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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

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Photoessay: Katara Cultural Village, Doha: a multifarious recreational centre

One of the most popular haunts in Doha is the multifaceted Katara Cultural Village.  An ode to the rich heritage of art, architecture and traditions of Qatar, Katara is located in North Doha.  Envisioned by HH Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al thani, Emir of the State of Qatar, Katara celebrates the cultural spirit of the… Continue reading Photoessay: Katara Cultural Village, Doha: a multifarious recreational centre

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Souq Waqif, Doha: a taste of the authentic and traditional

Given its rapidly growing pace that is poised to make it one of most spectacular cities of the Gulf, Doha is a picture of modernity and sophistication.  The capital city of Qatar today is synonymous with the “Corniche” which is its waterfront promenade as well as its ever-evolving magnificent skyline that hosts several snazzy skyscrapers. … Continue reading Souq Waqif, Doha: a taste of the authentic and traditional

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Photo essay: Avian wonders of Suhelwa – a haven for bird lovers

A diverse state in terms of landscapes, flora and fauna, Uttar Pradesh is home to some unique wildlife sanctuaries.  One such reserve is the Suheldev Wildlife Sanctuary, located in the Shrawasti and Balrampur districts of the state.  Also known as Suhelwa,  the sanctuary covers an area of 452 sq km and is home to several wild… Continue reading Photo essay: Avian wonders of Suhelwa – a haven for bird lovers

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Photo essay – Dudhwa Diaries: Nature’s Beauty beyond words

Home to a number of endangered species of animals and birds, Dudhwa National Park in Uttar Pradesh is an integral part of the Terai landscape.  Established initially as a sanctuary in 1958 for swamp deer (or the Barasingha), the park is part of the Dudhwa Tiger reserve which is rightly known as the Terai Emerald. … Continue reading Photo essay – Dudhwa Diaries: Nature’s Beauty beyond words

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Uttar Pradesh Bird Festival 2018: a grand success and a boost for ecotourism

Uttar Pradesh: a haven for bird lovers One of the richest states in terms of its variety of bird life, Uttar Pradesh is home to over 500 species of birds.  Many of these species, like the Slender Billed Vulture, Bengal Florican, Black Necked stork etc., categorized as globally threatened and near threatened, find ideal habitat… Continue reading Uttar Pradesh Bird Festival 2018: a grand success and a boost for ecotourism

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Curtain raiser: Uttar Pradesh Bird Festival – 2018 Edition

One of the largest and most populous states of India, Uttar Pradesh is a state of many facets.  Situated on the border of India and Nepal, it is home to cities like Agra, Varanasi and Mathura that have immense cultural and religious significance.  The capital city of Lucknow is  known for its medieval Indian culture… Continue reading Curtain raiser: Uttar Pradesh Bird Festival – 2018 Edition