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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 […]

Did their Mt. Kailash, Mansarovar Yatra Bring Himalayan Snow to Texas?

Did their Mt. Kailash, Mansarovar Yatra Bring Himalayan Snow to Texas?

By Malik Putcha & Nutan Iyer HOUSTON: Ever since July 20, 1969 when Neil Armstrong, the first man to land on the Moon, uttered his famous words, “Houston, the Eagle has landed”, this city had been associated with “daring and can- do attitude spirited” individuals. And a daring group of eleven Houstonian Indo-Americans, inculcated and […]

A Roman honeymoon for Virushka—things they should not miss out on when in Rome

A Roman honeymoon for Virushka—things they should not miss out on when in Rome

Virat-Anushka honeymoon destination has been the talk of the town since they got married in the gorgeous city of Tuscany. Now that we know it’s a Roman honeymoon for Virushka, we are roping in for more romance and love on the cobbled streets of Rome. This seems to be an excellent choice for the two […]

Stunning Indian destinations to visit in December

Stunning Indian destinations to visit in December

Christmas, New Year and those crackling bonfire sessions—if the mere thought of this has set you in motion, it is time for that perfect December trip. This guide to the best places to visit in December is precisely what you need for that perfect year end trip. Choose from places likeGoa that will make you ring […]

West Bengal Tourism registers steady growth in public funding

West Bengal Tourism registers steady growth in public funding

The latest numbers revealed by the tourism sector of West Bengal clearly indicate that it’s not just the popular North Bengal tourism sector which is making waves among travellers, it is also the other parts of the state that are doing their bit in raking up the strength of the state’s travel industry. According to […]

Determined to Climb Kilimanjaro, Texans Make the Summit!

Determined to Climb Kilimanjaro, Texans Make the Summit!

By Dr. Kuldip Kaul HOUSTON:  This is a very inspiring story of a determined group of people of various professional backgrounds to climb Africa’s tallest peak; Kilimanjaro located in Tanzania, Africa. The real planning started about a year and a half ago with five people from the Clear Lake area who were later joined by […]

Padmavati: Sanjay Leela Bhansali is taking us to Chittorgarh Fort and more

Padmavati: Sanjay Leela Bhansali is taking us to Chittorgarh Fort and more

Sanjay Leela Bhansali is known for his spectacular sets in films, as the director has made a mark for himself in this regard over a period of time. Padmavati trailer is finally out; Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s upcoming film looks nothing less than grand. The film starring Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor, Aditi Rao Hydari and Ranveer […]

Hampi Utsav 2017

Hampi Utsav 2017

With a whole medley of programmes lined up for Hampi Utsav 2017, it can be assured that this time the fest is going to be grand. The city of Hampi is yet again ready to bedazzle everyone with colours, and the grandiosity with which this utsav is celebrated makes it worthy of a visit. Hampi Festival 2017 is popularly […]

India’s oldest art gallery dates back to the Stone Age

India’s oldest art gallery dates back to the Stone Age

Which is the oldest monument or site you have visited? The Taj Mahal? It’s 364 years old. How about the Golden Temple? 413 years old. 445-year-old Macha Pichu? Or the intricate stone temples of Khajuraho? They’re a thousand years old. Let’s go as far back as Harappa and Mohenjodaro, both of which thrived around 5,000 […]