Welcome to this second post in my Face to Face series of interviews with people who travel or provide travel-related services. Today’s guest is a bit unique. While Mahendra Jain is a traveler, his journeys, destinations, and subjects are very different from my own. And that inspired me to invite him for a chat. Mahendra …

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The third day of our trip, we set out again around 10 am, this time bound for Coonoor. Located about an hour southeast of Ooty, one has to descend some distance to reach Coonoor, making it a warmer location to be in. The route took us past the Madras Regimental Centre (since 1947), the first …

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Ooty, also called the “Queen of the Hillstations”, enthralls visitors with its variety of flowering plants, shrubs and trees. Whether on the slopes of the hotel we stayed at, or on the vast expanse of the botanical or rose garden, or elsewhere, there was a riot of colors everywhere! Here are some photos of the …

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The second morning of our stay, after a sumptuous breakfast, we set off to explore Ooty. The travel desk recommended splitting the two days, one for Ooty and its environs and the other for Coonoor. We got some recommendations for places to visit from the desk and the van was ready to depart at 930 …

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A recent trip to India gave the JJ family a chance to seek respite from the heat and humidity of Chennai in the foothills of Ooty. Ooty is reached by a short flight from Chennai to Coimbatore followed by a three hour drive up winding roads. My siblings organized a nice getaway for a couple …

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