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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Five places in and around Bangalore to visit this New Year’s Eve

Come December and it is the time of the year to say goodbye to the old and welcome the new.   A time to reflect and rejoice.  A time to soak in the festivities and celebrate the time gone by with the hope of brighter things to come. And what better way to usher in New… Continue reading Five places in and around Bangalore to visit this New Year’s Eve

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Four ‘must visit’ museums in Doha, Qatar

An interesting mix of the contemporary and the conventional, Doha, the capital of Qatar is a city that dons many hats.  With a spectacular skyline that houses some of the most swashbuckling buildings, Doha is as much a city of modern skyscrapers as it is of traditional souqs.   With plenty to see and do, Doha offers several… Continue reading Four ‘must visit’ museums in Doha, Qatar

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Qatar: of pearling centres, fishing villages, camel racing and ghost towns

On a recent visit to Qatar, the glitz, glamour and sheer razzmatazz of the capital city, Doha had me amazed.  An epitome of modernity, it is a city of rapid development on its way to achieve new heights of urbanization.  But a look at the history of the country reveals that it was traditionally known… Continue reading Qatar: of pearling centres, fishing villages, camel racing and ghost towns

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Falcons, Falconry and Falcon souq – a unique experience in Doha, Qatar

On my recent visit to Qatar, I learnt that falcons and falconry was and still is an integral part of Qatar’s traditional culutre and lifestyle.  One of the most beautiful birds of prey and one of the fastest in the sky, the Falcon is revered and loved in Qatar. Also viewed as a status symbol… Continue reading Falcons, Falconry and Falcon souq – a unique experience in Doha, Qatar

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24 Hours in Queenstown: New Zealand’s Party Capital

There is a lot going on in New Zealand, especially in Queenstown, where the fun never seems to stop. Not only is it known as the adventure capital of the world, but it is also one of the world’s best party towns, according to 1Cover. With so much going on, it can be a bit… Continue reading 24 Hours in Queenstown: New Zealand’s Party Capital