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As I booked an intercity bus from Bangalore to Hyderabad with "XYZ Travels" (no libel today!) for later tonight, I immediately got a phone call from the company. The man on the other end of the phone sounded rather perturbed. He shouted, "You have booked a seat next to gents, Madam!" The reason for his distress was that in spite of one "ladies' seat" being available I chose to book seat number 1, in the very front, which was in all probability going to be next to a man!
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Monsoons are the lifeblood of India and her people. The farmer spends the days of high summer in anxious anticipation of the rains and so does the city-dweller, not necessarily -- as in the farmer’s c...
If you're thinking of travelling with the Indian Railways in the coming months, railway minister Suresh Prabhu has lined up some exciting changes to our favourite old-school, always wait-listed, mode...
We live in a world where you've got to a) be yourself, b) be different, c) be extraordinary. Whatever you do, you've got to be somebody. Run of the mill won't do. We're constantly searching for an identity. Something to latch on to. Something that defines us just a little bit more. A new tattoo maybe? A different hobby. A rare profession. A vacation to an off-beat place... And then somebody says to us -- you are nobody. And the world comes crashing down on us.
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In the 1950s, when John Steinbeck visited this gem along the Italian coastline he wrote an essay for Harper's Bazaar. "Positano bites deep. It is a dream place that isn't quite real when you are there and becomes beckoningly real after you have gone. Its houses climb a hill so steep it would be a cliff except that stairs are cut in it," he wrote. Nearly 64 years later, not much seems to have changed.
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As more and more Indians are becoming experimental while choosing their holiday destinations, they are mostly looking for off-the-beaten-path places like Bhutan, Russia and Middle East to satisfy this...
Instagram has become a visual diary for travellers, with some of our favourite accounts being records of beautiful landscapes, people, homes, journeys and experiences. Here's our pick of the bunch: 10 must-follow accounts for India travel inspiration, or for glimpses into those otherwise hidden corners of the country.
Globally recognised for their hospitality and lavish amenities, high-end Indian hotels can also be the best places to visit for a trip down the country's rich cultural history, thanks to their vast co...
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Earlier this month, three men set out on an expedition so atypical, it would have probably inspired Jules Verne, had he been alive, to write a sequel titled Around North India In 2,700 Kilometres (And...
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Seriously guys, relax! What drives you to stand hunched with your hand luggage while you wait for the aircraft's doors to open? Of course, repeated calls by the flight attendant to stay seated fall on deaf ears. Trust me they do want all of us off their plane eventually.
In his ongoing attempt to showcase Royal India through his Facebook page India Royal Families, Sir John Martin Thomas, an overseas Indian citizen recently came across some beautiful illustrations and...
The enigmatic tales of the elusive Brokpas, a 5,000-year-old tribe of Ladakh, believed to be the last of the ‘original Aryan race’, have drawn curious travellers to the remote region. Jaipur-based p...
Since the 1990s, the magnificent Hill Fort Palace has stood cold and forgotten atop the Naubat Pahad, occasionally remembered by the city of Hyderabad as a faint link to the Nizam era. However, in rec...
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi is no aam aadmi. Besides the fact that he is the Prime Minister of a country with more than a billion people, and that he is popular and powerful, there are more reasons t...
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The decision to choose a city to retire in India is overshadowed by many concerns -- standard of living, distance from one’s children, adequate healthcare facilities, crime rate and weather. The list...
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.
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A lot of people say they lead a simple life with minimal needs. Most of them want to travel the world with a backpack. But American entrepreneur and environmental activist Rob Greenfield is living the...
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For those who relish the colourful chaos that Holi brings, here are seven incredible places to witness the festival in its true colours, with some awe-inspiring rituals and traditions that embrace any...
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Holi, while immensely enjoyable for several, can prove quite a nuisance if you don’t enjoy being vigorously drenched in water and colours that refuse to fade even after several baths. However, with t...
"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...
Just about every country falls into the trap of being defined by only one or two cities. And while these might be truly spectacular cities, ignorance about other jewels results in a loss for the traveller as well as for the country in question. While Russia does see thousands of Indian visitors every year, most make a beeline for Moscow and St Petersburg, perhaps not aware that the country has plenty more to offer.
As part of my continuing efforts to travel around India to explore questions of gender and space, and document my experience through photographs, I went to see the Basant Festival at Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah with the objective of capturing the gender representation there.
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.
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For years, Hyderabad’s Golconda Fort, has drawn tourists by the thousands. With its brilliant acoustic engineering, exquisite architecture with Hindu and Muslim influences, the fort has been a tourist...
The 2016 edition of the Sony World Photography Awards has shortlisted six Indian photographers –- one in the professional category, and five in the open competition, the former being judged on a serie...
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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In a queue of about 20 people, six or seven backed out as their turn came, laughing nervously. One woman lost her balance in front of me; thankfully her grip on the handlebar was tight, or she would have hurtled down the vertical slide into god knows what. I grew more and more nervous as I moved ahead, imagining all sorts of scary scenarios, all involving injury or death.
Dear Mr PM, bullet trains will probably add to the overall GDP and propel the country to an elite list of nations that boast cutting-edge transport infrastructure. But what about the millions who still rely on trains that cannot exceed 60kmph? Every aspect of train travel -- from booking tickets to finding seats -- has become difficult. Unless your government takes steps to ease the hardship it cannot claim to be benefiting the common person.
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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!
If you’re looking for Mr/Ms Right, you have more chances of finding them if you move to Ecuador, Costa Rica or Malta. An InterNations report that surveyed over 14,000 expats living in 195 different co...
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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.
While you might consider your journey a success if no family members went missing between departure and arrival, children might disagree. The loss of a purple crayon or a green Lego block is the kind of things you won't be forgiven for.