Author: Luminous Trips

A family travel blog

Protected: Across Jordan – The Dead Sea (Days 3-5)

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Across Jordan – Amman (Days 1-3)

I was standing outside of Jabal Al-Qalaa – the highest vantage point to the rolling hilled city of Amman. Open your eyes here and right in the heart of the city below, you’d see the large buff-colored stones of the roman theatre; gaze to your right and you’d see the formidable pillars of the temple […]

The Petra Marriott

Travel is in the dreaming, anticipating and in the manifesting of a journey. It is in the allure, the premonition and the mysticism that defines the experience much before it actually takes shape. If you are are a fan of the mystique then its greatest incarnation is the city of Petra. The crown jewel of…

The Taj Lands End, Mumbai

Analogous to its name, the Taj Lands end sits at the edge of one of the most pulsating suburbs of Mumbai. Almost at a vertex to the island of Bandra, it enjoys uninterrupted views of the Indian ocean on one hand and an incredible view of the skyline of a hyper metropolis on the other.…

Maldives III – The Ocean’s Call

South Ari Atoll is located at the core of Maldives’ largest marine protected areas and is a residential ground for the gentle and graceful Whale Shark. The Whale Shark is the largest fish on the planet and can weigh up to 60 tons. While they can grow upto the size of a school bus, unlike…

Maldives II – At the Beach

So, off we were on our bikes. As soon as we got off the stilted on-water wooden platform on to the island, amidst the trees, stood a red phone booth. It looked like it had stepped of Dicken’s London and was now by a beach. The phone home as they call it, looked stunning by…

Maldives I – To the Beach

When a landing strip mysteriously appears form a turquoise blue coloured abyss, when you land at an international airport with beach sand all around, when you step out in the sun and hear a call from the beach even though you don’t see it; you would know that you have landed at a serious island…

Taj Bentota Resort and Spa – Surfed!

A scenic 90 km drive from Colombo to the south west of Sri Lanka will get you to the seaside resort town of Bentota. In addition to the golden sand beaches and best dive sites the island nation has to offer, Bentota is also the home to some of the most heroic beach resorts in…

Heritance Tea Factory – Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka

With breathtaking views, aesthetically inclined interiors, superbly preserved factory machinery and high standards of hospitality, the Heritance Tea Factory in Nuwara Eliya is an upscale luxury hotel that has been converted from the erstwhile Hethersett tea factory. The access to the hotel is through a narrow uphill road that leads up to the beautiful estate…

Emeraldised – a family holiday in Sri Lanka (Nuwara Eliya)

We were on our way to the city of lights Nuwara Eliya; Sri Lanka’s quintessential hill station and tea country. On our way, we stopped at the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, a sanctuary to three generations of orphaned and abandoned Asian elephants that were rescued from the wild. Pinnawala is located in a beautiful valley surrounded with…