undisturbed deciduous forests is a joy for the senses, even if there were no lions to spot in the jungle. Gir, a thriving eco-system for the wildlife, is home to 39 species of mammals, 37 species of reptiles, over 300 species […]

Lion Gir

Dudhsagar Waterfalls and Jungle Trek 5

Situated on the border between Karnataka and Goa, stands one of the tallest waterfalls in India – The Dudhsagar waterfalls. When I heard about the trek to Dudhsagar falls, I wasn’t very fascinated. I am not very fond of waterfalls, and the trek seemed to be a walk along the railway tracks. Neither of the two was quite appealing. Then I checked the photos. The massive white milky water  gushing down through a lush green […]

Dudhsagar waterfall

Road trip across Saurashtra

Gujarat – The land of legends and lions is an underrated tourist destination. We are Gujratis, living in Mumbai and I have been only to Sabarmati Ashram and Kutch until now. We had to explore our home state deeper than that, so we headed out on a road trip to Saurashtra – Gujarat. We wanted to cover the beaches as well as wildlife sanctuaries – both in abundance in Gujarat. From Mumbai, we took the […]


Diu Travel Guide 3

Diu, an island measuring 40 km² , is  part of the Daman and Diu union territory in Gujarat. It was in possession of the Portuguese from 1535 until 1961, when the Indian government launched Operation Vijay – A fierce military attack from land, air, and water that lasted 48 hours until the Portuguese surrendered. Diu was declared a union territory as part of Goa, Daman, and Diu. Even though Portuguese left the island 55 years ago, their influence still […]

Diu Fort Coastline

Stok Kangri Basecamp Expedition with YHAI 3

Having trekked in the Sahayadris for over a year now, Bhavini, my wife,  and I had heard  many stories of trekking in the Himalayas. The majestic mountain range had been a place of wonder for many years and we always wanted to explore the stunning vistas that Himalayan treks had to offer. Now seemed to be the right time, and so we set off in search of the “Perfect first Himalayan Trek”. This turned out […]

Stok Kangri Leh Ladakh