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Winter travel: 5 cities and towns to visit in India during the winter season

Come winter and it is time for those endless cups of coffee, curling up in corners and enjoying the coziness all around.  Winter has a charm of its own.  While some enjoy staying at home, there is a whole world to explore during this wonderful season.  Hence the season is very popular with tourists and… Continue reading Winter travel: 5 cities and towns to visit in India during the winter season

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Photoessay: Visit to a Garo community village in Assam – a unique experience

As part of my Arunchal Pradesh sojourn last year, I had the opportunity to visit several unique places, one of them being a visit to a Garo community village in Sonitpur district of Assam.  It was indeed fascinating to learn about the life, culture and customs of this ethnic group who are believed to have originated… Continue reading Photoessay: Visit to a Garo community village in Assam – a unique experience

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Dubai: Unconventional places that you should not miss on your next vacation

It is invariably love at first sight for all those who visit Dubai for the first time. After all, it is the most celebrated and the most visited emirate of the UAE. With its glitzy and state of the art architecture, lofty skylines and abundance of tourist attractions coupled with fun-filled activities to do, Dubai… Continue reading Dubai: Unconventional places that you should not miss on your next vacation

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Photoessay: Handmade Pottery in Pondicherry

As mentioned in my earlier posts, Pondicherry aka Puducherry is a city that never fails to surprise.  You are bound to discover something new each time you visit this South Indian union terrirtory.  However, one agenda that remains top priority each time I visit, is pottery shopping.  If you are a lover of finely glazed… Continue reading Photoessay: Handmade Pottery in Pondicherry

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On a museum trail in the Pink city aka Jaipur

Colour, culture, commotion; the capital city of one of India’s most flamboyant states, Rajasthan is a delightful medley of contrasts.   One of the most visited cities by not only Indians but also foreigners, Jaipur offers some fascinating sights that span history, art, architecture and religion.  While the city palace, Hawa mahal, Amer fort and Jantar… Continue reading On a museum trail in the Pink city aka Jaipur

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Photoessay: Police museum, Pondicherry

Well, it is quite an understatement to say that Pondicherry aka Puducherry has a charm quite like none other.  A French colony till the 1950s, this union territory is a pleasant mix of the colonial and the contemporary.  Along side a charming white town replete with distinctive French vibes exists a bustling Tamil quarter that is… Continue reading Photoessay: Police museum, Pondicherry

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Amidst a world of cocoa and chocolate: Choco Story, Brussels

Fries, waffles, beer and of course chocolate; Belgium is famous for more reasons than one.  And when it comes to chocolate, there is no denying the fact that Belgian chocolate enjoys a special and enviable reputation in the international market.  No visit to the country is complete without sampling and shopping for these delectable treats. … Continue reading Amidst a world of cocoa and chocolate: Choco Story, Brussels

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Photoessay: Nahargarh Fort – of magnificence and grandeur on the Aravalli hills

Think Rajasthan and it immediately conjures images of forts, palaces and royal heritage.   Originally built as a mechanism of defence, the state has many forts that are not only beautiful but also historically very significant. While the Amer fort is one of the most famous landmarks and monuments of the capital city of Jaipur, the… Continue reading Photoessay: Nahargarh Fort – of magnificence and grandeur on the Aravalli hills

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Photoessay: The multifaceted streetscapes of Pondicherry

While much has been said and written about the dichotomy that exists in Pondicherry, this is a city that never fails to surprise.  Inspite of visiting it several times over, Pondy, as it is also fondly known, always throws up new hidden secrets for me.  The union territory that was a French colony till 1954, is… Continue reading Photoessay: The multifaceted streetscapes of Pondicherry

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Of bobbins and beautiful patterns: Fashion and Lace museum, Brussels

Dating back all the way to the 15th and 16th century, lace making in Belgium is intrinsic and integral to the cultural heritage of the country.  Intricate, graceful and sophisticated, the unique feature of authentic Belgium lace is that it is totally handmade and made largely with bobbins, needle pins and other techniques.    Known earlier… Continue reading Of bobbins and beautiful patterns: Fashion and Lace museum, Brussels