Miscellaneous · Travel

Photo essay: Four Spectacular Mosques of the Middle East

Known for their splendid architecture and magnificent beauty, mosques are more often than not community centres rather than just places of worship.  Replete with typical elements of Islamic architecture, mosques are characterized by the presence of elaborate domes, oranate minarets as well as large prayer halls.  On the occasion of Eid al-Fitr aka Ramadan today, here… Continue reading Photo essay: Four Spectacular Mosques of the Middle East

Reviews

Review: Heritage Resort Hampi – of experiences close to nature

The ancient village of Hampi which is a UNESCO world heritage site, about 350 km from Bangalore is arguably one of the most popular getaways from the city.  Often called the world’s largest open air museum, Hampi offers unique experiences in art, architecture, history and culture quite like none other.  And, if you are looking… Continue reading Review: Heritage Resort Hampi – of experiences close to nature

Miscellaneous · Travel

Ziro, Arunachal Pradesh: a paradise amidst the dawn lit mountains

To say that the largest state in the North east of India, Arunachal Pradesh is a travellers’ delight is no understatement.  One of the most fascinating states of India, Arunachal is the land of lofty mountains, dense forests, pristine landscapes and is home to a large tribal population.   Arguably one of the most beautiful sights… Continue reading Ziro, Arunachal Pradesh: a paradise amidst the dawn lit mountains

Food

Summer coolers: beat the heat the healthy way

Come summer and it is the time of the year when one longs to stay indoors while sipping on some naturally cooling drinks.   The soaring mercury levels make it imperative that we take care of our body and keep it hydrated.  Excessive heat results in increased perspiration and sweating which causes the body to be… Continue reading Summer coolers: beat the heat the healthy way

Switzerland · Travel

Bern: In the footsteps of Albert Einstein

Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid – Albert Einstein Well, this is just one of the inspiring quotes from the renowned physicist Albert Einstein.  And if you are wondering what inspired the legendary… Continue reading Bern: In the footsteps of Albert Einstein

Reviews · Travel

Abor Country River camp, Pasighat: nature at your doorstep

If you are game for a ‘date’ with wilderness and look forward to spending a few days literally in the lap of nature, Abor Country River camp in Pasighat must be on your list.  Located in the fascinating state of Arunachal Pradesh and just under 300 km from Itangar, Abor Country River camp is a unique offering… Continue reading Abor Country River camp, Pasighat: nature at your doorstep

Switzerland · Travel

Distinctively Bern: Things to see and do in the capital city of Switzerland

A unique medieval look, cobbled streets, clock towers and multiple fountains are just some of things that you first notice as you take a walk along the streets of Bern, the capital of Switzerland.  Built originally on a hilly peninsula around the river Aare, the city dates back to the 12th century but was destroyed… Continue reading Distinctively Bern: Things to see and do in the capital city of Switzerland

Miscellaneous · Travel

Photo essay: Water festival aka ‘Sangken’ celebrations in Itanagar, Arunchal Pradesh

One of the important festivals celebrated by the Theravada Buddhist Community is the annual Sangken festival celebrated during the month of April each year. It is followed mainly by the people of the Khampti, Singpho and Tai Khamyang tribes during an auspicious time band lasting 52 hours over three days. The Lunar New Year begins… Continue reading Photo essay: Water festival aka ‘Sangken’ celebrations in Itanagar, Arunchal Pradesh

Switzerland · Travel

Stein am Rhein: a perfect day trip from Zurich

Charming little quaint towns nestled by the lake surely form for a picturesque scene.  And when this scene is from the bewitching country of Switzerland, you are definitely in for a visual treat.  When in the country of the Swiss, a visit to small towns with gorgeous lake fronts, perfectly manicured street gardens, heritage monuments… Continue reading Stein am Rhein: a perfect day trip from Zurich

Food

Healthy and wholesome: nuances of North Karnataka cuisine

Known as Uttara Karnataka, the northern region of Karnataka is quite distinct from the rest of the state.  Spread close to 90,000 sq km, this part of the state is known for its hot and arid climate even though it is watered by several major rivers like the Krishna, Tungabhadra and Malaprabha.   With agriculture and… Continue reading Healthy and wholesome: nuances of North Karnataka cuisine