Shopping in India: Local Neighborhood Markets

The next stop in this series about Shopping in India is the local “market”. It’s just a collection of vendors selling everyday items to locals, but probably my favorite place to shop. Every town and many local neighborhoods within large cities have a market day. While they look like mass chaos, it’s worth falling into…

Shaniwar Wada Fort

When you have kids, everyone in India suggest you go to the local sound and light show.  That is the thing to do with kids.  So when our trip to Pune came up, the hotel concierge said, “See the sound and lights show at Shaniwar Wada, your son will love it”.  I finally decided to…

Shopping in India: Malls

I love shopping.  I wish I didn’t, I would be able to travel more.  I inherited a deep need for retail therapy at a young age and can’t seem to shake it.  After 6 trips to India I’ve experienced a number of different shopping venues along the way and I thought I’d do four part…

Tribal Museum of Pune

When researching our trip to Pune, I read about a quirky little museum that is listed as a “must-see” in Lonely Planet India. A small out-of-the-way building, the Tribal Museum of Pune is dedicated to the history and artifacts of the native tribes of Maharashtra.  Front exhibit rooms have several pieces of everyday artifacts (bowls,…

Aga Khan Palace

We did a short stint in Pune our last week in India, and our very first stop (after the hotel) was Aga Khan Palace. Aga Khan Palace is a large estate built in 1892 by Sultan Muhammad Shah as an act of charity for the poor hit by famine in the area.  However its most…

Hanging Gardens

When searching TripAdvisor for popular sites in Mumbai for families, we came across a listing for the Hanging Gardens (Ferozeshah Mehta), in the center of downtown.  I asked to take the car for the afternoon so we could see the gardens. The drive downtown was surprisingly quick, but finding the gardens turned out to be more…

Marine Drive and Chowpatty Beach

In catching up with my travels from India I would be remiss not to write about a favorite activity in Mumbai. As I mentioned in my previous post, Marine Drive is a 3 kilometer long walk-way along the one of the bays in Mumbai.  Here on any given day you find people walking,  jogging, or…

Breastfeeding in India

If I don’t find time to write any other post about India, I wanted to make sure to write this one. Let me start by saying I’m a big advocate of nursing.  I nursed my son until 10 months and knew from the start I would nurse my daughter.  That was one of the reasons…