Andhra Pradesh & Telengana · Reviews · Travel

Review: Novotel Vijayawada Varun – your gateway to Vijayawada and beyond

While the city of Vijayawada may not be synonymous with the conventional idea of a vacation or taking a break, this bustling city on the banks of the river Krishna actually packs a punch when it comes to unique experiences spanning history, culture, craft and tradition.  And when scouting for places to stay in the… Continue reading Review: Novotel Vijayawada Varun – your gateway to Vijayawada and beyond

Switzerland · Travel

Maison Cailler, Broc: a trip in chocolate history

“Chocolate is happiness that you can eat” – Ursula Kohaupt Well there is no getting around the fact that nothing is as tempting and alluring as an elusive piece of chocolate.  After all, this magical combination of cocoa, cocoa butter, milk, sugar and a plethora of flavours is a universal favourite with people of all… Continue reading Maison Cailler, Broc: a trip in chocolate history

Miscellaneous · Travel

Photo essay: Kamakhya Mandir, Guwahati – a symbol of power and divinity

The capital city of Assam, Guwahati, which is often considered to be the gateway to the Northeast is home to several places of interest that span religion, culture and wildlife.  Unarguably the most famous of them all is the temple of Kamakhya, also called the Kamrup-Kamakhya temple. Situated on Nilachal Hill in the western part of… Continue reading Photo essay: Kamakhya Mandir, Guwahati – a symbol of power and divinity

Miscellaneous · Travel

Museum of Original Figurines (MOOF), Brussels: of comic characters and cartoon strips

Comics and comic strips are all pervading in the European city of Brussles and when you are there, it is hard not to notice them.  For it is in city which is the land of Tintin and Smurfs that they are visible on walls, building exteriors, hoardings and museums.  So, if comics, comic strips and… Continue reading Museum of Original Figurines (MOOF), Brussels: of comic characters and cartoon strips

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

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

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