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Sometimes I feel that Mumbai is famous for all the wrong reasons. There's much more to the city than Bollywood or Marine Drive or the overcrowded railway system and the seashore at Marine Drive. Here are five new reasons to visit Mumbai and none of them involve lurking outside Shah Rukh's home for a glimpse.
"Bishnoi grandmother" by Owen Young is licensed under CC By 2.0 I have always been a staunch supporter of traveling responsibly. I am not an expert in this field but in my own personal capacity, I do...
While North India's palaces, fortresses and tombs are magnets for culture vultures, South India's riches are no less magnificent. Here are 10 destinations that every history aficionado must include in their wishlist.
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When you think of Thailand as the tourism authorities sum it up, a myriad images usually crop up - from beaches and snorkelling to spas and massage, from Buddhist temples and ornate stupas to Khon, the traditional dance form. The slideshow begins. Yet, something else deserves a place on this list: traditional crafts. It is not that there is any paucity of beautiful handicrafts in this wondrous country - it's just the rest of the imagery has a stronger gestalt!
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Many think that two days in NZ as part of an Aussie holiday is more than enough. And, I had smoke coming out of my ears when I heard another tourist boast that they'd "done" South Island after their three-day stay in Queenstown. From adventure sports to walking trails to natural wonders, the island has a lot more to offer. Of course, not all of us are blessed with lengthy time-offs so here's a round-up of some of the most awesome places here.
It is the land of the upturned pointy moustaches and the bright laheria turbans, of the dancers that move to ancient tunes and of the wise-looking camels on the dunes. But there are more reasons to drop everything and head to Rajasthan. Here are my top five.
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In the mountains, it's eternally early morning. Fingers of mist, unbroken serenity and unearthly beauty reign through the day in the lofty strongholds, immune from the sun's tendency to unveil. So when I think back to my time in Kanatal, Uttarakhand, the memories are bound to two timeframes -- the wee hours of the morning and the late hours of the night. It was during the former that my encounters with the white-capped water redstart began.
Ladakh was always on my bucket list, for obvious reasons - the mighty Lower Himalayas, the pristine monasteries, the stark landscapes. However what touched me the most on this wondrous trip to Ladakh was its people. Simple yet shrouded in beautiful complexities, right from their faces to their lives, everything about these people is full of contrasts. I am sharing a few lives with you. Some real, and some fleshed out by my imagination.
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The children race each other up the stone stairs to the mouth of the grotto. What kind of parent takes kids to see a charnel house? I push down vague doubts. After all, children are famously resilient. My firstborn is 14 and delights in all things gross, gory and scatological. Consorting with crania is just the kind of thing that would appeal to him. Besides there must be possibilities of wringing out a modicum of education from the display of femur, tibia, humerus and cranium...
Your driver will momentarily offer hope, claiming that the tiger is bound to still be there, waiting just for you. And then you'll zip zap zoom in a frenzy, thundering down foresty lanes and bumps and breaking a few bones in the bargain, all in the pursuit of India's national animal in the wild.
Once you know there is more to the world than you previously imagined, you cannot go back. You wonder what it means to be really alive. Travelling sets you free from the things you thought you couldn't live without, having found new things, indispensable to you: dreams and a passionate spirit.
The normal, saner members of our society travel with family or friends. The more daring ones travel with strangers and then there are some wanderers like myself, who at times prefer their own company over the company of others.
There's a traveller within all of us. Each one of us wants to break free and shout at the top of our voice, "I want to see the world." But once you have finally acquired leave from work and made a decision to travel long term, panic often sets in. This quick guide is aimed to address some of the most common questions and concerns.