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This Japanese island is the most trending travel spot on Earth

This Japanese island is the most trending travel spot on Earth

The pristine blue waters and white sandy beaches of beautiful Ishigaki, Japan, have earned the ranking of number one in the world. The island has topped TripAdvisor’s Destinations on the Rise list. The awards, now in its sixth year, recognise 44 destinations around the world selected by measuring year-over-year increase in positive TripAdvisor traveller review […]

The world’s best sunset destinations

The world’s best sunset destinations

Sunset has a magic beyond the scientific fact of the sun disappearing behind the horizon and the atmosphere playing up the colours as the earth turns. Memories, farewells and romance cloud your thoughts. And like romance, there’s more to it than just science and scattering air molecules. A wedding planner friend was recently asked where […]

Houston Embraces a Vibrant Jamboree of Fine Arts & Culture

Houston Embraces a Vibrant  Jamboree of Fine Arts & Culture

By Vanshika Vipin Varma HOUSTON:  “Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time”. This famous quote by Thomas Merton is apt as art has the power to mesmerize. Houston’s colorful personality was felicitated by a captivating MFAH Mixed Media event on Friday, April 6. The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston […]

Traces of South Asian Heritage in Way Up North in Scotland

Traces of South Asian Heritage in Way Up North in Scotland

By Jawahar Malhotra DUNDEE, SCOTLAND: My first contact with a desi in Scotland was the taxi driver in Dundee who dropped me off around 10 pm to my hotel (Malmaison) in the center of the city. He was an inquisitive type who struck up a conversation and I was only too glad to know more […]

Edinburgh is Laid Out with an Artist’s Eye, Even in Names of Shops

Edinburgh is Laid Out with an Artist’s Eye, Even in Names of Shops

By Jawahar Malhotra EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND: If you are a tourist trying to take in all the sights in this picturesque city, you can surely build up a strong appetite walking around in Edinburgh, not to mention some strong leg muscles too. From the entrance plaza at Edinburgh Castle on the west to Calton Hill on […]

Rohtang Pass opens after BRO clears snow in record time

Rohtang Pass opens after BRO clears snow in record time

Rohtang Pass is cleared of snow in record time and the route to one of the prime tourist hotspots near Manali, Himachal Pradesh is now opened for visitors, and vehicular traffic after four long months. At an altitude of 3,978 m, Rohtang Pass is the gateway to the gorgeous and tribal Lahaul Valley. Commander 38 BRTF […]

Explore the world of giraffes while staying with them in Kenya!

Explore the world of giraffes while staying with them in Kenya!

Giraffe Manor in Nairobi, Kenya is an exclusive boutique hotel set up in 12 acres of land within 140 acres of indigenous forest, the Langata suburb of Nairobi. This boutique hotel offers an extraordinary experience to the travellers by letting them live with giraffes and walk amidst nature across the centre, while feeding the endangered […]

Taiwan: An emerging destination for intrepid Indian travellers

Taiwan: An emerging destination for intrepid Indian travellers

Those caught up in the hustle bustle of a city life — and craving for someplace pristine, calm and relaxed — will fall in love with Taiwan. But along with its tranquility and peace, there is also the effervescence of a place celebrating its culture and language with aplomb. This small island nation in the […]

History and Literature Beckon Around Every Corner of Edinburgh

History and Literature Beckon Around Every Corner of Edinburgh

By Jawahar Malhotra EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND: Edinburgh is one of the UNESCO World Heritage Cities and there is so much history around you (“101 places in Edinburgh” to see, the placards say) it naturally oozes into you. You get a good glimpse of English history – the kind I learnt, like most other Indian kids in […]

Gangaur festival and its significance

Gangaur festival and its significance

This festival is all about honouring Goddess Gauri or Parvati, and celebrating marriage and love. In this fiesta, both married and unmarried women take part in the festivities in full enthusiasm. As for the locals, Goddess Parvati represents perfection and marital love, this festival holds a lot of importance for them. The festival also marks […]

IRCTC puts stop on online booking of i-tickets March 1 onwards

IRCTC puts stop on online booking of i-tickets March 1 onwards

The railways in India are taking firm steps towards being eco-friendly, and the recent move taken by the IRCTC proves that the Indian Railways is taking the green initiative seriously. Beginning March 1, the IRCTC has stopped selling i-Tickets via its website. In 2002, the IRCTC initiated a new facility which allowed travellers to book […]

Delhi’s IGIA adjudged best airport in the world

Delhi’s IGIA adjudged best airport in the world

NEW DELHI: Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) has been adjudged as the best airport in the world according to the latest Airport Service Quality (ASQ) 2017 rankings released by the Airports Council International, helping it overtake Incheon in South Korea which was ranked number one last year. The airport has been ranked number one […]

Unique Holi traditions in North, East, West and South of India

Unique Holi traditions in North, East, West and South of India

Holi is a festival of colour, and Holi 2018 will be no different. This is one aspect of the festival that we are completely aware of. But what is fascinating about India is the mix of language, music, dialect, clothes and almost everything. So the same goes with the Holi festival too. The way it […]

Dare to ride this nine-story tall slide created by Belgian artist in Miami?

Dare to ride this nine-story tall slide created by Belgian artist in Miami?

Don’t most of us love going on swings and slides? And if we don’t have time for it, isn’t it a pleasure to see the little ones enjoying themselves as they slide down? Be it the simple slides found in children parks or the thrilling water slides in amusement parks — the rides are, more […]

Dubai makes record for housing world’s tallest hotel, yet again

Dubai makes record for housing world’s tallest hotel, yet again

Dubai has announced the opening of the “world’s new tallest hotel” — a shining Gevora Hotel, which stands 356m tall with 75 storeys. Interestingly, the building is within the view of its predecessor, Dubai’s JW Mariott Marquis, which has been pipped by just a metre. According to The National, an Emirati daily, the hotel opens to […]

First butterfly park opens in Kanpur

First butterfly park opens in Kanpur

KANPUR: The Uttar Pradesh government has inaugurated the state’s first ever butterfly park in Kanpur to preserve the ecosystem. According to the Kanpur Zoo authority, the butterfly park was constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 1 crore. A total of 100 species of flowers have been planted in order to attract the butterflies. By […]

Kolkata’s Howrah Bridge turns 75: Seven lesser-known facts about the iconic bridge

Kolkata’s Howrah Bridge turns 75: Seven lesser-known facts about the iconic bridge

The iconic structure of the Howrah Bridge completes 75 years of its existence this month. The historical landmark that has been synonymous with the City of Joy has been a witness to history, both in pre-Independence India and thereafter. The bridge has been not only been a part of history, literature and art, but also […]

Why a visit to the world’s largest river island in Assam is a must

Why a visit to the world’s largest river island in Assam is a must

Kamalabari (majuli): Assam’s Majuli faces flood fury – and the threat of erosion – whenever the mighty Brahmaputra river swells. So take a break from your high-tech lifestyle and hop on that double decker boat to live the simple life in the world’s largest river island before it loses the title. Cruises on luxury vessels […]

Indian Railways comes up with a new app to detect train movements

Indian Railways comes up with a new app to detect train movements

Smart Freight Operation Optimisation & Real Time Information (SFOORTI) is a new application launched by the Ministry of Railways. The basic purpose of this app is to track movement of freight and passenger trains over various divisions, sections, and zones, which will help optimise freight operations and manage traffic flows across different regions. The first […]

Bicyclist Sharma Travels the Globe to Highlight World Peace, Ecology

Bicyclist Sharma Travels the Globe to Highlight World Peace, Ecology

By Jawahar Malhotra HOUSTON: He has been doing it for the past three years when he heeded the fervent Swachh Bharat call of Prime Minister Narender Modi to clean up India and got the inspiration to become an activist for cleanliness. Barely 26, and doing research on municipal solid waste management, he decided not to […]

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