Will my special brew hold its own in this ancient Arunachal village?
Indians are the fourth most vacation-deprived people in the world.
When I informed my parents that I was going to Mandu, they were quite confused as they had never even heard of it. In case you haven’t heard of it either, Mandu is a small town situated in Dhar district of Madhya Pradesh. And the reason why I was so excited to go there is because it is home to some of the most beautiful medieval Afghan architecture in India.
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A vacation in Lakshadweep is way cheaper than one in the Maldives, which means you more or less get the same beachy perks and witness the same kind of reef life without putting too much of a dent in your pocket.
In some publications you'll see India portrayed as perfect, clean, and full of incredibly nice locals there to help you travel. Others like mainstream news say it's a no-go zone and imply you'll basically be raped upon exiting the airport. Neither of these drastic views is the truth!
The start-up movement is inextricably linked to the Make in India project. The idea is to bridge the gaps between factors that otherwise hamper digital entrepreneurships at the grassroots. Here's how travel start-ups fit into the picture.
After six days there, I was convinced that Bangalore had a certain lazy sensuality to it, one that apparently extended to auto-walas. Using the mirrors on either side of the rickshaw, I glanced at him, imagining meeting him in a different context -- as a cousin's friend or a colleague at my internship in Hyderabad. A context that admittedly stripped him of his khaki uniform and punted him up several classes.
Ambhora is a village that has been abandoned, left to the ghosts. All the people are gone. The houses are breaking and nature is reclaiming the habitation. The village lies on the banks of the Wainganga and in more habitable times, in the not too distant past, boys played cricket and held wrestling matches on the sandy banks. As the water level rose due to the damming of the river families started leaving. Ambhora has not disappeared, yet, but the water is not far away.
Once or twice, during what seemed-like-an-hour long journey, we would see a few people far away, mostly children whose voices were carried over to us by the desert wind. "Byeeeee....", they would say, and if we squinted hard, we could see their hands in the air, waving at us. While friendly goodbyes from strangers wouldn't usually bother us, their "byes" were beginning to sound like final farewells, especially since we had no clue where we were, and what we were doing.
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Guess what stands between you and your travel bucket list? Life. Actually, life as we insist on knowing it. One in which travel dreams are nipped and tucked daily to accommodate that promotion, the ne...
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Why do we really need this ceremony? What mature purpose does it serve? It doesn't improve bilateral ties or the lives of people in both nations in any way. The regrettable part of this affair is that most people feel that they have done a good deed for their country by showing their "solidarity" to it.
This year has been horrid, but in a good year I end up taking quite a few short breaks. For these breaks, I stay clear of the usual ritzy hotels. I seek places with character. And all of them within India. Here are my five favourite go-to places.
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If you're an intrepid traveller looking for offbeat destinations that are far removed from the tourist trail, read on. In this list you'll find hidden mountain getaways, a haunted fort, a magnetic hill and a fascinating lake that's littered with skeletons.
Globetrotters from Switzerland shelled out maximum money for their stay in India among the foreign tourists in 2014, an 11 per cent rise from their spending on hotels against last year, according to a...