Bombay in Pictures

I spent my last week in India in Bombay. This was not a Leave UR Mark trip, but a personal trip to see this much-talked about city that pulls in so many people from all parts of the country. Curious to see this “Indian take on Manhattan”, I took an 18hr bus from Bangalore and…

Goa in Pictures

Goa – party capital of India – is actually quite mellow in the monsoon season. But Baga’s beachside bars and Tito’s Lane clubs are still rocking and our group had a great time spending a weekend here. Thanks to the rains, the surrounding vegetation was lush green and we spent our second day “scooter-ing” around…

Kerala in Pictures

Here are some photos from the weekend excursion I led to Kerala, where we explored the backwaters of Alleppey on a houseboat and roamed the streets of Fort Kochi.

Mysore in Pictures

Mysore is a small city located a few hours south of Bangalore. Famous for its magnificent palace and a popular place to learn yoga, the city manages to draw in visitors from all corners of the world. Here are some pictures from a day trip I co-ordinated there for the Leave UR Mark interns 🙂

Leave UR Mark in June

June was a busy month work-wise – there was a steady stream of new volunteers and interns and our house soon became filled with activity and excitement. In Bangalore, my role consisted of orienting the newbies to their new environment, easing the culture shock and introducing them to their work places. As their 24-hour support…

A Wedding in Ooty…

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to explore the beautiful hill stations of Coonoor and Ooty. Known for its cool, misty hills and lush green tea plantations, both these regions are popular with tourists, and it’s hard not to fall in love with the area’s beautiful nature, delicious teas and homemade chocolates. Of…

A Day Trip to Chunchi Falls

Chunchi falls is a series of cascading waterfalls located in a rocky valley 80km outside of Bangalore. An easy day trip from Bangalore, Chunchi falls is ideal for a Sunday getaway, and a few weeks ago, 4 of us friends took two bikes to explore the area.

Beaches & Diving – Gokarna/Netrani Island

Gokarna is a small town located on the west coast of India, within the state of Karnataka. Still relatively obscure, Gokarna attracts far less tourists than nearby Goa, leaving its 4 beaches pristine and beautiful. A handful of shacks line the beachfront and popular Om beach (shaped like the Hindu Om sign) offers a few…

A Field Visit into the Heart of Tamil Nadu

Part of my job as Coordinator for Leave UR Mark requires me to network with local NGOs and businesses to find new internship and volunteer opportunities for the foreigners who come to India through our organization. Through one of these work meetings, a few months ago, I met Charlie – an American settled in Bangalore…

Managing your Expectations of India

A vast and diverse country full of contrasts, India is like nothing you’ve ever seen before. A sensory overload, a functioning chaos…out here, there is never a dull moment. People come to India from all over the world; some seeking spirituality, some seeking adventure. Some just come to experience life in a foreign land. But…

Two Weeks in Thailand

I spent the last 2 weeks in Thailand, on vacation from my India internship. Unlike the last time, when I was primarily in the north, this time I explored some of the islands in the south with a girlfriend I had met in Chiang Mai two months ago. It was a glorious two weeks filled…

Happy Holi!

I’m a little late on this – Holi was actually last Wednesday…but it was my first Holi celebration in India and it was a ton of fun 🙂 Here’s to celebrating India’s vibrant festival of colors!!