Crossing The Indo-Nepal Border By Horse

The bus was marketed to us as having a heater, though this was rendered obsolete when a stone came through a window mid journey. No-one knew who threw it, and we spent the rest of the drive freezing. The bus soon filled with returning Nepali immigrants, who huddled against...

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Five Reasons Why Lucknow Is A Must-Visit

Lucknow is famous for both its chicken and chikken (fabric). Located in Aminabad, Gomti Nagar and Chowk, the famous chicken of Tunde Kababi is something that no non-vegetarian would afford to miss to add to his gustatory pleasures if he visits the city. Not just non-vegetarians, the city...

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Goa: A Threat To Indian Culture?

Remarks and speeches by politicians about putting a ban on things like pubs, bars, clothes, etc. are not something new. Many a times it has provoked criticism. To counter such criticism they would even gracefully quote from the religious manuscripts to support their ideologies. We are not very...

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Take That Much Needed Monsoon Break

For those living in an around Mumbai, hills of the Western Ghats have much to offer too. Enclosed by thick forests, Amboli is an unexplored but idyllic place to relax. This magnificent hill station has splendid waterfalls that pour out during monsoon. One can unwind among the misty forests...

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A Spiritual Family Trip

Last weekend, my sister was home from her in-laws’ place and it was the perfect opportunity to make a short trip. Since it was holiday season (5 days holidays due to Sankranti) we couldn’t manage to get train reservation for any near-by holiday destination. So, without wasting any time,...

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The Trip To Heaven And Back

Well, there comes a time in a year when all cupboards, shelves, study tables need be cleaned and dusted lest one should face the wrath of one’s mother. And as I was cleaning my room I came across one particular cupboard that took me down memory lane as all...

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My Maiden Trek

As the final year of college approaches the countdown begins. Your entire college life flashes in front of you—the opportunities you missed, the chances you didn’t take and you fear wasting the little time that is left. You desperately want to make each and every moment count. The enormity...

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Tour de Kashmir

Paddling my way through the crowded roads of Delhi always inspires me to head to the mountains for some alone time with the love of my life, my beloved cycle. So I decided to go to Kashmir. This was my second cycling tour in this region and I was...

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Travel: Why Should You…Well! You Must

Want a reason to travel?I personally find that question very funny. The Lord created this world and he made it so beautiful, only for me to map it.“We travel, some of us forever, to seek other states, other lives, other souls” said the French Cuban Author Anais Nin.

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Journey To Nagaland

It was 5 a.m. when Anthony and I stepped out of Dimapur station on the morning of the 28th of November. No sooner were we out, than we were hounded by cabbies who wanted to ferry us to Kohima right away. But we had nowhere to go.We had spoken...

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Kosovo: The Art of Living In A War

Despite its recent noteworthiness, Kosovo has always been around and has been marked by a long succession of wars. The Kosovo war, famously remembered for allowing Kosovo to become an independent country was marked with heinous war crimes and a ten year long occupation by the United Nations and...

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The Single Female Traveller

It all began on my first journey to the mountains. Now if you're someone who's fairly street smart and believes in the good of most men, then you're likely to be told off by every person who sits next to you on the bus or the train. I've had...

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My Tryst with Singapore

“We want to order this”, Navya said pointing at the menu. “Prawn rice.” The woman taking our order nodded. “Chilli crab” “No chilli crab. We no have.” “Okay then,” she sifted through the menu once again. “This uhh, sweet-chilli chicken.” She nodded again. “And steamed buns.” She gave a...

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A View of Shillong

Shillong, situated in Meghalaya, is perhaps one of the most picturesque cities in India.It’s luscious green mountains, clouds that linger so low that it seems as if they are almost flirting with you. The impeccable weather all year round is perhaps what led the British in tagging Shillong as...

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Bhutan: An Ethereal Kingdom of Happiness

From the awe-inspiring pristine beauty of ParoValley to the bustling streets of Thimphu, Bhutanis a not-so-tiny Himalayan Kingdom, where the people pride themselves on their happiness quotient. With great reverence for traditional Buddhist beliefs and respect for cultural heritage, the Bhutanese are warm and friendly and above all, humble....

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Much Ado About Holiness

Why do you people go to temples? Why do people go on long, strenuous pilgrimages? Perhaps to attain purity, peace of mind, rid themselves of sins, and pray for their wishes to be granted by the almighty. I can’t answer my own questions because when I see temples, I...

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Jim Corbett National Park: Travel Review

India’s first national park established in 1936,JimCorbettNational Parkis the perfect retreat for nature-lovers. Placed on the foothills of theHimalayas, in the Nainital District of Uttrakhand, it is abundant and famous for its flora and fauna with over 100 species of trees, 50 species of mammals and 550 species of...

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The Sun Sets In Paris Too

It’s true what they say about cafés in Paris. And I didn’t believe it either, till I saw for myself. Chairs all facing the street, espressos in pristine mini-cups, a glass of wine and a lit cigarette on every table, the smoke mingling with the Chanel perfume, conversations in...

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Mumbai: The City That Never Fails to Charm Me

When my centre for a particular exam was declared to be Mumbai I was excited to visit the city, the prime reason for the visit being conveniently forgotten. Taking this opportunity, when my cousin who recently moved there called me for a weekend trip, I was simply overjoyed.

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Mcleodganj: Where Romantic Travel Meets Reality

Mcleodganj is a place not only of tranquility, but of art and language. Tucked in a nook of Kangra valley, Himachal Pradesh, this town of three roads houses the Tibetan Parliament-In-Exile, the spiritual head of the Tibetans and Nobel Peace Prize winner, The Dalai Lama, drawing throngs of Buddhists...

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Pulau Ubin: Nature Unspoilt

Off the coast of mainland Singapore lies the tiny island of Pulau Ubin. This haven for tourists and locals alike allows them to escape the urban sprawl of the mainland, and turn back in time, in a place which has been largely unchanged since days of yore.

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Pahalgam: A Picturesque Vacation Spot

Pahalgam, also known as the valley of shepherds, is located on the banks of river Lidder at an altitude of 7,200 ft. above sea level in the state of Jammu & Kashmir. The only way to reach this town is via road or rail. The closest airport to Pahalgam...

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Kashid Beach, a Lesson in Tranquility

Many weekend picnickers in Mumbai flock to the beach town of Alibaug. Mainly known for its beaches and forts, Alibaug is now a well-known tourist attraction but it tends to get overcrowded. Fortunately, just 30 Km away from it lies Kashid beach.

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A Trip to ‘Scotland’ of India: Shillong

So, why should you visit Shillong? Well, to start, the tourist spots, the food, the culture and the colourful festivals are the special and outstanding features of Shillong. The places mentioned below are the hotspots to visit. Make sure not to miss them even one of these whenever you...

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A Blue Paradise

As one approaches the islands you get an amazing view of gigantic cliffs, leading to a beach with snow-white sand and the crystal clear blue water. The limestone mountains with cliffs, caves and beautiful white sandy beaches, make the view absolutely breathtaking.

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Ooty-Bon Voyage!

The four-hour journey to Ooty is mesmerizing. Clouds float by, tea plantations stretch on and as you climb higher you’ll be hit by the intoxicating smell of tall eucalyptus trees. Aromatherapy for you and that too free of cost! And oh, did I mention the legendary steep hair-pin curves?...

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Lets Visit Chandigarh

It shares its border with Punjab and Haryana. It is charecterised by square sectors and wide, well-maintained roads, properly maintained traffic signals. There is no problem of traffic here. Most of Chandigarh is covered by dense Banyan and Eucalyptus plantations.

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Travelogue

It appears as if God designed Kodagu with his own hands or so its topography seems to suggest. The hill station is embellished with lush green downhill, sloping open spaces, and most importantly waterfalls and profoundly deep ravines. One can find long stretched out paddy fields, for which Coorg...

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Your Road to Peace: Kerala

While beaches elsewhere are no less than a vast waste dump chock-a-blocked with stinking putrid cyber waste, layered with bits of rubber and plastic bottles, few of which float on the rotting marine life, beaches of Trivandrum, Thrivananthapuram, and Kannur have their exotic beauty intact. You can feel the...

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Travelogue- Jaipur

Also known as the' Pink City', Jaipur is located in the semi-desert lands of Rajasthan. It was built by Sawai Raja Jai Singh II in the year 1727. The architectural pattern of the city was designed by Vidyadhar Chatterjee on the principles of 'Vastu Shastra' and 'Silpa Shastra'. The...

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The World On Wheels

Kids waving their hands, thatched huts, coconut trees, smiling sunflowers, tall sugarcanes, dancing peacocks, mango grooves, egrets in paddy fields, ponds and lakes, forest fires during the nights, countless yellow boards with names of the towns beaming in bold black, red and green flags, restless platforms, fleeting trains from...

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Tourism pollution – A crisis

Our most treasured monument, Taj Mahal which we proudly refer to as the seventh Wonder of the World has been one of the biggest victim to this rising pollution. The fine white-marble monument built as a symbol of love is turning unpleasantly yellow due to the air borne particles...

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Eglise Saint Sulpice

The church of Eglise Saint Sulpice although made internationally famous recently in the popular Dan Brown book Da Vinci Code has been existing in the neighbourhood of Saint Sulpice, Paris for many centuries. The church located in the Luxembourgquarter of the Vle arrondissement is the second largest churchof...

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At the Nizamuddin Dargah

Guarded by a wall of white, the main dargah hall is a square structure around which the entire enclosure is designed. The white holds fort, broken by a patterned lattice that lets light and life seep through. The oasis gazes at the new expanse and finds a corner to...

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The Great Indian Yatra

Every year more than 2, 50,000 unique visitors visit this pilgrimage. Chardham Yatra is having a great importance, especially for the people of Hindu religion. Most of the people must be aware of this fact that why this yatra of Chardham is so auspicious.

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Why don’t you get your passport in 50 days?

Very recently, the latest scandal to hit Washington DC – a town that breeds controversies like rabbits – concerned the revelation that senior agency staffers of the Securities & Exchange Commission spent hours surfing pornographic websites on government-issued computers while they were supposed to be policing the nation's financial...

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Scotland of the East – Shillong

Located in the North-East in the state of Meghalaya, about 5000 feet above sea level, the city of Shillong is captivating with its alluring beauty and its rich Khasi culture. Characterized by rugged hills, dense forest and lush green valleys and highlands, this place is rightly called the Scotland...

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Tourism- Business and Beyond!

India is a country of diverse cultures, religions, climate and landscape. On one side we have the rough and rocky mountains and the mighty rivers cutting through them providing a majestic view while on the other hand we have the golden beaches and their serene waters providing calm attribute...

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Awesome Kerala

I never had a desire as strong and covetously as this. To write about something that is so close to my heart. This piece of writing is about Kerala, a place known as “God’s own country” from time immemorial. I had no belief in those words, until I experienced...

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Travelogue: Lansdowne

Nestled in the hilly arms of Uttarakhand is the quaint little town of Lansdowne. Being one of the few non commercialized hill stations of the country, it provides a perfect retreat from the traffic heavy life of the metros. Located in the Pauri Garhwal district of Uttarakhand, Lansdowne is...

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Shiraz-i-Hind: Lucknow

Lucknow is the capital city of Uttar Pradesh, Situated on the banks of the river Gomti, historically known as the Awadh region. It is also known as the Golden City of the East, Shiraz-i-Hind and The Constantinople of India. It has always been a multicultural city. Lucknow has rich...

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Talking of the Heavens

Cyprus is one of the Mediterranean islands that have attracted visitors for centuries. This is hardly surprising as the island is truly beautiful and has a great deal of historically interesting sites to see. The island has been inhabited since the prehistoric times and this too is unsurprising as...

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A siesta called Kolkata

The world we live in is a circuit of rat race, a colosseum of cut throat competition, a cruel ground to survive. It nourishes predatory instincts and those who succumb to it have to bear the brunt of isolation. At a time when the world seems to be hurtling...

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From the Varanasi of Mumbai

Few places in Mumbai are as spiritual and as peaceful as the holy place of Banganga- a place that has the power to show you glimpse of the bathing ghats of the charismatic and the colorful -Varanasi without even, moving out from the belly of the bustling city.

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Go to the Greek Islands!

They’re not given much attention, which maybe owes to the fact that we only hear of the Athens, and the more famous Mykonos and Santorini, but as someone who visited the the Northern Island of Skiathos this June, it’s worth mentioning that an experience in the Greek Islands...

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Travelogue (Singapore)

That day my friend and I met in a park. We chatted, we loitered around and we discussed what we want from our lives. Out of nowhere a thought struck our minds, all together. Nearby was a temple and very randomly we decided to make a wish we want...

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Ooty – The Queen of Hill Stations

Ooty is officially known as Udhagamandalam and is called the "Queen of hill stations" and it is also the capital of Nilgiris. Nilgiris means "Blue Mountains". The name perhaps comes from the blue smoky haze cast by the eucalyptus trees that cover the area or because of the kurunji...

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Breezer by the Beas!

Friday evening…rucksack… packed snacks and a Bisleri bottle. Yes! It is a weekend getaway. An hour of snuggling through the crowd at ISBT Kashmere Gate, we got two tickets for Manali, the queen of Himachal. By the time I was on the bus seat I felt I had burnt...

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Queen of Hills

The green valleys and the snow capped mountains with arms wide open welcomes everyone in Mother Nature’s lap. To relax, rejuvenate, retrospect and revitalize turn your wheels to the Queen of the Hills - Shimla.

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Exploring Heaven!!

Summer vacations have just started. Everyone is busy planning their vacation to one or the other destination, one thing that ought to be common among all destinations; beat the heat there! Don’t think more, there is nothing in comparison to PARADISE ON EARTH, Kashmir. The only place where you...

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Araku Valley – A Travelogue

For a bored, over-worked techie, a weekend spent in nature’s lap is just the ticket to rejuvenation and replenished vigor. Araku valley in Visakhapatnam (Vizag) turned out to be the right choice for me. Being one of the closest hills - stations from Hyderabad, it had the right amount...

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Patiala Calling

Patiala is not just another city, situated in the south-east of Punjab; it is one of the princely states also known as the city of newspapers. Just 65 km from the capital city, Chandigarh, it is no less than a jewel in the crown of Punjab.

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A rendezvous with Rishikesh

Also known by multiple names like “Teerth Nagri”, “Yog Nagri” and “Yog City”, situated in the state of Uttarakhand, is Rishikesh, which is the name of Lord Vishnu, and which means “Lord of the senses”. It is believed that Lord Vishnu appeared as Lord Rishikesh, as a consequence of...

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The Windy City: Tips for Visiting Chicago

Chicago, located in Illinois right on Lake Michigan, is a hidden gem of the Midwest. Chicago has many popular attractions, including sports (major league teams for baseball, basketball, and football), the arts, world-class dining, museums, attractions for kids, and, of course, the lake. Lake Michigan is one of the...

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Jamshedpur – The Steel City

Located in the east Singhbhum district of Jharkhand and spread over 149.23 km, Jamshedpur is also fondly called the Steel city or sometimes Tata Nagar after the name of its railway station. Some also prefer calling this beautiful city “Tata” owing to the fact that everything associated with...

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A Visit to the City of Bikaner

Bikaner is one of the most popular tourist destinations of the city of Rajasthan. There are various Bikaner attractions that a tourist must see when he or she lands on its soil. There are various forts, palaces and temples that are popular tourist attractions. Mention can be made of...

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Why I Love Thane

Thirty-Six years of my life were spent in a city that is said to have been built and rebuilt seven times. Known as Delhi it was where my heart lay in all these 36 years. But professional need of my husband took me to another city, Thane, in Maharashtra.

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Singapore: Koi tumsa nahin!

On the night of 28th September, 2008 as darkness fell on Singapore, there was a palpable excitement running wild through the city. In Marina Square, the world’s first Night Formula One race was about to start. There were thousands of people in the grandstands, millions watching on TV worldwide...

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Jaipur Visit

Jaipur also known as ‘The Pink City’ is the first planned city of India, in the desert lands of Rajasthan. It is the capital of Rajasthan. It is one of the star attractions for Indian tourism. Jaipur is a royal city & it’s like a museum. It is surrounded...

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Take a Break!

Beauty is Magical and Magic is Beautiful. The sheer beauty of a person, a thing or a place can make us forget our worries and sorrows in no time. Monotony is truly boring. Given an opportunity, all of us would like to break away from our routine and get...

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Shillong – The Scotland of the East

Usually holidays are days of myself - Waking up late, having a long shower, cleaning up, reading novels, eating out and sleeping again. A day of repose from daily monotonous work load. But I was very elated to spend two days with my parents at Shillong.

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A tour of Agra

AGRA is a city of monuments and mystique. Falling in the state of Uttar Pradesh, it is a three hour journey from the National Capital of Delhi. The expressway connecting Delhi to Agra gives the traveller the same delight as the train ride.

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Golgappas

God I can resist everything but not these. This was my reaction when I saw those orbs of temptation in front of me. As I saw the vendor handing an empty plate, poking a hole in a sphere, shoving in stuffing, plunging the sphere into a giant vat...

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A Sip of the Greek Wine

Greece is a virgin country when it comes to Indian tourists. People go to Europe to see London, Paris, Rome and Switzerland. But if the heart desires a ultimate relaxing experience, the Cyclades in Greece are the islands to be on. Santorini and Mykonos are two of the Cyclades,...

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Sinhagad: An attractive Picnic spot

Want to spend some time away from the hustle-bustle of the city life? Want to de-stress and rejuvenate yourself? Want to relish the alluring landscape and have a breath of fresh air? Want your heart to pump faster and have a little adventure? Pack your bags...

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God Versus Murphy

We were sitting together in the lawn of our hotel in Leh for one last time. It was drizzling, the first shower of the monsoon were here. Ladakh has never been a monsoon-friendly region, but during this part of the year, when rain freaks out in virtually every corner...

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Kerala: Gods Own Country

Surrounded by the Western Ghats on the east and the Arabian Sea on the west, Kerala is really the most beautiful destination to be visited. The beauty of the palm fringed beaches of Kovalam, the majestic beauty of the hills in Munnar, the backwaters of Kumarakoram and the...

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Dubai

Located in the heart of the Middle-East, Dubai is known globally as a shoppers’ paradise. Dubai presents the Dubai Shopping Festival, an annual bonanza of mega brands and mega discounts;

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