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A Drumbeat for Help Awakens the Spirituality of Yangon

A Drumbeat for Help Awakens the Spirituality of Yangon

By Jawahar Malhotra YANGON, MYANMAR: We had just left the Jana Mon Ethnic Cuisine restaurant on Nandawon Street, a short taxi ride away north of the towering Shwedagon Pagoda site and were walking back past the residential area, a little past 9:30 at night. The restaurant, which serves ethnic Mon food, is a favorite of […]

Slowly Flows the Pace of Life in Yangon by the River

Slowly Flows the Pace of Life in Yangon by the River

By Jawahar Malhotra YANGON, MYANMAR: It was 34 years ago when I last visited this city when it was still called Rangoon, the name that I learnt during my school days. Back then, under an authoritarian military rule, it was considered risky being a foreigner traveling through the streets and a contact I had in […]

Why Should I Use a Travel Agent?

Why Should I Use a Travel Agent?

HOUSTON: “Why should I use a travel agent?” As a travel professional, that’s a question I’m often asked. Today, with the overwhelming number of sources for travel information, it’s no wonder the consumer is confused. The Internet has turned into a minefield of SEO and paid-for listings. Not to mention all the new tools and […]

Diary of My Climb to Mera Peak

Diary of My Climb to Mera Peak

By Rick Pal HOUSTON: Mera Peak is a mountain in Nepal’s Sagarmatha Zone. At 21,200 feet, it is the highest trekking peak in the world. Rick Pal, a Houston entrepreneur and executive, recently trekked to the top. This is an excerpt from Rick’s diary on the summit day.    High Camp. It was 1:30 am […]

Vignettes of a Still Unruly, but Fast Changing West Delhi

Vignettes of a Still Unruly, but Fast Changing West Delhi

By Jawahar Malhotra NEW DELHI: This Metropolis has many personalities, depending on which part of the city you are in. Several decades ago, the border of Punjab was right at Delhi’s doorstep (until Harayna Pradesh was formed in 1961) and Punjabis streamed into the city, especially the west and northern parts, ushering along with them […]

Hop Through Hoops to Close an Account in an Indian Bank

Hop Through Hoops to Close an  Account in an Indian Bank

By Jawahar Malhotra NEW DELHI: My father never trusted Indian banks or in putting his money in just one of them because the government banks were so difficult to deal with. So papaji opened up accounts in the banks within walking distance of our house in Rajouri Garden in West Delhi – all seven of […]

Among International Airports, IAH is a Dismal, Dreary Experience

Among International Airports, IAH is a Dismal, Dreary Experience

By Jawahar Malhotra HOUSTON: It had been a good six weeks of traveling for me between five countries (including the US), ten cities and 17 flights and I had endured the usual frustrations of those who are prepared for the uncertainties of air travel. For instance, at Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Bangkok, I realized that […]

Nepal tourism department braces for ‘traffic jam’ at Mount Everest

Nepal tourism department braces for ‘traffic jam’ at Mount Everest

KATHMANDU: Nepalese officials are bracing for a “traffic jam” at Mount Everest this season, due to a surge in the number of climbers eyeing to conquer the world’s tallest peak. This time, there will be around 400 climbers who will embark on the journey to scale the 8,848-metre-high Mount Everest from mid-May, according to the […]

Sightseeing in India Off the Beaten Path Mumbai’s British Legacy: Old Glory, New Names

Sightseeing in India Off the Beaten Path Mumbai’s British Legacy: Old Glory, New Names

By Pramod Kulkarni On the Road: This is the sixth and final episode describing my wife Jyoti and I’s visit to India during Dec.-Jan. 2016. After returning to Mumbai from the Konkan coast, we still had 2-3 days for sightseeing in Mumbai before returning to Houston. During past visits, we had seen the familiar sights […]

Sightseeing in India Off the Beaten Path Historic Kolhapur & Konkan Coast

Sightseeing in India Off the Beaten Path Historic Kolhapur & Konkan Coast

By Pramod Kulkarni On the Road: This is the fourth episode describing my wife Jyoti and I’s visit to India during Dec.-Jan. 2016. After returning from Hyderabad to Mumbai, we still had about 10 days before our return to the US. So, we decided to take another excursion, this time to Goa. At the time, […]

Sightseeing in India Off the Beaten Path – The Grand Palaces of Nizam’s Hyderabad

Sightseeing in India Off the Beaten Path – The Grand Palaces of Nizam’s Hyderabad

By Pramod Kulkarni On the Road: This is the fifth episode describing my wife Jyoti and I’s visit to India during Dec.-Jan. 2016. After about two weeks in Gujarat and Pune, we flew to Hyderabad for four-day visit. I grew up in Hyderabad from essentially my birth to the age of 16 in 1967 with […]

Sightseeing in India Off the Beaten Path: Pune’s Medieval and Maodern Attractions

Sightseeing in India Off the Beaten Path: Pune’s Medieval and Maodern Attractions

By Pramod Kulkarni On the Road: This is the fourth episode describing my wife Jyoti and I’s visit to India during Dec.-Jan. 2016. After a nine-day trip in Gujarat, we spent four days in Pune, the cultural capital of Maharashtra, visiting family and friends, and taking in some of the sightseeing attractions. Rather than describe […]

Sightseeing in India Off the Beaten Path: Medieval Junagadh and Cultural Vadodara

Sightseeing in India Off the Beaten Path: Medieval Junagadh and Cultural Vadodara

By Pramod Kulkarni On the Road: This is the third episode describing my wife Jyoti and I’s visit to India during Dec.-January 2016. As outlined in the first episode, we undertook a 9-day trip to Gujarat. Adjacent Gir National Forest is what was the princely state of Junagadh. Located at the foothills of the Girnar […]

A slice of south India in Balochistan

A slice of south India in Balochistan

In a piece written some years ago, the political commentator and writer Mohan Guruswamy talks of meeting Baloch children on a visit to New Delhi. The children were evidently surprised when they discovered that uru and arisi were words that meant village and rice in their tongue as well as in Tamil, a language that Mohan Guruswamy understood. […]

Sightseeing in India Off the Beaten Path Somnath-Porbandar-Diu and Gir National Forest

Sightseeing in India Off the Beaten Path Somnath-Porbandar-Diu and Gir National Forest

By Pramod Kulkarni On the Road: This is the second episode describing my wife Jyoti and I’s visit to India during Dec.-January 2016. As outlined in the first episode, we undertook a 9-day trip to Gujarat. Our Gujarat saga began with a flight from Mumbai to Ahmedabad. Our tour driver met us at the airport […]

Sightseeing in India Off the Beaten Path: Travel through Gujarat and Along Sea Coast

Sightseeing in India Off the Beaten Path: Travel through Gujarat and Along Sea Coast

By Pramod Kulkarni On the Road: Like most working couples in the U.S., my wife Jyoti and I could barely manage two weeks of vacationing in India. As such, each trip to our native land would consist of a whirlwind of visits to the major urban centers for reunions with relatives and a few friends. […]

Beat Your Post Travel Depression With A Bang

Beat Your Post Travel Depression With A Bang

It’s the moment practically everyone dreads: the end of an amazing trip. Returning home, whether it’s from a two-week-long vacation or a month long trip, can hit you hard, and post-travel depression can affect everyone.  Here are top 7 ways to beat those blues. 1. Keep Those Final Days Busy That’s right! Most people just […]

The 7 best Christmas markets in the world

The 7 best Christmas markets in the world

Salzburg, Austria Scent of mulled wine and stalls with traditional Christmas knick-knacks, the Salzburg Christmas market is one of the most popular haunts. Said to go back as far as the 15th century, it’s located at the foot of the Hohensalzburg fortress. The Oberndorf Christmas Market, a village north of Salzburg, is where the world’s […]

The wonders of Leh and Ladakh

The wonders of Leh and Ladakh

If you are scouring for a comprehensive guide for the places to visit in Leh and Ladakh, here is some help. Check out Pangong Tso that is the undisputed highlight of the region and everything you wanted to know about it. Choose from the ancient monasteries of Lamayuru and Diskit, drive off to the high […]

5 Interesting Ways To Use Instagram For Travel Planning

5 Interesting Ways To Use Instagram For Travel Planning

Planning your trip in advance is getting easier with travel-enabling websites and apps being available to hand. Instagram is one such treasure trove, which can be used to check out locations and fellow travellers feedback, says an expert. Aurvind Lama from an online bus booking platform which leverages technology solutions to simplify and streamline bus ticketing […]

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