My father always read to me when I was a kid. Naturally, I grew up believing deeply in dreamy ‘Once Upon a time’ and ‘Panchtantra’ tales, so much so, that even when I close my eyes, the illustrations of RK Laxman and Malgudi days become a real life scene for me. But living in Delhi for almost 26 years of my life never gave me the chance to come face to face with my storybook side of life, until I visited Chhattisgarh, India, a few days ago.

Think Rajasthan, think grand! Udaipur, also known as the ‘White City’, is one of the main reasons for the appeal that Rajasthan has. It is called the ‘Venice of the East’ and the ‘City of Lakes’, and for good reason. This four day trip gives you a chance to delve deeper into its opulence and enjoy the beautiful architectural marvels along with the picturesque lakes that fill the city.

Yet again, our underdog nation has proved us proud! StreetTrotter congratulates team ISRO for creating history and sending Mangalyaan successfully to the orbit, dated 24th September 2014. While a part of its mission is to study the Martian atmosphere for signs of life, on a rather lighter note in life we wonder if one fine day we would be able to make our own trip to Mars and learn from our fellow Planetarians.