• Exploring Goa Beyond Beaches: Fontainhas (The Latin Quarter)

    Imagine walking in a Portuguese neighborhood with colored heritage houses dating 200 years back. Now imagine people sitting in a rocking chair living a laidback life that you’ve always wanted. This is what Fontainhas is all about; a Portuguese Goan village that signifies that Goa is beyond beaches and parties. We’ve been to Goa a couple of times and have to admit that exploring Fontainhas was the best of all of our trips. Settled in Panjim, Fontainhas is a small quaint town that still holds onto its Portuguese roots. This guide will tell you everything you need to know about exploring the Latin Quarters of Goa. Best time to visit Fontainhas As…

  • A Dreamy Tropical Honeymoon: Maldives

    My love for the Maldives hatched when I was in 4th year of my college and I was looking through a friend’s Facebook profile. She went for her honeymoon and from then on, it became my dream destination. Making its way to the list of most popular honeymoon destinations in the world, Maldives is a dreamy getaway that has more than just clear blue waters. It’s a paradise on Earth. The tropical infusion of palm trees and gorgeous water bungalows right on top of the crystal-like turquoise water is breathtaking. Miles away from social culture and bustling city life, Maldives offers you a vacation which leaves you nothing less than hypnotic. I spent my honeymoon on…

  • Popular Picks From Gujarat

    Gujarat is a perfect example of classic culture infused into a bunch of getaways. From epic temples that speak legend to lush turf wildlife sanctuaries, from white desert glimmering in the scorching sun to national parks that are home to fearless lions, from roads running along the coast to some amazing forts overlooking the shores – Gujarat has everything needed for a perfect vacation. Gujarat doesn’t settle for housing just a myriad list of holiday picks, it also boasts of homing the most fun people you’ll come around on your trip. Gujaratis are as much known for having a zest for life as the countless number of Gujarati snacks. Come weekend…

  • The Canvas Village of Mumbai: Asalpha

    Let the colors talk! This was all I could feel when I visited the colored palette-like village of Asalpha in Ghatkopar. From solid colored walls to graffitis and abstract art, there is nothing that won’t amaze you at Asalpha village. Started as an initiative by FruitBowl Digital, Asalpha Village has turned into an epitome of how Mumbai slums will be envisaged. How To Get There By Cab/ Autorickshaw You can hire a cab (Uber/ Ola) or an auto to drop you off at the Asalpha Metro Station. It’s only a 5-min walk to the village. Fact File: Get down at Gate No 1 of the metro station, which is nearest…

  • An Offbeat Weekend Getaway That Is Dhom Lake

    10 seconds takeaway What if you can visit a lake with the same setting and the aura as that of Pangong Tso Lake from Ladakh only a few hours drive from Mumbai? Lake Dhom gives you the similar vibes and is still unknown to many. It was only one Friday evening at work that I stumbled upon one the blogs on Tripoto, which was about a few offbeat locations near Mumbai. The weekend was upon me so I was not really in a mood to work. Going through the blog I came across a photograph which looked much like Pangong Tso of Ladakh. Intrigued and curious to know more about…

  • GIVEAWAY: WIN A FREE STAY WITH THE HOSTEL CROWD IN GOA OR KOCHI

    **UPDATE: This Giveaway has already ended.** We’re very excited to announce our first giveaway of the season: a FREE night for 2 in Goa or Kochi in the offbeat properties of The Hostel Crowd. If you’re a reader at Stamp That Passport, then you probably already know about our recent trip to Panjim in Goa and our offbeat stay in the quaint Old Quarter hostel by The Hostel Crowd. Set up in the old Portuguese heritage site Fontainhas, Old Quarters is not an average hostel. It’s a budget paradise for those looking to stay amidst like-minded people and to explore the not-so-mainstream part of Goa. There’s nothing too much about…