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Best time to visit Kerala, Munnar’s famed neelakurinji flower to bloom after 12 years

Best time to visit Kerala, Munnar’s famed neelakurinji flower to bloom after 12 years

Starting late July, the Anamalai hills near Munnar in Kerala will be resplendent, clad in a purplish blue carpet. The famed neelakurinji (Strobilanthes kunthiana) will burst into flower – a phenomenon that occurs once in 12 years. Hundreds of thousands of visitors are expected to flock to the Munnar hills to behold the spectacle that lasts up […]

Cooch Behar Palace—where time stands still

Cooch Behar Palace—where time stands still

If you want a peek in history, there are innumerable places in India that deserve a visit. Although most of them are leftovers of royal heritage and British era, they give a glimpse of life that existed some 500 years or more years ago. And then, there are monuments that stand out for its historical, religious and architectural […]

15 places to visit in the beautiful valleys of Lahaul-Spiti

15 places to visit in the beautiful valleys of Lahaul-Spiti

I   The district of Lahaul-Spiti is a cold desert area as it hardly gets any rain. So places to visit in Lahaul-Spiti have a unique terrain that is exciting and adventurous. Mountain ranges here are bare, bereft of any vegetation. As you drive up and down the Trans-Himalayan range, you see the region’s stunning landscape. Snow is a […]

Reasons that will make you visit Sikkim this summer

Reasons that will make you visit Sikkim this summer

  By Priya Srivastava SIKKIM: Sikkim might be one of the smallest states of the country, but it is the richest and biggest when it comes to natural splendour. Bordered by Bhutan, Tibet and Nepal, Sikkim in the Northeast is blessed with some dramatic landscapes. The amazingly beautiful places to visit in Sikkim will astound you and excite you at the […]

Indians are planning their dream trip to Russia for FIFA World Cup; are you?

Indians are planning their dream trip to Russia for FIFA World Cup; are you?

With the FIFA World Cup 2018 fast approaching, more and more Indians are planning to spend this summer in the host country Russia , says a study conducted by travel marketplace ixigo. According to ixigo, Russia has recorded a 23 per cent month-on-month increase in flight searches from India during the tournament. The growth has […]

Legacy of the Tropical Bengal Jute Trade is Left on Cold, Remote Dundee

Legacy of the Tropical Bengal Jute Trade is Left on Cold, Remote Dundee

By Jawahar Malhotra DUNDEE, SCOTLAND: As you exit from the small, nondescript ScottRail train station into the chill, drizzly grey day, across Riverside Drive and the A85 motorway, the hexagonal Discovery Point Museum and exhibition hall catches your eye, and the high masts of the RSS Discovery berthed besides it. A marvel of engineering and […]

Leaving the summer behind: places to visit in India in June

Leaving the summer behind: places to visit in India in June

You must be wondering about the perfect places to visit in June. For a summer of discontent is on us, as the month of June strikes into our lives. The world bathes in a burning yellow, and all you can hear in empty afternoons is the calling of the songbird. In such a scheme of things, it […]

Watch out! Funny road signs ahead.

Watch out! Funny road signs ahead.

Road or sidewalk signs serve the purpose of notifying drivers of any danger ahead and take necessary precautions for public convenience. But often, road signs can turn out to be a hilarious disaster because as they say, ‘creativity’ knows no bounds and might just tipple over. Here, we’ve rounded up our most bizarre signboards and […]

A complete guide to the Manali-Leh road trip

A complete guide to the Manali-Leh road trip

This is a road trip that has changed many people’s lives. Passing through two 5000 m and two 4900 m high passes with jaw-dropping views, the Manali-Leh road was built as an alternate to the Srinagar-Leh road. It remains the mecca for bikers and an adventurer’s delight. Route details The 474 km long highway begins […]

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 […]

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