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Shahji Parantha, Apte Road, Pune


My first proper eat out after hibernation of approx two months… couldn’t have asked for more….

VFM : Absolutely
Ambience : It’s gud but if in grp little more space is needed…
Staff : Very courteous & has lot of patience..
Service : Super Quick

Food : when 12 beautiful ladies says in one tone it says a lot about that place… it was too gud… it not only satisfy your hunger pang but satisfy your soul also… I was like stomach is full but still want more.. 🙈🙈

We ordered ..

1) Lota Chaach(120/55) : Bang on…

2) Lassi (65): Awesome with perfect sweetness..

3) Tamatar ka Shorba(75) : smell was too gud but I didn’t drank so can’t update about taste …

4) Chur Chur Naan Thali(269): I just loved this… Chur Chur Naan was very delicious, u can eat without any dal or vegetable …. but they serve with dal, 2 vegie, raita & salad… my personal favourite #Highlyrecommended


5) Paranthas : All parantha thali is served with dal/chola , 2 more veg , raita & salad (i may miss name of vegetable served as food made me forgot the name..). Main Difference in stuffing, rest thali is almost same.. Good quantity of stuffing inside each parantha, you actually feel & relish all the flavours of stuffing… each is unique in their own way… tasted all the paranthas….

a) Cheezey Cheese (269) : good one but. I am not too cheesey person.. So will be my last priority…

b) Aloo Cheese (269) : Awesome taste loved the flavours…

c) Paneer (249) : Best option for paneer loving people.. Again too tasty..

d) veg dilli wala (249) : With vegetable  as  stuffing it tastes different from normal stuffed paranthas… again loved the stuffing…


6) Makki ki roti sarson ka saag : Best sarson ka saag eaten till now… man!! Not only Perfect in taste,

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flavour & but a treat to eyes also…. served with big dollop of makkhan not only on saag but on perfectly cooked roti also…. served with raita (I felt not needed) & mooli ka salad & gur (Which they served more, happily on my request)…



Along with Chur Chur Naan it was a show stopper… #Highlyrecommended

“Mann bhar ke khaya” is what I will say….

Thanks to Chef Rahull & entire team of Shahji parantha to make us comfortable…

Just one thing which I feel can be improved… they should give little more place between 2 sitting, sometimes it feel clumsy & for group like us a corner place or separate place…

We went to apte road branch..
1205/4, Apte Rd, Deccan Gymkhana, Pune,

Caffa, Baner Road, Pune

Google & you will find answer..

I love & prefer to clarify my general doubts on Google… It’s like search & read & like….

It’s ok till I search content or topic on Google.. it’s fun
If u have to search ingredient in a particular dish which is so common than it’s a trouble….

CAFFA Cafe, Baner road..

This cafe doesn’t want me to leave my habit of googling things & this time it’s ingredients… Usually prefer to avoid things but if you go with blundered mood than a pinch of salt can irritate you..

We ordered

1) Bombay Club sandwich(80) : With nicely grilled but with basic aloo onion Masala, it was soo flat that first I googled details what is Bombay club sandwich & than I googled veggies in  between two bread pieces…. Not at all happy…

2) Virgin Mojito(130): It was just extra sweet lime juice nothing else.. usually i don’t like to replace our food but that day we did & replacement was as it is flat in taste & flavour…. I googled to know what exactly mojito is.. & this was no where close to it.. it lacked that punch.. Sad… 🙁


3) Choco frappè (120): only drink which was good, which I liked….





Place : CAFFA, Baner road

Ambience : Nice

VFM : I need to Google it..



Overall not a good eperience …..

Dil Se Dilli, Baner , Pune

Jate the japan pahoonch gaye cheen Samaj gayena….
This is exactly happened.. planned for some other place but landed at some other for dinner….
We Landed at “Dil Se Dilli” ..
A small eating joint.. simple yet elegant Cafe… I was very much impressed with the cutlery & presentation….
Menu in itself is really tempting… it took me back to north… it’s not a typical delhi menu but  a typical north Indian affair… Few things though we didn’t try but yes I never found in any resutrant in pune..
One to mention is Nagori Aloo.. it’s small size special poori with dahi wale aloo… Very yummy dish which we cook at home especially mom cooked is super delicious..  it’s for my next trip..
Today we tried following dishes…

1) Tikki Chole : yummy… yes perfectly cooked aloo tikki with dal stuffing served with Chole, dahi & chutnis….. 4 tikki in one portion is good but didn’t did the justice with dal stuffing. I felt that rather than 4 small tikki if 2 with more stuffing is served than we can taste stuffing too… but still good dish…
Price : 149

2) Paneer Tikka Combo thali : 2 pc of well marinated & grilled tikka with good quantity of yummy & quiet authentic dal makhani, raita , 1 pc of super soft gulabjamun & 2 butter naan is a good option of limited Punjabi thali…
We loved dal makhani the most..
Price : Rs 259
3) Chole Bhature : 2 pc of Bhatura with Punjabi Chole was total value for money.. though tasty in their own way but outcasted by other dishes…
Price : Rs 79

4) Paneer Seek Kebab : Hero of entire lunch.. super yummy with awesome taste & perfectly grilled .. loved the slight smoky taste… Total value for money… Will go back for this dish…Price : Rs 170


Overall good & yummy food….

Horn Ok Please, FC Road, Pune

Yes name say blow the horn… wave to them & leave saying ok please… we are not interested…

I always appericate the hard work behind any activity especially when its cooking…. but sometimes you are not too positive…Seriously.. don’t want to say this but today’s experience was like this only. I always liked their cleanliness, ambience & food. Today when decided to go for lunch, I was quite excited that going back after a year or more…

But seriously today was not my day..

We asked for “matar kaju” & “chatpata Paneer” that too in medium spicy gravy. After food was served I doubted myself whether knowledge of my Hindi has gone for toss or still it’s there.. but it was there.. but food failed…

Trust me chatpata paneer was sweet & the gravy has the taste of not properly cooked tomato, I doubt if they had used freshly ground tomato paste rather than puree… same goes with kaju matar But we didn’t cribbed for that giving benefit of doubt.

Ups & downs are part of any cooking, understanding this for chatpata paneer , we called the person & told him about our problem & he promised us to get new preparation in medium spicy gravy.. ok but when dish came it was difficult to eat…

We felt that he added only red chilli powder in gravy like we see in movies .. ohh man.. it was difficult to eat.. we told him but he was not ready to accept that something is wrong though he offered to change our dish second time ( I appreciate him for the same). But by that time we lost interest in food…

I tried to talk to Captain or from management team but no one was avaliable. For us, yes day was not meant for us. I felt that their quality or service has fall down since i had visited them last.

Pls note I may not be a trained chef but yes I am cook at my place & I do cook good & could make out little what’s the problem.

So overall not happy with the food today…

VFM : Not at all….

Food Review :FALHAAR, Baner, Pune

Food i feel prepares you to face all kind of situation…. Valid for me also….

want to start my food review section on positive note…..

Yes indeed one of the best time I spend in last a month with the bunch of equally maddening girl gang.. Those jokes, laughter made me forget all my tensions & prepared me for coming days.

This madness was supported by few shots (Hum Tum aur…) & Awesome food…

Jamun Shot
Pic Courtsey : Google

Mango Blast
Pic Courtsey : Google

Jamun Shots: oh my my, they had not changed since the falhaar is started till this new place, opp hotel green park. It’s taste makes u drink second without fail…

Mango Blast : It was ordered by friend but it was almost finished in just few mins before it reached her.. Awesome.. A must try…

Pav Bhaji : one of the best pav bhaji available in my area as far as my knowledge is concerned…

Grilled Sandwich : not aware with the name as ordered by gang but taste was too gud….

Taste : Food was good..

Ambience : it’s simple but gud…

Staff : Very nice.. infact will like to appreciate their patience, with 16 ladies together along with few other guests & with smile they were accepting our order (frankly smile was due to courtesy or due to our non stop jokes & giggles, I am not sure but whatever is the reason they were smiling). So I think 1/4 battle already won..

VFM: I always believe value for money is one’s perception.. for me it is.It costed us 250/head where I think all had gone for min 2 shots, pav bhaji, few sandwich & 3 or 4 mocktails.

For me it’s was wonderful break…

Keep it up team FALHAAR…..

Indian Railway Confirmed Ticket Transfer Process

  1. Once in a while we all back out from our travel plan in the moment. Bigger problem comes in picture when u have confirmed ticket which by default will be cancelled & others who were travelling are either in RAC or WL. Best part comes when all have confirmed ticket but the ticket which we want to cancel is lower berth & all others are not. Try to recall what all permutation & combination takes place in our thought process. (more…)

A little Birdie…

Birdie trying to settle & adjust in her new adobe. Adobe which is far from her first home ,not only in terms of distance but also in terms of mental thought process (a first thought in her mind). She is bit nervous , how she will adjust here . YES… Here at her new home ,she is feeling that purposely lot of road blocks are created for her not only in physical form but more in mental form that too in their mind. It’s just not the perception of what people will say but more for their comfort level or their benefit. She is in dilemma how to cope up. In this family people are not able to accept her as an individual leave about accepting their simple mistakes like verbal abuse, mental abuse, being judgemental etc without realising what is their standing & how its affecting her. Just she has to adjust as she is from other home. Not only her but also her parents. How mean… 🙁

SAD !!!!!!

This trauma is faced by many girls in today’s time also. Though we claim that it’s 21st century ,still it happens &  mostly behind the door. People are soo self centered I realised after listening to this Birdie’s tale. Few are her own & few were shared with her. How so called  literate people, well off people can be insane. It will wrong to judge anyone’s mental status with their social status. Just that in lower class people are less literate usually things are wide open where as in upper or middle upper or even middle class things are under the wrap.

How we are able to change this, I firmly believe that change start from own … Stop expecting, yes.. If expectation is meet than that will lead to a notch higher expectation & if not meet, leads to array of abuses….. Both the cases are extreme. Though easy to say & difficult to live, a genuine try is must.. 🙂



Will be back with few tales from different birdies…..


First International Trip : The great kebab Factory

 The Great Kabab Factory


You salivate when thinking about a particular food, it means it has activated your gastronomical pleasures. Even while writing this I am experiencing the same, I went back into the delicious memory of those aromatic, tantalising, full of spices yummy kebabs.

Its 2.5 months back during my Bangkok trip, When we were informed that an Indian restaurant is booked exclusively for us for our lunch, first thing in my mind came cool, something of our taste but was not sure about the taste of food, will it trigger our taste buds or not as my last 3 meals were good but not great, (great in my definition is which gives u feeling of satisfaction even after eating little). Still trusting our host we reach to the restaurant “The Great Kabab Factory” which is in the premises of Majestic Grand Hotel.

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As soon as I entered inside the Restaurant & first thing is WOW!! Beautiful interiors, Soothing Indian Ambience, Awesome aroma of spices. I took deep breathe. Half battle won by them. U somehow feel that you are standing in some posh restaurant in India. It was lovely. Even weather was in our favour. Its black clouds all around, little drizzling when we reached & later nice shower… wow… outer part of restaurant has open space with small fountain at one corner & nice sitting. I soaked myself little in the rain. Amazing experience.

Hospitality was good. After Settling down we were asked about the preferences of food (veg/non veg). Being vegetarian I was served Sabz Galauti Kababs  with ulte tawa ka Parantha… OHH man, one of the best kebab I had ever eaten. They just melt in your mouth. Even paneer was so fresh & soft that u feel like eating again n again. I got so lost in eating the kebabs that it didn’t clicked to me that main course is also waiting for me. I was too full but still tasted the main course & loved their Dal.

Veg Galauti kebab

Seekh Kebab

Typical Ghar ka sawad which was followed by gulabjamun. WOW!! Is just very small to describe my feeling & the level of satisfaction. This was followed by our very own Masala Chai. What a deadly combination… Rains, Kebabs & Masala Chai.


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Beautiful outside sitting

Their flavours & taste was so amazing that after getting back to India I came in contact with them to know what makes their kebabs so amazing & whether its same in India also or just for offshore. What I came to know was very interesting & something with which I was not aware.

Its after Mongols invasion in Hindukush in 14th century, kabab changed their appearance n taste from just a barbequed salted meat to spiced & barbequed delicious smoky kebabs.

Secret recipe is the key factor in TGKF which owns owns a recipe bank of over 450 kababs that includes many closely guarded family recipes passed down through the ages. Our chefs have mastered this through extended travel to remote areas and after a decade of extensive research and development. The best part all the outlet use TGKF proprietary ‘Spice Packs’ which gives consistency of taste & quality to dish worldwide.

Unique service style is another key factor of TGKF .A different menu is set for each day except their signature kabab as the Galauti and the Burrah. Culinary journey at TGKF begins with fresh salad topped with dressing followed by the repertoire of six varieties of rusty & smoky kababs 20160430_142436 (360x480)accompanied with butter milk. In the main course, you are served daal factory, daal tadka, biryani, and the best of seasonal vegetables, vegetarian or non-vegetarian curries along with exotic Indian breads. To end this royal meal, you are served an assortment of sumptuous and delightful desserts. You carry these tastes till your next visit. There few of most famous kebabas are Subz Galauti ,Kuti Kali Mirch Paneer,Tandoori Bharwan Aloo &  Achari Khumbh in veg. In Non-vegetarian Galauti Kabab,Burrah Kabab, Amritsari Macchi & Jalandhari Chooza


It is the part of UMAK Hospitality an arm of UMAK investments. They opened their first outlet in Delhi at Radisson Blue Hotel in 1996. There after their journey started & no looking back after that. Graced with lots of awards their consistency in their food has bought them to this stage. Maintaining the consistent quality, taste & service, the top management gives credit to their dedicated corporate operations team who do lot of R&D & then enter into the specific market. Quiet interesting….


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Gang of girls..



Now by the time I ended my review naaa my experience, I had already put on few calories merely by thinking about food…. A must try by all food lovers.


I am going soon back to them but this time in pune … trust me  can’t think of something better than gorging on those yummy kebabs with romantic weather on your birthday.… just few days…


See u soon ….


First International Trip : pt3 BANGKOK

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MY hotel, My room & view

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Top : Welcome Goodies left bottom : lights in hotel right bottom: Thai sweet & Green tea pastry with red velvet cake.

My hour long travel from Suvarnbhumi Airport to Hotel Centara Grand was with lots of mixed feelings…Comparatively small country but nice building, there was traffic jam while going towards my hotel. Finally reached our adobe for 2 days. With warm welcome by beautiful Thai girls dressed in traditional Thai outfit with coconut water & beautiful orchid garland. U will find a huge variety of Orchids in Thailand. Even while coming back u can purchase Orchids on Airport. Considered as one of the best hotel, Grand Centara was indeed up to the mark. Loved the room located on 40th floor facing swimming pool & few beautiful buildings.

Getting good veg food there is a problem as you get limited options to explore, but if you are a non-vegetarian or even eggitarian than you can explore lot of options. In total food was good. I liked there Thai sweet which has the egg in it. Also I liked there green tea flavoured Pastry, this was a new flavour for me. We got the opportunity to dine in their two restaurants “The World” & “Ginger”. I liked there lobby at level 22. There is one corner for the artist where few paintings were there on the display.  Loved the décor of the hotel. Simple yet charming, it attracted me.


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Attached to the Hotel was the Central World, world’s 6th largest mall. To explore it you need complete one day. I just took the walk on 2 floors but saw the entire ground floor where I loved the collection by “NARAYA” which has bags & other daily use stuff in clothes only. There is one small area converted into the chocolate park with huge tree of Ferro rocher & lot of animals carved from chocolate. It was awesome.

I even explored half of the 7th floor as it caters to super market. I did all my chocolate shopping from there only. To promote tourism here u get your VAT back but only if u shop from the participating shops. Market which caters to local business like MBK & Platinum doesn’t have this facility else Siam Paragon & Central world has. Other mall which I got chance to explore is MBK. I  t also has 7 floors. Top floor Movie Theatre & few shops. What I get to know with my experience is more deep towards back u go, the better deal u will get. For souvenirs I found one shop on 7th floor as soon as I step down from escalator where I found things cheap than other shops. .. 5th floor is dedicated to mobile & Accessories. I again picked few typical Thai dress but I went deep inside… over all it was a nice experience. I got the feedback from people that for few things Platinum is cheaper as that mall was started to give local people a place for wholesale & retail dealing. Also go n visit the night market which is not very great but a good experience.

While travelling to wards the reclining Buddha Temple which is third biggest temple in Bangkok, we pass through the “The Grand Palace”, a spectacular building which use to be the home of King of Thailand, now used for all ceremonial & auspicious happenings.


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The reclining Buddha is 46 feet long & 15 meters tall. They have 3 more layers below the layer of gold first being brick, second plaster & cement and the third is
black lacquer. The feet of Buddha are 5 metres long & has pearls & all other precious stones embedded in it. In fact pillow below Buddha’s head also has pearl & precious stones embedded in it. 108 is considered as auspicious number in Hindus, the same way it is considered as the auspicious number in Thailand. In this temple there are 108 brass bowls are kept where in each bowl u can put coin which are available at the gate. They  say it full fill your wishes.


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age “. On the back side of temple there is huge premises which leads towards massage school. It also has 4 Chapels there, made in the remembrance of four old kings. They are the mix of Thai & Chinese cultures. A good quiet place to roam around especially the part which caters chapel. Like Indian temples here also we have to remove our shoes outside the temple.

Bangkok’s Chinatown is popular tourist attraction and a food heaven for new generation gourmands who flock here after sunset to explore the vibrant street side cuisine. At day time, it’s no less busy, as hordes of shoppers descend upon this approx. 1 km stretch and Charoenkrung Road to get a day’s worth of staple, trade gold or pay a visit to one of the Chinese temple. The back street of this china town is also very popular as it caters to second hand goods, car accessories & usually crowded on weekends resulting in traffic jams.

20160430_110455 (360x480)20160430_110717 (360x480)We passed through the road where we saw these beautiful structures & a circle with beautiful carving. Here on special occasions like Royal Families’ birthday or anniversary or mother’s day etc. they display their pics along with the family pics in these structures which has place for pics. In fact our guide told us that here people wear very less gold but they purchase gold for their king & queen. Evening we headed for the cruise dinner on Chao Pharaya River which is in the heart of the city. U can see Rama 1Bridge, Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun), The Royal Grand Palace (Wat Pra Kaew), Rama VIII Bridge…, all look
so beautiful. Thoroughly enjoyed the cruise. In fact I enjoyed every bit of my tour including typical Indian food that too in Bangkok. Yes, u read it right delicious Indian food. It was at “The Great Kebab Factory “. Authentic Indian taste & food was so yumm that you definitely want to visit them again & again. I simply loved the food that I decided to talk to them & want to have detail about them… so wait for next blog….

I missed going to few places like Jewels palace which has huge variety of pearls & semi-precious stones along with few souvenirs & Thai crockery, The weekend market “Chatuchak”, the floating market, Ocean world… now which is my must visit list.

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our Guide for the tour “Leo

The Mentaliser Ehud Segev

The Mentaliser Ehud Segev

Along with my special lunch at “ The Great Kebab Factory “ , I got in touch with so many lovely ladies & learned lot of  good things from them. Also I got the chance to be the part of the show by internationally claimed EHUD SEGEV “The Mentalizer”. He has super powers to get connect to your mind & literally play with your thoughts. He can actually read you r thoughts. It was the Show stopper in my entire tour.

Before coming to end on this part I really like to thank our Host  & it was wonderful to meet few youngsters (Sunaina, Pratikshya, Shashank, Anshu) from the organising team & no doubt their their boss (Simranjit) who at the end of our trip will love his wife more than before (for being less confused).

More on “the Great Kebab Factory” soon……




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with all the lovely ladies…

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“with our Host… ” extreme right : Simranjit 4th from left : Sunaina





U can read more about Ehud Segev on this :


First International Trip : Pt 2

I absorbed the fact that I am travelling. Got little time to read about Bangkok, so was absolutely raw about the country.   We headed to terminal 2 of Chatrapati Shivaji International Airport.  What an airport… whatever I had heard about it, it was beyond that narration. Glad to know that it was awarded as the best airport in central Asia & India. After few selfie we headed towards the entrance gates, every entrance gate has electronic display to tell which airlines has their counters on that gate though u can enter from any gate & reach to respective airline counter.

I was travelling with Air India. There was long queue for check in. There I realised that it’s better to do online check in as u can choose seats of ur choice & most important you avoid long queue as there was a separate counter for online check in. U can do online check in using this link: . Keep Ur e-ticket number & passport number handy for online check in.

Crossing security we reached to immigration counter… 20 mins & I got the stamp… wow… now legally also I am travelling.  After this I was free to explore the beautiful airport & it’s museum. Though didn’t had the much time to roam around. Still fell in love with whatever little I saw.


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Started with the huge place dedicated with duty free shops especially the liquor. even a non drinker like me will get carried away (i was so much fascinated that almost my hubby got convinced to gift me one bottle as a remembrance 😉 ) though i didn’t picked any… 🙁 n with heavy heart i moved little ahead  )

There was a nice small garden waiting for me,feels good to see greenery around you. Moving ahead there were the gates for boarding, so beautiful that i forgot to click pics. While heading towards my boarding gate (no 85), I got chance to see Mr. Ratan Tata, by the time I realized who he is I lost the chance to even wish him. But hoping for better luck i moved ahead towards Museum.



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20160429_010247 (360x480)It has some ancient artifact , some modern & contemporary. It was beautiful showcasing entire India, it’s culture, it’s diversity, it’s uniqueness.. depicting different vibrating colours , moods, expressions of a beautiful soul where my heart is… INDIA. Clearly spreading message of

” अनेकता मे एकता “




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Even the lights were done so beautifully, my favourite was lights in the shape of our national flower lotus. Some full bloomed, some half & some waiting to be bloomed. (Visit museum virtually: ).

Area around every boarding gates is also extremely beautiful. i felt that we should have 2-3 hrs free with us to explore it.

Being a silent airport u have to keep check on the time of boarding on Ur own otherwise there is fair chance to miss flight. I was just on time.

few pics of art work near boarding gate

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Arrival Departure Card

Had nice 4.5 hrs flight & before landing staff gave us ” arrival & departure card “ of Thailand, which are a must whether u have visa or its visa on arrival.It’s a simple form which need your basic details.

If u already have visa than after landing go directly towards the immigration counter otherwise go to the visa on arrival section. Here u have to fill a form again with details. U will get this form while entering visa on arrival gate but I will suggest that u use online facility as there are very few people right now who are using this facility ( i thought after seeing very few people on that counter.). U can fill online form using this link . (When u click on link the browser will show any page stating it’s unsafe but click on advance, there at the bottom u will get link. Click on link or continue  & u will be directed to the page, fill details & take the print out of the page).




With this form you need few documents:

  • 1 visa photograph (4*6 cm) with white background clicked within 6 months of travel.
  • 1000 baht as visa fee for normal process & 1200 baht for fast process.
  • Should have return ticket within 15 days.
  • Evidence of adequate finance (10,000 baht/person 0r 20,000 baht/ family) (I was carrying my last 6 month bank statement. Banks give these statement for visa purpose)
  • Verifiable place of stay in Thailand.
  • Valid passport or travel document with minimum 6 month validity.
  • Arrival & departure card.

(U can fill this form while standing in queue that saves time.)



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Once u reach the counter , with all relevant documents it hardly takes 5 mins for verification & in another 10 mins u get your visa. Than head towards immigration & than towards conveyor belt. One more imp thing, keep your departure card safe as u will need it at the time of flying back.

You are now an international tourist 3500 kms away from your own country. I loved the feel of international tourist, the process , the smell of other country’s air.. everything…..




3 days of fun in Bangkok & I was returning back. The process was same except that this time I did the web check in, so avoided the queue. Also here in Thailand at security check u have to remove your shoes & belt also. Immigration was also swift (remember to keep departure card safe) with 15-20 mins waiting time & than flying back home.


More on Thailand coming soon…..